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Acts of Kindness Grab-n-Go

Send some kindness into our community this winter by filling up a care bag.

You can give your care package away, or return it to Main Library to be given to a local shelter.

Bags can be picked up and returned on the 2nd floor of Main Library at either service desk. Available today through February 28, 2023 or while supplies last.

Contact Bekah Smith with any questions: rasmith@cals.org | 501.

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AnarchoAnachro

On View ~ January 13, 2023–April 1, 2023, regular Gallery hours
Landing Gallery, Galleries & Bookstore at Library Square, CALS Roberts Library

Spam enthusiast, U.S. Air Force veteran, and photo-collage artist the Right Reverend Sternodox wages holy war on inter-dimensional reptiles, killer klowns, and the soul-sucking blandness of daily life. His fascinating collages are a reflection of what happens if you stay up too late, drink only air, and consume highly charged free radicals. Masquerading during the day as mild-mannered media editor Michael Keckhaver for the CALS Encyclopedia of Arkansas,

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Grab N’ Go Activity Bags

Grab a craft bag or work sheet for preschool and school age kids!

Available during operational hours.

At the front desk or through curbside service.

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Beginner Mobile Devices: Android

Learn how to make your smartphone or tablet actually do what you want it to do! This class also includes plenty of question-and-answer time. Hybrid session—attend at the library or online!
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Lawyers In The Library: Housing Issues

Central Arkansas Library System and the Center for Arkansas Legal Services have once again teamed up to bring you Lawyers in the Library! Come listen to legal presentations and an opportunity to ask a lawyer your civil legal question.

Monday, February 6, at the McMath Library, lawyers from the Center for Arkansas Legal Services will make a presentation about all things housing. We will be discussing landlord tenant issues, HUD vouchers, and beneficiary deeds. After the presentation will be a short Q&A where we will answer your questions.

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Lapsit Storytime | 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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Preschool Storytime

Preschool Storytime on Mondays and Tuesdays at 10:30. Enjoy stories, songs, and more with Ms. Sara! Best for ages 3-5.

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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!

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STEAM & Stuff

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

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Stephin Booth Drumming Series

Promoting unity, teamwork, self-confidence, and patience through teaching about various drums in Afro-Caribbean culture.

Series dates and times:

Monday, Feb. 6 @ 4:00 p.m.

Monday, March 6 @ 4:00 p.m.

Monday, April 3 @4:00 p.m.

Monday, May 1 @ 4:00 p.m.

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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

Come build it up at the library!

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Tail Waggin’ Tutors

Practice your reading with a certified therapy dog. For Kindergarten- 12th graders.

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English Class

English as a second language course.

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Highlighting Little Rock’s Historically Black Communities (Dee Brown Branch)

Community outreach archivist Danielle Afsordeh will give an overview of Little Rock’s historically Black communities and their enduring significance, while highlighting related materials from the CALS Encyclopedia of Arkansas and the collections of the CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies. 

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Vinyasa Yoga

Join us as we learn some basic yoga with Brittany Green. Registration required– space is limited.

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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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Sensory Hour

Bring your toddlers and preschoolers for some messy play (without the clean-up for you)!

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Getting to Know the CALS Catalog and App

New to the library or just need some help understanding the CALS catalog or app? Learn how to navigate our catalog, access your online account and find the books you’re looking for. Join virtually on Zoom!

Attend the virtual session >

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Preschool Storytime

Tuesday at 10:30 am

We aim to have fun; read a story or two, and sing silly songs.

We also get help from our Tail Waggin’ Tutors:

Scruffy or Paisley!

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Milam Preschool Storytime

Storytime for children 3 to 5 years old.  Join Ms. Trinity for stories, poems, fingerplays and crafts.

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Toddler Time

Enjoy listening to stories and singing songs.

Ages 0-3.

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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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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

Ever wonder how people find the time to write? If you’re having trouble making space for writing in your busy life, join us–virtually–on your lunch hour from wherever you are.

Bring your own work-in-progress or use the prompts provided. Come and go; eat if you like. Everyone is welcome; no writing experience is required. Contact dmoore@cals.org.

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Milam Homies @ the Library

Library activity time for homeschooled children. Join Ms. Trinity for a stories, crafts and more.

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Home School Enrichment–Creative Kids (Ages 6-11)

Enrichment opportunity for homeschooled kids focusing on arts and crafts.

Weekly 1-hour program with creative activities.

Tuesdays | 2:30 PM

Registration Recommended.

To register, call the Thompson Library at 501-821-3060 or visit Thompson and speak with a staff member at the circulation desk.

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Homeschool Enrichment–STEAM Teens (Ages 12-17)

Enrichment opportunity for homeschooled teens focusing on science, technology, engineering, art, and math.

Tuesdays | 2:30 PM

Weekly 1-hour program with activities, experiments, or design challenges with monthly themes.

