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A national correspondent for The Atlantic, James Fallows speaks about his book Our Towns, “a vivid, surprising portrait of the civic and economic reinvention taking place in America, town by town and generally out of view of the national media”, in the 2018 CALS J.N. Heiskell Distinguished Lecture for journalism.
A meek Hobbit from the Shire and eight companions set out on a journey to destroy the powerful One Ring and save Middle-earth from the Dark Lord Sauron. This first part of the film trilogy, based on the classic Lord of the Rings novels by J.R.R. Tolkien, is rated PG-13 and is presented as a part of Banned Books Week.
A mixture of fantastical rock opera and horror movie spoof. A couple of ordinary kids have car trouble one dark and rainy night and knock on the door of a looming gothic mansion. They are stunned to learn that they have stumbled into an ongoing convention of kinky characters, hosted by Dr. Frank-N-Furter, a mad scientist from the planet Transsexual.
Spoken word performers will join Arkansas Symphony Orchestra on stage for Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9: Ode to Joy February 23 & 24.
The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra (ASO) and Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) have announced a collaboration in a spoken word performance event focused on themes of joy, unity and hope.
Crazy Free Books
Twenty free copies of American Psycho are available on a first come, first served basis. Limit one per person. Contact LitFest@cals.org for details or to claim an available book.
Devoted to the Curious
One of our patron families, the Tang family, recently explained how they raised their kids to encourage their curiosity. Every Saturday, Mom and Dad took the three boys to their CALS library. And no matter what books the boys picked out, even if the books were way beyond their current grade level, Dad and Mom said, “Ok, go ahead.” The boys had total freedom to follow where their curiosity led them, and all three boys ended up with a deep love of learning. Their natural childhood curiosity flourished and grew over the years, in part due to the freedom of choice they found here at the library.
At CALS, we believe in the transformative power of curiosity. We’re all born with a desire to know more, and that desire leads us to learn and to connect with other people. Our interests are wonderfully diverse, but curiosity is what sends each of us on our own journey of discovery. So if you’re curious about the galaxy, you can check out science books and free telescopes. If you want to know more about crafting or sewing or how to make the perfect cinnamon rolls, there are CALS groups to welcome curious crafters. And if you’re curious about what your community thinks about books or current events, we offer discussion groups and panels of all kinds.
As we support the power of curiosity to change lives, we are constantly expanding choices and opportunities for our patrons. At CALS, we are #DevotedtotheCurious.
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