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Virtual Mother Goose on the Loose Storytime

Read, sing and play with Ms. Kathy from Maumelle Library! This week’s storytime will be about bunnies.

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Jodi A. Barnes: “An Archaeology of Reproduction at Hollywood Plantation”

CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies Presents LEGACIES & LUNCH

An Archaeology of Reproduction at Hollywood Plantation 

Speaker: Jodi A. Barnes

Reproduction entangles the intimacy of sex, conception, pregnancy, and birth with the feeding,

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Comics are For Everyone Panel

Comics are made for everyone, by everyone, in a variety of formats. Join us as our panelists, Randy Duncan, Jess Carson, Corbin Lawrence, and James Harris, discuss how Comics are for Everyone. We will begin with a short presentation about the wide variety of comics and the many places and formats you might not expect to find them in. Following the presentation, our panel will explore the phrase “Comics are for Everyone,” discuss the variety found within the medium and even a little bit about its lesser-known history.

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A Conversation Worth Having: Harriet Tubman

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

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

Every Wednesday night at 7pm CST we screen a virtual collection of talks, podcasts, films and documentaries designed to educate, enlighten, and encourage empathy surrounding the struggles and hardships facing the African-American community. March is Women’s History Month, and our lineup includes five women who have defied odds and devoted their lives to helping the less fortunate.

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How Startups Can Leverage Technology to Gain a Sustainable Competitive Advantage

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

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Join Dr. Christopher M. Jones, Executive Director and Lead Maker of the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub, as he explains how utilizing technology can lead to a long lasting advantage in your industry.

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Microsoft Word Part 1: The Basics

Explore the basics of Microsoft Word, including information on writing, formatting, and editing documents.
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Arkansas Sounds Presents: a Rudy Ray Moore tribute

Join us every Thursday 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, March 4 at 7 p.m. CST, CALS Arkansas Sounds presents a tribute to legendary Arkansas entertainer, Rudy Ray Moore! Best known for his “Dolemite” character and films, this boundary pushing comedian, singer, actor, and film producer is also known as “The Godfather of Rap Music.”

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Conversational English for Spanish Speakers

Inglés Conversacional

Miércoles de Marzo, 7-8 pm

Conéctese por ZOOM y práctique hablar Inglés en un ambiente amigable. Para principantes a intermediados. Se require registro. Mande un correo electrónico a fdelgado@cals.org parar recibir el enlace de Zoom.

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Teen Time: Wrestle History

In this episode we look at some of the African American Women Pro-Wrestlers from 2015 to present day.

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YouTube: CALS Teens

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Food for Good Grab N’ Go Lunch

The Nixon Library serves Lunch on Saturdays

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

For 18 years and younger

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Writing All Year Writing Workshop

Are you looking for a writing workshop group?

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

All experience levels,

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Basic Computing

If you have some computer experience—but want a little more confidence—this class explores managing files, copy and paste, and more.
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Monday Matriarchs: Carmen Williams

CALS Encyclopedia of Arkansas presents Monday Matriarchs

Inevitable Insult and Humiliation: Black Women Writers of Arkansas

Speaker: Carmen Williams

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Carmen Lanos Williams is an assistant professor of English and Heritage Studies at Arkansas State University. Her recent dissertation, “Arkansas in the African American Imaginary: A Rhetoric of Place,” examines placemaking in the published work of African American Arkansans and in memoirs and fiction depicting coming of age in Arkansas.

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Cooking Matters at Home: Kids Say Yes to Fruits and Veggies

March 9: Kids Say Yes to Fruits and Veggies: Tips for More Fun and Fewer Fights

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

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Memoir Writing for Seniors: How to Write Your Story

Presented by CALS Writing Circle, this ongoing class meets once each week and takes attendees aged 55+ through the steps of writing their own life stories. You’ll be given tools and techniques to help you learn to write regularly and productively. Everyone is welcome; no writing experience is required.

No matter who you are, there are many reasons to write about your life. The act of writing your story can be a healing and transformative journey; it helps identify the threads and themes in your life and make sense of what you’ve lived.

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Learn to Meditate with Melissa Diller

Learn the basics of meditation in this 2-hour interactive workshop taught by Melissa Diller.  Explore the different types of meditation and ways you can practice them in your daily life.  The workshop will take place over Zoom.

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A Conversation Worth Having: Mary McLeod Bethune

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

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

Every Wednesday night at 7pm CST we screen a virtual collection of talks, podcasts, films and documentaries designed to educate, enlighten, and encourage empathy surrounding the struggles and hardships facing the African-American community. March is Women’s History Month, and our lineup includes five women who have defied odds and devoted their lives to helping the less fortunate.

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Community Garden Groundbreaking

Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) AmeriCorps members will participate in National AmeriCorps Week (March 7-13) by breaking ground on a community garden at Millie Brooks MicroLibrary, 13024 Highway 365, Wrightsville. The service project will take place Thursday, March 11, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

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Each year, community members, along with AmeriCorps members across the country, join with local organizations to celebrate AmeriCorps and national service members in their communities.

According to Megan Bellfield,

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Microsoft Word Part 2: Styles, Mailings, and More

If you have some basic experience with Microsoft Word, learn how to use powerful features like styles, mail merges, and more.
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Kevin Brockmeier, The Ghost Variations: One Hundred Stories

Six Bridges Book Festival presents: Kevin Brockmeier, author of The Ghost Variations: One Hundred Stories

Moderator: Susan Petty Moneyhon

This event will be hosted virtually on the Zoom platform. Free registration is required. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. You may sign up for Zoom and download the Zoom app at https://zoom.us/.

