Tyler Bridges, co-author of a new book titled "Long Shot: A Soldier, a Senator, a Serious Sin, an Epic Louisiana Election," will speak about the 2015 Louisiana gubernatorial race at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie.

"Long Shot" is the story of the improbable victory of John Bel Edwards over U.S. Sen. David Vitter. Bridges, who works for The Advocate, and Jeremy Alford, are two veteran Louisiana political reporters. They readers inside the inner workings of the Edwards and Vitter campaigns. They interviewed more than 100 of the people who cut the deals, launched the attacks and even played both sides. Political analyst Clancy DuBos edited the book.

NUTRITION CLASS: Karen Marie Walker Jones, nutrition agent with the Jefferson Parish office of the LSU AgCenter, presents the second of five nutrition classes at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7, at the North Kenner Library, 630 W. Esplanade Ave, Kenner.

The class consists of a short presentation titled “Food Safety and Food Dollar Management,” followed by a food demonstration on making a wrap.

ITALIAN-AMERICAN SOCIETY: The East Jefferson Italian American Society meets at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7, and on the first Wednesday of every month, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. The society is devoted to the preservation and celebration of Italian cultural heritage in Eastern Jefferson Parish.

CARNIVAL CLOSURE: All Jefferson Parish libraries will be closed on Monday, Feb. 12, and Tuesday, Feb. 13, in honor of Lundi Gras and Mardi Gras.

HAVE YOU MET LYNDA?: Library patrons have access to lynda.com, an online education company that offers thousands of video courses in software, creative and business skills. The site provides video tutorials taught by industry experts. Patrons have unlimited access to watch the videos.

Examples of classes include: "Acrobat X Essential Training"; "Mastering Common Interview Questions"; Word 2010: Tips, Tricks and Shortcuts"; "Introduction to Video Editing"; "Conflict Resolutions Foundations"; "IT Security Foundations: Core Concepts"; and "Photoshop Fundamentals." Patrons with cards in good standing who want to access lynda.com should go the digital content section found on the front page of the library’s website.

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 www.jplibrary.net/ or friend the library’s Facebook page for daily programming updates.