The Rosa F. Keller Library & Community Center will host Amanda Lucidon on Thursday, in celebration of her book, "Chasing Light: Michelle Obama Through the Lens of a White House Photographer."

The author and former White House photographer is visiting libraries and schools across the country to speak about her work and the importance of arts education. Her appearance in New Orleans begins at 6 p.m. at the library, 4300 S. Broad Ave.

"Chasing Light" is a striking and intimate collection of 150 color photographs — many never seen before — along with personal reflections and stories from Lucidon, the official White House photographer from 2013 to 2017, the only female photographer during her time in the Obama White House.

In conjunction with the presentation, an exhibit of photographs from the book will be on display at the library through Jan. 4.

WEAVING WORKSHOP: The Main Library, 219 Loyola Ave., is hosting a weaving workshop from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14. Participants will learn to weave using embroidery hoops and will be able to take their projects home. Weaving materials are provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

FAMILY FILMS: Every Saturday, the Hubbell Library at 725 Pelican Ave. shows two family movies. This week, "The Muppet’s Christmas Carol" begins at 10:30 a.m. and "The Santa Clause" follows at 2 p.m. Refreshments will be provided.

INVENTIONS MEETUP: LittleBits is a platform of easy-to-use electronic building blocks for creating inventions large and small. The library’s LittleBits Global Chapter Meetup will be held from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17, at the Main Library, 219 Loyola Ave.

The LittleBits meetup takes place on the third Sunday of each month and works on a different design challenge. It's open to all skill levels, ages 8-17, and their caregivers.

MAGIC TREE HOUSE: The Nix Library will host the next meeting of the Magic Tree House Book Club for children ages 8-10 from 11 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Dec. 16. The club meets the third Saturday of every month.  

Magic Tree House Books follow the adventures of Jack and Annie and are perfect chapter books for beginning readers.  

A TOAST TO PUBLIC SPEAKING: New Orleans' oldest Toastmasters club meets from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 18, and every Monday, at the Rosa F. Keller Library & Community Center, 4300 S. Broad Ave.

Toastmasters is a public speaking group that empowers members to become more effective communicators and leaders.

CLOSING: All New Orleans Public Library locations will be closed Friday, for a staff meeting.

Charles Brown is the executive director of the New Orleans Public Library.