Ann Benoit is an award-winning food writer, food photographer and culinary book packager. She is the author and photographer of the Pelican Publishing titles “New Orleans’ Best Seafood Restaurants,” “New Orleans’ Best Ethnic Restaurants” and “Broussard’s Restaurant & Courtyard Cookbook.” She will discuss her books from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, at the Nix Library.

YOUTH POETRY: Alvar Library is hosting a youth poetry workshop with Slam New Orleans, which is a community-based organization and home of Team SNO. The team, established in 2008, promotes literacy, creativity and self-expression by urging youth and adults alike to become vocal about what matters to them.

The workshop for youth and teens will engage participants with poetry both through hearing it and creating their own. The workshop will be held from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

HEALTH INSURANCE INFORMATION: Do you need health insurance? Representatives from the Common Ground Health Clinic will be at the Hubbell Library from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday to assist in selecting coverage. Participants are asked to bring a photo ID/proof of citizenship, Social Security number or I-9, proof of income (W2 or recent pay stub) and policy number for any health insurance currently in force.

DISNEY PREMIERE PARTY: Algiers Regional Library is hosting a premiere party for the Disney series “Miles From Tomorrowland” beginning at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

The party will include storytime, crafts, raffles and a viewing of the first episode of “Miles From Tomorrowland.” Light refreshments will be served.

The program is sponsored by Westbank Macaroni Kid.

Charles Brown is the executive director of the New Orleans Public Library. For more information, visit