Environmental contest’s winning displays and essays are on exhibit at Jeff Library – NOLA.com

Check out the winning entries in a student environmental competition at the Jefferson Parish Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. The Non-point Source Storm Water Pollution and Solutions poster and essay contest was open to Jefferson Parish students in grades three through eight. Winning posters and essays are on display until Dec. 18.

More than 30 winners snagged first, second and third places, as well as honorable mention plaudits. The first-place winners are: David Marks, third grade, Metairie Academy; Ava Jacob, fourth grade, Kenner Discovery Health Science Academy; Cameron Vaughn, fifth grade, Metairie Academy; Evan Twickler, sixth grade, John Curtis Christian Elementary School; and Cadance Corcoran, seventh grade, St. Christopher School.

The contest, conducted by the Jefferson Parish Department of Environmental Affairs, raises public awareness of non-point source pollution, such as leakage of automotive fluids, fertilizers and pesticides, pet wastes, green waste and construction run-off.

Third- through sixth-grade contestants submitted posters, and the seventh and eighth graders submitted essays. The students depicted or described at least one source of non-point source pollution and presented potential solutions.

The awards ceremony was postponed several times due to COVID and hurricanes, but Parish President Cynthia Lee Sheng recognized the contest and the winners at the parish council meeting Nov. 4, in Gretna.

Ribbons were awarded to first-, second- and third-place winners in the poster and essay categories, and certificates of honorable mention also were awarded in each category.

COMPUTER CLASSES: The Jefferson Parish Library is offering more in-person computer classes. The courses listed below occur at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. Seating is limited and social distancing guidelines, including masks, apply. Patrons who register for these courses and then learn they cannot attend should cancel their reservations to make room for others.

Excel 2:10 a.m., Dec. 2

Take what you learned in Excel Part 1 and dig deeper. Students cover functions, conditional formulas and creating charts from spreadsheet data. Those who do not know the basics of using Microsoft Excel will find this course difficult.

Internet Basics:2 p.m., Dec. 3

In this basic introduction to the internet, patrons cover topics such as connecting to the internet, the features of a web browser, using a search engine and basic terminology. This class is not recommended for those who do not know how to work a mouse.

Basic Computer Skills:2 p.m., Dec. 7

This introductory course helps patrons understand and become more comfortable using a computer. Topics covered: using a mouse, locating and opening a program, moving icons and creating folders. This class is designed for those with little to no computer experience but is open to all skill levels. It combines online training and hands-on exercises with a trainer present.

NO, NO NANOWRIMO: The Jefferson Parish Library usually hosts events surrounding National Novel Writing Month each November, but this year was a bit of a bust. This annual event encourages writers to track their progress, set milestones, and connect with other writers. We hope the program will return next year. In the meantime, the library has other resources for writers. Go to RBDigital, which can be found under the database tab on the librarys homepage. The following magazines can be downloaded free with a library card: Creative Nonfiction; The Paris Review; Poets & Writers Magazine; The Writer; New York Review of Books; and Writers Digest.

MORE 'DRAGON TATOO': If youre a fan of Scandinavian crime novels, youll be happy to know that JPL has the three latest books in the Lisbeth Salander series that started with "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo." Stieg Larsson wrote the first three books before he died in 2004. The next three are written by Swedish journalist and author David Lagercrantz. They are "The Girls in the Spiders Web," "The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye," and "The Girl Who Lived Twice." Larsson had originally planned a series of 10 books featuring Salander, the antisocial lead character. The library also has many other books in the Scandinavian crime genre, which has become very popular.

THANKSGIVING FOR KIDS: Hoopla is a great resource for children to learn more about the history and traditions of Thanksgiving. With audiobook, eBook and film selections, the free resource has content about Thanksgiving customs, including children's stories such as "How to Catch a Turkey" and "The Berenstain Bears Give Thanks." To access Hoopla, go to the librarys website, then to the tab titled Digital Resources, then to Hoopla.

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