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One-on-One Tech Help

Stop by the branch for friendly, free, one-on-one tech help with one of our Digital Literacy Guides. Troubleshoot, get help, or just learn!
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Microsoft Excel Part 4: PivotTables, PivotCharts, and Lookup

Hybrid session—attend at the library or online! Find out how to analyze data from all angles with PivotTables, use VLOOKUP to find information, and more in Part 4 of our four-part series.
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Page Turners

Meetings are held on the first Thursday of every month.

Members read a single book for discussion at the meeting. Contact Ginann at gswindle@cals.org for more information.

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Fiddlesticks

Bring your needles or hooks. Any kind of craft is welcome.

Learn a thing or two or just enjoy the company

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Issues That Matter: Protecting Arkansas’s Waterways: Hydrating the Harvest

Agriculture is Arkansas’s top industry and crucial to the state’s economy. This program will explore the extensive need for water in Arkansas agriculture and the dangers facing its water supplies.

Panelists for the event are Mike Daniels (soil and water conservation scientist, University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture), Mike Sullivan (state conservationist, Arkansas State Office, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service),  Josh Hankins (USA Rice’s Director of Grower Relations & Rice Stewardship Partnership),

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Fork Painted Teddy Bears

Join us as we paint adorable teddy bears using forks. An activity for toddlers and preschoolers.

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Beginner Email: Outlook

Learn your way around Microsoft Outlook, and get a handle on managing your email, calendar, contacts, and tasks. Hybrid session—attend at the library or online!
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CALS closed for Labor Day

All branches and buildings of the Central Arkansas Library System will be closed Sunday, September 4, and Monday, September 5,  in observance of Labor Day. 

Regular hours will resume Tuesday, September 6. Please call 918-3000 for further information. 

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Drop-in Tech Help

Drop by and ask your burning technology questions, or get help with a specific problem from an expert. Feel free to bring your devices.
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Tail Waggin’ Tutors

Come and read to a therapy dog at Tail Waggin’ Tutors the first Tuesday of every month at the Thompson Library from 4 to 5 pm.

 

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Teen Time

Stop by the library after school and have book chats, create crafts, play games, and nerd out.

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Terror Tuesdays! Attack of the 50 Foot Woman (1958, NR)

Join CALS Ron Robinson Theater for the fan-favorite Terror Tuesdays film series!

TUE 9/6: Attack of the 50 Foot Woman (1958, NR)
A wealthy heiress whose close encounter with an enormous alien in his round spacecraft causes her to grow into a giantess, complicating her marriage which is already troubled by a philandering husband.

Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Film starts at 7:00 p.m.

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Microsoft Word Part 1: The Basics

Hybrid session—attend at the library or online! Learn all the basics you need to feel comfortable in Word, including how to write, edit, and personalize documents to look their best.
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Suzanne Pharr — “The Women’s Project: Working Across Race, Gender, and Economics”

CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies Presents LEGACIES & LUNCH

Speaker: Suzanne Pharr

Suzanne Pharr will tell the story of the Women’s Project’s efforts to build a local women’s movement in the 1980s and 1990s and show how it worked across race, gender, and economic lines to bring about social change in Arkansas. The discussion will include insights into how these strategies can help confront crises that we now face.

Suzanne Pharr,

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Make it Look Great with Microsoft Publisher

Hybrid session—attend at the library or online! Learn Microsoft Publisher for all your creation needs.  Create everything from simple greeting cards and labels to professional newsletters.
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Thrivers: Parenting Tips & Tools to Help Kids Thrive in an Uncertain World – Author Talk with Dr. Michele Borba

Join us in conversation with bestselling author and expert in child development, Dr. Michele Borba, as she discusses her book, Thrivers: Surprising Reasons Why Some Kids Struggle and Others Shine.
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True Stories Book Club

This book club reads non-fiction books including true crime, biographies/memoirs, self-help, current events, social sciences/politics.

Occurs the 2rd Thursday of every month excluding holidays.
  • December – The Library Book by Susan Orlean
  • January – Our Town by James M. Fallows
  • February – Sully:  My Search for What Really Matters by Chesley Sullenberger
  • March – Enemies:  A Love Story by Isaac Bashevis Singer
  • April – Sapiens:  A Brief History Of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari
  • May –
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Master Builders

Discover, build, and create using various materials.

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Queer Creative Workshop: Screen Printing with Kennedy

Join Teens 4 InQlusion as we welcome local artist Kennedy Parks (they/them). Kennedy will teach you how to screen print a design onto a piece of clothing that you get to take home. Ages 12-19.

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Lego Club

Bring your creativity to the library to build cool creations. Legos will be provided.

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Down to Earth

Stop on by the Children’s Library for a series on various geographical subjects! From fossils to earthquakes to minerals, we got it all!

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Down to Earth

Join the Children’s Library and the UA Little Rock Geology Program to learn about minerals, fossils, earthquakes and much more that help make Earth the place we call home.

  • Thursday, September 8 – “Fascinating Fossils” with Dr. René Shroat-Lewis
Come explore the exciting world of fossils with Dr. René Shroat-Lewis, an invertebrate paleontologist from UA Little Rock. Discover what fossils are and how they are made. You can become a Junior Paleontologist when you make your very own fossil!
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BingoFlix! Eegah (1962, NR)

BingoFlix continues this September with the Mystery Science 3000 favorite, Eegah! What’s BingoFlix? Play bingo along to cheesy movie cliches for your chance to win a prize!