Registration Recommended| To register: speak to the circulation desk at Thompson library or call 501-821-3060

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Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am

Late author Toni Morrison talks about life and writing in this documentary exploring the ways her work reflects themes of race and American history.

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Table-Top Tuesdays

Is there a game that you have been wanting to try? Chances are that we have it! Join us weekly on the 5th floor at the Main library on Tuesdays from 3pm to 5pm and play a variety of games from our collection. This includes board, card, table-top, and role-playing games.

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Crafty Corner

Join us every Tuesday for a different, fun, and relaxing craft. 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.

Ages 5-11

 

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Afro Caribbean Drumming Workshop

Kids and teens are invited to play Afro-Carribean beats with drum master Stephin Booth.  Registration is required for this 4 week workshop.

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Tail Waggin’ Tutors

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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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Teen Time

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

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2/7 An American in Paris (1951)

An American in Paris is a romantic musical film from 1951 starring Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron. It‘s a classic story of an American expatriate who finds love and friendship in Paris.

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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

Come join us at CLLC for a storytime adventure! Geared towards 0-5, but all ages welcome!

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Storytime: Ages 2-3

Join Ms. Heidi for a story and a craft or activity designed for two- to three-year-olds.

Wednesdays at 10:00 AM

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CALS Writing Circle: Memoir Writing for Seniors @Maumelle 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 or aweaver@cals.org.

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Milam Crafty Creations

Join Ms. Denise for a new craft project each week.  Each Wednesday morning from 10:00 am until noon.  For adults only. Check our  calendar for items planned for each week.

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Baby/Toddler Storytime

Baby/Toddler Storytime on Wednesdays at 10:30am. Enjoy stories, songs, and activities with Ms. Sara! Best for ages 0-2.

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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

Music, stories, and play time!

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Storytime

Enjoy a fun filled morning of books, music, and fingerplays.

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Storytime | Ages 4-5

Join Ms. Heidi for a story and a craft or activity designed for four- to five-year-olds.

Every Wednesday at 11:00 AM

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Build your Website with WordPress

WordPress is open-source software you can use to create a beautiful website, blog, or app.  Create and manage your own website using WordPress.com and the WordPress content management system.
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In Our Own Words: Black Voices from the Archives

CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies Presents LEGACIES & LUNCH

Speaker: Courtney Bradford

Courtney Bradford, curator of the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, will use artifacts from the museum’s collection to speak on the significance of African American narratives in Arkansas history.

Courtney Bradford is from Little Rock, Arkansas. She holds an MA in Public History from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and a BA in Anthropology, African and African American Studies from the University of Arkansas.

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Hanging With The Homies

If you’re homeschooled and feel like getting to know others in the community, this program is for you! We meet on Wednesday at 1:00 pm and lean into S.T.E.A.M. fun.

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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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Black Out Art Workshop

Join local artist Drien Thompson (they/them) for our Black Out art workshops! Engage with poetry, Black history, and art through a variety of creative practices, activities, and mediums. Teens, ages 12 -19, are welcome to attend.

February 1: Poetry

February 8: Collaging Black History

February 15: Illustrating Black Poetry

February 22: DIY Bookmarks

 

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Build-O-Rama

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

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Harlem Renaissance Break Out Room

Teens: can you solve the puzzles and escape the library?

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Book and Cook

Join us for this Black History Month themed Book and Cook! We’ll read a book and then make a snack.  *Limited to 10 participants*

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Family Movie Night

Enjoy a family-friendly movie in the meeting room!

This month we’re looking at originals of recently remade movies.

Wednesday, Feb. 8: Space Jam (1996)

Wednesday, Feb. 22: Mulan (1998)

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Afterschool Series: Afro-Caribbean Drumming with Stephin Booth

Percussionist Stephin Booth leads this special 4-week workshop about the drums and rhythms that traveled from Africa to the West Indies and the Americas during the forced migrations of the Transatlantic slave trade. Part of our Black History Month Programming. Wednesdays in February 4:30-5:30PM
Dates: Feb. 1, Feb. 8, Feb 15, Feb. 22 No Experience Needed
For Ages: 7-15
Cost: Free
Registration Required To register, call Thompson Library at 501-821-3060 or visit the public service desk
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Grab & Go Thursday

We have weekly fun projects for you to take and make each Thursday. Swing by and grab one! This month we’re learning about Black History.

Supplies limited.

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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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Create a Living Calendar

Create a customizable calendar you can use to connect with family, colleagues, students, and others. Learn to add links, images, and styles, and to see when changes have been made. 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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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.
  • January – Maus by Art Spiegelman
  • February – The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel Van Der Kolk

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

Please contact the Nixon Library if you would like to attend. (501)457-5038

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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.

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Thompson Teen Programs

Fun, creative projects for teens.  Every Thursday at 4:00 PM |  Always Free.  No Registration Required.

