As part of The Big Read, the first part of the Ken Burns documentary “The Dust Bowl” will be screened at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, at the Main Library, 219 Loyola Ave., New Orleans. The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts intended to revitalize the role of reading in American culture. The book featured during this year’s Big Read is John Steinbeck’s “The Grapes of Wrath.”

“COOKING MAGIC”: Harry Potter fans will not want to miss “Cooking Magic: Recipes from the Harry Potter Cookbook.” Program participants will learn about the recipes in the book and sample some of the treats. The event will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, at the Mid-City Library, 3700 Orleans Ave.

FALL FUN FESTIVAL: The Mid-City Library will be hosting a Fall Fun Festival for the whole family Saturday, Oct. 25, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be games, crafts, music, refreshments, free books for teens and children and much more.

GENEALOGY RESOURCES: People interested in researching their family trees can get an introduction to the resources in the public library’s Louisiana Division/City Archives from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 25, at the Main Library, 219 Loyola Ave., New Orleans. This program is being presented as part of American Archives Month.

HOME BREW: Kyle DuPont, of Brewstock Homebrewing Supplies, will give a presentation on brewing beer and answer questions at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, at the Hubbell Library, 725 Pelican Ave., New Orleans.

All New Orleans Public Library programs and events are free and open to the public.

Charles Brown is the executive director of the New Orleans Public Library. For information, visit neworleanspubliclibrary.org, facebook.com/neworleans publiclibrary, or follow us on Twitter, @nolalibrary.