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May

Grab and Go Craft Kits

5/2-7 Blooming Puddle Flowers

5/9-14 Paper Straw Flowers

5/16-21 SunArt

5/23-28 Paper Dragonfly

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Food For Good

Free shelf-stable meal snacks available for ages 18 and under

M-F 4 PM – 5:30 PM

SAT  11 AM – 12:30 PM

Weather permitting.

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Preschool Storytime

Each Tuesday at 10:30 a.m.

In-person storytime with Ms. Sarah. We’ll dance and sing, and even read stories!

Plus an occasional visit from Scruffy or Paisley, our Tail Waggin Tutors!

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Science Friday Family Fun

Join us for some LITE science fun with Ms. Sarah.

5/13 Blooming flower and dry erase magic

5/27 Pringle ring STEM challenge

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Self-Guided Storytime

Each week a different book and toy selection for little ones to play with. Stop by the front desk to collect your storytime book, then return it for a treat! Each day from 9:00am to 5:30pm.

MAY 2-7: Hugs and Kisses
MAY 9-14: Butterfly: Colors and Counting
MAY 16-21: Orange Pear Apple Bear
MAY 23-27: Yoga Bug: Simple Poses for Little Ones
MAY 30: Self-Guided Storytime: How Do You Fee

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Rock Week

Join us for a week of rocking activities.

Monday, May 23rd: Rock Cycle Recycle @1pm

Tuesday, May 24th: Make a Sedimentary Rock Sandwich @11am

Wednesday, May 25th: Rock ‘n Roll Storytime @10am

Thursday, May 26th: Fossil Finders @1pm

Friday, May 27th: Erupting Volcano! @1pm

Saturday, May 28th: Gemstone Painting @1pm

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World Culture Bag for Teens – Scandinavia

Teens and tweens can pick up a themed grab n’ go bag that includes a craft and information packet to learn more about a country or culture. Available at the Maumelle Library while supplies last.

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Grab N’ Go Activity Bags

A craft bag or worksheet.

For preschool and school age kids.

At the Front Desk.

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Arkansas League of Artists’ 2022 Exhibition

ON VIEW Saturday, March 11, 2021, to May 28, 2022
Underground Gallery, Galleries & Bookstore at Library Square

The Arkansas League of Artists is a non-profit organization that formed to promote the visual fine arts in Arkansas. The League consists of visual artists and art enthusiasts from all over the state who gather to learn through the demonstration of techniques, the exploration of materials and media, and the sharing of collective experiences and knowledge.

The CALS Galleries &

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Sulac: New Artwork for the New Year

ON VIEW Friday, February 11, through Saturday, May 28
The Landing, Galleries & Bookstore at Library Square, Roberts Library

This batch of new works from Little Rock artist Sulac is fresh out of the oven, baked in the warmth of his heart at 500 degrees over the last four weeks. Sweet yet savory, delicate yet sturdy, they are a treat for the whole family.

Sulac has had solo art exhibitions at the Thea Foundation,

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Quilting & Sewing Group

Join Anne in the Maumelle Library Meeting Room for a relaxing afternoon of quilting and sewing. Open to the public. Bring your own supplies.

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The Shape of Home: Multimedia Works of Diane Harper

ON VIEW Friday, May 13 through Saturday, July 30, 2022
The Loft, Galleries & Bookstore at Library Square, Roberts Library

The Shape of Home exhibition explores the idea of weighted memories and the emotional imprint of cultural and personal history. Using mixed media works, Harper examines the theme of physical geometry associated with home. A row of small, colorful houses dances across the horizon of Count Backwards from 100, and a decaying cardboard house occupies the spiritual and dreamlike mindscape of the sculptural piece,

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Rock Week – Fossil Finders

When I said dino, you say saur! Let’s pretend to be archeologists for a Fossil Finders activity during Rock Week!
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Job Assistance

Looking for a new job can be overwhelming, but we’re here to help!

Set an appointment in the Job Seeker Center for one-on-one assistance:

  • Setting up a professional e-mail
  • Creating a resume
  • Writing a cover letter
  • Searching for and completing job applications
  • Preparing for an interview

To set your appointment, please fill out this form. If you need help,

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Be Mighty Meal Service

Free meals for youth 18 and younger.

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Food for Good Grab N’ Go Supper

An afterschool meal for kids.

Monday – Friday

4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Served at the Front Desk.

For ages 18 years and younger.

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Nintendo Power Hour

Play on hand held video games in the library

and compete for Weekly High Score to win a $10 gift card!

This program takes place in the YA Section of the Nixon Library.

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Exploring the Stars

Join Darrell Heath, NASA Outreach Coordinator for the Arkansas Space Grant Consortium at UA Little Rock, for an all-ages class about space and observing the night sky with the unaided eye or a small backyard telescope. Each session includes a classroom education and an activity. Drop in and check it out, registration is not required.

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CALS Speaker Series: Dr. Imani Perry, South to America (honoring Maurice Smith)

Thursday, May 26, 6:30 p.m., Ron Robinson Theater (in person)     “Breathtaking…. Extraordinary…. In the realm of Southern letters it has no real antecedent. It is that fresh, that vital, that intellectually supercharged, that incandescent.” — Garden & Gun.   We all think we know the South. Even those who have never lived there can rattle off a list of signifiers: the Civil War, Gone with the Wind, the Ku Klux Klan, plantations,

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CALS Writing Circle: Karen Hayes Poetry and Prose Reading Series

This event has been cancelled.

 

 

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A Yard Full of Birds

Dan Scheiman, Bird Conservation Director for Audubon Delta, will join us this month. He and host Lynn Foster will be discussing the type of habitat you need to plant to attract birds to your yard. So often discussions like this focus on feeder food, but plants themselves are so much better for the environment! Find out about other Audubon projects as well, like the Bird-Friendly Yard program and the Fourche Creek cleanup.

The event will take place on the Zoom platform.

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Discord: inQlusion at CALS

Need an inclusive community?

New adults (19-25) of all genders and sexualities are invited to join the inQlusion at CALS discord server.

Virtual and in-person events to come!

Contact Bekah, rasmith@cals.org | 501.918.3015, if you have any questions.

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Conversation Café

If you are ready to practice your English, join our virtual Conversation Café!

Use Zoom for a one-on-one meeting to practice:

  • Grammar
  • Sentence structure
  • Vocabulary
  • Conversation flow

Each meeting is thirty minutes long. Email Bekah at rasmith@cals.org to register.

You will need access to a Zoom account for this event. If you need help creating an account or if you need a computer with a camera and microphone,

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Microsoft Word Part 1: The Basics

Hybrid session—attend at the library or online! Learn all the basics you need to feel comfortable in Word, including how to write, edit, and personalize documents to look their best.
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Storytime

In person storytime is back! Join us every Friday in person or on Facebook live for a fun and interactive storytime program.
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Rock Week – Erupting Volcano!

Can’t have Rock Week without talking “a lava” about magma! Join Ms. Kelly in making a volcano and watch the volcano erupt!

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Bicycle Workshop

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Tai Chi at Main

Please join us for Tai Chi at Main every Saturday morning at 10:00 AM starting April 2 with certified Tai Chi instructor Taylor Novay. PLEASE NOTE- Class will meet each week on the 5th floor of the Main Library in the multi-purpose programming room. Class participants will then decide if they would prefer to meet indoors or adjourn to the parking deck roof for the Tai Chi class.  Also- There will be no class on April 30, May 14, or May 21 due to the instructor being out of town.
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Rock It! Lab Pop-up Shop

Saturday is for shopping and hanging out! Support some of the city’s newest small business owners and be the first of your friends to have the latest trends.

Located on the first floor of the Cox Building, the River Shop provides a co-retail space for local entrepreneurs to showcase and sell a variety of creative works, goods and merchandise. In addition to being a retail shop for our entrepreneurs, the River Shop is also a training space for these business owners – teaching them the skills needed to distribute and market their products on a broader scale,

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And the Beat Don’t Stop – Hip Hop Workshop

Dazz from the rock ‘n soul woman-fronted duo & band Dazz & Brie leads a workshop designed to help kids 7-13 use their creativity to write hip-hop lyrics that they can perform at MTCC on June 25. This event is in partnership with the Arkansas Arts Council and Mosaic Templars Cultural exhibit “And the Beat Don’t Stop: 50 Years of Hip-Hop.” Participation is free and open to the public. There are 20 spots available so register now for yours!

Register here.

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Food for Good Grab N’ Go Lunch

A midday meal for kids.

