Banned Books Week 2019

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Banned Books Week 2019 Events


Soap for All! Soap-Making Demo with Tammy Sue Pope

Soap-making and The Paper Street Soap Company are featured in Fight Club as a source of income and as a springboard to several memorable episodes. Film fans and craft lovers alike will enjoy this demonstration by Artisan soap-maker Tammy Sue Pope, the featured soap maker for Moss Mountain Farm.


Harry Potter Wands

Design, create, and paint your own magic wand inspired by the previously banned Harry Potter book series.


Banned Books Craft

Come make your own book covers and art inspired by challenged and banned books.

Ages 7 to 14.


Just for Teens: Harry Potter Trivia

Come celebrate one of our favorite banned books by showing off your Harry Potter trivia skills! Enter to win a Harry Potter themed prize. For ages 12-18.


Anime Night

“Howl’s Moving Castle”  by Diana Wynne Jones was a banned book!

Join us and watch the classic animated film in celebration of Banned Books Week.

Refreshments provided.

Anime Night reoccurs on the last Wednesday of every month.

Enjoy a differing experience of snacks, anime screenings,


Banned Books Pictionary

Try your hand at this charades inspired word guessing game based on banned book titles.

This event takes place in the Level 4 teen center of the Main Library. Level 4 events are for teens ages 12-19 only.


Adult Painting Class

In this class you will be painting a Wizard of Oz themed painting to help celebrate Banned Books Week.

Registration required. (501) 457-5038



Roli Del Gado

Before a screening of the popular film version of Fight Club, UFC and Bellator professional fighter and jujitsu competitor Roli DelGado will appear in person. Meet him and get a few fighting tips! Del Gado was featured on The Ultimate Fighter Season 8.


Fight Club (R)

Starring Helena Bonham-Carter, Edward Norton, and Brad Pitt, Fight Club tells the story of an insomniac office worker and a devil-may-care soapmaker who form an underground fight club that evolves into something much, much more. Based on the 1996 novel of the same name by Chuck Palahniuk.

Prior to the screening,


Banned Books on Film featuring James and the Giant Peach

Come watch the film based on the banned book, “James and the Giant Peach” by Roald Dahl.

Rated PG.



Adaptation (2002, R)

In conjunction with Susan Orlean’s personal visit to CALS on September 28, CALS presents this stunning original comedy based on her work that seamlessly blends fictional characters and situations with the lives of real people. Adaptation centers around obsessive orchid hunter John Laroche (played by Chris Cooper), New Yorker journalist Susan Orlean (played by Meryl Streep),


Watch the Banned Book

Enjoy refreshments and watch “The Color Purple” (PG-13) in honor of the end of Banned Books Week.

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I have been a real estate agent and investor for 42 years, and 39 of those have been in Little Rock.  I work for the Flake and Kelley Commercial real estate company as the CEO and co-owner. I love to cycle and do water sports like boating, fishing, wakeboarding, and golf.  In the winter, I enjoy duck hunting and hiking. 

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Rocky Horrors

“Let’s do the time warp again!” Join the CALS Ron Robinson Theater for FOUR INTERACTIVE SHOWINGS of The Rocky Horror Picture Show!

Friday, Oct. 4 @ 9:30 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 11 @ 9:30 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 18 @ 9:30 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 25 @ 9:30 p.m.

Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975, R)
Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975, R)
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Our Gathering Place

CALS Executive Director Nate Coulter

An old piece of folk wisdom reminds us that a single-strand rope is much more easily broken than one braided of many strands. The whole of such a braided cord has strength far greater than even the sum of its threads.

At CALS, we try to approach meeting the community’s needs with this truth in mind. We actively cultivate collaboration with a host of partners from all around the community in order to keep braiding those invisible ties that collectively support our culture, our neighborhoods, and our families better than any of us can do acting alone.

This is an even more powerful truth in a digital era when it seems that so many forces are intent on fraying the community’s bonds by sowing conflict, division, and fear. The public library has always stood in the
center of the community, encouraging collaboration—braiding and rebraiding the cords of connection — inviting partners and our community members to discover the strength of dialogue and teamwork.

As you read the news in this quarterly, we hope you will be encouraged by our many dynamic, library-based partnerships that are striving to make our neighborhoods stronger, richer, and happier places to live. And if you can point us in the direction of new partnerships to forge, please contact me at

Here are a couple of examples I’m proud of Little Rock for accomplishing recently. Be Mighty Little Rock, coordinated by our CALS library staff, brought together an unprecedented number of major community partners to combat youth hunger this summer, including the City of Little Rock, the Little Rock School District, the city Parks and Recreation Department, the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance, and Rock Region METRO. Those partnerships are continuing in exciting ways with more nutrition and health programs. This fall, another partnership will allow the Arkansas Arts Center to teach many classes in CALS branches, as the center begins a massive two-year remodeling process that will close down its usual space. By hosting the AAC in our well-equipped public meeting spaces, we can assist this vital cultural institution to keep its connection with the people of our city.

These major collaborative efforts produce clear benefits for our community, but there are also scores of other partnerships happening every day at CALS that enrich our neighborhoods and our people’s lives. Whether we are jumping in to enhance the fun of Goat Fest in Perryville, teaming up with Arkansas Women’s Outreach to support women’s health needs, or hosting classes in crucial business skills from the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center, we see every day the benefits that people realize from our collaborations.

We hope you will join your own strand to the many threads that run through this publication, telling the story of how our people come together for progress and for hope. You are a vital part of the braided strength that we support, and we welcome you to our CALS community.

Nate Coulter
Executive Director
Central Arkansas Library System