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CALS Closed for Juneteenth

All branches and buildings of the Central Arkansas Library System will be closed Friday, June 18, and Saturday, June 19, in observance of Juneteenth. Regular hours will resume Monday, June 21. Please call 918-3000 for more information.

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30-Day Sketchbook Challenge!

Pick up our 30-Day Sketchbook Challenge kit at Main starting June 1st for a new drawing challenge each day of the month. The kits are available while supplies last. If you already have supplies, you can get a copy of the sketchbook challenge prompts alone. You can also win a prize for participating! We’re giving away two $20 gift cards, one to the Galleries and Bookstore @ Library Square, and another to Loblolly Creamery.  There are three ways to enter:
  1. Share one of your sketches on Instagram.
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Friday Family Fun Night Trivia

Join us every 3rd Friday night for Friday Family Fun Night Trivia! A $25 gift card will be awarded to the winning team each month! June 18- BOARD GAME Trivia

 

CALS Adult Programs is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Email to jburrus@cals.org for the Zoom link.

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Virtual Bingoflix: Raging Sharks

Join us for Virtual BingoFlix: Sharkfest! Play bingo along to cheesy movie cliches during a virtual watch party for your chance to win a free movie pass to the theater once we reopen. Grab your sunscreen and get ready for a summer full of so-bad-they’re-good shark movies!

On Friday, June 18, join us for Raging Sharks (2005, R)! After debris from an alien spaceship lands in the waters, great white sharks begin terrorizing marine researchers in the Pacific Ocean.

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Nature Quest

Go on a nature-themed scavenger hunt at the Children’s Library. Get the first clue from the front desk from 9am – 6pm, and bring us back the code word for a prize! A new hunt occurs around the beginning of each month.

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Pet Match

Throughout the month of June, match the Thompson Library staff with their pets to enter a prize drawing!

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Book Walk

Enjoy reading a fun story as you walk along the library grounds. The book we’ll read in June is Don’t Wake Up the Tiger

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Tales in the Shade

Outdoor storytime in the shaded patio area behind the library. Caregivers sign up by grabbing a carpet square and placing it on pre-measured taped markers. Volunteer will be managing handing out squares and inforcing spacing and mask protocols.

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Gregory Moore: Biota

On view Friday, June 11 to Saturday, September 25, 2021
Loft Gallery, Galleries & Bookstore at Library Square

In this exhibition of paintings on found objects, a secret world of plants and animals comes alive on decaying scraps from the human realm.

The Loft Gallery is located in the Galleries & Bookstore at Library Square in the CALS Roberts Library of Arkansas History & Art.

Check the CALS Roberts Library website here: https://robertslibrary.org/visit/location-hours/ for gallery hours and visiting procedures.

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Arkansas Society of Printmakers: New Kids on the Print Block

On view Friday, May 14 to Friday, August 27
Underground Gallery, Galleries & Bookstore at Library Square

The Arkansas Society of Printmakers (ASP) is a community of artists, art collectors, and supporters of the art of printmaking dedicated to the mission of generating greater excitement and appreciation for printmaking as a unique art form in Arkansas.

The Underground Gallery is located in the Galleries & Bookstore at Library Square in the CALS Roberts Library of Arkansas History &

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Family Storytime

Join us every other Saturday at 10:00am on the CALS Kids Facebook page for storytime, songs, games, and more for the whole family.

CALS Storytime Archive on YouTube

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Twitch Your Tail on CALS’ Animal Crossing Island

Follow along on the Twitch gaming channel as we build the Children’s Library island on Animal Crossing New Horizons. Share your friend code and join the fun.

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Tommy Terrific’s Wacky Magic

Tommy Terrific presents a Dr. Seuss themed magic show! Premieres on June 19th at 2:00pm here or on our CALS Kids YouTube channel.

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June Bugs

It is the time of year that we are surrounded by bugs, creepy crawly critters that make our skin crawl. Maybe they might be less scary if we learn a little more about them … if it won’t bug you too much.

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Teen Acting Academy

Instructors from Drama Kids International will present a seven week acting series. The series is virtual. Register by emailing outreach@cals.org.

Support for this program is provided, in part, by the Arkansas Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Teen Storytime

In the style of late 2000’s Vlogger “Storytime” videos, Mr Hayden spins wild stories that surely can’t be real! But exist within the pages of books. Filmed and edited to look like a vlog, these click-bait style stories string teens along before revealing that they’re really there to summarize books and end letting teens know they can check them out at the library.

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ABC’s of Skincare

A series dedicated to simplifying the science behind skincare ingredients and explaining trending techniques in the industry. Posted on the Thompson Library Facebook page.