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House of InQlusion

And the category is…Black LGBTQ+ history.  Learn about the origins of ballroom and vogue. Be ready to strike a pose! This ball is OTA…open to all teens, ages 12-19.
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Black Voices Book Club

Each week we’ll explore juvenile fiction written by a Black author. No need to read ahead! This program is best suited for ages 8-15, though any age child or teen is welcome to attend. Email jford@cals.org for the Zoom link.
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Tinker Thursday

We are full S.T.E.A.M. ahead at the library with differing activities that tackle all sorts of topics!

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Kids Program: Making Valentine Cards

Join us to make festive Valentine cards for people you care about! For K-6th graders.

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Back in a Spell – Author Talk with Lana Harper

Join us for a magical evening with New York Times bestselling author Lana Harper as she discusses the enchanting third installment of her immensely popular The Witches of Thistle Grove series, Back in a Spell.
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Early Literacy Parent Workshop

Registration Required! *This workshop is not intended for children. There will be a program in a separate room for children to participate in during the Early Literacy Parent Workshop.*

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Crucial Conversations: Race in America Book Club

BookSouth to America by Imani Perry

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WHAT?

This six-month book club will explore issues around the history of race relations and our collective memory of the South in partnership with the Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site.

WHEN?

Each session, on the second Thursday of the month, will include a brief presentation by a local scholar followed by a discussion of the book.

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Pizza Day Celebration

While the parents are busy learning, we are celebrating what makes a wonderful dinner: pizza! Pizza included with this special sensory/craft hour. ***Registration Required***

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Maumelle Library Book Club

Join Anne for a spirited discussion of The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens.

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2/9 Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999, PG-13)

Tired of being outshone by Dr. Evil, International Man of Mystery Austin Powers is back and ready for action in Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me!

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Friendship Friday

February isn’t just for romance. Celebrate the love of friendships each Friday with Ashley. 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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Candy Grams

Create a candy-gram to give on Valentine’s Day.
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Tween Time

Hang out and play video games in the meeting room!

For ages 9-18 years

Kids under 11 must have someone 16+ with them.

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2nd Friday Art Night (February 2023)

Featured artist: Soyoon Ahn, a potter from Russellville. More about her here: https://cals.org/galleries/soyoon-ahn/

Featured Author: Janis F. Kearney, who will have several of her books for sale, including her most recent book, Only on Sundays: Mahalia Jackson’s Long Journey. More about Kearney here: https://www.janisfkearney.com/

Featured Music: Kami Renee (R&B and pop keyboards and bass)

OPENING EXHIBITION

Sulac and SLUGKNIVES: Super Crush
Loft Gallery,

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Candlelight Flow Yoga: CANCELED

Friday, February 3 class is canceled. See you next week!

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;

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2/10 The Bodyguard (1992, R)

The Bodyguard is a classic romantic thriller that will make you laugh, cry, and jump out of your seat! Starring Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston,

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2/11 My Bloody Valentine in 3-D (2009, R)

Are you ready for a night of chills and thrills? Enjoy a Valentines Day treat at Ron Robinson Theater with the 2009 horror flick, My Bloody Valentine in 3-D

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Sulac and SLUGKNIVES: Super Crush

Friday, February 10, to Saturday, May 27
Loft Gallery, CALS Galleries & Bookstore at Library Square, Roberts Library

Regular Galleries Hours

Unveiling new artworks by local artists Sulac and SLUGKNIVES, this exhibition presents a split-screen reality check featuring works that prowl the edges of the art world like candy-colored heartworms. This is the perfect event to celebrate with your best Valentine friend or nemesis.

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Black Family Expo

Visit the Central Arkansas Library System’s Black History Expo at Pankey Community Center from 11AM to 2PM on Saturday, February 11, 2023, to learn about families with strong ties to Central Arkansas’s Black history, explore the CALS resources available to preserve your own family’s history, and sign up for a library card. Black History Month giveaways will be happening all day, so please stop by and celebrate our community’s Black History with CALS’ outreach team!

To reserve a table to display your family memorabilia,

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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 Time

Every other Saturday at 1:00 pm, ages 12+ up meet to craft something unique. All materials provided. Bring a friend!

 

Feb 11 – Origami Art Install

Feb 25 – Marbled Art Cards

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Let’s Celebrate Black Inventors!

Let’s celebrate Black scientists and inventors this month by learning about their accomplishments! This event will feature interactive activities featuring notable Black contributors in STEM. Learn about the inventors of the refrigerator truck, GPS technology, and the stop light!

For ages 6-12

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This Is Not a Box Storytime and Activity

Let your imagination run wild with this creative storytime!

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Karaoke/Poetry Open Mic

It is almost Valentine’s Day, and that means we got a lot of feelings. Time to get them out via poetry or song!

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Beginner Mobile Devices: Apple

Learn how to make your smartphone or tablet actually do what you want it to do! This class also includes plenty of question-and-answer time. Hybrid session—attend at the library or online!
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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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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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Crafting History: Canning and Arkansas Rural Black Women’s Activism

Come learn about the activism of rural Black women in Arkansas that centered around Home Demonstration Clubs in the early twentieth century. Community Outreach Archivist Danielle Afsordeh will give the historical overview, and Adult Programmer Fabio Delgado will give an introduction to water bath canning.   

