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The sixteenth annual Arkansas Literary Festival will take place April 25-28, 2019.
Esmé Wang: Luminous Writing Through Limitations
Creativity, resilience, and legacy. These are three words at the forefront of Esmé Wang’s mind. Her life story certainly testifies to all three: creativity as a critically-acclaimed author,
Award-winning Cookbook Author Creates Community through Cooking
From talking to Dorie Greenspan, you would never know she is one of the most celebrated and awarded cookbook authors in America. Her writing is as good as her recipes, but she is disarmingly down-to earth about her talents.
“I’ve had no formal training as a writer and never expected that I’d ever become one,” Greenspan says.
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.
Our Gathering Place
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.
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