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Illustrated Arkansas: The Art of Comics

On View ~ October 14, 2022–January 28, 2023, regular Gallery hours
Underground Gallery, Galleries & Bookstore at Library Square, CALS Roberts Library

The Illustrated Arkansas exhibition features artists living and working in the state who have created or contributed to print or digital comics and graphic novels. The exhibition will represent a wide range of illustration styles and media of the comics art form.

CALS is excited to display the artwork of graphic artists and spotlight their efforts in the creation of comics and graphic novels in all their forms.

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Our Community Through My Lens

NOW ON VIEW ~ Friday, October 14–Saturday, December 31, 2022, regular Gallery hours
Landing Gallery, Galleries & Bookstore at Library Square, CALS Roberts Library

Photography—a medium full of potential. To speak when words simply fail. To empower, providing the chance to take control of a story. To connect us to a perspective outside of our own.

Join us for this unique exhibition, curated from artists currently unsheltered or living in transitional sheltering throughout Pulaski County.

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Oliver Jeffers: 15 Years of Picturing Books

Wow. You’re in for a treat with this amazing exhibition of more than 80 pieces of original art by the world-renowned children’s author and illustrator.

Jeffers is a visual artist and author working in painting, bookmaking, illustration, collage, performance, and sculpture. Curiosity and humor are underlying themes throughout Oliver’s practice as an artist and storyteller. While investigating the ways the human mind understands its world, his work also functions as comic relief in the face of futility. Jeffers’ engagements and practice are truly international in scope.

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Grab N’ Go Activity Bags

For preschool and school age kids.

Craft bag or worksheet.

Available during operational hours at the front desk or through curbside service.

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Mother Goose on the Loose Ages 0-24 months

Join us for storytime with some nursery rhymes, singing and movement followed by some sensory play and socialization.  Every Monday at 1o am at the Thompson Library.

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Puzzling Christmas Ornaments

Join us for festive music, drinks and crafts as we put together Holiday ornaments with puzzle pieces, books and other non-traditional supplies.

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Artsy Smartsy Homeschool Club

Have fun with process art and come dressed to make a mess!

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Tech Lab for Teens

Teens learn to use Microsoft Office, image editing, and more! Please bring your own laptop if possible.

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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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Christmas Movie Bingo

Grab some cocoa and watch a cheesy Christmas movie with a twist. Get a bingo and win a prize! Ages 12-19.

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Middle School STEAM

Activities focusing on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics.

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Bored Games

Stop by the library and enjoy a variety of board games. Ages 12-18.

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Lego Club

CLLC is bringing back the Lego Club! Come build it up at the library!

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Gifts from the Heart

The best gifts are those that come from the heart. Join us on Tuesdays in December to craft wonderfully thoughtful gifts.

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Family Storytime

Come listen to stories!

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Infant Story Time

Join us every Tuesday to have a story time with Ms. Lauren! Each story day will have a special theme and activity!

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Getting Started with Libby

Meet Libby, the ebook app replacing OverDrive. Learn how to use the app on all your devices before the OverDrive app goes away in 2023! Bring your devices and any questions you have about using the app.
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Sensory Hour

Reasons to let your little one come… • develops motor skills
• supports language development
• encourages social interaction as well as cognitive growth
• allows for messy play with no clean up for you!
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Natural Connections: Paintings by Emily Moll Wood and Laura Brainard Raborn

ON VIEW Friday, November 11, 2022–Saturday, January 28, 2023 
Loft Gallery, CALS Galleries & Bookstore at Library Square, Roberts Library

This exciting collection of paintings by Emily Moll Wood and Laura Brainard Raborn explores a visual dialogue with the natural world and nature’s deep connections to their own family histories.

Artist Statement:

Emily Moll Wood paints a lot of portraits,

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Pre-K Storytime

Join Miss Kathy at the Maumelle Library for stories, songs, and a simple craft.

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Preschool Storytime

This is a half-hour of seasonal stories and silly songs. We also have drop-in visits from our sweet Tail Waggin’ Tutors: Scruffy or Paisley!

