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Memoir for Seniors: How to write your story

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 them learn to write regularly and productively. The class may be retaken as many times as desired. No writing experience is required.

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

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Due to ongoing public health concerns,

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Zoom Best Practices

These days, Zoom has become an essential tool in business--and in life. Learn to get the most of your Zoom experience in this class.
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Life of a Klansman

Six Bridges Book Festival presents: Edward Ball, author of Life of a Klansman

Moderated by Tom DeBlack.

Free registration is required. This event will take place on the Zoom platform. You will receive confirmation of registration when you register. You may sign up for Zoom and download the Zoom app at https://zoom.us/.

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Life of a Klansman tells the story of a warrior in the Ku Klux Klan,

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Arkansas Sounds Presents: an Ozark Mountain Christmas

Join us every Thursday for Arkansas Sounds Presents, a free online watch party of Arkansas music and culture, including unreleased performances, interviews and related content from our CALS Arkansas Sounds archives.

On Thursday, December 3, CALS Arkansas Sounds presents a special holiday program: an Ozark Mountain Christmas! Enjoy an old-time Christmas celebration from the Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View, Arkansas!

FREE to watch! You can join us from anywhere in the world as this is a virtual event: https://app.kosmi.io/room/nhog0f

Don’t miss every Arkansas Sounds Presents this December:

Thursday,

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Teen Time

12/4 – Mr. Dan’s Real World: Mr. Dan follows one of Ms. Opal’s paint a long classes.

This is a pre-recorded program that is posted:

Instagram: cals_teens

YouTube: CALS Teens

Facebook: @cals.nixon

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STEAM Craft & Go

Grab & go kits available at Children’s Library with an emphasis on science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics.

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Virtual BingoFlix: Santa Claus vs. The Devil (1959, G)

Join us ALL December long for Virtual BingoFlix! We’re playing bingo along to the cheesy movie & TV cliches for your chance to win a FREE movie pass to the theater once we reopen!

On Friday, December 4, join us for Santa Claus vs. The Devil (1959, G)! With the aid of Merlin, Santa Claus must defeat the evil machinations of the devil Pitch to ruin Christmas.

Grab a screenshot of your randomized bingo card here: https://mfbc.us/m/z637af

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

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Take and Bake Cookie Jar

Starting December 7, teens can pick up a holiday cookie take & bake kit from Fletcher library while supplies last. Each kit will include cooking instructions and a pint jar filled with the dry ingredients needed to bake a dozen cookies at home.

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December Grab and Go Kit

Book Page Ornament + Iceland’s Jolabokaflod

Make a beautiful honeycomb Christmas ornament using book pages and learn all about Iceland’s Yule Book Flood (Jolabokaflod). Each kit contains 12 3.5” book page circles, glue stick, Jolabokaflod info sheet, list of Icelandic reads, twine, instructions, and a special treat for your own Yule Book Flood! Kits available starting Monday, December 7 to adults 16+. One per person; first come, first served, and while supplies last. Available through curbside or at the circulation desk upon request.

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Grab and Go Winter Solstice Lantern

Starting December 7th come by the Fletcher Branch to pick up a Winter Solstice Lantern kit for kids to create at home.

While supplies last.

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Braver Angels Depolarizing Within Workshop

Much of today’s polarization is driven by how we talk with like-minded people about those on the other side.  Too often, we stereotype, dismiss, or ridicule our fellow citizens who support the other political party, its leaders, and its policies. This workshop teaches participants:

  • How to be more aware of their own “inner polarizer”
  • How to be critical without demonizing, dismissing, or stereotyping large swaths of the population
  • Strategies for intervening constructively in social conversations with like-minded peers when these conversations veer into contempt and ridicule for people who hold other political views
Join us on Monday December 7 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM via Zoom for this learning opportunity. 
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A Conversation Worth Having: John Lewis

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

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

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

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Feast of Saint Lucia Storytime

Marcus and guest Jerusalem Greer discuss the Feast of Saint Lucia and read a story about the event on Facebook at @FletcherLibrary.CALS.

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Storytime with Ms. Sarah

Join Ms. Sarah on FaceBook @cals.oleyrooker Tuesday, at 10:30 a.m., for a virtual storytime about Christmas spirit.

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Virtual BingoFlix: Holiday Specials! He-Man and She-Ra: A Christmas Special (1985, PG) / TMNT: We Wish You A Turtle Christmas (1994, NR) / Christmas Comes to PacLand (1982, G)

Join us ALL December long for Virtual BingoFlix: Holiday Specials! We are taking a trip down memory lane and playing bingo along to the cheesy TV & movie cliches in a collection of retro holiday specials for your chance to win a FREE movie pass to the theater once we reopen!

There are TWO chances to win! Our triple feature for Tuesday, December 8 includes:

He-Man & She-Ra: A Christmas Special (1985,

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Mikey Makes Live- Jingle Bell

Follow along with Mikey on Milam’s Facebook page as he creates a Jingle Bell decoration for your home.  Kits to make your own jingle bell will be available as a Grab-N-Go kit beginning Tuesday, Dec. 1. while supplies last.

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Garden to Kitchen

A demonstration of recipes using produce grown at the Children’s Library. Enjoy the videos on our facebook page!

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Hanukkah Storytime

Marcus and his guest read and discuss the celebration of Hanukkah, a Jewish festival commemorating the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt against the Seleucid Empire. Watch on Facebook at @FletcherLibrary.CALS.

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Business is Personal

A credit workshop for entrepreneurs

Speaker:
Vida Fielder, Loan & Credit Officer
Southern Bancorp Community Partners

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Topics covered:
• Why your credit report matters
• How to pull your credit report for free
• How to read your credit report
• How to correct errors that may be on your credit report
• Other financial security resources
• Where to go for personalized credit counseling and assistance

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Season’s Greetings with Canva

Learn to use Canva--a graphic design tool anyone can use--by making festive holiday designs. You can use the skills all year long!
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Arkansas Sounds Presents: Christmas with Glen Campbell

Join us every Thursday for Arkansas Sounds Presents, a free online watch party of Arkansas music and culture, including unreleased performances, interviews and related content from our CALS Arkansas Sounds archives.

On Thursday, December 10, CALS Arkansas Sounds presents a special holiday program: Christmas with Glen Campbell! Enjoy a vintage Christmas celebration with Arkansas music legend Glen Campbell!

FREE to watch! You can join us from anywhere in the world as this is a virtual event: https://app.kosmi.io/room/nhog0f

Don’t miss every Arkansas Sounds Presents this December:

Thursday,

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Virtual BingoFlix: Caesar and Otto’s Deadly Xmas (2012, NR)

Join us ALL December long for Virtual BingoFlix! We’re playing bingo along to the cheesy movie & TV cliches for your chance to win a FREE movie pass to the theater once we reopen!

