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CALS Cancels In-Person Programs Until Further Notice

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 until further notice.

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BingoFlix Goes to Camp! Funny Fridays: Poison Ivy (1985, NR)

This June… coming to a screen near you… it’s BingoFlix Goes to Camp!

Join us for a VIRTUAL game of movie cliche bingo played along to some of the campiest films ever made! FREE to play!

It’s summer once again and kids flock from everywhere to go to Camp Pinewood in Clifton, Maine. Poison Ivy chronicles the romantic misadventures of the counselors as they struggle with their campers.

Grab a screenshot of your randomized bingo card here: https://mfbc.us/m/mb8qry

And join us for the watch party LIVE on Friday,

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EPIDEMIC: The Great Influenza Epidemic of 1918 and Its Legacy for Arkansas

CALS Encyclopedia of Arkansas Presents MONDAY MALADIES

Speaker: Thomas DeBlack, professor of history (ret.) at Arkansas Tech University

Thomas DeBlack recently retired after twenty-three years as a professor of history at Arkansas Tech University. He is a 1969 graduate of Nashville (Arkansas) High School and holds a BA from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas (1973), an MSE from Ouachita Baptist University (1979), and a PhD from the University of Arkansas (1995).

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Virtual Open Lab (Zoom Drop-In)

Tech help from an expert. Ask your burning technology questions, get troubleshooting help with your computer or mobile device, or start out with new tech.
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BingoFlix Goes to Camp! Terror Tuesdays: Sleepaway Camp III: Teenage Wasteland (1989, R)

This June… coming to a screen near you… it’s BingoFlix Goes to Camp!

Join us for a VIRTUAL game of movie cliche bingo played along to some of the campiest films ever made! FREE to play!

The third installment in the Sleepaway Camp franchise follows serial killer Angela Baker one year after the second film, this time targeting teenagers at yet another summer camp.

Grab a screenshot of your randomized bingo card here: https://mfbc.us/m/p5m2nv

And join us for the watch party LIVE on Tuesday,

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Mira Does Her Part: Talking To Your Kids About The Coronavirus Pandemic

Join our discussion with the authors of Mira Does Her Part and discover ways to talk with your kids about this pandemic.

When a virus keeps Mira indoors and isolated, she misses her friends. She misses karate. She even misses school. To return to normal life, she must fight the nasty germs, and her imagination runs wild. In the end, it’s Mira’s use of hygiene and healthy habits that save the day!

Written and illustrated by three moms during the pandemic and social distancing of 2020,

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BingoFlix Goes to Camp! Funny Fridays: Fred 3: Camp Fred (2012, TV-PG)

This June… coming to a screen near you… it’s BingoFlix Goes to Camp!

Join us for a VIRTUAL game of movie cliche bingo played along to some of the campiest films ever made! FREE to play!

Based on the adventures of Fred Figglehorn, a character created and played by Lucas Cruikshank, Fred 3: Camp Fred is the third & final film in the Fred trilogy. School’s out, and now it’s time for some serious fun in the sun.

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Lawyers in the Library

Session 3: Public Benefits/Record Sealing

Explore public benefits including unemployment insurance, SNAP benefits, Medicare/Medicaid, stimulus checks, Social Security Insurance/Social Security Disability Insurance, and housing assistance such as Section 8 Vouchers, Rural Development Program, or Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Program. Legal staff will also present the positive outcomes of sealing a criminal record, including what records are sealable, how a record is sealed, and assistance that is available to navigate the process.

About the Series
The health challenges and economic strains caused by COVID-19 mean that many people in our community are facing legal situations never encountered before.

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A Conversation Worth Having: True Justice: Bryan Stevenson’s Fight for Equality (2019, TV-MA)

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

We are happy to announce a new weekly virtual program as a part of our Civil Rights & Social Change Collection: A Conversation Worth Having.

Every Monday night we will screen a two-hour collection of talks, speeches, poetry, music, films and documentaries designed to educate, enlighten, and encourage empathy surrounding the struggles and hardships facing the African-American community. You can join us from anywhere around the world,

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Video for the Web (Live Online Class)

Learn to make compelling video content. You already have everything you need! Discover principles, tips and tricks to make it great—inexpensively.
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BingoFlix Goes to Camp! Terror Tuesdays: Caesar and Otto’s Summer Camp Massacre (2009, NR)

This June… coming to a screen near you… it’s BingoFlix Goes to Camp!

Join us for a VIRTUAL game of movie cliche bingo played along to some of the campiest films ever made! FREE to play!

Caesar, an effete tough guy and his slovenly half brother, Otto, have signed up as summer camp counselors. But when the mysterious Carrie shows up, the other counselors start disappearing one by one.

Grab a screenshot of your randomized bingo card here: https://mfbc.us/m/n987fp

And join us for the watch party LIVE on Tuesday,

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From the Civil War to Central High School: The Legacy of Richard Toombs

CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies Presents LEGACIES & LUNCH

Speaker: Rhonda Stewart, local history and genealogy specialist, CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies

The United States experienced many changes between April 1861 and April 1961, and placing an individual family within this context brings this eventful time period to life. Richard Toombs served in the United States Colored Troops during the Civil War, and nearly a century later, his grandsons,

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SRC Museum of Discovery

Join us every Thursday at 1pm for some virtual science fun, presented by the Museum of Discovery. Registration for this zoom event is required and will be available until noon the day of the event. You will receive email confirmation of registration today; we will email the meeting’s access link at 12:00pm on the day of the event. Please email webmaster@cals.org if you have questions.

July 2nd @1pm Bubbleology
July 9th @1pm Awesome Science
July 16th @1pm Science of Sound
July 23rd @1pm Super Power Science
July 30th @1pm Messtival Science
Aug.

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Virtual Open Lab

Tech help from an expert. Ask your burning technology questions, get troubleshooting help with your computer or mobile device, or start out with new tech.
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CALS Closed for Independence Day Weekend

All branches and buildings of the Central Arkansas Library System will be closed Friday, July 3, and Saturday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day.  Our COVID-19 Phased Reopening Plan hours will resume Monday, July 6.  Please contact calsinfo@cals.org for more information.

