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.

Here are a couple of sample virtual activities coming up soon:

For Families

This Friday night, April 10, at 6:00 p.m., come try out a virtual interactive Home Movie Night on the CALS Kids Facebook page. You’ll get to socialize online while we all watch the movie The Princess and the Frog together in our homes through our individual Netflix or Disney + accounts. It’s like a pop-up movie club, where you can meet new people and socialize over the internet. You can encourage your kids to share their thoughts too, even if you type for the littlest ones. Pop some corn, grab a beverage or some candy, and let’s all hang out. Our CALS staff moderator will be online getting the conversation going with fun facts, history behind the fairy tale, and chat. Here’s the event link! Make sure you “like” the Facebook page to enable you to participate.

CALS Kids on YouTube

Some of you may already have seen our wonderful children’s storytimes that you can find now on video at our branch library Facebook pages. You can also catch more children’s programming at our newly launched CALS Kids YouTube channel. We’ll show kids fun ways to wash their hands properly, and share good stories. Click on the playlists button at the top and you will see all the cool offerings, including American Sign Language for kids. And stay tuned for more because there’s lots on the way—even storytimes coming from the Little Rock Zoo, with real live animals and expert zookeepers!

CALS YouTube for Adults and Teens

On the general CALS Youtube site, a wide variety of programming will bring you everything from arts and culture to health and wellness. Here are some of the offerings available, with new choices coming in every day:

Arts & Culture

NEA Big Read: CALS    The Things They Carried online discussion

Monday, April 20, 7 p.m.

Join us online for an open virtual discussion of The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien, moderated by Dr. Alex Vernon.  Thanks to a grant from NEA Big Read, unlimited free copies of the e-book are available for you to download through April 23 at this link.  We’ll use the easy Zoom app so we can enjoy each other’s virtual company. Register in advance on the CALS Facebook page to get your Zoom password.

April is National Poetry Month! We’ll be setting up ways for you to share your own readings of original poems or just poems you love.

Did you know that CALS has a Writing Circle? The CALS Writing Circle will be holding a prompt-driven poetry contest in April that is open to all. Daily prompts will be posted on the group Instagram and Facebook pages.  As the month progresses, the moderators will select some of the submitted poems to be featured on those pages. After the contest, we’ll combine all the entries into an e-publication, and then we hope to create a print publication too! Sign up for the CALS Writing Circle email list here.

Take a break and listen for a minute to our poetry-loving thespian staff members read classic poems on CALS Poetry Radio!

Are you an artist, writer, or creative of any kind, or have you always dreamed of being one? Would you like a guided means of defeating your blocks and kickstarting your creativity? Find your community online and share in this virtual experience of Julia Cameron’s best-selling book, The Artist’s Way, led by Jobe. Class discussion will take place the Facebook group weekly, every Saturday 12p-2p. Course intended to be taken for the full 13 weeks, 4/4 through 6/27. FREE but must join the Facebook group.

LEGACIES & LUNCH   Bitter Sacrifices: Art & Writing from Arkansas’s WWII Relocation Centers 

Wednesday, April 1st, Noon, CALS Roberts Library Facebook Page, video now available for re-watching

Heather Register Zbinden will discuss the incarceration of 120,000 Americans of Japanese descent during World War II. Her talk will highlight writings and works of art produced by Japanese Americans at Arkansas’s incarceration camps at Rohwer and Jerome. She will show how despite their bitter sacrifices, those held in the camps created items that remind us of resilience and beauty during a time of fear and uncertainty.

Fun and Creativity for Everyone

Here are a few of the programs on the way–we’ll keep updating you with details as they come online.

Paper craft including papier mache eggs and pop-up greeting cards

Basic salsa dancing to get you moving

Disney Family Trivia night where your team can play against other local families online—fun and prizes!

Growing an English Cottage garden in our southern climate: video tour and instructional plantings

Sewing crafts

Paper quilling

5-minute meditations

Exploring Your Family History, Photos and Scrapbooks

Finding Family Facts

On April 9 at 10:30 a.m. and April 13 at 3:30 p.m., join our expert genealogist on the CALS Roberts Library page through Facebook Live. She’ll teach you all the tips and tricks to get you started on uncovering your own family history.

Personal Archiving classes

Also on the Roberts Library Facebook page, you can learn how to tackle your personal archiving projects. The program will continue every Thursday at 1 p.m. from March 26 through April 16. Learn ways to sort your items into like groups, practical storage solutions, how to combat the problems caused by tape, how to identify photos without damaging the photo, and best practices in handling scrapbooks and photo albums. Find out more at the event page here.


Find more storytimes here:

CALS Fletcher Library

 CALS Milam Library

 CALS Terry Library