Young Frankenstein

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Reception for Higgins Bond

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2019 Arkansas Literary Festival
April 25-28

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Reception for Higgins Bond

Come meet the artist, at this exhibit reception for Higgins Bond: A Survey of Paintings & Drawings. The exhibit runs through June 1, 2019.

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Young Frankenstein

Comedy icons Gene Wilder, Peter Boyle, Cloris Leachman, Marty Feldman, Teri Garr, and Madeline Kahn star in Mel Brooks’ brilliantly outrageous riff on Mary Shelley’s classic story of Frankenstein. After inheriting his grandfather’s castle in Transylvania, young Dr. Frankenstein (Wilder) follows in his ancestor’s freaky footsteps as he sets out to reanimate a dead body in Brooks’

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Anita Davis

Anita Davis, author of What’s Inside?: A Century of Women and Handbags, 1900–1999, is a native Arkansan and lifelong collector who loves outsider art, Gladys Knight, dream work, her two daughters, and learning about the mysteries of life. Her varied life experience includes owning a mail-order catalog called Pure and Simple in the 1980s and co-owning Vagabonds coffee house and vintage store in the 1990s.

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Elliot Ackerman & Charmaine Craig

Despite the dehumanization that goes hand in hand with war and the media coverage of conflict, moments of deep humanity can be glimpsed even in the most harrowing of circumstances. How do we ensure that those moments are not overlooked, and that our stories – even fictional ones – reflect the nuances of a historical moment?

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Author! Author!

Toast the Arkansas Literary Festival authors at this fête featuring hors d’oeuvres and libations. Books will be available for purchase during the party geared for adults. Tickets are $25 in advance and $40 at the door.

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The Birth of Loud Concert

Loosely inspired by Ian S. Port’s new book about the “guitar-pioneering rivalry that shaped rock ‘n’ roll,” Isaac Alexander and Joshua Asante each take the stage, guitar in hand, followed by a mighty set featuring singer/songwriter Bonnie Montgomery and her guitarist. $5 at the door

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Author! Author!

Toast the Arkansas Literary Festival authors at this fête featuring hors d’oeuvres and libations. Books will be available for purchase during the party geared for adults. Tickets are $25 in advance and $40 at the door.

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Enter Now for the Teen Poetry Contest at the Arkansas Literary Festival

Our annual Teen Poetry Contest has been a part of the Arkansas Literary Festival for years. Anyone who has seen the contest can tell you that watching the young writers present their work is memorable. The creativity, courage, and talent on display never fail to make an impression on the audience.

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Our Gathering Place

CALS Executive Director Nate Coulter

In early spring, there’s no better place to be than inside a greenhouse. In the greenhouse, patient gardeners create the conditions for change, anticipating a time when the weather will be warmer and kinder. Seeds sprout and saplings grow sturdier, protected from the harshness of the climate outside. The greenhouse is a place of preparation, and when the time is right, mature and hardy plants come out into the wide world to find their place, put down roots, and add their own gifts to our ecosystem.

When designers envisioned our Children’s Library, they included a greenhouse as part of a design that allowed children to be educated not only in book knowledge, but in the natural world. And, like the seedlings that sprout in the greenhouse, the children of our community need a place where they can find the nurturing ground of kindness, compassion, and encouragement from gardeners who are committed to the healthy growth of young minds.

Young people have always been a major part of the mission of public libraries. We are fortunate at CALS to have dedicated, experienced staff members who put their hearts into every youth program they create and lead. The library is committed to welcoming all youth, celebrating their uniqueness, and helping them discover the world around them and their own place in it.

Spring is the season of transition from dormancy to growth. Our community, our region, and our nation are also moving through a time of transition. In this time when the cultural climate can sometimes be unpleasant, we hope the library system will provide a greenhouse – a place of nurture and personal growth, not only for our children, but for adults who seek to plant new ideas and help our whole community grow.

Nate Coulter
Executive Director
Central Arkansas Library System