Authors wondering how to get their books published may benefit from a workshop being led by publishing executive Marcus Oaks. Through the workshop, Oaks, former CEO and president of Household Publishing and Enterprises, will show how to compose a winning query letter, evaluate publishing opportunities and compose a comprehensive book proposal. Other topics will include building a dynamic platform, formatting a manuscript, developing a press kit, marketing techniques, self-publishing/traditional publishing/print on demand, writing styles, sales history, genres that are generally accepted by publishers and what editors look for when receiving solicited material. This workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, at the Main Library, 219 Loyola Ave., New Orleans. To register, call (504) 596-2605.
CHRISTMAS DECORATION WORKSHOP: Brittany Smith will lead a DIY Christmas decoration workshop from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, at the Algiers Regional Library, 3014 Holiday Drive, New Orleans. The workshop is open to all ages, but space is limited to 20 people. To register, call the Algiers Regional Library at (504) 596-2641.
UNFATHOMABLE MAP-MAKING: Students in grades nine through 12 will create a map and essays about New Orleans locations they treasure through the Unfathomable Map-Making program presented by the New Orleans Public Library in partnership with the community writing studio Big Class. The program is inspired by the book “Unfathomable City.” It will take place from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, Dec. 8-10, at the Rosa F. Keller Library and Community Center, 4300 S. Broad St., New Orleans. To register, visit bigclass.org/unfathomable, call (504) 298-3161 or stop by the Big Class Studio at 3718 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans.
HOUR OF CODE: As part of Computer Science Education Week, Hour of Code programs will offer participants an opportunity to work through self-guided activities, alone or in pairs. A limited number of iPads will be available for use. Participants who own a smartphone, tablet or laptop should bring it. No coding experience is necessary. Hour of Code will take place from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, Dec. 9-11, and from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13.
All New Orleans Public Library programs and events are free and open to the public.
Charles Brown is the executive director of the New Orleans Public Library. For more information, visit neworleanspubliclibrary.org.