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About The Ghost Variations: One Hundred Stories

In The Ghost Variations: One Hundred Stories,

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Arkansas Sounds Presents: A Celtic Cultural Celebration

Join us every Thursday 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, March 11 at 7 p.m. CST, CALS Arkansas Sounds Presents a Celtic Cultural Celebration with Batesville’s award-winning Lyon College Pipe Band and the Little Rock folk group, Parkstone! Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a concert performance of traditional Irish and Celtic music and dance,

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Celebrate Your Creativity

In the tradition of Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way, Celebrate your Creativity is part social, part exploratory, and all encouragement. Join us on the second and fourth Saturdays in March as we read and discuss The Tipping Point by Malcolm  Gladwell. Led by J. Jobe. Contact jjobe@cals.org for class materials.

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

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Coronavirus Financial Relief Options for Small Businesses

This program covers some of the options for Financial Relief that Small Businesses can apply for. These options include grant and loans from both private and public entities.

This is a virtual event and will be available on YouTube. If you’d like more information or have any questions please email ledixon@cals.org

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Monday Matriarchs: Aleshia O’Neal

CALS Encyclopedia of Arkansas presents Monday Matriarchs

Charlie May Simon: Uncovering the Lost Voice of an Arkansas Author

Speaker: Aleshia O’Neal

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Aleshia O’Neal is an English professor at York College in York, Nebraska. She became interested in Charlie May Simon while working on her doctorate in Heritage Studies at Arkansas State University, and her research for her dissertation took her to four archival collections that housed the diaries,

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Rock Star Tech Tips

Become a technology rock star—and make your life easier—by discovering the tips, tricks and shortcuts technology pros take for granted.
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Virtual Open Lab

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

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

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

Every Wednesday night at 7pm CST we screen a virtual collection of talks, podcasts, films and documentaries designed to educate, enlighten, and encourage empathy surrounding the struggles and hardships facing the African-American community. March is Women’s History Month, and our lineup includes five women who have defied odds and devoted their lives to helping the less fortunate.

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Life After High School: What Now?

Join us for a panel discussion about how high schoolers and parents can prepare for the next step, whether it be college or the workforce. School counselors, recruiters, and coaches will share their perspectives and knowledge about the differing paths and options for a successful future.

Participants will have a chance to win prizes!

This will be a live Zoom event.  Please click here to register for the event.

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Arkansas Sounds Presents: a Sister Rosetta Tharpe tribute

Join us every Thursday 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, March 18 at 7 p.m. CST, CALS Arkansas Sounds Presents a tribute to “The Godmother of Rock and Roll,” Sister Rosetta Tharpe! Sister Rosetta Tharpe was a singer, songwriter, guitarist, and recording artist that became gospel music’s first superstar.

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Fitness Friday

Abby leads cardio drumming, dance time and/or book walk.

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Teen Time: Mr. Dan’s Real World

Mr. Dan reads Land Shark by Bert Ferry.

This program will publish on

Instagram: cals_teens

YouTube: CALS Teens

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Friday Family Fun Night Trivia

Join us every 3rd Friday night for Friday Family Fun Night Trivia! Teams must register via Zoom and each month’s trivia will have a different theme. A $25 gift card will be awarded to the winning team each month!

March 19- HOORAY FOR HOLLYWOOD (FILM TRIVIA)

CALS Adult Programs is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Friday Family Fun Night
Time: Mar 19, 2021 07:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

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First Day of Spring Grab N’ Go Activity Bag

Help welcome Spring w grab n’ go bags that have soil and seeds to start a Spring garden.

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Hidden Treasures on Ancestry with Juliana Szucs

Beyond the traditional records that yield essential names, dates, and places, you can often get a better understanding of your ancestors from some of the lesser-used records that don’t rise to the surface in a general search. From almshouse and agricultural schedules and fraternal and ethnic collections to a vast assortment of military records, great details can be found in the billions of records at Ancestry.com. This presentation highlights some of the best and most unusual collections, how to find them,

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Help! How Do I Use Libby?

If you’ve heard about e-books and audiobooks, but you don’t know where to start — this is the meeting for you!

Join us for a live Zoom call and get a step-by-step introduction to Libby, the user-friendly e-book app from Overdrive. During the event you’ll learn how to:

  • Download and register for Libby using your CALS Library Card
  • Browse the catalog using filters to find the perfect title
  • Check out items and place a hold
  • Change the settings of your screen for easier reading

If time allows,

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How to Write Professional Letters

Whether you’re sending it by email or in print, being able to write a formal professional letter is a very important skill. Professional letter-writing will impress potential and current employers, communicate your professionalism, and help you make a good first impression. Learn to write cover letters, thank you letters, acceptance letters, and more in this free class from the CALS Writing Circle.

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

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Evening Book Club

Discussion on Red Tent by Anita Diamant.
Copies available at Thompson Library.

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

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Stream It with OBS Studio

Learn how to use OBS Studio, the beloved free and open source program that lets you host your own livestream events.
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A Conversation Worth Having: Dovey Roundtree

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

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

Every Wednesday night at 7pm CST we screen a virtual collection of talks, podcasts, films and documentaries designed to educate, enlighten, and encourage empathy surrounding the struggles and hardships facing the African-American community. March is Women’s History Month, and our lineup includes five women who have defied odds and devoted their lives to helping the less fortunate.

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The Barriers to Capital Access – Report Discussion

Join Dr. Julia Chears-Young, Principal Researcher for the Capital Access Report, as she discusses the findings of this comprehensive survey of Arkansas-based people of color and women-owned businesses documenting the factors and barriers to capital access.

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

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About Julia Chears-Young, Ph.D.

Dr. Chears-Young is the owner and Principal Researcher of Precise Data Consulting, LLC.

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Arkansas Sounds Presents: a Willie “Big Eyes” Smith tribute

Join us every Thursday 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, March 25 at 7 p.m. CST, CALS Arkansas Sounds Presents a tribute to legendary Arkansas blues giant, Willie “Big Eyes” Smith! Willie “Big Eyes” Smith was a Grammy Award-winning blues vocalist, harmonica player, and drummer who worked extensively with Muddy Waters as well as leading his own bands.

