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Latino Art Project Exhibition

Latino Art Project Exhibition
Thursday, November 2, to Saturday, December 30, 2023
Underground Gallery

The Latino Art Project Exhibition will open in the CALS Underground Gallery as part of the Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration hosted by the Central Arkansas Library System, the Mexican Consulate of Little Rock, and the Downtown Little Rock Partnership. The opening celebration and alley party on the Day of the Dead will be held in Count Pulaski Way between the Roberts Library and the Ron Robinson Theater from 5 to 8 p.m.,

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Virtual Storytime: Sleepover Storytime

A storytime about night time routines and having a sleepover.

Posted on the CALS Kids YouTube Channel

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Hot Chocolate Spoons

Let’s make special chocolate spoons that dissolve in warm milk to make hot chocolate. Ages 6-11
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Gimme a break: Kit Kat Sampling

There are over 300 flavors of Kit Kats. We won’t sample them all, but you’re sure to find a new favorite.

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Issues That Matter: Readers’ Rights: A First Amendment Discussion on Book Bans

Join us for a discussion of book bans and library censorship. This event offers a platform for diverse voices to discuss the delicate balance between preserving our First Amendment rights and concerns over content censorship. Gain a deeper understanding of the complex issues surrounding book bans and their impact on our society.
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Power of Women in Science Fiction: Naomi Alderman on Writing Dystopian Worlds

Bestselling and award-winning author, Naomi Alderman will join us to talk about her new book, The Future. This new novel delivers a dazzling tour de force where a handful of friends plot a daring heist to save the world from the tech giants whose greed threatens life as we know it.
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Kid Program: Art Cart

Join us for an open art hour. We provide the supplies, just show up ready to create! For grades K-5th.

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Teen After School Program: Resin Crafts

Explore the world of resin art! Embed botanicals, glitter, pigment powder, quotes, or whatever you want in epoxy resin to create your own bookmark, keychain, or jewelry.  The UV resin we’ll use cures within minutes when exposed to Ultraviolet Light, so you will be able to take home your projects that day.  They make great gifts for the holidays.

Masks and gloves will be required due to fumes from the resin.

Thursday, November 30 | 4:15 PM.

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Leaf Printmaking

Enjoy science and nature at the same time! Join your CALS pals to create a print using leaves!

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From the Vault: Art for the Young at Heart from the CALS Permanent Collection

From the Vault: Art for the Young at Heart from the CALS Permanent Collection
Friday, December 1, 2023 – Saturday, January 27, 2024
Children’s Gallery at the Hillary Rodham Clinton Children’s Library & Learning Center

The Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) houses more than just books. The library’s art program also actively collects and exhibits works by artists working and living in Arkansas. This eclectic exhibition features pieces by artists and illustrators whose vibrant works capture the joys of adventure and exploration.

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Stay and Play Storytime

Join us for a brief storytime followed by free play. Best for toddlers/preschoolers and their grown ups.

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Creative Corner: DIY Stickers

Ever wanted to make your own stickers? It’s easier than you think. Craft custom stickers and start a collection! Ages 12-19

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Board Game Fridays

Love to play games? Drop in Fridays anytime between 4pm and 5:30pm to play some board games with us!

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Reading Dragons and Friends Club

Join us at CLLC for the Reading Dragons and Friends Club! Kids will be able to collect Reading Dragon cards, play games, trade cards, and other fun activities!

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FRI 12/1: BINGOFLIX! National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989, PG)

Get into the festive spirit with a night of uproarious laughter and holiday cheer at the CALS Ron Robinson Theater! Join us for a jolly screening of the beloved comedy classic, “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.”

THANK YOU to this month’s sponsors: American Indian Center of Arkansas, Bark Bar, Bella Vita Jewelry, Dash Heating & Cooling, Historic Arkansas Museum, Lost Forty Brewing, Loblolly Creamery, Museum of Discovery, Nexus Coffee and Creative, Ozark Nut Roasters, and Susan Strauss Jewelry.