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Introduction to Braver Angels: Documentary and Q/A

Email gwhite@braverangels.org OR jburrus@cals.org for the unique Zoom link to each program. *Braver Angels, www.braverangels.org, is a citizens’ organization uniting red and blue Americans in a working alliance to depolarize America. We try to understand the other side’s point of view, even if we don’t agree with it. We engage those we disagree with, looking for common ground and ways to work together, and we support principles that bring us together rather than divide us.

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“There is a Great Deal of Sickness in our Regiment”: Disease in Civil War Arkansas

CALS Encyclopedia of Arkansas Presents MONDAY MALADIES

Speaker: David Sesser, collections librarian at Huie Library at Henderson State University

An alumnus of Henderson, David Sesser holds graduate degrees in public history and higher education from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and in library and information science from the University of Southern Mississippi. With research focused on both Civil War Arkansas and the history of higher education in the state,

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A Conversation Worth Having: The Loving Story (2011, NR)

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

We are happy to announce a new weekly virtual program as a part of our Civil Rights & Social Change Collection: A Conversation Worth Having.

Every Monday night we will screen a two-hour collection of talks, speeches, poetry, music, films and documentaries designed to educate, enlighten, and encourage empathy surrounding the struggles and hardships facing the African-American community. You can join us from anywhere around the world,

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VIRTUAL BingoFlix: Shark Month! Sharkansas Women’s Prison Massacre (2015, NR)

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water…

Terror Tuesdays and Virtual BingoFlix combine this July for Shark Month! Play bingo along to some of the cheesiest shark-themed films ever made for your chance to win a FREE movie pass to the theater once we reopen. FREE to play!

A group of female prisoners are sent to work on the Arkansas bayou, but the body of water has become overrun by a pack of vicious prehistoric sharks.

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Memoir for Seniors: How to write your story

This is a virtual class that meets once each week for four weeks and takes attendees age 55+ through the steps of writing their own life stories. No writing experience needed.

Wednesday, July 8, 15, 22, and 29

To register, email dmoore@cals.org

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SRC Museum of Discovery

Join us every Thursday at 1pm for some virtual science fun, presented by the Museum of Discovery. Registration for this zoom event is required and will be available until noon the day of the event. You will receive email confirmation of registration today; we will email the meeting’s access link at 12:00pm on the day of the event. Please email webmaster@cals.org if you have questions.

July 2nd @1pm Bubbleology
July 9th @1pm Awesome Science
July 16th @1pm Science of Sound
July 23rd @1pm Super Power Science
July 30th @1pm Messtival Science
Aug.

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VIRTUAL BingoFlix: Summer of Stallone! Death Race 2000 (1975, R)

Celebrate the BingoFlix-worthy Stallone brothers this July with the Summer of Stallone! Play bingo along to some of the cheesiest Stallone brothers films ever made for your chance to win a FREE movie pass to the theater once we reopen. FREE to play!

In Death Race 2000, it is the year 2000 and America is a totalitarian regime on the brink of collapse. The most popular sport in this dystopia is the Transcontinental Road Race,

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Sharpen Your Networking & Interviewing Skills

Please join us on Saturday, July 11 at 1:00 PM via Zoom for this online workshop.  Learn how to network effectively, create a winning pitch, and ace your interview!  Please email jburrus@cals.org for the Zoom link.

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Finding Family Facts – July 13

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 through the end of August.

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Lawyers in the Library

Session 4: Family Law/ Advance Directives

Learn more about divorce, child custody, child support, adoption, and guardianships. Legal staff will also give a presentation on wills, living wills and power of attorneys.

About the Series
The health challenges and economic strains caused by COVID-19 mean that many people in our community are facing legal situations never encountered before. In addition, some of our area residents are still facing financial fallout from the historic Arkansas River flooding of summer 2019.

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A Conversation Worth Having: I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings (1979, NR)

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

We are happy to announce a new weekly virtual program as a part of our Civil Rights & Social Change Collection: A Conversation Worth Having.

Every Monday night we will screen a two-hour collection of talks, speeches, poetry, music, films and documentaries designed to educate, enlighten, and encourage empathy surrounding the struggles and hardships facing the African-American community. You can join us from anywhere around the world,

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Library Resources for the Job Hunt (Live Online Class)

Looking for a new job? Your CALS card gives you access to a variety of tools to make your job search faster, easier, and more effective!
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VIRTUAL BingoFlix: Shark Month! 2-Headed Shark Attack (2012, R)

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water…

Terror Tuesdays and Virtual BingoFlix combine this July for Shark Month! Play bingo along to some of the cheesiest shark-themed films ever made for your chance to win a FREE movie pass to the theater once we reopen. FREE to play!

A ship carrying a party of students is attacked and sunk by a monstrous mutated shark with two heads. The survivors escape to a deserted atoll,

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SRC Museum of Discovery

Join us every Thursday at 1pm for some virtual science fun, presented by the Museum of Discovery. Registration for this zoom event is required and will be available until noon the day of the event. You will receive email confirmation of registration today; we will email the meeting’s access link at 12:00pm on the day of the event. Please email webmaster@cals.org if you have questions.

July 2nd @1pm Bubbleology
July 9th @1pm Awesome Science
July 16th @1pm Science of Sound
July 23rd @1pm Super Power Science
July 30th @1pm Messtival Science
Aug.

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Microsoft Word Part 1: The Basics (Live Online Class)

Learn the basics of Microsoft Word--an essential tool, whether you're writing business documents, creating a resume, or just writing for pleasure.
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VIRTUAL BingoFlix: Summer of Stallone! Terror in Beverly Hills (1989, NR)

Celebrate the BingoFlix-worthy Stallone brothers this July with the Summer of Stallone! Play bingo along to some of the cheesiest Stallone brothers films ever made for your chance to win a FREE movie pass to the theater once we reopen. FREE to play!

The president’s daughter is held for ransom in Beverly Hills by a group of middle eastern terrorists. Retired special forces agent and karate master, Hack Stone (played by Frank Stallone), is sent on a risky operation to get her back.

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SRC Paint Along

In this program you will be painting some lilacs on a canvas bag.

This is a virtual program that will be done live on the Nixon library Facebook page. Just click here to get to our Facebook page.

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Live Poetry Reading and Anthology Release

It’s a virtual release party! Please join the CALS Writing Circle authors for a live reading from our Spring 2020 Poetry Anthology.

