Feb 12 2012 - 8:27am

* Received an e-book reader for Christmas and don't know how to use it? Maybe you know how, but don't know where to access free e-books -- including the latest hot reads? Librarians can help.

"Technology Answers @ Your Library: Introduction to E-Books" is a class on downloading free e-books from popular sources including OverDrive and OneClickDigital, available through the Weber County Library.

The free class starts at 7 p.m. Thursday in the library's Southwest branch, 1950 W. 4800 South, Roy.

Participants are invited to bring personal laptops and e-media devices. For patrons who don't own one and want to try them out, a selection of digital media devices will be available.

For more information, call 801-337-2670.

* Poet, author and activist Amiri Baraka will recite from his collection of poems and prose at noon Thursday in Weber State University's Wildcat Theater, Shepherd Union Building, 3848 Harrison Blvd., Ogden.

A former poet laureate for New Jersey and professor emeritus at State University of New York at Stony Brook, Baraka is the author of more than 40 books of poems, essays, dramas, fiction, memoirs, music history and criticism. His works include "Dutchman and The Slave," "Funk Lore" and "The Essence of Reparations." His poem, "Somebody Blew Up America," written in response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks, has evoked passionate responses.

The event will also feature WSU English students who have been chosen to read their poetry. They will open for Baraka, who will read, give a short lecture and then answer questions from the audience.

"Amiri is known mostly as a writer and poet, which connects him with the English department," said WSU student Amir Jackson in a press release. "He is also a professor, which connects him with students in education. He is also a positive image for the African-American students on campus, and as an activist he can inspire all students to stand up for what they believe in."

The event, part of WSU's Convocation Lecture Series in connection with Black History Month, is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by WSU Student Association Arts and Lectures.

* Utah authors from the Eden Writers Group will discuss and sign copies of their book "Tales From Huntsville, Eden, Liberty and Beyond" (DMT Publishing, $10.99), noon-4 p.m. Tuesday at Hastings, 340 E. 525 North, Harrisville. This is a free event.

* Mother and daughter co-authors Janet and Lynn Kaufman will be discussing their self-published book "The Grump Meter" at 4 p.m. Saturday at The King's English Bookshop, 1511 S. 1500 East, Salt Lake City. The book is a behavioral management tool for families. This is a free event.

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