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Curbside Crafts

Do the kids need an easy indoor craft? We feature a new project at the beginning of each week containing complete kits free of charge. *At most, you may need to have your own glue or scissors at the ready. All you need to do is pick up your bag while supplies last. These are located on the table outside of our back door. Enjoy!

  • If you don’t have scissors or glue, please let a staff member know.
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Food For Good

Free prepackaged after school meals for persons 1-18 years of age.

M-F 4:00-5:30 p.m., excluding holidays.

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A Conversation Worth Having: Dorothy Height

“If a conversation is hard, it’s probably one worth having.”

We are happy to announce the newest program as a part of our Civil Rights & Social Change Collection: A Conversation Worth Having.

Every Monday night we will screen a virtual collection of talks, speeches, poetry, music, films and documentaries designed to educate, enlighten, and encourage empathy surrounding the struggles and hardships facing the African-American community. You can join us from anywhere around the world,

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December Grab-N-Go Jingle Bell

Kits to make your own Jingle Bell decoration for your home will be available beginning Tuesday, Dec. 1 while supplies last.  Watch Milam’s Mikey Makes Live on Facebook on Monday, Dec. 8 for instruction on making these.  Simple pick up your kit and follow along with Mikey.

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Grab n’ Go Snowman Card Craft (Teen)

Come by the Maumelle Library to pick up a grab n’ go bag that has everything you need to make this fun and festive holiday craft. Be sure to head over to our Facebook page for Ms. Marisa’s video tutorial on making these delightful cards that are sure to brighten anyone’s day.

Facebook: @cals.maumellelibrary

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December Crafternoon Grab-n-Go Kits for Kids

December Crafternoon Grab-N-Go kits will be available Tuesday-Thursday, Dec. 1-3, while supplies last.  Pick up a craft kit to make and give to loved ones just in time for the holidays.

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Story Walk

12/1 – Fall Story Walk

The story walk starts at the time capsule at Nixon and are self guided.

Crafts are available inside the Nixon Library building.

Face mask is required when inside the library building and must cover the nose and chin.

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All Holidays Storytime

Marcus and his guest read a book detailing the celebration of various holidays on Facebook at @FletcherLibrary.CALS.

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Healthy Holiday Cooking

Margaret Pauley of the UAMS Culinary Medicine program will present Healthy Hispanic Holiday Cooking ideas along with Maria Aguilar- CALS Latinx Outreach Coordinator.  This program will be presented in both English & Spanish via Zoom and streamed to Facebook Live to the CALS Main Library Facebook page.  Email jburrus@cals.org for the Zoom link or watch live on our Facebook page!

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Memoir for Seniors: How to write your story

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 them learn to write regularly and productively. The class may be retaken as many times as desired. No writing experience is required.

This is a virtual event. Contact dmoore@cals.org for more information.

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Due to ongoing public health concerns,

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Equilla Marie Walker—Vision from the Lens of My Soul

Equilla Marie Walker’s retrospective exhibition features soulful images reflected in black and white, color, and mixed media from her more than twenty years as a photographer.

Walker, who studied at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and Clark Atlanta University, currently works as a Teaching Artist for the Crystal Bridges in the Classroom program in Little Rock. Her latest projects also include developing creative content and residencies for the Arts and Science Center for Southeast Arkansas in Pine Bluff.

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Equilla Marie Walker

CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies Presents LEGACIES & LUNCH

Speaker: Equilla Marie Walker, photographer

Equilla Marie Walker’s retrospective exhibition features soulful images reflected in black and white, color, and mixed media from her more than twenty years as a photographer.

Walker, who studied at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and Clark Atlanta University, currently works as a Teaching Artist for the Crystal Bridges in the Classroom program in Little Rock.

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Virtual Mother Goose on the Loose Storytime for Babies

Come join Ms. Kathy for our virtual Mother Goose on the Loose Storytime! You’ll be sure to have a holly jolly time that will leave you feeling merry and bright with Christmas themed stories, songs, fingerplays, and puppets.

Facebook: @cals.maumellelibrary

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Life of a Klansman

Six Bridges Book Festival presents: Edward Ball, author of Life of a Klansman

Moderated by Tom DeBlack.

Free registration is required. This event will take place on the Zoom platform. You will receive confirmation of registration when you register; a Zoom invitation will be sent to you on December 3rd. You may sign up for Zoom and download the Zoom app at https://zoom.us/.
Register at SixBridgesBookFestival.org

Life of a Klansman tells the story of a warrior in the Ku Klux Klan,

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Arkansas Sounds Presents: an Ozark Mountain Christmas

Join us every Thursday for Arkansas Sounds Presents, a free online watch party of Arkansas music and culture, including unreleased performances, interviews and related content from our CALS Arkansas Sounds archives.

