An afternoon of Shakespeare with a groovy twist is planned from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23, on the lawn of the newly reopened Latter Library. “Shakespeare Women Love” will feature actors presenting excerpts from "A Midsummer Night’s Dream," "Love’s Labour’s Lost," "As You Like It" and "Twelfth Night," all set in the 1960s.

Everyone is encouraged to bring a blanket and enjoy an entertaining afternoon of some of Shakespeare’s most interesting work. This program is part of Shakespeare 400, a series of programs and events being held to commemorate the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death.

CLOSE KNIT: Those who like to knit, crochet and do needlework are encouraged to attend the monthly Hook, Book and Needle Craft Group held from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 25, and the fourth Tuesday of every month, at the Hubbell Library. Attendees are encouraged to visit and share tips and ideas with others or just visit with other crafty folks. Teens and adults of all skill levels are welcomed to attend.

TEMPORARY MOVE: While the Nix Library is closed for renovations, the Nix Book Club will be meeting at the Keller Library and Community Center from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, and the third Thursday of every month. The Nix Book Club is open to anyone who loves to read and get together to discuss ideas. The upcoming Nix Book Club selections include, "Imagine Me Gone" by Adam Haslett for Oct. 20; "Behold the Dreamers" by Imbolo Mbue for Nov. 17; and "The Madwoman Upstairs" by Catherine Lowell for Dec. 15.

WRITE YOUR OWN NOVEL: National Novel Writing Month is described as a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing that values enthusiasm, determination and a deadline. It begins on Nov. 1 with participants working toward a goal of writing a 50,000 word novel by Nov. 30. To help prepare those who want to participate, the Norman Mayer Library is hosting a workshop from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25.

The workshop will feature local independent author Rob Cerio, who will guide attendees through the novel-writing process. A “write in” will be held from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. every Sunday in November for those who want to work on their novels. Additional Novel Writing Month programs will include a halfway pep talk from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, and a presentation titled "You Wrote A Novel, So Now What? Revisions and Next Steps," from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday Dec. 12. For additional information on NaNoWriMo, visit

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