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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.

https://www.facebook.com/watch/211889102225911/810673159510213

1/3 Alpha-Arbutin
1/10 Benzoyl Peroxide
1/17 Ceramides
1/24 Double Cleansing
1/31 Essence
2/7 Ferulic Acid
2/14 Glycolic Acid
2/28 Hyaluronic Acid
3/7 Illite Clay
3/14 Jojoba
3/21 Kaolin Clay
3/28 Lactic Acid
4/4 Moisturizing
4/11 Niacinamide
4/18 Oatmeal
4/25 Poly Hydroxy Acids
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,

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Love your Mother (Earth) Grab and Go bags

Beeswax Food Wraps & Blackout Poetry: Love your Mother (Earth), and waste not, want not. Plastic-free food storage and writing-free poetry! Let this kit inspire you to reduce, re-use, and recycle. For adults 16+ on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last. Kits available starting Monday, April 5, 2021.

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Jellybean STEM Structures Teen Grab n’ Go Craft

Stop by Maumelle library and pick up a tasty grab n’ go craft to experiment with 3D shapes using jellybeans. National Jellybean Day is the same day as Earth Day: April 22nd! Be sure to watch Miss Stef’s video on our Facebook page and enter to win the Jellybean Contest!

Facebook: @cals.maumellelibrary

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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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Curbside Crafts

We feature weekly crafts for your school-aged youth. It comes with everything you need to pass the time and make something cute.

Simply swing by to pick up your grab & go craft located on the table at our back door.

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Terry Grab-and-Go Crafts

Visit the Terry Library and pickup a craft bag. There will be a variety throughout the month. Find out when to pickup by checking the schedule below.

While supplies last!

April crafts (subject to change)
Preschoolers (ages 3-5) 
1st week: lunch sack kites
2nd week: nature suncatchers
3rd week: grass hair
4th week: nature mobiles

Kids (ages 6-12)
1st week: pom-pom caterpillars
3rd week: rain cloud and sunshine paper craft

Teens (ages 13-18)
2nd week: origami Yoda
4th week: DYI upcycled art

Adults
All month: grab-and-go seed packets

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Grab N’ Go Activity Bags

Grab N’ Go Activity Bags

Available:

Monday – Saturday

9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Ask at the Front Desk or through Curbside Service

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Nature Observation Field Journals Grab and Go

Each kit includes a small journal, a color change pen, and a guide to get you started sketching and writing about the natural world. Available from the Fletcher library circulation desk or through curbside pick-up while supplies last.

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Kids in the Kitchen

Join Ms. Kat for an easy recipe and storytime. Sometimes we make goodies, and sometimes we keep it healthy. We learn a little about where food comes from and nutrition along the way. Storytime is a read aloud with suggestions for further fiction and non-fiction reading on the topic.

Each Monday at 10:00am, learn different simple recipes to share with little ones on the CALS Kids Facebook page.

Next episode:

CALS Storytime Archive on YouTube

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Adobe Acrobat for Your Small Business

Learn how Adobe Acrobat can make your documents look more professional, and make the digital version as easy to use as the paper one.
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Food for Good Grab N’ Go Supper

The Nixon Library serves afterschool Supper

Monday – Friday

4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

For 18 years and younger

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Shelf Stable Meals

CALS/BE MIGHTY LR/FOOD FOR GOOD

If you’re 18 and younger, we offer free shelf-stable meals M-F from 4-5:30 pm and from 11-12:30 pm on Saturday. Not available on Sundays, holidays, or during inclement weather.