On Friday, December 11, our friends we made at BingoFlix Goes to Camp, Dave Campfield & Paul Chomicki, RETURN for Caesar & Otto’s Deadly Xmas (2012, NR)! The fifth in Campfield’s Caesar and Otto series,

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A Conversation Worth Having: Bayard Rustin

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

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

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

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Winter Solstice Storytime

Marcus and his friend Sharlene discuss the Winter Solstice and the date of prominence for lots of groups. This is the day when the sun shines the least amount of time each year, but it is so much more. Watch on Facebook at @FletcherLibrary.CALS.

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Make it Look Great with Microsoft Publisher

Learn to use Microsoft Publisher to create newsletters, flyers, signs, and digital documents for your business, organization, or event.
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Tinker Tok

Experiments using the science of sound and 3D printing. Enjoy the videos on the Children’s Library facebook page!

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Bilingual Literacy with Maria

Alfabetización Bilingüe con María Romero M.S. CCC-LSP
NOTA: La sesión se llevará a cabo principalmente en inglés.

Bilingual Literacy with Maria Romero M.S. CCC-LSP
NOTE: The session will primarily be held in English.

Acompáñenos en una charla con la patalóga del habla bilingüe María Romero M.S. CCC-LSP.

Ella ofrecerá información sobre la importancia de la alfabetización temprana y formas en las que usted puede ayudar a su hijo a mantener sus habilidades durante las vacaciones escolares.

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Virtual BingoFlix: Holiday Specials! Mr. T and Emmanuel Lewis in A Christmas Dream (1984, NR) and ALF’s Special Christmas (1987, G)

Join us ALL December long for Virtual BingoFlix: Holiday Specials! We are taking a trip down memory lane and playing bingo along to the cheesy TV & movie cliches in a collection of retro holiday specials for your chance to win a FREE movie pass to the theater once we reopen!

Our double feature for Tuesday, December 15 includes:

Mr. T & Emmanuel Lewis in A Christmas Dream (1984,

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Zoom Savvy

These days, Zoom has become an essential tool in business--and in life. Learn to get the most of your Zoom experience in this class.
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Arkansas Sounds Presents: Christmas with Johnny Cash

Join us every Thursday for Arkansas Sounds Presents, a free online watch party of Arkansas music and culture, including unreleased performances, interviews and related content from our CALS Arkansas Sounds archives.

On Thursday, December 17, CALS Arkansas Sounds presents a special holiday program: Christmas with Johnny Cash! Enjoy a vintage Christmas celebration with Arkansas music legend Johnny Cash!

FREE to watch! You can join us from anywhere in the world as this is a virtual event: https://app.kosmi.io/room/nhog0f

Don’t miss every Arkansas Sounds Presents this December:

Thursday,

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Virtual BingoFlix: Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2 (1987, R)

Join us ALL December long for Virtual BingoFlix! We’re playing bingo along to the cheesy movie & TV cliches for your chance to win a FREE movie pass to the theater once we reopen!

On Friday, December 18, join us for Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2 (1987, R)! This sequel picks up on Christmas Eve four years after the first movie, with Ricky Caldwell, the 18-year-old brother of the first film’s killer,

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Story Walk

12/21 – Winter Story Walk

The story walk starts at the time capsule at the Nixon Library.

The story walk is self guided.

Crafts are available inside the Nixon Library.

Face mask must be worn while in the library building. Mask must cover both nose and chin.

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A Conversation Worth Having: Fred Shuttlesworth

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

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

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

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Virtual Grinchfest 2020

Virtual Grinchfest will be presented online starting at 9 am on December 22, and ending at 8:59 am December 23rd. We will have crafts and giveaways available for pick up at the Children’s Library and Learning Center during business hours (9am to 6pm) starting December 22, until supplies last. The program will stream on CALS Children’s Library facebook, and also on THV11 and the Arkansas Arts Center facebook channels.

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Kwanzaa Storytime

Marcus has two of his friends meet up to talk about Kwanzaa. Watch on Facebook at @FletcherLibrary.CALS.

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Virtual Storytime with Ms. Sarah

Join Ms. Sarah on FaceBook @cals.oleyrooker Tuesday, at 10:30 a.m., for a virtual storytime about the first day of Winter.

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Virtual BingoFlix: Star Wars Holiday Special (1978, PG)

Join us ALL December long for Virtual BingoFlix: Holiday Specials! We are taking a trip down memory lane and playing bingo along to the cheesy TV & movie cliches in a collection of retro holiday specials for your chance to win a FREE movie pass to the theater once we reopen!

In the Star Wars Holiday Special Chewbacca and Han Solo attempt to visit the Wookiee home planet of Kashyyyk to celebrate “Life Day.”

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Nixon Library Holiday Special

Join the Nixon Library staff, puppet volunteers, and Mr. Dan for a variety holiday show!

This program is pre-recorded and will be posted:

YouTube: CALS Kids

Facebook: @cals.nixon

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CALS Closed for Christmas Weekend

All branches of the Central Arkansas Library System will be closed Thursday, December 24, through Sunday, December 27. Regular hours will resume Monday, December 28. For more information, please contact calsinfo@cals.org.

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Christmas Eve with Santa

Santa sends good messages and shares a story from his workshop at the North Pole. Watch on Facebook @FletcherLibrary.CALS.

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A Conversation Worth Having: Stacey Abrams

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

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

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

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Virtual BingoFlix: Rosemary’s Baby (1968, R)

Join us ALL December long for Virtual BingoFlix! We’re playing bingo along to the cheesy movie & TV cliches for your chance to win a FREE movie pass to the theater once we reopen!

On Tuesday, December 29, join us for Rosemary’s Baby (1968, R): Waifish Rosemary Woodhouse and her struggling actor husband Guy move to a New York City apartment building with an ominous reputation and odd neighbors Roman and Minnie. When Rosemary becomes pregnant she becomes increasingly isolated,

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Grab N’ Go Activity Bags

Bags made up of different activities and crafts for kids.

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Food For Good: Lunch

The Nixon Library serves lunch:

Saturday

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

For 18 years and younger.

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Book Wreath Grab and Go

The January grab & go craft is a book page wreath. Kits will be available starting Monday, January 4, 2021. Kits will be available at Fletcher & Terry Libraries. While supplies last.

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Food For Good: Grab N’ Go Supper

The Nixon Library serves an afterschool meal:

Monday – Friday

4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

For 18 years and younger.

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A Conversation Worth Having: Rosa Parks & Claudette Colvin

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

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

Every Monday night at 7pm CST we screen a virtual collection of talks, speeches, poetry, music, films and documentaries designed to educate, enlighten, and encourage empathy surrounding the struggles and hardships facing the African-American community. You can join us from anywhere around the world,

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Apple Mobile Essentials

Learn how to make your iPhone or iPad actually do what you want it to! This session also includes plenty of question-and-answer time.
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Virtual BingoFlix: Teen Wolf (1985, PG)

Join us ALL January long for Virtual BingoFlix! We’re playing bingo along to the movie cliches in four of some the cheesiest movies and their sequels for your chance to win a FREE movie pass to the theater once we reopen!

