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Meditation at Main Online

Cory Jones of Compassion Works for All leads us in a guided meditation that’s like an oasis in the middle of your day! Join us from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM on Monday December 21 via Zoom. All are welcome- and we hope you will choose to join us! CALS Adult Programs is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Topic: Meditation at Main Online
Time: Aug 9, 2021 12:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting
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Finding Family Facts (August 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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Food Blogging

Food bloggers are writing about food in ways that print can’t. Learn everything you need to know to start your own food blog.

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Films for Hope and Healing: The Infiltrators

A true story of two young immigrants who get purposefully arrested by Border Patrol, and put in a shadowy for-profit detention center. The film follows Marco and Viri, members of a group of radical Dreamers who are on a mission to stop deportations. And the best place to stop deportations, they believe, is in detention. By Alex Rivera and Cristina Ibarra. Official Selection, Sundance Film Festival.
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Films for Hope and Healing: The Infiltrators

A true story of two young immigrants who get purposefully arrested by Border Patrol, and put in a shadowy for-profit detention center. The film follows Marco and Viri, members of a group of radical Dreamers who are on a mission to stop deportations. And the best place to stop deportations, they believe, is in detention. By Alex Rivera and Cristina Ibarra. Official Selection, Sundance Film Festival. A co-presentation of Latino Public Broadcasting. This event is a collaboration with POV, the award-winning independent non-fiction film series on PBS.

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Surf Secure

You can protect yourself online with a few tools, good practices, and common sense. This class shows you how!
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True Story Book Club

This book club reads non-fiction books including true crime, biographies/memoirs, self-help, current events, social sciences/politics. In August, we will be discussing The Lobster Chronicles. We will provide hand sanitizer. Tables & chairs will be setup to allow for social distancing. We recommend wearing a face mask if you are not vaccinated.

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Typing Club

Learn the basics of keyboard typing and practice your skills with fun games and lessons from Typing Club. In this walk-in course you’ll set up your free account with Typing Club and receive one-on-one assistance with your typing practice. Headphones required.

For more information, or to register for this event, please contact Bekah Smith at rasmith@cals.org or 501-918-3014.

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Socrates Café

Discuss philosophy in a non-academic setting. Topics selected by the participants.

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Crafting with Opal

Craft along program. In this program we teach different crafts. This month we’ll do the following crafts: August 12 – How to make felt flowers & felt box, August 26 – Lavender paint-along. If you would like a free supply kit, please call us at 501-457-5038.

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Shugri Said Salh

Shugri Said Salh discusses her book, The Last Nomad: Coming of Age in the Somali Desert. Another hot one, this memoir provides a “fascinating look at a disappearing culture” and has been called “brilliant and riveting.”

This event is free. Registration on the Zoom platform is required.

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About The Last Nomad

“I am the last nomad. My ancestors traveled the East African desert in search of grazing land for their livestock,

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Wrestle History: Mick Foley

Ms. Linda talks about the matches, the personas, and the legacy of Mick Foley.

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DIY Suncatchers

Learn how to make fun and easy suncatchers with Sanders staff. Spots are limited so make sure to register with Gina Carrico at gcarrico@cals.org.

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CALS Roberts Library Research Room Bonus Saturday August 14

Join us Saturday, August 14 in the 2nd Floor Research Room (Roberts Library) for Bonus Saturday. We will be open from noon to 4pm and staff will be ready assist you with your genealogy questions and queries. Located at 401 President Clinton Ave., the Bobby L. Roberts Library of Arkansas History & Art is a branch of the Central Arkansas Library System and promotes Arkansas history and culture. Our 2nd floor Research Room offers non-circulating reference books and research databases to help patrons with their genealogy and family history research.
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Book of the Week

Williams librarians offer a short video of teen book recommendations.

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Teen Craft Grab & Go

Pick up your craft supplies then follow along with Ms. Felicia on YouTube and Williams Library’s Facebook page.

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Fall Gardening Seedling Give-away

Did you know? August is the perfect time to start your fall garden in Little Rock! We will talk a little bit about the challenges and rewards of fall gardening and provide patrons with a selection of appropriate seedlings and seeds to start their very own fall garden, while supplies last.

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Digital Marketing with Canva

You don't have to be a graphic designer to use Canva—a powerful, free, web-based tool—to create eye-catching marketing materials in a snap.
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Microsoft Excel Part 2: Formulas and Charts

In Part 2 of our popular four-part series, master more advanced formulas, eye-catching charts, copy-and-paste, AutoFill, and more.
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Keeping Your Small Business Safe From Cyber Threats

Cyber attacks are a growing concern for small businesses. Learn about the threats and how to protect yourself. In this program, we are going to cover what a cyber threat is, common cybe threats, understanding where your business is vulnerable, and taking steps to improve your cybersecurity.

