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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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Pancakes and Pajamas

Get comfy at the library! Don your pajamas and join us for pancakes immediately after Storytime.

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Holiday Card Making

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Hanukkah Book and Cook

Come celebrate with us! We’ll read a Hanukkah story and then make a Hanukkah treat. **Limited to 10 participants**

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Winter Solstice Party

Help us celebrate the shortest day of the year! Not really sure what a solstice is? Come find out! We will have light snacks, hot cocoa, crafts, and fun!

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Silk Screen Printing

Create your very own stencil design to be screen printed onto a complimentary canvas apron. All materials provided. Registration is required– space is limited.

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Cookie Decorating

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RESCHEDULED FOR THURSDAY, JANUARY 5 – mömandpöp Holiday Snöwball concert

Today’s mömandpöp concert will be rescheduled for Thursday, January 5 at 2:30PM. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Please join us for the mömandpöp Holiday Snöwball concert live at Terry Library on Thursday, December 22 at 2:30pm. Lots of fun songs for kids and plenty of crowd engagement. This is a must see!!

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CALS closed for Christmas

All branches and buildings of the Central Arkansas Library System will be closed Thursday, December 22 at 6 p.m. until Monday, December 26 in observance of Christmas. 

The Galleries & Bookstore at Library Square will be open Friday, December 23, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Regular hours will resume Tuesday, December 27. Please call 918-3000 for further information. 

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Arcade

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Kwanzaa Drum Circle

Join us and our special guest Mr. Stephin Booth in a drumming circle. Mr. Booth will also talk about Kuumba (Creativity) principle of Kwanzaa.

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Kwanzaa Storytime and Craft

A Kwanzaa-themed storytime and craft for all ages.

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Minute to Win It!

Bring your friends and family to this series of fast-paced games. Sounds easy, but they may be harder than they seem.
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Kwanzaa Craft

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Noon Year’s Eve Party

Instead of counting down to midnight, let’s count down to noon! There will be stories, songs, and other fun activities. For ages 0-5.

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CALS closed for New Year’s Day

All branches and buildings of the Central Arkansas Library System will be closed Sunday, January 1 and Monday, January 2 in observance of New Year’s Day. 

Regular hours will resume Tuesday, January 3. Please call 918-3000 for further information. 

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Maple Syrup Candy

Come make some maple syrup candy with us at the library!

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Kid’s 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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Tail Waggin’ Tutors

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Toddler Gym

Jump in ball pits and tumble around the room for an extended playtime!

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Microsoft Excel: The Basics

Hybrid session—attend at the library or online! Learn how to enter information, format text and numbers, sort and filter, and more in Part 1 of our popular four-part series.
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Book and Cook

Join us for a penguin themed Book and Cook. We’ll read a book and then make a snack. Ages 5-11 *Limited to 10 participants*

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Garden design

Help decide what we’ll grow in McMath’s garden this spring! We’ll learn some gardening basics, design our ideal gardens and pick out seeds to order.

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Adult Needlecraft Circle

Bring your own project or use our supplies to learn something new. All types of needlecraft welcome. All experience levels welcome.

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STEM Challenge: Melting Snowman

Can you use science to melt the snowman? Join us for the STEM project to find out. 

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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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mömandpöp Holiday Snöwball concert

Please join us for the mömandpöp Holiday Snöwball concert live at Terry Library on Thursday, January 5 at 2:30pm. Lots of fun songs for kids and plenty of crowd engagement. This is a must see!!

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STEM Challenge: Save Fred!

Exercise your problem-solving skills with this STEM challenge. Can you save Fred?

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Ice Cream in a Bag

It may be cold outside, but is it ever too cold to make your own ice cream in a bag?

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Socrates Café

Adult patrons can visit the meeting room at the Maumelle Library for a lively discussion of various philosophical questions and a hot cup of coffee.

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Movie Hour

Enjoy a different movie each day this week!

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Your Digital Library: eBooks and Audiobooks

Check out books, audiobooks, and magazines from the library digitally-anytime, anywhere-using Flipster & Libby.
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Teen Murder Mystery Lunch

Can you solve the murder?

