Throughout February, the library will be celebrating Black History Month with a full schedule of projects, programs and events.

One of the projects focuses on collecting family recipes and the stories behind them. The library will collect stories from the community to develop a cookbook highlighting the 300 years of African-American influence on New Orleans cuisine.

Recipes and stories can be submitted by Feb. 28 at any library location or by email to To see the full schedule of Black History Month projects, programs and events, visit

CARNIVAL COSTUMES: From Friday, Feb. 2, through the end of the month, a collection of intricately beaded Mardi Gras Indian costumes will be on display at the Algiers Regional Library, 3014 Holiday Drive. The costumes were primarily constructed and worn by Chief Kevin Turner, of the Black Mohawks.  

CARNIVAL CLOSURES: Libraries will have varied hours of operation from Friday, Feb. 2, through Mardi Gras, Feb. 13, because of to Carnival parades. To see the full schedule of closures, visit

FINANCIAL WORKSHOP: The library has partnered with Marigny deMauriac, from Edward Jones financial advisers, to develop a series of workshops on managing resources effectively for a lifetime of financial well-being. The next workshop is "Outsmart the Scammers: Protect Yourself and Your Family from Financial Fraud," being held from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 6, at the Smith Library, 6301 Canal Blvd. To see the full schedule of workshops, planned through April, visit

STORIES IN FRENCH: Vanessa Bertho will be the special guest at the Latter Library’s French Story Time at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 3. Bertho has been a French storyteller for 13 years and uses instruments and songs to bring her stories to life. French Story Time is open to all families and caregivers with children age 5 and under. The library is at 5120 St. Charles Ave. To see the full schedule of weekly times, visit

MAKER MONDAY: The East New Orleans Regional Library invites those age 11 to 17 to participate in their Maker Monday program at 5 p.m. Feb. 5. Participants will create photo frames. All supplies will be provided. The library is at 5641 Read Blvd.

IN STITCHES: All ages are welcome at the Children’s Resource Center Library’s Stitch N' Book Knitting, Crochet, Tatting & Crafting Circle being held at 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 5. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own craft projects and enjoy conversation, snacks and creativity of others. Tatting and crochet instruction is available upon request. The library is at 913 Napoleon Ave.