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Homeschool Kids

Stories and activities designed for elementary aged kids. A great opportunity to meet local homeschool families.

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Homegrown Teens

Teens and tweens work on STEM projects, creative crafts, tech skills, and more.

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CALS Writing Circle: Writer’s Lunch

Having trouble finding the time to write? There’s a lot going on; it’s hard to manage a whole day of uninterrupted writing. Join us Tuesdays and Thursdays on your lunch hour for some dedicated writing time. BYO work-in-progress or use the prompt provided. Come and go; eat if you like. Contact dmoore@cals.org.

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Santa’s Workshop

Giving great gifts doesn’t mean you have to break the bank. Come craft homemade gifts for your loved ones or yourself (we won’t judge!). Ages 12-19

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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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STEAM Power

Science, technology, engineering, art, math, and you.

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Teen Time

Stop by the library after school and have book chats, create crafts, play games, and nerd out.

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Around the Table

A six-week youth and young adult cooking and nutrition class designed for youth ages 14-21. Registration not required-courses capped at 15 individuals.

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Board Game Night

Come play board games and card games in the YA Section!

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Kids Garden Club

Come explore the garden and greenhouse. We’ll learn about seasons, seeds, bugs, bees, flowers, and find out what’s growing!

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Adult Art Night

Get your creative juices flowing and make a wintry wreath using all kinds of materials–various greenery, pinecones, dried citrus slices, and more! Registration required.

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Horse – Author Talk with Geraldine Brooks

Join us for an exciting virtual chat with the highly-acclaimed and award winning novelist, Geraldine Brooks in conversation about her most recent New York Times Bestselling novel Horse. Brooks braids a sweeping story of spirit, obsession, and injustice across American history.

Kentucky, 1850. An enslaved groom named Jarret and a bay foal forge a bond of understanding that will carry the horse to record-setting victories across the South. When the nation erupts in civil war,

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BingoFlix! Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (1964, NR)

Kicking off the Holiday season with a game of BingoFlix! Play bingo along to the cheesy movie cliches in Santa Claus Conquers the Martians for your chance to win prizes!

SEE: Santa kidnapped by the Martians! Out-of-this-world fun ‘n’ action…as two Earth kids are whisked away with him to Mars! Who will save Christmas?

Tuesday, December 6th. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Film starts at 7:00 p.m. Admission is $7.

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Toddlers and Pre-K Story Time

Join us every Wednesday to have a story time with Ms. Lauren! Each story day will have a special theme and activity!

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Storytime

Join Children’s programmers for a weekly storytime adventure!

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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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Toddler Time

Enjoy listening to stories and singing songs.

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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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Storytime

Join Ms. Terry for some music, stories, crafts, & play time!

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Preschool Process Art: Cookie Cutter Painting

The perfect art project for your little ones: fun, messy, and not at your house!

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Movin’ & Groovin’

Move to the beat and play with sensory toys.

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Randy Duncan: “The Power of the Comics Art Form”

CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies Presents LEGACIES & LUNCH

Speaker: Randy Duncan

Randy Duncan uses images from the Illustrated Arkansas: The Art of Comics exhibition (on view in the CALS Roberts Library’s Underground Gallery through January 28) to explore how cartoonists make use of artistic style, color, panel juxtaposition, page layout, and other techniques to convey ideas and evoke emotions.

Randy Duncan is the Ellis College Distinguished Professor of Communication and director of the Center for Comics Studies at Henderson State University.

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Adult Activity Time

We offer a variety of games for people to play.  This program takes place in our Nixon library meeting room from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. every Wednesday.

This is an in-person program for ages 18 & up.

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Hangin’ With My Gnomies

We lean into creative and STEAM projects with the homeschooled in our community.

December 7- Snowstorm in a jar

December 14- Dry ice bubbles

December 21- We’re making gifts to give

December 28 Hot cocoa & exploding snowmen

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Build-O-Rama

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

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Needlecraft Circle

Bring your own project or use our supplies to learn something new. All types of needlecraft welcome. All experience levels welcome.