Saturdays

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Served at the Front Desk.

For ages 18 years and younger.

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CALS Writing Circle: Writing All Year Workshop Group

Are you looking for a writing workshop group? Writing All Year is a place to share your work-in-progress with other writers. We meet twice a month to give and receive encouragement, insight, and feedback in a safe and respectful environment. Our objective: to improve the work with kindness and compassion. If this sounds like something you’ve been looking for, please join us. All experience levels are welcome. Contact jjobe@cals.org for class materials.

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Rock Week – Paint a Gemstone

For our future jewelry makers and gemstone connoisseurs, join Ms. Brandy and paint the gemstone of your dreams.

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CALS closed for Memorial Day

All branches and buildings of the Central Arkansas Library System will be closed Sunday, May 29 and Monday, May 30 in observance of the Memorial Day holiday. We will observe normal business hours Tuesday, May 31. 

Please call 918-3000 for further information. 

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Story Time | Ages 0-3

Weekly Storytime for ages 0-3 with dancing, singing, and crafts.

Date                   Theme

May 23              Caterpillars/Butterflies

[May 30            Library Closed in Observance of Memorial Day]

June 6               Sharks

June 13              Boats

[June 20            Library Closed in Observance of Juneteenth ]

June 27            Whales

[July 4                Library Closed in Observance of Independence Day]

July 11              Jellyfish

July 18             Ocean Reefs

July 25             Octopus/Squid

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Typing Workshop / Internet Help

Drop by to learn the basics of keyboard typing and practice your skills; or to get one-on-one assistance with computer and internet tasks.
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3D Maker Mondays

Every Monday we will design a craft to make on a 3d printer together. Then each week we will print said design and so we can see the completed craft the following Monday.
This program will be in person in the Main Library’s Youth Services Department,  AND on Facebook live.
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Summer Reading Club 2022

Pre-register for SRC and come

to our KICK-OFF on June 13th at 1:00 p.m. !!

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Microsoft Excel Part 4: PivotTables, PivotCharts, and Lookup

Hybrid session—attend at the library or online! Find out how to analyze data from all angles with PivotTables, use VLOOKUP to find information, and more in Part 4 of our four-part series.
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Open Lab

Drop in for one-on-one technology help! Ask questions, get troubleshooting help, or start out right with new apps and devices.
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Story Time| Ages 6-11

Weekly Storytime for ages 6-11 with dancing, singing, and crafts.

Date                   Theme

May 24             Caterpillars/Butterflies

May 31              First Days of Summer

June 7               Sharks

June 14             Special Program: Stephin Booth Drumming Workshop–10:30 AM

June 21             Sponges and Anemones

June 28            Special Program: Museum of Discovery –10:30 AM

July 5                Dolphins

July 12              Make Candy Sushi

July 19              Ocean Reefs

July 26             Octopus/Squid

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Board Fun and Games

We have a love of board games so lets learn about new games together live on Facebook and in person in the Youth Services department of the Main Library.
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CALS Women’s Suffrage Book Club – Women Making History

Book – Women Making History: The 19th Amendment essays compiled by the National Park Service
Scholar – Kelly Houston Jones, Arkansas Tech University

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These essays are available in book form as well as online.

Read the Essays

WHAT? 

The CALS Women’s Suffrage Book Club is a book discussion series focusing on texts about the Women’s Suffrage Movement in the United States.

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Short Form: a virtual short story discussion group

Join our group for a monthly discussion of two short stories on zoom. All meetings take place on the last Tuesday of the month at 6:30 PM CST. Our August readings are Welcome to Your Authentic Indian Experience ™ by Rebecca Roanhorse and Cuisine des Memoires by N.K. Jemisin. In Welcome to Your Authentic Indian Experience ™ a tour guide leads virtual reality “experiences” for tourists who want to know what it's like to be Native American. Think Black Mirror meets Westworld. Cuisine des Memoires is a magic cooking story. A New Orleans restaurant offers meals from any point in history, as long as you know the exact date, time, and place. Register on zoom is required. Your confirmation email will contain links to the stories.
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Grab N’ Go Activity Bags

Craft bag or activity sheets available for preschool and school age kids.

Available at the Front Desk.

During operational hours.

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Story Time | Ages 3-5

Weekly Storytime for ages 3-5 with dancing, singing, and crafts.

Date                   Theme

May 25              Caterpillars/Butterflies

June 1                First Days of Summer

June 8               Sharks

June 15             Special Program: Crystal the Mermaid | 10:00 AM

June 22            Sponges and Anemones

June 29            Whales

July 6                Dolphins

July 13              Jellyfish

July 20             Ocean Reefs

July 27             Octopus/Squid

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Storytime with Ms. Kelly

Join Ms. Kelly each week for a storytime adventure.

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Mother Goose on the Loose: Baby Storytime

Join Miss Kathy at the Maumelle Library for songs, stories, and finger plays. Ages 0-36 months.
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Summer Reading Club presents Tommy Terrific’s Wacky Magic Show – Ocean Magic

Tommy Terrific’s Wacky Magic Show is a unique blend of laugh-out-loud comedy coupled with sensational magic, all combined with an educational approach that is all about having fun with books. The show features Tommy as a big kid who shows up to watch his Uncle Fumpernutter perform a magic show. When no one can find Uncle Fumpernutter, Tommy takes over! Unfortunately, Tommy has never done magic before, so he enlists the kids’ help following the instructions in the huge Magician’s Handbook.

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Food for Good

Beginning June 1, our Summer hours go into effect for meal service.

We will serve free food to patrons 18 years and younger

from the hours of  11:00 am – 12:30 pm M-Sat

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Food for Good Lunch

A midday meal for kids.

Served in the Meeting Room.

Monday – Saturday

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

For ages 18 years and younger.

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Pete Daniel: “Curating the American Past”

CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies Presents LEGACIES & LUNCH

Speaker: Pete Daniel

Historian Pete Daniel will detail the challenges of serving as a public historian tasked with protecting a definitive American museum from attempts to erode scholarly standards. He will recount the exhilaration of innovative research, the joys of collaboration, and the rewards of mentoring new generations of historians.

A former curator at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History and an award-winning historian of the American South,

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Teen Game Corner

Teens can join Stefanie at the Maumelle Library for video games, board games, and music in the meeting room. Snacks from Food for Good will be available beginning at 4:00 PM.

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Create a Living Calendar

Hybrid session—attend at the library or online! Create a completely customizable calendar using Google Docs, then connect it with your family, colleagues, admin, parents, and students. Educator attendees are eligible for 2 hours PD credit.
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Learn It All with LinkedIn Learning

Hybrid session—attend at the library or online! Expand your skills in business, technology, and creative work with LinkedIn Learning, a great online tool that's free with your CALS card.
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Crafting with Opal

This is a craft along program. In this program we teach different crafts which could include sewing, crocheting, knitting, painting & others.

This is a virtual program that the Nixon library does live on Facebook every other Thursday (excluding holidays). Just click here to go to our Nixon Facebook page to watch.

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Summer Kickoff: Setting Sail for Oceans of Possibilities

Join us for our Summer programming kickoff event! Our theme this Summer is “Oceans of Possibilities.” So get ready for a deep dive into all things ocean. In our kickoff event, we will ‘Set Sail’ for this Summer’s ocean programs with under-the-sea carnival games, crafts, and prizes. There will be:
~Octopus Ring Toss
~Lucky Duck Game
~Sea Shell Painting
~Button-making
~Themed Board Games
~DIY Origami Boats
~Bubble and Chalk Free Play
~Ocean Refreshment ~and Much more
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Socrates Café

Adult patrons can visit the meeting room at the Maumelle Library for a lively discussion of various philosophical questions and a hot cup of coffee.

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Issues That Matter: Protecting Arkansas’s Waterways: A Deep Dive Into Adventure

Arkansas is home to many lakes and rivers that are popular recreational resources and this program will discuss the issues that affect their safety and viability. This program will be available to a live audience at the John Gould Fletcher Library and simultaneously via Zoom.

Co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Pulaski County and KUAR.

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Stream it with OBS Studio

Hybrid session—attend at the library or online! Learn to host a great livestream using OBS Studio, the free, open-source software that's perfect for game streams, demos, and Just Chatting!
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Picnic on the lawn

Meet the staff of Children’s outside at the picnic tables for fun on the lawn.

