The New Orleans Public Library will hold a community input session at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Norman Mayer Library, 3001 Gentilly Blvd., New Orleans. The session is being held to obtain ideas to assist in planning and prioritizing future library services and resources. Refreshments will be provided.

‘CRESCENT CITY GIRLS’: LaKisha Simmons, author of “Crescent City Girls: The Lives of Young Black Women in Segregated New Orleans,” will be the featured guest at this month’s Big Easy Author Night at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Norman Mayer Library, 3001 Gentilly Blvd.

Simmons is professor of gender studies at the State University of New York-Buffalo, where she writes and teaches about African-American women’s history, girlhood and segregation. Her book blends social history and cultural studies, re-creating children’s streets and neighborhoods within Jim Crow New Orleans, and offering a rare look into black girls’ personal lives.

PAYROLL AND BENEFITS: The Algiers Economic Development Foundation will present information about payroll and benefits as part of the Mind Your Business series from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Algiers Regional Library, 3014 Holiday Drive.

EARLY LITERACY: A workshop designed to help parents and caregivers build children’s early literacy skills as part of daily routines will be held from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Nix Library, 1401 S. Carrollton Ave., New Orleans.

WINE-MAKING AT HOME: The basics of kit wine-making and fruit wine-making equipment and ingredients will be covered during a program at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Hubbell Library, 725 Pelican Ave.

‘SECOND LINE HOME’: Mona Lisa Saloy, author of “Second Line Home: New Orleans Poems,” will be the featured guest of the Central City Library, 2405 Jackson Ave., Building C, Room 235, at 5:30 p.m. Thursday. The book is a celebration of life in death that captures the solemn grief, ongoing struggle and joyous processions of New Orleans after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.

SPOOKTACULAR FALL FEST: A fall festival will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the Algiers Regional Library, 3014 Holiday Drive. This free family fun event will feature spooky and spontaneous games, delightful delicacies, costume contests, crafts and more.

PROPERTY RESEARCH RESOURCES: As part of American Archives Month, the staff of the Louisiana Division/City Archives will present an introduction to property research resources from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Keller Library and Community Center, 4300 S. Broad St.

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