Operation Photo Rescue, a nonprofit volunteer organization, will be in Metairie on Friday and Saturday to digitally copy photographs damaged by Hurricane Katrina.
OPR will be at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday. This event is free of charge and is open to the public. Anyone with photos damaged from Hurricane Katrina may bring as many as 25 photos to be evaluated for restoration. Photos that can be repaired will be digitally captured with high-end camera equipment and later restored and printed. Restored photos will be mailed to owners at no cost. The original photo remains with the owner.
All photos need to be dry and removed from picture frames and albums. Those that cannot be extracted will still be copied, but the quality may suffer. Photos that are stuck together can be separated by soaking but should first be tested on a corner to see whether the emulsion is stable enough to soak. Further instructions on care can be found at www.operationphotorescue.org.
GRANDMA’S YELLOW PIE PLATE: Beth Gambel, of the LSU AgCenter, presents “Who Gets Grandma’s Yellow Pie Plate?” at 10 a.m. Thursday at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie.
What happens to your nontitled personal belongings when you die? Who decides who gets what? The premise of this event is that there should be a thorough plan of disbursement in the advent of the death of a loved one. If the owner does not create a plan of disbursement, family members and legal representatives may be left to make decisions about the items when a family member dies.
WATER, WATER EVERYWHERE: Carolyn Kolb, a professor of history, will discuss the city’s water infrastructure as part of the monthly meeting of the Jefferson Parish Historical Society at 7 p.m., Thursday at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. According to Kolb, New Orleans failed to solve its water infrastructure problems in the 19th century because a shifting locus of power in a political and financial environment hampered wise decision-making. New Orleans was able to deal with its water difficulties only when those with the power to make or influence decisions had an available technology capable of handling the problem and they chose to use it.
CHILD TRAFFICKING: Stephanie Hepburn, a local author and attorney, will discuss her new book for children, “Conversations With My Daughter About Human Trafficking,” at 7 p.m. Thursday at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. Hepburn’s book focuses on how to start a conversation with children about how people are tricked, extorted and enslaved without exposing them to ideas that may be too mature for them, such as sexual exploitation, rape and the murder of their loved ones.
MEET THE AUTHORS: Three local authors with new books for children, tweens and teens will present and talk about them at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. Missy Wilkinson will discuss “Destroying Angel”; Megan Brady-Perry will discuss “Allen the Alligator Counts Through New Orleans: A New Orleans Kids’ Counting Book”; and Gary Gautier will focus on “Mr. Robert’s Bones.” They will talk about creating literature for kids, tweens and teens, and Brady-Perry will discuss how she funded her book through Kickstarter.
‘HABITS AND WILL’: The Great Books Discussion Group at the Old Metairie Branch Library will start up again when it focuses on “Habits and Will” by John Dewey at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the library, 2350 Metairie Road, Metairie. The Great Books Foundation is dedicated to helping people learn how to think and share ideas by educating them to become participants in, leaders of and advocates for shared inquiry. Information about the Great Books Foundation can be found at www.greatbooks.org.
All programs at the library are free of charge and are open to the public. For more information about programs at the 15 branches of the Jefferson Parish Library, go to www.jplibrary.net or friend the library’s Facebook page for daily programming updates.