New Orleans native Carolyn Kolb, a former reporter for the Times-Picayune and a former curator of the New Orleans jazz museum, will be discussing her book “New Orleans Memories: One Writer’s City at the Nix Library” on Thursday, February 26, at 6:30 p.m. Her book is grounded in her column, “Chronicles of Recent History” in New Orleans magazine.

EVOLUTION OF FRANCOPHILE: The New Orleans Public Library and the Algiers Historical Society have joined together to present The Evolution of Francophile to Anglophile Language Identification in Louisiana. Joseph Dunn, the Director of Marketing and Public Relations for Laura Plantation, in Vacherie, Louisiana, will provide a linguistic journey of the earliest inhabitants of the Louisiana colony: Native Americans with their Mobilian-Choctaw pidgin, early French and Canadian colonists and West African slaves. Their unique settlement yielded a dialect found only in Louisiana. This program will be held at the Algiers Regional Library from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday.

ART EXHIBIT AT CHILDREN’S RESOURCE CENTER: On Monday, March 2, at 10:45 am, the Children’s Resource Center will host an art opening for the month-long exhibit of work by artist Bruce Davenport Jr. Davenport is a New Orleans native who lives and works in the Lower 9th Ward, and his work features meticulous graphic re-enactments of the local musical culture of junior high and high school marching bands. Davenport is an artist whose work has been applauded by art critics as breaking down the partition separating folk art from fine art. Davenport’s works will be accompanied by the works of several other local artists. The artwork will be on display through March 31.

ONLINE COURSES: The New Orleans Public Library now offers hundreds of highly interactive, instructor-led online courses that are focused on professional development, technology skills, and personal enrichment. The six-week courses are taught entirely online by instructors and new sessions begin every month. To see what courses are offered and to learn more, visit

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