“Civil Rights Matter” is a part of the library’s “Created Equal” programming series. It will consist of a screening of “Freedom Riders,” a PBS documentary about a diverse group of volunteers who risked being attacked while traveling into the segregated South to challenge the largely ignored 1961 U.S. Supreme Court decisions overturning racial segregation in interstate travel.
After the screening, a discussion about the similarities between the 1960s civil rights movement and the present-day Black Lives Matter movement will be led by Dr. Kathleen Fitzgerald, a visiting associate professor in Tulane University’s Sociology Department. The program will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at the East New Orleans Regional Library.
RECIPE SWAP: The Southern Food & Beverage Museum and The Museum of the American Cocktail will present “Thirsty 1st Thursdays” at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Smith Library. The presentation from SoFAB’s John & Bonnie Boyd Hospitality and Culinary Library will offer information about the library and its treasure trove of menus, cookbooks and myriad food-related items, as well as the creation and sharing of spirited holiday drink recipes.
FUN FEST: The Rosa F. Keller Library and Community Center Holiday Fun Fest will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday. The Fun Fest will offer holiday music, arts, crafts, games, refreshments and free books for children and teens. This program is sponsored by the New Orleans Public Library Foundation.
LEARN COMPUTER CODING: Tech Talent South will feature a series called the Hour of Code, one of the largest learning events in its history. The program offers aspiring Web developers and programmers of all ages the opportunity to learn about computer coding from the Tech Talent South team and alumni. No experience is needed, and the program is open to ages 6 and up. The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in more than 180 countries. One-hour tutorials are available in more than 40 languages at code.org. The Hour of Code will be held at the Rosa F. Keller Library & Community Center from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 7, 8, and 9.
‘DUNCES’ RECIPES: Join author Cynthia LeJeune Noble as she discusses her book, “A Confederacy of Dunces Cookbook: Recipes from Ignatius J. Reilly’s New Orleans,” which offers recipes inspired by the delightfully commonplace and always delicious fare of Ignatius and his cohorts.
Through an informative narrative and almost 200 recipes, Nobles explores the intersection of food, history and culture found in the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, opening up a new avenue into New Orleans’ rich culinary traditions. This event will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Smith Library.
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Charles Brown is the executive director of the New Orleans Public Library.