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Be Mighty Little Rock Food Program

Kids and teens 18 and younger can receive free USDA meals through Be Mighty Little Rock and the Central Arkansas Library System. Summer meal service will begin on June 1, 2022 and go through August 20, 2022. Lunch will be served Monday-Saturday at 11 library branches. Some sites will even offer breakfast. Find a list of local meal sites on the Be Mighty website, bemightylittlerock.org/meals. There is no cost. However, meals must be consumed on site. Click LEARN MORE for complete branch schedule.
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August In-Person Activities

8/16, 23 & 30 Preschool Storytime resumes at 10:30 am on Tuesdays

8/17, 24 & 31 **NEW** Program for homeschoolers at 1:00 pm on Wednesdays

8/18 & 25 **NEW** Crafting for ALL school-aged patrons at 4:15 pm on Thursdays

8/13 & 27 Teen Art Program for ages 12+ every other Saturday At 1:00 pm

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Preschool Storytime

We’re back to our regular storytime on Tuesdays at 10:30 am.

We’ll also have occasional visits with one of our Tail Waggin’ Tutors;

Scruffy or Paisley.

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One-on-One Tech Help

Stop by the branch for friendly, free, one-on-one tech help with one of our Digital Literacy Guides. Troubleshoot, get help, or just learn!
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Yard Work: Inspirations Found in Our Own Backyards

ON VIEW Friday, June 10–Saturday, October 1
Underground Gallery, Galleries & Bookstore at Library Square, Roberts Library

In this exhibition featuring four artists who first met each other in the University of Central Arkansas Art Department over a decade ago, Kristen Spickard, Barbara Satterfield, Britynn Davis, and Deborah Kuster have come together again to showcase their artistic responses to nature and backyard experiences.

As an apartment dweller,

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Steven Wise: O…Is for Ozarks

ON VIEW Friday, August 12–Saturday, October 29, 2022
Loft Gallery, CALS Galleries & Bookstore at Library Square, Roberts Library

O…Is for Ozarks is made up of large pictures inspired by artist Steven Wise’s study of the Ozark Mountains, the natural surroundings in which he lives and which he considers home. These new works derive from his exploration of the natural world of northwest Arkansas as both naturalist and artist.

Artist Statement:

I believe that the search for beauty is a political act.

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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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Story Time: Pre-Schoolers

Story time for preschool kids with stories, movement and a craft.

Ages: 3-5 year-olds

Wednesdays at 10:00am

Date Theme 3-Aug Families 10-Aug Pets 17-Aug Back-to-School 24-Aug Animal Songs 31-Aug National Parks
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Allen Jarvis: Land, Water, and Sky

ON VIEW Friday, June 10–Saturday, August 27
Landing Gallery, Galleries & Bookstore at Library Square, Roberts Library

Many of the places that inspired these simple abstract landscapes of land, water, and sky are in Arkansas and Alabama, especially in the wetlands area of upper Mobile Bay. Artist Allen Jarvis uses objects like yardsticks, rulers, and brightly colored protractors—affixed to reclaimed wood—to build the playful bridges and manmade structures from memory, creating joyful paintings that remind him of the journeys that inspired them.

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Storytime

Join us on Wednesdays and Fridays at 10:30 am for storytime. We will have books, music, games, and so much more.

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Beginner Google Apps

Take an in-depth tour of Google Apps, a free, web-based, and collaborative software service based on the Google platform. Hybrid session—attend at the library or online!
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Hangin’ With The Homies

This program is geared toward a fun interactive activity for the K-12

homeschooled in our community. We lean into STEAM crafts and explore ideas

on Wednesdays at 1:00 pm.

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Adult Activity Time

We will have a variety of games you can come in & play

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Build-O-Rama

Free play with blocks, magna tiles, and marble runs.

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After-school Storytime

Listen to a story and make a related fun craft.

Ages: 6-11

Third Tuesday (and also fifth Tuesday if there is one) of each month at 4:00 PM

Dates

August 16

August 30

September 20

October 18

November 15

November 29

December 20

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One-on-One Tech Help

Stop by the branch for friendly, free, one-on-one tech help with one of our Digital Literacy Guides. Troubleshoot, get help, or just learn!
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Create an Infographic!