Central Arkansas Library System’s Writing Circle is pleased to celebrate the poets of Central Arkansas with the release of its first poetry collection! CALS Writing Circle invites you to a free live virtual reading from the anthology at 2:30 pm on Saturday, July 18. Please join us as we celebrate!

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Magic Mondays: Tommy Terrific

Monday’s Show: “A Magical Fairytale”

Join us on Mondays for a new episode of Tommy Terrific’s Wacky Magic Show. Each session is pre-recorded and will be available on demand on YouTube, beginning at 10:00 am. Please return to this page to watch the video.

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Down Home In Arkansas: A Family Reunion Story

Maria Hoskins recalls how fun, exciting, and entertaining her family is during the bi-annual family reunion holiday. Maria hopes each reader will enjoy her family reunion story and draw on the commonality readers will experience as they associate their family reunion with the writer’s family reunion story. The family reunion activities will be an added plus for the entire family! Maria will talk about her children’s book,

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Soundings in Medical History: Hazards of U.S. Medical Practice in the Past

CALS Encyclopedia of Arkansas Presents MONDAY MALADIES

Speaker: William Lindsey, historian and author

William D. Lindsey is a former academic and university administrator and the winner of the Booker Worthen Literary Prize for his book Fiat Flux: The Writings of Wilson R. Bachelor, Nineteenth-Century Country Doctor and Philosopher (2013). He has a PhD and MA in theology from University of St. Michael’s College, Toronto School of Theology; an MA in English from Tulane University;

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A Conversation Worth Having: In the Heat of the Night (1967, NR)

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

We are happy to announce a new weekly virtual program as a part of our Civil Rights & Social Change Collection: A Conversation Worth Having.

Every Monday night we will screen a two-hour collection of talks, speeches, poetry, music, films and documentaries designed to educate, enlighten, and encourage empathy surrounding the struggles and hardships facing the African-American community. This week, we are presenting in its entirety the 1967 film In the Heat of the Night (1967,

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Creative Writing: Finding Focus

Learn to write from a place of visual, mental focus. Practical tools and exercises to help you find interesting subjects, learn to write what you see in your mind’s eye, and develop good writing habits. Includes three free writing projects.

email dmoore@cals.org to attend.

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Finding Family Facts – July 21

The Butler Center offers a beginner’s genealogy class, 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 through the end of August.

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Mastering Mailchimp (Live Online Class)

Get the hang of the easy-to-use the mass email marketing service Mailchimp, and get the word out about your business or organization online.
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VIRTUAL BingoFlix: Shark Month! Sharknado 2: The Second One (2014, TV-14)

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water…

Terror Tuesdays and Virtual BingoFlix combine this July for Shark Month! Play bingo along to some of the cheesiest shark-themed films ever made for your chance to win a FREE movie pass to the theater once we reopen. FREE to play!

In Sharknado 2, freak winds carry deadly predators across New York City and the residents of the Big Apple are in danger.

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SRC Museum of Discovery

Join us every Thursday at 1pm for some virtual science fun, presented by the Museum of Discovery. Registration for this zoom event is required and will be available until noon the day of the event. You will receive email confirmation of registration today; we will email the meeting’s access link at 12:00pm on the day of the event. Please email webmaster@cals.org if you have questions.

July 2nd @1pm Bubbleology
July 9th @1pm Awesome Science
July 16th @1pm Science of Sound
July 23rd @1pm Super Power Science
July 30th @1pm Messtival Science
Aug.

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Microsoft Word Part 2: Styles, Mailings, and More (Live Online Class)

If you have Microsoft Word experience, learn some advanced tools to make your documents more stylish and functional, while saving yourself time.
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VIRTUAL BingoFlix: Summer of Stallone! Oscar (1991, PG)

Celebrate the BingoFlix-worthy Stallone brothers this July with the Summer of Stallone! Play bingo along to some of the cheesiest Stallone brothers films ever made for your chance to win a FREE movie pass to the theater once we reopen. FREE to play!

In this farcical spoof of 1930s gangster movies, Oscar is a crime boss (played by Sylvester Stallone in a rare comic turn) who is doing his best to reform. Bags of loot and his daughter’s love life confuse him on the day he plans to go legitimate.

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Magic Mondays: Tommy Terrific

Monday’s Show: “Satchel Paige Baseball”

Join us on Mondays for a new episode of Tommy Terrific’s Wacky Magic Show. Each session is pre-recorded and will be available on demand on YouTube, beginning at 10:00 am. Please return to this page to watch the video.

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CALS Silent Reading Party

Grab a snack, a beverage, and your favorite reading material and join us to read silently with others as blues/jazz guitarist Dallas Smith plays live in the background.

Perfect for date night or family night, the Silent Reading Party is a great and low pressure way to feel connected with others. This is no time to read alone.

Gather together your favorite reading materials and join us as we read, listen, and relax.

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A Conversation Worth Having: I Am Not Your Negro (2016, PG-13)

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

We are happy to announce a new weekly virtual program as a part of our Civil Rights & Social Change Collection: A Conversation Worth Having.

Every Monday night we will screen a two-hour collection of talks, speeches, poetry, music, films and documentaries designed to educate, enlighten, and encourage empathy surrounding the struggles and hardships facing the African-American community. You can join us from anywhere around the world,

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Virtual Open Lab

Tech help from an expert. Ask your burning technology questions, get troubleshooting help with your computer or mobile device, or start out with new tech.
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VIRTUAL BingoFlix: Shark Month! Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! (2015, TV-14)

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water…

Terror Tuesdays and Virtual BingoFlix combine this July for Shark Month! Play bingo along to some of the cheesiest shark-themed films ever made for your chance to win a FREE movie pass to the theater once we reopen. FREE to play!

In Sharknado 3, a vortex of sharks causes mass destruction in Washington, DC., before roaring down the Eastern Seaboard and into Florida and its theme parks.

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SRC Museum of Discovery

Join us every Thursday at 1pm for some virtual science fun, presented by the Museum of Discovery. Registration for this zoom event is required and will be available until noon the day of the event. You will receive email confirmation of registration today; we will email the meeting’s access link at 12:00pm on the day of the event. Please email webmaster@cals.org if you have questions.

July 2nd @1pm Bubbleology
July 9th @1pm Awesome Science
July 16th @1pm Science of Sound
July 23rd @1pm Super Power Science
July 30th @1pm Messtival Science
Aug.

