Back by popular demand is Drawing for Beginners, an adult workshop led by art educator Becky Betancourt, will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 13, at the Algiers Regional Library.

Attendees will learn the basics of drawing and illustration in this fun and exciting daylong workshop.

No previous art experience is necessary, but advance registration is required, and participants are encouraged to bring a bag lunch.

Register by calling (504) 596-2641 or in person at Algiers Regional Library.

PECULIAR TALES: Author Sam Irwin will share pithy observations, humorous asides and droll determinations as he discusses his book, “It Happens in Louisiana: Peculiar Tales, Traditions and Recipes from the Bayou,” from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 13, at the Rosa F. Keller Library & Community Center. The book features accounts from Louisiana history that may seem odd or farfetched elsewhere, but have all happened here.

MLK CELEBRATION: The Library’s African American Resource Center will present the 2016 Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration. The theme is “African American Places and Memories.” The program will include a dance and drum performance by the Mahalia Jackson Elementary School and a performance by the Dr. King Charter School Choir. The keynote speaker will be Sybil Morial. The event will be held at the Main Library, noon to 1 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 14.

POSTER DEADLINE: The submission deadline for the library’s Black History Month Poster Design Contest is noon on Tuesday, Jan. 19. All entries will be judged on creativity, artistic merit and best representation of the 2016 Black History Month theme: African American Places and Memories. The contest is open to all Orleans Parish residents, 18 or younger, currently enrolled in a public or private school or actively home-schooled. To see the official contest rules and entry form, visit

PARADE INSIDER: Making Mardi Gras, a panel discussion with the architects of some of New Orleans’ parading organizations, will be held at the Main Library, at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 14, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The program will be led by historian and documentary filmmaker Rebecca Snedeker and will reveal the origins and mechanics behind some of New Orleans’ favorite parades.

CRESCENT CITY MEMORIES: “New Orleans Memories: One Writer’s City” will be the topic of Carolyn Kolb’s wide-ranging illustrated discussion of New Orleans people and culture presented by the library and the Algiers Historical Society. The talk will be held at the Algiers Regional Library from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Jan. 16, and will cover four major subjects: food, Mardi Gras, literature and music. Kolb, a New Orleans native, is a former reporter at The Times-Picayune and is a columnist for New Orleans Magazine. She teaches a course on New Orleans people and culture at Tulane University’s School of Continuing Studies, is a graduate of Newcomb College and holds a doctorate in urban history from the University of New Orleans.

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