Carol Langston, a retired director of College Guidance at Metairie Park Country Day School, will discuss how students can find the best fit for college and how to access scholarship sites at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 31, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie.

During the presentation, Langston will address the topics:

  • Identifying your ideal college 
  • Your best college fit academically 
  • Your best college fit financially  
  • What makes colleges different?
  • What makes a college famous?
  • College size: small, medium or large
  • College setting and location matter
  • Should your college be public or private

Langston also will talk about significant grants or scholarships that may make a private college more affordable than a public university. She will explain the process of how to apply.

Langston is the owner of Langston Educational Consulting. She has served as a College Board essay consultant, an AP Spanish reader and has authored a chapter in a college counseling textbook that is used to certify counselors as college counselors.

NUTRITION CLASS: Karen Marie Walker Jones, nutrition agent with the Jefferson Parish office of the LSU Agricultural Center, presents the second of five nutrition classes at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 24, at the North Kenner Library, 630 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner. The class consists of a short presentation titled “Calcium and Dairy,” followed by a food demonstration on making light banana pudding.

HISTORIC MAGAZINE STREET: John Magill, a retired curator at The Historic New Orleans Collection, discusses his new book, "The Incomparable Magazine Street," at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon, Metairie.

The book traces the history and culture of the road that curves between St. Charles Avenue and the river. The thoroughfare has become the heart of a dynamic shopping and dining district.

Magazine Street has undergone many changes during its long history. From an overlooked district of mostly unassuming residences and businesses, it has evolved into a dynamic business thoroughfare. It is also one of the most important dining and drinking streets in town. Yet even with the transformation the street has seen, Magill contends that the soul of Magazine retains its residential charm.

JEFFERSON HISTORICAL SOCIETY: Sydney P. Bellard discusses his new book, "A Cajun in France: Journeys to Assimilation" at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie.

Bellard’s first language is Cajun French, and he was the first in his family to graduate high school and college. His Cajun parents spoke only broken English and could only write their names. Their ancestors had been in America well before there was a United States or the state of Louisiana.

While most subsequent immigrants to America achieved assimilation within two generations, Bellard’s paternal family line, due to isolation and a sharecropper lifestyle, took generations to achieve assimilation in the 1960s.

NOTARY PUBLIC TALK: Michelle Norwood, a notary public since 2012, will present “The Louisiana Notary Public” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25, at the West Bank Regional Library, 2751 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey.

Norwood will discuss the history of the Louisiana Notary; differences between the powers of the Louisiana Notary Public compared with notaries in other states; family-related document review; and steps to become a Louisiana notary. 

HARP CONCERT: Christa Grix, an internationally known harpist, will be the featured performer at a concert at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. Grix will perform with other professionals and students who are attending the fourth annual Jazz and Pop Harp Festival on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 26-27.

'DON QUIXOTE' GROUP: Megan Holt,  CEO of Words & Music: A Literary Feast in New Orleans and executive director for One Book One New Orleans, will make a presentation about the Spanish classic "Don Quixote,"at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 29, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie.

Holt is fluent in Spanish and studied "Don Quixote" as she earned her doctoral degree in English and comparativelLiterature from Tulane University in 2013. The seminar is the first session in a series in which participants read "Don Quixote" throughout 2018 and discuss it one Monday per month.

COLLEGE PLANNING: “College Planning: Getting from There to Here” is the topic of a presentation from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 29, at the Old Metairie Library, 2350 Old Metairie Road. The seminar covers questions to consider while establishing a college savings goal; savings strategies to help reach goals; and features and benefits of 529 college savings plans.

WEIGHT LOSS: The third and final session of “Beneath the Weight – End Emotional Eating,” a weight-loss program conducted by the nonprofit organization SelfCare Health Initiatives, will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 30, at the West Bank Regional Library, 2751 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey. In the program, participants help each learn how to end eating high-carbohydrate, high-calorie foods in response to stress and emotions.

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.