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VIRTUAL BingoFlix: Summer of Stallone! The Pink Chiquitas (1987, PG-13)

Celebrate the BingoFlix-worthy Stallone brothers this July with the Summer of Stallone! Play bingo along to some of the cheesiest Stallone brothers films ever made for your chance to win a FREE movie pass to the theater once we reopen. FREE to play!

In The Pink Chiquitas, a pink meteor controlled by aliens lands near a small town and turns the local women into nymphos. Frank Stallone plays Tony Mareda, Jr., a former Olympic athlete and world-renowned private detective,

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Magic Mondays: Tommy Terrific

Monday’s Show: “The Magic of Science”

Join us on Mondays for a new episode of Tommy Terrific’s Wacky Magic Show. Each session is pre-recorded and will be available on demand on YouTube, beginning at 10:00 am. Please return to this page to watch the video.

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Challenges and Strategies for Dealing Together with Covid 19

Join us for this second session in our Braver Angels series as we discuss the challenges of COVID-19.  We will be seeking strategies and solutions for moving forward together during this challenging time.  This program takes place on Monday, August 3 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM via Zoom.  Please email jburrus@cals.org or gwhite@braverangels.org for the Zoom link.

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Cows, Contagion, and Conflict: Federal Efforts to Eradicate Tick Fever and Local Resistance in Arkansas History

CALS Encyclopedia of Arkansas Presents MONDAY MALADIES

Speaker: Blake Perkins, associate professor of history and chair of the Department of History and Political Science at Williams Baptist University

Blake Perkins is the author of Hillbilly Hellraisers: Federal Power and Populist Defiance in the Ozarks (2018) and editor of Yesterday Today: Life in the Ozarks (2020). Perkins is a member of the board of trustees of the Arkansas Historical Association.

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A Conversation Worth Having: King in the Wilderness (2018, TV-14)

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

We are happy to announce a new weekly virtual program as a part of our Civil Rights & Social Change Collection: A Conversation Worth Having.

Every Monday night we will screen a two-hour collection of talks, speeches, poetry, music, films and documentaries designed to educate, enlighten, and encourage empathy surrounding the struggles and hardships facing the African-American community. You can join us from anywhere around the world,

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VIRTUAL BingoFlix: Shark Month! 6-Headed Shark Attack (2018, TV-14)

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water…

Terror Tuesdays and Virtual BingoFlix combine this August for Shark Month! Play bingo along to some of the cheesiest shark-themed films ever made for your chance to win a FREE movie pass to the theater once we reopen. FREE to play!

In 6-Headed Shark Attack attendees of a marriage boot camp on a remote island have to fight a 6-headed shark that attacks the beach.

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Memoir and Personal Essay

Learn the techniques of creative nonfiction in this free 4-week class. Discover how writers use image and voice, scene, character, and setting in memoir and personal essay.

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

Register for Memoir and Personal Essay

Due to ongoing public health concerns, Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) has suspended all programs and outreach through the end of August. We will be providing virtual programming and other online services during this time.

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Paul DeMain: “Buried Hearts at Wounded Knee”

CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies Presents LEGACIES & LUNCH

Speaker: Paul DeMain, former editor of News From Indian Country

As part of CALS celebration of the 50th anniversary of Arkansas author Dee Brown’s classic Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, award-winning Native American journalist Paul DeMain will discuss his involvement in covering the activities of the American Indian Movement that were occurring around the same time that Brown’s book was published and his investigations into the aftermath of controversies surrounding the movement.

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SRC Museum of Discovery

Join us every Thursday at 1pm for some virtual science fun, presented by the Museum of Discovery. Registration for this zoom event is required and will be available until noon the day of the event. You will receive email confirmation of registration today; we will email the meeting’s access link at 12:00pm on the day of the event. Please email webmaster@cals.org if you have questions.

July 2nd @1pm Bubbleology
July 9th @1pm Awesome Science
July 16th @1pm Science of Sound
July 23rd @1pm Super Power Science
July 30th @1pm Messtival Science
Aug.

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Virtual Open Lab

Tech help from an expert. Ask your burning technology questions, get troubleshooting help with your computer or mobile device, or start out with new tech.
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Library Resources for the Job Hunt (Live Online Class)

Looking for a new job? Your CALS card gives you access to a variety of tools to make your job search faster, easier, and more effective!
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VIRTUAL BingoFlix: Chuck Norris Fridays! Lone Wolf McQuade (1983, PG)

Celebrate the BingoFlix-worthy Chuck Norris this August with four classic films!

Play bingo along to some of the cheesiest Chuck Norris films ever made for your chance to win a FREE movie pass to the theater once we reopen. FREE to play!

After helping the local police with some horse thieves, a Texas Ranger aims at a drug lord with arms trade as well. They’re interested in the same woman and they’re both into martial arts.

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Financial Basics for People 50+

Please join us on Saturday August 8 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM via Zoom for this program.  Learn how to build smart money habits and make the most of your financial resources.  We will discuss budgeting and setting goals, managing credit and debt, building savings, and protecting assets from fraud.  Email jburrus@cals.org for the Zoom link.

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Scott Davis Magic

Available through August 15, join Scott Davis for a special Summer Reading Club magic show.

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Magic Mondays: Bloomin’ Puppets

Monday’s Show: “Fairy Tales, Myths, and Magic”

Join us on Mondays for a new episode of the Bloomin’ Puppets Show. The session is pre-recorded and will be available on demand on YouTube, beginning at 10:00 am. Please return to this page to watch the video.

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Magic Mondays: Tommy Terrific

Monday’s Show: “Black Cowboys of the Old West”

Join us on Mondays for a new episode of Tommy Terrific’s Wacky Magic Show. Each session is pre-recorded and will be available on demand on YouTube, beginning at 10:00 am. Please return to this page to watch the video.

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Finding Family Facts – August 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.

Register for Finding Family Facts

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

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A Conversation Worth Having: The Black Power Mixtape (1967-1975) (2011, NR)

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

We are happy to announce a new weekly virtual program as a part of our Civil Rights & Social Change Collection: A Conversation Worth Having.