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Microsoft PowerPoint for Beginners

Get an overview of Microsoft PowerPoint, including how to make an eye-catching presentation and show it to your audience.
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Silent Reading Party

This is no time to read alone. 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. Back by popular demand and 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 a virtual event. Contact dmoore@cals.org for more information.

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Due to ongoing public health concerns,

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Monday Matriarchs: Robyn Spears

CALS Encyclopedia of Arkansas presents Monday Matriarchs

Arkansas Aprons: Food Power and Women in Arkansas, 1857 to 1891

Speaker: Robyn Spears

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Robyn Spears As a doctoral student of history, Robyn Spears researches nineteenth-century women’s history, food history, and medicine at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.

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The CALS Encyclopedia of Arkansas is a free,

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Your Digital Library: eBooks, Audiobooks, and More

Don't miss out on free stuff your library card unlocks. Check out eBooks, audiobooks, and more for your mobile device, e-reader, and computer.
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A Conversation Worth Having: Angela Davis & Toni Morrison

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

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

Every Wednesday night at 7pm CST we screen a virtual collection of talks, podcasts, films and documentaries designed to educate, enlighten, and encourage empathy surrounding the struggles and hardships facing the African-American community. March is Women’s History Month, and our lineup includes five women who have defied odds and devoted their lives to helping the less fortunate.

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Grow a Plant Grab and Go Kit

The month of April is the home of Earth Day.  To celebrate we will be providing patrons with seeds and biodegradable planters for when it’s time to transplant your plant to garden! Available from the Fletcher library circulation desk or through curbside pick-up while supplies last.

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Arkansas Sounds Presents: a Jim Ed Brown tribute

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

On Thursday, April 1 at 7 p.m. CST, CALS Arkansas Sounds Presents a birthday tribute to legendary Arkansas country music giant, Jim Ed Brown! Jim Ed Brown was a country singer-songwriter who rose fame in the 1950s with his two sisters as a member of The Browns. Brown, a long-time member of the Grand Ole Opry and a 2015 inductee into the Country Music Hall of Fame,

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Virtual BingoFlix: The Terminator (1984, R)

Join us ALL April long for Virtual BingoFlix! Play bingo along to cheesy movie cliches during a virtual watch party for your chance to win a free movie pass to the theater once we reopen. This month we’re featuring the best of 80s action!

On Friday, April 2, join us for The Terminator (1984, R)! Disguised as a human, a cyborg assassin known as a Terminator travels from 2029 to 1984 to kill Sarah Connor.

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Braver Angels: Media & Polarization Panel

Please join us on Monday April 5 via Zoom from 6:30-8 PM for a stellar panel discussion on the media and its influence (good or bad) on political polarization. Guests will include Philip Martin of the Democrat Gazette; Donna Stephens, UCA journalism professor; Gwen Moritz, editor of Arkansas Business; and Wesley Brown, publisher of the Daily Record.  This program is sponsored by Braver Angels Arkansas, UA Little Rock Dept. of Applied Communications, and the Main Library of the Central Arkansas Library System.
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Confused About COVID? Re-Opening With Resiliency

As we re-enter our buildings after the pandemic, what building systems can be addressed to reduce the spread of COVID-19 from airborne particles and surface transmission? This research-based presentation will explore many strategies as well as their impact on efficiency and operation of buildings, occupant wellness, marketing, and occupant perceptions of health: Air Dilution, Advanced Filtration, UV Lighting, Confirmed Infectious Disease Cleaning, Re-Entry Certifications, and Contamination Mitigation Strategies like Touchless Surfaces, Space Layout and Usage BMP’s, Green Cleaning, and Building Performance Dashboards.

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Story Walk: Bird Watch

Story Walk:

9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Bird Watch by Christie Matheson

Craft available at Front Desk or through Curbside Service

 

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Virtual Mother Goose on the Loose Baby Storytime

Read, sing and play with Ms. Kathy from Maumelle Library! This week’s storytime will be about butterflies

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Beyond the Idea – Startups and Their Stories: Garbo Hearne

Join us as we visit with Garbo Hearne, director and owner of Pyramid Art, Books & Custom Framing and Hearne Fine Art Gallery, and learn more about her story from idea to execution. She’ll share with us the business advice and tips she’s gleaned over the years heading one of the most successful and well-known Black-owned businesses in Central Arkansas.

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Beyond the Idea is an event that allows entrepreneurs to share their stories – which include how to turn an idea into reality,

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Your Digital Library: Movies, Music, and More

Don't miss out on free stuff your library card unlocks. Learn to access great music, movies, and shows on your phone, computer, or tablet.
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Dina L. Cisneros

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

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

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Dina Lizette López Cisneros

Is from Michoacán,

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Virtual BingoFlix: Code of Silence (1985, R)

Join us ALL April long for Virtual BingoFlix! Play bingo along to cheesy movie cliches during a virtual watch party for your chance to win a free movie pass to the theater once we reopen. This month we’re featuring the best of 80s action!

On Tuesday, April 6, join us for Code of Silence (1985, R)! Chuck Norris stars as Sgt. Eddie Cusack, a policeman caught in a gang war when he decides to take down an irresponsible colleague.

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CALS Library Giving Day 2021

CALS has been an essential resource throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, offering meals for kids, curbside library services, virtual programming, and much more. Celebrate and support your library with a donation on Library Giving Day.

This one-day online fundraising event will occur on April 7 and will help us strengthen our community and continue to transform lives every day.

Donate now until April 7 by visiting www.justgiving.com/campaign/CALS-LibraryGivingDay2021.

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Eugene Richards: Book discussion of THE DAY I WAS BORN

CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies Presents LEGACIES & LUNCH

Book discussion of the day I was born

Speaker: Eugene Richards

Author and photographer Eugene Richards will discuss his latest book, the day I was born, which tells the stories of six men and women living out their lives in the memory-laden Mississippi Delta of Arkansas. 

