February is Heart Health Month. The Association for Women in Science, Southern Louisiana, will be doing hands-on activities to illustrate how the heart and cardiovascular system work and why having a healthy heart is important.

This program is for students ages 8 to 14 at:

Saturday, Feb. 21, 1 p.m. at the Children’s Resource Center Library

Friday, Feb. 26, 4:30 p.m. at the Algiers Regional Library.

AUTHOR NIGHT: On Tuesday, Feb. 24 at 6:30 p.m., the Hubbell Library presents Author Night.Gayle Nolan will lead a discussion about the book “What Love Can Do: Recollected Stories of Slavery & Freedom.” This memoir, written by a descendent of slaves on the Jons Plantation in the New Orleans area, is oral history capturing the nod of the head and the unique voice of the storyteller. The author, Arthur Mitchell, died in 2002, but his manuscript has been preserved as closely as possible to its original form.

ESSAY WRITING: Sophie Johnson, of Neutrons/Protons, will lead a workshop focused on the creative nonfiction essay Tuesday, Feb. 24 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Alvar Library. The workshop will explore the form and experimentation of the creative nonfiction essay. Neutrons Protons is an idiosyncratic literary project that operates with unfaltering belief in three primary things: the power of true and honest human stories; the importance of smart and purposeful humor; and the role great writing plays in both.

ONLINE COURSES: The Library now offers hundreds of highly interactive, instructor led online courses that are focused on professional development, technology skills, and personal enrichment. The six-week long courses are taught entirely online by instructors and new sessions begin every month. To see what courses are offered and to learn more visit neworleanspubliclibrary.org.

Charles Brown is the executive director of the New Orleans Public Library. For more information, visit neworleanspubliclibrary.org.