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Equilla Marie Walker—Vision from the Lens of My Soul

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

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

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Coming Home (1978, R) FREE screening

The National Endowment for the Arts Big Read, a partnership with Arts Midwest, broadens our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. Showcasing a diverse range of titles that reflect many different voices and perspectives, the NEA Big Read aims to inspire conversation and discovery.

CALS and the Ottenheimer Library at UA Little Rock are hosting a FREE series of virtual screenings centered around Tim O’Brien’s classic The Things They Carried,

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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!

Please contact Latina Sheard at lsheard@cals.org if you would like to be notified of future club opportunities.

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Having Conversations Across the Political Divide

Please join us on Monday November 2 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM.  In this Braver Angels online program, we will be learning how to converse across the political divide with malice towards none.  Four key skills will be taught with the opportunity to practice:

  1. Setting a constructive tone
  2. Listening in a way that the other person feels heard
  3. Speaking in a way that helps the other person hear you
  4. Handling difficult moments

Email jburrus@cals.org or gwhite@braverangels.org for the Zoom link.

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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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Memoir Writing for Seniors: How to write your story

This four-week class meets once each week and takes attendees aged 55+ through the steps of writing their own life stories. Students are given tools and techniques to help them learn to write regularly and productively. The class may be retaken as many times as desired. No writing experience is required.

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

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Due to ongoing public health concerns,

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Ledger Art from the J. W. Wiggins Contemporary Native American Art Collection

August 14 – November 28, 2020

Galleries at Library Square, CALS Roberts Library

As part of the Central Arkansas Library System’s celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of Arkansas author Dee Brown’s classic Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, the CALS Galleries at Library Square are honored to host an exhibition of ledger art from the J. W. Wiggins Contemporary Native American Art Collection.

Wiggins explains that these “contemporary Ledger Art Drawings are created by Native American artists from the late 1980s until today.

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Michael Pierce: “The Nelson Hackett Project”

CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies Presents LEGACIES & LUNCH

Speaker: Michael Pierce, Associate Professor of History at University of Arkansas in Fayetteville

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Sometime in the middle of July 1841, Nelson Hackett fled both Arkansas and slavery, setting off an international dispute that would ensure that Canada remained a safe refuge for those escaping bondage in the United States.

There are conflicting accounts of Hackett’s departure.

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Basic Computing

If you have some computer experience—but want a little more computer confidence—this class explores managing files, copy and paste, and more.
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First Friday Crafts

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

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

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

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Ten Retirement Planning Tips

Please join us on Saturday November 7 at 1:00 PM via Zoom.   AARP Arkansas will present practical ways to achieve retirement peace of mind.   Ideas on how to jump-start your retirement savings and other considerations will be discussed.  Email jburrus@cals.org for the Zoom link.

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Full Metal Jacket (1987, R) FREE screening

The National Endowment for the Arts Big Read, a partnership with Arts Midwest, broadens our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. Showcasing a diverse range of titles that reflect many different voices and perspectives, the NEA Big Read aims to inspire conversation and discovery.

CALS and the Ottenheimer Library at UA Little Rock are hosting a FREE series of virtual screenings centered around Tim O’Brien’s classic The Things They Carried,

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Cento Poetry Showcase Submission Deadline

In collaboration with Lift Every Voice: Why African American Poetry Matters Today & the Library of America, the Cento Poetry Showcase on CALS social media amplifies the voices of black authors by utilizing quotes from original works & knitting them together to create entirely new poems. Explore CALS reading lists & collection to find new ways of writing and thinking. Titles and the authors of the original works will be credited in the showcase. Submissions begin October 9th & run through November 9th.

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Meditation at Main Online

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

Upcoming dates:

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

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Finding Family Facts

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

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

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Writing War: A Conversation with Tim O’Brien

Novelist Tim O’Brien and Professor Alex Vernon (Hendrix College), both veterans, talk about their war and post-war experiences and transforming those experiences into meaningful writing.

This event is free, but requires registration using the Zoom platform. You may download the Zoom app at zoom.us. Please register using the button below.

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Microsoft Excel Part 2: Formulas and Charts

In Part 2 of our four-part series, master more advanced formulas, eye-catching charts, copy-and-paste, AutoFill, and more.
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Citizenship/Immigration Virtual Workshop

USCIS Community Relations Officer Anne Hackett will provide information on US Citizenship. She will discuss the test and interview process as well as answer general questions. This program will be presented in both Spanish and English. Email jburrus@cals.org for the Zoom link. We hope to see you there!