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Bob Ross Paint-Along

Join us as we follow along with legendary artist Bob Ross to paint a winter landscape. For kids and teens of all ages and their families.

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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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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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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.
  • November – The Dressmakers of Auschwitz:  The True Story of the Women Who Sewed to Survive by Lucy Adlington
  • December – Riding the Bus with My Sister:  A True Life Journey by Rachel Simon

This is an in-person program.  We meet in the Nixon library meeting room.

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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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Master Builders

Discover, build, and create using various materials.

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Teen Cafe

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Naturally Crafty

Drop in after school to craft something fabulous! All materials provided.

December 1- Cinnamon dough ornaments

December 8- Grab & go kindness cards

December 15- Glitter globe ornaments

December 22- Make a gift to give

December 29- Grab & go popcorn festivity

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Thompson Teen Programs

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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! Ages 12-19.

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Crafting with Opal

This is an adult craft program. In this program we teach different crafts which could include sewing, crocheting, knitting, painting, needle arts, paper crafts & more.

This is an in-person only program that happens every other Thursday (excluding holidays).

For ages 18 & up.  Sign-up is required.  Please call us at (501)457-5038 to sign-up.

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Winter Fest @ Thompson Library

Enjoy cocoa and cider +  Family crafts for all ages and all holidays of the season. Crafts include: Card Making | Christmas Ornaments | Hanukkah Sun Catchers Kwanzaa banners | Winter Décor for kids, teens, & adults
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National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989, PG-13)

Classic Holiday films for the whole family! To celebrate this most wonderful time of the year, we’re bringing back five classic movies—for just $7 a ticket—about people transformed by the holiday spirit. Gather together with your loved ones to see your annual holiday favorite on the big screen at Ron Robinson Theater, the best place to watch Grinch hearts grow.

Yule crack up!

SEE: It’s Christmas time and the Griswolds are preparing for a family seasonal celebration,

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Tiny Tales

Join us each week for books, songs, and rhymes. Tiny Tales storytime is best for toddlers or preschoolers and their caregivers.

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Storytime

Enjoy listening to stories, singing songs, and making a craft. Ages 3-5.

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Tinker Time

Have fun playing, building, experimenting, and discovering using various materials. Ages 3-5.

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Lo-Fi Library Vibe

It’s the end of the year and time to unwind. Come chill with Ashley on Level 4 every Friday.

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Family Movie Fridays

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

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TTRPG

We play different Table-Top Role Playing Games. Spots are limited, so make sure to register by emailing Emery at ejohnson@cals.org. Ages 16 & up.

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Tween Time

Play video games and hang out after school.

Kids under 11 must have a caregiver 16+

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“What We’ll Build” House STEM Challenge

With inspiration from Oliver Jeffers’s What We’ll Build, build your own house using a variety of materials!

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Celebrate Around the World, Come On!

Everyone doesn’t celebrate the same holidays or celebrate in the same way. Join us on Fridays in December as we explore how people around the world celebrate this time of year. Ages 5-12.

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2nd Friday Art Night (December 2022)

Ric and Marlene Gremillion will once again be Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Featured Artists: Laura Raborn (painting) and Ed Pennebaker (blown glass)
Learn more about Laura Raborn and Ed Pennebaker

Featured Author: Brian Kinder, author of the children’s bookBuck and Ollie: A Christmas Time Story.

Featured Music: DJ Holla Daze (non-stop diverse holiday music)

CURRENT EXHIBITIONS

Natural Connections: Paintings by Emily Moll Wood and Laura Brainard Raborn 
Loft Gallery

This exciting collection of paintings by Emily Moll Wood and Laura Brainard Raborn explores a visual dialogue with the natural world and nature’s deep connections to their own family histories.

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Candlelight Flow Yoga

This Candlelight flow yoga class will guide you through a moderately paced, beginner friendly sequence aimed at improving strength and flexibility while decreasing stress and “mind clutter” from the week.

Sessions will be held at Hillcrest Hall at 1501 Kavanaugh Boulevard every Friday at 5:30 p.m. this fall and winter except November 25 and December 23 + 30.