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Getting Started with Libby

Our ebook and audiobook collection is a convenient way to discover and borrow titles anytime from anywhere. Whether you have already accessed our library’s digital collection through the OverDrive app or would like to get started borrowing ebooks and audiobooks for the first time, come learn how to use the Libby app virtually on Zoom!
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Romantic Blackout Poetry

Join us as we use damaged romance novels to create cards with blackout poetry on them.

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Bee My Valentine

A special Valentine’s Day themed Bee Club!

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Valentine’s Day Dance Party

Join us for a Valentine’s Day celebration. Kids of all ages are invited to join.

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Anti-Valentine’s Day Party

Activities include decorating rude conversation heart cookies, blackout anti-love poetry from recycled paperback books, and other loveless art with miscellaneous art supplies. For 7th-12th graders.

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Board Game Night

Come play board games in the YA section!

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2/14 The Philadelphia Story (1940, NR)

Come and join us at the Ron Robinson Theater on February 14th, 2023 to experience, The Philadelphia Story. This romantic comedy stars Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn,

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CALS Writing Circle: Memoir Writing for Seniors

The February 8 meeting of this program has been cancelled. Please join us for the following two weeks beginning on February 15

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

Stories and Baby ASL

Video is posted on the CALS Kids YouTube channel.

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Sensory Time

Hands on learning through water tables and sand boxes.

 

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Highlighting Little Rock’s Historically Black Communities (Fletcher Branch)

Community outreach archivist Danielle Afsordeh will give an overview of Little Rock’s historically Black communities and their enduring significance, while highlighting related materials from the CALS Encyclopedia of Arkansas and the collections of the CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies. 

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Microsoft Word Part 2: Styles, Mailings, and More

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

In partnership with the U of A Department of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service. Participants will learn about nutritious foods and get a hands-on experience. Registration required– space is limited.

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Tastes Like War – Author Talk with Grace M. Cho

You’re invited to an insightful chat with award-winning author Grace M. Cho as she discusses her memoir, Tastes Like War:
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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.

2023:

  • January – The Light in the Ruins by Chris Bohjalian
  • February – The Amateur Marriage by Anne Tyler
  • March – The Book of Bright Ideas by Sandra Kring
  • April – Lucky Boy by Shanthi Sekaran
  • May – Boston Girl by Anita Diamant
  • June – Camp Nine by Vivienne Schiffer

This is a virtual &

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Who is Dr. MLK Jr.? (Minecraft: Education Edition)

Hybrid session—attend at the library or online!  Each attendee will receive this lesson plan including videos, activities and reflections to take back to your students.  Educator attendees are eligible for 2 hours PD credit.
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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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InQlusive Reading Lounge

Read our book of the month or bring your own while we read alone, together. February’s featured title is Let’s Talk about Love by Claire Kann-limited number of free copies available. Snacks provided and open to all teens ages 12-19
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Tinker Thursday: Jazz Day

A special Tinker Thursday with jazz, art, and a story!

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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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Kids Program: Lego Club

Let your imagination fly as you build with Terry’s Lego collection. What will you build? For K-6th graders.

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Adult Craft Night

Join Anne in the Maumelle Library meeting room to make alcohol-ink tile coasters. Registration is required.

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Six Bridges presents: Tom Rob Smith, Cold People

Join us on Thursday, February 16, for an exciting virtual event with Tom Rob Smith, as he discusses his new book Cold People. Tom Rob Smith is the author of the acclaimed Child 44 trilogy. Child 44 itself was a global publishing sensation, selling over two million copies.
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2/16 Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002, PG-13)

Get ready to experience the hilarity of Austin Powers in Goldmember! This sidesplitting comedy is a film that you won‘t want to miss!

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The Labyrinth (Minecraft: Education Edition)

Check out how to manage a class while gamifying your instruction using Minecraft: Education Edition to build a labyrinth. Hybrid session—attend at the library or online! Each attendee will receive this lesson plan including videos, activities and reflections to take back to your students. Educator attendees are eligible for 2 hours PD credit.
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STEM Challenge: Rockets!

Learn about Katherine Johnson, who worked for NASA, then make and launch your own indoor rocket!

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2/17 Purple Rain (1984, R)

Attention all music fans! Grab your friends and get ready to sing your heart out at Ron Robinson Theater on February 17th, 2023! We‘ll be showing the classic 80‘s cult classic Purple Rain,

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Sensory Play Saturday

Enjoy the many benefits of sensory play without the mess at home. We’ll have numerous stations and activities for you to explore at your own pace. Children of all ages are invited to join.
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Sid’s Seed and Plant Swap

Share your love of plants and share your seeds! Seeds, rooted cuttings, fresh cuts, and full plants from both indoor and outdoor plants are welcome. Seeds from the McMath seed library will also be available.