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Android Mobile Essentials

Learn how to make your smartphone or tablet actually do what you want it to! This session also includes plenty of question-and-answer time.
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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.
  • July – Just Mercy:  A Story of Justice & 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 – Furious Hours:  Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee by Casey Cep
  • November –
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Issues That Matter: What’s Next? A Recap and Look Forward of the 2020 Election

Sponsored by the Central Arkansas Library System, KUAR and the League of Women Voters, the Issues That Matter panel will analyze the results of the November 3 election and what they mean for Arkansas.

Registration link: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_jiNpT80CQli6gFZFhawY-Q

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Apple Mobile Essentials

Learn how to make your iPhone or iPad actually do what you want it to! This session also includes plenty of question-and-answer time.
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Hamburger Hill (1987, R) FREE screening

The National Endowment for the Arts Big Read, a partnership with Arts Midwest, broadens our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. Showcasing a diverse range of titles that reflect many different voices and perspectives, the NEA Big Read aims to inspire conversation and discovery.

CALS and the Ottenheimer Library at UA Little Rock are hosting a FREE series of virtual screenings centered around Tim O’Brien’s classic The Things They Carried,

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Brian Mitchell: “West Rock: The Taking of an American Dream”

CALS Roberts Library of Arkansas History & Art Presents

Speaker: Brian Mitchell, assistant professor of History at University of Arkansas at Little Rock

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Founded in 1906, the community of West Rock provided affordable housing and accessibility to an array of domestic, service, and labor jobs for its African American residents. The area was located in what is now the Riverdale neighborhood, downhill from Pulaski Heights,

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Oral History at Home: Beginners Oral History Workshop

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

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

This course is open to all.

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Microsoft Excel Part 3: Color-Coding, Logic, and More

In Part 3 of our four-part series, learn to add automatic styles and color-coding to your data, protect against errors, and more.
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Cooking Matters: Let’s TACObout Food Waste

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.

Registration link: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_zU7VJPX3TvCfWyM9DFmNkQ

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Catherine Calloway: “The Vietnam War: Its Legacy in Literature”

CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies Presents LEGACIES & LUNCH

Speaker: Cathey Calloway, professor of English at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro

Rescheduled from April 2020

Catherine Calloway provides an overview of the vast canon of Vietnam War literature—including Arkansas author contributions such as Phillip McMath’s Native Ground—its literary antecedents, the diverse types of stories told, the need for writers to engage in sense-making and to bear witness,

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Introduction to Microsoft Teams

Learn how Microsoft Teams can help improve communication and productivity in your small business. Set up your team, share files, and more!
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30 Simple Things You Can Do to Save Energy and Money

Whether it’s hot or cold out you can save on your utility bills with these simple energy saving tips. Learn about energy efficiency and conservation measures you can start today in almost every room of your house.

John Fetherston is the Energy Efficiency Arkansas Facilitator in the Division of Environmental Quality, Office of Energy. He previously worked in the Arkansas Department of Transformation and Shared Services after leaving federal service in the US Department of Defense.

Register here to attend: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_cmHeAQxDQ4CdhLCLVrl4AA

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Nikki Senn—Some Like It Hot: A Story of Cluster Springs

CALS Roberts Library of Arkansas History & Art Presents

Speaker: Nikki Sennets, Advanced Architectural Historian for the Arkansas Department of Transportation (ArDOT)

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This presentation explores the growth of tourism around the Hot Springs area in the late 1800s and early 1900s, telling the story of Cluster Springs’ structures and trails and showing how this development fits with other nearby springs.

Nikki Senn is an Advanced Architectural Historian for the Arkansas Department of Transportation (ArDOT) in the Environmental Division’s Cultural Resources Section.

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The Deer Hunter (1978, R) FREE screening

The National Endowment for the Arts Big Read, a partnership with Arts Midwest, broadens our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. Showcasing a diverse range of titles that reflect many different voices and perspectives, the NEA Big Read aims to inspire conversation and discovery.

CALS and the Ottenheimer Library at UA Little Rock are hosting a FREE series of virtual screenings centered around Tim O’Brien’s classic The Things They Carried,

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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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Nixon Book Buddies

This book club reads fiction & non-fiction books.

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

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

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Life of a Klansman

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

Moderated by Tom DeBlack.

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

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

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Braver Angels Depolarizing Within Workshop

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

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