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Food For Good Supper

The Nixon Library Serves an afterschool meal

Monday – Friday

4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

18 years and younger

Available at the Front Desk

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CALS Writing Circle: A Conversation with Justin Booth, Outlaw Poet

Join us for a conversation with Justin Booth, outlaw poet and author of Trailer Park Troubadour  (2013), The Singer, The Lesbian, & The One with the Feet (2015), A Quarter, a Dime, and Two Copper Pennies (2015), Outlaw Blue (2016), Lucky Strikes, Grave Dirt, and 1/3 of the Stars (2016), The Stripper’s Daughter (2017), The Luckiest Man (2019), and Hookers,

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Refuse, Reduce, Reuse – and then Recycle

Recycling is good, but refusing that bag, single-use plastic, take-out napkins/cutlery/condiments is even better. Reducing our carbon footprint can come in many forms – and it’s not difficult. Find out how you can do better before you recycle. The Little Rock Sustainability Office will show you how!

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About Melinda Glasgow

Melinda Glasgow is the Sustainability Officer for the City of Little Rock, since 2012. She began her career at the City as the Recycling Coordinator in December 2008.

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Earth Day Grab N’ Go Activity Bag

Seed Bomb activity bag

Available:

9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

At the Front Desk or through Curbside Service.

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Story Walk: Fletcher and the Springtime Blossoms

Story Walk:

9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Fletcher and the Springtime Blossoms by Julia Rawlinson

Craft bag available at the Front Desk or through Curbside Service

 

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Transformation: Artworks by Sandra Sell and Elizabeth Weber

January 8 to April 24, 2021

CALS Underground Gallery

This exhibition showcases the sculptures and paintings of two of Arkansas’s outstanding artists. Sandra Sell explores the contrast and rhythmic tension inherent in carved wood, and Elizabeth Weber’s work explores the concepts of hidden growth and transformation.

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

The Roberts Library is located at CALS Library Square in the River Market District of downtown Little Rock.

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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.

Next episode:

CALS Storytime Archive on YouTube

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Limbs & Mascaron

Two ceramic artists, one gallery!
Limbs by Chris Swasta of Rolling Hills Pottery and Mascaron by Jennifer Perren 

February 12–May 29, 2021

CALS Galleries at Library Square, Loft Gallery

This dual exhibition showcases vibrant ceramic artworks by two local artists and educators. Chris Swasta will display his expansive ceramic coral reef installation, titled Limbs. Two years in the making, the reef is made of more than 6,000 hand-rolled coils of clay.

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Oral History at Home: Beginners Oral History Workshop (April 20)

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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Understanding Financial Basics

Are you looking to become banked? Confused on how to navigate the financial system? This class will provide information on how to open a safe, no overdraft certified Bank On account at participating local financial institutions and offer an overview on common banking terms and services. Presented by Bank On Arkansas.

In recognition of April as Financial Literacy Month, Arkansas Treasurer of State Dennis Milligan’s office is teaming up with the Central Arkansas Library System to host a free virtual financial education series.

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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: I’m Gonna Git You Sucka (1988, R)

Join us ALL April long for Virtual BingoFlix! 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. This month we’re featuring the best of 80s action!

On Tuesday, April 20, join us for I’m Gonna Git You Sucka (1988, R)! Jack Spade comes home to the ghetto and finds his brother dead from a gold chain overdose.

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Terry Brewer – Blood and Soil

February 12–May 1, 2021 

CALS Roberts Library, Galleries at Library Square  

“Blood and soil.” These words have been used by Nazis and others as a rallying cry for racial purity, one of the most destructive concepts ever developed. When they are used as materials for creative expression, however, their elemental beauty lends itself to limitless constructive possibilities. Soil comes from the earth, blood from a sentient being.

The idea of working with blood as a medium came to me around twenty years ago while traveling in South Asia,

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Memoir Writing for Seniors: How to Write Your Story

Presented by CALS Writing Circle, 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!

CALS Storytime Archive on YouTube

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The Experiences of Owning a Small Business with Maria Aguilar

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

Speaker: Maria Aguilar

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María has a been a voice for the Latin American culture in her community and by marrying her passion for fashion and her Mexican roots, Moontlali has been brought to life. With a degree in International Commerce, she is a firm believer in just and fair trade,

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A Taste of Growing MyPlate

A Taste of Growing MyPlate: Together we will go on a journey through the Children’s Library’s Teaching Garden, touring the newest spring crops. We will harvest ingredients to make a fresh spring salad and make a meal together using proper knife skills and kitchen etiquette. This is all a sneak peak of what’s to come in the 6-week Growing MyPlate Virtual course that will begin in May on Niche Academy and Zoom. Those interested in the course can register and can pick up our Earth Month Grab’N’Go activity: a Spring Salad Planter Box.