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Morning Jolt & Ugly Sweater Crafting

Have a cup of coffee as you decorate felt sweaters into Ugly Christmas Sweaters.

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HAPPY HOWL-IDAYS ANIMAL ORNAMENTS

The Maumelle Library has gone to the cats & dogs!!! Outside, Maumelle Animal Services will have adoptable pets. Inside, we will be making PAWSITIVELY adorable pet ornaments!

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Cookies with Santa

Santa Claus is coming to town! Join your CALS pals as we enjoy cookies and a story with Santa.

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Holiday Open House

Celebrate the holidays and McMath Library’s 19th anniversary with snacks, crafts, and a photo booth.

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CALS Writing Circle: NaNoWriMo Thank Goodness It’s Over Party

Take a deep breath, stretch, and give yourself a well-earned pat on the back. Get together with us in-person and talk about all the best and worst moments of this wild experience. Contact jjobe@cals.org.

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Holiday Party

Please join us Saturday December 2, for cookies & cocoa. All are welcome!

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Reading Dragons and Friends Club-Saturday Edition

Join us at CLLC for a Saturday Reading Dragons and Friends Club! Kids will be able to collect Reading Dragon cards, play games, trade cards, and other fun activities!

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Teen Time

Due to types of materials and instruments being used, this is a makerspace for kids 12 and up. All materials provided to create unique piece of art.
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Chalk Snowflake Art

Celebrate this winter season and create your own snowflake!

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SAT 12/2: Exhibition on Screen: Klimt and The Kiss

The Kiss by Gustav Klimt is one of the most recognized and reproduced paintings in the world. It is perhaps the most popular poster on student dorm walls from Beijing to Boston. Painted in Vienna around 1908, the evocative image of an unknown embracing couple has captivated viewers with its mystery, sensuality and dazzling materials ever since it was created. But just what lies behind the appeal of the painting – and just who was the artist that created it?

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SAT 12/2: Interactive Screening! The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975, R)

It’s an otherworldly sensational dream! It’s cult classic “The Rocky Horror Picture Show“ at the Ron Robinson Theater on Saturday, December 2 at 9:00pm! This special screening will include a pre-show featuring wacky games, trivia, and costume contests sure to tantalize and tease.

Let there be light. Let there be laughter. Let there be legs. Let there be lips!

It‘s time to “Time Warp“ back to the 1970s and relive the wild and outrageous adventure of Brad and Janet,

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Preschool Storytime

Preschool Storytime on Mondays and Tuesdays at 10:30am. Enjoy stories, songs, and more with Ms. Sara! Best for ages 3-5.

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Tail Waggin’ Tutors

Practice your reading with a certified therapy dog every 1st and 3rd Mondays. For grades K-12th.

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Winter Folk Art Trees

Learn to paint simple, striking folk art trees and use them to create a winter landscape.

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Candy Cane Coding

Code your own candy cane decoration!

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Sensory Hour

Come let your toddlers and preschoolers play in our sensory bins – no cleanup for you! Just fun!

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Preschool Storytime

We sing, we dance, we read stories! We even have occasional visits with our Tail Waggin’ Tutors Paisley & Scruffy.
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CALS Writing Circle: Writer’s Lunch

How do people find the time to write? If you’re having trouble making space for writing in your busy life, join us—virtually—on your lunch hour from wherever you are. You deserve some dedicated writing time. Bring your own work-in-progress or use the prompts provided. Come and go; eat if you like. Everyone is welcome, no writing experience is required. Contact dmoore@cals.org.

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Teen Homeschool Program: Candle Making

Turn an old jar into a beautiful scented candle.  You will melt down wax and design its color and smell by adding pigments and fragrance oils before pouring the wax into a jar and adding a wick. You can even decorate the jar with a frost effect paint, ribbon, or twine.

Tuesday, December 5 | 4:15

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Milam Library Christmas Open House

Decorate A Gingerbread House- Beginning at 4:00 pm , bring your own candy to decorate a gingerbread house.  Houses and icing will be provided. Ages 3-10.