Food included. Ages 12+

*Limited to 10 participants*

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Snowman Factory

Do you want to build a snowman? Come make a snowman out of anything but snow! 

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Saturday Storytime

Add some fun to your Saturday with a BONUS storytime and matching craft!

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The Gilded Ones Series: Author Talk with Namina Forna

Join us for an action-packed online conversation with New York Times bestselling author of The Gilded Ones Series in a discussion about her second installment in the series, The Merciless Ones.
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Teen Vision Board

Make your goals for the new year come to reality and create your own vision board.

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CALS Writing Circle: Journaling for Grief and Healing at Rooker Branch

Grief journaling is a way of allowing ourselves the space for genuine healing to take place, whether we’re ready and willing to express ourselves to others or not, and is a recognized tool in the processing of grief. In fact, journaling is one method of helping people cope with any type of traumatic event.

Expressive writing has been found to improve physical and psychological health for people with a number of physical and mental health conditions. Join us and learn how to create and keep a grief and healing journal,

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Effective Digital Marketing 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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Finding Family Facts (January 9)

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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Collagraph Prints

Kids, learn about collagraph prints and design your own masterpiece!

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Ceramics Painting

Custom paint a complimentary dinner plate which will be fired at the Painted Pig and returned to Terry Library. Participants will be contacted when plates are ready for pickup. Registration required– space is limited.

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Getting to Know the CALS Catalog and App

New to the library or just need some help understanding the CALS catalog or app? Learn how to navigate our catalog, access your online account and find the books you’re looking for. Join us in person in the computer lab on the 3rd floor of the Main Library or virtually on Zoom!

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Build A Simple Website with Google Sites

Hybrid session—attend at the library or online! Take an in-depth tour of Google Sites, a free web-based application that allows you to create a website without having to know how to code it yourself.
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Kid’s Bee Club

Learn about honey bees and beekeeping, using the library bees as our laboratory.

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Adult Art Night

Art or craft program for adults.  Registration required. Ages 18+

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Preschool Process Art: Melted Snowman

A fun art project for your little one. Who cares what it looks like as long as they get creative and have fun!

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Microsoft Excel: Build a Budget

Hybrid session—attend at the library or online! Master more advanced formulas, eye-catching charts, copy-and-paste, AutoFill, and more in Part 2 of our popular four-part series.
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Book and Cook

Join us for a snowman themed Book and Cook. We’ll read a book and then make a snack.

Ages 5-11.

*Limited to 10 participants*

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Build an e-Commerce Website with Weebly

Hybrid session—attend at the library or online! Take an in-depth tour of Weebly a free web-based application that allows you to create a website without having to know how to code it yourself.
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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.
  • January – Maus by Art Spiegelman
  • February – The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel Van Der Kolk

This is an in-person program.  We meet in the Nixon library meeting room.

Please contact the Nixon Library if you would like to attend. (501)457-5038

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Tinker Thursday: Snowflake Slime

Slime and snowflakes, what a combo! Join us for some slime making fun.

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Storytime

Enjoy listening to stories, singing songs, and making a craft.

Ages 3-5.

 

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Tinker Time

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

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Customer Communication with 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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2nd Friday Art Night (January 2023)

Featured Artists: Anncha Briggs (felted jewelry)
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Featured Author: Michael Hibblen, author of Rock Island Railroad

Featured Music: Gavin Le’nard (jazz, pop, and soul guitar and vocals)

OPENING EXHIBITION

AnarchoAnachro by Sternodox Keckhaver
Landing Gallery
Spam enthusiast, U.S. Air Force veteran, and photo-collage artist the Right Reverend Sternodox wages holy war on inter-dimensional reptiles,

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Storytime and Snowglobes

A special storytime with a snowglobe making activity for the family!

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Teen Time

We gather every other Saturday for an hour of creative time

where we make unique & wonderful things.

All materials provided.

Ages 12+

01/14/22 – Teen Snow Globe

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Winter Bingo

Come on in for a kid-friendly Bingo game!

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Girlfriends’ Book and Brunch Club

Join us in discussing books and enjoying light snacks.

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CALS closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

All branches and buildings of the Central Arkansas Library System will be closed Monday, January 16, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Regular hours will resume Tuesday, January 17. Please call 918-3000 for further information.

