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CALS Cancels Public Programs Through May 9

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

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

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Virtual Finding Family Facts – April 9

Join us for a beginner’s genealogy class taught by Rhonda Stewart, local history and genealogy expert, from the CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies. Participants will learn how to use online databases and city directories, as well as how to archive family documents. Jump-start your genealogy research with this fun and creative way to learn about the past. No registration required.

Free and open to the public.

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Unless otherwise indicated,

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Personal Archiving Virtually!

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Have you been meaning to get your family papers, photographs, scrapbooks, and photo albums organized and digitized?

Starting on Thursday, March 26, at 1 p.m., Heather Zbinden, program coordinator at the CALS Roberts Library, will be live streaming a program to show you how to tackle your personal archiving projects. The program will continue every Thursday at 1 p.m. through April 16. Learn ways to sort your items into like groups,

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

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

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

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Virtual Finding Family Facts – April 13

Join us for a beginner’s genealogy class taught by Rhonda Stewart, local history and genealogy expert, from the CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies. Participants will learn how to use online databases and city directories, as well as how to archive family documents. Jump-start your genealogy research with this fun and creative way to learn about the past. No registration required.

Free and open to the public.

CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE CALS ROBERTS LIBRARY FACEBOOK PAGE

Unless otherwise indicated,

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ESL Classes

The classes are presented by El Zocalo Cultural Center.  They will be on Mondays starting February 3 and runs until May 18.

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Canasta

We’re playing Canasta! Come join us on Mondays. All levels are welcome.

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Finding Family Facts

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

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Bored Games

If you’re bored come hang out at the library! Board games, card games, role playing games, video games and more! For teens.

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Tail Waggin’ Tutors

Kids build reading confidence by reading to certified therapy dogs.

For ages 5-8

Meeting every second Monday of the month, excluding holidays.

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D&D Club

Dungeons and Dragons club for teens. Limited Space. Registration required at the library.

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Girls Who Code

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

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

** This session of Girls Who Code is FULL.

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STEAM Power

Science, technology, engineering, art, math, and you. For children.

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Gran Gran’s Toy Library (Afternoon)

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

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Teen Time

Stop by the library and have book chats, create crafts, make slime, enjoy cooking, play video games, and nerding out.

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BingoFlix: The Horror of Party Beach (1964, NR)

Join us for BingoFlix! Play bingo to some of the most hilarious movie cliches during a screening of one of the worst films ever made, The Horror of Party Beach! Win prizes including free movie and event tickets to upcoming shows at the CALS Ron Robinson Theater!

A drag race between hot rodders and bikers winds up at a swingin’’ rock-and-roll beach party. Nearby, a barrel containing radioactive waste is unloaded from a passing ship, and plunged to the bottom of the sea.

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Toddler Time

Enjoy listening to stories, singing songs, and making a craft.

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Movin’ and Groovin’

Clap your hands, stomp your feet, and wiggle along to the beat. Child attends with a caregiver, siblings may attend. (Ages 2-3)

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Gran Gran’s Toy Library

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

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

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Adult Activity Time

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

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

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Origami!

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

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Finding Family Facts

Join us for a beginner’s genealogy class taught by Rhonda Stewart, local history and genealogy expert, from the CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies. Participants will learn how to use online databases and city directories, as well as how to archive family documents. Jump-start your genealogy research with this fun and creative way to learn about the past. No registration required.

Free and open to the public.

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Fiddlesticks

Bring your needles or hooks. Any kind of craft is welcome. Learn a thing or two or just enjoy the company. All skill levels are welcome.

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True Stories Book Club

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

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

Discover, build, and create using various materials. For children.

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Seditious Stitchery: Radical Therapy for Delinquent Crafters

Come weekly for funky crafting and community! We provide supplies and patterns for you to choose from, or you can bring your own project to work on. For February, we are doing subversive cross stitch. Every Thursday from 5-7:30. Come on time or come late. All are welcome.
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Crafting Circle

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

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The Arkansas Vietnam War Project: An Update

About the Program

The CALS Butler Center’s Brian Robertson will give an update on a digital project launched in 2014 to document Arkansas’s role in the Vietnam War and preserve materials from the period for educators, researchers, and family members to help future generations understand more about the war and our veterans’ experiences in it. The project has recently focused on recording oral histories from veterans and family members.

[Photo: From the Arkansas Vietnam War Project Collection,

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Storytime

Enjoy listening to stories, singing songs, and making a craft.

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Dungeons and Dragons

Dungeons and Dragons is a tabletop role-playing game using pen, paper, dice, and your imagination.

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Free Comic Book Day

Come create your own comic book and become a superhero. Free comic books are being given out.

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Tinker Time

Science is discovery! Expand growing minds with creative play, exploration and tinkering! Child attends with caregivers, siblings may attend. (Ages 3-5)

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

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

Course is intended to be taken all 13 weeks, beginning to end. Bring your lunch.

FREE but registration is required because space is limited.

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Volunteer Orientation

Training session for new volunteers. Registration required.

Call us at 501-821-3060 to get more information and learn how you can help your local library.

 

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Let’s Bake!

Let’s bake pie!

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Beth Macy, Dopesick

The Oxford American is excited to announce a special addition to its 2019-2020 South Words readers series with Beth Macy, author of Dopesick, Factory Man, and Truevine. Moderating the discussion is Dr. Angela L. Scott, a professor at UAMS College of Medicine. Doors open at 6:00 PM, the reading begins at 6:30 PM, and there will be a book signing after. Books will be for sale onsite. The Presenting Sponsor for this event is the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

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Cookbook Potluck Club

Like a book club, for cookbooks! Each month, we will vote for a new cookbook in our collection to feature, with an emphasis on healthy, budget friendly fare. The featured book will be held at the library all month for reference. Then, we will each select a recipe out of the featured cookbook to prepare and bring for the group to sample at next month’s meeting.