Eugene Richards is photographer,

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Be Mighty Goes Green with the Root Café

Come learn about the environmental benefits of eating locally sourced fruits and vegetables with Be Mighty Little Rock and Kim Forte from the Root Café.

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A Conversation Worth Having: James Baldwin vs. William F. Buckley (1965)

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

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

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

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Surf Secure

Protect your privacy online. Learn about tools like password managers and two-step verification; and best practices for Internet safety.
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Arkansas Sounds Presents: an Al Green tribute

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

On Thursday, April 8 at 7 p.m. CST, CALS Arkansas Sounds presents a tribute to Arkansas soul, pop, and gospel music icon, Al Green! Al Green is a legendary singer, songwriter, and record producer who has sold more than 25 million records and won 11 Grammy Awards, including a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Preschool Friday Storytime

Join us the second Friday of every month at 10:00am on the CALS Kids Facebook page for storytime, songs, games, and more!

CALS Storytime Archive on YouTube

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Teen Time: Mr. Dan’s Real World

Is reducing and recycling unavailable and, at some times, unattainable? Never fear, smol patrons! Mr. Dan is here with tips on how to reuse everyday items!

Instagram: cals_teens

YouTube: CALS Teens

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Virtual BingoFlix: Braddock: Missing in Action III (1988, R)

Join us ALL April long for Virtual BingoFlix! Play bingo along to cheesy movie cliches during a virtual watch party for your chance to win a free movie pass to the theater once we reopen. This month we’re featuring the best of 80s action!

On Friday, April 9, join us for Braddock: Missing in Action III (1988, R)! When Colonel James Braddock is told that his Asian wife and 12-year-old son are still alive in Communist Vietnam,

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Conservation for Kids: Go Green With CALS

Join us via zoom and our special guest from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission as we learn about conservation in Arkansas and how we can help.

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Myths and Facts About Energy Efficiency

As the human population grows, so too does their energy usage. We’re using fossil fuels such as oil and coal at unsustainable rates. Energy production using renewable sources is increasing, but not as fast as it should be. In order to avoid large-scale energy shortages that could cause innumerable problems, it is important for consumers to put more of their efforts toward increasing their energy efficiency. There are, however, a number of persisting myths relating to energy efficiency that prevent many from doing all that they could be.

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Learn from Home: Fall Prevention and Home Safety

Join us on Zoom for a community educational program! The Arkansas Geriatric Education Collaborative at UAMS is hosting this event in collaboration with the Central Arkansas Library System and the Arkansas State Library. The AGEC will present a free educational program to learn about how to identify and prevent the risk of falls, the physical and mental consequences of falling, resources for safety checks, and exercises for fall prevention.
There will be a Q&A at the end of the presentation.

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Cooking Matters at Home: Drink to Your Health

April 13: Drink to Your Health: Tasty, Lower Sugar Choices for Kids and Caregivers

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

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Virtual BingoFlix: RoboCop (1987, R)

Join us ALL April long for Virtual BingoFlix! Play bingo along to cheesy movie cliches during a virtual watch party for your chance to win a free movie pass to the theater once we reopen. This month we’re featuring the best of 80s action!

On Tuesday, April 13, join us for RoboCop (1987, R)! In a violent, near-apocalyptic Detroit, evil corporation Omni Consumer Products wins a contract from the city government to privatize the police force.

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Be Mighty Goes Green with Arkansas Potluck Food Rescue

Come learn how reducing food waste is good for the environment with Sylvia Blain from Potluck Food Rescue Arkansas and Be Mighty Little Rock.

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A Conversation Worth Having: A Black Paper on White Racism (1971)

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

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

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

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Operating Agreements Workshop

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

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Do you have a small business, or have you ever thought about starting one? If so, you’re in luck! ReMix Ideas, the Central Arkansas Library system, and the Business Innovations Clinic of the UALR Bowen School of Law have collaborated to bring you and your business an informational workshop on one of the most crucial components of any successful business: the operating agreement.

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Calculating Your Small Business Startup Costs

This program is going to cover the basics of calculating Small Business startup costs to help potential Small Business owners attract investors, request funding, and create a timeline where they can estimate a return profit. The recorded program will be available on our CALS YouTube Channel. There will be a part two to this program titled “Funding Your Small Business” that will be uploaded on YouTube on Wednesday, May 5th at 3:30 (CST).

If you have any additional questions about the program,

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Arkansas Sounds Presents: a Wanda Jackson tribute

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

On Thursday, April 15 at 7 p.m. CST, CALS Arkansas Sounds presents our Third Thursday Throwback with a performance from The Queen of Rockabilly, Wanda Jackson! Our playlist throws us back to an April 2018 concert by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Wanda Jackson at the CALS Ron Robinson Theater.

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Take ‘N Make: Craft along on Zoom

Enjoy crafting with us on zoom every third Thursday of the month from 6-7 PM. Pick up one of our craft kits at Main Library for all the supplies you'll need. Please register to participate: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZModeirqjgsHtZ67AGFZDdcbGBbP1cZV2yw
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Video for the Web

Find out how to make videos that break the internet--without breaking the bank. We'll talk about shooting, editing, and uploading.
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Virtual BingoFlix: The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984, PG)

Join us ALL April long for Virtual BingoFlix! Play bingo along to cheesy movie cliches during a virtual watch party for your chance to win a free movie pass to the theater once we reopen. This month we’re featuring the best of 80s action!

On Friday, April 16, join us for The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984, PG)! Buckaroo Banzai is caught with his trusted allies,

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Friday Family Fun Night Trivia

Join us every 3rd Friday night for Friday Family Fun Night Trivia via Zoom!   A $25 gift card will be awarded to the winning team each month! April 16- EARTH DAY TRIVIA CALS Adult Programs is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Topic: Friday Family Fun Night Trivia
Time: Apr 16, 2021 07:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting
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Love Your Parks Cleanup at Boyle Park

Show your love of Little Rock Parks and help clean up Boyle Park. Boyle Park is the third oldest Little Rock park, and is on the National Register of Historic Places. This 250-acre park is home to eight Rustic style Civilian Conservation Corps structures built in the 1930s. Boyle Park is located at 2000 Boyle Park Rd. We will meet at Pavillion 1. Please dress appropriately, wear sunscreen, and bring a water bottle and snacks if you need it.
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Family Storytime

Join us every other Saturday at 10:00am on the CALS Kids Facebook page for storytime, songs, games, and more for the whole family.