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Getting Started with Libby

Our ebook and audiobook collection is a convenient way to discover and borrow titles anytime from anywhere. Whether you have already accessed our library’s digital collection through the OverDrive app or would like to get started borrowing ebooks and audiobooks for the first time, come learn how to use the Libby app in person in the computer lab on the 3rd floor of the Main Library or virtually on Zoom!
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Decluttering to Start Your New Year: Author Talk with Dana K. White

You’re invited to start your new year calm and collected by learning to become better organized and clutter-free with Dana K. White, creator of popular podcast and blog, A Slob Comes Clean, as she imparts tips from her books Organizing for the Rest of Us and Decluttering at the Speed of Life.

While the world seems to be in love with the idea of tiny houses and minimalism, many of us simply can’t purge it all and start from nothing.

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Adult Book Club

Join us in discussing Cinderella Ate My Daughter by Peggy Orenstein.  Pick up a copy of the book club book at the Thompson circulation desk.

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Kid’s 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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Lawyers In The Library

Central Arkansas Library System and the Center for Arkansas Legal Services have once again teamed up to bring you Lawyers in the Library! Come listen to legal presentations and an opportunity to ask a lawyer your civil legal question.

Tuesday, January 17, at the Nixon Library, lawyers from the Center for Arkansas Legal Services will be available to discuss such topics as Criminal Record Sealing, Divorce and Custody, Public Benefits like SNAP and SSI, Contract disputes and Debt Collection,

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Virtual Storytime

Baby ASL and stories.

Posted on the CALS Kids YouTube Channel.

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Sensory Time

Hands on learning with sand boxes and water tables.

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

Hybrid session—attend at the library or online! Learn to add automatic styles and color-coding to your data, protect against errors, and more in Part 3 of our four-part series.
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Visit your Taxpayer Advocate

A representative of the Taxpayer Advocate Service, an independent organization within the Internal Revenue Service that seeks to protect your rights as a taxpayer and help you with tax problems you can’t resolve on your own, will be at the Dee Brown Library from 2PM to 4:30PM on Wednesday, January 18.

The event will include information about the Taxpayer Advocate Service, a program for First-time filers, as well as Pre-filing Season tax tips, including:

  • Overview of the Taxpayer Advocate Service
  • Who are first time filers
  • What information you need to file
  • Types of income,
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Crayon Jewelry

Upcycle crayons into unique pieces of jewelry.

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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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Vinyasa Yoga

Join us as we learn some basic yoga with Brittany Green. Registration required– space is limited.

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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.

2023:

  • January – The Light in the Ruins by Chris Bohjalian
  • February – The Amateur Marriage by Anne Tyler
  • March – The Book of Bright Ideas by Sandra Kring
  • April – Lucky Boy by Shanthi Sekaran
  • May – Boston Girl by Anita Diamant
  • June – Camp Nine by Vivienne Schiffer

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Personal Archiving and Prepping to Digitize Your Personal Papers, Photos, and Other Stuff (January 19)

Learn how to organize your personal papers, photos, scrapbooks, and other items to digitize and store them for future generations. And find out more about CALS DIY Memory Lab and how to use it to preserve your family history.

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Teen Cafe

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Tinker Thursday: Invent a Game

A challenge for you! Invent a new game with only a few random things.

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Maggie Haberman and Confidence Man: The Making of Donald Trump and the Breaking of America

Please join us for on Thursday, January 19, for a virtual program featuring Maggie Haberman as she discusses her book, Confidence Man: The Making of Donald Trump and the Breaking of America. This event will be moderated by the Executive Director of CALS, Nate Coulter.
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Beginner Google Sheets

Hybrid session—attend at the library or online! Take an in-depth tour of Google Sheets, the free web-based application that lets you create, view, and edit spreadsheets.  Perform some basics, including how to create and format a sheet, use formulas and perform operations, all while working with others in real time.
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Cabin Fever Busters

Baby, it’s cold outside, so come inside the library for some fun and games!

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1/20 A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984, R)

One… Two… He’s coming for you! It’s 80’s teen horror flick “A Nightmare on Elm Street“ at the Ron Robinson Theater on Friday, January 20th 2023!

