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CALS Cancels Public Programs Until Further Notice

CDC, in accordance with its guidance for large events and mass gatherings, recommends that for the next 8 weeks, organizers (whether groups or individuals) cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 people or more throughout the United States. Read full recommendation.

As CALS administrators have monitored the latest updates from the CDC, we have opted to follow CDC guidelines for the full 8-week period by cancelling all further meeting room bookings and programs until further notice.

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Lawyers in the Library

Session 1: General Program

Get an overview and introduction to all topics to be presented in the series, including consumer law, housing law, record sealing, public benefits, family law, and advance directives.

About the Series
The health challenges and economic strains caused by COVID-19 mean that many people in our community are facing legal situations never encountered before. In addition, some of our area residents are still facing financial fallout from the historic Arkansas River flooding of summer 2019.

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BingoFlix Goes to Camp! Terror Tuesdays: Sleepaway Camp (1983, R)

This June… coming to a screen near you… it’s BingoFlix Goes to Camp!

Join us for a VIRTUAL game of movie cliche bingo played along to some of the campiest films ever made! FREE to play!

The first film in the Sleepaway Camp franchise tells the story of a young girl sent to a summer camp that becomes the site of a series of murders shortly after her arrival. Known for its infamous twist ending,

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Conversation with Judge Olly Neal Jr.

This program will be available as a Zoom webinar as well as simulcast on Facebook Live. To join via Zoom you must register

About this Legacies & Lunch Presentation

Born in 1941 on a farm near Marianna, Arkansas, Olly Neal Jr. grew up in a large family with parents who insisted on their children getting a good education. Neal had the intellect but not the temperament to be a good student in high school,
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Sewing 101

This will be a Facebook live program where Ms. Opal will be teaching the basics about how to use your sewing machine, how to troubleshoot problems and at the end of the program there will a Q & A. So, be sure to have your questions ready. 🙂

Join us on the Nixon library Facebook videos page to join the live event when it starts.

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BingoFlix Goes to Camp! Funny Fridays: Meatballs (1979, PG)

This June… coming to a screen near you… it’s BingoFlix Goes to Camp!

Join us for a VIRTUAL game of movie cliche bingo played along to some of the campiest films ever made! FREE to play!

Directed by Ivan Reitman, and noted for Bill Murray’s first film appearance in a starring role, Meatballs follows the wacky hijinks of counselors and campers at a less-than-average summer camp.

Grab a screenshot of your randomized bingo card here: LINK COMING SOON

And join us for the watch party LIVE on Friday,

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Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way with Jobe: A 13-week Course

Are you an artist, writer, or creative of any kind, or have you always dreamed of being one? Would you like a guided means of defeating your blocks and kickstarting your creativity? Find your community online and share in this virtual experience of Julia Cameron’s best-selling book, The Artist’s Way, led by Jobe.

Class discussion in the Facebook group weekly, every Saturday 12p-2p. Course intended to be taken full 13 weeks 4/4 through 6/27. FREE but must join the Facebook group –

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Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way with Jasmine Jobe

Are you an artist, writer, or creative of any kind, or have you always dreamed of being one? Would you like a guided means of defeating your blocks and kickstarting your creativity? Find your community online and share in this virtual experience of Julia Cameron’s best-selling book, The Artist’s Way, led by Jobe.

Class discussion in the Facebook group weekly, every Saturday 12p-2p. Course intended to be taken full 13 weeks 4/4 through 6/27. FREE but must join the Facebook group –

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Job Search in the Digital Age

Learn how to boost your digital presence and get your resume noticed by hiring managers. This will be a live online program via Zoom. Email jburrus@cals.org for the Zoom meeting link. All are welcome!

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Meditation at Main Online

Cory Jones of Compassion Works for All leads us in a guided meditation that’s like an oasis in the middle of your day! Join us from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM on Monday June 8 and Monday June 22 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!

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Finding Family Facts

Please register by Sunday at 5 pm CDT prior to the session to receive your Zoom login information. Logins will be sent out on the day of the session.

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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BingoFlix Goes to Camp! Terror Tuesdays: Sleepaway Camp II: Unhappy Campers (1988, R)

This June… coming to a screen near you… it’s BingoFlix Goes to Camp!

Join us for a VIRTUAL game of movie cliche bingo played along to some of the campiest films ever made! FREE to play!

The second installment in the Sleepaway Camp franchise takes place five years after the events of the original film, and features a now 19-year-old Angela Baker, posing as a counselor, murdering misbehaving teenagers at another summer camp. Sleepaway Camp II: Unhappy Campers blends elements of black comedy and satire,

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BingoFlix Goes to Camp! Funny Fridays: Happy Campers (2001, R)

This June… coming to a screen near you… it’s BingoFlix Goes to Camp!

