The American Library Association has held Banned Books Week during the last week of September since 1982 as a way to not only encourage readers to examine challenged literary works but also promote intellectual freedom in libraries, schools and bookstores.

New Orleans Public Library Banned Books Week events include:

Dangerous Ideas Trivia Night, for ages 16 and older, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30, at the Mid-City Library, 3700 Orleans Ave.

Dirty Poetry Night, for those 18 and older, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, at the Alvar Library, 913 Alvar St.

Teen Open Mic and Read-In, for ages 13 to 17, at 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2, at the Main Library, 219 Loyola Ave.

Censorship and the Arts, a program for ages 18 and older, shining a spotlight on famous acts of media censorship, at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2, at the Main Library, in partnership with the New Orleans Gulf South Booksellers Association and American Civil Liberties Union.

“FINDING SAMUEL LOWE”: Paula Williams Madison will be reading, discussing and signing her book “Finding Samuel Lowe: China, Jamaica, Harlem” at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, at the Main Library, 219 Loyola Ave. “Finding Samuel Lowe” describes how Madison, a Jamaican-American woman, went in search of her mother’s father, Samuel Lowe, and discovered her own Chinese roots. Madison is chairwoman and CEO of Madison Media Management, which managers such companies as The Africa Channel. Madison is also vice president of the Los Angeles Police Commission. She spent 22 years with NBC, where she was most recently the executive vice president of diversity and was a vice president of the General Electric Co. Honored for corporate leadership and community outreach, Madison was named one of the “75 Most Powerful African Americans in Corporate America” by Black Enterprise Magazine in 2005 and included in the Hollywood Reporter’s “Power 100.”

COMPUTERS FOR SENIORS: The Tulane School of Public Health will present “Five Basic Things to Know About Computers,” a four-week computer course for seniors, at 11 a.m. Tuesdays, beginning Oct. 6, at the Algiers Regional Library, 3014 Holiday Drive. The course will guide participants through the hardware and software components of the most popular user devices and teach how to navigate the Internet. To reserve a seat, call the Algiers Regional Library at (504) 596-2641 or visit the circulation desk.

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