Writer and photographer Deborah Burst will discuss her newest book, “Louisiana’s Sacred Places: Churches, Cemeteries and Voodoo,” from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Algiers Regional Library, 3014 Holiday Drive, New Orleans. In her 10-year writing and photography career, Burst has combined her love for art, history and architecture into a poetic trail of Louisiana’s sacred places. This program is supported by the Algiers Historical Society.
BRAIN AWARENESS: To celebrate Brain Awareness Week, representatives from the LSU Health Science’s Neuroscience Center will visit the Children’s Resource Center Library from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday with microscopes, models and specimens, including preserved human and monkey brains. Children also will have a chance to mix art and science by crafting their own mini-brain models and drawings. The Children’s Resource Center is at 913 Napoleon Ave., New Orleans.
RED LIGHT HISTORY: As part of the library’s Author Series, Pamela Arceneaux, senior librarian and rare books curator of the Historic New Orleans Collection, will present “A Red Light Look at New Orleans History” at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Hubbell Library, 725 Pelican Ave., New Orleans. This presentation provides a lively history of prostitution in New Orleans, including references to the “correctional” girls, the casket girls, quadroon balls, the system of plaçage, red light areas prior to Storyville, the Blue Books, jazz and the demise of Storyville.
PROM DRESS DRIVE: The New Orleans Public Library has partnered with Ladies First Foundation Inc. to present the 2015 Dress Me Beautiful prom dress drive. Donations of gently used dresses, gowns and accessories are being collected for distribution to local girls who cannot afford a dress. Dresses will be collected through April 4 at the following library locations: Algiers Regional Library, East New Orleans Regional Library, Keller Library & Community Center, Main Library, Mid-City Library, Latter Library and Smith Library.
Charles Brown is the executive director of the New Orleans Public Library. For more information, visit new orleanspubliclibrary.org.