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A Conversation Worth Having: African Origins & Christianity’s African Roots (1987)

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

Join us for A Conversation Worth Having: a part of our Civil Rights & Social Change Collection.

Each week is an opportunity for conversation! Every Wednesday this April we’re hosting a watch party of different discussions between Civil Rights leaders of the 60s, 70s, and 80s, including James Baldwin, John H. Clarke, Amiri Baraka, Dr. Yosef Ben-Jochannan, George Simmonds,

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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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Plan a Garden

Learn different aspects of gardening. For ages 5-16.

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Issues That Matter: The Need to Read

This forum will explore literacy in Arkansas, including efforts to teach literacy, rates of literacy in Arkansas, and the costs and effects of Arkansans who can’t read.

Featured Panelists

Sherry Chambers – K-12 Literacy Director for the Little Rock School District
Marci Robertson – Executive Director of Literacy Action of Central Arkansas
Sherra Bennett – AR Kids Read
Nancy Leonhardt – Executive Director for the Adult Learning Alliance of Arkansas

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This event will be hosted virtually on the Zoom platform.

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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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Arkansas Sounds Presents: a Glen Campbell tribute

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

On Thursday, April 22 at 7 p.m. CST, CALS Arkansas Sounds presents a birthday tribute to Arkansas pop and country music icon, Glen Campbell! Glen Campbell was a legendary singer, songwriter, guitarist, television host, and actor who sold more than 45 million records and won 10 Grammy Awards, including a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Storytime on the Go

Join Ms. Portia from Williams Library on the last Friday of the month for a special storytime adventure.

CALS Storytime Archive on YouTube

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Library Resources for the Job Hunt

Find out about the great resources you can use to make your job hunt faster, easier, and more productive. It's free with your CALS card!
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Teen Time: Gardening

Want a garden but don’t know where to start or don’t have the traditional garden space? Ms. Linda has tips on how to start a garden in unusual spaces.

Instagram: cals_teens

YouTube: CALS Teens

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Virtual BingoFlix: Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986, PG)

Join us ALL April long for Virtual BingoFlix! 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. This month we’re featuring the best of 80s action!

On Friday, April 23, join us for Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986, PG)! Living in exile on the planet Vulcan, the ragtag former crew of the USS Enterprise steal a starship after receiving a planetary distress call from Earth: a space probe has entered into orbit around Earth,

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Food For Good Lunch

The Nixon Library Serves Lunch

Saturdays

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

18 years and younger

Available at the Front Desk

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CALS Writing Circle: Writing all Year Workshop Group

Are you looking for a writing workshop group? Presented by CALS Writing Circle and led by J. Jobe, Writing All Year is a place to share your work-in-progress with other writers. We meet twice a month to give and receive encouragement, insight, and feedback in a safe and respectful environment. Our objective: to improve the work with kindness and compassion. If this sounds like something you’ve been looking for, please join us. All experience levels and genres are welcome. Free.

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Fun with Dunbar Gardens: Go Green with CALS Kids

Join us April 24 at 2:00 p.m. for a fun and informative visit with Dunbar Gardens. We can’t wait to see you there!!!

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMocuiuqTsoGNxgylB4aGEFSyqqXDVxv2iY

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Virtual Open Lab

One-on-one tech help from an expert. Ask your burning technology questions, get troubleshooting help, or learn about a new device.
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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:

January 25; February 8 & 22; March 8 & 22;

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Help! How Do I Use Libby?

