The Jefferson Parish Library has a new auto repair database for those who need to fix their cars.

The database is provided by Chilton Library, a publisher of automobile manuals and catalogs. It is available through the library’s website.

The database includes features such as:

  • Maintenance and specification tables that provide data for specific vehicles
  • Step-by-step service and repair procedures and a labor-estimating tool
  • Vacuum diagrams for troubleshooting
  • Wiring diagrams to help explain system operation
  • Close-up photographs and illustrations
  • ASE test prep quizzes for the most popular certification exams.

Access to the database requires a Jefferson Parish Library card.

WRITING PARANORMAL MYSTERIES: Sally Michelle Jackson is the author of several paranormal mysteries, including her latest, “The Darkness Survives.” All are set in New Orleans. She will discuss how to create a paranormal mystery and how to create a series featuring paranormal characters and events.

Free and open to the public. 7 p.m., Tuesday, East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie.

GENEALOGY CLASS: Earl Sundmaker discusses German ancestry and how to track it down. 1 p.m., Wednesday, May 6, East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie.

ORCHIDS THEN AND NOW: A former president of the New Orleans Orchid Society will be the speaker when the Friends of the Jefferson Public Library holds its quarterly general meeting at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 6, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. Ann Roth will discuss “Orchids Then and Now,” a brief history of orchid cultivation and a review of current practices. Free and open to the public.

WORLD WAR II AFTERMATH IN AUSTRIA: Gunter Bischof, a history professor at the University of New Orleans, will speak on the immediate aftermath of World War II in his native Austria when the World War II Discussion Group meets at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 7, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie.

Bischof focuses on American and European diplomatic history of the 20th century, especially Cold War international relations. He also is interested in the history of 20th-century wars, especially World War II and the Vietnam War. He has written on prisoner-of-war treatment and memory of World War II. Other interests are biography, historical memory and Austrian history, especially Austrian foreign policy. He is also a historian of the Marshall Plan and its legacies. Free and open to the public.

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