This is a free community class; donations are kindly accepted and will go to the CALS Foundation.

Contact jlombardo@designsforhealth.com to register or for more information.

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Gremlins (1984, PG)

Classic Holiday films for the whole family! To celebrate this most wonderful time of the year, we’re bringing back five classic movies—for just $7 a ticket—about people transformed by the holiday spirit. Gather together with your loved ones to see your annual holiday favorite on the big screen at Ron Robinson Theater, the best place to watch Grinch hearts grow.

Cute. Clever. Mischievous. Intelligent. Dangerous.

SEE: Miniature green monsters tear through the small town of Kingston Falls.

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Honey Ferments for Health: Honey Cranberries

Fermented honey cranberries are rich in anti-oxidants and probiotics. Participants will make and take home their own jar of this healthy seasonal treat. Space is limited and registration is required. Email cedwards@cals.org to register. This class will take place on the fifth floor of Main Library.

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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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Author Talk with Fredrik Backman: Bestselling Author of A Man Called Ove

Join us for an online chat with bestselling author Fredrik Backman as we discuss his outstanding body of work, including his breathtaking new novel, The Winners, the third installment of the Beartown series.

In the beautifully written Beartown—which inspired the HBO series of the same name—a small town obsessed with the local junior hockey team is rocked by a shocking act of violence. As accusations and rumors fly, the town must grapple with its identity as never before.

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Aikido Class

Aikido also known as “The Art of Peace” is a modern Japanese martial art system of throwing, joint-locking, striking, and pinning techniques. The class will be led by Brant Collins. He holds a black belt in Aikido as well as a background in Karate and Judo.

No uniform is required. Please wear comfortable workout attire.

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Tail Waggin’ Tutors

Practice your reading skills with adorable trained therapy dogs.

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Painting with Natalee

“Choose You Own Winter Adventure” We’ll be painting a winter landscape with a twist… Everyone will have a different size canvas! Registration required by emailing ejohnson@cals.org. Ages 18+

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Stitch Makers – Knit & Crochet

Knit and crochet for beginners or experts. Yarn and hook will be provided or you can bring your own projects to work on.

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Knitting Class

Learn how to knit and enjoy warm drinks as we cozy up for the winter season! All supplies will be provided!

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Finding Family Facts (December 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.

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Cooking Up History: Holiday Edition

Learn about the origins of many of Arkansas’s holiday traditions and cook a historic holiday recipe from the CALS Butler Center’s collection.

Danielle Afsordeh, Community Outreach Archivist at the CALS Roberts Library/Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, and Justin Vess, Kitchen and Adult Programmer at Dee Brown Library, will conduct this program at the Dee Brown Library programming kitchen.

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Using CALS Streaming Services

Did you know that you can stream music and movies with your library card? Learn more about using the streaming services available to you, including our newest addition – Kanopy!

 

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Learn with Us

Presented in conjunction with UAMS AGEC, gain helpful information regarding healthy living in the aging community. In person and via Zoom. Check Dee Brown’s Facebook page for Zoom link. -> https://www.facebook.com/cals.deebrown

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Holiday Open House

Milam Library has a warm holiday welcome ready for you and your family! Chat with Santa (his flight from the North Pole has him arriving at 5 pm), decorate a gingerbread house, indulge in some holiday refreshments, and take home a Grab-n-Go Holiday craft.

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Kids Bee Club

Learn about honeybees and beekeeping, using the library bees as our laboratory. 

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Adult Art Night

A beginner’s resin class. Make a mold with mica powder, glitter, and foil flakes. Registration required. Ages 18+, no exceptions.

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BingoFlix! Santa Claus vs. The Devil (1959, G)

Continuing the Holiday fun with another game of BingoFlix! Play bingo along to the cheesy movie cliches in Santa Claus vs. The Devil for your chance to win prizes!

SEE: All the Weird and Wonderful Characters of Make-Believe! The Fantastic Crystal Work-Room of the Happy Elves! The Fabulous Realm of the Candy-Stick Palaces!