On Tuesday, January 5, join us for Teen Wolf (1985, PG): When high school nerd Scott Howard (played by Michael J. Fox) learns from his father that being a werewolf runs in the family,

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Memoir Writing for Seniors: How to Write Your Story

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

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

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Colin Woodward: “The Arkansas Roots of Johnny Cash”

CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies Presents LEGACIES & LUNCH

The Arkansas Roots of Johnny Cash

Speaker: Colin Woodward

Johnny Cash traveled the world, becoming one of the best-known and most successful musicians of all time. Despite becoming an international icon, Cash never really left Arkansas in his mind. Throughout his career, Cash performed memorable concerts in his home state, including shows for Governor Winthrop Rockefeller in 1968,

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Android Mobile Essentials

Learn how to make your smartphone or tablet actually do what you want it to! This session also includes plenty of question-and-answer time.
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Baked Apples Recipe

Get a healthy start to your day with this Russian inspired recipe for baked apples stuffed with cottage cheese, almonds, & honey! Available on the Thompson Library Facebook page.

https://www.facebook.com/211889102225911/videos/167332615141834

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Arkansas Sounds Presents: K.T. Oslin

Join us every Thursday for Arkansas Sounds Presents, a free online watch party of Arkansas music and culture, including unreleased performances, interviews and related content from our CALS Arkansas Sounds archives.

On Thursday, January 7 at 7 p.m. CST, CALS Arkansas Sounds presents a tribute to groundbreaking Arkansas country music artist, K.T. Oslin. Our tribute for this triple Grammy winner and Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame member includes rarely seen live performances and interviews.

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Teen Time

1/8 – Mr. Dan’s Real World: Hypothermia 

Mr. Dan explains what to do should you encounter someone with hypothermia

1/15- History’s Mysteries & Conspiracies: Ancient Aliens

Did aliens have a hand in creating ancient civilizations? Are they among us today?

1/22- Mr. Dan’s Real World: efaxing

Mr. Dan demonstrates how to send an efax at the Nixon Library *flexes* in Jacksonville.

1/29- History’s Mysteries &

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Virtual BingoFlix: Teen Wolf Too (1987, PG)

Join us ALL January long for Virtual BingoFlix! We’re playing bingo along to the movie cliches in four of some the cheesiest movies and their sequels for your chance to win a FREE movie pass to the theater once we reopen!

On Friday, January 8, join us for Teen Wolf Too (1987, PG): Although awkward college student Todd Howard (played by Jason Bateman) is particularly adept at science, he’s paying for school with an athletic scholarship that he will lose should he not fare well in an upcoming boxing tournament.

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Snowman Craft Grab and Go

Kids grab and go craft is Craft Stick Snowman.  Provided are the painted sticks, hat tie, and nose.  Patrons will need to have glue or hot glue and a sharpie.  ss Available starting January 11 while supplies las

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Soup Starter Grab and Go Jars

Each kit includes the dry ingredients and recipe for a delicious 5 bean soup that teens can prepare at home. This soup is vegetarian as presented, but feel free to toss in some leftover holiday ham for an even tastier treat! Available starting January 11 while supplies last.

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A Conversation Worth Having: Ralph Abernathy

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

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

Every Monday night at 7pm CST we screen a virtual collection of talks, speeches, poetry, music, films and documentaries designed to educate, enlighten, and encourage empathy surrounding the struggles and hardships facing the African-American community. You can join us from anywhere around the world,

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Become a Dementia Friend

Dementia Friends is a global initiative to change people’s perceptions about dementia. It aims to transform the way people think, talk, and act about the disease. The Dementia Friends session helps participants learn about dementia and the small ways they can help. This one-hour session will take place on Zoom at noon. Register here.

Presented in collaboration with the Dementia Friends of Arkansas, Arkansas State Library, and Arkansas Geriatric Education Collaborative at UAMS.

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Microsoft Word Part 1: The Basics

Explore the basics of Microsoft Word, including information on writing, formatting, and editing documents.
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Cooking Matters at Home: Family Meal Planning

January 12: No More Mealtime Madness: Family Meal Planning

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

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Virtual BingoFlix: Deathstalker (1983, R)

Join us ALL January long for Virtual BingoFlix! We’re playing bingo along to the movie cliches in four of some the cheesiest movies and their sequels for your chance to win a FREE movie pass to the theater once we reopen!

On Tuesday, January 12, join us for Deathstalker (1983, R): The warrior Deathstalker is tasked by an old witch to obtain and unite the three powers of creation – a chalice, an amulet,

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Microsoft Word Part 2: Styles, Mailings, and More

If you have some basic experience with Microsoft Word, learn how to use powerful features like styles, mail merges, and more.
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Arkansas Sounds Presents: Charlie Rich

Join us every Thursday for Arkansas Sounds Presents, a free online watch party of Arkansas music and culture, including unreleased performances, interviews and related content from our CALS Arkansas Sounds archives.

On Thursday, January 14 at 7 p.m. CST, CALS Arkansas Sounds presents a tribute to Arkansas country music giant, Charlie Rich. Our tribute for this legendary multi-platinum selling artist who won multiple CMA, AMA, and Grammy awards includes a biography with rarely seen live performances and interviews.

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Friday Family Fun Night Trivia

Join us every 3rd Friday night for Friday Family Fun Night Trivia! Teams must register via Zoom and each month’s trivia will have a different theme. Prizes will be awarded to the winning team each month! January 15- DISNEY TRIVIA Register in advance for this meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/…/tZUpcuCqqj8uGtKMIRbRgXOM6TkqD… After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
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Virtual BingoFlix: Deathstalker II (1987, R)

Join us ALL January long for Virtual BingoFlix! We’re playing bingo along to the movie cliches in four of some the cheesiest movies and their sequels for your chance to win a FREE movie pass to the theater once we reopen!

On Friday, January 15, join us for Deathstalker II (1987, R): Deathstalker helps Reena the Seer out of a few jams, and she solicits his help for a bigger task. She reveals that she is actually Princess Evie,

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CALS Writing Circle: Editing Bootcamp

You’ve finished writing, but now what? There’s more to getting your book or story reader-ready than a quick grammar and punctuation check.

Bring your finished piece and join us as we line edit for filter words, sentence starters, dialog tags, “be” forms, and more. Learn the difference between line editing, developmental editing, and proofreading.  Free checklist and troubleshooting guide. 

And if you’re shy, don’t worry; only you will see your writing. Join us!

This is a virtual event.

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CALS Closed for MLK Day

All branches and buildings of the Central Arkansas Library System will be closed Monday, January 18, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Regular hours will resume Tuesday, January 19. For more information, please call 918-3000.

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Virtual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

The Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) is hosting a virtual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service event on January 18, 2021, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Part 1

Welcome and Keynote | 11:30 a.m.
Mayor Frank Scott Jr., City of Little Rock

Discussion of “March: Book One” | Noon
Nate Powell, Illustrator, “March: Book One” | Antwan Phillips, Moderator

Register for Part 1

National Service Meet &

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A Conversation Worth Having: Roy Wilkins

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

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

Every Monday night at 7pm CST we screen a virtual collection of talks, speeches, poetry, music, films and documentaries designed to educate, enlighten, and encourage empathy surrounding the struggles and hardships facing the African-American community. You can join us from anywhere around the world,

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Virtual BingoFlix: Samurai Cop (1991, NR)

Join us ALL January long for Virtual BingoFlix! We’re playing bingo along to the movie cliches in four of some the cheesiest movies and their sequels for your chance to win a FREE movie pass to the theater once we reopen!

