The New Orleans Public Library will hold its second annual Back-to-School Rally Fun Fest from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, at the Main Library and Duncan Plaza. An event for all ages, the Back-to-School Rally will feature live music, exhibits, food, a book and school supply giveaway and more. The Back-to-School Rally will serve as a celebration geared toward promoting education and literacy in the New Orleans and preparing for the new school year.

The rally will feature live musical performances by local artists such as the Albert Einstein Jazz Ensemble, Uptown Music Theatre, Bamboula 2000 and Baby Boyz Brass Band.

Parents, children and teens will be offered a variety of activities during the event, including rock climbing, mobile video games, a spoken-word workshop and a literacy lounge exclusively for teenagers.

Complimentary pizza, snoballs and bottled water will be available, and local food trucks will be on-site featuring their menu items at a reduced rate. Event attendees will also have the opportunity to receive free health screenings provided by Daughters of Charity.

The event will include interactive exhibits by community partners, including the Louisiana Children’s Museum, United Way of Greater New Orleans, New Orleans Kids Partnership, Energy Smart, Total Community Action and New Orleans Crime Prevention. The Orleans Parish School Board and Amerigroup will be on-site donating book bags and school supplies while supplies last.

‘Southern Ladies And Suffragists’: The July edition of Author Night at Nix features Miki Pfeffer discussing her book “Southern Ladies and Suffragists: Julia Ward Howe and Women’s Rights at the 1884 New Orleans World’s Fair.” Pfeffer holds a Ph.D. in urban history and is a visiting scholar at Nicholls State University. “Southern Ladies and Suffragists: Julia Ward Howe and Women’s Rights at the 1884 New Orleans World’s Fair” follows a lively cast of women at the 1884 World’s Fair in New Orleans as they struggle through controversies to showcase their industry, arts, science and inventions. This program will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Nix Library, 1401 S. Carrollton Ave. Wine and cheese will be served.

Acting workshop: Sonia Lopez will hold a TV, film and commercial acting workshop for teens and adults from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Rosa F. Keller Library & Community Center, 4300 S. Broad St. In this Hollywood South how-to, participants will learn how to book acting jobs, meet and secure an agent, use improvisation in an audition and bring a script to life. The workshop includes on-camera work. Beginners to professionals are invited; reservations are required by calling (504) 596-2660 or sending email to

Summer reading program: Summer Reading Program events continue through July. The many events include a puppet show by the Ogden teen docents at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Algiers Regional Library, 3014 Holiday Drive; and at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Keller Library, 4300 S. Broad St.

The Audubon Nature Institute’s AquaVan, Wetlands Wildlife Express and Bugmobile will be visiting multiple library locations in connection with the Summer Reading Program. The AquaVan will be making a stop at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, at the Norman Mayer Library, 3001 Gentilly Blvd. The BugMobile will be visiting the Mayer Library at 11 a.m. July 21; the Mid-City Library, 3700 Orleans Ave. at 2 p.m. Tuesday; and the Central City Library, 2405 Jackson Ave., at 2 p.m. July 23. The Wetlands Wildlife Express will make stops at the Nix Library, 1401 S. Carrollton Ave., at 11 a.m. Tuesday; and at the Smith Library, 6501 Canal Blvd., at 3 p.m. Tuesday.

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