For those looking to get their finances in order, Kemberley Washington, CPA, will be hosting a financial fitness seminar focusing on personal finance using the B.A.D.G.E® plan at the Norman Mayer Library, 3001 Gentilly Blvd., from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. This plan provides five key solutions in the areas of budgeting, asset management, debt reduction, goal setting, and earning maximization. The first 12 people to sign up will receive a free copy of the B.A.D.G.E® Financial Planner workbook, which will be used during the seminar. Copies of the workbook can be purchased before and after the seminar. To sign up, call the Norman Mayer Library at (504) 596-3100.

KREWE OF KING ARTHUR: Phil Fricano, founder and captain of the Krewe of King Arthur, will lead a discussion about the organization’s beginnings, traditions and future at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Hubbell Library, 725 Pelican Ave. It’s sponsored by the Friends of the Hubbell Library.

BEAD ART: Mardi Gras bead art will be the featured project of the DIY all-ages Mardi Gras crafting class being held at the Algiers Regional Library, 3014 Holiday Dr., at 11 a.m. Saturday. Those who participate can take home their own piece of bead art. The class is limited to 15 people. Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult.

SHOE BOX FLOATS: Children ages 5-14 are invited to the celebrate Carnival season at the Mid-City Library, 3700 Orleans Ave., where they can make their own Mardi Gras float out of a shoebox. The crafting program will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

WRITING FOR TEENS: The New Orleans Youth Open Mic (NOYOM) is hosting monthly writing workshops, facilitated by Team Slam New Orleans (SNO) founding member and #NOYOM committee member Akeem Martin. The workshops will help youth learn new writing skills and improve upon the ones they already have in a fun, structured space. Attendees will have the chance to submit work to be published in the NOYOM Youth Anthology. The workshops are open to all students grades 7-12 and are held at the Keller Library & Community Center, 4300 S. Broad St., from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month, beginning Tuesday, Jan. 26.

CRAFTY SESSIONS: Neighborhood knitters, crocheters and needle workers are encouraged to join the new drop-in group Hook, Book & Needle Craft. Participants are encouraged to share tips and ideas, or just hang out with other crafty folks. Adults and teens of all skill levels are welcome. This group will meet at Hubbell Library, 725 Pelican Ave., from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month, beginning Tuesday, Jan. 26.

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Charles Brown is the executive director of the New Orleans Public Library.