Next episode:

CALS Storytime Archive on YouTube

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Virtual Family Storytime

Families can read, sing and play with Ms. Kathy from Maumelle Library! This week’s storytime will be about the importance of insects.

Facebook: CALS Kids @Main Library

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Earth Day Trivia: Go Green With CALS

Join us via zoom with fun for the whole family as we play Earth Day Trivia.

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CALS Writing Circle: Learn to Write Ecopoetry

Join us as we learn about and try our hand at writing Ecopoetry. Unlike traditional nature poems, ecopoetry recognizes that human beings aren’t just observers of nature; they are nature.

CALS Writing Circle is a place to get together with other writers of all genres and levels of experience to improve your craft and build a creative support network. We meet once a month to discuss our work, learn new techniques, and enjoy the benefits of a writerly community.

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Terra Cotta Tattoos

Grab a kit from Thompson Library to take home and decorate a terra cotta pot with metallic temporary tattoos to compliment your spring plants. You can find an instructional video full of tips, tricks, and troubleshooting on our Facebook page.

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Adobe Acrobat for Your Small Business

Learn how Adobe Acrobat can make your documents look more professional, and make the digital version as easy to use as the paper one.
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CALS Writing Circle: A Conversation with Justin Booth, Outlaw Poet

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

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Refuse, Reduce, Reuse – and then Recycle

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

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About Melinda Glasgow

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

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Story Walk: Fletcher and the Springtime Blossoms

Story Walk:

9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Fletcher and the Springtime Blossoms by Julia Rawlinson

Craft bag available at the Front Desk or through Curbside Service

 

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Earth Day Grab N’ Go Activity Bag

Seed Bomb activity bag

Available:

9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

At the Front Desk or through Curbside Service.

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

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

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

This course is open to all.

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Nixon Book Buddies

This book club reads fiction & non-fiction books.

Occurs the 3rd Tuesday of every month excluding holidays.
  • February – A Jewish Refugee in New York by Kadya Molodovsky
  • March – Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
  • April – Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
  • May – A Short History of Women by Kate Walbert
  • June – The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee by David Treuer
  • July –
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Understanding Financial Basics

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

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

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Virtual BingoFlix: I’m Gonna Git You Sucka (1988, R)

Join us ALL April long for Virtual BingoFlix! Play bingo along to cheesy movie cliches during a virtual watch party for your chance to win a free movie pass to the theater once we reopen. This month we’re featuring the best of 80s action!

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

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The Experiences of Owning a Small Business with Maria Aguilar

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

Speaker: Maria Aguilar

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

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A Taste of Growing MyPlate

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

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Oscar-nominated docs: A Love Song for Latasha and Crip Camp

Join us for a free virtual screening of two 2021 Oscar-nominated documentary films. We will show short documentary A Love Song for Latasha followed by feature documentary Crip Camp. Follow this link to watch: http://app.kosmi.io/room/xq89in

A Love Song for Latasha: the killing of Latasha Harlins become a flashpoint for the 1992 LA uprising. This documentary evocatively explores the 15-year-old’s life and dreams. Directed by Sophia Nahli Allison. 19 minutes.

Crip Camp: A groundbreaking summer camp in Woodstock,

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

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

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

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

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Free film screening: A Love Song for Latasha and Crip Camp

Join us for a free virtual screening of two 2021 Oscar nominated documentary films. We will show short documentary A Love Song For Latasha followed by feature documentary Crip Camp.  A Love song for Latasha:  The killing of Latasha Harlins became a flashpoint for the 1992 LA uprising. This documentary evocatively explores the 15-year-old’s life and dreams. Directed by Sophia Nahli Allison. 19 minutes. Crip Camp: A groundbreaking summer camp in Woodstock NY galvanizes a group of teens with disabilities to help build an activist movement,
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Storytime Live!

It’s a new interactive virtual storytime! We’ll connect through Zoom to bring you a real-time storytime, full of the songs, stories, and fun you know and love. Register one time to receive the link for the twice monthly series. We will meet 2nd and 4th Thursdays at 10:00. This program is best for kids ages 3-5 but all are welcome. Free registration on Zoom platform is required.

While supplies last, you can pick up a Storytime Live packet for your child containing a shaker egg,

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Plan a Garden

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

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Issues That Matter: The Need to Read

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

Featured Panelists

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

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This event will be hosted virtually on the Zoom platform.

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Free film screening: Inventing Tomorrow

Passionate teenage innovators from around the globe create cutting-edge solutions to confront the world’s environmental threats—found right in their own backyards—while navigating the doubts and insecurities that mark adolescence. These inspiring teens prepare their projects for the largest convening of high school scientists in the world: the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. By Laura Nix. 82 minutes. This event is a collaboration with POV, the award-winning independent non-fiction film series on PBS www.pbs.org/pov Link to watch: https://app.kosmi.io/room/xq89in
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Arkansas Sounds Presents: a Glen Campbell tribute

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

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

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Library Resources for the Job Hunt

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

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

Instagram: cals_teens

YouTube: CALS Teens

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

Join us ALL April long for Virtual BingoFlix! Play bingo along to cheesy movie cliches during a virtual watch party for your chance to win a free movie pass to the theater once we reopen. This month we’re featuring the best of 80s action!

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

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Terry Grab-and-Go Crafts

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

While supplies last!

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

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

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

Adults
All month: grab-and-go seed packets

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Transformation: Artworks by Sandra Sell and Elizabeth Weber

January 8 to April 24, 2021

CALS Underground Gallery

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

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

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

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Picture Book Recommendations

Need a good picture book? Join us as one the Central Arkansas Library System’s librarians suggests a few great books from our collection.