On Tuesday, January 19, join us for Samurai Cop (1991, NR): Joe Marshall and Frank Washington are two tenacious police detectives who seek at all costs to stop the Katana, a renegade Yakuza gang composed of violent and sadistic killers who want to lead the drug trade in Los Angeles.

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Creative Vision

We cleared out our old magazines, and they are now available by the kiosk for all your vision board needs! There are plenty more, so don’t be shy – grab as many as you want!

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Zoom Savvy

These days, Zoom has become an essential tool in business--and in life. Learn to get the most of your Zoom experience in this class.
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The Ruthless Lady’s Guide to Wizardry

Six Bridges Book Festival presents: C.M. Waggoner, author of The Ruthless Lady’s Guide to Wizardry

Moderated by Danielle Butler

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

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Sparks fly in this enchanting fantasy novel from the author of Unnatural Magic when a down-and-out fire witch and a young gentlewoman join forces against a deadly conspiracy.

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Arkansas Sounds Presents: A Tribute to the Legendary Magic 105

Join us every Thursday for Arkansas Sounds Presents, a free online watch party of Arkansas music and culture, including unreleased performances, interviews and related content from our CALS Arkansas Sounds archives.

On Thursday, January 21 at 7 p.m. CST, CALS Arkansas Sounds presents a tribute to legendary Arkansas radio station, Magic 105! We pay tribute to Magic 105 (1980-2008) with audio and video clips, photos, and a panel discussion featuring former on-air personalities “The Outlaw” Tommy Smith,

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Virtual BingoFlix: Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance (2015, TV-14)

Join us ALL January long for Virtual BingoFlix! We’re playing bingo along to the movie cliches in four of some the cheesiest movies and their sequels for your chance to win a FREE movie pass to the theater once we reopen!

On Friday, January 22, join us for Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance (2015, TV-14): It’s 25 years later, and police detective Frank Washington is forced to team up again with his long estranged partner Joe Marshall to investigate a series of assassinations,

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Family Storytime: Snow

Join Ms. Terry for a snow filled storytime! Learn about snow and follow along a snowy experiment!

This program is pre-recorded and will post on the CALS Kids YouTube channel.

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CALS Writing Circle: Writing with Everyday Objects

The use of an everyday object can help define a sense of place in your writing. Join author, storyteller, and Master Beekeeper C. L. Bee to learn how to choose a common object within the story’s setting as a focal point and guide for telling the story.

Bee grew up in the family bee business and says that “telling the stories the bees have so graciously provided is the culmination of many years’ worth of blunders as well as insights.”

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A Conversation Worth Having: Shirley Chisholm

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

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

Every Monday night at 7pm CST we screen a virtual collection of talks, speeches, poetry, music, films and documentaries designed to educate, enlighten, and encourage empathy surrounding the struggles and hardships facing the African-American community. You can join us from anywhere around the world,

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Toddler Storytime: Fancy Storytime

Ms. Linda presents a fancy storytime featuring the works of Mr. John Cena, esq.

This program will stream live on @CALSChildrensLibraryAndLearningCenter Facebook Page.

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Evening Book Club

Virtual discussion on The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey. Copies available at Thompson Library.

Zoom link:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82842923893?pwd=OUtPbkl0Y3lqRFNrUUlnZU5KQlRtQT09

 

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Virtual BingoFlix: Rock ‘n’ Roll High School (1979, PG)

Join us ALL January long for Virtual BingoFlix! We’re playing bingo along to the movie cliches in four of some the cheesiest movies and their sequels for your chance to win a FREE movie pass to the theater once we reopen!

On Tuesday, January 26, join us for Rock ‘n’ Roll High School (1979, PG): Vince Lombardi High School keeps losing principals to nervous breakdowns because of the students’ love of rock ‘n’

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Financial Planning for 2021

Please join us on Wednesday, January 27 via Zoom from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM when Kimberly Lee of Hope Credit Union will teach strategies and tips for creating an effective financial plan for 2021. Information will include budgeting and setting financial goals.  Email jburrus@cals.org for the Zoom link. This program will be presented in BOTH Spanish & English.
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Read A-Loud w/Ms. Terry

Ms. Terry reads Little Pea by Amy Krouse Rosenthal.

This program is pre-recorded and will post on the CALS Kids YouTube channel.

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Leonard Downie Jr.: All About the Story: News, Power, Politics, and the Washington Post

CALS Bobby L. Roberts Library Presents

All About the Story: News, Power, Politics, and the Washington Post

Speaker: Leonard Downie, Jr. and Benji de la Piedra

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Join CALS in-house oral historian Benji de la Piedra for a public conversation with Leonard Downie Jr., former executive editor of the Washington Post and author of the new memoir All About the Story: News,

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Arkansas Sounds Presents: Bob Dorough

Join us every Thursday for Arkansas Sounds Presents, a free online watch party of Arkansas music and culture, including unreleased performances, interviews and related content from our CALS Arkansas Sounds archives.

On Thursday, January 28 at 7 p.m. CST, CALS Arkansas Sounds presents a full-length 2017 concert by legendary Arkansas jazz artist, Bob Dorough. This pianist, singer, composer, producer, and NEA Jazz Master wrote and directed episodes of the “Schoolhouse Rock!” children’s TV series from 1972 to 1996,

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Virtual BingoFlix: Rock ‘n’ Roll High School Forever (1991, PG-13)

Join us ALL January long for Virtual BingoFlix! We’re playing bingo along to the movie cliches in four of some the cheesiest movies and their sequels for your chance to win a FREE movie pass to the theater once we reopen!

On Friday, January 29, join us for Rock ‘n’ Roll High School Forever (1991, PG-13): Corey Feldman leads a rock and roll rally at Ronald Reagon High, but must triumph over the evil plans of the school’s fascist principal,

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Grab & Go @ Thompson

Grab & Go craft/activity bags with book suggestions aimed at kindergarteners & early elementary students.

Check out our branch’s Facebook page for more info!

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Grab & Go @ Thompson

Grab & Go craft/activity bags with book suggestions aimed at toddlers and preschoolers.

Check our branch’s Facebook page for more information! 

 

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Food for Good Grab N’ Go Supper

The Nixon Library Serves an afterschool meal:

Monday – Friday

4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

For 18 years and younger

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Race, Rage, and Resistance: Cherisse Jones-Branch

CALS Encyclopedia of Arkansas presents Race, Rage, and Resistance

“To Make the Farm Bureau Stronger and Better for All the People”: African Americans and the American Farm Bureau Federation: 1920–1966

Speaker: Cherisse Jones-Branch

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Cherisse Jones-Branch is the dean of the Graduate School and the James and Wanda Lee Vaughn Endowed Professor of History at Arkansas State University.

