In celebration of Women’s History Month, a documentary series is being held at multiple library locations. “The Girls in the Band” will be shown at 5 p.m. Thursday at the Alva Library and at 7 p.m. March 31 at the Mid-City Library. The film traces the history of several all-girl bands and their struggles, bringing us into the present day, where brilliantly gifted young women are going toe to toe with the finest jazz musicians of their day. These screenings are co-sponsored by Girls Rock New Orleans.
Another documentary, “Free Angela and All Political Prisoners,” will be shown at the Algiers Regional Library at 5 p.m. Monday and at the Norman Mayer Library at 6 p.m. Tuesday. This film chronicles the life of young college professor Angela Davis and how, in 1970, her social activism implicated her in a botched kidnapping that ended with a shootout, four people dead and her name on the FBI’s most- wanted list.
‘MR. OKRA’: Author Lashon Daley will read her new children’s book, “Mr. Okra Sells Fresh Fruits & Vegetables,” and will play guitar and lead a musical craft at the Children’s Resource Center Library, at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. Daly is a Ph.D. scholar in Performance Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, and a 2014 Callaloo Poetry Fellow.
POETRY AND PIZZA: The library is partnering with Big Class to host multiple Pizza Poetry Project Workshops in which participants can receive guidance in creating their own poetry and participate in The Pizza Poetry Project. The next workshop is being held at 4 p.m. Thursday at the Main Library. Snacks will be provided. The Pizza Poetry Project celebrates National Poetry Month and the power of youth voices by publishing poems by New Orleans writers ages 6-18. Working together with some local pizza places, Big Class will publish poems of all kinds on pizza boxes, for delivery and pickup, on April 15.
HISTORY OF THE COCKTAIL: The Smith Library’s popular History of the Cocktail Series continues this month with the Alpha Quadrant’s most infamous drink, Romulan Ale. “Star Trek” fans, or those who are just curious, can attend this program and step into the 24th century with Starfleet and the captain of the USS New Orleans to learn more about Romulan Ale. All participants must be 21 or older. The program is being held at the Smith Library at 5 p.m. Saturday.
RESEARCH YOUR HOUSE: The library’s Louisiana Division/City Archives department will present House History 101 at 6:30 p.m. March 30 at the Hubbell Library. The program will give beginners an introduction to the property research resources available in the Louisiana Division/City Archives and is sponsored by the Friends of Hubbell Library.
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Charles Brown is the executive director of the New Orleans Public Library.