Join us for a VIRTUAL game of movie cliche bingo played along to some of the campiest films ever made! FREE to play!

Happy Campers follows a group of college freshmen and their experiences as summer camp counselors at the fictional Camp Bleeding Dove. When a summer camp director gets injured, the diverse group of counselors take charge and spice up the everyday routine of the camp.

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Lawyers in the Library

Session 2: Consumer Law/Housing Law

Understand consumer issues including bankruptcy, foreclosure, debt collection, contracts, rent-to-own purchases and consumer scams. Legal staff will also present on Arkansas landlord/tenant issues.

About the Series
The health challenges and economic strains caused by COVID-19 mean that many people in our community are facing legal situations never encountered before. In addition, some of our area residents are still facing financial fallout from the historic Arkansas River flooding of summer 2019.

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BingoFlix Goes to Camp! Terror Tuesdays: Sleepaway Camp III: Teenage Wasteland (1989, R)

This June… coming to a screen near you… it’s BingoFlix Goes to Camp!

Join us for a VIRTUAL game of movie cliche bingo played along to some of the campiest films ever made! FREE to play!

The third installment in the Sleepaway Camp franchise follows serial killer Angela Baker one year after the second film, this time targeting teenagers at yet another summer camp.

Grab a screenshot of your randomized bingo card here: LINK COMING SOON

And join us for the watch party LIVE on Tuesday,

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Liv Constantine, The Wife Stalker

Six Bridges Book Festival presents the intriguing sisters who write as international bestselling author Liv Constantine in a virtual program about their newest thriller, The Wife Stalker. “Liv Constantine has done it again. Suspenseful and mesmerizing, Constantine’s third novel is a breakneck thriller that keeps you riveted from the first page to that explosive, jaw-dropping twist. If you’re looking for an addictive, up-all-night read, The Wife Stalker is as good as it gets.” – Jennifer Hillier,

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BingoFlix Goes to Camp! Funny Fridays: Poison Ivy (1985, NR)

This June… coming to a screen near you… it’s BingoFlix Goes to Camp!

Join us for a VIRTUAL game of movie cliche bingo played along to some of the campiest films ever made! FREE to play!

It’s summer once again and kids flock from everywhere to go to Camp Pinewood in Clifton, Maine. Poison Ivy chronicles the romantic misadventures of the counselors as they struggle with their campers.

Grab a screenshot of your randomized bingo card here: LINK COMING SOON

And join us for the watch party LIVE on Friday,

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BingoFlix Goes to Camp! Terror Tuesdays: Camp Death 3 in 2D (2018, NR)

This June… coming to a screen near you… it’s BingoFlix Goes to Camp!

Join us for a VIRTUAL game of movie cliche bingo played along to some of the campiest films ever made! FREE to play!

Camp Crystal Meph has reopened but the curse of killer Johann Van Damme continues. Camp ‘Death’ has been given a new life as rehab center for mentally ill adults yet an unseen evil begins to murder campers and staff alike.

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BingoFlix Goes to Camp! Funny Fridays: Fred 3: Camp Fred (2012, TV-PG)

This June… coming to a screen near you… it’s BingoFlix Goes to Camp!

Join us for a VIRTUAL game of movie cliche bingo played along to some of the campiest films ever made! FREE to play!

Based on the adventures of Fred Figglehorn, a character created and played by Lucas Cruikshank, Fred 3: Camp Fred is the third & final film in the Fred trilogy. School’s out, and now it’s time for some serious fun in the sun.

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Lawyers in the Library

Session 3: Public Benefits/Record Sealing

Explore public benefits including unemployment insurance, SNAP benefits, Medicare/Medicaid, stimulus checks, Social Security Insurance/Social Security Disability Insurance, and housing assistance such as Section 8 Vouchers, Rural Development Program, or Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Program. Legal staff will also present the positive outcomes of sealing a criminal record, including what records are sealable, how a record is sealed, and assistance that is available to navigate the process.

About the Series
The health challenges and economic strains caused by COVID-19 mean that many people in our community are facing legal situations never encountered before.

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BingoFlix Goes to Camp! Terror Tuesdays: Caesar and Otto’s Summer Camp Massacre (2009, NR)

This June… coming to a screen near you… it’s BingoFlix Goes to Camp!

Join us for a VIRTUAL game of movie cliche bingo played along to some of the campiest films ever made! FREE to play!

Caesar, an effete tough guy and his slovenly half brother, Otto, have signed up as summer camp counselors. But when the mysterious Carrie shows up, the other counselors start disappearing one by one.

