The New Orleans Octavia Butler Emergent Strategy Collective is hosting “Kindred: A Celebration of Black Women in the Arts,” which will offer an evening of poetry, multimedia art and more from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Keller Library and Community Center. For information, email

SMALL-SPACE GARDENING: Join Emily Mickley-Doyle, of SproutNOLA, for “How to Garden Anywhere: Gardening in Small Spaces” at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Hubbell Library. The program will focus on vegetables, herbs and pollinating flowers.

FICTION WRITING FOR TEENS: Students ages 12-17 are invited to create an original work of short fiction (up to 20 pages) for a group workshop led by Luke Sirinides, Master of Fine Arts graduate and young adult library associate, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday at the Smith Library. The program continues on the last Thursday of each month. Reservations are required; call contact Sirinides at (504) 596-2638.

HUMAN TRAFFICKING: Stephanie Hepburn will present “Conversation with My Daughter About Human Trafficking” from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Smith Library. Hepburn is a contributor to The Times-Picayune, The Huffington Post and other publications.

AFRICAN-AMERICAN GENEALOGY: Genealogy workshops will be held by the Louisiana Division/City Archives on Saturday at the Main Library. Greg Osborne will lead the “Introduction to African American Genealogy Research” presentation from 10:30 a.m. to noon and will provide an overview of genealogy resources available in the Louisiana Division/City Archives. His discussion will pay special attention to the ways in which these resources address African-American heritage. Isiah Edwards will present “African American Military Experience and Participation in Louisiana (1729-1865)” from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Edwards is retired with 42 years of federal service, over half of that time being in the military. He is the chapter president of the Sons of the American Revolution, Mississippi Gulf Coast Chapter.

CONGO SQUARE: A celebration of Congo Square will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Norman Mayer Library. Events include dancing, drumming, stories and more as part of the “Hallowed Grounds: Sites of African American Memories” events for Black History Month. A Black History Month storytime and craft begins at 11 a.m. The Bamboula 2000 Congo Square Drumming and Dance Workshop begins at noon, and author Carole Boston Weatherford will read from her book “Freedom in Congo Square” at 2 p.m.

ACTING COMPETITION: The 2016 Paul Robeson Student Acting Competition is open to all students in Orleans Parish ages 12-19 and will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Main Library. Participating students must select a black historical figure and then write and perform an original monologue of up to five minutes pertaining to that person. For information about the competition, visit

LEARN CODING: Tech Talent South is offering an afternoon of code instruction for children ages 9-13 from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday at the Keller Library and Community Center.

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