New Orleans, Jefferson and St. Tammany Parish library news for Jan. 17, 2013

The main branch of the public library hosts a lecture and performance Thursday in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend.

Keith Medley, historian and author of “We as Freemen: Plessy vs. Ferguson” will speak on the topic “Still Overcoming: Celebrating People and Places,” at noon in the auditorium.

Students from Samuel J. Green Charter School will perform, choreographed by Baderinwa Rolland.

The program is free.

Call (504) 596-2560 for more information.

Mardi Gras Indian to visit: It’s getting closer to Carnival Day, a time for the city’s special Mardi Gras Indian tradition to shine.

Learn about the tradition and enjoy an up-close look at the feathered glory of a Mardi Gras Indian costume Saturday at the Algiers Regional Branch Library, 3014 Holiday Drive, when Big Chief Tyrone Casby of Algiers’ own Mohawk Hunters pays a visit. The program begins at 1:30 p.m.

Call (504) 596-2641 for more information or visit

Libraries closed for holiday: All New Orleans Public Library facilities will be closed on Monday in observance of the Martin Luther King Holiday.

Algiers Regional

Alvar Branch

Central City Branch

Children’s Resource Center

East New Orleans Regional

Hubbell Branch

Keller Library and Community Center

King Branch

Latter Branch

Mid-City Branch

Nix Branch

Norman Mayer Branch

Smith Branch

Main Library


East Bank Regional

Harahan Branch

Lakeshore Branch

North Kenner Branch

Old Metairie Branch