Nancy Thompson must uncover the dark truth concealed by her parents after she and her friends become targets of the spirit of a serial killer with a bladed glove in their dreams, in which if they die, it kills them in real life.

Doors open at 6PM and the movie begins at 7PM.

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Milam Arkansas Snow Dance

Come dance with us to bring on the snow.  There will be dancing, snacks and a snowflake kit to take home. For ages 5-10 years old.

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CALS Writing Circle: Bullet Journaling for Writers at Nixon Branch

Bullet journaling is a hugely popular method of organizing, documenting, and reflecting on your day-to-day life. It’s a customizable combination of journal, diary, notebook, to-do list, and more! Bullet journals are used by all manner of people, but they can be especially useful for writers. Join us to learn how to set up your bullet journal to use for writing goals, plans, and tasks, submission tracking, self-care, and more. To register, contact dmoore@cals.org or omitchel@cals.org.

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Teen Paint Along

Create a winter painting masterpiece with Ms. Brandy’s guided painting workshop. 

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Spanish Conversation Table

This is your chance to use that Spanish before you lose it! We’ll start with a brief review of beginner-level Spanish followed by games and interactions with other learners. No grades, no tests, no pressure!

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Central Arkansas Repair Café – Volunteer Orientation

Central Arkansas Repair Cafe is a neighborhood initiative that promotes repair as an alternative to tossing things out. Residents of Central Arkansas can bring their broken items to fix them on the spot with the help of voluntary repairers 

 

Central Arkansas Repair Café is looking for volunteers with different skills who can be present as repair experts during the Repair Café meetings. We will be meeting at the Dee Brown Branch once a month on Sunday afternoons. 

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Digital Library: Video and Music

Check out books, audiobooks, and magazines from the library digitally-anytime, anywhere-using Flipster & Libby.
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NIFI Serie de Diálogos – Tierra de abundancia: ¿Cómo debemos asegurarnos de que las personas tengan los alimentos que necesitan?

Si bien tenemos uno de los sistemas alimentarios más productivos y eficientes del mundo, millones de personas en los EE. UU. aún se encuentran entre las grietas. Las personas que pueden tener suficiente para comer hoy se preocupan por la disponibilidad y la calidad de los alimentos para las generaciones futuras.

Esta reunión explorará la escasez de alimentos utilizando una guía de discusión del Foro de Asuntos Nacionales y la orientación de facilitadores capacitados. Durante la sesión de 2 horas,

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Teens 4 InQlusion Vision Boards

Hang out with Teens 4 InQlusion’s delightfully queer craft circle. We’re making vision boards to set goals for 2023, affirm ourselves, and take inspiration from our queer heroes.

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Graphic Novel Book Club

Book: Fun Home by Alison Bechdel

Comics or Memoirs, Comedy or Tragedy, together we will read all types of graphic novels in this new book club.  Books can be picked up at the Fletcher Library starting on January 2nd.  Program can be attended either in-person or over Zoom.

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NIFI Dialogue Series – Land of Plenty: How Should We Ensure that People Have the Food They Need?

While we have one of the world’s most productive and efficient food systems, millions of people in the U.S. still fall between the cracks. People who may have enough to eat today worry about the availability and quality of food for future generations.

This meeting will explore food scarcity using a National Issues Forum discussion guide and guidance from trained facilitators. During the 2-hour session, you will explore questions like the following in a structured way with other members of the public:

  • Is the best way to improve access to nutritious food through efforts like strengthening our school nutrition programs and food assistance for low-income families,
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CALS Tech Tuesday

Having trouble with your devices?  The CALS Information Technology staff will help you on a one on one basic.  Don’t forget to bring your passwords along with your devices.

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CALS Writing Circle: How to Write Memoir

You don’t have to be famous for other people to want to hear your story! Many of our most beloved memoirs feature ordinary people–just like you and me! Join us virtually from wherever you are for this 4-part class as we learn how to write memoir other people will want to read, how to know what to write about, and more! Contact dmoore@cals.

