Baton Rouge

Monday, Feb. 5

Person of Interest Book Club: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., EBR Jones Creek Regional Branch Library, 6222 Jones Creek Road. The club will discuss "An American Family: A Memoir of Hope and Sacrifice" by Khizr Khan.

Wednesday, Feb. 7

Resources for African-American Genealogy: 10:30 a.m. to noon, EBR Main Library, 7711 Goodwood Blvd. Due to slavery, prejudice and discrimination against African-Americans, many were routinely excluded from records that could have documented details of their daily lives. Learn search techniques and special records collections that could help find ancestors. To register, call (225) 231-3751. 

Thursday, Feb. 8

African-American Read In: 4:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., EBR Carver Branch Library, 720 Terrace St. Poems and stories by African-American authors will be shared. Youngsters ages 5-11 may sign-up to read something during the program. Refreshments will be served. Call (225) 389-7440 to register.

Saturday, Feb. 10

Historical Newspaper Archives: 10:30 a.m. to noon, EBR Main Library, 7711 Goodwood Blvd. The EBR Parish Library’s Newsbank Historical Newspaper database is home to millions of pages of full scans of Baton Rouge and New Orleans newspapers from 1837 to 2015. This class will teach how to search and sort this large amount of information and uncover stories about people, places and events. Call (225) 231-3751 to register.

Sunday, Feb. 11

Poetry from the Heart: 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., EBR Jones Creek Regional Branch Library, 6222 Jones Creek Road. Poet Pamela Gauthier, from Heartune Creations, will present a workshop for aspiring poets. A reception will follow. Call (225) 756-1150 to register.

Lafayette

Tuesday, Feb. 6

Bayou State Book Talks: 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., LP Main Library, 301 W. Congress St. Join the discussion of "Anthologie de la littérature louisianaise d’expression française de 1682 à nos jours" edited by Mathé Allain, Barry Jean Ancelet, Tamara Lindner and May Rush Gwin Wagoner. Bayou State Book Talks is a monthly discussion series led by authors from Louisiana who have written books that are of interest to Louisianians. The free series is co-sponsored by the Center for Louisiana Studies, UL-Lafayette and the Lafayette Public Library System.

Wednesday, Feb. 7

Beyond Black History Month: 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., P Main Library, 301 W. Congress St. Kim Vaz-Deville, professor and associate dean at Xavier University, will discuss the Baby Dolls, a New Orleans Mardi Gras masking tradition.