The Latter Library is closed for repairs through Sunday, Aug. 16. During the repair period, the Friends of the New Orleans Public Library book sale will move from Latter Library to Smith Library in Lakeview.

At the temporary Smith Library book sale location, the Friends will offer thousands of books for sale, from rare first editions never offered to the public to a wide variety of 50-cent books. The sale will feature gardening and decorating books, cookbooks, children’s books and much more.

The temporary book sale is being held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 12 and Aug. 13; and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 15.

NUTRITION PROGRAMS: Strategies for making healthful choices at the table will be highlighted during a six-week series of nutrition programs beginning at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 12, at the Algiers Regional Library, 3014 Holiday Drive. Bertina McGhee, a nutrition agent with the LSU AgCenter, will lead the programs.

The first program will feature a carrot and raisin salad recipe and is called “Make Half Your Plate Fruit and Veggies.” For the full program schedule, visit

BIKE MECHANICS AND SAFETY: Bike Easy is a local nonprofit that works to make bicycle riding easier, safer, and more fun in New Orleans. It is presenting back-to-school bike mechanics and safety workshops at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 15, at the Keller Library, 4300 S. Broad St.; and at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug., 22, at the Norman Mayer Library, 3001 Gentilly Blvd.

Those who attend the programs will learn how to bike with confidence, stay safe on the road, and the basic mechanics and maintenance of bikes. An instructor will be on hand to answer any questions about your bike, biking and biking in New Orleans.

This program is open to all ages, with bicycle accessory door prizes for those under 18 years old.

CAJUN CULTURE: The authors of “Southeast Louisiana Food,” Addie Martin and Jeremy Martin, will speak on the development of what they think of as Cajun culture today, and how it owes a great deal to fisheries, from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 15, at the Algiers Regional Library, 3014 Holiday Drive.

This intriguing presentation will explore the ways in which the fisheries shaped the food, culture, language, and economics of the coastal Cajun people and their homeland of southeast Louisiana. This program is presented by the Algiers Historical Society.

Charles Brown is the executive director of the New Orleans Public Library. To stay informed about library events, sign up for listing emails at