Register for How to Write Memoir

 

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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     January 24 |  February 28 |  March 28

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Teen Café

Hang out in a chill environment to work on homework or play video games.

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Fake Snow STEM Challenge

Control the weather and make your own batch of fake snow! Fun for all ages! 

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Williams Library: Meet the Architects

We hope that you can join us to learn more about AMR Architects, the history of the library and its namesake, and how your ideas can write the next chapter for the Sue Cowan Williams Library redesign in the near future! The event is free and open to the public.

Moderated by Crystal C. Mercer

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Vinyasa Yoga

Join us as we learn some basic yoga with Brittany Green. Registration required– space is limited.

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Baby/Toddler Storytime

Baby/Toddler Storytime on Wednesday, January 18 and 25 at 10:30am. Enjoy stories, songs, and activities with Ms. Sara! Best for ages 0-2.

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Storytime

Music, stories, and playtime for toddlers and preschoolers!

 

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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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Coming to America Book Club

Join us for this cozy, virtual book club centered on the stories and experience of immigration.

To register for this event, click here.

Questions? Contact Bekah Smith at 501.918.3000 or rasmith@cals.org

Check out this month’s book, The Last Chicken in America by Ellen Litman

In twelve “pristine, entrancing” (Booklist) linked stories, Ellen Litman introduces an unforgettable cast of Russian-Jewish immigrants trying to assimilate in a new world.

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Hanging With The Homies

This program is for the homeschooled in our community.

We lean into S.T.E.A.M. stuff & have fun.

We meet at 1:00 pm on Wednesdays.

01/04/22 – instant snow

01/11/22 – Perler bead craft

01/18/22 – Salt & ice experiment

01/25/22 – Melting snowmen

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Family Movie Night

Watch a family-friendly movie in the meeting room!

1/11 – Lilo & Stitch

1/25 – The Emperor’s New Groove

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Let It Snow Storytime

No snow on the ground? That’s okay, we’ll make our own!

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Grab & Go Thursday

Until there is a more active interest in afterschool events,

we are featuring a take home Grab & Go craft that

you or your grownup can swing by & pick up.

Limited supplies.

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Let’s Use Our Senses!: Sensory Hour at Fletcher

Join us every fourth Thursday at Fletcher for a fun Sensory Hour!

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Milam Adult Book Chat

Join Ms. Tonia on the fourth2023-12-2023-12 Thursday for our Adult Book Chat.  Check our calendar for the upcoming book for the month.

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LinkedIn Learning: Digital Literacy and Productivity Class

LinkedIn Learning offers over 13,000 online courses – and they’re all free with your library card! Get a glimpse of the classes available to you and learn something new as we go through the Digital Literacy and Productivity class together!

Registration required

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Teen Cafe

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Ebay for Beginners

Learn how to buy and sell items on Ebay!

This is an in-person program. Please call to sign up. (501) 457-5038

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Tinker Thursday: Snowstorm in a Jar

We’re full S.T.E.A.M. ahead at the library! Come tinker to your hearts content! Ages 6 and up!

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Lego Club

Let your imagination fly as you build with Terry’s Lego collection. What will you build? For K-6th graders.

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Tiny Tales Storytime

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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Tween Time

Hang out after school and play video games.

Kids under 11 must have someone 16+ with them.

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1/27 Killer Klowns From Outer Space (1988, PG-13)

The Greatest Show on Earth…just not *of* Earth. It’s “Killer Klowns From Outer Space“ at the Ron Robinson Theater! Join us Friday, January 27th 2023 for horrific harlequins with an appetite for close encounters!

When a small town is terrorized by aliens known as “Killer Klowns”, an unlikely group of teens must team up to prevent the aliens from using their deadly weapons to wipe out humanity. Along the way, they must overcome their fears and find ways to outsmart the aliens in order to save the world.

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Spanish Storytime

It’s the start of a new year, so it’s a perfect time to do something different! Over 40 million people speak Spanish in the United States, and about 30,000 live right here in Little Rock. During this event, we will read storybooks in Spanish and English and learn about countries in South America.

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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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“Block” Party!

Its National Lego Day and we’re having a “Block Party!” Come to the library and add to a collaborative display!

