Lawyers in Libraries, a program sponsored by the Louisiana State Bar Association that links lawyers with patrons who need legal advice, will take place in three Jefferson Parish Libraries from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28.

Lawyers will be present at the following libraries:

  • East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave.
  • Metairie North Kenner Library, 630 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner
  • West Bank Regional Library, 2751 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey

During each presentation, volunteer lawyers will provide information about how to access civil legal resources and will be available for questions and answers and brief consultations. Specific topics that lawyers can address include wills; estate planning and power of attorney; family law such as divorce and custody issues; and immigration issues.

Attendees can receive information about free resources, low-cost legal assistance and legal referrals. In addition, some will have a chance for a brief private consultation with an attorney.

GENEALOGY RESEARCH: Librarian Gwen Kelley will lead a seminar for family researchers that describes how to use at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 25, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie.

FamilySearch gathers, preserves and shares genealogical records worldwide. It offers free access to its resources and service online at

LOUISIANA LITERATI: Lee Meitzen Grue and Susan Tucker, editors of a new anthology titled "Mending for Memory: Sewing in Louisiana," will discuss the book at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 26, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie.

The contributors to the anthology are seamstresses, tailors, sewers, beaders, knitters, quilt makers and weavers. They describe an exuberance for the stitch, the knowledge that a lot can be solved by creativity with cloth and the benefits of skills.

SOUTHERN SPLENDOR: Marc Matrana, a physician, historian and author, will discuss his new book, "Southern Splendor: Saving Architectural Treasures of the Old South," at 7 p.m., on Thursday, Oct. 26, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie.

Matrana divides his time between a medical career and researching and writing about the history and architecture of the South.

He began writing his first book, "Lost Plantation: The Rise and Fall of Seven Oaks," while an undergraduate at Tulane and finished it during his medical school at LSU in New Orleans. He started "Lost Plantations" shortly thereafter, finishing it during his internal medicine residency at Ochsner Clinic in New Orleans.

CLASSICAL CONCERT: Internationally known performers Rodrigo Garciarroyo, tenor, and Richard Dowling, pianist, will perform at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 30, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie.

Since he was finalist in Carlo Morelli National Vocal Competition in 2007, Garciarroyo has performed continuously throughout Mexico’s most important theaters and in diverse theaters in the United States and Latin America. Hailed by The New York Times as “an especially impressive fine pianist,” Dowling appears regularly across the United States in solo recitals, at chamber music and jazz/ragtime festivals and as a guest soloist in concerto performances with orchestras.

All programs at the library are free and open to the public. For more information about programs at the 15 branches of the Jefferson Parish Library, go to or friend the library’s Facebook page for daily programming updates.