Chrissy Gregg, virtual classroom coordinator for the World War II Museum, will discuss American cartoonist Bill Mauldin at 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 7, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., in Metairie.
Gregg’s talk comes as part of the library’s World War II discussion group. Headed by local teacher and historian Brian Altobello, the group meets the first Thursday of every month to discuss the events of the 1930s and 1940s. Free and open to the public; no registration is required.
William Henry “Bill” Mauldin won two Pulitzer Prizes for his work. He was most famous for his World War II cartoons depicting American soldiers, represented by the archetypal characters Willie and Joe, two weary and bedraggled infantry troopers who endure the difficulties and dangers of duty in the field. These cartoons were widely published and distributed in the Army, in the United States and abroad.
More events at the East Bank Regional Library:
“BUT FOR A PIECE OF WOOD”: Ron Chapman, history professor at Nunez Community College, discusses his new book, “The Battle of New Orleans: But For a Piece of Wood,” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 6. If the British had tested the Mississippi River’s flow with a simple piece of wood, all might have been lost for the fledgling American nation.
DAYLILY NUTRIENT MANAGEMENT: Eileen Hollander, a Louisiana Master Gardener, will present “Nutrient Management — How to Fertilize to Meet Plant Needs” at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 9. Hollander will present a slide show that focuses on nutrient management that optimizes plant performance while minimizing nutrient loss that can cause environmental problems. She also will demonstrate how to take soil samples, and she will distribute LSU AgCenter Soil Test Kits. Daylily experts will be available to answer questions.
BLUEBERRIES AND BEES: Eileen Hollander, a Louisiana Master Gardener, will present “Natives Preferred — Blueberries and Bees,” at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 11. Hollander will explain the process of pollination for the most common blueberry plant grown in Louisiana — the rabbiteye. She will also discuss Habropoda laboriosa, the “southeastern blueberry bee.”
GET IN TOUCH WITH YOUR CREATIVITY: Anita Tircuit, a social worker with a local practice, discusses “Creativity in Our Lives,” at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 12. She will talk about the importance of creativity and how to become better at encouraging a creative lifestyle. Tircuit has considerable professional experience, including teaching on the elementary, high school and university levels.
BONE UP ON TAX INFORMATION: Judith Phillpott and Laurie Schmaltz, a mother-daughter team of tax professionals, will give a tax update seminar at 7 p.m., on Tuesday, Jan. 12. Phillpott and Schmaltz will provide an overview of new tax laws and answer questions about tax-related issues. They will provide information about business tax planning, investment planning, IRA planning, estate and gift tax implications and other issues.
MUSIC AT THE LIBRARY: Three concerts will occur at the East Bank Regional Library in the first part of the new year. The three-piece combo “Memory Lane” performs at 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 7. The New Orleans Chapter of the American Harp Society hosts its annual concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 10. The Trombone Choir of the New Orleans Concert Band, a group consisting of a dozen trombones, performs traditional and contemporary music at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 13.
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 http://www.jplibrary.net/ or friend the library’s Facebook page for daily programming updates.