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Virtual BingoFlix: Musicals! Shock Treatment (1981, PG)

Join us ALL February long for Virtual BingoFlix! We’re playing bingo along to the movie cliches in eight of some the cheesiest musicals for your chance to win a FREE movie pass to the theater once we reopen!

On Tuesday, February 2, join us for Shock Treatment (1981, PG): Following the events of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, this musical is set several years later in Brad and Janet Majors’ hometown – which has become a giant TV station…

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Black Lives Matter Documentary Film Series: 13th

Ava's DuVernay's searing and vital documentary is a primer on the historical context behind mass incarceration, the war on drugs, private prisons, and police brutality that are baked into the post-Jim Crow American system. A must see. 2016, 100 minutes.
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Airic Hughes: “Through the Heart of the City: Interstates, Segregation, and Social Memory in Urban America”

CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies Presents LEGACIES & LUNCH

Through the Heart of the City: Interstates, Segregation, and Social Memory in Urban America

Speaker: Airic Hughes

Airic Hughes, a PhD candidate in history at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, will explore how federal urban renewal projects changed the landscape of numerous American cities throughout the twentieth century. Many of these projects worked in tandem with discriminatory urban planning policies such as redlining,

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A Conversation Worth Having: The Elaine Massacre of 1919

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

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

Every Wednesday night at 7pm CST we screen a virtual collection of talks, podcasts, films and documentaries designed to educate, enlighten, and encourage empathy surrounding the struggles and hardships facing the African-American community. February’s lineup focuses on three moments from Arkansas’s black history often forgotten,

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Why Some Startups Succeed (And Others Fail)

John Chamberlin has worked in the entrepreneurial community for over 50 years. He founded Arkansas Systems, now Euronet Worldwide, a global financial technology firm. His education includes a degree in Agricultural Engineering from Michigan State and a Master’s Degree from MIT. This event will be hosted virtually on the Zoom platform. Free registration is required. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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3D Design with Blender (two-part class)

Blender is a flexible, powerful, and free tool for 3D and animation! Learn the essentials in this two-part class.
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Arkansas Sounds Presents: Art Porter, Sr.

Join us every Thursday for Arkansas Sounds Presents, a free online watch party of Arkansas music and culture, including unreleased performances, interviews and related content from our CALS Arkansas Sounds archives.

On Thursday, February 4 at 7 p.m. CST, CALS Arkansas Sounds presents a tribute to legendary Arkansas jazz artist and educator, Art Porter, Sr. Our Porter playlist includes the Arkansas PBS documentary A Music Treasure and rare live performances and interviews from Porter’s groundbreaking television program The Minor Key.

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Virtual BingoFlix: Musicals! The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-Up Zombies (1964, NR)

Join us ALL February long for Virtual BingoFlix! We’re playing bingo along to the movie cliches in eight of some the cheesiest musicals for your chance to win a FREE movie pass to the theater once we reopen!

On Friday, February 5, join us for The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-Up Zombies (1964, NR): Hoping to relax for the day, beatniks Jerry, Angela, and Harold head for a seaside carnival.

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Grab-N-Go Bags for Kids

Stop by the Maumelle Library to pick up one of our grab-n-go bags for kids! This week’s craft is a bird necklace!

Check out the Maumelle Library Facebook page for a tutorial on how to make this fun craft!

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Lift Every Voice: JEM & CEO Norel

CALS is presenting a series of virtual poetry workshops to encourage teens and young adults to create and perform poetry. Each of the four sessions will be by experienced, award-winning and professional poets and engage participants in writing and performing poetry.

This event will be hosted virtually on the Zoom platform. Free registration is required. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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About the Poets

JEM,

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Grab & Go @ Thompson

Grab & Go craft/activity bags with book suggestions aimed at kindergarteners & early elementary students.

Check out our branch’s Facebook page for more info!

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Grab & Go @ Thompson

Grab & Go craft/activity bags with book suggestions aimed at toddlers and preschoolers.

Check our branch’s Facebook page for more information! 

 

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Finding Family Facts

The Butler Center offers a beginner’s genealogy class the second Monday of every month, taught by Rhonda Stewart, the Butler Center’s local history and genealogy expert. Participants will learn how to use online databases and city directories, as well as how to archive family documents. Jump-start your genealogy research with this fun and creative way to learn about the past.

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Due to ongoing public health concerns, Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) has suspended all programs and outreach at this time.

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Braver Angels: With Malice Toward None

Please join us on Monday, February 8 from 6:30-8:00 PM.  With Malice Toward None is an initiative of Braver Angels to heal America in the aftermath of the 2020 election.  In these gatherings, Americans consider how they want to regard their fellow citizens who voted differently and begin building the capacity of We the People to forge “a more perfect union” moving forward through 2021.

This program will be presented online via Zoom.  Please register for this program via Eventbrite at the following link:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/braver-angels-central-arkansas-with-malice-towards-none-registration-136510309009

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Race, Rage, and Resistance: Richard Buckelew

CALS Encyclopedia of Arkansas presents Race, Rage, and Resistance

Loosening the Noose of Judge Lynch: Prevented Lynchings in Arkansas

Speaker: Richard Buckelew

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Richard A. “Rick” Buckelew is a historian of nineteenth-century America who specializes in the history of race in Arkansas and the American South, with a particular focus on the history of lynching and racial violence.

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Learning Skills Storytime

Join us on the second Tuesday of each month at 10:00am on the CALS Kids Facebook page to pick up some learning skills while also hearing a great story.

Next episode:

CALS Storytime Archive on YouTube

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Parent Literacy Tip Storytime

Join us on the second Tuesday of every month at 10:00am for a special storytime that includes an entertaining book for babies and toddlers, along with helpful information for parents wanting to nurture their child’s literacy development. This storytime will be available on the CALS Kids Facebook page or may view it below.

Next episode:

CALS Storytime Archive on YouTube

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Cooking Matters at Home: Hack Your Snack

February 9: Hack Your Snack: Must-Have Tips for Easy, Healthy Snacks for Your Family

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

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Virtual BingoFlix: Musicals! Rockula (1990, PG-13)

Join us ALL February long for Virtual BingoFlix! We’re playing bingo along to the movie cliches in eight of some the cheesiest musicals for your chance to win a FREE movie pass to the theater once we reopen!

On Tuesday, February 9, join us for Rockula (1990, PG-13): Ralph is a sexually frustrated vampire who suffers from a peculiar curse. He’s condemned for eternity to watch his one true love, Mona, be murdered by a ham bone.

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Microsoft Teams: Work Together, Apart

Learn how Microsoft Teams can help improve communication and productivity for your team. Set up your space, share files, and more!
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A Conversation Worth Having: Arkansas PBS presents “So You Want To Talk About Race” with Ijeoma Oluo and Dr. Cherisse Jones-Branch

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

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

Every Wednesday night at 7pm CST we screen a virtual collection of talks, podcasts, films and documentaries designed to educate, enlighten, and encourage empathy surrounding the struggles and hardships facing the African-American community. February’s lineup focuses on three moments from Arkansas’s black history often forgotten,

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Wrightsville Wonders: Using Obits and More to Document Your Community

Rhonda Stewart, local historian and genealogist, will share the wealth of information researchers can discover in obituaries.

