Community input sessions are being held this week to obtain thoughts, experiences and ideas that residents have to assist in planning and prioritizing future New Orleans Public Library services and resources. The community input sessions are scheduled to last about 90 minutes, and refreshments will be provided. The community input sessions will be held:

  • 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 19, Algiers Regional Library, 3014 Holiday Drive
  • 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20, Main Library, 219 Loyola Ave.
  • 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21, New Orleans Recreation Development Commission Lyons Center, 624 Louisiana Ave.
  • 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, Norman Mayer Library, 3001 Gentilly Blvd.

NEWS DATABASE: The New Orleans Public Library’s Louisiana Division will present a program on navigating the 1837-1988 Times-Picayune database at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, at the Smith Library, 6301 Canal Blvd., New Orleans.

FALL CRAFT PROGRAM: Brittany Smith will lead a DIY fall craft program from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, at the Algiers Regional Library, 3014 Holiday Drive. This program will feature decorating pumpkins, without carving. To sign up, call (504) 596-2641 or visit the Algiers Regional Library.

FALL FUN FEST: The Norman Mayer Library will hold a Fall Fun Fest from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, at the library, 3001 Gentilly Blvd. Bamboula 2000 will perform, and there will be arts and crafts, games, refreshments, and free children’s and teen books.

LEARNING ABOUT VOODOO: Pamela Arceneaux will present a series of lectures on Voodoo beginning at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14, at the Algiers Regional Library, 3014 Holiday Drive. The programs will cover the development of Voodoo as a religion, its characteristics, its introduction and history in Louisiana, its prominent practitioners and modern Voodoo beliefs.

DRAMA ON THE LAWN: The Tennessee Williams Theater Company of New Orleans will present a staged reading of Williams’ play “Will Mr. Merriweather Return from Memphis?” at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 19, on the lawn of the Latter Library, 5120 St. Charles Ave.

Charles Brown is the executive director of the New Orleans Public Library. To stay informed about library events, sign up for listing emails at