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  • 5/2 Quartz Rollers
  • 5/9 Retinol
  • 5/16 Salicylic Acid
  • 5/23 Tea Tree Oil
  • 5/30 UVA/UVB
  • 6/6 Vitamins
  • 6/13 Witch Hazel
  • 6/20 Exfoliating, Extracting, or Expiration Dates
  • 6/27 Yeast
  • 7/4 Zinc Oxide
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Android Mobile Essentials

In the third session of our Hello World series, learn to use object-oriented programming to make your code more flexible and powerful.
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Free Covid Clinic

In June, Baptist Health Community Outreach and the Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) are partnering for COVID-19 vaccine clinics at Pulaski County library locations. The single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine will be administered between 9:30 a.m. and noon at the following mobile clinics:

• Wednesday, June 2, at Sue Cowan Williams Library, 1800 Chester St. in Little Rock
• Wednesday, June 9, at the Main Library, 100 Rock St. in Little Rock
• Monday, June 14,

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Puppet Show

Join us for a fun puppet show with Ms. Cassie.

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DIY Animal Jewelry

Join us for a simple jewelry-making exercise. Grab a kit at Rooker Library, Monday-Friday, 9am-6pm. Then join us on Facebook to follow the demonstration.

• 6/21: animal print earrings

• 7/19: tiger’s eye bracelets.

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Makers Monday

Every Monday we will do a craft together and a grab and go craft bag will be available with material to make a special Gift for your Parents for Fathers day June 20th.

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Pictorial Companion to Getting Ahead of Arkansas Snakes

What kind of snakes are found in Arkansas? Stan Trauth, herpetologist and professor of zoology and environmental studies at Arkansas State University, will introduce you to the wide variety of snakes that are native to the Natural State and how you can recognize them by identifying their heads.

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About Professor Trauth

Stan Trauth joined the faculty of Arkansas State University in 1984 and served as Associate Editor, Managing Editor, and then Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of the Arkansas Academy of Science from 1993 through 2008.

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Garden Club for Kids

Learn the care and keeping of a garden both at home and the CLLC teaching garden with an added STEAM component to the activities virtually and/or in-person. This program may also include cooking and recipes with produce from the garden. The in-person groups will be limited and have an in-person sign-up with a limit of 10 spaces per session. One programmer will lead while the other maintains distancing and protocols of visitors. Programming will occur outside.

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Baby & Toddler Storytime

Join us each Tuesday at 10:00am on the CALS Kids Facebook page for storytime, sing-alongs, puppet shows and more.

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CALS Storytime Archive on YouTube

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Garden Club for Teens

Learn the care and keeping of a garden both at home and the CLLC teaching garden with an added STEAM component to the activities virtually and/or in-person. This program may also include cooking and recipes with produce from the garden. The in-person groups will be limited and have an in-person sign-up with a limit of 10 spaces per session. One programmer will lead while the other maintains distancing and protocols of visitors. Programming will occur outside.

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Undertale (Twitch Stream)

In these weekly streams, enjoy a journey through the instant-classic RPG Undertale with Digital Programming Coordinator Nathan Smith. Join the event at the CALS Twitch channel: twitch.tv/calibrarysystem/

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Drama Kids International Presents Animal Movements

We will practice our acting skills with drama instructors from Drama Kids International. Register here to receive a link to join the zoom meeting.

Support for this program is provided, in part, by the Arkansas Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Draw with Stef!

Tips for drawing from Ms. Stefanie at Maumelle Library.

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Blast from the Past Cartoons

In this program Mr David will look at the cartoons of the 80’s and 90’s, from ones that are fun that you might enjoy to the truly bizarre cartoons that make little sense. Should be a Blast!

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Get Outta Here! Interesting Places to Visit in Arkansas

Presenter: Timothy Nutt, Director, Historical Research Center, UAMS Library

Arkansas is filled with natural beauty that attract thousands of outdoors adventurists to the state every year. There are, however, other cultural, historical, and even spooky sites that should be on your “must-visit” list. Become a “virtual tourist” as we discuss these wonderous and wacky Arkansas places.

This is an ONLINE event in Zoom. Register: aarp.cvent.com/VisitAR

The “All About Arkansas” summer series is presented by AARP AR,

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Virtual Bingoflix: Shark Encounters of the Third Kind

Join us for Virtual BingoFlix: Sharkfest! Play bingo along to cheesy movie cliches during a virtual watch party for your chance to win a free movie pass to the theater once we reopen. Grab your sunscreen and get ready for a summer full of so-bad-they’re-good shark movies!

On Tuesday, June 22, join us for Shark Encounters of the Third Kind (2005, TV-14)! A group of hostile aliens crash land at the bottom of the ocean,

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Tinker Tok: LEGO Time Lapse

Watch as we complete the Hogwart’s LEGO castle in time-lapse video.

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Free Covid Clinic

In June, Baptist Health Community Outreach and the Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) are partnering for COVID-19 vaccine clinics at Pulaski County library locations. The single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine will be administered between 9:30 a.m. and noon at the following mobile clinics:

• Wednesday, June 2, at Sue Cowan Williams Library, 1800 Chester St. in Little Rock
• Wednesday, June 9, at the Main Library, 100 Rock St. in Little Rock
• Monday, June 14,

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CALS Writing Circle: Memoir Writing for Seniors

This ongoing class meets once each week and takes attendees aged 55+ through the steps of writing their own life stories. You’ll be given tools and techniques to help you learn to write regularly and productively. Everyone is welcome; no writing experience is required.

No matter who you are, there are many reasons to write about your life. The act of writing your story can be a healing and transformative journey; it helps identify the threads and themes in your life and make sense of what you’ve lived.

