Learn about financial aid for college students when Carol Langston, Ph.D., director of College Guidance at Metairie Park Country Day School, discusses the possibilities at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon, Metairie.

Langston will discuss the College Scholarship Service Profile, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid program and Louisiana’s Taylor Opportunity Program for Students.

The CSS Profile is an application distributed by the College Board that allows college students to apply for financial aid. It is designed to give private member institutions of the College Board a closer look into the finances of a student and family. The information provided in the CSS Profile is sent to colleges or universities that the student specifies. This document is required at more than 300 U.S. colleges.

FAFSA is a form that can be prepared annually by current and prospective college students (undergraduate and graduate) to determine eligibility for student financial aid. In addition to demographic and financial information, applicants are asked to list as many as 10 schools to receive the results of the application once it is processed.

TOPS provides Louisiana high school graduates meeting specific eligibility requirements with a scholarship if they choose to attend a Louisiana public college or university. It has four award components. Students must apply for TOPS using the FAFSA.

The above forms must be completed and submitted before March in order for students to receive scholarships at most colleges in Louisiana and around the country.

Langston has more than 30 years of college counseling experience at Metairie Park Country Day School.

MURDER AND MAYHEM: Alan G. Gauthreaux, author of a new book titled “Dark Bayou: Infamous Louisiana Homicides,” will discuss the book at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie.

This collection chronicles the rise of the first Mafia godfather in the United States, the murder of two New Orleans police chiefs, the brutal murder of a famous New Orleans madam, the story of a respectable young woman who “accidentally” poisoned her younger sister and others. Gauthreaux is a crime, ethnic and military historian who teaches at Nunez Community College and Southern University of New Orleans. His previous works may be found in America’s Civil War, Civil War Illustrated and Globe Communications.

FREE MUSIC: Nouvelle Orleans Jazz is a four-piece combo — two people on banjo, one on bass and one on piano — that performs at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21 at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie.

WRITING SEMINAR: Elizabeth Desimone, a local author and teacher, will lead a creative writing seminar at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. Desimone will focus on “Images” — how to use concrete, significant details to invigorate one’s writing, the importance of sensory details and the avoidance of abstraction and clichés. Desimone received her Master of Fine Arts in fiction writing from Oklahoma State University. Her work has appeared in Cricket magazine and on BustedHalo.com. She’s been working on a young adult fantasy series for the past five years.

HOME-BUYING SEMINAR: Puentes New Orleans sponsors “Basic Steps to Purchasing a Home for the First Time” from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Jan. 25-28 at the West Bank Regional Library, 2751 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey. It will be given in both English and Spanish. Though not required, participants can reserve a spot by calling (504) 821-7228. Puentos New Orleans is a Latino-operated 501(c)(3) nonprofit community organization that supports Latino families and other minorities.

CITIZENSHIP CLASS: Citizenship classes will be offered at two Jefferson Parish Library branches this spring. Citizenship Class Level 2 and Citizenship Class Level 3 occur at the North Kenner Branch Library, 630 W. Esplanade, Metairie. Citizenship Class Level 2 begins at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20, and will continue on Mondays and Wednesdays for eight weeks. Citizenship Class Level 3 will began on Jan. 19 and will continue on Tuesdays and Thursdays for eight weeks. The East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie, hosts a Citizenship Class in Spanish at 6 p.m. on Wednesdays beginning on Jan. 20.

It will continue for eight weeks. This session is geared for Spanish-speaking people who are at least 50 years old and have resided in the United States for 20 years or longer, or Spanish-speaking people who are at least 55 and have resided in the United States for at least 15 years.

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