Top 10 Things to Do in July

It is getting hot, hot, HOT outside but CALS has all the ways to keep you cool (both in spirit and in temperature). Jump into the activities around Summer @ CALS at any of our branches, or check out the variety of programs (free and ticketed) at the state-of-the-art Ron Robinson Theater. Meet some authors and check out all the fun with food available this month. Even though it’s summer, CALS never takes a break.

  1. Use Freegal to create a 4th of July Playlist
    • With Freegal you can stream music 24/7 as well as download (and keep!) five songs per week. Make sure to sign up for email notifications so you never miss a download.
  2. Virtual Author Talks (various dates, virtual)
    • Thanks to the Library Speakers Consortium, CALS has direct access to live author talks virtually, free of charge. And in July, they’re shaking things up by bringing in authors just for the kids! Grab your young readers and let them “meet” their favorite authors. Check out the lineup here.
  3. CALS Used Book Sale (Friday & Saturday, July 12 -13, from 10 AM – 2 PM)
    • The popular book sale is back at the new location, 7773 Sloane Dr. Come shop the used book sale with $1 paperbacks and $2 hardbacks! Educators enjoy an additional 25% off during the summer sale. Preview sale Thursday, July 11, 3 – 5 p.m. for donors.
  4. Kitchen Science (Tuesday, July 9 at 2 PM, Williams Library)
    • Come check out the new Community Kitchen at Williams Library! “Chef” Latina Sheard (aka Williams Branch Manager) will be cooking up science experiments with items you can find in your kitchen. Check out all the fun with food and drinks here.
  5. Summer @ CALS Rocks on! (various dates and locations)
    • Summer @ CALS is halfway over, but there’s still time to join in the fun of contests, reading, musicians, magic, and more. Don’t forget to stop by your local branch and pick up a free ticket to the Arkansas Travelers game on August 6 (tickets will be available to pick up in the branches after July 15).
  6. Keep the Summer Boredom at Bay with the Toy Library
    • Did you know the Nixon Library is home to the Toy Library? You can check out a variety of toys – from toddler toys to blocks and costumes. Toys must be picked up and returned to Nixon. You can see the full collection of toys here.
  7. The Long Run (Tuesday, July 9 at 8 PM, Ron Robinson Theater)
    • Join us for an intimate concert by the acclaimed Eagles tribute band, The Long Run, as they reproduce the sound that made the Eagles one of the most successful musical groups in rock and roll history. Tickets are $25, seating first come, first served.
  8. I’d Rather be Watching the 1999 Smash Hit The Mummy with Brenden Fraser (Saturday, July 13 at 7 PM) 
    • Well now you can. Join us at Ron Robinson Theater for the 25th anniversary of The Mummy. Enjoy it as it was intended in all its big-screen glory. Tickets are $10. Purchase here. (Bonus…Don’t miss this month’s bingoflix- Sharknado.)
  9. Meet The Pecan Children author (Monday, July 22 at 6:30 PM, Terry Library)
    • Writing duo Quinn Connor has released their second book, The Pecan Children. A story of the love between sisters and an allegory of decay in small-town America, The Pecan Children walks the line between beauty and horror. Hear Robyn Barrow (half of the duo) discuss the book.
  10. Sounds in the Stacks – Rackensack Folklore Society (Wednesday, July 24 at 6:30 PM, Fletcher Library)
    • Sounds in the Stacks brings music to branch libraries to engage the community with local musicians and their talents. Rackensack Folklore Society is dedicated to preserving and promoting old-time traditional folk music.