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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Arkansas Wild Spaces

Arkansas Wild Spaces is a program run by the Central Arkansas Master Naturalists. Starting this summer, AWS will send habitat advisors to visit yards of people who take a natural habitat pledge and donate a nominal amount. The advisors will educate homeowners on non-native invasive plants to remove and natives to plant, and get them started on the road to create their own wild habitat in their yards. If you want to plant natives but don’t know how to start,

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Evening Book Club

Discussion on The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender.
Copies will be available at Thompson Library.

Zoom registration link:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYlc-uhrDgiE9cdQ-sHPQJvlaItO7N9pRG2

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Basics of Budgeting and Savings

In this class we’ll look at how to build a budget that will make your money work for you. We’ll also go over options for credit repair and find ways to make a fresh start. Presented by Orion Federal Credit Union.

Topics will include:

  • Setting Budget Goals & Developing Positive Habits
  • Understanding Your Credit Score

In recognition of April as Financial Literacy Month, Arkansas Treasurer of State Dennis Milligan’s office is teaming up with the Central Arkansas Library System to host a free virtual financial education series.

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Short Form: a virtual short story discussion group

Join us for a virtual discussion group focusing on short stories. We read a variety of genres, from literary and sci-fi, to horror and magical realism. We meet monthly on the last Tuesday of the month at 6:30 PM on Zoom.

Our next meeting will be March 23. Readings for this month are “Sweetness” by Toni Morrison and “Cactus” by O. Henry.

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Virtual BingoFlix: Iron Eagle (1986, PG-13)

Join us ALL April long for Virtual BingoFlix! 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. This month we’re featuring the best of 80s action!

On Tuesday, April 27, join us for Iron Eagle (1986, PG-13)! When Colonel Ted Masters’ plane goes down in an Arab country and he’s sentenced to death for trespassing,

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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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CALS Goes Green with Vito and Vera

CALS Goes Green with Vito and Vera: Come learn about the environmental benefits of plant-based eating with Vito and Vera’s Chef and Owner, Alicia Watson. Alicia will be joined by Gilbert Barrera and Jan Wall. Let’s toast to our health and planet. Participants will learn how to make a plant-based cocktail or mocktail with Gilbert Barrera. Savory and sweet recipes will be provided using Arkansas strawberries. Participants will be encouraged to cook along from their homes.

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A Conversation Worth Having: Images of Black Men in America (1988)

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

Join us for A Conversation Worth Having: a part of our Civil Rights & Social Change Collection.

Each week is an opportunity for conversation! Every Wednesday this April we’re hosting a watch party of different discussions between Civil Rights leaders of the 60s, 70s, and 80s, including James Baldwin, John H. Clarke, Amiri Baraka, Dr. Yosef Ben-Jochannan, George Simmonds,

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Introducing Our Common Purpose

Arkansas’s capitol city will be the nation’s municipal “champion” as part of a nationwide effort – led by the American Academy of Arts & Sciences – to increase civic learning and engagement across America. The Academy launched a bipartisan Commission on the Practice of Democratic Citizenship to study political and civic life around the country. The commission’s final report, Our Common Purpose: Reinventing American Democracy for the 21st Century, includes 31 interconnected recommendations to help the nation emerge as a more resilient democracy by 2026.

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Identifying Local Climate Impact

What climate change impacts are we living through in Arkansas? What solutions will be most effective to preserve a livable world? Local Citizens’ Climate Lobby volunteers Larry Price and Jan Schaper will invite audience observations and share data on how climate change is unfolding in Arkansas. They will demonstrate Climate Interactive’s En-Roads climate solutions modeling tool and encourage participant response. CALS Adult Programs is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Topic: Identifying Local Climate Impacts
Time: Apr 29, 2021 06:30 PM Central Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85863002285…
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Roxane Gay

Roxane Gay is an author and cultural critic whose writing is unmatched and widely revered. Her work garners international acclaim for its reflective, no-holds-barred exploration of feminism and social criticism. With a deft eye on modern culture, she brilliantly critiques its ebb and flow with both wit and ferocity.