Santa Claus, high above the North Pole in his cloud-borne castle equipped with more surveillance devices than the Impossible Mission Force,

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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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Virtual Storytime

Join Ms. Linda for stories and baby ASL.

Video will be posted on the CALS Kids YouTube channel.

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Covered With Night: A Story of Murder and Indigenous Justice in Early America – Author Talk with Nicole Eustace

You’re invited to explore early-American history during an online afternoon conversation with Pulitzer Prize winning historian Nicole Eustace as she discusses her 2022 award winning book Covered With Night: A Story of Murder and Indigenous Justice in Early America.
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Holiday Cookie Decorating

Have fun with frosting, sprinkles, and more as you decorate yummy cookies.  Ages 12-18.

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Family Movie Night

Join us in the meeting room for Rise of the Guardians (PG)! 

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Christmas Book and Cook

A Christmas themed Book and Cook. Come enjoy the story and then let’s make some holiday treats! **Limited to 10 participants**

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Hot Chocolate Stirrers

Jazz up your hot chocolate with these delicious candy spoons.

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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.
  • November – Kindred by Octavia Butler
  • December – Enemies: A Love Story by Isaac Bashevis Singer
  • January 2023 – The Light in the Ruins by Chris Bohjalian

This is a virtual & in-person program. Please contact the Nixon Library if you would like to attend our Zoom or in-person meeting. (501)457-5038

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Teen Cafe

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Personal Archiving and Prepping to Digitize Your Personal Papers, Photos, and Other Stuff (December 15)

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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Queer Creative Workshop: DIY Screen Printing

Join Teens 4 InQlusion and make your own screen printed creations. Ages 12-19.

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Gnome Ornaments

Make your own gnome ornaments at this family friendly crafting event.

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Adult’s Craft Night

Join Anne in the Maumelle Library meeting room for a holiday themed canvas paint-along. Registration is required.

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Die Hard (1988, R)

Classic Holiday films for the whole family! To celebrate this most wonderful time of the year, we’re bringing back five classic movies—for just $7 a ticket—about people transformed by the holiday spirit. Gather together with your loved ones to see your annual holiday favorite on the big screen at Ron Robinson Theater, the best place to watch Grinch hearts grow.

It’s Christmas Eve In L.A. And The Party Action’s About To Explode… On The Fortieth Floor!

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Teen Poetry Workshop

With inspiration from Oliver Jeffers’s A Child of Books, write your own found poem!

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How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000, PG)

Classic Holiday films for the whole family! To celebrate this most wonderful time of the year, we’re bringing back five classic movies—for just $7 a ticket—about people transformed by the holiday spirit. Gather together with your loved ones to see your annual holiday favorite on the big screen at Ron Robinson Theater, the best place to watch Grinch hearts grow.

Inside a snowflake, like the one on your sleeve, there happened a story you must see to believe.
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Tai Chi at Main

Come to Tai Chi at Main on the first and third Saturday from 10-11 AM with certified Tai Chi instructor, Taylor Novay. No special equipment is needed for this class and free 2-hour parking validation will be provided. We hope you'll choose to join us!
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Grinch Pancakes

Get in the holiday spirit with some Grinch-y pancakes!

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Winter Fun with Santa

Come hang out with Santa and make your own snowless snowman.

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STEM Challenge: Christmas Tree Cups

Develop and test your creative thinking skills with this STEM activity. Can you solve the challenge?

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My Neighbor Totoro Movie

Kick back and enjoy the show with us as we watch “My Neighbor Totoro”.

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Teen Stuff

Every other Saturday we create something awesome!

December 3- we’re crafting candles

December 17- we’re making 3-D stars

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Movie: Elf

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12/17 Interactive Screening! The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975, R)

Come give yourself over to absolute pleasure for another unforgettable interactive screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show!

Let there be light. Let there be laughter. Let there be legs. Let there be lips!

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,

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Winter Luminaries

Build and decorate a battery operated mini luminary.

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Teens 4 InQlusion @ Nixon: Craft & KiKi

Make a bracelet and pride flag inspired art!