Trades only, no sales.

 

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All-Ages Sushi Party

Join us as we learn how to make all kinds of delicious sushi rolls!

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Black History Month Bingo

Adults, join us as we honor Black History with a themed bingo game. Win prizes!

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Black History Month Open Mic

Come showcase your talent on the mic or join the fun!  Poetry, acting, live music and more!

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Drum Workshop

In honor of Black History Month we are celebrating with Drum Master Stephin Booth! This program is open to all ages & you are invited.

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2/18 Interactive Screening! The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975, R)

It’s an otherworldly sensational dream! It’s cult classic “The Rocky Horror Picture Show“ at the Ron Robinson Theater on Saturday, February 18th, 2023! This special screening will include a preshow featuring wacky games, trivia, and costume contests sure to tantalize and tease.

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

It‘s time to “Time Warp“ back to the 1970s and relive the wild and outrageous adventure of Brad and Janet,

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CALS closed for President’s Day

All branches and buildings of the Central Arkansas Library System will be closed Monday, February 20, in observance of President’s Day.

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

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CALS Tech Tuesday

Having trouble with your devices?  The CALS Information Technology staff will help you on a one on one basic.  Don’t forget to bring your passwords along with your devices.

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Children’s Dental Health Month

Come to our CALS Community Resource booth at the Children’s Library to receive dental care information and items.

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Kente Cloth Weaving Workshop

All ages. Explore the Kente cloth meaning with this mixed media weaving art project!

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Teen Café

Hang out in a chill environment after school.

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2/21 A Streetcar Named Desire (1951, PG)

Come experience Tennessee Williams Pulitzer Prizewinning play, A Streetcar Named Desire, brought to the big screen! On February 21st, 2023, you can experience one of the most iconic films of all time at the Ron Robinson Theater.

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Taxpayer Advocate Problem Solving Day

A representative of the Taxpayer Advocate Service, an independent organization within the Internal Revenue Service that seeks to protect your rights as a taxpayer and help you with tax problems you can’t resolve on your own, will be at the McMath Library from 9AM to 12PM on Wednesday, February 22. They will be there to offer free assistance or advice with your federal tax problems.

The Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) is an independent organization within the IRS. TAS is here to protect your rights as a taxpayer and help you with tax problems you can’t resolve on your own.

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Preschool Process Art

Join us right after Storytime for the perfect craft for your little one!

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Coming to America Book Club

Join us for this cozy, virtual book club centered on the stories and experience of immigration.

To register for this event, click here.

Questions? Contact Bekah Smith at 501.918.3000 or rasmith@cals.org

Check out this month’s book, American Street by Ibi Zoboi

On the corner of American Street and Joy Road, Fabiola Toussaint thought she would finally find une belle vie—a good life.

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Taxpayer Advocate Problem Solving Day

A representative of the Taxpayer Advocate Service, an independent organization within the Internal Revenue Service that seeks to protect your rights as a taxpayer and help you with tax problems you can’t resolve on your own, will be at the Terry Library from 2PM to 5PM on Wednesday, February 22. They will be there to offer free assistance or advice with your federal tax problems.

The Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) is an independent organization within the IRS. TAS is here to protect your rights as a taxpayer and help you with tax problems you can’t resolve on your own.

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Taxpayer Advocate Problem Solving Day

A representative of the Taxpayer Advocate Service, an independent organization within the Internal Revenue Service that seeks to protect your rights as a taxpayer and help you with tax problems you can’t resolve on your own, will be at the East Room of Main Library from 9AM to 12PM on Thursday, February 23. They will be there to offer free assistance or advice with your federal tax problems.

The Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) is an independent organization within the IRS.

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Let’s Use Our Senses!: Sensory Hour at Fletcher

Join us every fourth Thursday at Fletcher for a fun Sensory Hour!

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Milam Adult Book Chat

Join Ms. Tonia on the fourth2023-12-2023-12 Thursday for our Adult Book Chat.  Check our calendar for the upcoming book for the month.

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Easy Design with Canva

Hybrid session—attend at the library or online! You don't have to be a designer to use Canva; a powerful, free, web-based tool to create promotional materials for your event or organization. Educator attendees are eligible for 2 hours PD credit.
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Taxpayer Advocate Problem Solving Day

A representative of the Taxpayer Advocate Service, an independent organization within the Internal Revenue Service that seeks to protect your rights as a taxpayer and help you with tax problems you can’t resolve on your own, will be at the Dee Brown Library from 2PM to 5PM. on Thursday, February 23. They will be there to offer free assistance or advice with your federal tax problems.

The Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) is an independent organization within the IRS.

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Aromantic Awareness Week Pal-entine’s Party

Celebrate platonic love and learn about arospec identities while we celebrate Aromantic Awareness Week with crafts, snacks, and fun.. Teens of a sexualities and genders are welcome.
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Kids Program: Black History Month Craft

Join us for a Black History Month craft where we will learn to paint in the style of Alma Thomas, the first Black female artist to have a solo exhibit at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. For K-6th graders.