Communicate quickly and clearly with infographics. Learn the history of infographics, how to read one, and how to make your own! Hybrid session—attend at the library or online! Educator Attendees are eligible for two hours of PD credit.
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Fiddlesticks

“Bring your needles or hooks. Any kind of craft is welcome.

Learn a thing or two or just enjoy the company.”

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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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Book and Cook

Enjoy a story and make a snack! Ages 6-11. Space is limited, first come first served.

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Job Assistance

Searching for a job can be overwhelming. We’re here to help!

Make an appointment for one-on-one Job Assistance and get help with:

  • Creating a professional e-mail account
  • Organizing your resume
  • Writing a cover letter
  • Practicing for interviews
  • Completing applications, and more

Talk to your local librarian to set an appointment, or email us at jobassistance@cals.org.

Every Tuesday from 1-3 at Main,

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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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Personal Archiving and Prepping to Digitize Your Personal Papers, Photos, and Other Stuff (August 18)

Learn how to organize your personal papers, photos, scrapbooks, and other items to digitize and store them for future generations. And find out more about CALS DIY Memory Lab and how to use it to preserve your family history.

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InQlusive Reading Lounge

Read our InQlusive manga of the month or bring your own book while we read alone, together. The featured title for August is Boys Run the Riot (Vol. 1) –  limited number of free copies available. Snacks provided, open to all teens, ages 12-19.

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Naturally Crafty

A program for all K-12 creatives. We’ll use natural,

found, and sometimes store-bought items to craft with.

Thursdays at 4:15 pm.

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Adult Paint Night

Join us for a instructor led painting class.

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Adult Craft Night

Join Anne in the Maumelle Library meeting room to adorn a canvas with your very own Paint-Along Pumpkin!

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PJ Storytime

Join us for an evening storytime in your pajamas!

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Lawyers In The Library – Public Benefits

The Central Arkansas Library System and the Center for Arkansas Legal Services have once again teamed up to offer Lawyers in the Library! Come listen to legal presentations and an opportunity to ask a lawyer your civil legal question. Topics include Criminal Record Sealing and Public Benefits like SNAP and SSI, and will end with a record-sealing clinic.

Public Benefits – Do you have SSI overpayments? Issues with your SNAP benefits? Have a criminal record you would like to seal?

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D&D

Ever wanted to do a deep dive into D&D? Now’s your chance! Join Ashley every Friday to craft your character, join a campaign, and build stories together. Ages 12-19

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Family Movie Fridays

Sit down and enjoy G- or PG-rated family friendly movies.

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Tween Time

Play video games and eat snacks! Held in the meeting room.

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Dance Party Fridays

Join us each Friday in August to play fun music and dance our cares away. Ages 5-12

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Tween Time

Play video games and eat snacks in the meeting room.

For ages 9 – 18 years.

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Firestarter (1984, R)

As youths, Andy McGee and his future wife, Vicky, participated in secret experiments, allowing themselves to be subjected to mysterious medical tests. Years later, the couple’s daughter, Charlie, begins to exhibit the ability of setting fires solely with her mind. This volatile talent makes the youngster extremely dangerous and soon she becomes a target for the enigmatic agency known as “The Shop.” Based on the Stephen King novel of the same name and starring Drew Barrymore. Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

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Saturdays at the Galleries

Artist demos every Sat. thru August

 

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Open Makerspace

Activities geared toward playful invention, investigation, and collaboration. August 6: Everything but a paintbrush!; August 13: Reverse Tie Dye; August 20: Marbled Pencil Bags

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Queer Writers Collective

Looking to practice your craft in a supportive and affirming space?

The Queer Writers Collective is open to adults of all genders and sexualities. 

We meet three times a month for writing challenges, write-ins, readings, and community.

Contact Bekah (she/her) at rasmith@cals.org to register!

In partnership with CALS Writing Circle.

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Meditation at Main Online

Cory Jones of Compassion Works for All leads us in a guided meditation that’s like an oasis in the middle of your day! Join us from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM on Monday August 22 via Zoom. All are welcome- and we hope you will choose to join us! CALS Adult Programs is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Topic: Meditation at Main Online
Time: Aug 22, 2022 12:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89322893737…
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Adobe InDesign

Learn the fundamentals of Adobe InDesign--publishing software used to create posters, flyers, brochures, presentations, and eBooks. Hybrid session—attend at the library or online!
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One-on-One Tech Help

Stop by the branch for friendly, free, one-on-one tech help with one of our Digital Literacy Guides. Troubleshoot, get help, or just learn!
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Story Time: Babies and Toddlers

Mother Goose on the Loose for infants and toddlers 0-36 months with lap bounces, rhymes, singing, stories and movement.

