Many libraries will be closed or closing early this week due to their proximity to Mardi Gras parade routes. Closures include:

THURSDAY, FEB. 12: The Latter Library and the Children’s Resource Center Library will close at 2 p.m. All other libraries will close at 4 p.m.

FRIDAY, FEB. 13: The Main Library, Martin Luther King Library and Central City Library will close at 4 p.m.

SATURDAY, FEB. 14: The Latter Library, Children’s Resource Center Library, Mid-City Library and Algiers Regional Library will be closed all day, and all other libraries will close at 2 p.m.

SUNDAY, FEB. 15: All libraries will be closed all day.

MONDAY, FEB. 16: The Latter Library and Children’s Resource Center Library will be closed all day and all other libraries will close at 2 p.m.

TUESDAY, FEB. 17: All libraries will be closed all day.

The New Orleans Public Library is celebrating Black History Month with a wide variety of programs and events throughout February.

All Orleans Parish students ages 12 to 19 are encouraged to enter the Paul Robeson Student Acting Competition being held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, at the Main Library, 219 Loyola Ave. To enter, students must choose a figure from black history; write an original monologue, no longer than 5 minutes, incorporating events from that person’s life; and perform it at the competition. The deadline for entry is Wednesday, Feb. 25. For information, visit neworleanspubliclibrary.org.

The Alvar Library, 913 Alvar St., is hosting a youth poetry workshop with Slam New Orleans, which is a community-based organization and home of Team SNO. The team, established in 2008, promotes literacy, creativity and self-expression by urging youth and adults alike to become vocal about what matters to them. The workshop for youth and teens will engage participants with poetry both through hearing it and creating their own. The workshop will be from noon to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14.

Charles Brown is the executive director of the New Orleans Public Library. For more information, visit neworleanspubliclibrary.org.