Her collection of essays, Bad Feminist, is considered the quintessential exploration of modern feminism. NPR named it one of the best books of the year and Salon declared the book “trailblazing.” Her powerful debut novel,

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Arkansas Sounds Presents: a Ronnie Hawkins tribute

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

On Thursday, April 29 at 7 p.m. CST, CALS Arkansas Sounds presents a tribute to legendary Arkansas rock and roll giant, Ronnie Hawkins! Ronnie Hawkins is a rock and roll and country singer, songwriter and actor who rose fame in the mid-1950s with his band, The Hawks. As a bandleader, Hawkins has been a notable talent scout and mentor to many musicians,

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Virtual BingoFlix: Big Trouble in Little China (1986, PG-13)

Join us ALL April long for Virtual BingoFlix! 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. This month we’re featuring the best of 80s action!

On Friday, April 30, join us for Big Trouble in Little China (1986, PG-13)! Kurt Russell plays hard-boiled truck driver Jack Burton, who gets caught in a bizarre conflict within,

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Why Should I Read to My Child?

Join authors Vazquez and Chavez Saturday May 1 at 10:00 AM via Zoom as they read their book, Valentina Goes to School, sing songs, and discuss for adults the importance of reading to children. This program will be presented in both Spanish and English. 1. Importance of parents reading to their children
2. Why should I read to my child?
3. How should I read to my child?
4. Tips and recommendations 1.- Importancia de los padres en la lectura a los hijos.
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Food for Good Lunch

The Nixon Library serves lunch

Saturdays

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

For ages 18 years and younger

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Basic Computing

If you have some computer experience—but want a little more confidence—this class explores managing files, copy and paste, and more.
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Food for Good Supper

The Nixon Library serves an afterschool meal

Monday – Friday

4:00 – 5:30 p.m.

For ages 18 and under

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CALS Writing Circle: Read Like a Writer

Wouldn’t it be great to have a writing lesson with your favorite author so they could teach you how they do what it is they do? Now you can—in a way—by joining us as we read and examine a book together, reading as writers. We’ll meet once a week for 4 weeks to take a book apart and see how it works. Class space is limited.

 

 

This month, we’ll read Joan Didion’s The Year of Magical Thinking,

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Beyond the Idea – Startups and Their Stories

This event is part of the Rock It! Lab series of entrepreneurial programming.

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Beyond the Idea is an event that allows entrepreneurs to share their stories – which include how to turn an idea into reality, best business advice, tips for success and their failure enroute to success.

This event takes place on the first Tuesday of every month.

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Basics of Financial Planning

In this class, we will cover four important steps toward taking your finances to the next level. Make money work for you rather than against you. Presented by Strongtower Wealth Management.

In recognition of April as Financial Literacy Month, Arkansas Treasurer of State Dennis Milligan’s office is teaming up with the Central Arkansas Library System to host a free virtual financial education series. The sessions will be presented by local financial experts. Topics will include budgeting, saving money on taxes,

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Tony Zavaleta

El 4 de mayo de 2021, el Dr. Tony Zavaleta, Profesor Emérito de Antropología e Historiador de la Universidad de Texas Rio Grande Valley presentará una sinopsis de la constante agitación política y la guerra que azotó a México luego de la expulsión de los españoles en 1820. De la década de 1820 a la de 1860 México estuvo en constante agitación y sufrió invasiones de Inglaterra, Francia y Estados Unidos. El Dr. Zavaleta brindará una descripción general de las circunstancias sociales y políticas que alimentaron el conflicto,

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Memoir Writing for Seniors: How to Write Your Story

Presented by CALS Writing Circle, 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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Microsoft Excel Part 1: The Basics

In Part 1 of our popular four-part series, learn how to enter information, format text and numbers, sort and filter, and more.
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Bill Pruden—Lessons in Learning: The CALS Encyclopedia of Arkansas & One Man’s Journey into the World of Arkansas History

CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies Presents LEGACIES & LUNCH

Speaker: Bill Pruden

Bill Pruden, longtime author of entries for the CALS Encyclopedia of Arkansas, shares his journey to becoming a historian of Arkansas. 

