- MARDI GRAS FUN: 10:30 a.m., River Center Branch Library, 120 St. Louis St., Children’s Room. (225) 389-4957. Youngsters ages 6-11 can listen to “Jenny Giraffe’s Mardi Gras Ride” by Cecilia Casrill Dartez and color their own mask to wear on Mardi Gras.
- BOOK TALK: 3-5 p.m. Scotlandville Branch Library, 7373 Scenic Highway. (225) 354-7540. Retired English teacher Katie Fluker will discuss the 2015 One Book: “Confederacy of Dunes.”
Sunday, Feb. 22
- AFRICAN AMERICAN READ-IN: 2:30 p.m., Eden Park, 5131 Greenwell Springs Road. (225) 231-3240. Celebrate the 26th annual National African American Read-In by reading and/or listening to selections from poems, books and speeches by African American authors. Check with Children’s Room staff for reading selections for children and adults. Children must be 5+ to read. Register at the Children’s Desk.
- AFRICAN CUISINE & CULTURE: 3 p.m., South Regional Library, 6101 Johnston St. Nutritionist Tiffany Williams shows how to cook Kelewele (spicy fried plantains). lafayette.lib.la.us/.
- WRITERS & READERS SYMPOSIUM 2015: 8:30 a.m., Hemingbough Cultural Arts Center, 10101 La. 965. A Celebration of Literature and Art. Authors Abigail Padgett, Ava Haymon, Moira Crone and Richard Sexton will read from and discuss their work, as well as their creative process. There also will be a juried photographic exhibit of images that connect in some way with writing or literature. For tickets, visit brownpapertickets.com/event/892046.