Art educator Becky Betancourt will teach “Drawing for Beginners,” a free and fun three-week course. The sessions will be held at the Algiers Regional Library starting Wednesday and continuing Nov. 18 and 25, from 10:30 a.m. to noon. No previous art experience is necessary. Space is limited to 20 participants; reservations are required. To register for the course, please call the Algiers Regional Library at (504) 596-2641.

Faux/Real fest offering

The New Orleans Faux/Real Festival and the Latina Theatre Initiatives of the University of Texas (Rio Grande Valley) have partnered with the Algiers Regional Library and the Children’s Resource Center Library to present the world premier live performance of the play “El Pequeño Gran Circo De Ilusiones” (“The Little Great Circus of Illusions”). Author Mario Lamo-Jiménez will travel from his home in Colombia to attend the performances and will speak with audience members afterward. The show is designed for all ages.

The Latino Theatre Initiatives are past winners of the Best in Show at the Houston Fringe Festival (2012) and an Overall Excellence Award at the New York International Fringe Festival (2011).

Both performances of the play will be held Saturday, beginning at 10:30 a.m. at the Children’s Resource Center Library and at 2:30 p.m. at the Algiers Regional Library.

Children’s Book Week

“Read to the Rhythm” is the theme for the library’s 2015 Children’s Book Week celebrations being held Monday through Nov. 21. Several music-themed performances by Musicollaborative, Curtis Pierre “The Samba Man of New Orleans” and the Porta-Puppet Players are scheduled throughout Children’s Book Week. To see the full schedule of events, please visit

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