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Preschool Storytime

Join us each Wednesday at 10:00am on the CALS Kids Facebook page for storytime, songs, games, and more!

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What’chu Eatin’ Wednesdays

Wednesday is arguably the saddest day of the week. It’s not called “Hump Day” for nothing. Thankfully, the Galleries & Bookstore at Library Square has a tasty new reason to visit Library Square – What’chu Eatin’ Wednesdays! There will be a different food truck every Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (or until sold out). After your belly is full, take a quick lunchtime stroll through the galleries or browse the shelves of the bookstore. Downtown is back in business and we’re ready to see you!

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Hello World: Functions and Flow Control

After learning the basics in Hello World: Intro to Code, learn to make your code more powerful and flexible with functions, loops, and more.
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Coming to America Book Club

Online book discussion on the 4th Wednesday of each month in which we discuss the immigrant experience of Coming to America. Join us via Zoom from noon to 1:00 PM!  Books are free for use during book club but must be returned.  Email cjones@cals.org to register and receive your book.  Email jburrus@cals.org to receive the Zoom link for the program.

 

March title: A Jewish Refugee in New York by Kadya Molodovsky

April title: Motl the Cantor’s Son by Sholem Aleichem

May title: Enemies,

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DIY Crafts

Join us for a variety of craft projects this summer, including painting, printing, and more.

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Schedule:

• 6/16: bath bombs & scratch art
• 6/23: paracord key chain
• 6/30: chalk prints
• 7/14: pour painting
• 7/21: cd mosaics
• 7/28: tic-tac-toe to go

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Wednesdays at Williams

Each program will feature an area food truck and an area business pop-up shop. Want to book your business for one of the available slots? Sign up here.

Scheduled vendors and trucks

06/16/2021
Food Truck: Sista Soul Food
Vendor: Ida Girl Candles & More 06/23/2021
Food Truck: Sista Soul Food
Vendor: Lade Ink Selfie Booth 06/30/2021
Food Truck: Nach’yo Nachos
Vendor: Candy Butta Skin Care 07/07/2021
Food Truck: Lili’s Mexican Street Food
Vendor: Lo$er Apparel 07/14/2021
Food Truck: TBA
Vendor: Give More Love Creations 07/21/2021
Food Truck: Nach’yo Nachos
Vendor: DiZine PieZes 07/28/2021
Food Truck: TBA
Vendor: Nayy &
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Arkansas Animal Meet & Greet

Get to know your native fauna! These animals live right here in Arkansas!

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Before Stonewall (1984)

The history of the Gay and Lesbian community before the Stonewall riots began the major gay rights movement.

Join us for the virtual watch party LIVE on Wedesday, June 23, at 7PM CST here: app.kosmi.io

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Storytime Live!

It’s a new interactive virtual storytime! We’ll connect through Zoom to bring you a real-time storytime, full of the songs, stories, and fun you know and love. Register one time to receive the link for the twice monthly series. We will meet 2nd and 4th Thursdays at 10:00. This program is best for kids ages 3-5 but all are welcome. Free registration on Zoom platform is required.

While supplies last, you can pick up a Storytime Live packet for your child containing a shaker egg,

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Doing Business with Clinton National Airport

Did you know that it’s possible to do business with the Clinton National Airport? Is your business prepared to take advantage of opportunities like this? If the answer is no, join us for an eye-opening overview of how to do business with Clinton National Airport. Abdul Kabaou, Director of Procurement for Clinton National Airport, will be speaking with us about the Airport’s procurement process.

This event will take place on the Zoom platform. Free registration is required.

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Creating with Nat

Learn tips and basics about painting while creating a work of art.

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Tail-Waggin’ Tutors Zoom

Join a zoom break out room to read to a furry friend. Remember to have a book ready if you aren’t joining at the library computers. This event will take place on the Zoom platform. Free registration is required.

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30-Day Sketchbook Challenge LIVE!

Share your sketches from the 30-Day Sketchbook Challenge with us LIVE on Zoom. Sharing your sketches during this event will also enter you into the drawing for our fantastic prizes! Register for this event here.

About the 30-Day Sketchbook Challenge

Pick up our 30-Day Sketchbook Challenge kit at Main starting June 1st for a new drawing challenge each day of the month. The kits are available while supplies last. If you already have supplies, you can get a copy of the sketchbook challenge prompts alone.
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CALS Writing Circle: Dream Journaling

Did you know that dreaming keeps us healthy? Or that most of us dream most of the time and just don’t remember our dreams on waking? Have you ever been curious about where your dreams come from or what they might mean? You don’t have to be a writer to get something out of this writing class! Get tips and tricks on keeping a better record of your own dreams, how to retain more, and how to interpret them! Mini-lessons in dream interpretation and weekly get-togethers to compare notes and discuss.

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William B. Jones, Jr. Interviews Elizabeth Findley Shores: Shared Secrets and Charles J. Finger

Speaker: Elizabeth Findley Shores

For nearly a century, British expatriate Charles Joseph Finger (1867–1941) was best known as an award-winning author of children’s literature. In Shared Secrets, Elizabeth Findley Shores relates Finger’s untold story, exploring the secrets that connected the author to an international community of twentieth-century queer literati.

