The New Orleans Public Library will host monthly presentations with discussions and book signings featuring contributors to the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities’ book, "New Orleans & The World: 1718-2018 Tricentennial Anthology."

The book is a collection of essays by leading scholars illuminating the role of the city in major events in U.S. and world history, economic innovations and cultural expressions started here that impacted people around the globe, and the waves of new populations who redefined the city’s shape and society.

The first event of this series, called "New Orleans 300," is the opening of "Queens, Baby Dolls and Social & Pleasure Clubs: Traditions and Rituals." The exhibit explores the vital role women have played in the city's procession traditions that go back more than a century.

The exhibit features photographs and the ceremonial attire of the women who participate in the customs of the Black Masking/Mardi Gras Indian, Baby Doll and Social and Pleasure Club traditions. The exhibit is organized by Cherice Harris-Nelson and curated by Herreast J. Harrison.

It is sponsored by Friends of the New Orleans Public Library, the City of New Orleans, the Arts Council of New Orleans, Guardians Institute, Mardi Gras Indian Hall of Fame and NOLA4Women.

The exhibit will be on display at the Main Library, 219 Loyola Ave., from Jan. 7 through March 24, with an exhibit opening that will include a presentation and performance from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 7. The full schedule of New Orleans 300 events can be found at

SELF-IMPROVEMENT: For those who want to make positive changes in 2018, the library has thousands of books, DVDs, audiobooks, e-books and videos that can help achieve their goals.

One convenient digital resource is Hoopla, which contains more than 60,000 digital titles available for streaming or download. They include a variety of health and fitness titles for those who need some motivation, such as "Flexibility Yoga for Beginners" or Jillian Michael’s "Ripped in 30," which are available to stream or download on any digital device.

A library card number and PIN are needed to access Hoopla, which is available at, on the e-Resources webpage.

YOGA AT THE LIBRARY: Tiffany Tran, a certified yoga instructor, will lead a beginner’s yoga class at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Smith Library, 6301 Canal Blvd. The class will focus on breathing exercises, stretching and gentle yoga poses.

WINE AND COLORING: Adults age 21 and older are invited to relax with a glass of wine and discover the joy and relaxation of coloring Thursday at the East New Orleans Regional Library, 5641 Read Blvd., beginning at 5:30 p.m. and at the Smith Library, 6301 Canal Blvd., beginning at 6 p.m.

COLLEGE HELP: The Community Queens will assist high school teens with college applications, scholarships, resumé building and more from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 16, at the Mid-City Library, 4140 Canal St.

FOCUSED ON GOALS: Teens are invited to start 2018 by developing a clear vision through a vision boarding workshop being held from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, at the Algiers Regional Library, 3014 Holiday Dr. A vision board is a tool used to help clarify, concentrate and maintain focus on a specific life goal.