Ages: 0-36 months-old

Mondays at 10:00 AM

Date Theme 1-Aug Families 8-Aug Pets 15-Aug Back-to-School 22-Aug Animal Songs 29-Aug National Parks

Learn more about the Mother Goose on the Loose program by visiting the organization’s webpage: https://mgol.net/

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Master Piece Puzzle Club

“Drop in puzzle club for adults.  Work alone or with others and chat about puzzles, books, and more.  All levels of puzzling skills welcome—a great way to relax!

*Puzzles provided but donations of complete puzzles in good condition are appreciated*”

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Mindful Coloring Mondays

Calm your mind and engage in quiet coloring time.

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Maker Mondays

Each Monday we will make a fun craft. Ages 5-12

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Ani-Monday

Otakus, unite! Watch new anime and old favorites with your fellow nerds on Level 4.

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The Beauty in Breaking: Author Talk with Michele Harper

Michele Harper is a female African American emergency room physician in an overwhelmingly male and white profession. Brought up in Washington, D.C., in a complicated family, she went to Harvard, where she met her husband. They stayed together through medical school until two months before she was scheduled to join the staff of a hospital in central Philadelphia when he told her he couldn’t move with her. Her marriage at an end, Harper, began her new life in a new city,

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Preschool Storytime

Join Ms. Trinity for stories, songs, fingerplay, crafts and more.

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Drop-in Tech Help

Drop by and ask your burning technology questions, or get help with a specific problem from an expert. Feel free to bring your devices.
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Job Assistance

Searching for a job can be overwhelming. We’re here to help!

Make an appointment for one-on-one Job Assistance and get help with:

  • Creating a professional e-mail account
  • Organizing your resume
  • Writing a cover letter
  • Practicing for interviews
  • Completing applications, and more

Talk to your local librarian to set an appointment, or email us at jobassistance@cals.org.

Every Tuesday from 1-3 at Main,

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CALS Writing Circle: Memoir Writing for Seniors at Dee Brown Branch

This 4-part 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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Teen Time Tuesdays

Teens and tweens can meet after school to enjoy lemonade, do homework, color, listen to music, and socialize.

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Let’s Build – Lego Time

Join us and experiment with Legos for an open play hour!

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Board Games

Let’s play games together! Ages 5-12

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Game and Puzzle Club

Come have some fun playing tabletop games and/or working a puzzle with friends at the library.

Ages: 6-11

The Game and Puzzle Club meets the fourth Tuesday of each month at 4:00PM

Dates

August 23

September 27

October 25

November 22

December 27

 

 

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Adult Art Night–Drink Décor

Come join us and decorate your own cup, make a stirrer or two, and take home a big list of mocktail recipes!

Adult Program

August 23| 6:30pm

REGISTRATION REQUIRED–call 501-821-3060 to register or just visit the circulation desk at Thompson Library

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Terror Tuesdays! The Wasp Woman (1959, NR)

Join CALS Ron Robinson Theater for the fan-favorite Terror Tuesdays film series! Every Tuesday in August enjoy a classic horror movie at CALS Ron Robinson Theater.

TUE 8/23: The Wasp Woman (1959, NR)
A beautiful woman by day – a lusting queen wasp by night! A cosmetics queen is transformed into a murderous monster after she uses wasp royal jelly chemicals to preserve her beauty. Directed by Roger Corman.

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One-on-One Tech Help

Stop by the branch for friendly, free, one-on-one tech help with one of our Digital Literacy Guides. Troubleshoot, get help, or just learn!
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Beginner Google Slides

Take an in-depth tour of Google Slides, a free presentation web application that is similar to Microsoft PowerPoint. Hybrid session—attend at the library or online!
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One-on-One Tech Help

Stop by the branch for friendly, free, one-on-one tech help with one of our Digital Literacy Guides. Troubleshoot, get help, or just learn!
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International Day of Peace Celebration

Drop by level 4 for fun activities to celebrate the International Day of Peace! Ages 12-19

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Family Movie Night

Enjoy a family-friendly movie during Food for Good Supper.