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It’s a Wonderful Life (1946, PG)

Classic Holiday films for the whole family! To celebrate this most wonderful time of the year, we’re bringing back five classic movies—for just $7 a ticket—about people transformed by the holiday spirit. Gather together with your loved ones to see your annual holiday favorite on the big screen at Ron Robinson Theater, the best place to watch Grinch hearts grow.

Wonderful! Wonderful! Wonderful! How could it be anything else?

SEE: George Bailey has spent his entire life giving of himself to the people of Bedford Falls.

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Pancakes and Pajamas

Get comfy at the library! Don your pajamas and join us for pancakes immediately after Storytime.

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Winter Solstice Party

Help us celebrate the shortest day of the year! Not really sure what a solstice is? Come find out! We will have light snacks, hot cocoa, crafts, and fun!

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Hanukkah Book and Cook

Come celebrate with us! We’ll read a Hanukkah story and then make a Hanukkah treat. **Limited to 10 participants**

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mömandpöp Holiday Snöwball concert

Please join us for the mömandpöp Holiday Snöwball concert live at Terry Library on Thursday, December 22 at 2:30pm. Lots of fun songs for kids and plenty of crowd engagement. This is a must see!!

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InQlusive Reading Lounge

Read our book of the month or bring your own while we read alone, together. December’s featured title is Icebreaker. Limited number of free copies available. Snacks provided and open to all teens ages 12-19.

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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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Arcade

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Thank You Card Crafts

Spend the afternoon making cards that reflect how much we appreciate what others have given us. 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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Short Form: a virtual short story discussion group

Join us to discuss two short stories every month on Zoom. 
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Kwanzaa Drum Circle

Join us and our special guest Mr. Stephin Booth in a drumming circle. Mr. Booth will also talk about Kuumba (Creativity) principle of Kwanzaa.

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Kwanzaa Storytime and Craft

A Kwanzaa-themed storytime and craft for all ages.

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Minute to Win It!

Bring your friends and family to this series of fast-paced games. Sounds easy, but they may be harder than they seem.
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Jet’s Gaymer Review

Looking for video games with LGBTQ+ representation? Hang out on Discord for a live Let’s Play. This program is rated T for teens, ages 13-19. Email Jet at jbutler@cals.org to join T4i server.

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New Year’s Eve Party

We can’t be together when the ball drops at midnight but that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate. Let’s say goodbye to the old and ring in the new with crafts, games, and even a countdown. Ages 5-12.

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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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Toddler Gym

Jump in ball pits and tumble around the room for an extended playtime!

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Black Homesteaders of the South

CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies Presents LEGACIES & LUNCH

Speaker: Bernice Alexander Bennett, with Lyle Gibson, Jessica Trotter, and Angela Walton-Raji

Author of Black Homesteaders of the South Bernice Alexander Bennett will provide an overview of the Homestead Act of 1862, the application process it took to acquire up to 160 acres of public land, and what is available to researchers in land entry case files. She will be joined by scholars and researchers Lyle Gibson,

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Coffee and Conversation

Join us for a cup of coffee and a conversation about how we can better understand and empower the unsheltered population. Refreshments will be served.

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Tween Time

Hang out after school and play video games.

Kids under 11 must have someone 16+ with them.

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D&D 18+

Dungeons and Dragons is a tabletop role-playing game using pen, paper, dice, and your imagination. The game is open to anyone 18 or older. Registration is required by emailing Emery at ejohnson@cals.org.

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Finding Family Facts (January 9)

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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Storytime

Music, stories, and playtime for toddlers and preschoolers!

 

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Family Movie Night

Watch a family-friendly movie in the meeting room!

1/11 – Lilo & Stitch

1/25 – The Emperor’s New Groove

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CANCELED! Maggie Haberman and Confidence Man: The Making of Donald Trump and the Breaking of America

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Haberman is canceling all of her spring commitments. There is a possibility that this event will be offered in a virtual format at a later date.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact Mark Christ, Head of Adult Programming, at mchrist@cals.org.