Music and Refreshments- Get into the spirit of the season by joining Mr. Mikey in a sing-along of your favorite holiday songs.  Next enjoy the sweet sounds of Ms. Peggy playing Christmas Carols on the Mountain Dulcimer.  Share some holiday refreshments with the volunteers and staff.

 

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LEGO Club

Free build with LEGOs every 1st and 3rd Tuesdays! For grades K-5th.

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Kids Garden Club

Come explore the garden and greenhouse. We’ll try a different activity at each meeting.

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Let’s Talk World Building with YA Fantasy Fiction Superstar Author Victoria Aveyard

Join us as the instant #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Red Queen and Realm Breaker series, Victoria Aveyard, chats with us about YA fantasy fiction, world-building, and her incredible body of work!
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TUE 12/5: Meet Me in St. Louis (1944, NR)

Step into the magic of the holiday season with an enchanting evening at the CALS Ron Robinson Theater! Join us for a heartwarming screening of the classic musical, “Meet Me in St. Louis.”

About the Film:

Directed by Vincente Minnelli, “Meet Me in St. Louis” is a timeless musical that weaves together love, laughter, and the joy of family. Set against the backdrop of the 1904 World’s Fair, it’s a celebration of the magic of Christmas and the enduring power of love.

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Baby Storytime

Baby Storytime on Wednesdays at 9:30am. Bond with your baby in your lap as you enjoy stories, songs, and activities with Ms. Sara! Best for babies who are not yet walking.

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Storytime

Join us at CLLC for a storytime adventure! Perfect for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers.

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Preschool Builders

Build with different materials.

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Toddler Storytime

Toddler Storytime on Wednesdays at 10:30am. Enjoy stories, songs, and activities with Ms. Sara! Best for toddlers who are walking up to 2 years old.

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Heather Register Zbinden: “Are You My Mother?: Searching for Lost Relatives in the 1950 Census”

CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies Presents LEGACIES & LUNCH

Speaker: Heather Register Zbinden

Genealogists have always known about missing relatives hiding in the census. But when it is your own mother, grandmother, and aunt, how do you know when to stop searching? Follow one historian’s search for her mother in the 1950 United States Census and learn about the family lore that solved the puzzle.

Heather Register Zbinden is the Programs &

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CALS Writing Circle: Family Folklore—Gathering your Family Stories at Sanders

Family folklore plays an important role in the preservation of your family’s cultural heritage, values, and identity. It fosters a sense of continuity between generations and strengthens the bond of belonging and connection among family members. Learn how to explore, collect, and share your family’s anecdotes, traditions, genealogical information, and stories related to artifacts. Everyone is welcome, no writing experience is required. Contact dmoore@cals.org or cedwards@cals.org to register.

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Hanging with the Homies

This is a program created with our homeschooler in mind. We lean into STEAM related crafting.
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Sock Penguins

Who knew socks, ribbon, and rice could turn into such a cuddly friend?

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Holiday Cooking Decorating

Have fun with frosting, sprinkles, and more as you decorate yummy cookies. Ages 12-18.

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Coffee Filter Snowflakes

Make beautiful snowflakes out of coffee filters. No two will be exactly alike! Ages 6-11

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Alcohol Ink Ornaments

Create unique ornaments using alcohol inks. This program is for teens and tweens.

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Memory Lab

Personal archiving workshop with the Roberts Library. Bring in up to 5 photos to be scanned using the mobile memory lab.

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Kid Program: Crayon Resist Watercolors

Draw with a white crayon, then paint over it to reveal your drawing! For grades K-5th.

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Afterschool Winter Craft

Join us for a fun craft that you can take home.
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Can You Can?

We’ll make herb-infused seasoned sea salt.

Registration not required, but supplies are limited to 10 participants.

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Adult Paint Night

We will be decorating holiday ornaments with paint and glitter. All materials are provided.

