CALS to Celebrate Children’s Library 10th Anniversary with Series of Events
CALS is inviting the public to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Hillary Rodham Clinton Children’s Library & Learning Center with ten events that will take place from March through July. All events will be free and open to the public.
The celebrations began on March 16, the date the library officially opened in 2013, with the Birthday Kickoff extravaganza with drumming instructor, Stephin Booth. On March 25, there was a “Trip to the Theater,” featuring a concert with kids comedy band mömandpöp in the Linda Bly Theater.
The celebrations continue with an instrument petting zoo with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra’s Quapaw Quartet on April 15. Followed by the popular “PJ Storytime” where various books by Eric Carle will be read and breakfast for dinner will be served on April 20.
May will focus on a celebration of the grounds with a special Bee Day featuring the onsite hives, the garden, and the storywalk. Additionally, the new playground will be dedicated with a “Picnic at the Playground” on May 6, where bubbles and sidewalk chalk will be available, and bagged picnic lunches will served. Volunteers from First Security Bank have gracious offered to bring the Teal Grill and donate hotdogs and chips for the picnic!
On June 10, the recently rebranded Summer @ CALS will kick off with a team created banner on June 10. Followed by a Color Crawl later in the month. July brings a “Party on the Patio” during the second weekend, then followed by a closing ceremony on July 8, the date that the library was renamed for Hillary Rodham Clinton.
About Hillary Rodham Clinton Children’s Library & Learning Center
The Hillary Rodham Clinton Children’s Library & Learning Center opened March 16, 2013. This branch includes a computer lab with fourteen computers, teaching kitchen, large activity area, individual and group study rooms, theater, and community room in addition to a collection of more than 21,000 books, DVDs, and CDs.
In the 165-seat theater, children can experience all aspects of theater, including designing and building sets, writing plays, acting, and costume design. The state-of-the-art sound system, lighting, and projection screens is also be used for movies, concerts, and lectures.
The Children’s Library’s grounds are integral to the entire facility’s program. A greenhouse and teaching garden helps children learn about growing healthy foods as well as provide produce that are used in the teaching kitchen programs. The grounds reflect the topography of Arkansas’s ecosystems, from the native hardwood trees in the highlands to vegetation of the wetland areas, which are both planted and original to the site. Walking paths offer families an attractive place for exercise while learning the names of the trees and plants, and an amphitheater has seating for outdoor programs or nature watching.