Maggie Haberman is a journalist who joined The New York Times in 2015 and was part of a team that won a Pulitzer Prize in 2018 for reporting on the investigations into Donald Trump’s,

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The Gilded Ones Series: Author Talk with Namina Forna

Join us for an action-packed online conversation with New York Times bestselling author of The Gilded Ones Series in a discussion about her second installment in the series, The Merciless Ones.

In Forna’s first New York Times Bestselling book, The Gilded Ones, readers are introduced to sixteen-year-old Deka, who lives in fear and anticipation of the blood ceremony that will determine whether she will become a member of her village.

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2nd Friday Art Night (January 2023)

Featured Artists: Anncha Briggs (felted jewelry)
Learn more about Anncha Briggs.

Featured Author: Michael Hibblen, author of Rock Island Railroad

Featured Music: Gavin Le’nard (jazz, pop, and soul guitar and vocals)

OPENING EXHIBITION

AnarchoAnachro by Sternodox Keckhaver
Landing Gallery

CURRENT EXHIBITIONS

Natural Connections: Paintings by Emily Moll Wood and Laura Brainard Raborn 
Loft Gallery

This exciting collection of paintings by Emily Moll Wood and Laura Brainard Raborn explores a visual dialogue with the natural world and nature’s deep connections to their own family histories.

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Decluttering to Start Your New Year: Author Talk with Dana K. White

You’re invited to start your new year calm and collected by learning to become better organized and clutter-free with Dana K. White, creator of popular podcast and blog, A Slob Comes Clean, as she imparts tips from her books Organizing for the Rest of Us and Decluttering at the Speed of Life.

While the world seems to be in love with the idea of tiny houses and minimalism, many of us simply can’t purge it all and start from nothing.

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Virtual Storytime

Baby ASL and stories.

Posted on the CALS Kids YouTube Channel.

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Personal Archiving and Prepping to Digitize Your Personal Papers, Photos, and Other Stuff (January 19)

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.

Register for Personal Archiving

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NIFI Serie de Diálogos – Tierra de abundancia: ¿Cómo debemos asegurarnos de que las personas tengan los alimentos que necesitan?

Si bien tenemos uno de los sistemas alimentarios más productivos y eficientes del mundo, millones de personas en los EE. UU. aún se encuentran entre las grietas. Las personas que pueden tener suficiente para comer hoy se preocupan por la disponibilidad y la calidad de los alimentos para las generaciones futuras.

Esta reunión explorará la escasez de alimentos utilizando una guía de discusión del Foro de Asuntos Nacionales y la orientación de facilitadores capacitados. Durante la sesión de 2 horas,

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NIFI Dialogue Series – Land of Plenty: How Should We Ensure that People Have the Food They Need?

While we have one of the world’s most productive and efficient food systems, millions of people in the U.S. still fall between the cracks. People who may have enough to eat today worry about the availability and quality of food for future generations.

This meeting will explore food scarcity using a National Issues Forum discussion guide and guidance from trained facilitators. During the 2-hour session, you will explore questions like the following in a structured way with other members of the public:

  • Is the best way to improve access to nutritious food through efforts like strengthening our school nutrition programs and food assistance for low-income families,
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Teen Café

Hang out in a chill environment to work on homework or play video games.

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NIFI Dialogue Series – Land of Plenty: How Should We Ensure that People Have the Food They Need?

While we have one of the world’s most productive and efficient food systems, millions of people in the U.S. still fall between the cracks. People who may have enough to eat today worry about the availability and quality of food for future generations.

This meeting will explore food scarcity using a National Issues Forum discussion guide and guidance from trained facilitators. During the 2-hour session, you will explore questions like the following in a structured way with other members of the public:

  • Is the best way to improve access to nutritious food through efforts like strengthening our school nutrition programs and food assistance for low-income families,
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Teens 4 InQlusion @ Nixon

Hang out and work on crafts in a safe space for LGBTQIA+ teens.

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xkcd Webcomic and What if? Series Creator : Author Talk with Randall Munroe

Please join for what is sure to be the most fun-filled hour of the day as we chat online with Randall Munroe about his new book What If? 2: Additional Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions.