8/24 – The Spongebob Squarepants Movie

8/31 – The Spongebob Movie: Sponge on the Run

 

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One-on-One Tech Help

Stop by the branch for friendly, free, one-on-one tech help with one of our Digital Literacy Guides. Troubleshoot, get help, or just learn!
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Quilting & Sewing Group

This quilting and sewing group is open to the public. Please bring your own supplies.

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Impact Players: How to Take the Lead, Play Bigger and Multiply Your Impact: Author Talk with Liz Wiseman

Join us as we sit down in conversation with Liz Wiseman, New York Times Best Selling author, researcher, and executive adviser. Liz will talk about her latest book, Impact Players: How to Take the Lead, Play Bigger and Multiply Your Impact, and her other work.

In Impact Players, Liz asks the question, why do some people break through and make an impact while others get stuck going through the motions? In every organization, impact players are indispensable colleagues who can be counted on in critical situations and consistently receive high-profile assignments and new opportunities.

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Fermented Garlic In Honey Class

Learn how to ferment your own jar of garlic in honey in this hands-on class at Terry Library on Aug. 25th at 11am. Limited seating, sign up at the Terry front desk or by calling 501-228-0129.

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CALS Writing Circle: Art Journaling

This low-stress course provides art supplies to decorate and personalize our journals as well as a wide assortment of journaling prompt options to explore and better understand our internal selves. Room 124 in Roberts Library. Contact jjobe@cals.org.

The session of this program scheduled for August 18 has been cancelled. 

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One-on-One Tech Help

Stop by the branch for friendly, free, one-on-one tech help with one of our Digital Literacy Guides. Troubleshoot, get help, or just learn!
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TEEN Back-to-School Get Together

Eat some pizza, hang out, play games, or do some crafts in this chill celebration of a new school year.

Regularly, weekly teen programs will begin again in September.

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LGBTQ+ Teens: Know Your Rights

Learn the ins and outs of LGBTQ+ legislation in Arkansas and how they affect you as a teen. Empower yourself with knowledge!

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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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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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The Thing (1982, R)

In remote Antarctica, a group of American research scientists are disturbed at their base camp by a helicopter shooting at a sled dog. When they take in the dog, it brutally attacks both human beings and canines in the camp and they discover that the beast can assume the shape of its victims. A resourceful helicopter pilot and the camp doctor lead the camp crew in a desperate, gory battle against the vicious creature before it picks them all off,

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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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Fairy Gardens in the Garden

Enjoy the library’s garden space while making fairy gardens.

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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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Teen Art Program

Bi-weekly gathering of 12 and older kids who like to create

one-of-a-kind pieces of art.  The emphasis, at its core, is always focused

on KINDNESS.

We meet every other Saturday at 1:00 pm.

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CALS Arkansas Sounds presents: A Celebration of KABF’s John Cain

CALS Arkansas Sounds hosts a celebration of radio host, preservationist, community activist, and Program Director of KABF 88.3, the legendary Mr. John Cain! Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and the event starts at 7:00 p.m. Beer, wine, and concessions will be available. General admission tickets are $10. Ticket proceeds will benefit the KABF radio station and the Central Arkansas Library System. To buy your tickets online, click on the button below. Tickets will also be available for purchase when doors open.

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Make Your Own Pronoun Pins

Express yourself with Teens 4 InQlusion! Decorate and make your own pronoun pins to wear proudly. Teens of all genders and sexualities are welcome.

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Drop-in Tech Help

Drop by and ask your burning technology questions, or get help with a specific problem from an expert. Feel free to bring your devices.
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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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Terror Tuesdays! The Terror (1963, PG)

Join CALS Ron Robinson Theater for the fan-favorite Terror Tuesdays film series! Every Tuesday in August enjoy a classic horror movie at CALS Ron Robinson Theater.

TUE 8/30: The Terror (1963, PG)
Lt. Duvalier, a French soldier, loses contact with his unit and is forced to wander alone near the Baltic Sea. While in search of his regiment, he spies Helene, a mysterious beauty, walking by herself.

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One-on-One Tech Help

Stop by the branch for friendly, free, one-on-one tech help with one of our Digital Literacy Guides. Troubleshoot, get help, or just learn!
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Grab N’ Go Activity Bags

A craft bag or worksheet.

