“Cops and Authors,” a small mystery writers’ conference featuring three police officers/authors, will occur at 10 a.m. Saturday at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie.
“Cops and Authors” is designed to provide hands-on, practical information to local mystery and crime writers, but it is also open to anyone who wants to understand more fully the concepts of police procedure. All of the police officers who will speak have written fictional works. The session will include:
10 a.m.: “New Orleans as a Partner in Crime” with O’Neil De Noux, a detective with the Southeastern Louisiana University Police Department in Hammond
11:15 a.m.: “Cop Culture” with Scott Silverii, retired Thibodaux chief of police
12:30 p.m.: “Inside the Mind of a Police Sniper” and “Post Traumatic Stress Disorder” with B.J. Bourg, a patrol officer, detective and SWAT officer; and Amanda Bourg, a psychologist.
FIRST-TIME AUTHORS: Three new fiction authors will discuss their first novels at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the East Bank Regional Library. The books and their authors are: “Chrissie Warren: Pirate Hunter,” by John Baur; “Surrender,” by Jill Collins; and “Three Only Children,” by Cheryl Rogers. They will talk about how they put their ideas down on paper and how they got their works published.
PET RESCUE: Amanda Roberts of the Critter Adoption, Rescue and Education Society will give a presentation on efforts to pull dogs and cats out of high-kill animal shelters at 7 p.m. Thursday at the East Bank Regional Library. The program will raise awareness of the issues involved and provide information about volunteer opportunities for transport coordinators.
FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS: Marjorie R. Esman, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana, will discuss the First Amendment and books at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the East Bank Regional Library. This event is part of Banned Books Week, the national book community’s annual celebration of the freedom to read. Hundreds of libraries and bookstores across the country draw attention to the problem of censorship by displaying challenged books and hosting events.
IMMIGRANT GENEALOGY: Sal Serio will hold two sessions of his popular genealogy course Wednesday at the West Bank Regional Library, 2751 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey. They are: “Immigration and Ship Manifest Records” at 1 p.m.; and “German Research” at 2:30 p.m. with guest speaker Earl Sundmaker. The next genealogy classes will occur Saturday: “French Research” with guest speaker Augusta Elmwood is at 1 p.m. and “African-American Research” with guest speaker Gaynell Brady is at at 2:30 p.m.
NUTRITION CLASSES: Karen Walker, nutrition agent with the Jefferson Parish office of the LSU AgCenter, will lead a series of seven nutrition classes at the West Bank Regional Library, in which she prepares seasonal foods and talks about healthful eating. The first class occurs at 7 p.m. Thursday. The lecture will be “Make Half Your Plate Fruits and Vegetables” and the food to be prepared is Rise and Shine Cobbler.
MEDICARE ABCDs IN WESTWEGO AND GRETNA: Medicare is split into four parts: A, B, C and D. Each part covers a specific set of health care services or expenses. These seminars explain each of the four parts. Two classes will be at the Westwego Branch Library, 635 Fourth St., Westwego, at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Thursday. Two classes will be at the Gretna Branch Library, 102 Willow Drive, Gretna, at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29.
All programs at the library are free of charge and are open to the public. For information about programs at the 15 branches of the Jefferson Parish Library, go to www.jplibrary.net or friend the library’s Facebook page for daily programming updates.