Bring the curtain up and light the lights because the New Orleans Public Library is saluting the Broadway musical through a series of concerts and lectures at the Main Library, 219 Loyola Ave.

Come learn about the history of such great shows as “Oklahoma!,” “South Pacific,” “West Side Story” and “The Sound of Music.”

The first program will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, and will cover the historic years of the Golden Age of the Broadway musical: 1943-1960.

Local musicians will be on hand to dazzle you with their renditions of wonderful songs, and there will be a chance to meet and greet folks from various theater organizations in the city and learn about their upcoming productions.

Light refreshments will be served and limited parking will be available in the library staff parking lot adjacent to the Main Library.

ONE BOOK: This year’s One Book One New Orleans selection, “Unfathomable City,” features essays about New Orleans and creative maps reflecting the unique history and culture of our city.

Join us for a personal map-making event that will allow you to express your creative side through making maps that reflect your own memories and experiences in New Orleans food.

Refreshments will be served. This fun event will be held from 7 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, at the Algiers Regional Library, 3014 Holiday Drive.

FALL FUN FESTIVAL: The Norman Mayer Library, 3001 Gentilly Blvd., will be hosting a Fall Fun Festival from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. There will be games, crafts, music, refreshments, free books for teens and children, and much more.

All New Orleans Public Library programs and events are free and open to the public.

Charles Brown is the executive director of the New Orleans Public Library. For information, visit, publiclibrary, or follow us on Twitter, @nolalibrary.