As a young man, Finger reveled in the easy homosociality of his London polytechnical school, where he launched a student literary society in the mold of the city’s private men’s clubs.

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Arkansas Sounds Presents: The 1999 Alltel Arena Grand Opening

Join us every Thursday for Arkansas Sounds Presents, a free online watch party of Arkansas music and culture.

On June 24 at 7pm CST, Arkansas Sounds Presents a rare recording of the October 1999 grand opening music celebration of the Alltel Arena! The all-star band assembled for this one-time only concert was a who’s who of Arkansas musicians including Levon Helm, Ronnie Hawkins, The Cate Brothers Band, James Cotton, and many more!

FREE to watch!

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Crafting with Opal

This is a craft along program. In this program we teach different crafts which could include sewing, crocheting, knitting, painting & others.

This is a virtual program that the Nixon library does live on Facebook every Thursday (excluding holidays). Just click here to go to our Nixon Facebook page to watch.

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DIY Crochet Squares

Ms. Felicia teaches how to complete a crochet square.

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Misfits of History

Mr. David Loves history. He knows that history is more that boring names and dates but a collection wonderful stories, so he wants to share some amazingly fun and funny people from history you might enjoy.

Facebook Live

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Virtual Bingoflix: Sharks in Venice

Join us for Virtual BingoFlix: Sharkfest! Play bingo along to cheesy movie cliches during a virtual watch party for your chance to win a free movie pass to the theater once we reopen. Grab your sunscreen and get ready for a summer full of so-bad-they’re-good shark movies!

On Friday, June 25, join us for Sharks in Venice (2008, R)! Traveling to Venice to investigate the mysterious death of his father,

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Teens Grab & Go Activity Bags

Pick up a weekly grab & go activity bag for teens at all locations while supplies last. June 12: oil pastel pet art, June 19: geometric animal stickers, June 26: Animal Tales Character & Comic Creation, July 3: sketchbook challenge, July 10: paper insect art, July 17: pipe cleaner animals, July 24: animal origami.

*a note about paper insect art. Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts invites CALS patrons to participate in a community art project. Video demos will be available to create elements of a paper garden that will be on exhibit at the AMFA re-opening in May of 2022.

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Adults Grab & Go Activity Bags

Pick up a Tails & Tales themed grab & go activity bag at all locations while supplies last. June 12: oil pastel pet art, June 26: sketchbook challenge, July 10: paper insect art.

*a note about paper insect art. Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts invites CALS patrons to participate in a community art project. Video demos will be available to create elements of a paper garden that will be on exhibit at the AMFA re-opening in May of 2022.

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Preschool Grab & Go Activity Bags

Pick up a weekly animal-themed craft and activty bag for preschoolers at all locations while supplies last. June 5: animal masks, June 12: torn paper animal craft, June 19: climbing monkey craft, June 26: animal action cards, July 3: magnetic fishing pole, Juy 10: handprint puppy craft, July 17: animal shadow art, July 24: snake paper chain puppet.

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Kids Grab & Go Activity Bags

Pick up a weekly animal-themed craft and activity bag for kids at all locations while supplies last. June 5: origami animal bookmarks, June 12: torn paper animal collage, June 19: fairy houses, June 26: pipe cleaner animals, July 3: butterfly toy, July 10: paper insect craft, July 17: popsicle stick birdfeeder, July 24: clothespin lizard.

*a note about paper insect art. Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts invites CALS patrons to participate in a community art project. Video demos will be available to create elements of a paper garden that will be on exhibit at the AMFA re-opening in May of 2022.

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Block Party at Children’s Library

We’re partying at Children’s Library! Join us for refreshments; outdoor games and activities, including baggo, horseshoes, giant bubbles, library and garden tours, swag bags; and the opportunity to “meet” our newest addition, Totor, a 10-foot dog sculpture donated by French artist, Stéphane Bolongaro. Door prizes will be awarded during a brief presentation at 12:30 (participants must be present to win).

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CALS Roberts Library Research Room Bonus Saturday

Join us this Saturday in the 2nd Floor Research Room (Roberts Library) for Bonus Saturday. We will be open from noon to 4pm and staff will be ready assist you with your genealogy questions and queries. Located at 401 President Clinton Ave., the Bobby L. Roberts Library of Arkansas History & Art is a branch of the Central Arkansas Library System and promotes Arkansas history and culture. Our 2nd floor Research Room offers non-circulating reference books and research databases to help patrons with their genealogy and family history research.
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Libby: A Live Walk-through

If you’ve heard about e-books and audiobooks, but you don’t know where to start — this is the meeting for you!

Join us for a live Zoom call and get a step-by-step introduction to Libby, the user-friendly e-book app from Overdrive. During the event you’ll learn how to:

  • Download and register for Libby using your CALS Library Card
  • Browse the catalog using filters to find the perfect title
  • Check out items and place a hold
  • Change the settings of your screen for easier reading

If time allows,

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Bedtime Tales

Prerecorded Bedtime Tales.

