Kevin A. Caillouet, a research entomologist with the St. Tammany Parish Mosquito Abatement District, will talk about the West Nile virus at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie.
Caillouet’s presentation is presented by NOLA Science Café. Science cafés are events that take place in casual settings and feature an engaging conversation with a scientist about a particular topic. They welcome people who may or may not typically get involved in scientific discussions. They are not club meetings for scientists and science majors, nor do they take place exclusively in lecture halls or science museums. Science cafés happen in informal community gathering spaces all over the world.
According to Caillouet, every spring, thousands of birds hatch into a harsh reality of predators, parasites and pathogens. This seasonal pulse of susceptible West Nile virus avian hosts and abundant mosquito vectors fuel the potential for West Nile outbreaks in humans. Techniques combining thermal imaging, fieldwork and mathematical models are leading to new insights into the ecology of the virus.
ITALIAN GENEALOGY RESEARCH: Sal Serio, curator of the American Italian Research Center at the East Bank Regional Library in Metairie, will discuss Italian research at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. There is no class on May 11. The session for May 18 focuses on archdiocese records with guest speaker Jack Belsom.
CREATIVE WRITING: Elizabeth Desimone, a local author and teacher, will lead a creative writing seminar at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. Desimone will focus on dialogue. In 2012, she received her master’s degree in fiction writing from Oklahoma State University. Her work has appeared in Cricket magazine and on BustedHalo.com. She’s been working on a young adult fantasy series for the past five years.
DIABETES MANAGEMENT: Dr. Kathy Carstarphen, a specialist in internal medicine, will discuss diabetes self-management skills at 10 a.m. on Thursday at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon, Metairie. This event is held in conjunction with the Jefferson Parish Office of Senior Services. Carstarphen will discuss many issues about diabetes, including the A1C test and how often one should get it; good A1C targets; self-tests for blood sugar and good target ranges for self-tests; diabetes and pregnancy; and blood pressure and cholesterol tests.
RAISING FINANCIALLY AWARE KIDS: Bennett Blackledge and Kristin House, both of the Gulf Coast Bank and Trust Co., talk about “Raising Financially Aware Kids” at 7 p.m. Thursday at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. They say it is important that children learn what they can do with money early in life so they will apply the lessons learned at home as they face the real world in future years. This session provides strategies for parents and grandparents.
WORLD WAR II DISCUSSION GROUP: Mike Alexander will speak on the bloody Battle of Aachen at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 5, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. Much of the German city was destroyed, and both sides suffered heavy losses. It was one of the largest urban battles fought by U.S. forces in World War II and the first city on German soil to be captured by the Allies.
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.