For preschool and school age kids.

Available during operational hours.

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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: 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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Tween Time

Hang out in the meeting room after school and play video games.

Snacks will be served.

For ages 9-18 years.

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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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Drop-in Tech Help

Drop by and ask your burning technology questions, or get help with a specific problem from an expert. Feel free to bring your devices.
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Terror Tuesdays! Attack of the 50 Foot Woman (1958, NR)

Join CALS Ron Robinson Theater for the fan-favorite Terror Tuesdays film series!

TUE 9/6: Attack of the 50 Foot Woman (1958, NR)
A wealthy heiress whose close encounter with an enormous alien in his round spacecraft causes her to grow into a giantess, complicating her marriage which is already troubled by a philandering husband.

Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Film starts at 7:00 p.m.

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Storytime

Read books, shake scarves, and move around with Ms. Terry!

For toddlers and preschoolers.

Call 457-5038 to sign up!

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Suzanne Pharr — “The Women’s Project: Working Across Race, Gender, and Economics”

CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies Presents LEGACIES & LUNCH

Speaker: Suzanne Pharr

Suzanne Pharr will tell the story of the Women’s Project’s efforts to build a local women’s movement in the 1980s and 1990s and show how it worked across race, gender, and economic lines to bring about social change in Arkansas. The discussion will include insights into how these strategies can help confront crises that we now face.

Suzanne Pharr,

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Thrivers: Parenting Tips & Tools to Help Kids Thrive in an Uncertain World – Author Talk with Dr. Michele Borba

Join us in conversation with bestselling author and expert in child development, Dr. Michele Borba, as she discusses her book, Thrivers: Surprising Reasons Why Some Kids Struggle and Others Shine.

Data shows that today’s youth are the loneliest, most stressed, and risk-averse on record. Though well-educated, they are failing to launch in real life. So how can we teach them to be mentally strong and more successful? Dr. Michele Borba empowers educators and parents to help kids thrive in today’s fast-paced,

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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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BingoFlix! Eegah (1962, NR)

BingoFlix continues this September with the Mystery Science 3000 favorite, Eegah! What’s BingoFlix? Play bingo along to cheesy movie cliches for your chance to win a prize!

Thursday, September 8: Eegah (1962, NR)
After Roxy Miller encounters enormous caveman Eegah while driving down a remote California road, her writer father, Robert, heads out to the desert to prove his daughter’s claims are true. Once there,

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2nd Friday Art Night at Roberts Library (September 2022)

Featured Artist: Marlene Gremillion
Learn more about Marlene Gremillion

Featured Author: Kelli Marks (Easy One-Bowl Baking)

Featured Music: Bluesboy Jag

CURRENT EXHIBITIONS

Steven Wise: O…Is for Ozark
Loft Gallery

Now through Saturday, October 29, 2022

O…Is for Ozarks is made up of large pictures inspired by artist Steven Wise’s study of the Ozark Mountains,

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SHREK-tember! Shrek (2001, PG)

This September at CALS Ron Robinson Theater… it’s SHREK-tember!

Friday, September 9: Shrek (2001, PG)
Once upon a time, in a far away swamp, there lived an ogre named Shrek whose precious solitude is suddenly shattered by an invasion of annoying fairy tale characters. They were all banished from their kingdom by the evil Lord Farquaad. Determined to save their home — not to mention his — Shrek cuts a deal with Farquaad and sets out to rescue Princess Fiona to be Farquaad’s bride.

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Interactive Screening! The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975, R)

Join CALS Ron Robinson Theater for an unforgettable interactive screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show! After a newly-engaged couple’s car breaks down they seek shelter at the bizarre residence of Dr. Frank-N-Furter. As their innocence is lost, Brad and Janet meet a houseful of wild characters, and through elaborate dances and rock songs, Frank-N-Furter unveils his latest creation: a muscular man named “Rocky.” Doors open at 8:30 p.m. Film starts at 9:30 p.m. Admission is $10.

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CALS Arkansas Sounds presents: Luenell

CALS Arkansas Sounds presents the “Original Bad Girl of Comedy,” Arkansas’s own, LUENELL! Luenell will grace the CALS Ron Robinson Theater stage for two shows on Saturday, September 10.

