The Library’s Louisiana Division/City Archives department will present “House History 101” at the Hubbell Library at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. This program will give beginners an introduction to the property research resources available in the Louisiana Division/City Archives and is sponsored by the Friends of Hubbell Library.

WOMEN’S HISTORY FILMS: In celebration of Women’s History Month, a documentary series is being held at multiple library locations. This week, “The Girls in the Band” will be shown at the Mid-City Library at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. This film traces the history of several all-girl bands and their struggles, bringing us into the present day, where brilliantly gifted young women are among the finest jazz musicians. These screenings are co-sponsored by Girls Rock New Orleans.

BOOKS GOOD ENOUGH TO EAT: Whip up, bake or otherwise design an edible treat with a book theme and bring it to the Alvar Library to display and share as part of the 2016 Edible Book Festival on Saturday. Entries will be accepted from noon to 2 p.m., with the awards ceremony being held at 2:30 p.m.

Award categories include:

Novel Eats: The most inspired use of literature or literary reference

Upper Crust: Best in show

Cooked Book: Best use of or exploration of a booklike structure

Bound for Greatness: Best in Show for 12 and under

Offensive Tastes: Best inspired use of a banned or challenged book reference.

POETS KNOW IT: April marks the 20th anniversary of National Poetry Month, which was inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996. Over the years, National Poetry Month has become the largest literary celebration in the world, with schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers and poets celebrating poetry’s vital place in our culture. The New Orleans Public Library is celebrating with poetry-related programs throughout the month. Programs this week include:

Poets Reading Poets: 2 p.m. Saturday, Rosa F. Keller Library and Community Center. Gina Ferrara will host this gathering of local poets, who will read from works of their favorite poets.

Poets Who Know It: 6:30 p.m. Monday, Algiers Regional Library. Participants are encouraged to bring original poems or poems by a favorite author to share in this intimate setting.

Youth Poetry Workshops: 5 p.m. Monday, East New Orleans Regional Library. New Orleans Spoken Word Artists workshop that includes poetry-writing and performance, with the goal of building community through writing and strengthening students’ written and verbal communication skills. This will be a monthly series.

PIZZA AND POETS: The library is partnering with Big Class to host multiple Pizza Poetry Project Workshops where participants can receive guidance in creating their own poetry and participate in The Pizza Poetry Project. The next workshop is being held at the Keller Library and Community Center at 4 p.m. Tuesday. Snacks will be provided. The Pizza Poetry Project celebrates National Poetry Month and the power of youth voices by publishing poems by New Orleans writers ages 6-18. Working together with some of the best pizza places in town, Big Class will publish poems of all kinds on pizza boxes, for delivery and pickup on April 15.

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