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Teen Time

We gather every other Saturday for an hour of creative time

where we make unique & wonderful things.

All materials provided.

Ages 12+

01/28/22 – No sew throw pillow

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Tail Waggin’ Tutors

Practice your reading skills with adorable trained therapy dogs.

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Needle Felted Gnome Class

Learn to needle felt a gnome.

Limited setting. Call (501) 457-5038 to sign up.

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Tea Time Art

Join us for a tea time story, art project, and, of course, warm tea! Ages 4-11

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BookEnds: Refillable Journals

BookEnds is a recurring craft program that focuses on turning old, discarded books into something new. This month we will be learning how to make refillable journals.

Join us on the in the Lee Room on the 5th floor of the Main Library.

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1/28 Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986, PG-13)

If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it. On Saturday, January 28th, 2023, witness the iconic coming–of–age film “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off“.

In this classic John Hughes movie, Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick) ditches school with his girlfriend Sloane (Mia Sara) and best friend Cameron (Alan Ruck), and together they embark on a journey through the streets of Chicago. Ferris Bueller‘s Day Off is a laugh–out–loud comedy about taking risks and the power of friendship.

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Lapsit Storytime | 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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Create an Infographic!

Communicate quickly and clearly with infographics. Learn the history of infographics, how to read one, and how to make your own! Hybrid session—attend at the library or online! Educator Attendees are eligible for two hours of PD credit.
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NIFI Dialogue Series – Land of Plenty: How Should We Ensure that People Have the Food They Need?

While we have one of the world’s most productive and efficient food systems, millions of people in the U.S. still fall between the cracks. People who may have enough to eat today worry about the availability and quality of food for future generations.

This meeting will explore food scarcity using a National Issues Forum discussion guide and guidance from trained facilitators. During the 2-hour session, you will explore questions like the following in a structured way with other members of the public:

  • Is the best way to improve access to nutritious food through efforts like strengthening our school nutrition programs and food assistance for low-income families,
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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!

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Lego Club

Come build it up at the library!

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Bored Games

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

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Teens 4 InQlusion @ Nixon

Hang out and work on crafts in a safe space for LGBTQIA+ teens.

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English Class

English as a second language course.

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Infant Story Time

Join us every Tuesday to have a story time with Ms. Lauren! Each story day will have a special theme and activity!

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Sensory Hour

Bring your toddlers and preschoolers for some messy play (without the clean-up for you)!

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Preschool Storytime

Preschool Storytime on Monday, January 23 and 30, and Tuesday, January 17, 24, and 31. Enjoy stories, songs, and more with Ms. Sara! Best for ages 3-5.

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Toddler Time

Enjoy listening to stories and singing songs.

Ages 0-3.

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Preschool Storytime

Our aim is to have fun, read a story or two, and sing silly songs.

We also get help from our Tail Waggin’ Tutors:

Scruffy or Paisley!

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Milam Preschool Storytime

Storytime for children 3 to 5 years old.  Join Ms. Trinity for stories, poems, fingerplays and crafts.

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CALS Writing Circle: Writer’s Lunch

Having trouble finding the time to write? There’s a lot going on; it’s hard to manage a whole day of uninterrupted writing. Join us from anywhere 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. Now more days!

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xkcd Webcomic and What if? Series Creator : Author Talk with Randall Munroe

Please join for what is sure to be the most fun-filled hour of the day as we chat online with Randall Munroe about his new book What If? 2: Additional Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions.
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Milam Homies @ the Library

Library activity time for homeschooled children. Join Ms. Trinity for a stories, crafts and more.

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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 | 2:30 PM

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

Registration Recommended| To register: 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 | 2:30 PM

Registration Recommended.

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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Table-Top Tuesdays

Is there a game that you have been wanting to try? Chances are that we have it! Join us weekly on the 5th floor at the Main library on Tuesdays from 3pm to 5pm and play a variety of games from our collection. This includes board, card, table-top, and role-playing games.

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STEAM Power

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

Ages 5-11

 

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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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Short Form: a virtual short story discussion group

Join us to discuss two short stories every month on Zoom. 
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Toddlers and Pre-K Story Time

Join us every Wednesday to have a story time with Ms. Lauren! Each story day will have a special theme and activity!

