Bike Easy is a local grass-roots nonprofit organization whose goal is making bicycle riding easier, safer and more fun in New Orleans. It will present a Back-to-School Bike Mechanics and Safety Workshop at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Norman Mayer Library.

Those who attend the programs will learn how to bike with confidence, stay safe on the road, as well as the basic mechanics and maintenance of bikes. An instructor will be on hand to answer any questions about your bike, biking, and biking in New Orleans. This program is open to all ages, with bicycle accessory door prizes for those younger than 18.

AUTHOR NIGHT: The featured guest for the monthly series “Author Night at Nix Library” will be Larry Lorenz. Lorenz is an A. Louis Read distinguished professor of mass communications emeritus at Loyola University New Orleans and one of four contributors to the book “The Times-Picayune in a Changing Media World.” Lorenz will discuss the book at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Nix Library.

CREOLE RESEARCH: The Louisiana Creole Research Association will present “Identifying Your Slave Ancestors: Exploring Two Methods” from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Keller Library and Community Center. Featured speaker Kenya Key Rachal will present “DNA the Smart Way,” an examination of strategies for understanding and optimizing the usefulness of DNA results. Topics will include tools to assist with the interpretation of results and the use of historical records in conjunction with DNA to help break through the barriers that often exist for people descended from slaves. The other featured speaker, Judy Riffel, will present her tried-and-true research techniques for identifying personal history in slavery.

DIRTY COAST: The New Orleans Public Library has been named the 20 on 20 partner for 2015 by local apparel and gift company Dirty Coast. On the 20th day of every month in 2015, 20 percent of all Dirty Coast product sales, both in stores and online, will be donated to the New Orleans Library. Visit to see its full line of products and find store locations to shop and support the New Orleans Public Library.

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