Every Monday night we will screen a two-hour collection of talks, speeches, poetry, music, films and documentaries designed to educate, enlighten, and encourage empathy surrounding the struggles and hardships facing the African-American community. You can join us from anywhere around the world,

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Virtual Open Lab

Tech help from an expert. Ask your burning technology questions, get troubleshooting help with your computer or mobile device, or start out with new tech.
Learn More
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VIRTUAL BingoFlix: Shark Month! Sand Sharks (2012, R)

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water…

Terror Tuesdays and Virtual BingoFlix combine this August for Shark Month! Play bingo along to some of the cheesiest shark-themed films ever made for your chance to win a FREE movie pass to the theater once we reopen. FREE to play!

In Sand Sharks, the residents of a small town team up to kill a group of evolved sharks that can swim in sand,

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It’s Growing On ‘Em: Black Hair’s Fight for Social Acceptance

Speaker: Stephanie Sims

Representation of beauty, and hair’s place in that representation, has been a concern in popular culture for many decades, with media sources often depicting African Americans–and their hair–in a poor light. Hair has become a focal point of African Americans’ struggle to define who they are in corporate America, and in Black culture. I’ll examine the history behind Black hair’s fight for social acceptance through a national lens and also discuss its impact on smaller communities,

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Memoir and Personal Essay

Learn the techniques of creative nonfiction in this free 4-week class. Discover how writers use image and voice, scene, character, and setting in memoir and personal essay.

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 through the end of August. We will be providing virtual programming and other online services during this time.

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Finding Family Facts – August 13

The Butler Center offers a beginner’s genealogy class, 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 through the end of August.

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Fade In with Adobe Premiere

Learn to use the professional video editing application Adobe Premiere--along with basic editing techniques--to turn raw video into compelling content.
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Publishing: A peek behind the curtain

Join multi-published author, Margaret Ethridge (aka Maggie Wells), as she shares her path to publication. In this session, Margaret will draw back the curtain and share with you the truth about the dreaded slush pile, how to write a query letter that can help you stand out in the crowd, and lead a discussion on the ins and outs of navigating author/agent/editor/publisher relationships. For more information, email dmoore@cals.org.

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Arkansas Sounds Presents… Chris Parker & Bill Huntington, Sam Carroll, The Smittle Band, and Tyrannosaurus Chicken

Every Thursday at 7:00 pm CST we hope you’ll join us for a new weekly virtual series: “Arkansas Sounds Presents…”

This long-form look at Arkansas music, culture, and entertainment features performances, interviews, and events from our CALS Arkansas Sounds archives and related videos available online.

The lineup for August 13 includes performances by:

  • Chris Parker & Bill Huntington
  • Sam Carroll
  • The Smittle Band
  • Tyrannosaurus Chicken

FREE to watch!

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VIRTUAL BingoFlix: Chuck Norris Fridays! The Octagon (1980, R)

Celebrate the BingoFlix-worthy Chuck Norris this August with four classic films!

Play bingo along to some of the cheesiest Chuck Norris films ever made for your chance to win a FREE movie pass to the theater once we reopen. FREE to play!

In The Octagon, Chuck Norris stars as a martial artist must defeat a plan by ninjas to create a worldwide training camp for terrorists.

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CALS Writing Circle Meeting: It’s a Writing Marathon!

Looking for a great excuse to stretch your creative muscles? Or maybe you need a way to get unstuck? Join us for a Saturday afternoon writing marathon guaranteed to spark and inspire. Writers of all stripes and experience level are welcome.

We’ll start with a one- or two-line Story Starter (ex: Icy fingers gripped my arm in the darkness). After writing for ten minutes, we’ll take turns reading what we’ve written. No critiques or comments (other than “thank you”) are allowed. 

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Juggling: A Study in Throwing Things by The Institute of Jugglology, Part I

Humans are jugglers; we go through our days endlessly moving objects around to achieve our goals. In this class we will learn the basics of juggling and how it affects everything you choose
to do. Juggling has been proven to be one of the best exercises to strengthen hand-eye coordination and is required by every professional sports team. Don’t miss the opportunity to learn this life-changing skill from a world champion juggler.

This event is virtual and will take place on the Zoom platform.

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National Health Care Community: Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas, 1921–1936

CALS Encyclopedia of Arkansas Presents MONDAY MALADIES

Speaker: Janis K. Percefull, historian, author, educator, and public speaker

Janis K. Percefull earned a BA in History at Ouachita Baptist University and a master’s in public history from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. As a graduate student, she was awarded the UAMS History of Medicine Research Award (2001) and won the UALR Gender Studies Research Paper Contest (2003).

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About the Program Series

With the COVID-19 pandemic having caused more than 100,000 deaths in the United States alone by the beginning of June 2020,

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A Conversation Worth Having: The Rosa Parks Story (2002, NR)

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

We are happy to announce a new weekly virtual program as a part of our Civil Rights & Social Change Collection: A Conversation Worth Having.

Every Monday night we will screen a two-hour collection of talks, speeches, poetry, music, films and documentaries designed to educate, enlighten, and encourage empathy surrounding the struggles and hardships facing the African-American community. You can join us from anywhere around the world,

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Creative Writing: Bringing Characters to Life

Do you struggle with writing authentic, complex, fully-realized characters? Learn how to bring your characters to life in this free writing class. Whether you are a beginning writer or someone who has been at it for a while, if you want to write believable characters, this class is for you.

This is a virtual class.  Email dmoore@cals.org for more information.

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Due to ongoing public health concerns,

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Tech Chat: Working from Home

Stop in for an informal chat about a technology-related topic. We'll swap tips, tricks, and stories together! This month's topic: working from home.
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Understanding COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loans

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Arkansas District Director Edward Haddock will lead a discussion of Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL). EIDLs are designed to provide economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue.

This event will be delivered virtually on the Zoom platform. Registration is free, but required. For security reasons, a free Zoom account will be required to accept the Zoom invitation. You will receive an email confirmation when you register; an invitation to the Zoom event will be emailed by 2pm on the day of the event.

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VIRTUAL BingoFlix: Shark Month! Swamp Shark (2011, R)

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water…

Terror Tuesdays and Virtual BingoFlix combine this August for Shark Month! Play bingo along to some of the cheesiest shark-themed films ever made for your chance to win a FREE movie pass to the theater once we reopen. FREE to play!

