AARP is providing free tax preparation services through April 17 at four library locations. No appointment is required; the service is provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

Keller Library & Community Center

Tuesdays, Feb. 16 through April 12, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Wednesdays, Feb. 3 through 17, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Thursdays, March 3 through April 14, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Norman Mayer Library

Tuesdays, Feb. 16 through April 12, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Thursdays, Feb. 4 through April 14, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

East New Orleans Regional Library

Wednesdays, Feb. 3 through April 13, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Algiers Regional Library

Mondays, Feb. 8 through April 11, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

BOOKS TO MOVIES: Big Screen/Best Sellers is the name of a new quarterly program in which a movie based on a popular book will be shown, followed by a discussion about the print and film versions.

Refreshments inspired by the story will be provided. The first Big Screen Best/Sellers program will feature the film and book “Chocolate” (PG-13) and be held at the Keller Library and Community Center at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.

BOUNCE QUEEN: Big Freedia, Queen of Bounce, has gone from a New Orleans phenomenon to a national one, and she is coming to the Main Library at 2 p.m. Saturday as part of the library’s 2016 Black History Month Celebration. She will be talking about her new book “Big Freedia: God Save the Queen Diva,” her music and future plans along with a question-and-answer session and book signing.

CHILD-HEALTH DOCUMENTARY: “The Raising of America” is a documentary that explores how a strong start for children can lead to a healthier, stronger and more equitable America. “The Raising of America” is the first national, fully integrated media/public engagement project that aims to reframe the way Americans look at early child health and development and seeks to spark a national conversation that asks: What can be done to better assure the conditions all babies and young children need to thrive?

This screening is presented by Healthy Start New Orleans, Urban Strategies New Orleans and Tulane University School of Public Health and is being held at the Algiers Regional Library at 2 p.m. Saturday.

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