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Food For Good Lunch

The Nixon Library Serves Lunch

Saturdays

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

18 years and younger

Available at the Front Desk

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CALS Writing Circle: Writing all Year Workshop Group

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

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Fun with Dunbar Gardens: Go Green with CALS Kids

Join us April 24 at 2:00 p.m. for a fun and informative visit with Dunbar Gardens. We can’t wait to see you there!!! Free registration on the Zoom platform is required.

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Made in Arkansas Film Festival: 2020 Retrospective #1

Pop some popcorn, grab your computer, and enjoy a night of Arkansas- and regional-made films! If you missed it last May, or just want to relive the quarantine magic, now’s your chance. Leading up to the 2021 Made in Arkansas Film Festival, Made in Arkansas and CALS Ron Robinson Theater will host three Retrospective Screenings each Saturday beginning on April 24, from 7:00-10:00 p.m. These virtual screenings will feature winning films, shorts, and documentaries, as well as audience favorites from the 2020 festival’s lineup.

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Virtual Open Lab

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

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

Upcoming dates:

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

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Help! How Do I Use Libby?

If you’ve heard about e-books and audiobooks, but you don’t know where to start — this is the meeting for you!

Join us for a live Zoom call and get a step-by-step introduction to Libby, the user-friendly e-book app from Overdrive. During the event you’ll learn how to:

  • Download and register for Libby using your CALS Library Card
  • Browse the catalog using filters to find the perfect title
  • Check out items and place a hold
  • Change the settings of your screen for easier reading

If time allows,

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Arkansas Wild Spaces

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

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Short Form: a virtual short story discussion group

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

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

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Basics of Budgeting and Savings

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

Topics will include:

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

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

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Evening Book Club

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

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

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

Join us ALL April long for Virtual BingoFlix! Play bingo along to cheesy movie cliches during a virtual watch party for your chance to win a free movie pass to the theater once we reopen. This month we’re featuring the best of 80s action!

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

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Memoir Writing for Seniors: How to Write Your Story

Presented by CALS Writing Circle, this ongoing class meets once each week and takes attendees aged 55+ through the steps of writing their own life stories. You’ll be given tools and techniques to help you learn to write regularly and productively. Everyone is welcome; no writing experience is required.

No matter who you are, there are many reasons to write about your life. The act of writing your story can be a healing and transformative journey; it helps identify the threads and themes in your life and make sense of what you’ve lived.

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Coming to America Book Club

Online book discussion on the 4th Wednesday of each month in which we discuss the immigrant experience of Coming to America. Join us via Zoom from noon to 1:00 PM!  Books are free for use during book club but must be returned.  Email cjones@cals.org to register and receive your book.  Email jburrus@cals.org to receive the Zoom link for the program.

 

March title: A Jewish Refugee in New York by Kadya Molodovsky

April title: Motl the Cantor’s Son by Sholem Aleichem

May title: Enemies,

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CALS Goes Green with Vito and Vera

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

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

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

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

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

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Food for Good Grab N’ Go Supper

The Nixon Library serves afterschool Supper

Monday – Friday

4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

For 18 years and younger

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Introducing Our Common Purpose

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

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Roxane Gay

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

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

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Identifying Local Climate Impact

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

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

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

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Nature Observation Field Journals Grab and Go

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

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Grab N’ Go Activity Bags

Grab N’ Go Activity Bags

Available:

Monday – Saturday

9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Ask at the Front Desk or through Curbside Service

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Nature Quest

Go on a nature-themed scavenger hunt at the Children’s Library. Get the first clue from the front desk from 9am – 6pm, and bring us back the code word for a prize! A new hunt occurs around the beginning of each month.

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Love your Mother (Earth) Grab and Go bags

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

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Limbs & Mascaron

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

February 12–May 29, 2021

CALS Galleries at Library Square, Loft Gallery

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

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Storytime on the Go

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

CALS Storytime Archive on YouTube

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Terry Brewer – Blood and Soil

February 12–May 1, 2021 

CALS Roberts Library, Galleries at Library Square  

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

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

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Food For Good Supper

The Nixon Library Serves an afterschool meal

Monday – Friday

4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

18 years and younger

Available at the Front Desk

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

Join us ALL April long for Virtual BingoFlix! Play bingo along to cheesy movie cliches during a virtual watch party for your chance to win a free movie pass to the theater once we reopen. This month we’re featuring the best of 80s action!

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

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Why Should I Read to My Child?

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

While the Rock It! Lab has been operating virtually, this soft opening will be the first look at how the former bookstore will be used for the new program.

A combination of spaces covering three floors; there will be a buzz of activity going on. Explore the 501 Makers Makerspace where artists will have a creative suite for drawing and painting as well as sewing machines for tailors and designers. The River Shop Retail space includes a pop-up shop that will offer a sneak peek at vendor products that will be featured when the shop officially opens.

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DIY Spa Scrub Tutorial

Make bath salts for an at-home spa experience.

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Made in Arkansas Film Festival: 2020 Retrospective #2

Pop some popcorn, grab your computer, and enjoy a night of Arkansas- and regional-made films! If you missed it last May, or just want to relive the quarantine magic, now’s your chance. Leading up to the 2021 Made in Arkansas Film Festival, Made in Arkansas and CALS Ron Robinson Theater will host three Retrospective Screenings each Saturday beginning on April 24, from 7:00-10:00 p.m. These virtual screenings will feature winning films, shorts, and documentaries, as well as audience favorites from the 2020 festival’s lineup.

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Oil Pastels

Oil pastels are great for all skill levels. Grab a kit at the Terry Library.

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Basic Computing

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

Do a new craft each week. Grab a kit at Main Library Youth Services to make a Mother’s Day gift for the May 3 session.