While she may be small in stature, she more than makes up for it with her big personality, booming voice, and infectious laughter. Born in Tollette, Arkansas and raised in Oakland, California, Luenell has been thrilling audiences with her brand of comedy for more than 30 years.

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Finding Family Facts (September 12)

The Butler Center offers a beginner’s genealogy class the second Monday of every month, taught by Rhonda Stewart, the Butler Center’s local history and genealogy expert. Participants will learn how to use online databases and city directories, as well as how to archive family documents. Jump-start your genealogy research with this fun and creative way to learn about the past.

Register for Finding Family Facts

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Drop-in Tech Help

Drop by and ask your burning technology questions, or get help with a specific problem from an expert. Feel free to bring your devices.
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LEGO Club

Have some fun building and sharing your creations with others.

Ages: 6-11

LEGO Club meets the second Tuesday of each month| 4:00 PM

Dates

August 9

September 13

October 11

November 8

December 13

 

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Voter Registration Party

Did you know your local library has voter registration forms?

Come see us to register to vote or update your voter registration!

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Buying vs. Renting

Buying vs Renting (Presented by Shawn Karnes, Executive Director with Arvest Bank Mortgage and John Hurst, VP with Simmons Bank Mortgage)

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

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Co-sponsored by the Arkansas Financial Education Commission.

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Terror Tuesdays! Spider Baby (1967, NR)

Join CALS Ron Robinson Theater for the fan-favorite Terror Tuesdays film series!

TUE 9/13: Spider Baby (1967, NR)
Chauffeur Bruno looks after three strange siblings at their family estate. Ralph, Virginia, and Elizabeth all suffer from an inherited condition: a genetic disorder that causes a reversal in mental age and results in a crazed, childlike disposition. Because of his affection for the family, Bruno covers up the siblings’

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Family Movie Night

Enjoy a family friendly movie after school!

9/14 – Sonic the Hedgehog

9/28 – Encanto

 

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SHREK-tember! Shrek 2 (2004, PG)

This September at CALS Ron Robinson Theater… it’s SHREK-tember!

Friday, September 16: Shrek 2 (2004, PG)
After returning from their honeymoon and showing home movies to their friends, Shrek and Fiona learn that her parents have heard that she has married her true love and wish to invite him to their kingdom, called Far Far Away. The catch is: Fiona’s parents are unaware of the curse that struck their daughter and have assumed she married Prince Charming,

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Lawyers In The Library – Record Sealing

The Central Arkansas Library System and the Center for Arkansas Legal Services have once again teamed up to offer Lawyers in the Library! Come listen to legal presentations and an opportunity to ask a lawyer your civil legal question. Topics include Criminal Record Sealing and Public Benefits like SNAP and SSI, and will end with a record-sealing clinic.

Record Sealing – Come see us to learn about getting your criminal record sealed. An attorney from the Center for Arkansas Legal Services will be speaking about the kinds of criminal charges that can be sealed,

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Drop-in Tech Help

Drop by and ask your burning technology questions, or get help with a specific problem from an expert. Feel free to bring your devices.
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Author Talk with Simon Winchester

Join us for a conversation with prolific British-American writer, journalist, and consummate adventurer Simon Winchester. This author talk will cover many aspects of his work across myriad fields of history, technology, and geology as well as the author’s personal expeditions, including his path to becoming the acclaimed best selling author he is today. A master storyteller, Winchester’s narrative is like a journey through time. His keen intellect and ability to precisely and expertly weave everyday life into historical examination leaves his readers feeling awestruck at the world surrounding them.

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Virtual Storytime

An online storytime with Ms. Linda.

Virtual Storytimes are posted on the CALS Kids YouTube channel.

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Creating Gender Euphoria: Self-Portraiture As An Act of Self-Love

Envision your true self, discover your own gender euphoria, and create the masterpiece that is you! This self-portrait workshop centers trans experiences and joy, however artists of all genders, sexualities, and skill levels are welcome. Supplies are provided, but limited.

This event will take place on level 5 of the Main Library. Email Jet at jbutler@cals.org to sign up.

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Lung Cancer Screenings and You

As you age, changes affect your lung tissue, muscles and bones, which all impact your breathing, and this is even more of an issue for those who smoke. Sierra Whitbey of the American Lung Association will present information on the importance of lung cancer screenings for Arkansans aged 50 and older, the criteria to get screened, and what a lung cancer screening looks like. This presentation will be through the American Lung Association and the Arkansas Tobacco Education Initiative.