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THU 12/7: Elf (2003, PG)

Get ready for a night of festive fun and laughter at the CALS Ron Robinson Theater! Join us for a side-splitting screening of the modern holiday classic, “Elf.”

About the Film:

Directed by Jon Favreau, “Elf” is a heartwarming and hysterical tale of Buddy, a human raised by elves at the North Pole, who embarks on a journey to New York City to find his real father. Packed with holiday spirit, humor, and a whole lot of cheer,

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Maumelle Library Book Club

This month’s book is “Lawless”  by Matt Bondurant

*Register at the library or call 501-851-2551

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Homeschool @ Fletcher: Winter Social

As the year comes to a close, enjoy some time away from home at this fun and festive social. We’ll have crafts, music, and snacks to get in the holiday spirit!

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Afterschool Arcade

Play video games afterschool!

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CALS Teens Snack Cookoff

Show your snack food skills by making your best snack creation out of random ingredients!  Ages 12-19

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2nd Friday Art Night (Decmeber 2023)

Join us at UA Little Rock Downtown, across from the CALS Roberts Library, for an evening of mingling, art, and music.

THIS MONTH:

Join us for cookies with Santa! Mr. and Mrs. Claus (aka artists Ric and Marlene Gremillion) will be settled on a restored vintage bench from the original Little Rock Library, ready for the perfect free holiday photo opportunity. Little Rock’s gluten-free Dempsey Bakery will be giving away (while supplies last) cookies,

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FRI 12/08: Shawn Camp LIVE!

Don’t miss this! Celebrated singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, and Perryville, Arkansas, native Shawn Camp comes home this December!

Join us on Friday, December 8, at the CALS Ron Robinson Theater for a homecoming concert with two-time Grammy Award-winner Shawn Camp!

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Experience this one-night-only, intimate, solo acoustic performance as Shawn weaves country, bluegrass, and Americana music into his songwriting magic that’s topped the charts for more than 30 years!

Tickets are $25 each with general admission seating on a first come,

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Gemstone Trees

Join us to create this Christmas craft using glass beads. Ages 13-19 years.

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Winter Fun with Santa

Come hang out with Santa and make your own ornament.

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Gingerbread House Making

Come join us to create a graham cracker & frosting “Gingerbread” house.

All supplies are provided!

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Handmade Holidays: Family Portrait

Gather the crew, dress to impress, get a photo made and add it to a special card or ornament to gift to loved ones.

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CALS Writing Circle: Writing all Year Workshop Group

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 are welcome. Contact jjobe@cals.org.

Please note: this group will meet only one time in December.

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Holiday Open House

Enjoy hot cocoa while you make crafts and decorate cookies! Kids and teens of all ages and their families are welcome to attend.

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Fletcher Fine Arts Series: Watercolor Flowers

We are excited to bring local artist and instructor Emily Moll Wood to the Fletcher Library for a lesson in watercolor flower painting. Space is limited, and registration is required. Please call the Fletcher branch at 501-663-5457 for more details. Adults 18+

 

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Cooking Up History: Holiday Edition

Learn about the origins of many of Arkansas’s holiday traditions and bake a historic holiday cookie recipe from the Butler Center’s collection with Danielle and Brittany, followed by a holiday story time.

Danielle Afsordeh is Community Outreach Archivist at the CALS Roberts Library/Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, and Brittany Garner is Adult Programmer at CALS Thompson Library.

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Winter Party! Story-Time & Crafts

Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with the Thompson Library!

We’ll be making holiday crafts from 2:30 to 4:30pm, with a story-time in-between at 3:30pm! Recommended for ages 3-11.

And don’t forget to stop by the Thompson Program Room for Cooking Up History: Holiday Edition, where you can learn about Arkansas holiday traditions and bake some cookies!

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Food For Fines

Bring undamaged, boxed or canned, non-perishable food items to any CALS branch* to offset overdue library fines up to $25. One (1) food item = $1 in library fine credit.