The millions of people around the world who read and loved What If? still have questions, and those questions are getting stranger. Thank goodness xkcd creator Randall Munroe is here to help. Planning to ride a fire pole from the moon back to Earth?

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Finding Family Facts (February 13)

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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Personal Archiving and Prepping to Digitize Your Personal Papers, Photos, and Other Stuff (February 16)

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.

Register for Personal Archiving

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NIFI Serie de Diálogos – Libertad de Expresión y Campus Inclusivo

Las conversaciones sobre la libertad de expresión en el campus a menudo se enmarcan en oposición a la diversidad y la inclusión y han generado controversias, protestas e incluso violencia. En 2017, una encuesta muy citada de más de 3000 estudiantes universitarios realizada por Gallup y la Fundación John S. y James L. Knight presentó la diversidad y la inclusión como algo opuesto a la libertad de expresión. La encuesta preguntó a los estudiantes sobre qué tema creían que era más importante;

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NIFI Dialogue Series – Free Speech & The Inclusive Campus

Conversations about free speech on campus are often framed in opposition to diversity and inclusion and have spawned controversies, protests, and even violence. In 2017, a much-cited survey of more than 3,000 college students conducted by Gallup and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation presented diversity and inclusion as directly opposite free speech. The survey asked students which issue they felt was more important; 53% chose inclusion, and 46% chose free speech. In today’s contentious and divided political environment,

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NIFI Dialogue Series – Free Speech & The Inclusive Campus

Conversations about free speech on campus are often framed in opposition to diversity and inclusion and have spawned controversies, protests, and even violence. In 2017, a much-cited survey of more than 3,000 college students conducted by Gallup and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation presented diversity and inclusion as directly opposite free speech. The survey asked students which issue they felt was more important; 53% chose inclusion, and 46% chose free speech. In today’s contentious and divided political environment,

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NIFI Serie de Diálogos – ¿Cómo debemos prevenir tiroteos masivos en nuestras comunidades?

Los trágicos ataques en Uvalde, Texas; Dayton, Ohio; Parkland, Florida; y otros lugares han generado preocupación entre muchas personas en todo el país. Tales tiroteos se han vuelto más frecuentes y mortales en la última década. Cada asesinato en masa tiene efectos devastadores en toda una comunidad.

En general, Estados Unidos se ha vuelto más seguro en los últimos años. Sin embargo, los tiradores masivos atacan a personas inocentes sin razón, a menudo en lugares donde las personas deberían sentirse seguras: cines,

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NIFI Dialogue Series – How Should We Prevent Mass Shootings in Our Communities?

The tragic attacks in Uvalde, Texas; Dayton, Ohio; Parkland, Florida; and other places have raised concerns among many people across the nation. Such shootings have become more frequent and more deadly in the last decade. Each mass murder has devastating effects on a whole community.

Overall, the United States has become safer in recent years. Yet mass shooters target innocent people without reason, often in places where people should feel safe—movie theaters, shopping centers, and schools. Many believe these attacks are nothing short of terrorism.

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CALS Arkansas Sounds presents: Luenell

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the two Luenell performances originally scheduled for 7:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 10, 2022, at the CALS Ron Robinson Theater have now been postponed to Saturday, June 10, 2023.

All previously purchased tickets will be honored for the two new performances at 7:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 10, 2023, or they can be fully refunded. For more information or refunds, please contact John Miller at 501-320-5728 or jmiller@cals.org.

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NIFI Dialogue Series – How Should We Prevent Mass Shootings in Our Communities?

The tragic attacks in Uvalde, Texas; Dayton, Ohio; Parkland, Florida; and other places have raised concerns among many people across the nation. Such shootings have become more frequent and more deadly in the last decade. Each mass murder has devastating effects on a whole community.

Overall, the United States has become safer in recent years. Yet mass shooters target innocent people without reason, often in places where people should feel safe—movie theaters, shopping centers, and schools. Many believe these attacks are nothing short of terrorism.

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