Hour of Code, a one-hour introduction to computer science designed to demystify coding, will be held from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, at the Keller Library and Community Center, 4300 S. Broad Ave.

The event is scheduled during Computer Science Education Week, and participants are invited to work through self-guided activities that everybody can do alone or in pairs. A limited number of iPads will be available for use, but participants are encouraged to bring their own smartphones, tablets or laptops. No prior coding experience necessary.

NEW BOOK OF POETRY: Alvar Library will host a release party for local spoken-word artist, writer, graphic designer and actor Valentine Pierce’s new book of poetry, "Up Decatur," from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7. The library is at 913 Alvar St.

Pierce's publication credits include "Mapleleaf Rag," "Mending for Memory: Sewing in Louisiana Essays, Stories and Poems" and "Nasty Women Poets: An Unapologetic Anthology of Subversive Verse."  

Light refreshments will be served.

GIFT SWAP: NOLA TimeBank will hold its Sustainable Holiday Gift Swap from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, at the Rosa F. Keller Library & Community Center, 4300 S. Broad Ave.

During this cash-free gift exchange, attendees can bring new or like-new gifts, homemade crafts or baked items and in turn shop for similar items.

Food gifts should be plated and wrapped in plastic, with the recipe and a list of ingredients visible. Anyone who doesn’t have items for the swap can receive swap tickets for bringing holiday cards, wrapping paper or handle bags.

From 10 a.m. to noon, items can be delivered to the large meeting room at Rosa F. Keller Library & Community Center. From noon to 4 p.m., “shopping” will occur with as many tickets as have been earned.

NOLA TimeBank also will hold an up-cycled gift tag and gift bag craft workshop using old holiday cards, handle bags and magazines. This event is sponsored by the TimeBank and the Broadmoor Improvement Association.

NOLA TimeBank is a mutual aid network in which the hours spent one spends helping fellow members or community organizations are recorded as credits into member accounts. Those credits can be used to receive assistance from others. Service hours are all equal: One hour of website building equals one hour of elder care equals one hour of yard work.