The library and the Algiers Historical Society will present Alice Calking Lowe, a native Algerine and longtime member of the Algiers Historical Society, to discuss the history of Depression-era glass and show some cherished pieces from her personal collection. After the presentation, she also will help to identify any pieces attendees bring to the meeting. Lowe has been a Depression-era glass collector for 45 years and a member of the Crescent City Depression Glass Society for 36 years. This program will be held at the Algiers Regional Library Saturday at 10 a.m.

LOCAL ARTIST FEATURED: The artwork of New Orleans native Bruce M. Washington, formerly Bruce Davenport Jr., will be on display at the Children’s Resource Center Library through March 15. Washington lives and works in the Lower 9th Ward and devotes his time to meticulous graphic re-enactments of New Orleans history, including the local musical culture of junior high and high school marching bands. World renowned as an artist, with exhibits in Italy, France and Japan, Washington’s work has been applauded by art critics for breaking down the partition separating folk art from fine art. Washington’s work will be accompanied by the works of several other local artists.

BLACK HISTORY MONTH: The library is presenting a full schedule of events throughout February in honor of Black History Month. Events this week include:

Paul Robeson Student Acting Competition workshops led by Rebecca Mwase, co-director of LOUD, at 3 p.m. Friday, at the East New Orleans Regional Library, and at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Algiers Regional Library.

Kyndra Joi will introduce Gullah folklore from the Sea Islands of South Carolina, where the descendants of enslaved people have formed and preserved a unique language and traditions called Gullah. The program features a Gullah dance demonstration and will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, at the East New Orleans Regional Library.

WWL-TV’s Sheba Turk will be the celebrity reader at the Algiers Regional Library’s storytime at 4 p.m. Monday.

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Charles Brown is the executive director of the New Orleans Public Library.