@ the Library: Author Kit Wohl to speak about ‘Classic Celebrations’ _lowres

Kit Wohl

Kit Wohl, the award-winning writer, photographer and artist, will be the featured guest at the December meeting of the Big Easy Author Series at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 16, at the Algiers Regional Library. She has authored 12 cookbooks, most celebrating her native New Orleans and its cuisine. The books include “New Orleans Classic Creole Recipes” and “New Orleans Classic Cocktails.” She will discuss another of her classic cookbooks, “New Orleans Classic Celebrations.”

Cocktail culture

Author Night at Nix Library will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 17. The featured author will be Marvin Allen, a bartender for the past 25 years who is creating cocktails at the Hotel Monteleone’s Carousel Bar. He’s the author of “Magic in a Shaker: A Year of Spirited Libations.” The book is a guide to mixing cocktails, with each chapter covering a spirit, its history and recipes pertaining to that spirit.

Health insurance assistance

The New Orleans Health Department and Common Ground Health Clinic will be at the Hubbell Library at 10 a.m. It will discuss enrollment or re-enrollment for those looking to participate in the program. Assistance will be provided in private, one-on-one sessions and is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

‘Garden’ theater

The Children’s Resource Center Library will host the live play “Miss Gracieux’s Garden” at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 19. “Miss Gracieux’s Garden” is the story of a young triangle, Lae-Lae, who feels alienated in a world of squares. The play follows Lae-Lae’s journey of self-discovery, where she learns to be flexible, how she learns not to assume and how she pulls herself out of misery, all the while taking a stroll through Miss Gracieux’s Garden. Although this play was written for children, the messages are universal, no matter their ages.

Sugar Plum Celebration

The Keller Library and Community Center’s Sugar Plum Celebration will feature seasonal music, crafts, treats, cookie decorating, free children’s and teen books and a visit from a very special jolly guest. The event is sponsored by the New Orleans Public Library Foundation and will be from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 19.

Seasonal Songs

Those who attend the program Seasonal Songs with the New Aurora Saxophone Ensemble are sure to catch the holiday spirit. This fun and festive holiday music program will be from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, at the Algiers Regional Library.

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Charles Brown is the executive director of the New Orleans Public Library.