Horticulture Extension Agent Sarah Bertrand, of the LSU AgCenter, will discuss the steps to create a school garden and help teachers develop a school garden plan at two library presentations.
The first presentation will be from 9 a.m. to noon Jan. 24 at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. The second presentation will be from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 24 at the West Bank Regional Library, 2751 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey.
Though the two presentations are geared mostly for teachers who want to create gardens in their schools, they are free of charge and are open to the public. Registration is not required.
Each participant will leave the workshop with a beginning draft of a garden proposal, including ideas for garden placement, design, curriculum integration, maintenance and funding.
WHAT’S UP, TIGER LILY?: The Southeastern Louisiana Daylily Society meets to discuss one of the nation’s most popular plants. Two presentations focus on recent daylily confabs — the Baton Rouge Regional Convention and the National Convention held in Ashville, North Carolina. It’s free of charge and open to the public at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, at East Bank Regional Library in Metairie.
OLD METAIRIE GREAT BOOKS DISCUSSION GROUP:The book to be discussed during this session is “Antony and Cleopatra” by William Shakespeare. The library has two Great Books Clubs, but this is the one connected to the Great Books Foundation and the concept of Shared Inquiry, and will be held at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 20, at Old Metairie Branch Library, 2350 Metairie Road, Metairie.
EBR’S GREAT BOOKS DISCUSSION GROUP: Members discuss Dickens’ “A Tale of Two Cities.” After 18 years as a political prisoner in the Bastille, the aging Doctor Manette is finally released and reunited with his daughter in England. There, the lives of two very different men, Charles Darnay, an exiled French aristocrat, and Sydney Carton, a disreputable but brilliant English lawyer, become enmeshed through their love for Lucie Manette. Discussion is 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 20, at East Bank Regional Library in Metairie.
PARENTING SEMINAR: During the presentation titled “Parenting in the 21st Century, What’s In and What’s Out,” participants will have a conversation about the components of great parenting and how they can improve on parenting skills of their parents and grandparents. The presentation will explore the philosophy of The Conscious Parent by Shefali Tsabary, Ph.D., which focuses on the idea that children function as ushers of the parents’ development instead of being merely the receiver of the parents’ psychological and spiritual legacy. Free of charge and open to the public. 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 20, at East Bank Regional Library in Metairie.
FREE CONCERT: The American Legion Post 175 presents a concert of popular songs and marches at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 21, at West Bank Regional Library, 2751 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey.
SOUTHERN LADIES AND SUFFRAGISTS: Author Miki Pfeffer talks about her new book, “Southern Ladies and Suffragists,” which chronicles the successes and setbacks of a lively cast of post-bellum women in the first Woman’s Department at the 1884 World’s Fair. Celebrities such as Julia Ward Howe and Susan B. Anthony brought national debates on women’s issues to the South for the first time, and journalists and ordinary women reacted. 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 21, at East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie.
LIFE COACHING WITH CAROL FLEISCHMAN: Life coaching draws upon a variety of tools and techniques from other disciplines such as sociology, psychology and neuroscience to foster positive adult development and career counseling with an aim toward helping people identify and achieve personal goals at 10 a.m. Jan. 22 at East Bank Regional Library, Metairie.
MISSISSIPPI STEAMBOATS: Christina Vella, professor of history at Tulane University, talks about the history of steamboats, including the dangerous steamboat races that occurred along the Mississippi River at 7 p.m. Jan. 22 at East Bank Regional Library in Metairie.
For information about programs at the 15 branches of the Jefferson Parish Library, visit www.jplibrary.net or friend the library’s Facebook page for programming updates.