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Apple Mobile Essentials

In the third session of our Hello World series, learn to use object-oriented programming to make your code more flexible and powerful.
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Virtual Field Trip: Historic Arkansas Museum

Enjoy a family friendly presentation by Historic Arkansas Museum. Must register by June 26 with Cassie VanPelt at cvanpelt@cals.org.

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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!

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Pumped about Pollinators!

Join an Arkansas Game and Fish Commission educator as we celebrate National Pollinator Week. We will talk about backyard pollinators, night-time pollinators as well as some pollinators that often go unnoticed.

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About Lauren Marshall

Lauren Marshall, Education Program Specialist at Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center. Lauren has been an educator at Witt Stephens for 8 years now and is passionate about connecting the people of Central AR with the natural resources around them.

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Animal Yoga for Kids with KeyFit Life

Learn and practice animal-themed yoga poses with our instructor from KeyFit Life. Register here for a link to this zoom session.

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Virtual Bingoflix: Shark Week

Join us for Virtual BingoFlix: Sharkfest! Play bingo along to cheesy movie cliches during a virtual watch party for your chance to win a free movie pass to the theater once we reopen. Grab your sunscreen and get ready for a summer full of so-bad-they’re-good shark movies!

On Tuesday, June 29, join us for Shark Week (2012, TV-14)! A group of complete strangers find themselves isolated by a wealthy madman on his island compound.

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Hello World: Object-Oriented Code

In the third session of our Hello World series, learn to use object-oriented programming to make your code more flexible and powerful.
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State of Pride (2019)

A look at the history and meaning of the the pride movement featuring a diverse range of LGBTQ+ perspectives.

Join us for the virtual watch party LIVE on Wedesday, June 30, at 7PM CST here: app.kosmi.io

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Read Aloud Storytime

Join us the first and third Thursdays of the month at 10:00am on the CALS Kids Facebook page for great stories and more!

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Arkansas Sounds Presents: Ben Nichols

Join us every Thursday for Arkansas Sounds Presents, a free online watch party of Arkansas music and culture.

On July 1 at 7pm CST, Arkansas Sounds Presents a tribute to celebrated Arkansas singer-songwriter and Lucero bandleader, Ben Nichols! Our watch party playlist takes us back to 2014 for a rare duo concert from Ben Nichols and his Lucero bandmate, keyboardist Rick Steff, at the CALS Ron Robinson Theater.

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Guest Reader Storytime

Join us every other Friday at 10:00am on the CALS Kids Facebook page as we feature a special guest reader for storytime.

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CALS Storytime Archive on YouTube

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Stream It with OBS Studio

Learn how to use OBS Studio, the beloved free and open source program that lets you host your own livestream events.
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Beat the Heat

July is one of the hottest months of the year. Mr. David is not a fan of the heat so join him as we look for ways to beat the heat together.

Facebook Live

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Virtual Bingoflix: Jurassic Shark

Join us for Virtual BingoFlix: Sharkfest! Play bingo along to cheesy movie cliches during a virtual watch party for your chance to win a free movie pass to the theater once we reopen. Grab your sunscreen and get ready for a summer full of so-bad-they’re-good shark movies!

On Friday, July 2, join us for Jurassic Shark (2012, NR)! When an oil company unwittingly unleashes a prehistoric shark from its icy prison,

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Sports You May Not Know

Hey, sports fans, and those who aren’t, Mr David thought it might be fun to learn about some sports that you may have heard about but really don’t know how they are played or where to find them in Central Arkansas. Such sports as Fencing, Hocky, Lacrosse, rugby, and others.

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Beyond the Idea – Startups and Their Stories

Need a little inspiration to believe in your business idea? Join us as we visit with Keith Tucker Jr. and learn about his journey of taking a family recipe and turning it into a local phenom. His brand The Truth Sauce has seen incredible growth through the pandemic, when many other businesses have been struggling to survive. We’ll learn what his keys to success have been plus how he’s overcome business challenges and setbacks along the way.

This event is part of the Rock It!

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Virtual Pet Parade

We want to feature your pet in our Virtual Pet Parade. Please submit photos or short videos of your animal friend using this form. You can share special information about your pet to be included in the parade. We will feature the pet submissions in a virtual parade on the CALS Kids @ Main Library Facebook page on Tuesday, July 6, at 2:00 p.m. There may even be some prizes for pets with extra special entries.

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Tik Tok Tuesday

Did you know the library now has a TikTok? Why let the teens have all the fun, lets plan and make some tiktoks together.

Facebook Live

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Talia and Mariela Pedraza

The project of Antenas Culturales was born as an alternative for young people to learn a little more about Latin American personalities or remarkable aspects that have impacted on the history, culture and arts of our countries.

More than a year ago we began to do some investigations about prominent persons, traditions or highlights of the region, with the purpose of giving lectures in schools of different educational levels.

However, unexpectedly, the whole world had to be quarantined;

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Virtual Bingoflix: Super Shark

Join us for Virtual BingoFlix: Sharkfest! Play bingo along to cheesy movie cliches during a virtual watch party for your chance to win a free movie pass to the theater once we reopen. Grab your sunscreen and get ready for a summer full of so-bad-they’re-good shark movies!