An animal smuggling deal goes wrong, resulting in a man-eating shark escaping into a backwoods river. After a local man is found eaten,

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Memoir and Personal Essay

Learn the techniques of creative nonfiction in this free 4-week class. Discover how writers use image and voice, scene, character, and setting in memoir and personal essay.

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 through the end of August. We will be providing virtual programming and other online services during this time.

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Juggling: A Study in Throwing Things by The Institute of Jugglology

Humans are jugglers; we go through our days endlessly moving objects around to achieve our goals. In this class we will learn the basics of juggling and how it affects everything you choose
to do. Juggling has been proven to be one of the best exercises to strengthen hand-eye coordination and is required by every professional sports team. Don’t miss the opportunity to learn this life-changing skill from a world champion juggler.

This event is virtual and will take place on the Zoom platform.

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Effective After Effects

Looking to add visual flair to your video projects? Learn how After Effects can help you include graphics, animation, and cool effects in your footage.
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Arkansas Sounds Presents… Louis Jordan

Join us every Thursday at 7:00 pm CST for a new weekly virtual series: “Arkansas Sounds Presents…”

This online watch party of Arkansas music, culture, and entertainment, including unreleased performances, interviews and related content from our CALS Arkansas Sounds archives.

On Thursday, August 20, Arkansas Sounds presents a tribute to legendary artist Louis Jordan! Our swinging Louis playlist includes short clips from his classic movies, longer live concert performances, and a presentation by author and noted Louis Jordan expert,

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The Legacy of Race and the Question of Reconciliation in Arkansas

CALS Encyclopedia of Arkansas Presents

The worldwide demonstrations against racism and police brutality that followed the murder of George Floyd earlier this year drew attention to the deep history of race and violence in the United States and beyond. At the same time, these demonstrations raised the questions:

  • Where do we go from here?
  • How do we achieve a future in which reconciliation and restoration finally become a reality for all people?
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Juggling: A Study in Throwing Things by The Institute of Jugglology, Part III

Humans are jugglers; we go through our days endlessly moving objects around to achieve our goals. In this class we will learn the basics of juggling and how it affects everything you choose
to do. Juggling has been proven to be one of the best exercises to strengthen hand-eye coordination and is required by every professional sports team. Don’t miss the opportunity to learn this life-changing skill from a world champion juggler.

This event is virtual and will take place on the Zoom platform.

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VIRTUAL BingoFlix: Chuck Norris Fridays! Forest Warrior (1996, PG)

Celebrate the BingoFlix-worthy Chuck Norris this August with four classic films!

Play bingo along to some of the cheesiest Chuck Norris films ever made for your chance to win a FREE movie pass to the theater once we reopen. FREE to play!

In Forest Warrior, Chuck Norris stars as a shape-shifting mountain man who, with help from a group of children, team up to protect an enchanted forest from evil lumberjacks.

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And join us for the virtual watch party LIVE on Friday,

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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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A Conversation Worth Having: Remembering the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom

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

We are happy to announce a new weekly virtual program as a part of our Civil Rights & Social Change Collection: A Conversation Worth Having.

Every Monday night we will screen a two-hour collection of talks, speeches, poetry, music, films and documentaries designed to educate, enlighten, and encourage empathy surrounding the struggles and hardships facing the African-American community. You can join us from anywhere around the world,

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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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Your Digital Library: eBooks, Audiobooks, and More (Live Online Class)

Learn how to your CALS card gives you access to download digital books, audiobooks, and magazines to enjoy on your computer, e-reader, or mobile device.
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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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VIRTUAL BingoFlix: Shark Month! Ozark Sharks (2016, TV-14)

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water…

Terror Tuesdays and Virtual BingoFlix combine this August for Shark Month! Play bingo along to some of the cheesiest shark-themed films ever made for your chance to win a FREE movie pass to the theater once we reopen. FREE to play!

In Ozark Sharks, a vacation to the Ozarks turns upside-down when bull sharks somehow infiltrate Arkansas’s freshwater lakes and wreak havoc on a town’s big fireworks festival.

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Memoir and Personal Essay

Learn the techniques of creative nonfiction in this free 4-week class. Discover how writers use image and voice, scene, character, and setting in memoir and personal essay.

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 through the end of August. We will be providing virtual programming and other online services during this time.

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Microsoft PowerPoint for Beginners (Live Online Class)

Use Microsoft PowerPoint to add visual flair to business and personal presentations. Learn to incorporate images, animations, transitions, and more.
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Crafting with Opal

This is a virtual program that the Nixon library has every Thursday at 7 p.m. live on our Facebook page.

We do different craft projects during this program.

Just click here for our Facebook page.

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Arkansas Sounds Presents… the Porter family!

Every Thursday at 7:00 pm CST we hope you’ll join us for a new weekly virtual series: “Arkansas Sounds Presents…”

This long-form look at Arkansas music, culture, and entertainment features performances, interviews, and events from our CALS Arkansas Sounds archives and related videos available online.

On August 27, we present a tribute to two legendary Arkansas artists, father and son Art Porter, Sr. and Art Porter, Jr.! Our Porter family playlist includes the Arkansas PBS documentary Art Porter,

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VIRTUAL BingoFlix: Chuck Norris Fridays! Hellbound (1994, R)

Celebrate the BingoFlix-worthy Chuck Norris this August with four classic films!

Play bingo along to some of the cheesiest Chuck Norris films ever made for your chance to win a FREE movie pass to the theater once we reopen. FREE to play!

In Hellbound, Chuck Norris stars as a tough policeman who faces Satan’s emissary, freed after 800 years of imprisonment.

Grab a screenshot of your randomized bingo card here: https://mfbc.us/m/bx39xc

And join us for the virtual watch party LIVE on Friday,

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Where Every Day Was Like a Tuesday: A History of the Arkansas Tuberculosis Sanatorium, 1910–1973

CALS Encyclopedia of Arkansas Presents MONDAY MALADIES

Speaker: Rachel Patton, executive director of Preserve Arkansas

Rachel Patton is a native of Farmington, Arkansas. She holds a BA in history/political science from Arkansas Tech University and a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. With more than twelve years of experience working in historic preservation in Arkansas, she currently serves as executive director of Preserve Arkansas,

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A Conversation Worth Having: Remembering the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom

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

We are happy to announce a new weekly virtual program as a part of our Civil Rights & Social Change Collection: A Conversation Worth Having.

