Tag: Rosslyn Elliott

Six Bridges Book Festival: Tim O’Brien

Author of Acclaimed Vietnam War Novel to Appear at Virtual Book Festival

Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried has earned high critical acclaim since its publication in 1990. A haunting blend of fiction and memoir usually called a “novel of the Vietnam War,” the book captures the cruelty and violence of war and the humanity of the soldiers caught up in it.


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Six Bridges Book Festival: Ernesto Cisneros

Middle-Grade Novel of Immigrant Family Separation Shows Wonder Years Disrupted

When you’re in seventh grade, it’s a big deal when your best friend decides to run for student body president. Only eighth graders usually do that. Naturally, Efrén is going to stand behind his friend. And all the other stuff in life,


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Six Bridges Book Festival: Angela Garbacz

Perfectly Golden Delights Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Vegan, and Traditional Bakers

To be praised as “one of the most innovative women in food and drink” by Food & Wine magazine would be high praise for any chef. But for Angela Garbacz, such critical acclaim was all the sweeter after she fulfilled her lifelong dream by opening her own bakery in her hometown of Lincoln,


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Porter Fund Donates Acclaimed Arkansas Book Collection to CALS

With a grant from the Roy and Christine Sturgis Charitable and Educational Trust, the Porter Prize Board has generously donated a collection of books authored by winners of the Porter Prize to the Central Arkansas Library System and six other Arkansas libraries.

The Porter Prize is one of Arkansas’s most prestigious literary awards,


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CALS Helps Communities Complete the Census

Raising Arkansas Beyond Our 57% Response Rate on the 2020 U.S. Census

If you see cheerful staff members in CALS masks walking around outdoors, using iPads to interview people, that’s the sight of your library system hard at work on the U.S. Census.

The 2020 U.S. Census contains only seven questions and usually takes about five minutes to complete.


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New Community Liaisons Bring Outreach Efforts Beyond Library Walls

In early 2019, CALS adopted a strategic plan to identify needs in our community and work to meet those needs. A pillar of that strategic plan is a new initiative to increase outreach to the Black and LatinX communities, as well as to extend all community outreach in settings outside library buildings. With these focused outreach efforts,


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“Little Kids in the Kitchen” Goes Virtual with Fun Recipes, Stories

Kids getting bored during the summer? No worries–we have kids’ programming online, so kids can learn how to make pizza toast while they hear a great story about a dragon pizzeria!

Tui O’Baugh taught second grade for ten years before joining CALS to teach programs at our children’s library. Her know-how, enthusiasm, and warmth have been inspiring kids for two years as she teaches the cooking and storybook class called “Little Kids in the Kitchen.” This hands-on learning experience teaches kids in a dynamic way how they can turn ingredients into delicious foods.


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Six Bridges Book Festival: Afia Atakora

Conjure Women is a Spellbinding Novel of Midwives in Slavery and Reconstruction

Afia Atakora’s debut novel Conjure Women is a rich quilt-work of stories based on a large cast of characters who live through the end of slavery and into the Reconstruction period. An African American mother and daughter,


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