The winners of this year’s New Orleans Public Library Choice Awards will be reading and signing books at 6 p.m. Monday, April 13, at the Rosa F. Keller Library and Community Center, 4300 S. Broad St., New Orleans
The fiction winner is “Fives and Twenty-Fives” by Michael Pitre, and the nonfiction winner is “The Great New Orleans Kidnapping Case: Race, Law, and Justice in the Reconstruction Era” by Michael Ross.
The New Orleans Public Library Choice Awards were created to celebrate the work of local artists and works set in New Orleans. Nominees were selected by library staff and based on the criteria that the author or work must have a New Orleans connection, be part of the library collection and was published in 2014. The winners were determined by a judging panel comprising representatives from the New Orleans Public Library and The New Orleans Public Library Foundation.
LIBRARY BIRTHDAY: The East New Orleans Regional Library will celebrate its third birthday with a party from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 11, at the library, 5641 Read Blvd., New Orleans. “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1” will be shown from noon to 2 p.m., and “Annie” will be shown from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Also, there will be a butterfly and caterpillar story time and craft session from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Birthday cake will be served at 4 p.m.
‘UNBROKEN’: Representatives from the National World War II Museum will be on hand for a discussion of the book “Unbroken,” by Laura Hillebrand, at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 15, at the Latter Library, 5120 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. The book is based on the story of World War II bombardier Louis Zamperini, who was captured by the Japanese and held as a prisoner of war for more than two years. The museum representatives will share artifacts connected with Zamperini’s life and experiences of Allied POWs in the Pacific.
Charles Brown is the executive director of the New Orleans Public Library. For more information, visit new orleanspubliclibrary.org.