Every Monday night we will screen a two-hour collection of talks, speeches, poetry, music, films and documentaries designed to educate, enlighten, and encourage empathy surrounding the struggles and hardships facing the African-American community. You can join us from anywhere around the world,

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Virtual Open Lab

Tech help from an expert. Ask your burning technology questions, get troubleshooting help with your computer or mobile device, or start out with new tech.
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Terror Tuesdays: BingoFlix Goes Nuclear! Hell Comes to Frogtown (1988, R)

What’s scarier than the end of the world?

Terror Tuesdays and Virtual BingoFlix go NUCLEAR this September! Play bingo along to the cheesy movie cliches in a selection of five nuclear disaster movies for your chance to win a FREE movie pass to the theater once we reopen. FREE to play!

Hell Comes to Frogtown is set in a post-apocalyptic wasteland where few fertile men and women exist due to atomic fallout. As a result,

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Elliott West: Impact of Dee Brown’s Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, Fifty Years Later

CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies Presents LEGACIES & LUNCH

Speaker: Elliott West, Alumni Distinguished Professor of History at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville

The fiftieth anniversary of the publication of Dee Brown’s Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee offers us a chance to look back on the impact it had at the time and to think about how our understanding of American Indian history has evolved since then.

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Video for the Web (Live Online Class)

Learn to make compelling video content. You already have everything you need! Discover principles, tips and tricks to make it great—inexpensively.
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Arkansas Sounds Presents… Roy Buchanan!

Join us every Thursday at 7:00pm CST for “Arkansas Sounds Presents,” a free online watch party of Arkansas music and culture, including unreleased performances, interviews and related content from our CALS Arkansas Sounds archives.

On Thursday, September 3, Arkansas Sounds presents a tribute to legendary guitar player, Roy Buchanan! Our playlist for this Ozark, Arkansas, native includes the documentary Introducing Roy Buchanan (1971, NR) and live performances and interviews from throughout his career.

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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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VIRTUAL BingoFlix: CageFest Fridays! Snake Eyes (1998, R)

Celebrate the BingoFlix-worthy Nicolas Cage this September with CageFest Fridays! Play bingo along to some of the craziest Nicolas Cage films ever made for your chance to win a FREE movie pass to the theater once we reopen. FREE to play!

In Snake Eyes, Detective Rick Santoro has never played by the rules. When he attends a high-profile boxing match with his friend Navy Commander Kevin Dunne, as well as Defense Secretary Kirkland, he witnesses a terrorist assassinate Kirkland.

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Social Security Basics

Do you understand how Social Security works?  Have you ever wondered what the differences are regarding full, early, and delayed benefits?  Please join us Saturday September 5 at 1:00 PM via Zoom.  AARP Arkansas will share the implications of Social Security claiming decisions and how to maximize your benefits.  Please bring any and all questions!

Email jburrus@cals.org for the Zoom link to this program.

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CALS Closed for Labor Day

All branches and buildings of the Central Arkansas Library System will be closed Monday, September 7, in observance of Labor Day.  Regular curbside service and in-building service will resume Tuesday, September 8.

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Terror Tuesdays: BingoFlix Goes Nuclear! WarGames (1983, PG)

What’s scarier than the end of the world?

Terror Tuesdays and Virtual BingoFlix go NUCLEAR this September! Play bingo along to the cheesy movie cliches in a selection of five nuclear disaster movies for your chance to win a FREE movie pass to the theater once we reopen. FREE to play!

In WarGames, high school student David Lightman (Matthew Broderick) unwittingly hacks into a military supercomputer while searching for new video games. After starting a game of Global Thermonuclear War,

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Meet the Lender

Jay Young, Central and East Arkansas Regional Director & Director of Minority Business Development at FORGE, Inc., will talk about small business lending and how entrepreneurs may benefit from Community Development Financial Institutions like FORGE.

This event will be delivered virtually on the Zoom platform. Registration is free, but required. For security reasons, a free Zoom account will be required to accept the Zoom invitation. You will receive an email confirmation when you register; an invitation to the Zoom event will be emailed by 2pm on the day of the event.

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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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All of Us Virtual Event

Join us for a virtual, interactive presentation about the All of Us Research Program. We want to share the goal of All of Us, which is to speed up breakthroughs in health research. The virtual event features engaging activities to help you learn about the program.

The All of Us Research Program is a research program from the National Institutes of Health. Health research is more important than ever. The more information researchers have,

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Olly Neal, Jr., Outspoken: The Olly Neal Story

Six Bridges Book Festival presents Outspoken: The Olly Neal Story, a virtual conversation with author Olly Neal.

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Born in 1941 on a farm near Marianna in rural eastern Arkansas, Olly Neal Jr. grew up in a large family with parents who insisted on their children getting a good education. Neal had the intellect but not the temperament to be a good student in high school, but a teacher took an interest in him when she saw him steal a book rather than risk his tough-guy reputation if someone saw him checking it out.

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Arkansas Sounds Presents… Michael Burks!

Join us every Thursday at 7:00pm CST for “Arkansas Sounds Presents,” a free online watch party of Arkansas music and culture, including unreleased performances, interviews and related content from our CALS Arkansas Sounds archives.

On Thursday, September 10, Arkansas Sounds presents a tribute to Arkansas blues guitar great, Michael Burks! Our playlist for this award winning artist includes live performances and interviews from throughout his career and a panel discussion on Michael’s importance and legacy.

FREE to watch!

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2nd Friday Art Night

Join us for an art- and entertainment-filled evening right from your house.

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This event will also be live-streamed to the 2nd Friday Art Night Facebook page.

ABOUT 2ND FRIDAY ART NIGHT

Each month, on the 2nd Friday, downtown Little Rock hosts an after-hours art event. Due to COVID-19, this event will be virtual.

Partner Organizations:
Bella Vita Jewelry
Central Arkansas Library System (The Bookstore at Library Square and The Galleries at Library Square)
Downtown Little Rock Partnership
Historic Arkansas Museum
Nexus Coffee &

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VIRTUAL BingoFlix: CageFest Fridays! Kick-Ass (2010, R)

Celebrate the BingoFlix-worthy Nicolas Cage this September with CageFest Fridays! Play bingo along to some of the craziest Nicolas Cage films ever made for your chance to win a FREE movie pass to the theater once we reopen. FREE to play!

