A reception will be held from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday for artist Albert “Woody” Francis, a New Orleans native whose work will be exhibited at the Algiers Regional Library through July 8.

As a child, the fifth of nine in his family, he began to sketch in his leisure time and to assist his father with woodworking projects. This developed into a lifelong passion for art, but it wasn’t until his early 20s that he truly began developing his woodworking talents.

Over the years, he’s created doll furniture, playhouses, household furniture and window art. While working as a painter in Reno, Nevada, he began creating miniature replicas of houses. Now retired, he pursues his art full-time. His work has previously exhibited at the New Orleans Art Center.

THE RIGHT MOVES: New Orleans Chess Fest presents Saturday Summer Chess at the Keller Library & Community Center, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. every Saturday during the summer, through Aug. 16 — except July 2 and July 16. Summer Chess will provide casual games and instruction for all ages and all skill levels.

POETRY TO SHARE: “Poets Who Know It” is the name of a fun evening of poetry being held from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Algiers Regional Library. Participants are encouraged to bring original poems to read or poems by a favorite author to share. Anthologies will be available for inspiration.

SUMMER READING: Registration for the library’s Summer Reading Program is now open, so get in on the events, reading rewards, contests, prizes and raffles. With over 350 events for children, teens and adults, there is truly something for all ages throughout June and July. For more information about the program and to see the full schedule of events, visit nolalibrary.org.

RENOVATION UPDATES: Beginning in the fall, the Mid-City Library will have a new home at 4140 Canal St. The location, in the heart of Mid-City, will feature a program/community meeting space, a larger children’s room, a dedicated teen space, a Spanish language collection and parking.

Work already has begun to prepare the location for library service. During the renovation period, service at the current Mid-City Library, located within the American Can Building, will continue.

As preparations progress, announcements regarding specific open/closing dates for the Mid-City Library will be announced.

Once the new location is ready, the current site will close for about two weeks while materials are moved.

The third and final stage of renovations continue at the Latter Library, but a date has not yet been set for reopening. Once the Latter Library work is completed, renovations will begin at the Nix Library.

To stay informed about upcoming library events, sign up for our weekly events and program event listing emails on our website, nolalibrary.org, or like our Facebook page, facebook.com/neworleanspubliclibrary, and follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/nolalibrary.

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