Thursday, September 8: Eegah (1962, NR)
After Roxy Miller encounters enormous caveman Eegah while driving down a remote California road, her writer father, Robert, heads out to the desert to prove his daughter’s claims are true. Once there,

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Teddy Bear Camp Out

Teddy bears and other stuffed animals are invited to camp out at the library overnight. What kind of mischief will they get into?

Drop off: 10 am – 4 pm, Friday, September 9

Pick Up: 10 am – 4 pm, Saturday, September 10

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Storytime

Enjoy listening to stories, singing songs, and making a craft. Ages 3-5.

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Gummy Bear Science

Who doesn’t love gummy bears? Join us at the library for some science-y fun with our gummy friends. We’ll make edible slime, learn how statistics work, and also learn how our taste buds work.

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2nd Friday Art Night at Roberts Library (September 2022)

Featured Artist: Marlene Gremillion
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Featured Author: Kelli Marks (Easy One-Bowl Baking)

Featured Music: Bluesboy Jag

CURRENT EXHIBITIONS

Steven Wise: O…Is for Ozark
Loft Gallery

Now through Saturday, October 29, 2022

O…Is for Ozarks is made up of large pictures inspired by artist Steven Wise’s study of the Ozark Mountains,

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SHREK-tember! Shrek (2001, PG)

This September at CALS Ron Robinson Theater… it’s SHREK-tember!

Friday, September 9: Shrek (2001, PG)
Once upon a time, in a far away swamp, there lived an ogre named Shrek whose precious solitude is suddenly shattered by an invasion of annoying fairy tale characters. They were all banished from their kingdom by the evil Lord Farquaad. Determined to save their home — not to mention his — Shrek cuts a deal with Farquaad and sets out to rescue Princess Fiona to be Farquaad’s bride.

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Interactive Screening! The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975, R)

Join CALS Ron Robinson Theater for an unforgettable interactive screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show! After a newly-engaged couple’s car breaks down they seek shelter at the bizarre residence of Dr. Frank-N-Furter. As their innocence is lost, Brad and Janet meet a houseful of wild characters, and through elaborate dances and rock songs, Frank-N-Furter unveils his latest creation: a muscular man named “Rocky.” Doors open at 8:30 p.m. Film starts at 9:30 p.m. Admission is $10.

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¡Fiesta! – Opening Kick-off celebration

Opening Kick-off celebration. Participants will learn about Hispanic cultures through music, performance, crafts, and games.

Celebración del Kick-off de apertura. Los participantes aprenderán sobre las culturas hispanas a través de la música, presentaciones, manualidades y juegos.

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Teddy Bear Sleepover

Come to Terry Library in your pajamas for a teddy bear program! Enjoy story time, singing songs, dancing, and doing a fun craft project. Your teddy bear/stuffed animal are invited to stick around for a sleepover at the library.

Space is limited – registration is required.

Pick up your stuffed animal on Monday, September 12 along with a goodie bag.

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Sid’s Seed and Plant Swap

Share your love of plants and share your seeds!  Full plants, rooted cuttings, and fresh cuts are all acceptable to bring for trade. Commercial seeds and items from the McMath seed library will be provided. Call 501-225-0066 to reserve a table.

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Ooey Gooey Oobleck!

A Dr. Seuss experience: make oobleck from Dr. Seuss’s “Bartholomew and the Oobleck”!

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Teen Selfie Art Board

Using your favorite selfie, express yourself and create your very own art storyboard using acrylic paint!

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Teens 4 InQlusion GSA meeting

Join us every first Saturday of the months for Teens 4 InQlusion, a community space centering on LGBTAIA+ teens. Teens of all sexualities and gender identities, ages 12-18, are welcome! Find us on Level 4 or email Jet at jbutler@cals.org to join us virtually on Discord.

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Mastering Mailchimp

Hybrid session—attend at the library or online! If you're overwhelmed about marketing your business or organization online, learn to use the mass email marketing service Mailchimp to make it easier.
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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 Monday September 12 via Zoom. All are welcome- and we hope you will choose to join us! CALS Adult Programs is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Topic: Meditation at Main Online
Time: Sep 12, 2022 12:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting
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Marble Painted Fall Leaves

Explore process art by using marbles to paint autumn leaf cut outs.

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Finding Family Facts (September 12)

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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Pronoun Pins

Express yourself with Teens 4 InQlusion! Decorate and make your own pronoun pins to wear proudly. Tweens and teens of all genders and sexualities are welcome.

 

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CALS Writing Circle: Creative Nonfiction/Memoir Writing Workshop

After you’ve written the first draft, what then? A good workshop group can help you figure out what about your nonfiction needs improving, and the process of critiquing other writers helps you become a better writer yourself. Share your work-in-progress with other writers to give and receive encouragement, insight, and feedback in a safe and respectful environment. Contact dmoore@cals.org.

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Ants and Bugs on a Log

It’s Kids in the Kitchen and Ants on a Log Day, so let’s make some ants and bugs on a log in the kitchen! *No ants or bugs will be harmed in the making of this snack.

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Drop-in Tech Help

Drop by and ask your burning technology questions, or get help with a specific problem from an expert. Feel free to bring your devices.
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Creature Comforts: Candlemaking

DIY your own scented candles. Ages 12-19.

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Voter Registration Party

Did you know your local library has voter registration forms?

Come see us to register to vote or update your voter registration!

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Housing Affordability – What You Need To Know

Learn if buying or renting is better for you and what responsibilities to expect along the way.

Co-Presenters:
John Hurst, Simmons Bank Mortgage and Shawn Karnes, Arvest Bank Mortgage

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Co-sponsored by the Arkansas Financial Education Commission.

