Attorneys will provide free services to the public at several local libraries Oct. 23-27 during the Louisiana State Bar Association’s 2017 Lawyers in Libraries week of service.

Several Orleans Parish Library locations will host "Ask-a-Lawyer" sessions, 15-minute individual legal consultations that are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The session schedule is:

  • Mid-City Library, 4140 Canal St., from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25
  • Algiers Regional Library, 3014 Holiday Drive, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26 
  • Keller Library & Community Center, 4300 S. Broad Ave., 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26  
  • Smith Library, 6301 Canal Blvd., noon to 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26 
  • Main Library, 219 Loyola Ave., 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 27.

GENEALOGY RESEARCH: The library’s Louisiana Division archival staff continues its introductory course in genealogical research this week with one session from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.Saturday, Oct. 28, at the Main Library, 219 Loyola Ave.

The session topic is scanning family records. Louisiana Division staff will scan up to four items for free. These items can be old family photos, family historical documents, wills, marriage licenses or any other one-of-a-kind items. Items must be no larger than 8 inches by 10 inches. Participants will receive a DVD with their four scans.

FINAL NOTES: "New Orleans Musicians and the Cemeteries in Which They Rest" is the name of the program being held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25, at the Hubbell Library, 725 Pelican Ave.

Emily Ford, from Oak and Laurel Cemetery Preservation, will discuss the final resting places of famous New Orleans musicians at this event sponsored by the Friends of Hubbell Library.

Author David Cappello will discuss his new book, "The People’s Grocer: John G. Schwegmann, New Orleans, and the Making of the Modern Retail World," at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 25, at the East New Orleans Regional Library, 5641 Read Blvd.

Schwegmann was the visionary founder of the New Orleans supermarket chain that pioneered the modern big-box concept. Along with spotlighting his life, career and family legacy, this biography discusses old corner grocery stores, outdoor and public markets, manufacturer price fixing, the supermarket revolution, postwar New Orleans politics and the battle over the Superdome. These stories and more are explored in this book, which spans retail history from the preindustrial 1850s to the post-industrial 1990s.

HALLOWEEN PARTY: A children's Halloween celebration with special guest Jenny Lindsley, an illustrator and artist, will be held at the Algiers Regional Library, 3014 Holiday Drive, at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28. Children will receive treats, and Lindsley will give a talk and demonstration on illustrating children's stories. Costumes are encouraged.

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