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Bake Me Something Good to Eat

Let’s learn to make bread together! Ages 5-12

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2/24 BingoFlix! Howard the Duck (1986, PG)

A duck beamed to planet Earth from DuckWorld? As if! It’s Howard the Duck on Friday, February 24th 2023 at 7PM.

A sarcastic humanoid duck is pulled from his homeworld to Earth where he must stop an alien invasion with the help of a nerdy scientist and a struggling female rock singer.

BingoFlix! is the perfect combination of movies and bingo! Come to the Ron Robinson Theater and watch a movie with a twist! As the film plays,

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Black History Month Family Celebration

Black History Month Family Celebration 10 am-2:30 pm

10:00-12:00 Jason Irby Presents Arkansas Heritage Celebration of Black History Month

12:30-2:30 Activities for youth and families including performances, craft, refreshments, and trivia

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Teddy Bear Tea Party

You are cordially invited to the event of the season. Bring your teddy bear or favorite stuffed friend and join us for tea, snacks, and activities for you and your friend. Children of all ages and their families are invited to join.
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Candle Making

Do you want to learn how to make your own candles from scratch? Come learn the valuable skill of candle making at the Main Library on the 5th floor. This program will introduce patrons to the basics of making hand-poured candles with natural materials. Patrons will get to take their own candle creations home to enjoy.

Registration required. Register online or email lapeters@cals.org

 

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Craft Night with the CALS Tool Library

Learn about the tools, techniques, and materials needed to build a bird house at home. Participants will then work together to paint birdhouses to be used at the Terry Library and other locations. Registration required– space is limited.

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We The People

Learn the basics of rights and citizenship with upbeat songs by popular artists like Janelle Monáe, H.E.R., Adam Lambert, Brandi Carlile and more.

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Author Talk with Sadeqa Johnson: Award-Winning Author of Yellow Wife

We look forward to seeing you for an invigorating conversation with highly acclaimed author Sadeqa Johnson as she talks about her brand new novel, The House of Eve!
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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     January 24 |  February 28 |  March 28

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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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2/28 Rebel Without a Cause (1955, PG-13)

The classic film Rebel without a Cause is returning to the big screen! On February 28th, 2023, come watch the iconic tale of teenage rebellion and angst on the big screen.

Starring James Dean, Natalie Wood, and Sal Mineo, Rebel without a Cause is the perfect way to spend an evening. Doors open at 6pm and the film begins at 7pm. Beer, wine, and concessions will be available for purchase.

Don’t miss out –

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Getting Started with Libby

Our ebook and audiobook collection is a convenient way to discover and borrow titles anytime from anywhere. Learn how to access our digital library using the Libby app!
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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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Six Bridges presents: Benjamin L. Carp, The Great New York Fire of 1776

Please join us in welcoming Benjamin L. Carp as he discusses his new book, The Great Fire of 1776: A Lost Story of the American Revolution. Vaughn Scribner will moderate. Who set the mysterious fire that burned down much of New York City shortly after the British took the city during the Revolutionary War?
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CALS Writing Circle: Six Word Memoir

Learn to tell a story of your life in 6 words! Whether it’s humorous, profound, or somewhere in between, this exercise will give you an idea of events, memories, or emotions that have meaning for you. Everyone is welcome; no writing experience required. Contact dmoore@cals.org.

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CALS Writing Circle: Writer’s Lunch

How do people find the time to write? If you’re having trouble making space for writing in your busy life, join us–virtually–on your lunch hour from wherever you are. You deserve some dedicated writing time. Bring your own work-in-progress or use the prompts provided. Come and go; eat if you like. Everyone is welcome, no writing experience is required. Contact dmoore@cals.org.

Register for Writer’s Lunch

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Threads of History: Arkansas Women and Embroidery

Learn about the history of women and embroidery in Arkansas from community outreach archivist Danielle Afsordeh, and create a beginner embroidery piece in celebration of Women’s History Month.

Please register at the Nixon Library check-out desk or by phone at 501-457-5038.

Danielle Afsordeh, Community Outreach Archivist at the CALS Roberts Library/Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, and Opal Mitchell, Assistant Manager and Adult Programmer at CALS Nixon Library, will conduct this program at the Nixon Library.

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CALS Writing Circle: Memoir Writing for Seniors

Join us as we go through the steps of writing our own life stories. You’ll be given tools and techniques to help you learn to write regularly and productively. Everyone is welcome; no writing experience is required. Contact dmoore@cals.org.

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Friends of CALS Used Book Sale

THIS SESSION FOR FRIENDS OF CALS MEMBERS ONLY

The Friends of CALS Used Book Sale will take place March 9-11!

