Representatives of Gulf Coast Bank and Trust Co. will host a series of workshops covering debt, savings, first-time home buying, investing and retirement.

The first session will focus on the topic “Taking Control of Your Finances: A Plan to Reduce Debt & Build Savings.” The workshop will be held at the Algiers Regional Library, Wednesday at 6 p.m. Reservations are not required but can be requested by calling (504) 596-2641.

Authors talk N.O. streets

The Hubbell Library presents authors Sally Asher, author of “Stories from the St. Louis Cemeteries of New Orleans” and “Hope & New Orleans: A History of Crescent City Street Names,” and Maggy Baccinelli, author of “New Orleans Neighborhoods: A Cultural Guide.”

The program will include a presentation from the authors discussing stories from behind some of New Orleans’ most notable streets, neighborhoods and cemeteries.

This program will be held at the Hubbell Library, Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.

Teens invited to discussions

Teenagers are invited to visit the Algiers Regional Library Thursday from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. for an afternoon of discussing anime and manga.

“15 to Life: Kenneth’s Story” will be screened and discussed at the Alvar Library on Thursday at 5 p.m. This film shares the story of a teenager who was sentenced to life without parole and how he is now seeking a second chance. After the screening, a discussion of incarceration and its effect on families and communities will follow.

Harlem Renaissance marked

Members of the Algiers community will celebrate the lives and contributions of Harlem Renaissance figures during “A Tribute to Harlem Renaissance.”

Activities will include historical presentations, vocal and instrumental selections, and dance performances. Light refreshments will be served during the program being held at the Algiers Regional Library on Saturday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

History of the Cocktail

The popular History of the Cocktail series continues at the Smith Library on Saturday at 5 p.m.

This month, the featured cocktail will be the margarita, with a presentation on the history of the drink followed by a short demonstration and tasting. All attendees must be 21 and over.

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