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A Conversation with Author Alex Gino, Melissa

Alex Gino is the author on many books, including the often challenged book, Melissa, formerly published as George. Don’t miss a rare opportunity to hear from the author. Gino will be in conversation with Dr. Luann Racher, an area champion of trans health, from UAMS. Gino will discuss their book, the recent retitling of the book, and censorship, among other things. This will be a hybrid program with Gino transmitting virtually onto the large Ron Robinson Theater screen,

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Transhood (Film Screening)

Moving and thought-provoking, this documentary follows four young people and their families as they navigate growing up transgender in America’s heartland. Over the course of five years, the film explores how they struggle through parenting, and how the kids are challenged and transformed as they experience the complexity of their identities and redefine “coming of age.”

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Charlotte’s Web (Film Screening)

Miracles do happen! E. B. White’s timeless children’s story comes to life in this colorful animated musical. The film features the voices of Debbie Reynolds (Charlotte) and Paul Lynde (Templeton), among others.

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Drop-in Tech Help

Drop by and ask your burning technology questions, or get help with a specific problem from an expert. Feel free to bring your devices.
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Trust – Author Talk with Hernan Diaz

Join us for an afternoon with Pulitzer Prize finalist and PEN/Faulkner Award winner Hernan Diaz, author of In the Distance and Trust. Diaz holds a Ph.D. from NYU and edits, the Spanish-language journal Revista Hispánica Moderna, at Columbia University.

Diaz’s new book, Trust, is set during the roar of the 1920s around the Wall Street tycoon Benjamin Rask and his wife, Helen. Together, they have risen to the top of the world of seemingly endless wealth–all as a decade of excess and speculation draws to an end.

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“Navigating El Nuevo South: The Geographies of Inclusion, Exclusion, and Safety for Hispanic Young Adults”

Speaker: Maria Escobar

Grounded in her own experience growing up as the child of Mexican immigrants in northwest Arkansas, Escobar examines how Hispanic and Latinx young adults in a “new immigrant destination” and “second-generation sundown towns” seek belonging and safety in public spaces and institutional settings that sometimes exclude them.

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Maria Escobar is a sociology professor at Albright College in Reading, Pennsylvania. She was raised in northwest Arkansas and graduated from Springdale High School in 2014.

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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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Drop-in Tech Help

Drop by and ask your burning technology questions, or get help with a specific problem from an expert. Feel free to bring your devices.
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Hocus Pocus (1993, PG)

Before you stream the sequel… watch the original on the big screen!

After moving to Salem, Massachusetts, teenager Max Dennison explores an abandoned house with his sister Dani and their new friend, Allison. After dismissing a story Allison tells as superstitious, Max accidentally frees a coven of evil witches (played by Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy) who used to live in the house. Now, with the help of a magical cat, the kids must steal the witches’

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2022 Genealogy Workshop

CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies PRESENTS

Annual Genealogy Workshop featuring Lori Thornton

This event will be hybrid. Participants can attend in person or participate virtually via Zoom the day of the event.

THIS EVENT WILL NOT BE RECORDED AND WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE TO VIEW LATER.

9:30 – 9:45  Welcome & Announcements  9:45 – 10:45  Online Resources for Southeastern States Research  10:45 – 11:45  Descendant Research: Finding DNA Matches and Other Contemporary Cousins  11:45 – 1:00  LUNCH (on your own) 1:00 – 2:00  Left Behind: Wills and Probate for the Genealogist—Learn what records are available  2:15 – 3:15  Social Media for Genealogists 3:15 – 3:30  Closing Remarks

How to participate

In-person: This event will be held in the CALS Ron Robinson Theater located at Library Square in downtown Little Rock.

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Rodney Crowell: Word For Word Tour

Audience members are invited to a rare experience as Rodney reads from his brand new book, Word For Word, shares stories, and performs the songs that have made him a renowned and prolific songwriter.

Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and the event starts at 8:00 p.m. Beer, wine, and concessions will be available. General admission tickets are $45. Tickets will also be available for purchase when doors open. To buy your tickets online,

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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

Avoiding identity theft/cyber security (Presented by Lee Watson, Chairman & CEO of Forge Institute)

· October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month

· Tips for staying safe online

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Co-sponsored by the Arkansas Financial Education Commission.