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Summer Reading Club Kickoff

Dive in and help the Children’s Library Team kickoff Summer Reading Club! Come taste different veggies/fruits with Baptist Nutrition, witness a honey extraction and tasting in our Teaching Kitchen, join us for lunch, games, prizes, Beanstack registration, and more! This event will also serve as the ribbon cutting for Little Free Pantry! Bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the Little Free Pantry for a chance to win a Swag Bag that includes a $25 gift card.

 

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Tail Waggin’ Tutors

Tail Waggin’ Tutors is back! Therapy Dogs International’s “Tail Waggin’ Tutors” program encourages children to read by providing a non-judgmental listener and furry friend to read to that won’t laugh at them if they make a mistake or stumble over a word, but rather lie next to them and enjoy the story being read to them. Join us every first Monday of the month from 4-5 pm.
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This Will not Pass: Trump, Biden and the Battle for America’s Future

The Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) in partnership with the Political Animals Club will be hosting author of the newly released book, This Will not Pass: Trump, Biden and the Battle for America’s Future, Jonathan Martin at the CALS Ron Robinson Theater, 100 River Market Avenue, on June 6 at 6 p.m.

“This Will Not Pass” is considered a definitive account of the 2020 election penned by two New York Times reporters. Through hundreds of interviews and never-before-seen documents,

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Citizen Dialogue On Elections: How Should We Encourage and Safeguard Voting?

Many Americans are concerned about our country’s election systems, despite disagreeing on what the specific problems are, or how to solve them. Are the systems too easy to manipulate? Do we have rules that make voting fair and accessible to all? Are we doing enough to ensure accuracy and credibility?

There was record voter turnout in November 2020; almost 160 million Americans cast ballots even in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic. However, this record number of Americans voted despite worries about how elections are carried out.

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CALS Writing Circle: Memoir Writing Workshop

After you’ve written the first draft, what then? A good workshop group can help you figure out what about your draft needs improving, and the process of critiquing other writers helps you become a better writer yourself. Share your memoir-in-progress with other writers to give and receive encouragement, insight, and feedback in a safe and respectful environment. Contact dmoore@cals.org.

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Microsoft Word Part 1: The Basics

Hybrid session—attend at the library or online! Learn all the basics you need to feel comfortable in Word, including how to write, edit, and personalize documents to look their best.
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Terror Tuesdays! Attack of the Giant Leeches (1959, NR)

Join CALS Ron Robinson Theater every Tuesday this June for TERROR TUESDAYS!

TUE 6/7: Attack of the Giant Leeches (1959, NR): In the Florida Everglades, a pair of larger-than-human, intelligent leeches live in an underwater cave. They begin dragging locals down to their cave, where they slowly feed on them, draining their victims of blood.

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CALS Writing Circle: Memoir Writing for Seniors

This ongoing class meets once each week and takes attendees aged 55+ through the steps of writing their own life stories. Students are given tools and techniques to help learn to write regularly and productively. Everyone is welcome; no writing experience is required. Contact dmoore@cals.org.

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Create a Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Choice Board

Hybrid session—attend at the library or online! Help your students manage by creating a virtual Social Emotional Learning (SEL) brain break choice board classroom using Google Slides. Educator Attendees are eligible for two hours of PD credit.
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Storytime: Friends

Storytime will take place at the Pavilion.

Wear clothes to get messy in.

Please call the Nixon Library at 457-5038 to reserve your spot.

A separate recording of storytime will be available on the CALS Kids YouTube channel.

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Easy Design with Canva

Hybrid session—attend at the library or online! You don't have to be a designer to use Canva; a powerful, free, web-based tool to create promotional materials for your event or organization.
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True Stories Book Club

This book club reads non-fiction books including true crime, biographies/memoirs, self-help, current events, social sciences/politics.

Occurs the 2rd Thursday of every month excluding holidays.
  • December – The Library Book by Susan Orlean
  • January – Our Town by James M. Fallows
  • February – Sully:  My Search for What Really Matters by Chesley Sullenberger
  • March – Enemies:  A Love Story by Isaac Bashevis Singer
  • April – Sapiens:  A Brief History Of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari
  • May –
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Summer Teen Programs

Explore Oceans of Possibilities with our Summer Teen Programs.

  • June 9: Sea Sculptures with 3D Printer Pens*
  • June 16: Shell Painting/ Mermaid Jewelry
  • June 23: Lino Block Carving and Printing an Ocean Tableau*
  • June 30: Seafood Cooking–Salmon Patties & Food Creature Creations
  • July 7:  Jellyfish (Sea) Salt Watercolor Painting*
  • July 14: Glow-in-the-Dark Art Inspired by Bioluminescence*
  • July 21: Faux Scrimshaw Carvings
  • July 28: A Life Aquatic–A Microscopic Investigation

*Programs supported with a grant from the Windgate Foundation

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Tween Time

Eat snacks, hang out, and play video games in the meeting room!

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CALS Writing Circle: Writing all Year Workshop Group

Are you looking for a writing workshop group? Led by J. Jobe, Writing All Year is a place to share your work-in-progress with other writers. We meet twice a month to give and receive encouragement, insight, and feedback in a safe and respectful environment. Our objective: to improve the work with kindness and compassion. If this sounds like something you’ve been looking for, please join us. Free. All experience levels are welcome. Contact jjobe@cals.org.

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Keeping Calm in the Face of Uncertainty and an Indefinite Pandemic

Although Covid feels like it’s in the rearview mirror, the risks of a new outbreak in the future are real and we need to learn to live with this uncertainty. In this talk we’ll discuss mindfulness strategies for learning to live with not knowing what the future holds–Covid or otherwise.

This program will be held at the John Gould Fletcher Library at 823 North Buchanan Street in Little Rock.

“Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present,

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Summer Reading Club presents mömandpöp – Music & Movement for Preschoolers

Bring your preschoolers and join mömandpöp for a fun morning of music & movement.

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Summer Reading Club presents mömandpöp

Kick off SRC Monday, June 13, at the Rooker Library with a special kids concert by mömandpöp!

This program will be outside under the pavilion at 1PM. Indoors if it rains.

mömandpöp is going under the sea to present their newest show: “Wendy the Whale and the Great Beachy Cove Bake-Off!”

Wendy REALLY wants to be a contestant on the greatest underwater baking show but there’s a problem!  She keeps dropping the eggs, losing her recipes,

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Summer Reading Club presents Museum of Discovery – Oceans of Possibilities

(1-25 Guests)

Hot/Cold Demonstration (Thermo Stratification)

This demo will help to show how layers of water will separate themselves based on temperature. Cold, dense water sinks to the bottom and hot, less dense water rises to the top.

Hands-on Buoyancy Test

This hands-on activity will allow guests to see the difference in density between saltwater and freshwater and how that affects the buoyancy of an object.

Vortex Bottle Demonstration

Whirlpools form in the ocean with the rising and falling of tides.

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CALS Writing Circle: Flash Nonfiction

How many words does it take to tell a compelling true story? The answer might surprise you. In this new three-part class, challenge your creativity by learning to write one of the most intriguing narrative forms–flash nonfiction. Join us as we explore the genre with insights and essential exercises and try our hands at telling a complete story with a beginning, middle, and end, in just a few paragraphs. Contact dmoore@cals.org.

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Summer Reading Club presents Museum of Discovery – Oceans of Possibilities

(1-25 Guests)

Hot/Cold Demonstration (Thermo Stratification)

This demo will help to show how layers of water will separate themselves based on temperature. Cold, dense water sinks to the bottom and hot, less dense water rises to the top.

Hands-on Buoyancy Test

This hands-on activity will allow guests to see the difference in density between saltwater and freshwater and how that affects the buoyancy of an object.

Vortex Bottle Demonstration

Whirlpools form in the ocean with the rising and falling of tides.

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Summer Reading Club presents mömandpöp

mömandpöp is going under the sea to present their newest show: “Wendy the Whale and the Great Beachy Cove Bake-Off!”

Wendy REALLY wants to be a contestant on the greatest underwater baking show but there’s a problem!  She keeps dropping the eggs, losing her recipes, and making messes!  Swim along with Wendy as she gets expert tips from her underwater friends Jellyfish, Crab, Octopus, and Swordfish!  With all brand new tunes from mömandpöp and loads of audience participation,

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Summer Reading Club presents Stephin Booth – Drumming Workshop

Instructor Stephin Booth provides a hands-on musical experience with Afro Caribbean Drumming.  Participants will learn about traditional instruments and rhythms and get to practice what learn.

