The Jefferson Parish Library hosts a free four-hour poetry workshop that features local poets leading practical, hands-on seminars. The event begins at 11 a.m. Saturday at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., in Metairie.
The workshop, held in honor of National Poetry Month, features the following speakers:
11 a.m. — Bill Lavender on metaphor.
Noon — Lee Grue on the slant rhyme, with some attention to end rhyme.
1 p.m. — Valentine Pierce on free poetry writing.
2 p.m. — Kay Murphy on the elements of a good poem.
Each presentation lasts roughly 50 minutes. The presentation is designed for poets of all levels.
BIRTH-FATHER SEARCH: Soon after his birth mother contacted him for the first time at the age of 39, adoptee Gary Stewart decided to search for his biological father. While combing through government records and news reports and tracking down relatives and friends, Stewart turns up a host of clues — including forensic evidence — that he says identifies his father as the Zodiac Killer, one of the most notorious and elusive serial murderers in history. He chronicles his search in a new book, “The Most Dangerous Animal of All.” Stewart earned a degree in electrical engineering from LSU and is vice president of Delta Tech Service of Louisiana. The program will be held at 7 p.m., April 23 at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie.
STRIKE UP THE BAND: The Jefferson Parish Community Band performs a free concert at 7 p.m. Thursday at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie.
SCHOOL RECORDS AND GENEALOGY: Emery Webre will give a presentation on “Researching Louisiana Pupils in 19th Century School Records” when the Genealogical Research Society of New Orleans meets at 7 p.m. Monday at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. Webre will discuss how to research the available records for many of the old Catholic schools in Louisiana as well as out-of-state schools.
SOFTWARE FOR WRITERS: Steve Beisner, a writer, musician and computer scientist, will discuss new software that is useful to writers when the Women’s National Book Association meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie.
GREAT BOOKS DISCUSSION GROUP: Ken Kesey’s “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” will be the topic at a Great Books Discussion Group meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. In this 1960s classic, Randle Patrick McMurphy, a boisterous, brawling, fun-loving rebel, swaggers into the world of a mental hospital and challenges the authority of Nurse Ratched.
“CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE”: Henry David Thoreau’s “Civil Disobedience” will be the topic at a Great Books Discussion Group meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Old Metairie Branch Library, 2350 Metairie Road, Metairie. The Great Books Discussion Group at Old Metairie focuses on the principles of the Great Books Foundation. It is dedicated to helping people learn how to think and share ideas by educating them to become participants in, leaders of and advocates for shared inquiry.
GRETNA KNITTERS: The Monday Knitters Group gathers each Monday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Gretna Branch Library, 102 Willow St., Gretna. Bev Madere, Craft Yarn Council of America master knitter, facilitates this group of adult knitters. All skill levels are welcome.
For more 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.