CAREER WORKSHOPS: The Career Workshop Series, led by Jessica Rareshide, is designed to provide strategies and techniques to job-seekers. The series begins at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 7 and will run through mid-May. Sessions include “Corporation of OneTM Branding for Career Success,” “Science of Resume Writing,” “Interview with Purpose” and “Professional Networking.” The first will be at the Mid-City Library, featuring “Corporation of OneTM Branding for Career Success,” with “Science of Resume Writing” at the same location on Saturday, Jan. 9 at 3 p.m. To see the full schedule of workshops, visit

MONEY MATTERS: Ben Guillory, local State Farm agent, will lead a series of interactive discussions at the Keller Library and Community Center related to financial matters for people of all ages and income levels. Those who attend these discussions will learn practical strategies for maximizing money and moving toward financial freedom. The first discussion is from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 9, and will feature the topic “Preparing for Property Taxes.” Additional discussions about reverse mortgages and Social Security changes will be held in February and March. To see the full session schedule, visit

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