Spooky Events at CALS
In Disney’s Hocus Pocus, Academy Award nominee Bette Midler stars with Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy as three wild witches who return from seventeenth-century Salem for a night of zany fun and comic chaos. After they’re conjured up by unsuspecting pranksters, the tricky trio sets out to cast a spell on the town and reclaim their youth.
I’m the Executive Director of Our House, a comprehensive program for homeless and near-homeless families and individuals. I am from central Arkansas and have lived in Little Rock for most of the last 16 years.
What are you reading at the moment?
I’m reading Surface Detail,
It was a dark and stormy morning…
You run to your car through the rain to start your drive to work and open your favorite e-audiobook app for some rush-hour listening. To your dismay, the audiobook you purchased has vanished from your library. After dinner, the rain still falls as you settle into your favorite chair with a cup of tea to finish the thrilling ebook you bought last week,
Upcoming Speakers at CALS
Susan N. Herman was elected President of the American Civil Liberties Union in October 2008, after having served on the ACLU National Board of Directors, as a member of the Executive Committee, and as General Counsel. Herman holds a chair as Centennial Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School. Her talk is titled “A Democrat and a Republican Walk into a Bar: Civil Liberties and Non-partisanship.” Co-sponsored by the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service.
Two Dead, a stunning crime noir graphic novel by Nate Powell and Van Jensen, explores intertwining threads of crime, conspiracy, racism, and insanity in the post-World War II Deep South. Powell is the acclaimed DC Comics writer and the artist of the #1 New York Times bestselling and National Book Award-winning illustrated trilogy March.
From Kentucky to the California desert, these forty-two short stories expose the glossy and matte hearts of girls and women in moments of obsessive desire and fantasy, wildness and bad behavior, brokenness and fearlessness. “Leesa Cross-Smith is a consummate storyteller who uses her formidable talents to tell the oft-overlooked stories of people living in that great swath of place between the left and right coasts.” —Roxane Gay,
In 1995 Metroplan adopted the new, innovative, citizen-driven long-range transportation plan, METRO 2020. As we approach the year 2020, it’s important to understand the public’s vision for the region, and how much of that vision has been accomplished.
The discussion between former Mayors Jim Dailey, Pat Hayes, and Judge Buddy Villines, will review the way civic leaders grappled with groundbreaking issues in the recent past.
“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.
Our Gathering Place
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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