On Thursday, December 3, CALS Arkansas Sounds presents a special holiday program: an Ozark Mountain Christmas! Enjoy an old-time Christmas celebration from the Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View, Arkansas!

FREE to watch! You can join us from anywhere in the world as this is a virtual event: https://app.kosmi.io/room/nhog0f

Don’t miss every Arkansas Sounds Presents this December:

Thursday,

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Teen Time

12/4 – Mr. Dan’s Real World: Mr. Dan follows one of Ms. Opal’s paint a long classes.

This is a pre-recorded program that is posted:

Instagram: cals_teens

YouTube: CALS Teens

Facebook: @cals.nixon

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First Friday Crafts

In this class Ms. Opal will be teaching you about the basics of different crafts.  So, each month we will focus on a different craft.

This is a virtual program. It will be shown live on the first friday of each month on the Nixon library Facebook page.

To find this program just click here. If you can’t watch it live that’s o.k. All live programs are archived on our Facebook page for you to watch later.

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Food For Good

Free prepackaged meals for persons 1-18 years of age.

Saturdays 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., excluding holidays.

 

 

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December Grab and Go Kit

Book Page Ornament + Iceland’s Jolabokaflod

Make a beautiful honeycomb Christmas ornament using book pages and learn all about Iceland’s Yule Book Flood (Jolabokaflod). Each kit contains 12 3.5” book page circles, glue stick, Jolabokaflod info sheet, list of Icelandic reads, twine, instructions, and a special treat for your own Yule Book Flood! Kits available starting Monday, December 7 to adults 16+. One per person; first come, first served, and while supplies last. Available through curbside or at the circulation desk upon request.

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Take and Bake Cookie Jar

Starting December 7, teens can pick up a holiday cookie take & bake kit from Fletcher library while supplies last. Each kit will include cooking instructions and a pint jar filled with the dry ingredients needed to bake a dozen cookies at home.

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Grab and Go Winter Solstice Lantern

Starting December 7th come by the Fletcher Branch to pick up a Winter Solstice Lantern kit for kids to create at home.

While supplies last.

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Holiday Card Craft Grab n’ Go Bags for Grown Ups

Starting December 7th you can swing by the Maumelle Library to pick up a grab n’ go bag filled with everything you need to make a fun holiday card chock full of warmest wishes and seasons greetings.

 

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Braver Angels Depolarizing Within Workshop

Much of today’s polarization is driven by how we talk with like-minded people about those on the other side.  Too often, we stereotype, dismiss, or ridicule our fellow citizens who support the other political party, its leaders, and its policies. This workshop teaches participants:

  • How to be more aware of their own “inner polarizer”
  • How to be critical without demonizing, dismissing, or stereotyping large swaths of the population
  • Strategies for intervening constructively in social conversations with like-minded peers when these conversations veer into contempt and ridicule for people who hold other political views
Join us on Monday December 7 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM via Zoom for this learning opportunity. 
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Yarn Hat Ornament Craft Grab n’ Go Bag

Stop by the Maumelle Library to pick up a grab n’ go bag filled with everything you need to make an adorable yarn hat ornament. You can visit our Facebook page to watch Ms. Marisa’s tutorial on how to make these awesome holiday crafts.

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Mikey Makes Live- Jingle Bell

Follow along with Mikey on Milam’s Facebook page as he creates a Jingle Bell decoration for your home.  Kits to make your own jingle bell will be available as a Grab-N-Go kit beginning Tuesday, Dec. 1. while supplies last.

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Business is Personal

A credit workshop for entrepreneurs

Speaker:
Vida Fielder, Loan & Credit Officer
Southern Bancorp Community Partners

Topics covered:
• Why your credit report matters
• How to pull your credit report for free
• How to read your credit report
• How to correct errors that may be on your credit report
• Other financial security resources
• Where to go for personalized credit counseling and assistance

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Arkansas Sounds Presents: Christmas with Glen Campbell

Join us every Thursday for Arkansas Sounds Presents, a free online watch party of Arkansas music and culture, including unreleased performances, interviews and related content from our CALS Arkansas Sounds archives.

On Thursday, December 10, CALS Arkansas Sounds presents a special holiday program: Christmas with Glen Campbell! Enjoy a vintage Christmas celebration with Arkansas music legend Glen Campbell!