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Maker Mondays

Every Monday, Mr. David will share a craft with us, and a grab and go craft bag will be available in the youth services department of the Main Library so you can do the craft yourself at home. Find this program on the CALS Kids @ Main Library facebook page as a Live event. https://www.facebook.com/cals.kids

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Virtual Garden Club

Learn the care and keeping of a garden both at home and at the CLLC teaching garden. For ages 5-16.

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CALS Writing Circle: Read Like a Writer

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

 

 

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

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Beyond the Idea – Startups and Their Stories

Need a little inspiration to believe in your business idea? Join us as we visit with Keith Tucker Jr. and learn about his journey of taking a family recipe and turning it into a local phenom. His brand The Truth Sauce has seen incredible growth through the pandemic, when many other businesses have been struggling to survive. We’ll learn what his keys to success have been plus how he’s overcome business challenges and setbacks along the way.

This event is part of the Rock It!

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Toy Time Travel

Take a look at the toys that the workers of the Youth Services Department loved as children. For ages 5-12.

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Dramatic Readings with Hayden

Join Hayden on the Level 4 Teens Facebook page ( https://www.facebook.com/Level4Teens ) every Tuesday in May at 4 p.m. as he shares dramatic readings from some of the wonderful selections you can find in the Level 4 teen center of the Main Library.

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Toy Time Travel

Join Mr. David on each Tuesday in May at 4 p.m. on Facebook Live as he takes a look at the toys the Children’s Librarians loved as kids.

https://www.facebook.com/cals.kids

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Dramatic Readings with Mr. Hayden

Dramatic renditions of some things found within the shelves of Level 4.

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How French Intervention Changed Mexican History / Cómo la intervención francesa cambió la historia de México

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

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Basics of Financial Planning

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

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

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Virtual BingoFlix: Made in Arkansas May! It’s Alive (1969, NR)

Join us for Virtual BingoFlix: Made in Arkansas May! Play bingo along to cheesy movie cliches during a virtual watch party for your chance to win a free movie pass to the theater once we reopen. This month we’re celebrating the 2021 Made in Arkansas Film Festival by screening films made in Arkansas!

On Tuesday, May 4, join us for It’s Alive (1969, NR)! Written, directed, and edited by Larry Buchanan, the film follows paleontologist Wayne and bickering New York tourists Lesland and Norman who are kidnapped by Ozark Mountains recluse Greevy.

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Keeping Bees at CLLC

Learn about the Bees at Children’s Library.

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Program on the Patio: Movin’ and Groovin’

Have fun movin’ and groovin’ on the library’s patio with Ms. Ginann. Spots are limited. Registration is required at cvanpelt@cals.org.

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Memoir Writing for Seniors: How to Write Your Story

Presented by CALS Writing Circle, this ongoing class meets once each week and takes attendees aged 55+ through the steps of writing their own life stories. You’ll be given tools and techniques to help you learn to write regularly and productively. Everyone is welcome; no writing experience is required.

No matter who you are, there are many reasons to write about your life. The act of writing your story can be a healing and transformative journey; it helps identify the threads and themes in your life and make sense of what you’ve lived.

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Bill Pruden—Lessons in Learning: The CALS Encyclopedia of Arkansas & One Man’s Journey into the World of Arkansas History

CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies Presents LEGACIES & LUNCH

Speaker: Bill Pruden

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

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

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Microsoft Excel Part 1: The Basics

In Part 1 of our popular four-part series, learn how to enter information, format text and numbers, sort and filter, and more.
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Wednesdays at Williams

Each program will feature an area food truck and an area business pop-up shop. Want to book your business for one of the available slots? Sign up here.

Scheduled vendors and trucks

05/05/2021
Food Truck: TBA
Vendor: Ida Girl Candles & More 05/12/2021
Food Truck: Riverside Grocery
Vendor: Sissy’s Sweet Treats 05/19/2021
Food Truck: Riverside Grocery
Vendor: Classic Glam by Marlette 05/26/2021
Food Truck: TBA
Vendor: Candy Butta Skin Care 06/02/2021
Food Truck: JM Grilling
VendoR: Lade Ink Selfie Booth 06/09/2021
Food Truck: TBA
Vendor: Kaylee’s Kraft and Co Cosmetics 06/16/2021
Food Truck: TBA
Vendor: Ida Girl Candles &
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Funding Your Small Business

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

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Words on Wheels

Skate, ride, or slide over to the Main library for our first in person program in over a year!! Bring anything with wheels and meet us outside to join in. Enter the drawing to win free books. This event takes place in the alley beside the Ron Robinson theater. Ms. Kay will be out there every Wednesday in May at 4:00 p.m.

Please RSVP to Ms K. by calling (501)918-3057 or emailing kbush@cals.org .

PER OUR COVID PROTOCOLS: ANYONE UNDER 16 MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY AN ADULT TO ATTEND THIS PROGRAM.

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Words on Wheels

Skate, ride, or slide on over to the Main Library for Words on Wheels. Bring anything with wheels & enter the drawing for a free book! Takes place in the alley behind Ron Robinson Theater. Registration required at kbush@cals.org

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Teen Grab ‘N Go Craft Kits

Pick up materials for an at-home craft.

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Read Aloud Storytime

Join us the first and third Thursdays of the month at 10:00am on the CALS Kids Facebook page for great stories and more!

Next episode:

CALS Storytime Archive on YouTube

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Creating with Nat

Learn tips and basics about painting while creating a work of art.

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Creating With Nat

Have an interest in painting? Join Natalee to learn tips and basics about painting while creating a work of art. This program takes place on the CALS Kids @Main Library facebook page as a facebook live event every Thursday at 3:00 p.m. https://www.facebook.com/cals.kids

 

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Level 4 Plays: LIVE

Level 4’s Mr. Hayden revisits some favorite games and introduces some new ones every Thursday in may at 5 pm. This activity will be live and interactive on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/Level4Teens

Level 4 events are intended for teens ages 12-19.