On Tuesday, July 6, join us for Super Shark (2011, NR)! An offshore drilling accident releases a giant primordial shark, threatening to turn a bikini contest into a bloodbath.

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Rachel Patton: “Arkansas’s Most Endangered Historic Places”

CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies Presents LEGACIES & LUNCH

Speaker: Rachel Patton

Rachel Patton, executive director of Preserve Arkansas, will talk about the organization’s list of Arkansas’s Most Endangered Places and give updates on its efforts to save endangered historic places throughout the state. Preserve Arkansas is the only statewide nonprofit advocate for the preservation of Arkansas’s historic places. The Most Endangered Places list, which was started twenty years ago,

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Little Rock Tales

Hang out with Mrs. K & learn about some cool stories from Little Rock’s past! 

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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.
  • February – Confederates in the Attic by Tony Horwitz
  • March – Hemingway Book Club of Kosovo by Paula Huntley
  • April – A Jewish Refugee in New York by Kadya Molodovski
  • May – The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson
  • June – Educated by Tara Westover
  • July – Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
  • August –
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Arkansas Sounds Presents: Billy Lee Riley

Join us every Thursday for Arkansas Sounds Presents, a free online watch party of Arkansas music and culture.

On July 8 at 7pm CST, Arkansas Sounds Presents a tribute to legendary Arkansas rock and roll pioneer, Billy Lee Riley! Billy Lee Riley was a rockabilly musician, singer-songwriter, record producer, and record label owner whose career began in the Arkansas Delta and peaked in the 1950s after he signed a record deal with Sun Records in Memphis,

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Little Rock Children’s Business Fair

Join us for two sessions on marketing for your business.

Topics:

• June 12: Developin Your Brand
&bull: July 10: Your Marketing Strategy

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Tommy Terrific’s Wacky Magic

Tommy Terrific presents a magic show all about the Tuskegee Airmen. Premieres on July 10 at 2:00pm on this page or on our CALS Kids YouTube channel.

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Guided Painting

A monthly painting exercise from the librarians at Rooker. All skill levels welcome. Grab a kit at Rooker Library, Monday – Saturday, 9am – 6pm. Then view the demonstration online.

• 6/14: preassembled bird house

• 7/12: beach scene with baby turtles.

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Finding Family Facts (July 12)

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

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

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Animal Tracks and Signs

Nature is all around you. It doesn’t matter if you are driving down the road or walking through the woods, you have the chance to come in contact with nature. Morgan Bradley, an Education Program Specialist with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, will take a look at some common animal signs including scat, tracks, and identification and discuss how you can make the most of your outdoor experience.

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About Morgan Bradley

Morgan Bradley is an Education Program Specialist with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission out of the Witt Stephens Jr.

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Williams Cooks

Ms. Felicia does a 30 minute cooking challenge in real time.

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Teen Thyme in the Kitchen

Cooking demonstration for teens.

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Paper Garden Community Art Project

Learn about a community art installation that will be on exhibit next spring at the opening of the Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts. Our SRC participants will receive a grab and go bag to create a piece of art for the community project. Register here to participate in the zoom meeting.

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Virtual Bingoflix: Shark Exorcist

Join us for Virtual BingoFlix: Sharkfest! Play bingo along to cheesy movie cliches during a virtual watch party for your chance to win a free movie pass to the theater once we reopen. Grab your sunscreen and get ready for a summer full of so-bad-they’re-good shark movies!

On Tuesday, July 13, join us for Shark Exorcist (2014, TV-MA)! Avalanche Sharks tells the story of a bikini contest that turns into a horrifying affair when it is hit by a shark avalanche.

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Video for the Web

Find out how to make videos that break the internet--without breaking the bank. We'll talk about shooting, editing, and uploading.
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Storytime Career Spotlight: Firefighter

Sherwood Firefighter Jeff talks about his career and reads books.

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Fade in with Adobe Premiere

Learn how to use the professional video editing application Adobe Premiere, along with basic editing techniques, to turn raw video footage into compelling content.

This class is being presented as a Zoom webinar. Registration is required, but you can register anytime–including after the session begins!

For the video editing portion of the class, we’ll use Shotcut, a free, open-source, video editing program. If you’d like to follow along, download and install it. It might also be helpful to install Zoom beforehand (which you can do by clicking here).

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Arkansas Sounds Presents: Sleepy LaBeef

Join us every Thursday for Arkansas Sounds Presents, a free online watch party of Arkansas music and culture.

On July 15 at 7pm CST, Arkansas Sounds Presents a tribute to legendary Arkansas rock and roll pioneer, Sleepy LaBeef! Sleepy LaBeef was a musician, singer-songwriter, and actor whose career began in 1954 when he moved to Houston, Texas. There, he sang gospel music on local radio and put together a bar band to play venues as well as radio programs such as the Houston Jamboree and Louisiana Hayride.

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How to Draw Animals

Ms. Samantha teaches how to draw animals.

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Effective After Effects

Learn about some of the powerful tools in Adobe After Effects to help you add visual effects and graphics to your video.