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Due to ongoing public health concerns, Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) has suspended all programs and outreach at this time. We will be providing virtual programming and other online services during this time. For more information, go to cals.org.

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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.
  • February – Confederates in the Attic by Tony Horwitz
  • March – Hemingway Book Club of Kosovo by Paula Huntley
  • April – A Jewish Refugee in New York by Kadya Molodovski
  • May – The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson
  • June – Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
  • July –
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Arkansas Sounds Presents: True Soul Records

Join us every Thursday for Arkansas Sounds Presents, a free online watch party of Arkansas music and culture, including unreleased performances, interviews and related content from our CALS Arkansas Sounds archives.

On Thursday, February 11 at 7 p.m. CST, CALS Arkansas Sounds presents a tribute to legendary Arkansas record label, True Soul Records! Our playlist celebrates the pioneers of Little Rock soul music and the legendary Arkansas musicians behind the True Soul record label with live performances and a panel discussion featuring True Soul owner,

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Black Lives Matter Documentary Film Series: Whose Streets?

Damon Davis And Sabaah Folayan's unflinching look at the Ferguson uprising, told by the activists leading the movement. 2017. 105 minutes. This event is a collaboration with POV, the award-winning independent non-fiction film series on PBS www.pbs.org/pov
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Preschool Friday Storytime

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

CALS Storytime Archive on YouTube

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Virtual BingoFlix: Musicals! Mamma Mia (2008, PG-13)

Join us ALL February long for Virtual BingoFlix! We’re playing bingo along to the movie cliches in eight of some the cheesiest musicals for your chance to win a FREE movie pass to the theater once we reopen!

On Friday, February 12, join us for Mamma Mia (2008, PG-13): Donna (played by Meryl Streep), an independent hotelier in the Greek islands, is preparing for her daughter’s wedding with the help of two old friends.

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Lift Every Voice: Victory Jackson & Chauncey Williams-Wesley

CALS is presenting a series of virtual poetry workshops to encourage teens and young adults to create and perform poetry. Each of the four sessions will be by experienced, award-winning and professional poets and engage participants in writing and performing poetry.

This event will be hosted virtually on the Zoom platform. Free registration is required. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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About the Poets

The Writeous Poets is a youth-oriented spoken word collective that’s open to anyone who loves and appreciates spoken word and the creative arts.

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Grab & Go @ Thompson

Grab & Go craft/activity bags with book suggestions aimed at toddlers and preschoolers.

Check our branch’s Facebook page for more information! 

 

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Grab & Go @ Thompson

Grab & Go craft/activity bags with book suggestions aimed at kindergarteners & early elementary students.

Check out our branch’s Facebook page for more info!

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Using Market Research to your Advantage

This program covers what Market Research is and how new Small Businesses can utilize it to get a gauge on the Market Demographics and Economic Indicators of their area.
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Race, Rage, and Resistance: Brian K. Mitchell

CALS Encyclopedia of Arkansas presents Race, Rage, and Resistance

Monumental: Oscar Dunn and His Radical Fight in Reconstruction Louisiana

Speaker: Brian K. Mitchell

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Brian K. Mitchell is assistant professor of history at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. A New Orleans native, Mitchell received a PhD in urban studies with a concentration in public history at the University of New Orleans.

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Oral History at Home: Beginners Oral History Workshop

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

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

This course is open to all.

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Nixon Book Buddies

This book club reads fiction & non-fiction books.

Occurs the 3rd Tuesday of every month excluding holidays.
  • February – A Jewish Refugee in New York by Kadya Molodovsky
  • March – Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
  • April – Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
  • May – A Short History of Women by Kate Walbert
  • June – The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee by David Treuer
  • July –
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Virtual BingoFlix: Musicals! Voyage of the Rock Aliens (1984, PG)

Join us ALL February long for Virtual BingoFlix! We’re playing bingo along to the movie cliches in eight of some the cheesiest musicals for your chance to win a FREE movie pass to the theater once we reopen!

On Tuesday, February 16, join us for Voyage of the Rock Aliens (1984, PG): Aliens land in the mythical town of “Speelburgh, U.S.A” searching for the source of rock & roll. What they find is a gang of teenagers,

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Black Lives Matter Documentary Film Series: The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson

When Stonewall veteran and beloved Greenwich Village personality Marsha P. Johnson was found dead after Gay Pride in 1992, authorities claimed it was a suicide, like many other suspicious deaths in the community at the time. Follow Victoria Cruz, a trans crime advocate, in her search for justice decades later. Directed by David France. 2017. 105 minutes.
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How to Prepare Your Taxes

Stimulus payments and unemployment benefits, temporary credits and tax deferrals — it’s hard to keep up with all the changes to this year’s taxes! Find out what changes are most likely to affect your tax return and how to make the most out of your refund.  Joyia Yorgey of Arkansas Asset Builders will present this virtual workshop via Zoom on how to properly prepare your taxes. This program will be presented in both Spanish & English. Arkansas Asset Builders empowers hardworking Arkansans with limited income through free income tax preparation and financial literacy programs to flourish economically as individuals,
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A Conversation Worth Having: The Murder of Isadore Banks

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

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

Every Wednesday night at 7pm CST we screen a virtual collection of talks, podcasts, films and documentaries designed to educate, enlighten, and encourage empathy surrounding the struggles and hardships facing the African-American community. February’s lineup focuses on three moments from Arkansas’s black history often forgotten,

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Take ‘N Make: Craft along on Zoom

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

Six Bridges Book Festival presents: Nell Irvin Painter, author of Creating Black Americans: African-American History and its Meanings 1619 to the Present

Moderator: Jessica McDaniel

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

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About Creating Black Americans

Here is a magnificent account of a past rich in beauty and creativity,

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Arkansas Sounds Presents: Pharoah Sanders

Join us every Thursday for Arkansas Sounds Presents, a free online watch party of Arkansas music and culture, including unreleased performances, interviews and related content from our CALS Arkansas Sounds archives.

On Thursday, February 18 at 7 p.m. CST, CALS Arkansas Sounds presents a tribute to legendary Arkansas jazz saxophone giant, Pharoah Sanders! Sanders is a Grammy Award winning pioneer of the free jazz movement and a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master who has worked with John Coltrane and Sun Ra.

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Teen Time: Wrestle History

Pioneering individuals, iconic tag teams, and matches that took viewers breaths away. We will explore African American female professional wrestlers from Ethel Johnson to Bianca Belair in a three part series.

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Friday Family Fun Night Trivia

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

February 19 – BLACK CULTURE & HISTORY

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After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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Virtual BingoFlix: Musicals! Thank God It’s Friday (1978, PG)

Join us ALL February long for Virtual BingoFlix! We’re playing bingo along to the movie cliches in eight of some the cheesiest musicals for your chance to win a FREE movie pass to the theater once we reopen!

