Month: March 2020

CALS Brings Virtual Programming to You

Fun, Learning, & Interactive Socializing Online for Kids and Adults

Because we can’t get together in our library buildings right now, we want to bring our programming to you!

Our CALS programmers are creating fun and fascinating virtual activities for people of all ages, and we’re now starting to upload them to some places where you can come meet us (and your neighbors) online.

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Help Feed Children During Crisis

Children who depend on school lunches are at a high risk of hunger now that schools are closed due to the COVID19 crisis. Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) and the Be Mighty Campaign is serving grab and go meals for kids and their families during this time.

Since March 14th, CALS has served over 2,000 meals to kids and their families.

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What Are You Reading? Abbi Siler

My name is Abbi Siler and I own Abbi’s Teas & Things in Hillcrest on the corner of Ash & Kavanaugh Blvd. While I was born in Little Rock, most of my childhood was spent on the coast of North Carolina, but my mom grew up here and my Grami still lives in the house she grew up in over in the Kingwood neighborhood.

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Six Bridges Book Festival: Virginia Walden Ford

Little Rock Family Taught This Education Activist to Stand Up for a Cause

Virginia Walden Ford is one of the few people who actually knows the answer to the question, “What actress would play you in the Hollywood version of your life?”

Ford made national news in the 1990s as leader of a grassroots effort to broaden school choice for public school students in Washington DC.

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Update on Meals for School Children

Our usual after-school meal programs are being suspended along with other library events. CALS and Be Mighty are participating in a citywide campaign to offer pick-up meals at various locations across Little Rock including schools and libraries.

On Friday, any Little Rock area students, regardless of where they are enrolled, will be able to pick up a lunch between 10:30 a.m.

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Six Bridges Book Festival: Dan Piepenbring

The Mystery Remains: Co-Writing Prince’s Memoir in His Last Days

As one of the most influential musicians of our time, Prince spread the funky gospel of love in all its forms. His frankness about sexual desire and experience was shocking to the 1980s world that saw him rise to mega-stardom. Self-appointed guardians of morality railed against his music even as his work shaped a young generation who learned through his funk fusions to love their physical bodies and to dance like the world was ending.

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What Are You Reading? Frieda Patton

I am currently President of Poets’ Roundtable of Arkansas.  I retired from the State of Arkansas after 38 years.  The first 11 years, I worked at Arkansas Rehabilitation Services assisting the handicapped to obtain training.  The last 27 years, I worked at the Department of Environmental Quality, beginning in the Director’s office and later in the Air Division. 

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