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Terror Tuesdays! Spider Baby (1967, NR)

Join CALS Ron Robinson Theater for the fan-favorite Terror Tuesdays film series!

TUE 9/13: Spider Baby (1967, NR)
Chauffeur Bruno looks after three strange siblings at their family estate. Ralph, Virginia, and Elizabeth all suffer from an inherited condition: a genetic disorder that causes a reversal in mental age and results in a crazed, childlike disposition. Because of his affection for the family, Bruno covers up the siblings’

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Microsoft Word Part 2: Styles, Mailings, and More

Hybrid session—attend at the library or online! Build on your knowledge of Microsoft Word and learn to create mail merges, use styles and themes, and help others edit.
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Rock Your Locker

Make unique decorations to personalize your locker.

 

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Bee Club (In The Kitchen)

Let’s celebrate National Honey Month! We’ll sample honey from the library bees and learn how to make creamed honey. (Kids ages 6-11. Space is limited. First come, first served.)

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Adult Art Program: Oil Paint Stick

Use oil paint sticks to paint flowers on a canvas board.

Space is limited – registration is required.

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Nixon Book Buddies Book Club

This book club reads fiction & non-fiction books.

Occurs the 3rd Thursday of every month excluding holidays.
  • January – Call the Midwife by Jennifer Worth
  • February –The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
  • March – Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson
  • April – The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce
  • May – Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz
  • June – Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown
  • July – Braiding Sweetgrass:  Indigenous Wisdom,
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Teens 4 InQlusion Programs for Latine Heritage Month

InQlusive Reading Lounge program. Featuring and giving away free copies of Lakelore by Anna-Maria McLemore, a nonbinary Latine author.

Open to teens of all genders and sexualities, 12-19 years old.

Programa InQlusive Reading Lounge. Presentando y regalando copias gratuitas de Lakelore de Anna-Maria McLemore, una autora latina no binaria.

Abierto a adolescentes de todos los géneros y sexualidades, de 12 a 19 años.

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InQlusive Reading Lounge

Read our InQlusive manga of the month or bring your own book while we read alone, together. A limited number of free copies of each title is available. Snacks provided, open to all teens, ages 12-19.

The featured title for August is Boys Run the Riot (Vol. 1)

The featured title for September is Lakelore.

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Kaleidoscopic Painting with Jake Jackson

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month by creating a kaleidoscopic painting guided by artist Jake Jackson. The program is limited to 10 participants and registration is required. Call 501-225-0066 to reserve your spot.

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Bear Talk with Central Arkansas Nature Center

Central AR Nature Center is an expansive nature center showcasing the fish & wildlife in Arkansas through exhibits, trails & programs. On Thursday, September 15 @ 4:30pm, kids (grades 3rd-6th) are welcome to learn all about the bears in Arkansas in this fun and informative presentation!

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Family Game Night

Need a reason to get out of the house?
Why not stop on by for family game night?
Board games, video games, sounds like a great time to me!

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CALS Writing Circle: Nexus and CALS Presents Poetry Reading and Open Mic

Join us as CALS teams up with Nexus Coffee & Creative to present a live poetry reading and open mic. Bring your best and blow us away! Contact jjobe@cals.org.

Join us at 301 President Clinton Avenue Suite AB, Little Rock, AR 72201

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Adult’s Craft Night

Join Anne in the Maumelle Library meeting room to create your very own book of spells!

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Capturing Your Hispanic Heritage

Heather Zbinden, programs and website coordinator, and Danielle Afsordeh, community outreach archivist, will give an overview of the Roberts Library Memory Lab, personal archiving programming, and oral history toolkits, as well as genealogy resources available through CALS. Afsordeh will also share some tips on conducting oral history interviews with family members who have immigrated to the United States from Mexico and Latin America.

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Crafting With Ms. Brandy-Papel Picado

Celebrate Mexican Independence Day with Miss Brandy and create your very own papel picado banner!

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SHREK-tember! Shrek 2 (2004, PG)

This September at CALS Ron Robinson Theater… it’s SHREK-tember!

Friday, September 16: Shrek 2 (2004, PG)
After returning from their honeymoon and showing home movies to their friends, Shrek and Fiona learn that her parents have heard that she has married her true love and wish to invite him to their kingdom, called Far Far Away. The catch is: Fiona’s parents are unaware of the curse that struck their daughter and have assumed she married Prince Charming,

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Teen Brunch Club

It’s like the Breakfast Club, but later in the day and no detention! Come join us at the library to learn some soft skills and vibe for an hour.

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Painting for Adults

“Change the Painting” We’ll be painting over already painted canvases to see what creations we can manifest. Let your imagination fly! Limited space, registration required.

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Kombucha Workshop: Learn how to make your own kombucha at home

Kombucha is a sweet and sour effervescent fermented tea drink with probiotic live cultures. This workshop will cover the basics of making your own kombucha from scratch, from the initial starting phase to feeding and adding customized flavors during the second fermentation phase. Participants will get to take home their own "SCOBY" starter culture.
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Lawyers In The Library – Record Sealing

The Central Arkansas Library System and the Center for Arkansas Legal Services have once again teamed up to offer Lawyers in the Library! Come listen to legal presentations and an opportunity to ask a lawyer your civil legal question. Topics include Criminal Record Sealing and Public Benefits like SNAP and SSI, and will end with a record-sealing clinic.