Grab a screenshot of your randomized bingo card here: LINK COMING SOON

And join us for the watch party LIVE on Tuesday,

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Sharpen Your Networking & Interviewing Skills

Please join us on Saturday, July 11 at 1:00 PM via Zoom for this online workshop.  Learn how to network effectively, create a winning pitch, and ace your interview!  Please email jburrus@cals.org for the Zoom link.

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Session 4: Family Law/ Advance Directives

Learn more about divorce, child custody, child support, adoption, and guardianships. Legal staff will also give a presentation on wills, living wills and power of attorneys.

About the Series
The health challenges and economic strains caused by COVID-19 mean that many people in our community are facing legal situations never encountered before. In addition, some of our area residents are still facing financial fallout from the historic Arkansas River flooding of summer 2019.

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Girls Who Code

Girls Who Code is a nonprofit organization that aims to support and increase the number of women in computer science by equipping young women with the necessary computing skills to pursue 21st-century opportunities.

Girls Who Code Clubs are free after-school programs for 3rd-5th and 6th-12th grade girls to join our sisterhood of supportive peers and role models using computer science to change the world. Learn more below!

** This session of Girls Who Code is FULL.

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Gran Gran’s Toy Library (Afternoon)

This time is reserved for checking toys in or out only.

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Gran Gran’s Toy Library

Play with toy’s from Gran Gran’s Toy Library!

This is also a time to check toys in and out.

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Adult Activity Time

Come play games or relax by working some adult coloring pages.  You choose.

Every Wednesday from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. excluding holidays.

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Origami!

Join us every Wednesday for fun, friends, and origami! George and Mary are sure to delight with whimsical and sometimes unusual origami designs. All ages are welcome.

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Crafting Circle

Do you love crafting but don’t have time to work on your projects? Please join us on the first Thursday of each month for a Crafting Circle at the Sue Cowan Williams Library. You may bring whatever project you’re currently creating and enjoy the company of other crafty folks.

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Free yoga class at Main Library

Yoga is for everyone! Our yoga class utilizes thoughtful modifications and props so everyone can reap the benefits of yoga. All abilities and skill levels are welcome. Yoga supplies are provided, but you may bring your own. Every Friday, 12-1 PM in the Darragh Auditorium Parking validation available Note: we won't be meeting on March 6
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Financial Basics for People 50+

Please join us on Saturday August 8 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM via Zoom for this program.  Learn how to build smart money habits and make the most of your financial resources.  We will discuss budgeting and setting goals, managing credit and debt, building savings, and protecting assets from fraud.  Email jburrus@cals.org for the Zoom link.

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Finding Family Facts

Join us for a beginner’s genealogy class taught by Rhonda Stewart, local history and genealogy expert, from the CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies. 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. No registration required.

Free and open to the public.

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True Stories Book Club

We read non-fiction books including true crime, biographies/memoirs, self help, current events, social sciences/politics.

Occurs the 2nd Thursday of every month excluding holidays.
  • June – Winterdance:  The Fine Madness of Running the Iditarod by Gary Paulsen
  • July – Just Mercy:  A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson
  • August – Shrill:  Notes From A Loud Woman by Lindy West
  • September – An Odyssey:  A Father, A Son, and An Epic by Daniel Adam Mendelsohn
  • October –
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And the Beat Goes On: Hip Hop Reading & Discussion Group

Each month members will read and discuss a book that relates to the hip hop culture.

January: Meet & Greet/ Vote on books for 2020.

February: TBA

March: TBA
April: TBA

May: TBA

June: TBA
July: TBA

August: TBA

September: TBA

October: TBA

 

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Community Discussion Group

Open conversation is essential to the well being of any community. To help the community come together and share in a safe and respectful environment, we are offering a monthly program that will allow community members to discuss current community issues. governance improvements.

Depending on the topic, community experts and/or professionals will be invited to facilitate.

All community members are welcome to attend. The room is fully accessible and open to all, though we must comply with capacity limits.

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Nixon Book Buddies

This book club reads fiction & non-fiction books.

Occurs the 4th 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 – A Short History of Women by Kate Walbert
  • November –
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Tom Llamas, Anchor, ABC News “World News Tonight”

Tom Llamas has spent his career chasing breaking news, hurricanes, and Donald Trump. Llamas set the record for most air time by a network correspondent during the 2016 election. Having worked in newsrooms since the age of 15, both in English and Spanish, he’s the very definition of an intrepid reporter.

He spent the early 2000s covering politics, specifically the 2004 election including the campaigns of the Rev. Al Sharpton, John Edwards and former Sec of State John Kerry.

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Author! Author!

Kick it up a notch as the always memorable party moves to a new location this year. Mix and mingle with Fest authors in a contemporary lounge. $30 pre-event, $45 at the door.

Find more events at sixbridgesbookfestival.org

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Teen Poetry Competition

Delight in the poems by the winners of CALS popular annual branch contests.

