Historian Winston Ho will address the role of United China Relief during World War II at the next meeting of the World War II Discussion Group, which takes place at 7 p.m. Thursday at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon, Metairie.

United China Relief (1941-1946), later known as United Service to China (1946-1966), was a nonprofit, nongovernment organization that raised money for several organizations in the United States conducting war relief and reconstruction in China during World War II and the Chinese Civil War.

Ho is a graduate of history and Chinese language from Rutgers University, specializing in early 20th-century China and Chinese-American history in New Orleans. He is the son of Taiwanese parents and a native of New Orleans.

NEWSPAPER ARCHIVES: Library patrons can search across 150 years of local, national and international history through the digital archives of The New Orleans Times-Picayune. The online resource is made possible through NewsBank Inc.

The archives, which can be accessed through the library’s website, feature fully searchable images of every page printed between 1837 and 1988. Patrons with a library card can access the archive from home, the library or a mobile device.

ALL THINGS ARE LIGHT: Linda Foster will discuss the relationship of water, light and sound and their relationship to transforming DNA in life on Earth since the beginning of time at 7 p.m. Thursday at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon, Metairie. Foster says all things are composed of light, with water being used as crystal to maintain vibrations. She says that DNA responds by expanding to accept light and vibrational energy.

SAXOPHONES PERFORM: The five-piece, all-saxophone New Aurora Saxophone Ensemble will perform jazz at 7 p.m. July 12 at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon, Metairie.

OPEN MIC NIGHT: The Jefferson Parish Library hosts an open mic night for poets and other spoken-word performers at 7 p.m. July 13 at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. Poets who attend the event sign in and then recite their poetry to the audience. The event is sponsored by the Greater New Orleans chapter of the Louisiana Poetry Society.

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 http://www.jplibrary.net/