Capital Area Court Appointed Special Advocate Association is in need of volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children in foster care to reach safe, permanent homes.

Orientation sessions lasting 45 minutes will be held at 848 Louisiana Ave. at 1 p.m. Feb. 5, 10 a.m. Feb. 13, 12:30 p.m. Feb. 16, 6 p.m. Feb. 25 and noon Feb. 29.

The next volunteer training course begins May 3. For information, visit casabr.org, email volunteer@casabr.org or call (225) 379-8598.

Author talk planned

Joseph Wiltz will present his new book, “A Slave to a System of Crime,” from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Main Library in conference room B.

The book looks at the justice system and its effects on the mental and psychological state of the incarcerated.

Wiltz is an author, motivational speaker and entrepreneur with experience as a police officer, prison guard and owner of a private investigation firm.

Teen clothing swap

Teens looking for something new to them can bring in clothes they’ve outgrown and shop for something different at the Main Library’s teen clothing swap from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in the Teen Room.

Clothing must be in good condition with no stains, rips or holes. Scarves, purses, nail polish and other accessories also will be accepted.

Show a little love

The Main Library invites children ages 2 to 11 to the Children’s Picture Book Area daily through Feb. 11 to make valentines for nursing home residents. There will be no card making on Feb. 9. All children younger than age 9 must be accompanied by an adult.

African American Read In

Carver Branch Library’s African American Read In, sharing poems and stories by African-American authors, will be held from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday in meeting room 2. Call (225) 389-7460 to register.

BREC Art Imagination

Children ages 5 to 12 can let their imagination run free from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Blueberry Street Park. Create arts and crafts projects after receiving inspiration from reading and/or hearing an illustrated story from a book, movie, poster or other medium.

Ballroom dance lessons

Independence Community Park offers ballroom dance classes from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Feb. 4. Learn dance movements in a variety of partner dancing styles. Call (225) 928-7860 for information.

Teen/tween trivia

“Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” is the focus of teen/tween trivia from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 4 in River Center Branch Library’s second-floor Children’s Room. Challenge your friends, enjoy some food, win prizes and make zombie valentine cards.

Contact Mid City Advocate Editor Darlene Denstorff by phone, (225) 388-0215 or (225) 603-1998, or email southside@theadvocate.com.