Month: October 2019

What Are You Reading? KenDrell D. Collins

I serve as a trial attorney at the Office of the Federal Public Defender for the Eastern District of Arkansas, which is an organization that works to ensure no person is disadvantaged simply because of their inability to afford private legal counsel.  My hometown is Osceola, AR, but I moved to Little Rock in 2011,


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Last Days to See the Dazzle and Glamour of Byron Werner’s Art

Shiny. Mysterious. Opulent. Old Hollywood. Intriguing. These are just a few words that may come to mind when you walk through the Bookstore at Library Square, where Byron Werner’s art exhibition is in its closing days. The show will close at 5:00 p.m. on Halloween night, this Thursday, October 31. Don’t miss this last chance to see it!


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Why to Write a Novel in a Month

National Novel Writing Month is upon us, as of November 1st! And while the internet is full of advice on how to write a novel in a month, it’s also worth considering why you might want to do it.

In 2011, I wrote a novel in November, though that’s putting it a bit loosely.


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CALS Staff Picks: Joe Hudak

I’m Joe Hudak, and I’m one of CALS’ branch services coordinators. I like to read nonfiction, and I enjoy cooking and DIY projects. My staff pick is the tile cutter. It’s part of the tool library at our Dee Brown branch. An average person might re-tile a room once or twice in a decade. Why buy an expensive tool that you’ll rarely use when you can instead borrow it from the library?


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Dee Brown’s Typewriter: Rewriting Native American History

Stained, a little battered, but still working—the typewriter of famed Arkansas author Dee Brown has emerged from our archives. The machine now reposes grimy and authentic under glass at the CALS Dee Brown Library. It may even be the typewriter Brown used to write his shattering, iconic history of the American West, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee.


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Check it Out!: While You Wait for the Next Episode of Pose

Pose is an American drama television series co-created by Ryan Murphy, known for creating/co-creating successful series such as Nip/Tuck, Glee, and American Horror Story among others. Equal parts heady, artistic opulence and deliciously soapy drama, Pose takes place during the 1980’s—a juxtaposition of the Trump style faux-luxury,


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What Are You Reading? Jerry Adams

I’m President/CEO of the Arkansas Research Alliance (ARA), an 11-year-old economic development non-profit that helps our five research universities recruit, retain and recognize strategic research leaders.

Prior to ARA, I spent 34 years at Acxiom as part of the early founding group. I’ve lived in central Arkansas for the past 46 years. 


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Nexus Nook to Host Photography, Networking Events

Got a DSLR camera and don’t quite know how to use it? On October 17, the Nexus Nook coffee space at the CALS Main Library will host a special introductory workshop called “Off-Auto: How to Get the Most Out of that Nice DSLR Camera,” led by photographer Jeremiah Holman.

The workshop fee of $25 will include instruction,


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