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Microsoft Word Part 2: Styles, Mailings, and More

Hybrid session—attend at the library or online! Build on your knowledge of Microsoft Word and learn to create mail merges, use styles and themes, and help others edit.
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Navigating Medical Bills and Debt

This webinar will provide an overview of the medical debt crisis, strategies for navigating medical billing issues, and how to survive medical debt.

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Presented by Signe-Mary Mckernan with Urban Institute and Berneta Haynes (a Little Rock native!) with National Consumer Law Center

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Terror Tuesdays! The Screaming Skull (1958, NR)

Join CALS Ron Robinson Theater every Tuesday this June for TERROR TUESDAYS!

TUE 6/14: The Screaming Skull (1958, NR): A newly married couple arrives at the home of the husband’s late wife, where the gardens have been maintained by a gardener faithful to the dead woman’s memory. Soon, eerie events lead his new wife to think she’s losing her mind.

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Fade in with Adobe Premiere

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Summer Reading Club presents Museum of Discovery – Oceans of Possibilities

(1-25 Guests)

Hot/Cold Demonstration (Thermo Stratification)

This demo will help to show how layers of water will separate themselves based on temperature. Cold, dense water sinks to the bottom and hot, less dense water rises to the top.

Hands-on Buoyancy Test

This hands-on activity will allow guests to see the difference in density between saltwater and freshwater and how that affects the buoyancy of an object.

Vortex Bottle Demonstration

Whirlpools form in the ocean with the rising and falling of tides.

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Summer Reading Club presents Museum of Discovery – Oceans of Possibilities

(1-25 Guests)

Hot/Cold Demonstration (Thermo Stratification)

This demo will help to show how layers of water will separate themselves based on temperature. Cold, dense water sinks to the bottom and hot, less dense water rises to the top.

Hands-on Buoyancy Test

This hands-on activity will allow guests to see the difference in density between saltwater and freshwater and how that affects the buoyancy of an object.

Vortex Bottle Demonstration

Whirlpools form in the ocean with the rising and falling of tides.

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Summer Reading Club presents Museum of Discovery – Oceans of Possibilities

(1-25 Guests)

Hot/Cold Demonstration (Thermo Stratification)

This demo will help to show how layers of water will separate themselves based on temperature. Cold, dense water sinks to the bottom and hot, less dense water rises to the top.

Hands-on Buoyancy Test

This hands-on activity will allow guests to see the difference in density between saltwater and freshwater and how that affects the buoyancy of an object.

Vortex Bottle Demonstration

Whirlpools form in the ocean with the rising and falling of tides.

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Summer Reading Club presents Stephin Booth – Drumming Workshop

Instructor Stephin Booth provides a hands-on musical experience with Afro Caribbean Drumming.  Participants will learn about traditional instruments and rhythms and get to practice what learn.

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Estate Planning for the LGBTQ+ Community

We hear every day that many Americans are not financially prepared for their future. People find the financial planning process overwhelming and they don’t know where to begin.

We are pleased to offer you a financial wellness educational seminar through Prudential PathwaysSM. Prudential PathwaysSM offers practical, down-to-earth information that may help you and your family today, tomorrow, and beyond. It is designed to give you an understanding of the fundamentals of financial wellness through educational seminars.

Estate Planning for the LGBTQ+ Community

The seminar will cover important topics,

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Nixon Book Buddies Book Club

This book club reads fiction & non-fiction books.

Occurs the 3rd Thursday of every month excluding holidays.
  • January – Call the Midwife by Jennifer Worth
  • February –The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
  • March – Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson
  • April – The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce
  • May – Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz
  • June – Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown
  • July – Braiding Sweetgrass:  Indigenous Wisdom,
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Summer Reading Club presents Museum of Discovery – Oceans of Possibilities

(1-25 Guests)

Hot/Cold Demonstration (Thermo Stratification)

This demo will help to show how layers of water will separate themselves based on temperature. Cold, dense water sinks to the bottom and hot, less dense water rises to the top.

Hands-on Buoyancy Test

This hands-on activity will allow guests to see the difference in density between saltwater and freshwater and how that affects the buoyancy of an object.

Vortex Bottle Demonstration

Whirlpools form in the ocean with the rising and falling of tides.

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Summer Reading Club presents Stephin Booth – Drumming Workshop

Instructor Stephin Booth provides a hands-on musical experience with Afro Caribbean Drumming.  Participants will learn about traditional instruments and rhythms and get to practice what learn.

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9th Street & Beyond: Black Communities That Sustained Us Then & Now

Join CALS Ron Robinson Theater, the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, and Arkansas PBS for this FREE event celebrating Juneteenth and Arkansas Black communities!

The event begins with a screening of the Arkansas PBS documentary Dream Land: Little Rock’s West 9th Street (2017, NR), and concludes with a discussion of the importance and history of the West 9th Street, Dunbar, and Pankey communities in Central Arkansas.

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Summer Reading Club presents mömandpöp

mömandpöp is going under the sea to present their newest show: “Wendy the Whale and the Great Beachy Cove Bake-Off!”

Wendy REALLY wants to be a contestant on the greatest underwater baking show but there’s a problem!  She keeps dropping the eggs, losing her recipes, and making messes!  Swim along with Wendy as she gets expert tips from her underwater friends Jellyfish, Crab, Octopus, and Swordfish!  With all brand new tunes from mömandpöp and loads of audience participation,

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Summer Reading Club presents Tommy Terrific’s Wacky Magic Show – Ocean Magic

Tommy Terrific’s Wacky Magic Show is a unique blend of laugh-out-loud comedy coupled with sensational magic, all combined with an educational approach that is all about having fun with books. The show features Tommy as a big kid who shows up to watch his Uncle Fumpernutter perform a magic show. When no one can find Uncle Fumpernutter, Tommy takes over! Unfortunately, Tommy has never done magic before, so he enlists the kids’ help following the instructions in the huge Magician’s Handbook.

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Summer Reading Club presents Tommy Terrific’s Wacky Magic Show – Ocean Magic

Tommy Terrific’s Wacky Magic Show is a unique blend of laugh-out-loud comedy coupled with sensational magic, all combined with an educational approach that is all about having fun with books. The show features Tommy as a big kid who shows up to watch his Uncle Fumpernutter perform a magic show. When no one can find Uncle Fumpernutter, Tommy takes over! Unfortunately, Tommy has never done magic before, so he enlists the kids’ help following the instructions in the huge Magician’s Handbook.

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Summer Reading Club presents Brian & Terri Kinder – Music & Fun

Brian Kinder is a singer/songwriter who, along with his wife, Ms Terri, performs rollicking goodtime concerts for kids. Their music is fun and invites audience participation, and is perfectly suited for libraries, schools, fairs, corporate family gatherings, churches, and birthday parties. Yes, Kinder is their real name. (Kinder, German word meaning children as in kindergarten).

For rollicking good time music for kids, there is none finer than Brian and Terri Kinder.

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CALS closed for holidays

All branches and buildings of the Central Arkansas Library System will be closed Sunday, June 19 and Monday, June 20 in observance of the Juneteenth and Father’s Day holidays. 

Regular hours will resume Tuesday, June 21. Please call 918-3000 for further information. 

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Summer Reading Club presents Stephin Booth – Drumming Workshop

Instructor Stephin Booth provides a hands-on musical experience with Afro Caribbean Drumming.  Participants will learn about traditional instruments and rhythms and get to practice what learn.

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Summer Reading Club presents Stephin Booth – Drumming Workshop

Instructor Stephin Booth provides a hands-on musical experience with Afro Caribbean Drumming.  Participants will learn about traditional instruments and rhythms and get to practice what learn.

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Terror Tuesdays! Carnival of Souls (1962, PG)

Join CALS Ron Robinson Theater every Tuesday this June for TERROR TUESDAYS!

TUE 6/21: Carnival of Souls (1962, PG): Mary Henry survives a fatal car accident through mysterious circumstances. She tries to make a fresh start, but is haunted by visions of a fiendish man. As the visions begin to occur more frequently, Mary finds herself drawn to a deserted carnival on the outskirts of town. The strangely alluring carnival may hold the secret to her tragic past.

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Summer Reading Club presents mömandpöp

mömandpöp is going under the sea to present their newest show: “Wendy the Whale and the Great Beachy Cove Bake-Off!”

Wendy REALLY wants to be a contestant on the greatest underwater baking show but there’s a problem!  She keeps dropping the eggs, losing her recipes, and making messes!  Swim along with Wendy as she gets expert tips from her underwater friends Jellyfish, Crab, Octopus, and Swordfish!  With all brand new tunes from mömandpöp and loads of audience participation,

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Summer Reading Club presents mömandpöp

mömandpöp is going under the sea to present their newest show: “Wendy the Whale and the Great Beachy Cove Bake-Off!”