Record Sealing – Come see us to learn about getting your criminal record sealed. An attorney from the Center for Arkansas Legal Services will be speaking about the kinds of criminal charges that can be sealed,

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Loteria

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month by learning to play loteria, a bingo-like game popular in Mexico. Family friendly prizes provided.

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Pirate Pete

Ahoy! Calling all pirates! Come ye to hear a pirate tale then follow the clues to find the treasure.

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Tail Waggin’ Tutors

Practice your reading with a certified therapy dog.

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Socrates Café

At Socrates Café, participants propose questions and vote to decide the evening’s topic to explore questions from their lives through public non-academic dialog.

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National Voter Registration Day

CALS is celebrating National Voter Registration Day on September 20! You can register to vote at any CALS location. Just ask for a form, fill it out while you’re there, and we’ll send it in for you.

Have your voice heard!

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How to Make: Kombucha

Learn how to make kombucha and take home a SCOBY starter to make kombucha at home for years to come.

Space is limited – registration is required.

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Drop-in Tech Help

Drop by and ask your burning technology questions, or get help with a specific problem from an expert. Feel free to bring your devices.
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The Professor and the Madman – Author Talk with Simon Winchester

Join us for a conversation with prolific British-American writer, journalist, and consummate adventurer Simon Winchester. This author talk will cover many aspects of his work across myriad fields of history, technology, and geology as well as the author’s personal expeditions, including his path to becoming the acclaimed best selling author he is today. A master storyteller, Winchester’s narrative is like a journey through time. His keen intellect and ability to precisely and expertly weave everyday life into historical examination leaves his readers feeling awestruck at the world surrounding them.

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Kids’ Garden Club

Let’s get outside after school to explore the Teaching Garden and Greenhouse and see what’s growing!

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Virtual Storytime

An online storytime with Ms. Linda.

Virtual Storytimes are posted on the CALS Kids YouTube channel.

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Storytime

Read books, shake scarves, and move around with Ms. Terry!

For toddlers and preschoolers.

Call 457-5038 to sign up!

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Book and Cook

Join us for a book and cook a treat afterwards! Space is limited, so first come, first served.

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Anime Night

Watch anime and eat themed snacks.

 

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Create a Virtual Field Trip

Hybrid session—attend at the library or online! Create your own virtual field trip using Power Point to help guide student exploration in a dynamic and interactive way. Educator attendees are eligible for 2 hours PD credit.
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CALS Writing Circle: Writer’s Lunch Generative Writing Studio

Having trouble finding the time to write? There’s a lot going on; how will you squeeze your writing time into your busy schedule? Join us once a week on your lunch hour for some dedicated writing time. BYO work-in-progress or use the prompt provided. Come and go. Contact dmoore@cals.org.

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Creating Gender Euphoria: Self-Portraiture As An Act of Self-Love

Envision your true self, discover your own gender euphoria, and create the masterpiece that is you! This self-portrait workshop centers trans experiences and joy, however artists of all genders, sexualities, and skill levels are welcome. Supplies are provided, but limited.

This event will take place on level 5 of the Main Library. Email Jet at jbutler@cals.org to sign up.

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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 other Thursday (excluding holidays). Just click here to go to our Nixon Facebook page to watch.

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Teens in the Kitchen

Meet us in the kitchen and learn how to make a snack! Space is limited, so first come, first served.

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Creating Gender Euphoria: Self-Portraiture as an Act of Self-Love

Envision your true self, discover your won gender euphoria, and create the masterpiece that is you! The workshop centers on trans experiences and joy-but artists of all genders, sexualities, and skill levels are welcome. Supplies are provided, but limited. Email Jet at jbutler@cals.org to sign up. Ages 8-18.

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Meet the Bees

Celebrate National Honey Month by examining an observation bee hive and sampling honey.

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A Conversation with Author Alex Gino, Melissa

Alex Gino is the author on many books, including the often challenged book, Melissa, formerly published as George. Don’t miss a rare opportunity to hear from the author. Gino will be in conversation with Dr. Luann Racher, an area champion of trans health, from UAMS. Gino will discuss their book, the recent retitling of the book, and censorship, among other things. This will be a hybrid program with Gino transmitting virtually onto the large Ron Robinson Theater screen,

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World Music with the Ginsingers

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month as this duet performs music from Cuba, Brazil, Puerto Rico, Spain, Mexico, and more. All ages welcome.

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Lung Cancer Screenings and You

As you age, changes affect your lung tissue, muscles and bones, which all impact your breathing, and this is even more of an issue for those who smoke. Sierra Whitbey of the American Lung Association will present information on the importance of lung cancer screenings for Arkansans aged 50 and older, the criteria to get screened, and what a lung cancer screening looks like. This presentation will be through the American Lung Association and the Arkansas Tobacco Education Initiative.

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The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez: a docuseries screening and discussion

This six-part documentary series from award-winning documentarian Brian Knappenberger offers an inside look at the trial as well as an eye-opening investigation into the government systems that failed to protect Gabriel, despite multiple reports and warning signs. Open discussion is welcome in the chat during and after viewing.
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Transhood (Film Screening)

Moving and thought-provoking, this documentary follows four young people and their families as they navigate growing up transgender in America’s heartland. Over the course of five years, the film explores how they struggle through parenting, and how the kids are challenged and transformed as they experience the complexity of their identities and redefine “coming of age.”

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Toddler Fall Snack

Who doesn’t love a fall themed snack?
Come join us at the Children’s Library for a special themed charcuterie board!

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Kid’s Fall Snack

Who doesn’t love a fall themed snack?
Come join us at the Children’s Library for a special themed charcuterie board!