Acceptable items include non-perishable foods, individually wrapped snacks, sanitary items, and school supplies. Please no glass packaging or homemade items.

No fines? You can still donate. Pay it forward to reduce fines for fellow library users.

*Main Library and Williams Library are closed for renovations.

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Handmade Holidays: Shibori Indigo Dye Craft

Made a bag or scarf with natural indigo blue dye using the Japanese method of shibori folding.

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Winter STEM

Explore winter science with family friendly STEM activities.

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Holiday Trivia

Bring the whole family to this trivia game. Can your team win?

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Basics Computer Class (in Spanish)

Learn the basics of computers. Class conducted in Spanish.

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Art Night: Monet Water Lilies Watercolor

Learn basic watercolor techniques and paint water lilies in the style of Claude Monet. For adults. Registration required– space is limited.

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Motherhood, Hunger, and Higher Education: An Author Talk with Stephanie Land

You’re invited to an afternoon chat with New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Land as she talks to us about her new memoir, Class: A Memoir of Motherhood, Hunger, and Higher Education.
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Puzzle Club

Put together different types of puzzles!

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Winter Wonderland Crafts

Chill out with these fun winter-themed crafts! Ages 6-11

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Teen Program: Art Cart

Join us for an open art hour. We provide the supplies, just show up ready to create! Snacks provided. For grades 6th-12th.

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Kids Bee Club

Learn about honey bees and beekeeping, using the library bees as our laboratory. We’ll try a different activity each month.

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Wrapping Station

Calling all Secret Santas! Stop by the Thompson library on Tuesday, December 12th anywhere from 4-7:30 PM for all the materials one might need to truly deck the halls with holiday gifts!

Materials provided include: gift bags, assorted wrapping paper, gift tags, wax seals, gift card envelopes, twine, ribbon, and bows!

This is a relaxed program for TEENS and ADULTS.

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TUE 12/12: The Shop Around the Corner (1940, PG)

Indulge in the magic of the holiday season with an enchanting evening at the CALS Ron Robinson Theater! Join us for a delightful screening of the timeless romantic comedy, “The Shop Around the Corner.”

About the Film:

Directed by Ernst Lubitsch, “The Shop Around the Corner” is a classic tale of love and destiny that has charmed audiences for generations. Set against the backdrop of a quaint Budapest gift shop, it’s a heartwarming exploration of connection and the surprises that life—and love—have to offer.

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Storytime

Music, stories, and a take home craft!

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From the Archives to the Community: Dunbar’s Rich History

Join us as we dive into the history of Little Rock’s Dunbar Historic Neighborhood. Danielle Afsordeh, community outreach archivist at the CALS Roberts Library/Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, and Cody Besett, Archivist for the UA Little Rock Center for Arkansas History and Culture, will share archival material and artifacts,

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Gingerbread Army!

Because every strong house is built on strong foundations We need lots of help with gingerbread preparations We’ll have a ton of fun crafting gingerbread basics Then one day, you can say you helped build our holiday oasis Calling all gingerbread people! (Maybe make a gingerbread steeple!?) Help us get ready for our gingerbread party (but do not worry, you can be tardy!) So make a plan to lend a hand crafting our gingerbread wonderland! [This event is for community members who would like to help prepare gingerbread house making kits for the Gingerbread Party event.
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Artist in the Library: Crochet/Knitting Demo

Meet a local artist as they demonstrate one of the new craft kits in the Tool Library collection and answer question you many have about their creative process. You can then get hands on experience with the corresponding workshop and make your own creation! This kit will have all the tools a beginer would need to get started with crocheting or knitting.

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Paper Holiday Ornaments

Come to learn how to make a variety of paper holiday ornaments. We will make Danish julehjerter, Swedish stars, Polish stars, and more.
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DIY Holiday Cards

Tis the season, so lets make cards for the holidays.  We will provide all you need to make fun holiday cards. Ages 6-11

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Cookie Decorating

Make edible masterpieces (or edible messes).

