Robert E. Smith Library

Robert E. Smith Library
6301 Canal Boulevard
New Orleans, LA 70124
(504) 596-2638 Directions Events News


Library Manager - Sara Olivia Melton

The Robert E. Smith Library offers a wide collection of books, music, and movies, and hosts many programs for children, teens, and adults.

Upcoming Events

During Library Hours

One-on-One Basic Computer Training by Topic

Robert E. Smith Library

Robert E. Smith Branch Library is offering one-on-one basic computer literacy training by appointment. Please choose from the following:

  • Downloading eBooks with 3M Cloud/OverDrive
  • Managing Your Library Account Online
  • Creating a Gmail Account
  • Viewing Popular Magazines on Flipster
  • Getting Started with Microsoft Word 2010
Call 504-596-2638 to make an... (More)

Thursdays 11am - 12pm

Join us for story time fun with a new story every week. Every Thursday. (More)

Sundays 2pm

Musical Story Time Sundays

Robert E. Smith Library

Children, and their accompanying grown-ups, are invited to sing, dance, and enjoy a good story with us at Smith Library's Musical Sunday Story Times! Every Sunday. (More)

5pm - 6pm

History of the Cocktail (every last Saturday of the month)

Robert E. Smith Library

Join us as we explore the history behind Irish Whiskey! A brief presentation will delve into the details behind this spirit, followed by a tasting. Must be 21+ to attend. Every last Saturday of the month. (More)

9:30am - 1pm

Free ACT Practice Tests @ Your Library!

Robert E. Smith Library

The New Orleans Public Library is now offering Free ACT Practice Tests! Register with the Princeton Review. The test will begin at 9:30am. Please arrive the day of the practice test at least 10 minutes early. You will need to bring a valid photo ID, #2 pencils, and a calculator.... (More)

4:30pm - 5:30pm

Altered Book Club (every last Tuesday of the month)

Robert E. Smith Library

Express your creativity! Come upcycle old books to create art journals! At each club meeting, a new page of the journal will be altered according to a theme, using paint, collage, poetry, etc. All supplies will be provided. Every last Tuesday of the month. (More)


Every Child Ready to Read Workshop: Fun with Words

Robert E. Smith Library

When do children start learning language?
How can I prepare my child for Kindergarten?
Will this help my child in school?
Get the answers and everyday activities that prepare your child from birth to age 5 for success in school. We offer 4 workshop topics, each with different activities, a... (More)

6pm -7pm

Popular Fiction Book Club (every last Thursday of the month)

Robert E. Smith Library

Ever wanted to join a book club? Now's your chance! New additions are always welcome-- just read the book and show up ready to discuss! March's book selection is Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead. Can't make it this month? Get a jump start on next's month's book!
April's book selection... (More)

2pm - 3pm

Learning computer skills is easier than you think! Join us to learn how to use e-mail. We'll set up an account, log in, write letters, send documents and pictures, respond to e-mails, and learn how to keep our inboxes clear of clutter. If you can't make it to the class,... (More)

2pm - 3pm

Senior Writing Workshop

Robert E. Smith Library

We all have a story to tell, whether it's fiction, nonfiction, or poetry. We accept works from all genres. Short stories and memoirs are okay too, even excerpts from your own long-ago diary. We invite all patrons 60 years and up to gather together and share the creative process of... (More)

5pm - 6:30pm

Adult Coloring (every 1st Sunday of the month)

Robert E. Smith Library

Please join us for our BYOB coloring nights. Coloring sheets, pencils, and snacks provided. Must be 21+ to attend. Every 1st Sunday of the month. (More)


Author Talk with Mary LaCoste

Robert E. Smith Library

Local author Mary LaCoste will talk about her book Death Embraced: New Orleans Tombs and Burial Customs, and the rich history of death customs in New Orleans including Lakeview, as well as her own personal history with the area. (More)


Black and White Movie Night (every 2nd Saturday of the month)

Robert E. Smith Library

Join us for a black and white classic. April's movie is TBD. Popcorn and drinks will be provided. All patrons 12 or younger must be accompanied by a guardian. Every 2nd Saturday of the month. (More)

Join us for a night of table top gaming upstairs at Mimi's hosted by the New Orleans Public Library, featuring new, original indie titles, old classic favorites, and everything in between! Bring a few friends or make some new ones. Get a library card, or renew your old one. Check... (More)

3pm - 4pm

Lego Club (every 3rd Saturday of the month)

Robert E. Smith Library

Join us every month to explore books and Legos! It's lots of fun! Every 3rd Saturday of the month. (More)

Come celebrate National Poetry Month with us at the Old Point Bar (545 Patterson Rd. in Algiers Point). Have a drink, and share some words. Read your original work or some pieces by your favorite poets. Or songwriters, because it's Jazz Appreciation Month too! Funny, sad, long, short... we want... (More)

3pm - 4pm

Adult Crafternoon (every 3rd Thursday of the month)

Robert E. Smith Library

Upcycle materials to create unique crafts! All supplies provided, no previous crafting experience required! April's craft: flower wreaths Every 3rd Thursday of the month. (More)