William H. Pruden III is the director of civic engagement, a college counselor, and an instructor in history and social studies at Ravenscroft School in Raleigh, North Carolina. He earned an AB in history from Princeton University,

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Funding Your Small Business

This program is going to cover the basics of the options that Small Business Owners have to fund their small business idea such as Loans or Crowdfunding. This recorded program will be available on our CALS YouTube Channel. This program is the second part to the “Calculating Your Small Business Startup Costs” that was uploaded on April 15th.

If you have any additional questions about the program, please email ledixon@cals.org.

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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!

Next episode:

CALS Storytime Archive on YouTube

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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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Teen Time: Mr. Dan’s Real World

Mr. Dan talks about resume building using BrainFuse JobNow and Cypress.

Posts on:

YouTube: CALS Teens

Instagram: cals_teens

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CALS Writing Circle: Writing all Year Writing Workshop

Are you looking for a writing workshop group? Led by J. Jobe, Writing All Year is a place to share your work-in-progress with other writers. We meet twice a month to give and receive encouragement, insight, and feedback in a safe and respectful environment. Our objective: to improve the work with kindness and compassion. If this sounds like something you’ve been looking for, please join us. All experience levels and genres are welcome. Free. Contact jjobe@cals.org for class materials.

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Due to ongoing public health concerns,

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Microsoft Word Part 1: The Basics

Explore the basics of Microsoft Word, including information on writing, formatting, and editing documents.
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Finding Family Facts (May 10)

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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Parent Literacy Tip Storytime

Join us on the second Tuesday of every month at 10:00am for a special storytime that includes an entertaining book for babies and toddlers, along with helpful information for parents wanting to nurture their child’s literacy development. This storytime will be available on the CALS Kids Facebook page or may view it below.

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Planning for Major Life Changes

This session will cover the importance of proactive estate planning and the need for estate plan maintenance as major life changes arise, such as marriage, divorce, birth of children, illness, aging, buying a home, or building a business. Presented by The Wilson Law Group.

In recognition of April as Financial Literacy Month, Arkansas Treasurer of State Dennis Milligan’s office is teaming up with the Central Arkansas Library System to host a free virtual financial education series. The sessions will be presented by local financial experts.

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Cooking Matters at Home: Making Recipes Work for You

May 11: Making Recipes Work for You: Your Family, Your Choice

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Stop the mealtime madness! Join us for Cooking Matters at Home and learn to prepare delicious, affordable meals the whole family will enjoy. In each 30-minute group discussion, we’ll talk about different ideas for saving money while cooking tasty family meals at home. These online classes will be held over Zoom, so you will need either a stable internet or phone connection.

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Microsoft Excel Part 2: The Basics

In Part 2 of our popular four-part series, master more advanced formulas, eye-catching charts, copy-and-paste, AutoFill, and more.
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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 – Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
  • July –
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CALS Writing Circle Meeting

Get together with other writers of all genres and levels of experience to improve your craft and build a creative support network. Join us once a month as we meet to discuss our work, learn new techniques, and enjoy the benefits of a writerly community.

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

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

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The Experience of Owning a Small Business with Nitzia’s Designs

In this program, the owner of Nitzia’s Designs will be sharing her experiences with running a Small Business in Little Rock. 

Speaker: Nitzia David

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“I’m the owner of Nitzia’s Designs, a Small Business that provides floral décor services for weddings and events. As a Small Business it’s my goal to provide quality versus quantity, creating the best and most unique designs. The uniqueness of my design and attention to detail is what has helped me be set me apart in the Floral Industry.

