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  • BIG EASY AUTHOR NIGHT: The Mid-City Library, 3700 Orleans Ave., welcomes author Nancy Dixon as the featured guest of Big Easy Author Night at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 23. Dixon is an English professor at Dillard University and has been teaching, studying and writing about Louisiana for more than 20 years. Her first book, “Fortune and Misery: Sallie Rhett Roman of New Orleans,” won the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities Book of the Year Award in 2000. More recently she has edited the 2013 Lavender Ink book “New Orleans Lit: 200 Years of New Orleans Literature.”

HISTORY OF THE COCKTAIL: The Dark and Stormy cocktail will be the featured drink during the monthly History of the Cocktail series at 5 p.m. Saturday, July 25, at the Smith Library, 6301 Canal Blvd. The presentation will explore the history of the cocktail and its impact on New Orleans and the world and will include a demonstration and tasting of the drink. Participants must be 21 or older.

SPOKEN WORD WORKSHOP: A spoken word workshop for teenagers will be held from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, July 25, at the Nix Library, 1401 S. Carrollton Ave. Sam Gordon, a spoken word artist and educator, will lead the workshop in which teenagers will study the work of contemporary poets and spoken word artists and focus on imagery, metaphor, narrative and other literary devices as they create their own work.

ADULT SUMMER READING: All adults who have been participating in the 2015 adult summer reading program are invited to attend the finale costume party from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, July 25, at the Alvar Library, 913 Alvar St. The party will feature prizes for best costume as well as games, food, drinks and much more. The finale party for the children’s and teens’ summer reading programs will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, at the Keller Library and Community Center, 4300 S. Broad St.

Charles Brown is the executive director of the New Orleans Public Library. To stay informed about library events, sign up for listing emails at