“Know Your Money, Know Your Finances” is the name of the workshop series presented by Gulf Coast Bank and Trust Co. that covers topics of debt, savings, first-time homebuying, investing and retirement.

The next workshop topic is “Preparing for Retirement: Are You Ready?” It will be held at the Algiers Regional Library Wednesday at 6 p.m. Reservations are suggested and can be made by calling (504)596-2641.

CREOLE HISTORY: In the first of three Creole history programs presented this summer, Greg Osborn, of the Louisiana Division/City Archives will discuss the origins and development of Creole people in the Caribbean and in the Americas. He will look at the source of their language, customs and culture, as well as the impact that politics and history have had on their lives.

The program will be held from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Main Library. For additional information on the other scheduled Creole history programs, visit nolalibrary.org.

FREE ACT PRACTICE: The library is offering free ACT practice tests through the Princeton Review. A series of programs is scheduled throughout the summer, with the first from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Norman Mayer Library and the Algiers Regional Library. In addition to the ACT Practice Test programs, students can find free ACT study books at the library and through the online database Learning Express.

POETRY ZINES: Join the community group Big Class for children’s poetry-based zine-making workshops at the Alvar Library from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday. At each workshop, participants ages 6-13 will create a one-page zine, and all poems will be published in a Big Class summer anthology. All poets will receive a copy of the final book.

SUMMER READING: The library’s 2016 Summer Reading Program is underway, with over 350 events for children, teens and adults throughout June and July. For more information about the program and to see the full schedule of events, visit nolalibrary.org.

To stay informed about upcoming library events, sign up for our weekly events and program event listing emails on our website, nolalibrary.org, or like our Facebook page, facebook.com/neworleanspubliclibrary, and follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/nolalibrary.

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