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Allen Jarvis: Land, Water, and Sky

ON VIEW Friday, June 10–Saturday, September 24
Landing Gallery, Galleries & Bookstore at Library Square, Roberts Library

Many of the places that inspired these simple abstract landscapes of land, water, and sky are in Arkansas and Alabama, especially in the wetlands area of upper Mobile Bay. Artist Allen Jarvis uses objects like yardsticks, rulers, and brightly colored protractors—affixed to reclaimed wood—to build the playful bridges and manmade structures from memory, creating joyful paintings that remind him of the journeys that inspired them.

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Yoga for Kids

A kid-friendly yoga class geared for ages 5-11. Wear your comfy clothes!

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Meet the Author- Adam Houchins

Adam Houchins, author of “Cathy the Catfish and Sammy the Swan” will be at Nixon Library reading his book and then signing copies. There will be books available for purchase or bring your own!

Sharing a pond, Cathy the Catfish and Sammy the Swan become good friends. This is the story of their friendship and a memorable life lesson. Giving children a platform to think, ask questions, and learn, Houchins hopes this book will create smiles and family bonds.

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Botanist with ARDOT

Join Nick Dial, Botanist at ARDOT, as he presents a program on the importance of pollinators and the benefits of growing your own food.

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CALS Writing Circle: Writing All Year Workshop Group

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

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Teen Art Project

Bi-weekly gathering of 12 and older kids who like to create

one-of-a-kind pieces of art.  The emphasis, at its core, is always focused

on KINDNESS.

We meet every other Saturday at 1:00 pm.

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Charlotte’s Web (Film Screening)

Miracles do happen! E. B. White’s timeless children’s story comes to life in this colorful animated musical. The film features the voices of Debbie Reynolds (Charlotte) and Paul Lynde (Templeton), among others.

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Artist Study: Pablo Picasso

Listen to a book on Pablo Picasso and then create a piece of artwork in his style.

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Creepy Campout Escape Room

Have fun with friends as you figure out puzzles & riddles to escape the library.  Afterwards, enjoy ooey gooey snacks that go perfect with creepy campout tales!  Ages 12-18.

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Apple Stamp

A process art project for toddlers and preschoolers.

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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 Monday September 26 via Zoom. All are welcome- and we hope you will choose to join us! CALS Adult Programs is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Topic: Meditation at Main Online
Time: Sep 26, 2022 12:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting
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Taino Inspired Carvings

Learn about ancient symbols carved by the Taino peoples of the Caribbean. Then create your own design in air dry clay.

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Mindful Mondays

Calm, quiet time with soft music and low lighting. Coloring pages and jigsaw puzzles provided.

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Maker Mondays

Each Monday we will make a fun craft. Ages 5-12

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Teens 4 InQlusion @ Nixon

A GSA type program based on discussion and inclusion for teens.

For ages 12-18 years.

Cancelled for 9/26. We’ll see you on 10/24!

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¡Folklore, Música & Comida!

Performance by Ballet Quetzalli and taste of traditional food.

Actuación del Ballet Quetzalli y degustación de comida tradicional.

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Preschool Storytime

A fun half-hour of storytime with Ms. Sarah.

For ages 3+

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Preschool Storytime

Preschool Storytime (ages 3-5) on Mondays and Tuesdays at 10:30am in September. Enjoy listening to stories read by Ms. Sara.

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Drop-in Tech Help

Drop by and ask your burning technology questions, or get help with a specific problem from an expert. Feel free to bring your devices.
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Trust – Author Talk with Hernan Diaz

Join us for an afternoon with Pulitzer Prize finalist and PEN/Faulkner Award winner Hernan Diaz, author of In the Distance and Trust. Diaz holds a Ph.D. from NYU and edits, the Spanish-language journal Revista Hispánica Moderna, at Columbia University.

Diaz’s new book, Trust, is set during the roar of the 1920s around the Wall Street tycoon Benjamin Rask and his wife, Helen. Together, they have risen to the top of the world of seemingly endless wealth–all as a decade of excess and speculation draws to an end.

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Game and Puzzle Club

Come have some fun playing tabletop games and/or working a puzzle with friends at the library.

Ages: 6-11

The Game and Puzzle Club meets the fourth Tuesday of each month at 4:00PM

Dates

August 23

September 27

October 25

November 22

December 27

 

 

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Math Storytelling

Hear me out, do you like math?
Do you like stories?
Well, what if I told you –
we combined both math and storytelling at the library!
Come join us on an additional special storytelling!

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Paint Play

Let’s make art with paint! Each week we will use different techniques to paint amazing art to display. Ages 5-12.

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CALS Writing Circle: Memoir Writing for Seniors

This ongoing 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 learn to write regularly and productively. Everyone is welcome; no writing experience is required. Contact dmoore@cals.org.

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Baby/Toddler Storytime

Baby/Toddler Storytime (ages 0-2) on Wednesdays at 10:30am in September. Enjoy listening to stories read by Ms. Sara.

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Learn Snapchat and Bitmoji

Hybrid session—attend at the library or online! Learn how to use these mobile applications to share fun photos and videos with cute/silly filters.  Great for short messages for students, friends & family, and coworkers.  Learn how to use the Bitmoji accessory app for a variety of media, like a Bitmoji Classroom, that is used to create a cartoon version of yourself! Educator attendees are eligible for 2 hours PD credit.
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Hangin’ With The Homies

This program is for our home-schooled.

We explore ideas and lean into STEAM fun.

Wednesdays at 1:00 p.m.