Wendy REALLY wants to be a contestant on the greatest underwater baking show but there’s a problem!  She keeps dropping the eggs, losing her recipes, and making messes!  Swim along with Wendy as she gets expert tips from her underwater friends Jellyfish, Crab, Octopus, and Swordfish!  With all brand new tunes from mömandpöp and loads of audience participation,

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Summer Reading Club presents Stephin Booth – Drumming Workshop

Instructor Stephin Booth provides a hands-on musical experience with Afro Caribbean Drumming.  Participants will learn about traditional instruments and rhythms and get to practice what learn.

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Event

Summer Reading Club presents mömandpöp

mömandpöp is going under the sea to present their newest show: “Wendy the Whale and the Great Beachy Cove Bake-Off!”

Wendy REALLY wants to be a contestant on the greatest underwater baking show but there’s a problem!  She keeps dropping the eggs, losing her recipes, and making messes!  Swim along with Wendy as she gets expert tips from her underwater friends Jellyfish, Crab, Octopus, and Swordfish!  With all brand new tunes from mömandpöp and loads of audience participation,

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Six Bridges Presents: Sloane Crosley, Cult Classic

Six Bridges Presents: Sloane Crosley speaking about her new book, Cult Classic in a virtual program on Thursday, June 23 at 6:30 p.m. Crosley is the author of the novel The Clasp and three books of essays: Look Alive Out There and the New York Times bestsellers I Was Told There’d Be Cake and How Did You Get This Number. A two-time finalist for the Thurber Prize for American Humor, her work has been selected for numerous anthologies and she has been a columnist for Vanity Fair,

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Summer Reading Club presents Museum of Discovery – Oceans of Possibilities

(1-25 Guests)

Hot/Cold Demonstration (Thermo Stratification)

This demo will help to show how layers of water will separate themselves based on temperature. Cold, dense water sinks to the bottom and hot, less dense water rises to the top.

Hands-on Buoyancy Test

This hands-on activity will allow guests to see the difference in density between saltwater and freshwater and how that affects the buoyancy of an object.

Vortex Bottle Demonstration

Whirlpools form in the ocean with the rising and falling of tides.

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Event

Summer Reading Club presents mömandpöp

mömandpöp is going under the sea to present their newest show: “Wendy the Whale and the Great Beachy Cove Bake-Off!”

Wendy REALLY wants to be a contestant on the greatest underwater baking show but there’s a problem!  She keeps dropping the eggs, losing her recipes, and making messes!  Swim along with Wendy as she gets expert tips from her underwater friends Jellyfish, Crab, Octopus, and Swordfish!  With all brand new tunes from mömandpöp and loads of audience participation,

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Summer Reading Club presents Tommy Terrific’s Wacky Magic Show – Ocean Magic

Tommy Terrific’s Wacky Magic Show is a unique blend of laugh-out-loud comedy coupled with sensational magic, all combined with an educational approach that is all about having fun with books. The show features Tommy as a big kid who shows up to watch his Uncle Fumpernutter perform a magic show. When no one can find Uncle Fumpernutter, Tommy takes over! Unfortunately, Tommy has never done magic before, so he enlists the kids’ help following the instructions in the huge Magician’s Handbook.

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Event

Summer Reading Club presents Tommy Terrific’s Wacky Magic Show – Ocean Magic

Tommy Terrific’s Wacky Magic Show is a unique blend of laugh-out-loud comedy coupled with sensational magic, all combined with an educational approach that is all about having fun with books. The show features Tommy as a big kid who shows up to watch his Uncle Fumpernutter perform a magic show. When no one can find Uncle Fumpernutter, Tommy takes over! Unfortunately, Tommy has never done magic before, so he enlists the kids’ help following the instructions in the huge Magician’s Handbook.

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Summer Reading Club presents Brian & Terri Kinder – Music & Fun

Brian Kinder is a singer/songwriter who, along with his wife, Ms Terri, performs rollicking goodtime concerts for kids. Their music is fun and invites audience participation, and is perfectly suited for libraries, schools, fairs, corporate family gatherings, churches, and birthday parties. Yes, Kinder is their real name. (Kinder, German word meaning children as in kindergarten).

For rollicking good time music for kids, there is none finer than Brian and Terri Kinder.

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Summer Reading Club presents Brian & Terri Kinder – Music & Fun

Brian Kinder is a singer/songwriter who, along with his wife, Ms Terri, performs rollicking goodtime concerts for kids. Their music is fun and invites audience participation, and is perfectly suited for libraries, schools, fairs, corporate family gatherings, churches, and birthday parties. Yes, Kinder is their real name. (Kinder, German word meaning children as in kindergarten).

For rollicking good time music for kids, there is none finer than Brian and Terri Kinder.

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Summer Reading Club presents Scott Davis – Comedy Magic Show

Magician Scott Davis has been performing magic professionally since the age of 14. Currently Scott performs over 300 live shows a year. Scott has been awarded the 1999 Comedy Magician of the Year by the Arkansas Alliance of Magical Performers and the Arkansas Close-up Magician of the Year for 2000 and 2007 by the Arkansas chapter of the International Brotherhood of Magicians.

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Summer Reading Club presents Museum of Discovery – Oceans of Possibilities

(1-25 Guests)

Hot/Cold Demonstration (Thermo Stratification)

This demo will help to show how layers of water will separate themselves based on temperature. Cold, dense water sinks to the bottom and hot, less dense water rises to the top.

Hands-on Buoyancy Test

This hands-on activity will allow guests to see the difference in density between saltwater and freshwater and how that affects the buoyancy of an object.

Vortex Bottle Demonstration

Whirlpools form in the ocean with the rising and falling of tides.

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Event

Summer Reading Club presents Scott Davis – Comedy Magic Show

Magician Scott Davis has been performing magic professionally since the age of 14. Currently Scott performs over 300 live shows a year. Scott has been awarded the 1999 Comedy Magician of the Year by the Arkansas Alliance of Magical Performers and the Arkansas Close-up Magician of the Year for 2000 and 2007 by the Arkansas chapter of the International Brotherhood of Magicians.

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Summer Reading Club presents Stephin Booth – Drumming Workshop

Instructor Stephin Booth provides a hands-on musical experience with Afro Caribbean Drumming.  Participants will learn about traditional instruments and rhythms and get to practice what learn.

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Event

Summer Reading Club presents Scott Davis – Comedy Magic Show

Magician Scott Davis has been performing magic professionally since the age of 14. Currently Scott performs over 300 live shows a year. Scott has been awarded the 1999 Comedy Magician of the Year by the Arkansas Alliance of Magical Performers and the Arkansas Close-up Magician of the Year for 2000 and 2007 by the Arkansas chapter of the International Brotherhood of Magicians.

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CALS Women’s Suffrage Book Club – Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers

Book – Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote, and Insisted on Equality for All by Martha S. Jones
Scholar – Courtney Bradford, Mosaic Templars Cultural Center

Register

WHAT? 

The CALS Women’s Suffrage Book Club is a book discussion series focusing on texts about the Women’s Suffrage Movement in the United States. Each discussion will include a brief presentation by a local scholar followed by a discussion of the book.

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Terror Tuesdays! The Last Man on Earth (1964, NR)

Join CALS Ron Robinson Theater every Tuesday this June for TERROR TUESDAYS!

TUE 6/28: The Last Man on Earth (1964, NR): When a global epidemic turns all of humanity into the living dead, the last survivor on earth (Vincent Price) becomes a reluctant zombie hunter in an adaptation of Richard Matheson’s I Am Legend.

Tickets are only $7! Purchase tickets online using the button below,

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Summer Reading Club presents Scott Davis – Comedy Magic Show

Magician Scott Davis has been performing magic professionally since the age of 14. Currently Scott performs over 300 live shows a year. Scott has been awarded the 1999 Comedy Magician of the Year by the Arkansas Alliance of Magical Performers and the Arkansas Close-up Magician of the Year for 2000 and 2007 by the Arkansas chapter of the International Brotherhood of Magicians.

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Summer Reading Club presents Lela Bloom – Bloomin’ Puppets

Puppeteer and Musician Lela Bloom presents an “Oceans of Possibilities” themed show featuring popular picture books stories told through puppetry.