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Milam Crafty Creations

Join Ms. Denise for a new craft project each week.  Each Wednesday morning from 10:00 am until noon.  For adults only. Check our  calendar for items planned for each week.

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Storytime: Ages 2-3

Join Ms. Heidi for a story and a craft or activity designed for two- to three-year-olds.

Wednesdays at 10:00 AM

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Storytime

Come join us at CLLC for a storytime adventure! Geared towards 0-5, but all ages welcome!

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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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Baby/Toddler Storytime

Baby/Toddler Storytime on Wednesdays at 10:30am. Enjoy stories, songs, and activities with Ms. Sara! Best for ages 0-2.

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Storytime | Ages 4-5

Join Ms. Heidi for a story and a craft or activity designed for four- to five-year-olds.

Every Wednesday at 11:00 AM

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Adult Activity Time

We offer a variety of games for people to play.  This program takes place in our Nixon library meeting room from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. every Wednesday.

This is an in-person program for ages 18 & up.

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Hanging With The Homies

If you’re homeschooled and feel like getting to know others in the community, this program is for you! We meet on Wednesday at 1:00 pm and lean into S.T.E.A.M. fun.

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Build-O-Rama

Free play with blocks, magna tiles, marble runs, and more.

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Black Out Art Workshop

Join local artist Drien Thompson (they/them) for our Black Out art workshops! Engage with poetry, Black history, and art through a variety of creative practices, activities, and mediums. Teens, ages 12 -19, are welcome to attend.

February 1: Poetry

February 8: Collaging Black History

February 15: Illustrating Black Poetry

February 22: DIY Bookmarks

 

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Arctic Animal Suncatchers

Catch some sun on a dreary winter day with this fun craft!

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Afterschool Series: Afro-Caribbean Drumming with Stephin Booth

Percussionist Stephin Booth leads this special 4-week workshop about the drums and rhythms that traveled from Africa to the West Indies and the Americas during the forced migrations of the Transatlantic slave trade. Part of our Black History Month Programming. Wednesdays in February 4:30-5:30PM
Dates: Feb. 1, Feb. 8, Feb 15, Feb. 22 No Experience Needed
For Ages: 7-15
Cost: Free
Registration Required To register, call Thompson Library at 501-821-3060 or visit the public service desk
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Grab & Go Thursday

We have weekly fun projects for you to take and make each Thursday. Swing by and grab one! This month we’re learning about Black History.

Supplies limited.

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Getting to Know the CALS Catalog + App

New to the library or just need some help understanding the CALS catalog or app? Learn how to navigate our catalog, access your online account and find the books you're looking for.
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Coffee and Conversation

Join us for a cup of coffee and a conversation about how we can better understand and empower the unsheltered population. Refreshments will be served.

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CALS Writing Circle: Writer’s Lunch

Ever wonder how people find the time to write? If you’re having trouble making space for writing in your busy life, join us–virtually–on your lunch hour from wherever you are.

Bring your own work-in-progress or use the prompts provided. Come and go; eat if you like. Everyone is welcome; no writing experience is required. Contact dmoore@cals.org.

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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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Crafterschool: Needle Felt Animals

Learn to “paint” with wool using this fascinating technique.

Ages 11-18

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Teen Game Corner

Teens can join Stefanie at the Maumelle Library for video games, board games, and music in the meeting room.

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Crafting with Opal

This is an adult craft program. In this program we teach different crafts which could include sewing, crocheting, knitting, painting, needle arts, paper crafts & more.

This is an in-person only program that happens every other Thursday (excluding holidays).

For ages 18 & up.  Sign-up is required.  Please call us at (501)457-5038 to sign-up.

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Tinker Thursday

We are full S.T.E.A.M. ahead at the library with differing activities that tackle all sorts of topics!

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Black Voices Book Club

Each week we’ll explore juvenile fiction written by a Black author. No need to read ahead! This program is best suited for ages 8-15, though any age child or teen is welcome to attend. Email jford@cals.org for the Zoom link.
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Teens 4 InQlusion GSA Meeting

Teens 4 InQlusion, a community space centering on LGBTQ+ teens. Teens of all sexualities and gender identities, ages 12-19,  are welcome. Email Jet at jbutler@cals.org if you wish to join virtually on Discord.
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Thompson Teen Programs

Fun, creative projects for teens.  Every Thursday at 4:00 PM |  Always Free.  No Registration Required.