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Painting and Punch

Sip punch while you complete a guided painting.

 

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Homework Helpers

Stop by for weekly homework help.

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Family Movie Night

Enjoy a family friendly movie after school!

9/14 – Sonic the Hedgehog

9/28 – Encanto

 

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Crafts & Kiki

Hang out with Teens 4 InQlusion’s delightfully queer craft circle! Ages 12-19

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Easy Design with Canva

Hybrid session—attend at the library or online! You don't have to be a designer to use Canva; a powerful, free, web-based tool to create promotional materials for your event or organization. Educator attendees are eligible for 2 hours PD credit.
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CALS Writing Circle: Writer’s Lunch Generative Writing Studio

Having trouble finding the time to write? There’s a lot going on; how will you squeeze your writing time into your busy schedule? Join us once a week on your lunch hour for some dedicated writing time. BYO work-in-progress or use the prompt provided. Come and go. Contact dmoore@cals.org.

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Latinx Tween/Teen Craft Series

Series of crafts celebrating Latinx cultures. Learn how to create sugar skulls. This is an tween/teen program.

Serie de manualidades que celebran las culturas latinas. Aprende a crear calaveras de azúcar. Este es un programa para preadolescentes/adolescentes.

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Naturally Crafty

We craft with all kinds of materials!

For school ages K-12

Thursdays after school at 4:15 p.m.

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Hispanic Heritage Month: Artist Exploration Series

Join us in a 5-week series to study and create works in the style of famous Hispanic artists. We will learn about Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, Diego Rivers, Jean-Michael Basquiat, and Frida Kahlo. Children of all ages and their families are welcome to attend.

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Thompson Teen Programs

September 29 Learn how to make this classic chicken and rice Costa Rican dish as part of our celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month

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¡Carnaval! Face Painting Workshop

Program for ages 6-12. Space is limited Space is limited so registration is required. Contact Terry Library at 501-228-0129 for more details.

Grab-n-go goody bag for the kids to make feathered Carnaval.

Programa para edades de 6 a 12 años. El espacio es limitado El espacio es limitado, por lo que es necesario registrarse. Comuníquese con Terry Library al 501-228-0129 para obtener más detalles.

Bolsa de regalos para llevar para que los niños hagan un Carnaval emplumado.

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Yoga with Mimi

Yoga Instructor, Mimi will be hosting a yoga class for kids (grades 3rd-6th). Yoga mats will be provided.

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Music Trivia

Do you know your lyrics? Know your music trivia?
Can you name some one hit wonders? Well, we’ll have it all at the Children’s Library! Designed for family teams.

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Gardening for Bees

What do native bees need from us? Listen to Leslie Cooper, Arkansas Monarch and Pollinator Coordinator with Quail Forever, and host Lynn Foster discuss what you can do in your yard to provide food and habitat for the many species of native bees in central Arkansas. Did you know that more than 90% of bee species are solitary? That 70% of bee species live in the ground? And that honeybees aren’t native to North America? Get to know our 4000 species of North American native bees and bring your questions!

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“Navigating El Nuevo South: The Geographies of Inclusion, Exclusion, and Safety for Hispanic Young Adults”

Speaker: Maria Escobar

Grounded in her own experience growing up as the child of Mexican immigrants in northwest Arkansas, Escobar examines how Hispanic and Latinx young adults in a “new immigrant destination” and “second-generation sundown towns” seek belonging and safety in public spaces and institutional settings that sometimes exclude them.

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Maria Escobar is a sociology professor at Albright College in Reading, Pennsylvania. She was raised in northwest Arkansas and graduated from Springdale High School in 2014.

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PJ Storytime

Join us for an evening storytime in your pajamas!

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PJ Storytime

Once upon a time, there was a library that had a PJ storytime every Thursday at 7 p.m.

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Grab N’ Go Activity Bags

A craft bag or worksheet.

For preschool and school age kids.

Available during operational hours.

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Drop-in Tech Help

Drop by and ask your burning technology questions, or get help with a specific problem from an expert. Feel free to bring your devices.
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Tiny Tales

Join us each week for books, songs, and rhymes. Tiny Tales storytime is best for toddlers or preschoolers and their caregivers.

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Tinker Time

Have fun playing, building, experimenting, and discovering using various materials. Ages 3-5.

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Video Editing for Beginners

Hybrid session—attend at the library or online! Get started with basic video editing techniques and DaVinci Resolve, a free, professional-grade video editing tool.
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D&D

Ever wanted to do a deep dive into D&D? Now’s your chance! Join Ashley every Friday to craft your character, join a campaign, and build stories together. Ages 12-19

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Tween Time

Hang out in the meeting room after school and play video games.

Snacks will be served.

For ages 9-18 years.

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Art in the Garden

Create your own sun-sational print using plants from the teaching garden!

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TTRPG

We play different Table-Top Role Playing Games. Spots are limited, so make sure to register by emailing Emery at ejohnson@cals.org. Ages 16 & up.

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Try Not to Laugh Challenge

Do you have the jokes or funny skills to make people laugh? Each Friday you have the opportunity to test your skills and try to win a prize. Take a turn at keeping a straight face, too!

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Hocus Pocus (1993, PG)

Before you stream the sequel… watch the original on the big screen!

After moving to Salem, Massachusetts, teenager Max Dennison explores an abandoned house with his sister Dani and their new friend, Allison. After dismissing a story Allison tells as superstitious, Max accidentally frees a coven of evil witches (played by Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy) who used to live in the house. Now, with the help of a magical cat, the kids must steal the witches’

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2022 Genealogy Workshop

CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies PRESENTS

Annual Genealogy Workshop featuring Lori Thornton

This event will be hybrid. Participants can attend in person or participate virtually via Zoom the day of the event.