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Summer Reading Club presents Scott Davis – Comedy Magic Show

Magician Scott Davis has been performing magic professionally since the age of 14. Currently Scott performs over 300 live shows a year. Scott has been awarded the 1999 Comedy Magician of the Year by the Arkansas Alliance of Magical Performers and the Arkansas Close-up Magician of the Year for 2000 and 2007 by the Arkansas chapter of the International Brotherhood of Magicians.

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Summer Reading Club presents Museum of Discovery – Oceans of Possibilities

(1-25 Guests)

Hot/Cold Demonstration (Thermo Stratification)

This demo will help to show how layers of water will separate themselves based on temperature. Cold, dense water sinks to the bottom and hot, less dense water rises to the top.

Hands-on Buoyancy Test

This hands-on activity will allow guests to see the difference in density between saltwater and freshwater and how that affects the buoyancy of an object.

Vortex Bottle Demonstration

Whirlpools form in the ocean with the rising and falling of tides.

Learn More
Event

Summer Reading Club presents Scott Davis – Comedy Magic Show

Magician Scott Davis has been performing magic professionally since the age of 14. Currently Scott performs over 300 live shows a year. Scott has been awarded the 1999 Comedy Magician of the Year by the Arkansas Alliance of Magical Performers and the Arkansas Close-up Magician of the Year for 2000 and 2007 by the Arkansas chapter of the International Brotherhood of Magicians.

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Summer Reading Club presents Lela Bloom – Bloomin’ Puppets

Puppeteer and Musician Lela Bloom presents an “Oceans of Possibilities” themed show featuring popular picture books stories told through puppetry.

Learn More
Event

Summer Reading Club presents Scott Davis – Comedy Magic Show

Magician Scott Davis has been performing magic professionally since the age of 14. Currently Scott performs over 300 live shows a year. Scott has been awarded the 1999 Comedy Magician of the Year by the Arkansas Alliance of Magical Performers and the Arkansas Close-up Magician of the Year for 2000 and 2007 by the Arkansas chapter of the International Brotherhood of Magicians.

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CALS Writing Circle: Karen Hayes Poetry and Prose Reading Series

Karen Hayes was an incredible poet who worked to share her love of poetry and its transformative power. For years, Karen ran a monthly reading series with open mic and featured readers. When Karen passed away suddenly, prose writer Jobe took the reins to ensure her legacy would continue. Bust out and dust off anything you’ve been wanting to read or just come to listen and show support. Contact jjobe@cals.org.

Register for Karen Hayes Poetry and Prose Reading Series 

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The Wonderful World of Native Seeds

This month, we’ll be talking about seeds, which are essential to life on Earth. Ben Thesing, Natural Resource Specialist at Central Arkansas Water, and host Lynn Foster will be discussing the dispersion and germination of native seeds, and how to best handle them to grow native plants. Fun fact: Kentucky coffeetrees are rare today. One theory for this is that their seeds were intended to survive being digested by mastodons and giant sloths, and without that exposure to stomach acid,

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Summer Reading Club presents Brian & Terri Kinder – Music & Fun

Brian Kinder is a singer/songwriter who, along with his wife, Ms Terri, performs rollicking goodtime concerts for kids. Their music is fun and invites audience participation, and is perfectly suited for libraries, schools, fairs, corporate family gatherings, churches, and birthday parties. Yes, Kinder is their real name. (Kinder, German word meaning children as in kindergarten).

For rollicking good time music for kids, there is none finer than Brian and Terri Kinder.

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CALS Writing Circle: Memoir Writing Workshop

After you’ve written the first draft, what then? A good workshop group can help you figure out what about your draft needs improving, and the process of critiquing other writers helps you become a better writer yourself. Share your memoir-in-progress with other writers to give and receive encouragement, insight, and feedback in a safe and respectful environment. Contact dmoore@cals.org for file sharing information.

Register for Memoir Writing Workshop

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CALS Writing Circle: Memoir Writing for Seniors

This ongoing class meets once each week and takes attendees aged 55+ through the steps of writing their own life stories. Students are given tools and techniques to help learn to write regularly and productively. Everyone is welcome; no writing experience is required. Contact dmoore@cals.org.

Register for Memoir Writing for Seniors

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Summer Reading Club presents mömandpöp

mömandpöp is going under the sea to present their newest show: “Wendy the Whale and the Great Beachy Cove Bake-Off!”

Wendy REALLY wants to be a contestant on the greatest underwater baking show but there’s a problem!  She keeps dropping the eggs, losing her recipes, and making messes!  Swim along with Wendy as she gets expert tips from her underwater friends Jellyfish, Crab, Octopus, and Swordfish!  With all brand new tunes from mömandpöp and loads of audience participation,

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Summer Reading Club presents Scott Davis – Comedy Magic Show

Magician Scott Davis has been performing magic professionally since the age of 14. Currently Scott performs over 300 live shows a year. Scott has been awarded the 1999 Comedy Magician of the Year by the Arkansas Alliance of Magical Performers and the Arkansas Close-up Magician of the Year for 2000 and 2007 by the Arkansas chapter of the International Brotherhood of Magicians.

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Summer Reading Club presents Stephin Booth – Drumming Workshop

Instructor Stephin Booth provides a hands-on musical experience with Afro Caribbean Drumming.  Participants will learn about traditional instruments and rhythms and get to practice what learn.

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Sam Strasner: Documentary Preview and Discussion of What is a Wonder Boy?

CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies Presents LEGACIES & LUNCH

Speaker: Sam Strasner/em

Arkansas Tech University marked the 100th anniversary of its “Wonder Boys” nickname in 2020. As part of the commemoration, ATU staff members Sam Strasner, Taylor Gamez, and Daniel Gallegos, along with graduate assistant Stormi Leonard, undertook a project to capture that century of athletic success through a combination of interviews and archival research.

The resulting documentary film project,

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Summer Reading Club presents Scott Davis – Comedy Magic Show

Magician Scott Davis has been performing magic professionally since the age of 14. Currently Scott performs over 300 live shows a year. Scott has been awarded the 1999 Comedy Magician of the Year by the Arkansas Alliance of Magical Performers and the Arkansas Close-up Magician of the Year for 2000 and 2007 by the Arkansas chapter of the International Brotherhood of Magicians.

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Event

Summer Reading Club presents Scott Davis – Comedy Magic Show

Magician Scott Davis has been performing magic professionally since the age of 14. Currently Scott performs over 300 live shows a year. Scott has been awarded the 1999 Comedy Magician of the Year by the Arkansas Alliance of Magical Performers and the Arkansas Close-up Magician of the Year for 2000 and 2007 by the Arkansas chapter of the International Brotherhood of Magicians.

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Event

Summer Reading Club presents Scott Davis – Comedy Magic Show

Magician Scott Davis has been performing magic professionally since the age of 14. Currently Scott performs over 300 live shows a year. Scott has been awarded the 1999 Comedy Magician of the Year by the Arkansas Alliance of Magical Performers and the Arkansas Close-up Magician of the Year for 2000 and 2007 by the Arkansas chapter of the International Brotherhood of Magicians.

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Event

Summer Reading Club presents Tommy Terrific’s Wacky Magic Show – Ocean Magic

Tommy Terrific’s Wacky Magic Show is a unique blend of laugh-out-loud comedy coupled with sensational magic, all combined with an educational approach that is all about having fun with books. The show features Tommy as a big kid who shows up to watch his Uncle Fumpernutter perform a magic show. When no one can find Uncle Fumpernutter, Tommy takes over! Unfortunately, Tommy has never done magic before, so he enlists the kids’ help following the instructions in the huge Magician’s Handbook.

Learn More
Event

Summer Reading Club presents Brian & Terri Kinder – Music & Fun

Brian Kinder is a singer/songwriter who, along with his wife, Ms Terri, performs rollicking goodtime concerts for kids. Their music is fun and invites audience participation, and is perfectly suited for libraries, schools, fairs, corporate family gatherings, churches, and birthday parties. Yes, Kinder is their real name. (Kinder, German word meaning children as in kindergarten).

For rollicking good time music for kids, there is none finer than Brian and Terri Kinder.

Learn More
Event

Summer Reading Club presents Scott Davis – Comedy Magic Show

Magician Scott Davis has been performing magic professionally since the age of 14. Currently Scott performs over 300 live shows a year. Scott has been awarded the 1999 Comedy Magician of the Year by the Arkansas Alliance of Magical Performers and the Arkansas Close-up Magician of the Year for 2000 and 2007 by the Arkansas chapter of the International Brotherhood of Magicians.

