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Holiday Events Around CALS

We love the holidays here at CALS and this time of the year you can’t step into a branch without tripping over a candy cane or running into a seasonal craft. This is not an exhaustive list of everything going on at CALS (you can find that here) but it’s everything that you need to be sure not to miss if you’re eager to don a Santa hat and throw back a little eggnog.

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Horse – Author Talk with Geraldine Brooks

Join us for an exciting virtual chat with the highly-acclaimed and award winning novelist, Geraldine Brooks in conversation about her most recent New York Times Bestselling novel Horse. Brooks braids a sweeping story of spirit, obsession, and injustice across American history.

Kentucky, 1850. An enslaved groom named Jarret and a bay foal forge a bond of understanding that will carry the horse to record-setting victories across the South.

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Author Talk with Fredrik Backman: Bestselling Author of A Man Called Ove

Join us for an online chat with bestselling author Fredrik Backman as we discuss his outstanding body of work, including his breathtaking new novel, The Winners, the third installment of the Beartown series.

In the beautifully written Beartown—which inspired the HBO series of the same name—a small town obsessed with the local junior hockey team is rocked by a shocking act of violence.

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Covered With Night: A Story of Murder and Indigenous Justice in Early America – Author Talk with Nicole Eustace

You’re invited to explore early-American history during an online afternoon conversation with Pulitzer Prize winning historian Nicole Eustace as she discusses her 2022 award winning book Covered With Night: A Story of Murder and Indigenous Justice in Early America.
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The Gilded Ones Series: Author Talk with Namina Forna

Join us for an action-packed online conversation with New York Times bestselling author of The Gilded Ones Series in a discussion about her second installment in the series, The Merciless Ones.

In Forna’s first New York Times Bestselling book, The Gilded Ones, readers are introduced to sixteen-year-old Deka,

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Decluttering to Start Your New Year: Author Talk with Dana K. White

You’re invited to start your new year calm and collected by learning to become better organized and clutter-free with Dana K. White, creator of popular podcast and blog, A Slob Comes Clean, as she imparts tips from her books Organizing for the Rest of Us and Decluttering at the Speed of Life.

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Exhibits across CALS

Come for the books, stay for the art. Absolutely not how the saying goes, but right now CALS has several can’t-miss exhibits. From the lighthearted crayons of Oliver Jeffers to the more serious photography from the unsheltered community, these art exhibits will have you experiencing all the emotions. These exhibits are free and open to the public during regular business hours at the respective branches.

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Stop the Violence Toy Drive

You can help families impacted by violence in Central Arkansas. The Mosaic Templars Cultural Center is once again partnering with Arkansas Stop the Violence and the Central Arkansas Library System for the “Stop the Violence Toy Drive.”

Drop off new and unopened toys at MTCC or any CALS branch through December 7. Please consider donating today!

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Food For Fines, December 11-17

Food for Fines is always a popular event at CALS. It’s a perfect end of year program that helps you start the new year with a clean (library fine) slate and also helps provide food for our neighbors in need. This year, Food for Fines will take place December 11-17. During that time, patrons are invited to bring non-perishable food items to any CALS library to offset overdue fines on their accounts. This year, the food items will be kept at CALS to stock our Little Free Pantries.

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