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Braver Angels – Civil Discussion Series

Our aim is to provide a safe environment that allows persons willing to commit to mutual respect and listening to have real, productive conversations on potentially difficult topics in politics. Participants will learn and practice communication and conflict resolution skills as we seek to understand the positions of others. Trained moderators help maintain a structured format that promotes a respectful and safe environment for productively exploring participants’ views.

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Acrylic Painting Workshop: Succulents

Sharon Landon will lead participants through a fun acrylic painting workshop, designed for beginners and hobby artists. Registration required– space is limited. For adults.

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Homemade Holiday Snack Mix

Learn to make an easy and delicious snack mix to bring to holiday events.

Ages 11-18

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Craft & Kiki

Hang out with Teens 4 InQlusion’s delightfully queer craft circle! This month, we’ll talk about the importance of quilting in LGBTQ+ history—then we’ll design squares of our own. All materials provided, teens (12-19) of all genders and sexualities are welcome.

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Kid Program: Pet Snowman in a Jar

Make a pet snowman out of clay and put it in a jar to keep forever! For grades K-5th.

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Book and Cook

Come enjoy a story and then make a snack.

*Limited to 10 participants.*

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THU 12/14: Die Hard (1988, R)

Buckle up for a night of explosive holiday excitement at the CALS Ron Robinson Theater! Join us for a heart-pounding screening of the action-packed classic, “Die Hard.”

About the Film:

Directed by John McTiernan, “Die Hard” is a genre-defying holiday favorite that has become a tradition for those seeking a different kind of Christmas adventure. Starring Bruce Willis as the iconic John McClane, this film combines thrilling action with a festive twist.

Film Synopsis:

In “Die Hard,”

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Creative Corner: DIY Stress Toys

Finals season got you down? Come craft some coping mechanisms by making your own stress relief. Ages 12-19

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Small Business Saturday: Christmas Edition!

Support local business by shopping small at the River Shop! From custom-made clothing to designer copper jewelry, we have something for everyone.

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Artist in the Library: Crochet/Knitting Workshop (At TH)

Work with a local fiber artist as they demonstrate the basics of crochet in a community crochet circle. Beginner and seasoned crafters are welcome! Supplies will be provided.

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CALS Writing Circle: Author Talk with Jennifer Adams

Local author and publisher Jennifer Adams will discuss becoming an indie author, self-publishing, and marketing your book. Contact jjobe@cals.org.

 

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Lavender Lounge: Charcuterie Class

The Lavender Lounge is a social space centering queer & trans emerging adults. Looking for something to make for an upcoming holiday dinner party? Sign up for our FREE charcuterie workshop, led by BCW! Materials provided, registration required. Email Jet at jbutler@cals.org to sign up by 12/12/23. This event will be hosted on the 3rd floor of the Cox building, located next door to the Ron Robinson Theater.

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Holiday Open House

Drop in for some holiday cheer! Warm up with cocoa, get a souvenir picture taken, make some crafts, and explore the resources CALS has to offer.

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Michael Hood: In Search of the Little Rock Maumelle and Western Railroad

CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies Presents LEGACIES & LUNCH

Speaker: Mike Hood

At the beginning of the twentieth century, the Ouachita Mountains west of Little Rock held one of the last expanses of virgin timber east of the Rocky Mountains. In 1904, Andrew Johnson Neimeyer moved his sawmill operation from Saginaw, Arkansas, to just south of Little Rock along the banks of the Fourche River and began construction on what would become the Little Rock Maumelle and Western Railroad.

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Creative Saturday at Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts

Hosted by the Central Arkansas Library System

In celebration of the AMFA’s new exhibition Path to Abstraction: Picasso, Braque and Cubism’s Impact on Modern Art, we will create Cubist snowpeople collages. CALS staff members Shannon Holmes, Ellen Samples, and Courtney Jones will be on hand to assist the young artists—and to give information about all the things on offer at the library.

Supplies provided: Precut paper shapes,

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