The New Orleans Book Festival will be held from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, at City Park. The festival will offer free food, music and activities for children, teens and adults.

Visit to see the full schedule of events and participating authors, as well as the free shuttle buses schedule from all library locations, except for the Central City Library, which is closed Saturday. The Orleans Parish Library is a sponsor of the fest.

HIRE TRAINING: A representative from the Louisiana Workforce Commission will conduct training sessions on HiRE (Helping Individuals Reach Employment) from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Nov. 8, at the East New Orleans Regional Library, 5641 Read Blvd.

HiRE is the commission's new self-service system that provides employment services formerly available in the Louisiana Virtual One Stop as well as unemployment benefit services.

At the conclusion of the training, attendees will be able to register and log into the HiRE website, search for jobs, create a resume, learn about training opportunities and file a new, additional, or re-open an unemployment insurance claim.

AUTHOR EVENT: The Main Library will host an evening with New York Times bestselling author Jami Attenberg at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9.

Attenberg wrote "The Middlesteins," a wickedly funny novel about a 39-year-old single, child-free woman who defies convention as she seeks connection. The evening will include a reading, audience Q&A and book signing.

Octavia Books will be present with Attenberg’s books available for purchase, including her most recent book, "All Grown Up."

This program is sponsored by the New Orleans Public Library Foundation. The Main Library is at 219 Loyola Ave.

PREREADING WORKSHOPS: Every Child Ready to Read is a series of free, one-hour workshops in which parents and caregivers can learn proven methods to help children become ready to read.

Every family receives a packet of useful tips, activities and a free book. The Every Child Ready to Read schedule of programs is:

5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9: "Fun with Math & Science" at the Central City Library, 4140 Canal St.

5 p.m. Nov. 14: "Fun with Letters," East New Orleans Regional Library, 5641 Read Blvd.

10 a.m. Nov. 11: "Fun with Stories," Martin Luther King Library, 1611 Caffin Ave.

10:30 a.m. Nov. 21: "Fun with Words," Algiers Regional Library, 3014 Holiday Dr. 

INTRO TO GENEALOGY: The library’s Louisiana Division will host two genealogy research sessions, Saturday, Nov. 11, at the Main Library, 219 Loyola Ave.

At 10:30 a.m., in Introduction to Genealogy Research, Gaynell Brady will lead a participatory seminar designed to get new genealogists acquainted with researching family history.

Participants can learn the basics of genealogy, including navigating federal and state documents, using museum resources and visiting places of origin.

This seminar also will look at resources for researching African-American family history. Brady is a descendant of enslaved Africans from Pointe Coupee and East Feliciana parishes.

At noon, the Louisiana Division’s Greg Osborn will introduce beginners to the genealogy research resources available in the Louisiana Division/City Archives. Attendees will find out exactly which of the Louisiana Division records might help their research.

FREE SNACKS AND MEALS: The New Orleans Public Library offers free after-school snacks and meals for youth, in partnership with Second Harvest Food Banks’ Kids Café program.

This program is being offered at the following locations on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Algiers Regional Library: 3014 Holiday Dr. Snacks 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday-Sundays 

Alvar Library: 913 Alvar St. Meals 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Central City Library: 2405 Jackson Ave. Snacks 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Thursday 

Keller Library & Community Center: 4300 S. Broad Ave. Snacks 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday 

Martin Luther King Library: 1611 Caffin Ave. Meals 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday

Nix Library: 1401 S. Carrollton Ave. Snacks 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday