Local and regional collection specialists will identify and evaluate heirlooms, collectibles and treasures at the 12th annual Attic Treasures program 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at the Greenwell Springs Road Regional branch, 11300 Greenwell Springs Road. Knowledgeable specialists in ceramics, coins, jewelry, paintings, pottery, Civil War artifacts, antique tools, paper, books, small furniture and vintage items will be available to help identify and evaluate items for patrons.
The program is free, but participants are limited to three items. For more information, call (225) 274-4440.
Brandi Schaeffer, an instructor of Baby Signs, will present a sign, say and storytime for parents and their babies, from birth to 3 years at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at the Main branch, 7711 Goodwood Blvd. Schaeffer’s Baby Signs and Baby Signs Bear will read stories, teach signs and sing songs. Participants can learn how to talk with a baby before the baby can talk. For more information or to register, call (225) 231-3760.
The Baton Rouge Police Mounted Patrol Unit will provide a demonstration of their day-to-day activities at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at the Jones Creek Regional branch, 6222 Jones Creek Road. Families can meet the officers and their equestrian partners, and see the contributions this unit makes to local law enforcement. For more information or to register, call (225) 756-1160.
The Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life Book Discussion Group meets monthly to talk about the book by Karen Armstrong. The group will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, at the Main branch, 7711 Goodwood Blvd. Members will discuss Steps 9 and 10 in the auditorium. For more information, call (225) 231-3710.
Wings of Hope founder Leslie Lattimore will show several live birds and talk about how the Wings of Hope Wildlife Sanctuary saves local animals at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, at the South branch, 23477 La. 444 in Livingston. The presentation will also focus on what to do if one finds an injured animal. For all ages. Donations of supplies are requested. For a list of needed supplies or more information, call the library at (225) 698-3015. Lattimore will repeat the presentation at the Main branch, 20390 Iowa St. in Livingston, at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 22.
Young Writers Club meets at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, at the Denham Springs-Walker branch, 8101 U.S. 190 in Denham Springs. The club is open to anyone between the ages of 10 and 17. Its shared goal is to write for both publication and performance. Young writers are encouraged to explore their writing interests and develop their voice and style through exciting collaborative activities. The program also offers free workshops in poetry, short stories, and creative nonfiction. For more information about the Young Writers Club, call the library at (225) 665-8118.
The Watson branch, 36581 Outback Road in Denham Springs, is starting a new group that highlights the personal benefits of journaling. The first meeting of Soul Inspired Journaling is at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19. For details, call the library at (225) 664-3963.
Edward Livingston Historical Association will meet 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, at the Main branch, 20390 Iowa St. in Livingston.
Have you ever wanted to learn sign language, or have you ever wanted to teach it to your child? Sign Time, at the Ascension Parish Library, will be a very special Storytime presented with American Sign Language. You and your child will learn the signs for popular songs and rhymes such as “The More We Get Together,” “Brown Bear, Brown Bear” and “The Itsy Bitsy Spider.” Stories will be interspersed with signs so you can learn a few words that way as well. Sign Time will take place at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, at the Donaldsonville branch, 500 Mississippi St. in Donaldsonville; at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, at the Main branch, South Irma Boulevard in Gonzales; at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, at the Galvez branch, 40300 La. 42 in Prairieville; and at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27 at the Dutchtown branch, 13278 La. 73 in Geismar. While this program is open to children of all ages, it is designed for children ages 2 through 5. Space is limited and registration is required. For more information on the program or to register, call the Donaldsonville branch at (225) 473-8052, the Main branch at (225) 647-3955, the Galvez branch at (225) 622-3339, or the Dutchtown branch at (225) 673-8699.
Alain Simon will discuss the vanishing Cajun healing traiteur traditions that have been handed down through the centuries 6:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, at South Regional branch, 6101 Johnston St. in Lafayette. Simon will share his personal experience as a traiteur in Acadiana and the history of this folk healing tradition. This event presented as part of the Louisiana Bicentennial Program Series.
Patrons can support the Lafayette Public Library by shopping at the Friends of the Library Book Sale. Gently used hardcover and paperbook books will be sold by the inch. The sale will take place at the Heymann Convention Center Ballroom, 1373 S. College Road. Friends Members Only Sale will be 6-8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17; Public Sale will be 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, Sept, 18-19, and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20.
n SRL Sleuths Mystery Book Club will meet 6:30-7:45 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, at South Regional branch, 6101 Johnston St. in Lafayette. Members will discuss Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John le Carre.