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Microsoft Word Part 2: Styles, Mailings, and More

If you have some basic experience with Microsoft Word, learn how to use powerful features like styles, mail merges, and more.
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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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Microsoft Excel Part 3: Lookup, Conditional Formatting, and More

In Part 3 of our popular four-part series, learn to add automatic styles and color-coding to your data, protect against errors, and more.
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First Time Home Buyers Financial Tips

Please join us on Wednesday May 19 from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM via Zoom for Financial Education for First Time Home Buyers. Ricky Williams of First Security Bank Arkansas will cover the following points: Credit
Loan qualifications (credit score and DTI)
Documents you must have to be eligible
Complete Home Loan process
Down payment assistance loan programs and 100% Loan options (designed to get you into a home for little to no money out of pocket) This program will be presented in BOTH Spanish &
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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
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Teen Time: Book Opinions

Ms. Linda talks about how to find books for bored readers.

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YouTube: CALS Teens

Instagram: cals_teens

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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! May 21- STAR WARS Trivia CALS Adult Programs is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Topic: Friday Family Fun Night Trivia
Time: May 21, 2021 07:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting
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Microsoft PowerPoint for Beginners

Get an overview of Microsoft PowerPoint, including how to make an eye-catching presentation and show it to your audience.
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Evening Book Club

Discussion on Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain.
Copies will be available at Thompson Library.

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Microsoft Excel Part 4: PivotTables, PivotCharts, and Lookup

In Part 4 of our four-part series, find out how to analyze data from all angles with PivotTables, use VLOOKUP to find information, and more.
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Carlos Cisneros

Este programa es parte de Literary Bridges/Puentes Literarios Arkansas-México, una colaboración entre el Sistema de Bibliotecas de Arkansas Central y el Consulado de México en Little Rock para fomentar el intercambio cultural y bilingüe entre nuestros usuarios.

This program is part of Literary Bridges/Puentes Literarios Arkansas-Mexico, a programming partnership between the Central Arkansas Library System and the Mexican Consulate in Little Rock to encourage cultural and bilingual interaction amongst our patrons.

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Kathleen Condray: Das Arkansas Echo and German Immigrants in Arkansas

CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies Presents LEGACIES & LUNCH

Speaker: Kathleen Condray

Kathleen Condray, associate professor of German at the University of Arkansas, discusses her new book, “Das Arkansas Echo”: A Year in the Life of Germans in the Nineteenth-Century South, examining topics the newspaper covered during its inaugural year. Condray illuminates the newspaper’s crusade against Prohibition, its advocacy for the protection of German schools and the German language,

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Finding Family Facts (June 14)

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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The Experience of Owning a Small Business with Beth Porter

In this program, the owner of Eggshell Kitchen Co. will be sharing her experiences with running a Small Business in Little Rock. 

Speaker: Beth Porter

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“I grew up in North Little Rock. After attending the University of Arkansas, I began my career with Walmart Home Office in the Marketing Department.  After leaving Walmart, I have held a variety of positions in Marketing or Advertising firms,

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Elizabeth Findley Shores—Book discussion of Shared Secrets: The Queer World of Newbery Medalist 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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Talia and Mariela Pedraza

Este programa es parte de Literary Bridges/Puentes Literarios Arkansas-México, una colaboración entre el Sistema de Bibliotecas de Arkansas Central y el Consulado de México en Little Rock para fomentar el intercambio cultural y bilingüe entre nuestros usuarios.

This program is part of Literary Bridges/Puentes Literarios Arkansas-Mexico, a programming partnership between the Central Arkansas Library System and the Mexican Consulate in Little Rock to encourage cultural and bilingual interaction amongst our patrons.

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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.

Register for Finding Family Facts

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

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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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Tom Llamas

Tom Llamas has worked at NBC and ABC, where he was the Weekend Anchor. He earned both Emmy and Edward R. Murrow Awards for groundbreaking stories including Hurricane Sandy, the trial of the Boston Marathon Bomber, and his first love, politics.

Llamas is the only TV journalist ever embedded with the Coast Guard during a human smuggling interdiction at sea. The Emmy award-winning story documented how Cuban refugees are smuggled into the U.S. and the Coast Guard’s mission to intercept these vessels.

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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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