 

Want to participate? Select a recipe from the cookbook on display at Dee Brown,

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And the Beat Goes On: Hip Hop Reading & Discussion Group

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

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

February: TBA

March: TBA
April: TBA

May: TBA

June: TBA
July: TBA

August: TBA

September: TBA

October: TBA

 

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Community Discussion Group

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

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

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

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Evening Book Club

We will meet at 6:30 pm on the fourth Tuesday of the month.

Tuesday, February 25Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Tuesday, March 24There, There by Tommy Orange

Tuesday, April 28The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien

Tuesday, May 26House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende

Tuesday,

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Nixon Book Buddies

This book club reads fiction & non-fiction books.

Occurs the 4th Tuesday of every month excluding holidays.
  • June – Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
  • July – Cinderella Ate My Daughter:  Dispatches From the Front Lines of the New Girlie-girl Culture by Peggy Orenstein
  • August – The King’s Speech by Mark Logue
  • September – I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
  • October – A Short History of Women by Kate Walbert
  • November –
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People’s Kitchen

Want to learn how to make a pie crust? Found a recipe that really stimulates your taste buds? Come to our monthly meeting and nominate your recipe! Then, we will have 5 randomly drawn nominations on display at the library and online for anyone to vote on. The nomination that has the most votes by the deadline (7 days before our monthly meeting) will be declared the winner! We will make that recipe together and sample.

 

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Ain’t in it For My Health: a film about Levon Helm (2010, NR)

Celebrate and remember Arkansan Levon Helm on his 80th birthday week with a screening of the documentary Ain’t in it For My Health!

Mark Lavon “Levon” Helm was born in Phillips County, Arkansas, and achieved fame as the drummer and one of the vocalists for The Band. Helm was known for his deeply soulful, country-accented voice, multi-instrumental ability, and creative drumming style. Levon’s iconic voice was highlighted on many of The Band’s most famous recordings,

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Bicycle Workshop

Bring your bike, we’ll help you fix it up! This monthly workshop will take place in the Tool Library where we will have a bicycle mechanic on hand to answer your questions and teach you how to do basic repairs on your own bicycle.

 

Note: Our next meeting is March 21st! Also, because we have scheduling conflicts in April, we won’t have a workshop, but we are doing two in May (2nd and 30th) to make up for that.

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Jaws (1975, PG)

When a young woman is killed by a shark while skinny-dipping near the New England tourist town of Amity Island, police chief Martin Brody (Roy Scheider) wants to close the beaches, but mayor Larry Vaughn (Murray Hamilton) overrules him, fearing that the loss of tourist revenue will cripple the town. Ichthyologist Matt Hooper (Richard Dreyfuss) and grizzled ship captain Quint (Robert Shaw) offer to help Brody capture the killer beast, and the trio engage in an epic battle of man vs.

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The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975, R)

“Let’s do the TIME WARP again!” Join the CALS Ron Robinson Theater for an INTERACTIVE SHOWING of The Rocky Horror Picture Show!

Probably the oddest, most off-the-wall cult film ever made, this kinky rock’n’roll science fiction horror satire is everybody’s favorite midnight show. A young couple stumbles into a castle inhabited by weirdos from the planet Transylvania including Dr. Frank N. Furter (Tim Curry) a transvestite Frankenstein in rhinestone heels. A marvelous musical spoof which urges,

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Finding Family Facts

Join us for a beginner’s genealogy class taught by Rhonda Stewart, local history and genealogy expert, from the CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies. Participants will learn how to use online databases and city directories, as well as how to archive family documents. Jump-start your genealogy research with this fun and creative way to learn about the past. No registration required.

Free and open to the public.

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Evening Book Club

We will meet at 6:30 pm on the fourth Tuesday of the month.

Tuesday, February 25Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Tuesday, March 24There, There by Tommy Orange

Tuesday, April 28The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien

Tuesday, May 26House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende

Tuesday,

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Finding Family Facts

Join us for a beginner’s genealogy class taught by Rhonda Stewart, local history and genealogy expert, from the CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies. Participants will learn how to use online databases and city directories, as well as how to archive family documents. Jump-start your genealogy research with this fun and creative way to learn about the past. No registration required.

Free and open to the public.

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Early Bird Friends of CALS Book Sale

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

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

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Early Bird Friends of CALS Book Sale

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

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

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Friends of CALS Book Sale

Bookshelf looking a little empty? On Friday and Saturday, July 17 & 18, stock up on new (to you) reads, and support the Central Arkansas Library System at the same time. Our Friends of CALS (Friends) book sales in the Main Library basement feature hardback books for $2, and paperbacks for $1.

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

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Early Bird Friends of CALS Book Sale

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

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

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Friends of CALS Book Sale

Bookshelf looking a little empty? On Friday and Saturday, July 17 & 18, stock up on new (to you) reads, and support the Central Arkansas Library System at the same time. Our Friends of CALS (Friends) book sales in the Main Library basement feature hardback books for $2, and paperbacks for $1.

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

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Finding Family Facts

Join us for a beginner’s genealogy class taught by Rhonda Stewart, local history and genealogy expert, from the CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies. Participants will learn how to use online databases and city directories, as well as how to archive family documents. Jump-start your genealogy research with this fun and creative way to learn about the past. No registration required.

Free and open to the public.

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Tom Llamas, Anchor, ABC News “World News Tonight”

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

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

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David Treuer, The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee

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

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Early Bird Friends of CALS Book Sale

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

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

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Early Bird Friends of CALS Book Sale

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

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

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Friends of CALS Book Sale

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

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

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Early Bird Friends of CALS Book Sale

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

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

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Friends of CALS Book Sale

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

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

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