The library has partnered with the Louisiana State Bar Association to host free legal-advice sessions through the Lawyers In Libraries program. These sessions are an opportunity for the public to discuss legal concerns one on one with a local lawyer.

The Lawyers In Libraries program is part of a larger Louisiana State Bar Association initiative called the Legal Education and Assistance Program. In 2014, 125 attorneys representing all 64 parishes provided direct assistance to their communities through this program. Appointments are encouraged by contacting the participating libraries, with walk-in appointments on an as-available basis. The Lawyers In Libraries program does not handle criminal cases. All Lawyers In Libraries sessions will be held Thursday at the following times and locations:

10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Norman Mayer Library, 3001 Gentilly Blvd., (504) 596-3100

2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Keller Library & Community Center, 4300 S. Broad St., (504) 596-2660

4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Algiers Regional Library, 3014 Holiday Drive, (504) 596-2641

4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Smith Library, 6301 Canal Blvd., (504) 596-2638

Healing with poetry

The final Poems & Pink Ribbons workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday at the Keller Library & Community Center. The workshop theme is “We Ain’t Afraid Of No Cancer,” and it will be led by Jarvis DeBerry. Following the workshop, a Celebrate Life reception will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and workshop participants will share their work. Poems & Pink Ribbons is a community writing workshop that allows breast cancer patients, survivors and their families a way to use writing to navigate grief and loss and to find support. Now in its fifth year, Poems & Pink Ribbons welcomes anyone affected by cancer to share in this healing workshop.

Halloween Day events

Special Spooky Saturday Story Time is at 11 a.m., and Gross Science experiments are at 3 p.m. at the Smith Library. There’s all-day trick-or-treating.

The Keller Spooktacular offers creepy crafts, terrifying treats and gruesome games from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Costumes are encouraged for trick-or-treating throughout the Main Library and for the Not So Scary Trick or Treating Halloween Celebration that will feature games and crafts from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

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