Using his love for comics as inspiration, teenager Dave Lizewski decides to reinvent himself as a superhero — despite a complete lack of special powers. Dave dons a costume, dubs himself “Kick-Ass,” and gets to work fighting crime.

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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 through the end of August.

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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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Braver Angels Skills Workshop

Conversations about our beliefs can be difficult, especially when our relationships are at stake.  Braver Angels Online Training Workshops help you navigate these discussions with empathy and openness, and avoid demonization and contempt.  This workshop will teach techniques for speaking with those you disagree with so you can be heard, as well as listening in order to truly hear.  Join us on Monday, September 14 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM via Zoom.  Email jburrus@cals.org or gwhite@braverangels.org to receive the Zoom link.

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A Conversation Worth Having: Fannie Lou Hamer

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

We are happy to announce the newest program as a part of our Civil Rights & Social Change Collection: A Conversation Worth Having.

Every Monday night we will screen a virtual two-hour collection of talks, speeches, poetry, music, films and documentaries designed to educate, enlighten, and encourage empathy surrounding the struggles and hardships facing the African-American community. You can join us from anywhere around the world,

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Creating with The Isolation Journals

Are you looking for a way to process the fear, uncertainty, and isolation that has become so commonplace since March?

Emmy Award-winning writer, speaker, and cancer survivor Suleika Jaouad (pronounced Su-lake-uh Ja-wad) has launched The Isolation Journals, a creative endeavor with the goal of “transforming isolation into creative solitude and connection.” Modeled after Jaouad’s experiences in her early twenties while in isolation for leukemia treatment, the Isolation Journals encourages us to commit to “a small creative act”

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Terror Tuesdays: BingoFlix Goes Nuclear! Parasite (1982, R)

What’s scarier than the end of the world?

Terror Tuesdays and Virtual BingoFlix go NUCLEAR this September! Play bingo along to the cheesy movie cliches in a selection of five nuclear disaster movies for your chance to win a FREE movie pass to the theater once we reopen. FREE to play!

Parasite is set in the near future, where an atomic disaster has reduced the world to poverty. Instead of a government, America is run by an organization called the Merchants,

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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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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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Conozca los servicios y programas gratuitos que proporciona el Centro de Negocios para Mujeres de Arkansas en Winrock International

Conozca los servicios y programas gratuitos que proporciona el Centro de Negocios para Mujeres de Arkansas en Winrock International. La presentación se realizará en español.

Karen Zuccardi es una graduada bilingüe de la Clinton School of Public Service con una amplia experiencia en servicio al cliente intercultural. En Winrock International, Karen trabaja en desarrollo económico. Zuccardi ayuda a los empresarios de la región del delta del Mississippi y el estado de Arkansas a desarrollar sus ideas de negocios.

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Issues That Matter: On the Ballot and in the Voting Booth

The Central Arkansas Library System, KUAR, and the League of Women Voters of Pulaski County will host a virtual panel discussion of the ballot issue by petition process, the issues to be decided by Arkansans on the upcoming Election Day, as well as concerns about the voting process amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

This event will take place on the Zoom platform. Registration is free, but required. For security purposes, registered audience members will need a free Zoom account.

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Arkansas Sounds Presents… Dan Hicks!

Join us every Thursday at 7:00pm CST for “Arkansas Sounds Presents,” a free online watch party of Arkansas music and culture, including unreleased performances, interviews and related content from our CALS Arkansas Sounds archives.

On Thursday, September 17, Arkansas Sounds presents a tribute to legendary singer-songwriter, Dan Hicks! Our playlist for this celebrated Arkansas native includes live performances and interviews from throughout his diverse and influential career.

FREE to watch! You can join us from anywhere in the world as this is a virtual event >

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Charla con dueños de negocios y resuelve tus preguntas/Chat with business owners and get your questions answered

Reúnase con la diseñadora floral Nitzia David propietaria de “Nitzia's Designs” y Eyllen Calderón propietaria del Food Truck “El Tren al Sur”, aprenda de sus experiencias al iniciar un negocio en Arkansas y como han logrado sobrepasar obstáculos, tendrás la oportunidad de hacer preguntas para aprender de sus historias. En colaboración con Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center. La presentación se realizará en español, con traducción simultánea al inglés. Meet with floral designer Nitzia David of Nitzia's Designs and Eyllen Calderon of Venezuelan food truck Tren al Sur, learn from their experiences starting a business in Arkansas, and how they have overcome barriers. You will have the opportunity to ask questions to learn about their histories. In collaboration with Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center. Presentation will be in Spanish. English translation will be available.
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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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Homework Help

Williams Library staff will be available via FB messenger to assist with homework assignments. https://www.facebook.com/cals.williams

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VIRTUAL BingoFlix: CageFest Fridays! Knowing (2009, PG-13)

Celebrate the BingoFlix-worthy Nicolas Cage this September with CageFest Fridays! Play bingo along to some of the craziest Nicolas Cage films ever made for your chance to win a FREE movie pass to the theater once we reopen. FREE to play!

Fifty years after it was buried in a time capsule, a schoolgirl’s cryptic document falls into the hands of Caleb Koestler, the son of professor John Koestler. John figures out that the encoded message accurately lists every major disaster from the past five decades,

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Safe Routes to Parks Pop Up

CALS and Little Rock Parks and Recreation are teaming up to temporarily open two lanes for people walking and biking on Jonesboro Drive between Children’s Library, Little Rock Zoo, and Memorial Park. This project, which will stay up until October 17, is the first implementation action of the new Safe Routes to Parks Plan. Motivated by community feedback, these temporary “pop-up” lanes are not only an opportunity for people to experience a safer space for walking and biking between important destinations,

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CALS Writing Circle Meeting: A Conversation with Stephanie Vanderslice

Join us for a conversation with Stephanie Vanderslice, Professor of Creative Writing and Director of the Arkansas Writer’s MFA Workshop at the University of Central Arkansas, as she discusses her latest book.

The Geeks’ Guide to the Writing Life is a 21st Century guide for aspiring writers who don’t know where to start and need a mentor. Stephanie provides this while simultaneously shattering the biggest, most common myths of the writer’s world.

Stephanie’s column of the same name appears regularly in the Huffington Post,

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