FREE to watch! You can join us from anywhere in the world as this is a virtual event: https://app.kosmi.io/room/nhog0f

Don’t miss every Arkansas Sounds Presents this December:

Thursday,

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Meditation at Main Online

Cory Jones of Compassion Works for All leads us in a guided meditation that’s like an oasis in the middle of your day! Join us from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM on the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month via Zoom. If interested please email jburrus@cals.org to receive the Zoom link. All are welcome- and we hope you will choose to join us!

Upcoming dates:

June 22; July 13 & 27; August 10 & 24;

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Finding Family Facts

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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Due to ongoing public health concerns, Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) has suspended all programs and outreach at this time.

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Oral History at Home: Beginners Oral History Workshop

The CALS Butler Center offers a monthly beginner’s oral history workshop taught by Benji de la Piedra, oral historian and author. Participants will learn how to

  • think about questions, stories, memories, and dialogue like oral historians do;
  • prepare for and conduct oral history interviews with the technology they have available to them (including phone and video chat); and
  • imagine and pursue possible outcomes of the interviewing process.

This course is open to all.

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Take ‘N Make: Craft along on Zoom

Enjoy crafting with us on zoom every third Thursday of the month from 6-7 PM. Pick up one of our craft kits at Main Library for all the supplies you'll need. Please register to participate: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZModeirqjgsHtZ67AGFZDdcbGBbP1cZV2yw November 19: Orizomegami Orizomegami simply meaning dyeing folded paper. Create beautiful patterned paper, perfect for bookmarks, wrapping small gifts, other paper crafts, or as a decorative art piece. December 17: Julehjerter Originating from Denmark, julehjerter are small heart shaped paper baskets, the perfect size for a few pieces of candy. They make a sweet tree decoration or gift tag.
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Arkansas Sounds Presents: Christmas with Johnny Cash

Join us every Thursday for Arkansas Sounds Presents, a free online watch party of Arkansas music and culture, including unreleased performances, interviews and related content from our CALS Arkansas Sounds archives.

On Thursday, December 17, CALS Arkansas Sounds presents a special holiday program: Christmas with Johnny Cash! Enjoy a vintage Christmas celebration with Arkansas music legend Johnny Cash!

FREE to watch! You can join us from anywhere in the world as this is a virtual event: https://app.kosmi.io/room/nhog0f

Don’t miss every Arkansas Sounds Presents this December:

Thursday,

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Story Walk

12/21 – Winter Story Walk

The story walk starts at the time capsule at the Nixon Library.

The story walk is self guided.

Crafts are available inside the Nixon Library.

Face mask must be worn while in the library building. Mask must cover both nose and chin.

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Nixon Book Buddies

This book club reads fiction & non-fiction books.

Occurs the 3rd Tuesday of every month excluding holidays.
  • June – Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
  • July – Cinderella Ate My Daughter:  Dispatches From the Front Lines of the New Girlie-girl Culture by Peggy Orenstein
  • August – The King’s Speech by Mark Logue
  • September – I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
  • October – The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
  • November –
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Nixon Library Holiday Special

Join the Nixon Library staff, puppet volunteers, and Mr. Dan for a variety holiday show!

This program is pre-recorded and will be posted:

YouTube: CALS Kids

Facebook: @cals.nixon

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Meditation at Main Online

Cory Jones of Compassion Works for All leads us in a guided meditation that’s like an oasis in the middle of your day! Join us from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM on the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month via Zoom. If interested please email jburrus@cals.org to receive the Zoom link. All are welcome- and we hope you will choose to join us!

Upcoming dates:

June 22; July 13 & 27; August 10 & 24;

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The Ruthless Lady’s Guide to Wizardry

Six Bridges Book Festival presents: C.M. Waggoner, author of The Ruthless Lady’s Guide to Wizardry

Moderated by Danielle Butler

Free registration is required. This event will take place on the Zoom platform. You will receive confirmation of registration when you register; a Zoom invitation will be sent to you on January 21st. You may sign up for Zoom and download the Zoom app at https://zoom.us/.

Sparks fly in this enchanting fantasy novel from the author of Unnatural Magic when a down-and-out fire witch and a young gentlewoman join forces against a deadly conspiracy.

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Creating Black Americans

Six Bridges Book Festival presents: Nell Irvin Painter, author of Creating Black Americans: African-American History and its Meanings 1619 to the Present

Moderator: Jessica McDaniel

Free registration is required. This event will take place on the Zoom platform. You will receive confirmation of registration when you register; a Zoom invitation will be sent to you on January 21st. You may sign up for Zoom and download the Zoom app at https://zoom.us/.

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