Used Book Sale hours are:
Thursday, March 9, 5pm – 7pm (Friends of CALS members only)
Friday, March 10, 10am – 6pm
Saturday, March 11, 10am – 4pm

Most books at the Used Book Sale are priced at $1 for paperbacks and $2 for hardbacks. Book totes will be available for purchase as well.

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Crucial Conversations: Race in America Book Club

BookThe Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein

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WHAT?

This six-month book club will explore issues around the history of race relations and our collective memory of the South in partnership with the Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site.

WHEN?

Each session, on the second Thursday of the month,

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Friends of CALS Used Book Sale

The Friends of CALS Used Book Sale will take place March 9-11!

Used Book Sale hours are:
Thursday, March 9, 5pm – 7pm (Friends of CALS members only)
Friday, March 10, 10am – 6pm
Saturday, March 11, 10am – 4pm

Most books at the Used Book Sale are priced at $1 for paperbacks and $2 for hardbacks. Book totes will be available for purchase as well. Revenue generated will go to the Friends of CALS fund to support the Six Bridges Book Festival,

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Arkansas Women in Wartime

Learn about how Arkansas women assisted on the home front and abroad during World War I and World War II from community outreach archivist Danielle Afsordeh while we eat a packed lunch for National Pack Your Lunch Day.

Danielle Afsordeh, Community Outreach Archivist at the CALS Roberts Library/Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, will conduct this program at the Milam Library.

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Friends of CALS Used Book Sale

The Friends of CALS Used Book Sale will take place March 9-11!

Used Book Sale hours are:
Thursday, March 9, 5pm – 7pm (Friends of CALS members only)
Friday, March 10, 10am – 6pm
Saturday, March 11, 10am – 4pm

Most books at the Used Book Sale are priced at $1 for paperbacks and $2 for hardbacks. Book totes will be available for purchase as well. Revenue generated will go to the Friends of CALS fund to support the Six Bridges Book Festival,

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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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Crafting History: The Suffrage Movement in Arkansas

Learn about the fight for women’s suffrage in Arkansas from community outreach archivist Danielle Afsordeh, and create reproductions of suffrage pennants in celebration of Women’s History Month.

Registration is required and is limited to 25 attendees. Please register at the Terry Library check-out desk or by phone at 501-228-0129.

Danielle Afsordeh, Community Outreach Archivist at the CALS Roberts Library/Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, and Fabio Delgado, Adult Programmer at CALS Terry Library,

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Lawyers In The Library

Central Arkansas Library System and the Center for Arkansas Legal Services have once again teamed up to bring you Lawyers in the Library! Come listen to legal presentations and an opportunity to ask a lawyer your civil legal question.

Thursday, March 16, at the Millie Brooks Library, lawyers from Center for Arkansas Legal Services will be available to discuss such topics as Criminal Record Sealing, Divorce and Custody, Public Benefits like SNAP and SSI, Contract disputes and Debt Collection,

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Fired Ink Art

We welcome folks of all ages to join us for a new craft every month that every family member can enjoy.  Create blazingly beautiful art as we fire alcohol ink to make beautiful designs.

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CALS Writing Circle: Not just for Poets–Poetry Exercises to Boost Creative Flow

Join us for a series of poetry exercises designed to improve your creative flow, regardless of what you write. This fun program is for anyone who wants to inject their writing (and way of thinking) with new ideas and fresh inspiration. All experience levels are welcome. Contact dmoore@cals.org

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Sow the Seeds of Victory: Women and Victory Gardens

Join us in the greenhouse to learn about women’s home front work to sow victory gardens in Arkansas during wartime from community outreach archivist Danielle Afsordeh, and learn how to create a victory garden of your own in celebration of Women’s History Month.

Danielle Afsordeh, Community Outreach Archivist at the CALS Roberts Library/Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, and Patrice O’Donoghue at CALS Children’s Library will conduct this program at the Children’s Library Greenhouse and Garden.

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Unfinished Business: The Fight for the ERA in Arkansas

Learn about the fight for the creation and ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment in Arkansas from community outreach archivist Danielle Afsordeh, and create reproductions of vintage women’s movement campaign buttons from the CALS Butler Center collection in celebration of Women’s History Month.

Danielle Afsordeh, Community Outreach Archivist at the CALS Roberts Library/Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, will conduct this program with CALS Rooker Library Adult Programmer/Assistant Manager Sarah Turner at Rooker Library.

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Coming to America Book Club

Join us for this cozy, virtual book club centered on the stories and experience of immigration.

To register for this event, click here.

Questions? Contact Bekah Smith at 501.918.3000 or rasmith@cals.org

Check out this month’s book, Taste Makers: Seven Immigrant Women Who Revolutionized Food in America by Mayukh Sen

Who’s really behind America’s appetite for foods from around the globe? This group biography from an electric new voice in food writing honors seven extraordinary women,

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Personal Archiving and Mobile Memory Lab

Learn some tips and tricks for managing your family’s historic photographs and documents and scan a few using CALS Roberts Library’s Mobile Memory Lab with CALS Roberts Library staff members Heather Register Zbinden and Danielle Afsordeh.