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Level 4 Plays: LIVE

In a callback to last summer’s programming, Level 4’s Hayden revists some of our favorite “L4Plays” games, as well as introduces us to some new ones, all live and interactive!

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CALS Writing Circle: Dream Journaling

Did you know that dreaming keeps us healthy? Or that most of us dream most of the time and just don’t remember our dreams on waking? Have you ever been curious about where your dreams come from or what they might mean? You don’t have to be a writer to get something out of this writing class! Get tips and tricks on keeping a better record of your own dreams, how to retain more, and how to interpret them! Mini-lessons in dream interpretation and weekly get-togethers to compare notes and discuss.

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Crafting with Opal

This is a craft along program. In this program we teach different crafts which could include sewing, crocheting, knitting, painting & others.

This is a virtual program that the Nixon library does live on Facebook every Thursday (excluding holidays). Just click here to go to our Nixon Facebook page to watch.

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Arkansas Sounds Presents: a Johnnie Taylor tribute

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

On Thursday, May 6 at 7 p.m. CST, CALS Arkansas Sounds presents a tribute to legendary Arkansas rhythm & blues icon, Johnnie Taylor! Known as “The Philosopher of Soul,” Johnnie Taylor was a singer-songwriter who rose to fame in the late 1950s when he replaced Sam Cooke in the Soul Stirrers. When Taylor joined Stax Records in 1966,

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Teen Time: Mr. Dan’s Real World

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

Posts on:

YouTube: CALS Teens

Instagram: cals_teens

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Guest Reader Storytime

Join us every other Friday at 10:00am on the CALS Kids Facebook page as we feature a special guest reader for storytime.

CALS Storytime Archive on YouTube

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Program on the Patio: Storytime

Enjoy stories and songs on the library’s patio with Ms. Ginann. Spots are limited. Register at cvanpelt@cals.org.

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Food for Good Supper

The Nixon Library serves an afterschool meal

Monday – Friday

4:00 – 5:30 p.m.

For ages 18 and under

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Find it Fridays

Join us on Facebook live (https://www.facebook.com/cals.kids) every Friday in May at 4 p.m. as we go on another scavenger hunt finding things in books AND the world around us.

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Shelf Stable Meals

CALS/BE MIGHTY LR/FOOD FOR GOOD

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

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Find It Friday

Go on another scavenger hunt finding things in books and in our surrounding worlds. For ages 5-12.

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First Chapter Friday

Library staff will get you hooked by reading the first chapter of a book.

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Virtual BingoFlix: Made in Arkansas May! The Legend of Boggy Creek (1972, G)

Join us for Virtual BingoFlix: Made in Arkansas May! Play bingo along to cheesy movie cliches during a virtual watch party for your chance to win a free movie pass to the theater once we reopen. This month we’re celebrating the 2021 Made in Arkansas Film Festival by screening films made in Arkansas!

On Friday, May 7, join us for The Legend of Boggy Creek (1972, G)!

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Curbside Crafts

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

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

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Spring Leave Candle Holder Grab n’ Go Craft for Grown Ups

Celebrate spring by picking up this grab n’ go craft for grown ups at the Maumelle Library!

Available at the Maumelle Library while supplies last.

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Saturday Read Aloud

Join us for a special Saturday read aloud storytime.

Next episode:

CALS Storytime Archive on YouTube

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Food for Good Lunch

The Nixon Library serves lunch

Saturdays

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

For ages 18 years and younger

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CALS Writing Circle: Writing all Year Writing Workshop

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

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Due to ongoing public health concerns,

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Nature Walks with Mr. David

Join Mr. David  every Saturday at 4 p.m. through our facebook page ( https://www.facebook.com/cals.kids )  as he explores nature and enjoys the fresh air.

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Nature Walk with Me

Lets take a relaxing walk together in Nature. Breathe in the fresh air and get a little exercise. For ages 5-12.

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Shelf Stable Meals

CALS/BE MIGHTY LR/FOOD FOR GOOD

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

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Choose Your Own Adventure: House of Danger

Join this interactive board game experience based on the Choose Your Own Adventure Novels.

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Made in Arkansas Film Festival: 2020 Retrospective #3

Pop some popcorn, grab your computer, and enjoy a night of Arkansas- and regional-made films! If you missed it last May, or just want to relive the quarantine magic, now’s your chance. Leading up to the 2021 Made in Arkansas Film Festival, Made in Arkansas and CALS Ron Robinson Theater will host three Retrospective Screenings each Saturday beginning on April 24, from 7:00-10:00 p.m. These virtual screenings will feature winning films, shorts, and documentaries, as well as audience favorites from the 2020 festival’s lineup.

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Teen Storytime

In the style of the late 2000’s vlogger “storytime” videos, Mr. Hayden spins wild stories that surely can’t be real but exist within pages of a book. Filmed and edited to look like a vlog, these “click-bait” stories catch the interest of young adult readers and may even help them choose their next read. Look for us every Saturday at 7 p.m. on the Level 4 facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Level4Teens .

Level 4 events are geared towards teens ages 12-19.

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Teen Storytime

In the style of late 2000’s Vlogger “Storytime” videos, Mr Hayden spins wild stories that surely can’t be real! But exist within the pages of books. Filmed and edited to look like a vlog, these click-bait style stories string teens along before revealing that they’re really there to summarize books and end letting teens know they can check them out at the library.

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ABC’s of Skincare

A series dedicated to simplifying the science behind skincare ingredients and explaining trending techniques in the industry. Posted on the Thompson Library Facebook page.

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  • 5/2 Quartz Rollers
  • 5/9 Retinol
  • 5/16 Salicylic Acid
  • 5/23 Tea Tree Oil
  • 5/30 UVA/UVB
  • 6/6 Vitamins
  • 6/13 Witch Hazel
  • 6/20 Exfoliating, Extracting, or Expiration Dates
  • 6/27 Yeast
  • 7/4 Zinc Oxide
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