On Friday, February 19, join us for Thank God It’s Friday (1978, PG): On a Friday night at Los Angeles discotheque the Zoo, everyone’s got their own agenda. Blue-collar type Gus is meeting a blind date.

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CALS Opens Three Branches Saturday

Dee Brown Library, Fletcher Library, and Williams Library will be open Saturday, February 20, from 12-5pm. All other branches of the Central Arkansas Library System will remain closed. Regular hours at all locations are expected to resume Monday, February 22. Contact calsinfo@cals.org for more information.

If you decide to travel to our Dee Brown, Fletcher, or Williams branches, please be safe on the road. And, remember, you may check out eBooks, audiobooks,

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Writing All Year

Are you looking for a writing workshop group?

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

All experience levels,

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Lift Every Voice

CALS is presenting a series of virtual poetry workshops to encourage teens and young adults to create and perform poetry. Each of the four sessions will be by experienced, award-winning and professional poets and engage participants in writing and performing poetry.

This event will be hosted virtually on the Zoom platform. Free registration is required. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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This program is part of Lift Every Voice: Why African American Poetry Matters,

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CALS Writing Circle Meeting

Get together with other writers of all genres and levels of experience to improve your craft and build a creative support network. Join us once a month as we meet to discuss our work, learn new techniques, and enjoy the benefits of a writerly community.

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

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

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Grab & Go @ Thompson

Grab & Go craft/activity bags with book suggestions aimed at kindergarteners & early elementary students.

Check out our branch’s Facebook page for more info!

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Grab & Go @ Thompson

Grab & Go craft/activity bags with book suggestions aimed at toddlers and preschoolers.

Check our branch’s Facebook page for more information! 

 

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Meditation at Main Online

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

Upcoming dates:

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

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Race, Rage, and Resistance: Stephanie Harp and Kwami Abdul-Bey

CALS Encyclopedia of Arkansas presents Race, Rage, and Resistance

John Carter and Lonnie Dixon: Remembering 1927

Speaker: Stephanie Harp and Kwami Abdul-Bey

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Stephanie Harp is a writer and historian, based in Maine, whose family ties to Little Rock and elsewhere in Arkansas go back many generations. She holds a master’s degree in U.S. history,

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Socktopus Grab n’ Go Craft for Teens

Stop by the Maumelle Library to grab your very own kit to make a fun socktopus. Be sure to check out our Facebook page to watch Ms. Marisa’s tutorial on how to make this easy no-sew craft!

Facebook: @cals.maumellelibrary

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How to Write a Great Letter

Snail mail is back in a big way. If you’ve never written a personal letter (or have forgotten how), join us as we learn to write letters for a variety of occasions. We’ll learn to write a love letter, a thank you letter, a condolence letter, a letter of apology, a recommendation letter, and a letter to the editor. Interested in being a penpal? We’ve got safe tips for finding one!

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

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Conversational Spanish for English Speakers

Conversational Spanish

Second and fourth Tuesdays, 12-1 pm

Join us on ZOOM and practice speaking Spanish in a friendly, casual setting. All levels welcome. Registration required. Email fdelgado@cals.org for the Zoom link.

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Make Your Website with WordPress (three-part course)

Find out how to easily build and maintain a versatile, beautiful website with the WordPress content management system.
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Short Form: a virtual short story discussion group

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

Our next meeting will be February 23. We will be discussing “Childfinder” by Octavia E. Butler, and “Paper Menagerie” by Ken Liu. Both stories have been recorded by LeVar Burton for his podcast LeVar Burton Reads. The links are below.

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Evening Book Club

Discussion on Kindred by Octavia Butler.
Copies available at Thompson Library.

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

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Virtual BingoFlix: Musicals! The Pirate Movie (1982, PG)

Join us ALL February long for Virtual BingoFlix! We’re playing bingo along to the movie cliches in eight of some the cheesiest musicals for your chance to win a FREE movie pass to the theater once we reopen!

On Tuesday, February 23, join us for The Pirate Movie (1982, PG): Mabel yearns for true love. Unfortunately, she has to be knocked out to find romance. While attending a pirate festival, she falls for the dashing Frederic,

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Memoir Writing for Seniors: How to Write Your Story

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

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

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Coming to America: A Reading Group from CALS + The Yiddish Book Center

Join Courtney Jones for a virtual book discussion, part of our Coming to America reading group. This month’s selection is A Jewish Refugee in New York Rivke’s Zilberg’s Journal Book by Kadia Molodowsky.

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For more information, contact Courtney Jones via email at cjones@cals.org or by phone at 501.918.3000.

The Yiddish Book Center‘s “Coming to America” Reading Groups for Public Libraries is a reading and discussion program to engage teens and adults in thinking about immigrants’

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Hello World: Intro to Code

Learn some of the basic techniques and concepts of writing computer programs—and write your first program.
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A Conversation Worth Having: Dream Land: Little Rock’s West 9th Street

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

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

Every Wednesday night at 7pm CST we screen a virtual collection of talks, podcasts, films and documentaries designed to educate, enlighten, and encourage empathy surrounding the struggles and hardships facing the African-American community. February’s lineup focuses on three moments from Arkansas’s black history often forgotten,

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Black In Business: Celebrating Black Entrepreneurship

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

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The path from an idea to starting a business is not easy to navigate for Black entrepreneurs.
So, what’s it really like to be a Black founder? In this event, a panel of Black business owners will share their startup journey and experiences. Don’t miss this chance to be inspired by these Black entrepreneurs.

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Issues That Matter: The State of the Pandemic In Arkansas

This forum will examine the state and national response to the covid-19 pandemic while addressing the disparities in health outcomes.

This event will be hosted virtually on the Zoom platform. Free registration is required. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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Co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Pulaski County and KUAR.

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Crafting with Opal

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

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

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Arkansas Sounds Presents: A Tribute to the Legendary KOKY

Join us every Thursday for Arkansas Sounds Presents, a free online watch party of Arkansas music and culture, including unreleased performances, interviews and related content from our CALS Arkansas Sounds archives.

On Thursday, February 25 at 7 p.m. CST, CALS Arkansas Sounds presents a tribute to legendary Arkansas radio station, KOKY! In 1956, KOKY became Arkansas’s first radio station devoted to all-Black programming with all Black staff. We honor the legacy of KOKY with photos,

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Black Lives Matter Documentary Film Series: Homegoings

Through the eyes of funeral director Isaiah Owens, the beauty and grace of African-American funerals are brought to life. Filmed at Owens Funeral Home in New York City's historic Harlem neighborhood, HOMEGOINGS takes an up-close look at the rarely seen world of undertaking in the black community, where funeral rites draw on a rich palette of tradition, history and celebration. Combining cinéma vérité with intimate interviews and archival photographs, director Christine Turner's Homegoings paints a portrait of the dearly departed, their grieving families and a man who sends loved ones “home.” 2013.  51 minutes.
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Storytime on the Go

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

Next episode:

CALS Storytime Archive on YouTube

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Video for the Web

Find out how to make videos that break the internet--without breaking the bank. We'll talk about shooting, editing, and uploading.
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Teen Time: Mr. Dan’s Real World

Mr. Dan takes a look at the wild, wild West and the Harlem Renaissance.