Danielle Afsordeh, Community Outreach Archivist at the CALS Roberts Library/Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, will conduct this program with CALS Roberts Library Website & Programs Coordinator Heather Register Zbinden at Brooks Micro Library.

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CALS closed for Easter

All branches and buildings of the Central Arkansas Library System will be closed Sunday, April 9, in observance of Easter.

Regular hours will resume Monday, April 10. Please call 918-3000 for further information.

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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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Crucial Conversations: Race in America Book Club

BookMarkham Street: The Haunting Truth Behind the Murder of My Brother, Marvin Leonard Williams by Ronnie Williams

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WHAT?

This six-month book club will explore issues around the history of race relations and our collective memory of the South in partnership with the Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site.

WHEN?

Each session, on the second Thursday of the month,

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Lawyers In The Library: Family Law

Central Arkansas Library System and the Center for Arkansas Legal Services have once again teamed up to bring you Lawyers in the Library! Come listen to legal presentations and an opportunity to ask a lawyer your civil legal question.

Join us for a presentation on Saturday, April 15, at the Milam Library to learn more about legal issues that may affect your family. We will be discussing divorces, orders of protection, custody and visitation, guardianships, and support. After the presentation will be a short Q&A where we will answer your questions.

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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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SAT 4/29 (5PM & 8PM): WellRED Comedy Tour (doors open 1hr prior)

CALS Arkansas Sounds brings the WellRED Comedy Tour back (again!) to the CALS Ron Robinson Theater!

Trae Crowder (The Liberal Redneck), Corey Ryan Forrester (The Buttercream Dream), and Drew Morgan (The Ginger Ninjer) are stand-up comedy and writing partners. The trio has been touring nationally to sold out clubs and theatres for years pre-apocalypse and by god, they’re gonna do it again.

This year’s tour, WellRED: OUT THE HOUSE,

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Crucial Conversations: Race in America Book Club

BookAmerican Atrocity: The Types of Violence in Lynching by Guy Lancaster

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WHAT?

This six-month book club will explore issues around the history of race relations and our collective memory of the South in partnership with the Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site.

WHEN?

Each session, on the second Thursday of the month, will include a brief presentation by a local scholar followed by a discussion of the book.

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CALS closed for Mother’s Day

All branches and buildings of the Central Arkansas Library System will be closed Sunday, May 14, in observance of Mother’s Day.

Regular hours will resume Monday, May 15. Please call 918-3000 for further information.

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Lawyers In The Library: Record Sealing

Central Arkansas Library System and the Center for Arkansas Legal Services have once again teamed up to bring you Lawyers in the Library! Come listen to legal presentations and an opportunity to ask a lawyer your civil legal question.

The Center for Arkansas Legal Services will hold a record sealing clinic from 10AM-3PM on Friday, May 19, at the Dee Brown Library. You MUST bring a copy of your ACIC and disposition documents to have your records sealed.

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CALS closed for Memorial Day

All branches and buildings of the Central Arkansas Library System will be closed Sunday, May 28, and Monday, May 29, in observance of Memorial Day.

Regular hours will resume Tuesday, May 30. Please call 918-3000 for further information.

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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, June 10, 2023.

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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CALS closed for Father’s Day & Juneteenth

All branches and buildings of the Central Arkansas Library System will be closed Sunday, June 18, in observance of Father’s Day, and Monday, June 19, in observance of Juneteenth.

Regular hours will resume Tuesday, June 20. Please call 918-3000 for further information.

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CALS closed for Independence Day

All branches and buildings of the Central Arkansas Library System will be closing at 6PM on Monday, July 3, and closed on Tuesday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day. 

Regular hours will resume Wednesday, July 5. Please call 918-3000 for further information. 

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Crucial Conversations: Race in America Book Club

BookFour Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619-2019 edited by Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain

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WHAT?

This six-month book club will explore issues around the history of race relations and our collective memory of the South in partnership with the Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site.

WHEN?

Each session,

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CALS closed for Labor Day

All branches and buildings of the Central Arkansas Library System will be closed on Sunday, September 3, and Monday, September 4, in observance of Labor Day.

Regular hours will resume Tuesday, September 5. Please call 918-3000 for further information.

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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 9, in observance of Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

Regular hours will resume Tuesday, October 10. Please call 918-3000 for further information.

 

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CALS closed for Veteran’s Day

All branches and buildings of the Central Arkansas Library System will be closing at 6PM on Thursday, November 9, and closed through Saturday, November 11, in observance of Veteran’s Day. 

Please call 918-3000 for further information. 

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CALS closed for Thanksgiving

All branches and buildings of the Central Arkansas Library System will be closing at 6PM on Wednesday, November 22, and closed through Sunday, November 26, in observance of Thanksgiving. 

Regular hours will resume Monday, November 27. 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 closing at 6PM on Saturday, December 23, and closed through Tuesday, December 26, in observance of Christmas. 

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

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