THIS EVENT WILL NOT BE RECORDED AND WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE TO VIEW LATER.

9:30 – 9:45  Welcome & Announcements  9:45 – 10:45  Online Resources for Southeastern States Research  10:45 – 11:45  Descendant Research: Finding DNA Matches and Other Contemporary Cousins  11:45 – 1:00  LUNCH (on your own) 1:00 – 2:00  Left Behind: Wills and Probate for the Genealogist—Learn what records are available  2:15 – 3:15  Social Media for Genealogists 3:15 – 3:30  Closing Remarks

How to participate

In-person: This event will be held in the CALS Ron Robinson Theater located at Library Square in downtown Little Rock.

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Yard Work: Inspirations Found in Our Own Backyards

ON VIEW Friday, June 10–Saturday, October 1
Underground Gallery, Galleries & Bookstore at Library Square, Roberts Library

In this exhibition featuring four artists who first met each other in the University of Central Arkansas Art Department over a decade ago, Kristen Spickard, Barbara Satterfield, Britynn Davis, and Deborah Kuster have come together again to showcase their artistic responses to nature and backyard experiences.

As an apartment dweller,

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Saturday Storytime

Add some fun to your Saturday with a BONUS storytime this week!

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Aikido Class

Aikido also known as “The Art of Peace” is a modern Japanese martial art system of throwing, joint-locking, striking, and pinning techniques. The class will be led by Brant Collins. He holds a black belt in Aikido as well as a background in Karate and Judo.

No uniform is required. Please wear comfortable workout attire.

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¡Vamos al Cine! – McFarland USA

Movie Day featuring McFarland USA.

Día de la película con McFarland USA.

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D&D 18+

Dungeons and Dragons is a tabletop role-playing game using pen, paper, dice, and your imagination. The game is open to anyone 18 or older. Registration is required by emailing Emery at ejohnson@cals.org.

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Teens 4InQlusion Programs for Latine Heritage Month – Mosquita y Mari

Mosquita y Mari, a film about budding feelings between two Chicana high schoolers.

Mosquita y Mari, una película sobre los sentimientos incipientes entre dos estudiantes de secundaria Chicana.

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Interactive Screening! Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975, R)

Join CALS Ron Robinson Theater for an unforgettable interactive screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show! After a newly-engaged couple’s car breaks down they seek shelter at the bizarre residence of Dr. Frank-N-Furter. As their innocence is lost, Brad and Janet meet a houseful of wild characters, and through elaborate dances and rock songs, Frank-N-Furter unveils his latest creation: a muscular man named “Rocky.”

Saturday, October 1. Doors open at 8:00 p.m.

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Grab and Go

Swing by the library for our weekly Grab and Go craft bags!

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Mother Goose on the Loose Ages 0-24 months

Join us for storytime with some nursery rhymes, singing and movement followed by some sensory play and socialization.  Every Monday at 1o am at the Thompson Library.

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Artsy Smartsy Homeschool Club

Have fun with process art and come dressed to make a mess!

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Master Piece Puzzle Club

Drop in puzzle club for adults.  Work alone or with others and chat about puzzles, books, and more.  All levels of puzzling skills welcome—a great way to relax!

*Puzzles provided but donations of complete puzzles in good condition are appreciated*

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Middle School STEAM

Activities focusing on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics.

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Lego Club

CLLC is bringing back the Lego Club! Come build it up at the library!

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Ani-Monday

Otakus, unite! Watch new anime and old favorites with your fellow nerds on Level 4. Join us on October 3rd–Fullmetal Alchemist day! Ages 12-19.

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Bored Games

Stop by the library and enjoy a variety of board games. Ages 12-18.

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Tail Waggin’ Tutors

Practice your reading with a certified therapy dog. For Kindergarten- 12th graders.

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¡Color Arcoiris! Painting workshop

Adult program. Space is limited so registration is required. Contact Terry Library at 501-228-0129 for more details.

Jake Jackson Art: William Jacob Jackson

Programa para adultos. El espacio es limitado por lo que es necesario registrarse. Comuníquese con Terry Library al 501-228-0129 para obtener más detalles.

Jake Jackson Arte: William Jacob Jackson

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Grab N’ Go Activity Bags

A craft bag or worksheet for preschool and school age kids.

Available during operational hours at the front desk or for curbside pick-up.

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Six Bridges Book Festival presents Teen Poetry Contest

Join us for an afternoon of poetry by young aspiring Central Arkansas poets. FIRST PRIZE: $100 SECOND PRIZE: $50 HONORABLE MENTION: Gift Card *To win, entrants must perform their work. However, if an entrant does not wish to perform, they may still enter their work to be included in the 2023 Six Bridges Book Festival Zine to be released at the event.
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Steven Wise: O…Is for Ozarks

ON VIEW Friday, August 12–Saturday, October 29, 2022
Loft Gallery, CALS Galleries & Bookstore at Library Square, Roberts Library

O…Is for Ozarks is made up of large pictures inspired by artist Steven Wise’s study of the Ozark Mountains, the natural surroundings in which he lives and which he considers home. These new works derive from his exploration of the natural world of northwest Arkansas as both naturalist and artist.

Artist Statement:

I believe that the search for beauty is a political act.

