Pharmacists will be at several New Orleans Public Library locations throughout October to administer free flu shots. The free flu shots are available to adults and children 7 and older, with a parent’s consent. To receive a free flu shot, bring identification and any insurance card/information to any of these locations:

2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Norman Mayer Library, 3001 Gentilly Blvd.

Noon to 3 p.m. Monday, Rosa F. Keller Library and Community Center, 4300 S. Broad St.

2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Algiers Regional Library, 3014 Holiday Drive.

2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 14, East New Orleans Regional Library, 5641 Read Blvd.

BOOKMARK DESIGN CONTEST: To celebrate Children’s Book Week, which will be in mid-November, the library is asking children to enter the Children’s Book Week bookmark design contest.

The contest is open to New Orleans residents 18 and younger enrolled in a public or private school or actively home-schooled. Contest entries will be accepted through noon Oct. 29. For official contest instructions, entry form and rules, visit any library location or

THE WORD ON HEALING: Poems & Pink Ribbons is a community writing workshop that allows breast cancer patients, survivors and their families a way to use writing to navigate grief and loss and find support.

The workshop will be held at 10 a.m. Saturdays, Oct. 10, 17 and 31, at the Rosa F. Keller Library and Community Center, 4300 S. Broad St.

‘DIXIE BE DAMNED’: Join Neal Shirley and Saralee Stafford, authors of “Dixie Be Damned: 300 Years of Insurrection in the American South,” at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Mid-City Library, 3700 Orleans Ave., “Dixie Be Damned” is about the “hidden” insurrectionary episodes in Southern history that demonstrate the region’s long arc of revolt.

Charles Brown is the executive director of the New Orleans Public Library. To stay informed about library events, sign up for listing emails at