The Alvar Library, 913 Alvar St., New Orleans, will hold youth poetry workshops with Slam New Orleans at 2 p.m. on Saturdays from Jan. 10 through Feb. 7. Slam New Orleans and Team SNO promote literacy, creativity and self-expression by urging youth and adults to become vocal about what matters to them. This multipart workshop for youth and teens will engage participants with poetry both through hearing it and creating their own. The workshops are supported by Poets & Writers Inc.

‘BACK TO THE FUTURE II’: The movie “Back to the Future II” was made 26 years ago, and the Rosa F. Keller Library and Community Center, 4300 S. Broad St., will host a screening and discussion of the film from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday. The movie tells the story of Marty McFly, who travels to 2015 and has experiences that can now be seen as unexpected and hilariously outdated. Come see what the movie got right about the future and what is pure science fiction. Refreshments will be served.

AUTHOR PAUL OSWELL: The first Author Night at Hubbell program for 2015 will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Hubbell Library, 725 Pelican Ave., New Orleans. This month’s program will feature author Paul Oswell, who will discuss his new book, “New Orleans Historic Hotels.”

POET ANDY YOUNG: January’s installment of Alvar Arts will feature Bywater author Andy Young, who will read from her newly published collection of poems, “All Night It Is Morning.” The reading will be from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Alvar Library, 913 Alvar St., New Orleans.

BLACK HISTORY MONTH: In preparation of Black History Month in February, the New Orleans Public Library is holding the 2015 Black History Month poster design contest. All entries will be judged on creativity, artistic merit and best representation of the 2015 Black History Month theme: “A Century of Black Life, History, and Culture: 1915-2015.” Contestants must be 18 younger, live in Orleans Parish and be enrolled in a public or private school or actively home-schooled. The entry deadline is Jan. 20. Official contest rules and entry information can be found at

Charles Brown is the executive director of the New Orleans Public Library. For more information, visit