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Virtual BingoFlix: Musicals! KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park (1978, PG)

Join us ALL February long for Virtual BingoFlix! We’re playing bingo along to the movie cliches in eight of some the cheesiest musicals for your chance to win a FREE movie pass to the theater once we reopen!

On Friday, February 26, join us for KISS Meets The Phantom of the Park (1978, PG): Mad scientist Abner Devereaux has found a way to clone humans into robots in his laboratory at an amusement park.

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Make Your Own Easy Reader Grab and Go Craft

For Black History Month we want to enhance the education of Black History through our “Make Your Own Easy Readers” packets.  Each set includes four Black History figures and information about them in an Easy Reader format for you to cut out and combine. While supplies last.

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Wabi-Sabi Heart Grab and Go Craft

This project is all about embracing imperfection and celebrating happy accidents. The goal is to create a piece of mixed media artwork that has an aged, lived in, layered, textured, and patinaed look to it. There is no right or wrong, and there are no mistakes! Don’t overthink, just experiment! Kits available to adults 16+ on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last. Kits will be available via curbside and/or at the circulation desk.

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Civil Rights Activity Book

Engage with Black History Month through this interactive and informative packet from the Civil Rights Memorial Center, and connect history to current civil rights struggles with a thought-provoking writing prompt.

Available for curbside pick-up at Fletcher library.

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Grab N’ Go Activity Bags

Activity bags filled with creative do-it-yourself crafts for kids.

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Terry Grab-and-Go Crafts for Teens

New grab-and-go crafts every other week at the Terry Library for teens 13-18. Crafts are located on the curbside table, outside and next to the front doors.

First come, first served!

February crafts (subject to change)
2nd week: origami craft bag
4th week: travel tic tac toe game

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Food for Good Grab N’ Go Lunch

The Nixon Library serves Lunch:

Saturdays

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

For 18 years and younger

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Limbs & Mascaron

Two ceramic artists, one gallery! 

Limbs by Chris Swasta of Rolling Hills Pottery and Mascaron by Jennifer Perren 

February 12–May 1, 2021 

CALS Galleries at Library Square, Loft Gallery 

This dual exhibition showcases vibrant ceramic artworks by two local artists and educators. Chris Swasta will display his expansive ceramic coral reef installation,

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Celebrate your Creativity

In the tradition of Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way, Celebrate your Creativity is part social, part exploratory, and all encouragement. Join us on the second and fourth Saturdays in February as we read and discuss Quiet by Susan Cain and work through selected exercises from Pam Grout’s E2. Led by J. Jobe. Contact jjobe@cals.org for class materials.

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

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Transformation: Artworks by Sandra Sell and Elizabeth Weber

January 8 to April 24, 2021

CALS Underground Gallery

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

The exhibition is on view to the public in the Roberts Library on Wednesday and Friday 10am to 5pm and Saturday 12pm to 5pm from Friday, January 8,

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Terry Brewer—Blood and Soil

February 12–May 1, 2021 

CALS Roberts Library, Galleries at Library Square  

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

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

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Lift Every Voice

CALS is presenting a series of virtual poetry workshops to encourage teens and young adults to create and perform poetry. Each of the four sessions will be by experienced, award-winning and professional poets and engage participants in writing and performing poetry.

This event will be hosted virtually on the Zoom platform. Free registration is required. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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This program is part of Lift Every Voice: Why African American Poetry Matters,

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Black History of Hip Hop

Experience a panel discussion about the history of hip hop and its significance in Black History, here in Arkansas and beyond.
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Managing Finances with a Balance Sheet

This program covers how to start a Balance Sheet on Excel to help businesses account for costs like employee payments, inventory, loans, and investments.

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ABC’s of Skincare

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

https://www.facebook.com/watch/211889102225911/810673159510213

1/3 Alpha-Arbutin
1/10 Benzoyl Peroxide
1/17 Ceramides
1/24 Double Cleansing
1/31 Essence
2/7 Ferulic Acid
2/14 Glycolic Acid
2/28 Hyaluronic Acid
3/7 Illite Clay
3/14 Jojoba
3/21 Kaolin Clay
3/28 Lactic Acid
4/4 Moisturizing
4/11 Niacinamide
4/18 Oatmeal
4/25 Poly Hydroxy Acids
5/2 Quartz Rollers
5/9 Retinol
5/16 Salicylic Acid
5/23 Tea Tree Oil
5/30 UVA/UVB
6/6 Vitamins
6/13 Witch Hazel
6/20 Exfoliating,

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March Grab and Go craft

Create your own superhero character from scratch using this 12-activity pack that finishes with a 3D scene featuring your homemade hero! Get yours through curbside pickup at the Fletcher Library this March.

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Curbside Crafts

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

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

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Nature Quest

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

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Grab N’ Go Activity Bags

Activity bags contain crafts and easy activities for children.

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Make Your Own Comic Kit Grab and Go

Grab-and-Go with our Make Your Own Comic Kits during March.  Included are several pages of tips, hints, and cutouts to use in the various pages of blank panels, ready for the next great comic masterpiece.  While you’re at it, grab our Will Eisner InfoGraphic to learn a little bit more about one of the greatest pioneers of comics as art.

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Terry Grab-and-Go Crafts for Kids

New grab-and-go crafts each week at the Terry Library for kids ages 6-12. Crafts are located on the curbside table, outside and next to the front doors.

First come, first served!

February crafts (subject to change)
1st week: cupcake liner shark
2nd week: bumblebee valentine
3rd week: caterpillar pom pom craft
4th week: paper plate octopus

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Kara Walker Silhouette Grab and Go Craft

Celebrate Black History Month with a grab-and-go craft from the Terry Library.

“Kara Walker is among the most complex and prolific American artists of her generation. She has gained national and international recognition for her cut-paper silhouettes depicting historical narratives haunted by sexuality, violence, and subjugation. Walker has also used drawing, painting, text, shadow puppetry, film, and sculpture to expose the ongoing psychological injury caused by the tragic legacy of slavery. Her work leads viewers to a critical understanding of the past while also proposing an examination of contemporary racial and gender stereotypes.”

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“With Great Power . . .” – The Lessons of the Marvel Universe

About the Program

When Marvel began building a universe of comic book superheroes in the 1960s it made some small waves in American culture. The unfolding of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the 21st century has been a global tsunami. Because Marvel’s characters and narratives permeate the cultural and commercial landscape, it is worth considering how they might influence the attitudes and values of those who are coming of age in the “Marvel Age.”

This program marks CALS’s celebration of Will Eisner Week.

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Baby & Toddler Storytime

Join us each Tuesday at 10:00am on the CALS Kids Facebook page for storytime, sing-alongs, puppet shows and more.

Next episode:

CALS Storytime Archive on YouTube

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Shelf Stable Meals

CALS/BE MIGHTY LR/FOOD FOR GOOD

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

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