Sal Serio will lead a series of 14 genealogical seminars for beginners and intermediates over seven weeks this fall at the West Bank Regional Library, 2751 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey.

The courses will focus on the following genealogical issues. Some of the courses will be presented by Serio and some will be presented by guest speakers.

  • Wednesday, Sept. 9: “Introduction to Family Research and Different Types of Forms Used” at 1 p.m. and “Vital Records – Birth, Baptism, Marriage, Death and Other Types” at 2:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 16: “Census Records – 1910 and 1920” at 1 p.m. and “Cemeteries and Obituaries” at 2:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 23: “Immigration and Ship Manifest Records” at 1 p.m. and “German Research” with guest speaker Earl Sundmaker at 2:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Sept. 26: “French Research” with guest speaker Augusta Elmwood at 1 p.m. and “African-American Research” with guest speaker Gaynell Brady at 2:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 30: “Archdiocese Records” with guest speaker Jack Belsom at 1 p.m. and “Using the Latter-Day Saints and Ancestry Websites” at 2:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Oct. 3: “Using Libraries for Research” at 1 p.m. and “Italian Research” with Sal Serio at 2:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 7: “Irish Research” with guest speaker Marguerite Scully at 1 p.m. and “How Genealogy and Family Research Solved a 70-Year-Old World War II Mystery” at 2:30 p.m.

‘LIFE STORMS’: New Orleans native Jennifer Gremillion documents her story of adversity, faith and survival in a new book titled “Life Storms: Hurricane Katrina.” She will discuss the book at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. This character-driven drama displays a wide range of emotions, delving into the characters’ reactions to the crushing storms of life.

WORLD WAR II DISCUSSION: Brian Altobello will discuss the 1943 invasion of Sicily when the World War II Discussion Group meets at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. Sand from Gela and Brolo beaches will be given to anyone who had relatives who participated in the invasion.

MOSQUITO CONTROL: Dinee Devillier, biologist and community education outreach coordinator for a local pest-control company, will discuss mosquito anatomy, life cycle, disease and control at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. Devillier advises homeowners to inspect their yards to ensure that mosquitoes are not using it as a nursery. The session will conclude with patrons’ questions.

KATRINA AUTHOR PANEL: John Batty, a psychiatric nurse and author of a new book, “Voices of Angels: Disaster Lessons From Katrina Nurses,” hosts a panel of Katrina authors that will include Gideon Hodge, Mark Folse, Mikel Schaefer and Michelle Buuck. It happens at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie.

STORYTIME AND YOGA: The West Bank Regional Library hosts stories and activities for children ages 3-7 from 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. every Tuesday. During September, yoga will be added to the mix. The 30-minute yoga class for kids begins at 11 a.m. The library is at 2751 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey.

All programs at the library are free of charge and are open to the public. For more information about programs at the 15 branches of the Jefferson Parish Library, go to www.jplibrary.net.