Alvar Library

Alvar Library
913 Alvar Street
New Orleans, LA 70117 (504) 596-2667 Directions Events News


Library Manager - Adrienne Johnson

Located in the Bywater neighborhood, the Alvar Library was built by the WPA in 1940 and is a fine example of the Art Deco architectural style of that period. Weekly, we offer computer tutoring, storytime, and crafts. Collection highlights include locally-made comics and zines.

Upcoming Events

Thursdays 11am - 1pm

Basic Computer Training

Alvar Library

Learn the basics about computers in this class. Every Thursday. (More)

Tuesdays 11am

Toddler Story Time

Alvar Library

Join us for story time, which includes stories, singing, movement and crafts for babies and children to up to age 5. Every Tuesday. (More)

Saturdays 2pm - 4pm

Community Composting with New Orleans Public Library/ Compostaje en New Orleans Public Library

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Weekly Food Waste Drop-Off DID YOU KNOW: Americans throw out over 36 million tons of food waste each year. Once in landfi lls, food breaks down to produce methane, a potent greenhouse gas which contributes to climate change. Now, you can bring your frozen food scraps to our weekly food... (More)

3pm - 4pm

Alvar Book Club

Alvar Library

We will discuss George Orwell's 1984. Please be sure to have read the book before attending. Light refreshments will be provided. (More)


Pizza Poetry

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The New Orleans Public Library is teaming up with Big Class to write poetry and eat greasy treats! Come to our workshop and your poetry may be published and delivered on a pizza box on Pizza Poetry Day - Friday, April 21. The Pizza Poetry Project celebrates National Poetry Month... (More)

6pm - 7:30pm

100 Things to Do in New Orleans Before You Die

Alvar Library

Are you looking for someplace new to take all of those out-of-town visitors? Or do you just want to explore your city? New Orleans food and travel writer Beth D'Addono has plenty of novel and exciting ideas she will share with you at her book talk. There's something here for... (More)

2pm - 3:30pm

In the Garden Writers' Workshop (every 2nd Saturday of the month)

Alvar Library

Participants will meet monthly to work on writing projects and share their work. The program will be facilitated by staff member Henri Fourroux who writes and publishes poetry and staff member Sara Jacobelli who writes and publishes short stories. Local and visiting authors will stop by periodically to read their... (More)


Every Child Ready to Read Workshop: Fun with Math & Science

Alvar 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)

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)

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)

2pm - 3:30pm

A Reading in the Garden

Alvar Library

Come hear our poets and prose writers from the 2016-2017 In the Garden Writers' Workshop read their work! There will be a few special surprise guests. Light refreshments will be served. (More)