Human Trafficking 101, a presentation by Lindsey Boettinger, Office of Catholic Charities Refugee Services, will take place 6-7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, at Rosa Keller Public Library and Community Center, 4300 S. Broad St. in New Orleans. Boettinger will discus what human trafficking is, and why it’s often described as human exploitation and modern day slavery and is currently the world’s second-most profitable crime. Yet its victims often go unnoticed, Boettinger says. She is a case worker and outreach professional with Catholic Charities Refugee Services, and will speak about what defines human trafficking and what forms it takes in the Greater New Orleans area, the United States and the global level. After her presentation, Boettinger will lead a discussion on how the community can join the fight against this crime.
Think Outside the Box: Encouraging creative arts exploration through reading, engaging discussions, and group activities is a writing group for youth led by youth. The group meets 5:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, at Norman Mayer branch, 3001 Gentilly Blvd. in New Orleans. Call (504) 931-3408 to reserve a spot; youths ages 12-17 are invited
Forest Hammond-Martin Sr., author of With Edwards in the Governor’s Mansion, will appear at Author Night at Hubbell at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, at Hubbell branch, 225 Morgan St. in New Orleans.
East Regional Book Discussion Group will meet 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, at East Regional branch, 160 W. Campus Drive, Destrehan. Members will discuss State of Wonder by Ann Patchett. For more information, call (985) 764-2366.
The Diane Tapes Reading Series, a monthly reading series hosted by Ben Kopel and Anne Marie Rooney, will have its first event 6-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, at Maple Street Book Shop at Bayou St. John, 3141 Ponce de Leon in New Orleans.
This month’s line-up:
Ben Pelhan is a Pittsburghist living in New Orleans. He makes poems, screenplays, videos, and combinations of poems, screenplays, and videos. His work is available or forthcoming at OH NO, Spork, Fairy Tale Review, Diagram and YouTube. He likes most rivers, most movies, and most of the people he knows.
Lara Glenum, Fullbright Fellow and NEA Translation Fellow, is the author of The Hounds of No and Maximum Gaga. Glenum’s writing pushes the boundaries of gender politics and poetics through the use of the sublime and the grotesque.
She is also the co-editor (with Arielle Greenberg) of the anthology Gurlesque, which promotes a re-imagined feminist aesthetic, which blurs the boundaries between femininity, burlesque, and the grotesque.
Kristin Sanders is the author of the chapbook Orthorexia (dancing girl press). Her writing has appeared in places like Octopus, elimae, Strange Machine, HTMLGIANT, and Airplane Reading. Originally from California, she teaches at Loyola University, New Orleans, where she is the associate poetry editor at the New Orleans Review.
Barnes & Noble Westbank, Westbank Centre, 1601B West Bank Expressway, Harvey, is hosting a Writers’ Group 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18. This is a networking and critiquing forum for writers of all skill levels. Be prepared to read what you are working on, to take constructive criticism and to give it. The group meets every Tuesday.
Geoff Wyss, author of How, will sign copies of his book at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, at Maple Street Book Shop, 7523 Maple St. in New Orleans.
M.H. Herlong, author of Buddy, will sign copies of his book 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at Maple Street Book Shop, 7523 Maple St. in New Orleans.
Richard Sexton and Randy Harelson, authors of New Roads and Old Rivers, will sign copies of their book 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, at Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania St. in New Orleans.
T. Geronimo Johnson, author of Hold It ’Til It Hurts, will sign copies of his book at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, at Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St. in New Orleans.
Stuart Woods, author of Severe Clear, will sign copies of his book at 6 p.m. Friday Sept. 21, at Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St. in New Orleans.
Peter Mayeux, author of Dear Mr. Musemeche, will sign copies of his book at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at Barnes & Noble CitiPlace, 2590 CitiPlace Court
Larriesha Houston, author of Princess Sarai, will sign copies of her book at 4:30 p.m. Friday Sept. 21, at Barnes & Noble Westbank Centre, 1601B West Bank Expressway, Harvey.
The Advocate columnist Smiley Anders will read from his newest book, Smiley! A Laughing Matter, and will sign copies at the East Baton Rouge Parish Library Zachary branch, 1900 Church St. at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 22. For more information, call (225) 658-1840.
Deborah Lynne, author of All in God’s Time, will sign copies of her book 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at Denham Springs Walker branch of the Livingston Parish Library, 8101 U.S. 190 in Denham Springs.
Items for Book Events were provided by East Baton Rouge Parish Library, Livingston Parish Library, Ascension Parish Library, Lafayette Parish Library, Orleans Parish Library, St. Charles Parish Library, Maple Street Book Shop and Barnes & Noble.
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