Learn More
Event

Summer Reading Club presents Tommy Terrific’s Wacky Magic Show – Ocean Magic

Tommy Terrific’s Wacky Magic Show is a unique blend of laugh-out-loud comedy coupled with sensational magic, all combined with an educational approach that is all about having fun with books. The show features Tommy as a big kid who shows up to watch his Uncle Fumpernutter perform a magic show. When no one can find Uncle Fumpernutter, Tommy takes over! Unfortunately, Tommy has never done magic before, so he enlists the kids’ help following the instructions in the huge Magician’s Handbook.

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CALS Writing Circle: Writing all Year Workshop Group

Are you looking for a writing workshop group? Led by J. Jobe, Writing All Year is a place to share your work-in-progress with other writers. We meet twice a month to give and receive encouragement, insight, and feedback in a safe and respectful environment. Our objective: to improve the work with kindness and compassion. If this sounds like something you’ve been looking for, please join us. Free. All experience levels are welcome. Contact jjobe@cals.org.

Register for Writing all Year Workshop Group

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Summer Reading Club presents mömandpöp – Music & Movement for Preschoolers

Bring your preschoolers and join mömandpöp for a fun morning of music & movement.

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Summer Reading Club presents Lela Bloom – Bloomin’ Puppets

Puppeteer and Musician Lela Bloom presents an “Oceans of Possibilities” themed show featuring popular picture books stories told through puppetry.

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Event

Summer Reading Club presents Museum of Discovery – Oceans of Possibilities

(1-25 Guests)

Hot/Cold Demonstration (Thermo Stratification)

This demo will help to show how layers of water will separate themselves based on temperature. Cold, dense water sinks to the bottom and hot, less dense water rises to the top.

Hands-on Buoyancy Test

This hands-on activity will allow guests to see the difference in density between saltwater and freshwater and how that affects the buoyancy of an object.

Vortex Bottle Demonstration

Whirlpools form in the ocean with the rising and falling of tides.

Learn More
Event

Summer Reading Club presents mömandpöp

mömandpöp is going under the sea to present their newest show: “Wendy the Whale and the Great Beachy Cove Bake-Off!”

Wendy REALLY wants to be a contestant on the greatest underwater baking show but there’s a problem!  She keeps dropping the eggs, losing her recipes, and making messes!  Swim along with Wendy as she gets expert tips from her underwater friends Jellyfish, Crab, Octopus, and Swordfish!  With all brand new tunes from mömandpöp and loads of audience participation,

Learn More
Event

Summer Reading Club presents Museum of Discovery – Oceans of Possibilities

(1-25 Guests)

Hot/Cold Demonstration (Thermo Stratification)

This demo will help to show how layers of water will separate themselves based on temperature. Cold, dense water sinks to the bottom and hot, less dense water rises to the top.

Hands-on Buoyancy Test

This hands-on activity will allow guests to see the difference in density between saltwater and freshwater and how that affects the buoyancy of an object.

Vortex Bottle Demonstration

Whirlpools form in the ocean with the rising and falling of tides.

Learn More
Event

Summer Reading Club presents mömandpöp

mömandpöp is going under the sea to present their newest show: “Wendy the Whale and the Great Beachy Cove Bake-Off!”

Wendy REALLY wants to be a contestant on the greatest underwater baking show but there’s a problem!  She keeps dropping the eggs, losing her recipes, and making messes!  Swim along with Wendy as she gets expert tips from her underwater friends Jellyfish, Crab, Octopus, and Swordfish!  With all brand new tunes from mömandpöp and loads of audience participation,

Learn More
Event

Summer Reading Club presents Brian & Terri Kinder – Music & Fun

Brian Kinder is a singer/songwriter who, along with his wife, Ms Terri, performs rollicking goodtime concerts for kids. Their music is fun and invites audience participation, and is perfectly suited for libraries, schools, fairs, corporate family gatherings, churches, and birthday parties. Yes, Kinder is their real name. (Kinder, German word meaning children as in kindergarten).

For rollicking good time music for kids, there is none finer than Brian and Terri Kinder.

Learn More
Event

Summer Reading Club presents Museum of Discovery – Oceans of Possibilities

(1-25 Guests)

Hot/Cold Demonstration (Thermo Stratification)

This demo will help to show how layers of water will separate themselves based on temperature. Cold, dense water sinks to the bottom and hot, less dense water rises to the top.

Hands-on Buoyancy Test

This hands-on activity will allow guests to see the difference in density between saltwater and freshwater and how that affects the buoyancy of an object.

Vortex Bottle Demonstration

Whirlpools form in the ocean with the rising and falling of tides.

Learn More
Event

Summer Reading Club presents Brian & Terri Kinder – Music & Fun

Brian Kinder is a singer/songwriter who, along with his wife, Ms Terri, performs rollicking goodtime concerts for kids. Their music is fun and invites audience participation, and is perfectly suited for libraries, schools, fairs, corporate family gatherings, churches, and birthday parties. Yes, Kinder is their real name. (Kinder, German word meaning children as in kindergarten).

For rollicking good time music for kids, there is none finer than Brian and Terri Kinder.

Learn More
Event

Summer Reading Club presents mömandpöp

mömandpöp is going under the sea to present their newest show: “Wendy the Whale and the Great Beachy Cove Bake-Off!”

Wendy REALLY wants to be a contestant on the greatest underwater baking show but there’s a problem!  She keeps dropping the eggs, losing her recipes, and making messes!  Swim along with Wendy as she gets expert tips from her underwater friends Jellyfish, Crab, Octopus, and Swordfish!  With all brand new tunes from mömandpöp and loads of audience participation,

Learn More
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Summer Reading Club presents Lela Bloom – Bloomin’ Puppets

Puppeteer and Musician Lela Bloom presents an “Oceans of Possibilities” themed show featuring popular picture books stories told through puppetry.

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Summer Reading Club presents Stephin Booth – Drumming Workshop

Instructor Stephin Booth provides a hands-on musical experience with Afro Caribbean Drumming.  Participants will learn about traditional instruments and rhythms and get to practice what learn.

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Summer Reading Club presents mömandpöp

mömandpöp is going under the sea to present their newest show: “Wendy the Whale and the Great Beachy Cove Bake-Off!”

Wendy REALLY wants to be a contestant on the greatest underwater baking show but there’s a problem!  She keeps dropping the eggs, losing her recipes, and making messes!  Swim along with Wendy as she gets expert tips from her underwater friends Jellyfish, Crab, Octopus, and Swordfish!  With all brand new tunes from mömandpöp and loads of audience participation,

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Summer Reading Club presents Lela Bloom – Bloomin’ Puppets

Puppeteer and Musician Lela Bloom presents an “Oceans of Possibilities” themed show featuring popular picture books stories told through puppetry.

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Event

Summer Reading Club presents Lela Bloom – Bloomin’ Puppets

Puppeteer and Musician Lela Bloom presents an “Oceans of Possibilities” themed show featuring popular picture books stories told through puppetry.

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Event

Summer Reading Club presents Lela Bloom – Bloomin’ Puppets

Puppeteer and Musician Lela Bloom presents an “Oceans of Possibilities” themed show featuring popular picture books stories told through puppetry.

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Summer Reading Club presents Lela Bloom – Bloomin’ Puppets

Puppeteer and Musician Lela Bloom presents an “Oceans of Possibilities” themed show featuring popular picture books stories told through puppetry.

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Summer Reading Club presents Lela Bloom – Bloomin’ Puppets

Puppeteer and Musician Lela Bloom presents an “Oceans of Possibilities” themed show featuring popular picture books stories told through puppetry.

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You and Nature at Night

Did you know there are four different types of light pollution? And that too much lighting at night isn’t good for either people or wildlife? Light pollution is a global problem, but there’s increasing awareness and a global movement to reduce it. Join Bruce McMath, Chair of the Arkansas Night Sky Association (ANSA), and host Lynn Foster for a discussion of what ANSA is doing and what you and your community can do to help.

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Summer Reading Club presents mömandpöp

mömandpöp is going under the sea to present their newest show: “Wendy the Whale and the Great Beachy Cove Bake-Off!”

Wendy REALLY wants to be a contestant on the greatest underwater baking show but there’s a problem!  She keeps dropping the eggs, losing her recipes, and making messes!  Swim along with Wendy as she gets expert tips from her underwater friends Jellyfish, Crab, Octopus, and Swordfish!  With all brand new tunes from mömandpöp and loads of audience participation,

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Summer Reading Club presents Lela Bloom – Bloomin’ Puppets

Puppeteer and Musician Lela Bloom presents an “Oceans of Possibilities” themed show featuring popular picture books stories told through puppetry.

