Brian Costello, an 11th-generation Louisianian, will discuss his new book titled "Carnival in New Orleans" at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon, in Metairie.

Costello has written many books on the state’s history and is the historian of the Pointe Coupee Parish Library Historic Materials Collection. He also reigned as king of the 2009 New Roads Lions Mardi Gras Carnival.

In "Carnival in New Orleans," Costello brings together the stories behind the tradition, gleaned from his research and personal involvement in Carnival. His tour of the season’s parades, balls, courirs and other events held throughout Louisiana go beyond the well-known locales for Mardi Gras. Exploring the diverse cultural roots of statewide celebrations, Costello includes festivities in Lafayette, Baton Rouge, New Roads and Shreveport.

From venerable floats to satirical parades, exclusive events to spontaneous street parties, "Carnival in New Orleans" is a guide for Mardi Gras attendees, both veterans seeking to expand their horizons and tourists hoping to experience all sides of Louisiana’s favorite season.

PHOTO EXHIBIT: "1,000 Words,” a collection of photographs by Olivia Greene, will be on display at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon, Metairie, until the end of October. The exhibit consists of nine chromogenic prints.

Greene's photographs use light and color to reflect emotional atmosphere. Horse racing scenes and New Orleans music are among her favorite subjects.

Greene began documenting New York’s rock scene in 1970s. Some of her photos of the Ramones, Blondie and more were published in The Village Voice and other publications. Greene lives in New Orleans and is a longtime radio show host at WWOZ.

GENEALOGY CLASS: Gwen Kelley, a librarian who specializes in genealogy and local history, will lead a seminar for family researchers that describes how to use immigration records at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon, Metairie.

Immigration records, also known as ship passenger arrival records, may provide genealogists with information such as one's nationality; ship name and date of entry to the United States; age, height, eye and hair color; profession; place of last residence; name and address of relatives they are joining in the U.S.; and amount of money they are carrying, etc.

ADULT COLORING: Adults can gather at 6:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month for an hour of meditative coloring accompanied by peaceful music at the newly renovated Rosedale Library, 4036 Jefferson Highway, Jefferson. Art supplies will be provided. Patrons can also bring their own.

COLLEGE FINANCIAL AID: Carol Langston will discuss financial aid possibilities for college students at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon, Metairie.

Langston will discuss the College Scholarship Service Profile, generally referred to as the CSS Profile, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid program and Louisiana’s Taylor Opportunity Program for Students.

GREAT BOOKS DISCUSSION: The Great Books Discussion Group discusses Herman Hesse’s "Steppenwolf: at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon, Metairie.

"Steppenwolf" was first published in German in 1927. It is the story of Harry Haller, who has all the insight, all the leisure, all the material goods he needs, yet he is not at peace with his life. 

All programs at the library are free and open to the public. For information about programs at the 15 branches of the Jefferson Parish Library, go to or friend the library’s Facebook page for daily programming updates.