This class is being presented as a Zoom webinar. Registration is required, but you can register anytime–including after the session begins!

For the video editing portion of the class, we’ll use Shotcut, a free, open-source, video editing program. If you’d like to follow along, download and install it. It might also be helpful to install Zoom beforehand (which you can do by clicking here).

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Virtual Bingoflix: Avalanche Sharks

Join us for Virtual BingoFlix: Sharkfest! Play bingo along to cheesy movie cliches during a virtual watch party for your chance to win a free movie pass to the theater once we reopen. Grab your sunscreen and get ready for a summer full of so-bad-they’re-good shark movies!

On Friday, July 16, join us for Avalanche Sharks (2014, TV-MA)! Avalanche Sharks tells the story of a bikini contest that turns into a horrifying affair when it is hit by a shark avalanche.

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Libby: A Live Walk-through

If you’ve heard about e-books and audiobooks, but you don’t know where to start — this is the meeting for you!

Join us for a live Zoom call and get a step-by-step introduction to Libby, the user-friendly e-book app from Overdrive. During the event you’ll learn how to:

  • Download and register for Libby using your CALS Library Card
  • Browse the catalog using filters to find the perfect title
  • Check out items and place a hold
  • Change the settings of your screen for easier reading

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The Experience of Owning a Small Business with Shelley Green

In this program, the owner of The Green Corner Store will be sharing her experiences with running a Small Business in Little Rock.

Speaker: Shelley Green

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Shelley Green is the owner of The Green Corner Store in downtown Little Rock, Arkansas. With extensive experience in retail, fashion, public relations, event planning, and hospitality, Shelley has worked with clients ranging from non-profit organizations to national corporations like Macy’s and Saks Fifth Avenue.

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Crayfish Diversity in Arkansas

Arkansas has a remarkably diverse crayfish fauna, with approximately sixty species, many of which are found nowhere else on earth. In this presentation, I will provide an introduction to crayfish natural history, ecology, and identification, as well as techniques that biologists use to study crayfish. I will then profile a selection of unique Arkansas crayfish species with a variety of photographs and information about each.

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About Dr. Dustin Lynch

Dr.

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Bloomin’ Puppet Show

Lela Bloom will prevent an animal-themed shadow puppet show. Premieres July 20 at 2:00pm on this page and the CALS Kids YouTube channel.

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Nixon Book Buddies

This book club reads fiction & non-fiction books.

Occurs the 3rd Tuesday of every month excluding holidays.
  • February – A Jewish Refugee in New York by Kadya Molodovsky
  • March – Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
  • April – Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
  • May – A Short History of Women by Kate Walbert
  • June – The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee by David Treuer
  • July –
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Virtual Bingoflix: Shark Killer

Join us for Virtual BingoFlix: Sharkfest! Play bingo along to cheesy movie cliches during a virtual watch party for your chance to win a free movie pass to the theater once we reopen. Grab your sunscreen and get ready for a summer full of so-bad-they’re-good shark movies!

On Tuesday, July 20, join us for Shark Killer (2015, TV-MA)! A shark exterminator must retrieve a rare diamond from the stomach of a massive black-finned white shark;

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Surf Secure

Protect your privacy online. Learn about tools like password managers and two-step verification; and best practices for Internet safety.
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Toltec Mounds: Native American Storytelling

Join us as Toltec Mounds presents Native American Storytelling. Must register by July 20 with Cassie Vanpelt at cvanpelt@cals.org.

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Sarah Everts

Ottawa-based professor Sarah Everts discusses her book, “The Joy of Sweat.” The sultry summertime brings Everts as your guide to “a taboo-busting romp through the shame, stink, and strange science of sweating.” Sponsored by UAMS Department of Medical Humanities & Bioethics and Department of Dermatology.

This event is free. Registration on the Zoom platform is required.

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About The Joy of Sweat: The Strange Science of Perspiration

Sweating may be one of our weirdest biological functions,

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Arkansas Sounds Presents: Music in Arkansas: Origins 200 BC – 1941 AD

Join us every Thursday for Arkansas Sounds Presents, a free online watch party of Arkansas music and culture.

On July 22 at 7pm CST, Arkansas Sounds Presents a special presentation of the Arkansas PBS documentary, Music in Arkansas: Origins 200 BC–1941 AD! Our watch party screening tracks the development of Arkansas’s rich musical heritage, beginning with the discovery of a 200 BC Hopewell panpipe and concluding as King Biscuit Time hits the airwaves in 1941 Helena.

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Virtual Bingoflix: Sharkenstein

Join us for Virtual BingoFlix: Sharkfest! Play bingo along to cheesy movie cliches during a virtual watch party for your chance to win a free movie pass to the theater once we reopen. Grab your sunscreen and get ready for a summer full of so-bad-they’re-good shark movies!

On Friday, July 23, join us for Sharkenstein (2016, TV-MA)! Sixty years after the end of World War II, a small ocean town is plagued by a blood-thirsty creature that was built and reanimated by using the parts of the greatest sea-killers: the Sharkenstein monster.