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Event

Summer Reading Club presents Stephin Booth – Drumming Workshop

Instructor Stephin Booth provides a hands-on musical experience with Afro Caribbean Drumming.  Participants will learn about traditional instruments and rhythms and get to practice what learn.

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Event

Summer Reading Club presents Lela Bloom – Bloomin’ Puppets

Puppeteer and Musician Lela Bloom presents an “Oceans of Possibilities” themed show featuring popular picture books stories told through puppetry.

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CALS Women’s Suffrage Book Club – Ida B. the Queen

Book – Ida B. the Queen by Michelle Duster
Scholar – Cherisse Jones-Branch, Arkansas State University

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WHAT? 

The CALS Women’s Suffrage Book Club is a book discussion series focusing on texts about the Women’s Suffrage Movement in the United States. Each discussion will include a brief presentation by a local scholar followed by a discussion of the book.

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Summer Reading Club presents Tommy Terrific’s Wacky Magic Show – Ocean Magic

Tommy Terrific’s Wacky Magic Show is a unique blend of laugh-out-loud comedy coupled with sensational magic, all combined with an educational approach that is all about having fun with books. The show features Tommy as a big kid who shows up to watch his Uncle Fumpernutter perform a magic show. When no one can find Uncle Fumpernutter, Tommy takes over! Unfortunately, Tommy has never done magic before, so he enlists the kids’ help following the instructions in the huge Magician’s Handbook.

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CALS Speaker Series: Sebastián Hidalgo and Josué Rivas, photojournalists (J.N. Heiskell program)

Thursday, July 28 at 6:30 p.m., Ron Robinson Theater (in person)

This exploration of photojournalism spotlights two talented photographers who will speak about their art and approach.

Sebastián Hidalgo is a civic-oriented visual and investigative journalist born and based in Chicago, IL. He covers issues related to the current state of belonging––immigration policy, low-wage labor, and environmental justice. His work has appeared in National Geographic, the New York Times, The National Museum of Mexican Fine Art,

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CALS Writing Circle: Karen Hayes Poetry and Prose Reading Series

This event has been cancelled.

 

 

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Ask the Natural Gardeners

What are cultivars and natives, and should you buy them? Fall will be here soon. In a natural garden, what should you do (or not do) in your garden in autumn and winter? How should you get rid of English ivy, Bradford pears, and Japanese honeysuckle? Join natural gardeners Lynn Foster, Ben Thesing, and Kay Sanders for a discussion of these and more topics, and bring your questions!

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Six Bridges Presents: Phong Nguyen, Bronze Drum

Phong Nguyen is the Miller Family Endowed Chair in Literature and Writing at the University of Missouri. In addition to Bronze Drum, he is the author of four books: Roundabout, The Adventures of Joe Harper, Pages from the Textbook of Alternate History, and Memory Sickness. He is the coeditor, with Robert Olen Butler, of Best Peace Fiction: A Social Justice Anthology; and coeditor, with Dan Chaon and Norah Lind, of Nancy Hale: On the Life and Work of a Lost American Master.

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Mindfulness for Teachers and Counselors

With a new school year approaching, teachers and counselors will once again be asked to wear many hats for our children. In this conversation, we will examine ways that mindfulness techniques can be used to help overcome the stress and anxiety that is all too common in the profession.

This program will be held at the Adolphine Fletcher Terry Library at 2015 Napa Valley Drive in Little Rock.

“Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present,

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All About Monarchs

Did you know that monarch butterflies winter in Mexico, and then fly as far north as Canada each year? Did you know that without milkweed plants there would be no monarch butterflies, and milkweeds are fast disappearing? Join Leslie Cooper, Arkansas Monarch and Pollinator Coordinator with Quail Forever, Joe Ledvina, Botanist for the Arkansas Department of Transportation, and host Lynn Foster, for an introduction to monarch biology and an overview of how you can benefit monarchs and pollinators by creating habitat.

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CALS Women’s Suffrage Book Club – The Once and Future Witches

Book – The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow
Scholar – Wendy Lucas, University of Central Arkansas

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WHAT? 

The CALS Women’s Suffrage Book Club is a book discussion series focusing on texts about the Women’s Suffrage Movement in the United States. Each discussion will include a brief presentation by a local scholar followed by a discussion of the book.

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Issues That Matter: Protecting Arkansas’s Waterways: Hydrating the Harvest

Agriculture is Arkansas’s top industry and crucial to the state’s economy. This program will explore the extensive need for water in Arkansas agriculture and the dangers facing its water supplies.

Co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Pulaski County and KUAR.

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CALS closed for Labor Day

All branches and buildings of the Central Arkansas Library System will be closed Sunday, September 4 and Monday, September 5  in observance of Labor Day. 

Regular hours will resume Tuesday, September 6. Please call 918-3000 for further information. 

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Buying vs. Renting

In this session, learn about whether to buy or rent.

  • Determine if you’re ready to buy.
  • Which is better for your situation?
  • How to start the home buying process.

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Gardening for Bees

What do native bees need from us? Listen to Leslie Cooper, Arkansas Monarch and Pollinator Coordinator with Quail Forever, and host Lynn Foster discuss what you can do in your yard to provide food and habitat for the many species of native bees in central Arkansas. Did you know that more than 90% of bee species are solitary? That 70% of bee species live in the ground? And that honeybees aren’t native to North America? Get to know our 4000 species of North American native bees and bring your questions!

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CALS closed for Indigenous Peoples’ Day

All branches and buildings of the Central Arkansas Library System will be closed Monday, October 10 in observance of Indigenous Peoples’ Day holiday. 

Regular hours will resume Tuesday, October 11. Please call 918-3000 for further information. 

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Avoiding Identity Theft & Staying Cyber-Secure

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month

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CALS Speaker Series: Kimberly Wehle, How to Think Like a Lawyer and Why

Honoring Rabbi Ira Sanders

What does the average person have in common with lawyers? From the mundane to the game-changers, decisions need to be made every day. But a key way in which the everyday person differs from a lawyer is how each goes about making decisions. A non-lawyer often searches for answers to validate or solidify a pre-conceived decision, while a lawyer looks for questions.

Based on her book, How to Think Like a Lawyer and Why: A Common-Sense Guide to Everyday Dilemmas,

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The Power of Mind

The Power of Mind is a modern guidebook based on ancient Buddhist techniques for transforming suffering into complete well-being that benefits us and the people around us. We’ve heard platitudes about cultivating love and compassion, but how can we genuinely develop these qualities and share them in our world? As Khentrul Rinpoche states, “Peace and happiness can be attained, but not by searching for something in the outside world—they start within us and then extend out to the entire globe.”

Khentrul Lodrö T’hayé Rinpoche,

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Planning for Retirement

How much should I be saving
Basics about 401(k), Roth IRAs and more.

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CALS closed for Veteran’s Day

All branches and buildings of the Central Arkansas Library System will be closed at 6 p.m. on Thursday, November 10 and all day Friday, November 11 in observance of Veteran’s Day. 

The Galleries & Bookstore at Library Square will be open Friday, November 11, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Regular hours will resume Saturday, November 12. Please call 918-3000 for further information. 

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Issues That Matter: Protecting Arkansas’s Waterways: Rivers as Roads

Arkansas’s rivers are vital components in the movement of goods and materials in the state. This programs will discuss the challenges faced in maintaining them as viable travel routes.

Co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Pulaski County and KUAR.

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CALS closed for Thanksgiving

All branches and buildings of the Central Arkansas Library System will be closed beginning at 6 p.m. Wednesday, November 23 through Sunday, November 27  in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. 

The Galleries & Bookstore at Library Square will be open Friday and Saturday, November 25 and 26, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Regular hours will resume Monday, November 28. Please call 918-3000 for further information.

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CALS closed for Christmas

All branches and buildings of the Central Arkansas Library System will be closed Thursday, December 22 at 6 p.m. until Monday, December 26 in observance of Christmas. 

The Galleries & Bookstore at Library Square will be open Friday, December 23, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Regular hours will resume Tuesday, December 27. Please call 918-3000 for further information. 

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CALS closed for New Year’s Day

All branches and buildings of the Central Arkansas Library System will be closed Sunday, January 1 and Monday, January 2 in observance of New Year’s Day. 

Regular hours will resume Tuesday, January 3. Please call 918-3000 for further information. 

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