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Six Bridges presents: Stephen Markley, The Deluge

Join us for an exciting virtual event with Stephen Markley, as he discusses his new book The Deluge. Stephen Markley is the acclaimed author of Ohio, which NPR called a “masterpiece.” A graduate of the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, Markley’s other books include the memoir Publish This Book and the travelogue Tales of Iceland. Steve Straessle will moderate.
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2/02 Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997, PG-13)

Are you ready to experience one of the most outrageous, hilarious and beloved films of all time? Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery will be showing at the Ron Robinson Theater on February 2nd,

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CALS Writing Circle: Memoir Writing for Seniors @Maumelle Branch

This 4-part 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 or aweaver@cals.org.

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Fade in with Adobe Premiere

Hybrid session—attend at the library or online! Get started using Adobe Premiere Pro; full-feature video editing software trusted by pros and hobbyists alike.
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Storytime

Enjoy a fun filled morning of books, music, and fingerplays.

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Getting Started with Minecraft: Education Edition

Hybrid session—attend at the library or online!  Each attendee will receive this lesson plan including videos, activities and reflections to take back to your students.  Educator attendees are eligible for 2 hours PD credit.
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Family Movie Fridays

Sit down and enjoy G- or PG-rated family friendly movies.

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Friendship Friday

February isn’t just for romance. Celebrate the love of friendships each Friday with Ashley. Ages 12-19
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Tween Time

Hang out and play video games in the meeting room!

For ages 9-18 years

Kids under 11 must have someone 16+ with them.

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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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Snowball Olympics

Targets will be created and sides will be drawn. Enjoy the fun of a snowball play in the warm indoors. See if you have what it takes to win! Ages 5-12
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Candlelight Flow Yoga: CANCELED

Friday, February 3 class is canceled. See you next week!

This Candlelight flow yoga class will guide you through a moderately paced, beginner friendly sequence aimed at improving strength and flexibility while decreasing stress and “mind clutter” from the week.

Sessions will be held at Hillcrest Hall at 1501 Kavanaugh Boulevard every Friday at 5:30 p.m. this fall and winter except November 25 and December 23 + 30.

This is a free community class;

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Fletcher Movie Night: NOPE

Join us for a showing of an almost-new movie here at the Fletcher Library! Refreshments will be provided free of charge.

‘Nope’ is rated ‘R’. Patron discretion advised.

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Discover Arkansas’s Own Hidden Figure: Raye Montague

Come hear the story of Raye Montague, Little Rock’s own hidden figure credited with creating the first computer-generated rough draft of a U.S. naval ship. She was the first female program manager of ships in the U.S. Navy and paved the way for Black women in STEM. After the story, we’ll dream about everything we can be, too! A copy of The Girl with a Mind for Math: The Story of Raye Montague by Julia Finley Mosca will be given away in a drawing at the end of the program to three lucky attendees.

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CALS Presents: The Encyclopedia of Arkansas

Learn some cool tips and tricks on how to use the CALS Encyclopedia of Arkansas (EOA) for Black History Month and all year long. Includes a brief history of the EOA, all kinds of hacks on how to get the most of our new and improved site, and some fun trivia to test your knowledge.

Join us at the Main Library on the 3rd floor in Technology Classroom A.

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Williams Winter Wonderland

Join us as we kick off Library Lover’s Month with a Winter-themed party at the Williams Library! Enjoy soup and sandwiches then watch a scientific ice cream demonstration and make your own concoction from the cocoa bar. Have a (snow) ball playing fun games for all ages with a winter bend, like building an igloo from marshmallows or become an artic explorer and search for long lost books, even decorate your own mug to keep. Events are open to the public and do not require registration.

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Festival of the Rabbit

Join the Little Rock Chinese School and Children’s Library for the first Festival of the Rabbit, celebrating the Chinese New Year. This event will showcase Chinese culture to the community.

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