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Sensory Hour

Reasons to let your little one come… • develops motor skills
• supports language development
• encourages social interaction as well as cognitive growth
• allows for messy play with no clean up for you!
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CALS Writing Circle: Nonfiction and Memoir Writing Workshop

After you’ve written the first draft, what then? A good workshop group can help you figure out what about your nonfiction needs improving, and the process of critiquing other writers helps you become a better writer yourself. Share your work-in-progress with other writers to give and receive encouragement, insight, and feedback in a safe and respectful environment. Contact dmoore@cals.org.

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Pre-K Storytime

Join Miss Kathy at the Maumelle Library for stories, songs, and a simple craft.

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Preschool Storytime

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

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Preschool Storytime

A half-hour of silly dance, off-key singing, storytime,

and visits from our Tail Waggin’ Tutors: Scruffy or Paisley!

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Homegrown Teens

Teens and tweens work on STEM projects, creative crafts, tech skills, and more.

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Homeschool Kids

Stories and activities designed for elementary aged kids. A great opportunity to meet local homeschool families.

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Drop-in Tech Help

Drop by and ask your burning technology questions, or get help with a specific problem from an expert. Feel free to bring your devices.
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Homeschool Enrichment–STEAM Teens (Ages 12-17)

Enrichment opportunity for homeschooled teens focusing on science, technology, engineering, art, and math.

Tuesdays in October & November| 2:30 PM

Weekly 1-hour program with activities, experiments, or design challenges with monthly themes.

  • October’s theme: Electricity
  • November’s theme: Chemistry

Registration Required for each month-long series.

To register for the Electricity series in October and/or the Chemistry series in November:

  • speak to the circulation desk at Thompson library or
  • call 501-821-3060
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Home School Enrichment–Creative Kids (Ages 6-11)

Enrichment opportunity for homeschooled kids focusing on arts and crafts.

Weekly 1-hour program with creative activities.

Tuesdays in October & November | 2:30 PM

  • October’s projects: Weaving, clay, printmaking
  • November’s theme: Altered Books and 2-D designs.

Registration required.

To register, call the Thompson Library at 501-821-3060 or visit Thompson and speak with a staff member at the circulation desk.

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STEAM Power

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

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Teen Time Tuesdays

Teens and tweens can meet after school to enjoy lemonade, do homework, color, listen to music, and socialize.

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Grab-and-Go Meals

Free meals to children ages 1-18 years.

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Kids Garden Club

Come explore the garden and greenhouse. We’ll learn about seasons, seeds, bugs, bees, flowers, and find out what’s growing!

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Monster Maker

Join us this spooky season as we design and build our own monsters.

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Be Mighty Grab & Go Meals

We serve daily snack meals at our front desk for ages 18 and under.

M-F 4-5 pm

Sat 12-1 pm

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Teen Program: Thrifty Pop Art

Upcycle thrift paintings into fun new pieces of art. For 7th-12th graders.

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Latinx Adult Craft Series

Series of crafts celebrating Latinx cultures. Learn how to create sugar skulls. This is an adult program.

Serie de manualidades que celebran las culturas latinas. Aprende a crear calaveras de azúcar. Este es un programa para adultos.

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Voter Registration Party

Did you know the library has voter registration applications?

Come register to vote or update your voter registration with us!

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Frankenstein (1931, NR)

Considered one of the most definitive monster-horror films of all time, director James Whale’s Frankenstein is an adaptation of Mary Shelley’s gothic 1818 novel of the same name, Frankenstein; Or, The Modern Prometheus. The mad, obsessed scientist Dr. Henry Frankenstein experimentally creates an artificial life – an “unnamed monster” (played by Boris Karloff) – that ultimately terrorizes the Bavarian countryside after being mistreated by his maker’s assistant Fritz, and society as a whole.

Tuesday,

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Mastering Mailchimp

Hybrid session—attend at the library or online! If you're overwhelmed about marketing your business or organization online, learn to use the mass email marketing service Mailchimp to make it easier.
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Storytime

Join Children’s programmers for a weekly storytime adventure!

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CALS Writing Circle: Memoir Writing for Seniors

This ongoing 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 learn to write regularly and productively. Everyone is welcome; no writing experience is required. Contact dmoore@cals.org.

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Storytime

Read books and move around to music with Ms. Terry!

Storytime will be on 10/5 and 10/19.

For toddlers and preschoolers.

Call 457-5038 to sign up!

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Mother Goose on the Loose: Baby Storytime

Join Miss Kathy at the Maumelle Library for songs, stories, and finger plays. Ages 0-36 months.
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Toddler Time

Enjoy listening to stories and singing songs.

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Storytime

Join us on Wednesdays and Fridays at 10:30 am for storytime. We will have books, music, games, and so much more.

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Movin’ & Groovin’

Move to the beat and play with sensory toys.

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Calvin White and Michael Pierce: “Race, Labor, and Violence in the Delta”

CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies Presents LEGACIES & LUNCH

Speaker: Calvin White and Michael Pierce

In September 2019—on the 100th anniversary of the Elaine Massacre—a group of scholars met in Little Rock to share research on the ways that labor and racialized violence have intersected in the Delta since the Civil War. The purpose was not to distract attention from the Elaine Massacre but to historicize it,

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Open Art Hour

We’re bringing out the art supplies! Join us for an open art hour. Feel free to drop in and get creative. For adults.

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Hangin’ with the Homies

Get together with some of our home-schoolers in the community. Fun for all!

October 5 – Monster poly vinyl reaction

October 12 – Ghost rockets

October 19 – BOO BARK

October 26 – Resist art

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