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Genealogy Workshop: Shannon Christmas and Genetic Genealogy

Session 1: Beginner Genetic Genealogy (10 am to 11:30am
Session 2: Applying Genetic Genealogy Techniques (12:30 pm to 2pm)

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Registration is for both sessions.

Shannon Christmas is an experienced genealogist specializing in genetic, colonial American, and African-American genealogy in Virginia and the Carolinas. He serves as a 23andMe Ancestry Ambassador, an Ancestry.com Ace, administrator of The Captain Thomas Graves of Jamestown Autosomal DNA Project,

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Dream Journaling: Animal Symbolism

From household pets to our local zoos and parks, animals are an ever-present aspect of our waking world. Have you ever wondered why a particular animal has appeared in your dreams, and what it might signify? Animal symbolism has long been a tool of the written word and can be a fun and interesting method of gleaning insight from our dreams. Get some tips and tricks on how to dream journal and explore the meaning of several animals commonly encountered in dreams.

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Tails & Tales with the Museum of Discovery

Every animal big and small has a tale to tell. Join us – and a very special guest – to learn about the Museum’s coolest critters! Register here for a link to this Zoom meeting.

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Virtual Bingoflix: Post Apocalyptic Commando Shark

Join us for Virtual BingoFlix: Sharkfest! Play bingo along to cheesy movie cliches during a virtual watch party for your chance to win a free movie pass to the theater once we reopen. Grab your sunscreen and get ready for a summer full of so-bad-they’re-good shark movies!

On Tuesday, July 27, join us for Post Apocalyptic Commando Shark (2016, TV-MA)! In the post-apocalyptic future, the world is at war. The newly instated Soviet Russian Army has invaded the USA with the assistance of an evil German scientist who has created an army of super human soldiers,

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Build Your Website with WordPress

Learn how to create and manage a website using the WordPress content management system. Three-part course.

Attendee Information

The class is being offered as a Zoom webinar. Registration is required, but you can register anytime (even during the session)! It might be helpful to install Zoom on your computer or mobile device beforehand (which you can do by clicking here).

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Arkansas Sounds Presents: Michael Burks

Join us every Thursday for Arkansas Sounds Presents, a free online watch party of Arkansas music and culture.

On July 29 at 7pm CST, Arkansas Sounds Presents a tribute to the life and legacy of Arkansas blues guitar great, Michael Burks! Our watch party playlist celebrates the July 30th birthday of this award winning Camden, Arkansas artist with a rare three hour concert from Burks and his band recorded back home in Arkansas in 2010.

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Virtual Bingoflix: Ouija Shark

Join us for Virtual BingoFlix: Sharkfest! Play bingo along to cheesy movie cliches during a virtual watch party for your chance to win a free movie pass to the theater once we reopen. Grab your sunscreen and get ready for a summer full of so-bad-they’re-good shark movies!

On Friday, July 30, join us for Ouija Shark (2020, PG-13)! A group of teenage girls summon an ancient man-eating shark after messing with a spirit board that washes up on the beach.

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Music & Fun with the Kinders

Join Brian and Terri Kinder for a virtual concert that will have you dancing. Broadcast live on the CALS Kids Facebook page.

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Finding Family Facts (August 9)

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

Register for Finding Family Facts

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Shugri Said Salh

Shugri Said Salh discusses her book, The Last Nomad: Coming of Age in the Somali Desert. Another hot one, this memoir provides a “fascinating look at a disappearing culture” and has been called “brilliant and riveting.”

This event is free. Registration on the Zoom platform is required.

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About The Last Nomad

“I am the last nomad. My ancestors traveled the East African desert in search of grazing land for their livestock,

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Issues That Matter: Housing, Homelessness and Habitability

This forum will delve into the state of housing in Arkansas, including availability and the quality of rental properties.

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This event will be hosted virtually on the Zoom platform. Free registration is required. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Pulaski County and KUAR.

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wellRED Comedy Tour at CALS Ron Robinson Theater

Arkansas Sounds brings the wellRED Comedy Tour back to the CALS Ron Robinson Theater for TWO NIGHTS ONLY: Friday, August 27 and Saturday, August 28!

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,

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wellRED Comedy Tour at CALS Ron Robinson Theater

Arkansas Sounds brings the wellRED Comedy Tour back to the CALS Ron Robinson Theater for TWO NIGHTS ONLY: Friday, August 27 and Saturday, August 28!

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,

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Meet a Dragon

Meet a real (bearded) dragon and learn about their care.

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Charles Yu

Charles Yu is the author four novels, including Interior Chinatown, which won the 2020 National Book Award for fiction. The book is a satirical novel about race, pop culture, immigration, assimilation, and escaping the roles we are forced to play. Author Emily St. John Mandel calls it “…wrenching, hilarious, sharp, surreal, and above all, original.”

His novel How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe was a New York Times Notable Book and a Time magazine best book of the year.

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Issues That Matter: Protecting Arkansas’s Waterways

Arkansas’s waterways are suffering from poor water quality, aging infrastructure and other concerns. This forum will address what needs to be done to protect these vital resources.

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This event will be hosted virtually on the Zoom platform. Free registration is required. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Pulaski County and KUAR.

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