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New Orleans Public Library to hold street name spelling bee

Names like Pontchartrain, Chartres, and Marigny

Can you spell Tchoupitoulas without googling it first? If you can, it might be time to put your skills to the test.

via New Orleans Public Library

Next week, the New Orleans Public Library will host NOLA Street Names Spelling Bee on Friday, June 23 at the Second Line Brewing on 433 Bernadotte Street. The event starts at 6 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

The first-ever NOLA spelling bee is part of the Library’s 2017 adult summer reading program, themed “Build a Better World.”

“We thought a great way to build a better world would be be to bring New Orleans’s residents together through the unique experiences that make us similar, not different,” said Camille Black, the coordinator for the NOLA Street Name Spelling Bee. “Whether new to the city or born and bred, we can all relate to the struggle of whether you pronounce Terpsichore terp-sik-kore, or terp-sik-or-ee.”

“Our street names are one of many characteristics that makes this city so special. If you’re going to get there, you’d better know how to spell it,” she added.

The NOLA street name spelling bee will have a first, second, and third place prizes that are all made possible by local business donations.

The Library will host several other events throughout the summer, including a Geography Bee at Vaughns’s Lounge on Tuesday, June 27, at 7 p.m.

To learn more about the Build a Better World 2017 Summer Reading Program, visit the New Orleans Public Library’s official website.