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Perfectly Golden Workshop

Angela Garbacz witll prepare something from her “hot of the press” book. Location to be determined.

Find more events at sixbridgesbookfestival.org

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Tim O’Brien, The Things They Carried

The award-winning author of nine works of fiction and a former reporter for The Washington Post, Tim O’Brien had what some would call a typical 1950s American childhood in rural Minnesota before he was sent to fight in Vietnam as a foot soldier in 1969. Published in 1990 to vast critical acclaim and written with the help of a National Endowment for the Arts creative writing fellowship, The Things They Carried, a novel about his experiences in that war,

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Rage Baking Workshop

Katherine Alford, Food Network veteran, and Kathy Gunst, cookbook author and Resident Chef for NPR’s Here and Now, cook together from their exciting project. Location to be determined.

Find more events at sixbridgesbookfestival.org

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Jacqueline Woodson

Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) is proud to announce bestselling author and National Book Award winner Jacqueline Woodson will present at the 17th annual Six Bridges Book Festival. The discussion is free and open to the public, but reservations are required at SixBridgesBookFestival.org.

Woodson will appear courtesy of the Festival’s first Book Club campaign. The campaign began as a way to help Book Clubs become more involved with the event, giving them a voice in the selection process.

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Equinox Launch Party

Pick up the spring edition of UA Little Rock’s student-run literary magazine featuring undergraduate poets, fiction writers, and artists from Arkansas and across the United States.

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Classics in Context: Watership Down

Hear author Barry Wolverton discuss the classic, and then watch the film. Free, but RSVP requested, 4 p.m. talk, 5 p.m. screening.

Find more events at sixbridgesbookfestival.org

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Let Them Eat Pie

The 6th annual Traditional Pie Bake-Off & Recipe Swap provides a tasty way to (almost) conclude this year’s Fest. Be at the Root Café at 4 p.m. with your best pie and copies of your recipe. Judges include Katherine Alford, Angela Garbacz, Kathy Gunst.

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David Treuer, The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee

David Treuer is Ojibwe from the Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota.  The author of four previous novels, most recently Prudence, and two books of nonfiction, he has also written for The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Esquire, Slate, and The Washington Post, among others.  He has a Ph.D. in anthropology and teaches literature and creative writing at the University of Southern California.

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Early Bird Friends of CALS Book Sale

Be the first to see what’s on the shelves at the Friends of CALS (Friends) book sale. Friends members get access to the Thursday evening portion of the sale, and may enter the sale at 9am each day of the sale, for free.  If you aren’t a Friends member, you may purchase a membership at any CALS branch or at the door.

Our Friends book sales in the Main Library basement feature hardback books for $2 and paperbacks for $1.

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Early Bird Friends of CALS Book Sale

Be the first to see what’s on the shelves at the Friends of CALS (Friends) book sale. Friends members get access to the Thursday evening portion of the sale, and may enter the sale at 9am each day of the sale, for free.  If you aren’t a Friends member, you may purchase a membership at any CALS branch or at the door.

Our Friends book sales in the Main Library basement feature hardback books for $2 and paperbacks for $1.

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Friends of CALS Book Sale

Bookshelf looking a little empty? On Friday and Saturday, November 13 & 14, stock up on new (to you) reads, and support the Central Arkansas Library System at the same time. Our Friends of CALS (Friends) book sales in the Main Library basement feature hardback books for $2, and paperbacks for $1.

Free and open to the general public beginning at 10am each day of the sale.  Friends members have exclusive early access to the Thursday night sale event,

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Early Bird Friends of CALS Book Sale

Be the first to see what’s on the shelves at the Friends of CALS (Friends) book sale. Friends members get access to the Thursday evening portion of the sale, and may enter the sale at 9am each day of the sale, for free.  If you aren’t a Friends member, you may purchase a membership at any CALS branch or at the door.

Our Friends book sales in the Main Library basement feature hardback books for $2 and paperbacks for $1.

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Friends of CALS Book Sale

Bookshelf looking a little empty? On Friday and Saturday, November 13 & 14, stock up on new (to you) reads, and support the Central Arkansas Library System at the same time. Our Friends of CALS (Friends) book sales in the Main Library basement feature hardback books for $2, and paperbacks for $1.

Free and open to the general public beginning at 10am each day of the sale.  Friends members have exclusive early access to the Thursday night sale event,

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An Evening with Matteo Lane

UPDATE: New November Date Announced!

Matteo Lane is a New York–based comedian whose stand-up special can be seen on Netflix’s “The Comedy Lineup.” He has performed stand up on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Late Night with Seth Meyers, Comedy Central’s Adam Devine’s House Party, This Week at the Comedy Cellar and The Comedy Jam, as well as HBO’s Crashing.

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