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Not Nice: Stop People Pleasing, Staying Silent, & Feeling Guilty – Author Talk with Dr. Aziz Gazipura

We invite you to join us for a talk with Dr. Aziz Gazipura, one of the world’s leading experts on social confidence as he discusses how to stop being too nice and worrying about what others might think.

Are you too nice? Do you find it hard to be assertive and ask for what you want? Did you know millions of people struggle with being “too nice”? Being nice can make it hard to speak up, say “no,” or do something that might upset someone.This talk will teach participants that the opposite of nice is not mean but rather real.

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Where The Children Take Us – Author Talk with Zain E. Asher

Join us in conversation with popular CNN Anchor, Zain E. Asher, as she discusses her moving and inspiring memoir Where the Children Take Us.

In Where the Children Take Us, Zain E. Asher, tells the story of her mother’s harrowing fight to raise four children as a widowed immigrant in South London. There is tragedy in this tale, but it is not a tragedy. Drawing on tough-love parenting strategies, Obiajulu Ejiofor teaches her sons and daughters to overcome the daily pressures of poverty,

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False Negative: An Evening with John Waters

Buy Tickets – $40 Front & Center

Buy Tickets – $35 First Floor

Buy Tickets – $30 Balcony

CALS Six Bridges Book Festival has announced that tickets are now on sale for False Negative: An Evening with John Waters, Saturday, Oct. 22.

Waters’ rapid-fire one man “vaudeville” act is updated and expanded from the original film version that enjoyed critical success at the Edinburgh,

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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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Susan, Linda, Nina & Cokie: The Extraordinary Story of the Founding Mothers of NPR – Author Talk with Lisa Napoli

You’re invited to an enlightening hour with highly acclaimed writer, journalist, broadcaster, and speaker Lisa Napoli as she discusses her group biography of the four women whose voices defined NPR, Susan, Linda, Nina, and Cokie: The Extraordinary Story of the Founding Mothers of NPR.

In the years after the Civil Rights Act of 1964, women in the workplace still found themselves relegated to secretarial positions or locked out of jobs entirely. This was especially true in the news business,

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Planning for Retirement

Planning for retirement (Presented by Cheryl Daughenbaugh, Investment Manager with Stephens Capital Management)

· How much should I be saving

· Basics about 401(k), Roth IRAs and more

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Co-sponsored by the Arkansas Financial Education Commission.

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Lessons in Chemistry – Author Talk with Bonnie Garmus

Join us for a dazzlingly entertaining virtual chat with author Bonnie Garmus as she discusses her debut New York Times bestselling novel Lessons in Chemistry.
Lessons in Chemistry is set in 1960s California and features the singular voice of Chemist Elizabeth Zott, a scientist whose career takes an unexpected detour. Elizabeth Zott is not your average woman. In fact, Elizabeth Zott would be the first to point out that there is no such thing as an average woman.

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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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Finding Family Facts (November 14)

The Butler Center offers a beginner’s genealogy class the second Monday of every month, taught by Rhonda Stewart, the Butler Center’s local history and genealogy expert. Participants will learn how to use online databases and city directories, as well as how to archive family documents. Jump-start your genealogy research with this fun and creative way to learn about the past.

Register for Finding Family Facts

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Phil Plait presents Eclipse Across America

Join Central Arkansas Library System and the Arkansas Space Grant Consortium for this special event! On Friday, November 4, Dr. Phil Plait takes the CALS Ron Robinson Theater stage to present “Eclipse Across America.” This event is FREE! Reservations are NOT required. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and the event begins at 7:00 p.m. A book signing will follow. Beer, wine, and concessions will be available.

On April 8, 2024, the United States will be treated to one of the rarest and most spectacular of celestial events: a total solar eclipse.

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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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Lawyers In The Library – Record Sealing Clinic

The Central Arkansas Library System and the Center for Arkansas Legal Services have once again teamed up to offer Lawyers in the Library! Come listen to legal presentations and an opportunity to ask a lawyer your civil legal question. Topics include Criminal Record Sealing and Public Benefits like SNAP and SSI, and will end with a record-sealing clinic.

Record Sealing – Center for Arkansas Legal Services will hold a record sealing clinic from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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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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