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Keeping Your Small Business Safe From Cyber Threats

Cyber attacks are a growing concern for small businesses. Learn about the threats and how to protect yourself. In this program, we are going to cover what a cyber threat is, common cyber threats, understanding where your business is vulnerable, and taking steps to improve your cybersecurity.

Join us virtually on the CALS YouTube page at 10 am on August 16th to watch.

If you have any questions, please email ledixon@cals.org.

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Bored Games

Have fun playing a variety of board games and other games after school.

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Draw & Paint with Miss Stef: Kute Koala

The fourth video in the art series with Miss Stefanie aimed at 10 years and up. Stefanie will demonstrate how to draw and paint different animals and characters throughout this video series. Participants can follow along using the watercolor paint set they picked up at Maumelle Library or using any art supplies they have at home. They can pick up a ready-made watercolor template and paper at the library while supplies last.

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Basic Computing

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

Dungeons and Dragons is a tabletop role-playing game using pen, paper, dice and your imagination. Spots are limited so make sure to register by emailing Emery Johnson at ejohnson@cals.org.

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Family Movie Day

Stay out of the heat and come watch Spongebob the Movie: Sponge on the Run. Rated PG. Run time 96 minutes

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Nixon Book Buddies Book Club

This book club reads fiction & non-fiction books. In August we will be discussing A Perfect Peace.

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Welcome Back Orientation for After School Students

Ms. Latina will provide those under the age of 18 with a refresher of all of the great things CALS offers and of the rules of conduct.

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Issues That Matter: Renters’ Rights and Habitability

The first of two forums that will delve into the status of housing in Arkansas. Some topics of discussion will include the quality of rental properties and how the state of Arkansas supports or doesn’t support its residential renters.

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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 can also join us live via Facebook Live or YouTube.

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The Experience of Owning a Small Business with Sara Hurst – POSTPONED

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

Speaker: Sara Hurst

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About Bella’s Kitchen:
The idea for Bella’s Kitchen came up after Sara needed to start feeding her daughter Bella solids,

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Open Mic

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 month: It’s Open Mic! Bring your favorite piece to read.

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Outside Sidewalk Chalk & Bubbles

Play outside with sidewalk chalk, bubbles, and more. Weather permitting.

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How to Use Library Databases for School Projects

Short Video about how to use the Student Portal and some of our favorite databases.


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

In Part 3 of our popular four-part series, learn to add automatic styles and color-coding to your data, protect against errors, and more.
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Meditation at Main Online

Cory Jones of Compassion Works for All leads us in a guided meditation that’s like an oasis in the middle of your day! Join us from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM on Monday December 21 via Zoom. All are welcome- and we hope you will choose to join us! CALS Adult Programs is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Topic: Meditation at Main Online
Time: Aug 23, 2021 12:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting
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G-Mail: More than E-Mail

Today, e-mail is used for more than just keeping in touch with friends. If you’re looking for a job – e-mail. If you’re applying for a store discount – e-mail. If you’re sharing information between coworkers – e-mail. But it can be so much more!

Google Suite offers users a wide range of services beyond just e-mail. If you’re looking for a way to keep your calendar, documents, pictures, and e-mails in one place then this workshop is for you!

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Bring Your Characters to Life

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

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Teen Thyme in the Kitchen

Miss Stefanie will show you back to school lunch tips.

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Connect 4 Tournament

Register at the branch. The winner will receive a $25 Visa Gift Card!

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Evening Book Club

Discussion of Peace Like a River by Leif Enger. We will meet in the courtyard, but if it is unbearably hot, we can social distance inside since the library will be closed.

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Family Movie Day

Stay out of the heat and come watch The Croods: A New Age. Rated PG. Run time 95 minutes

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History’s Myseries & Conspiraceis: The Quest for the Holy Grail

Ms. Linda discusses the mystery surrounding the Holy Grail.

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CALS Roberts Library Research Room Bonus Saturday August 28

Join us Saturday, August 28 in the 2nd Floor Research Room (Roberts Library) for Bonus Saturday. We will be open from noon to 4pm and staff will be ready assist you with your genealogy questions and queries. Located at 401 President Clinton Ave., the Bobby L. Roberts Library of Arkansas History & Art is a branch of the Central Arkansas Library System and promotes Arkansas history and culture. Our 2nd floor Research Room offers non-circulating reference books and research databases to help patrons with their genealogy and family history research.
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Choose Your Own Adventure: House of Danger

Join CALS librarians for an interactive board game experience based on the Choose Your Own Adventure Novels.

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Microsoft Excel Part 4: PivotTables, PivotCharts, and Lookup

In Part 4 of our four-part series, find out how to analyze data from all angles with PivotTables, use VLOOKUP to find information, and more.
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Acrylic String Pull Flowers

Practice an easy fluid art technique. Estimated dry time 1 hour.

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Pull Some Strings

Two stations will be set up in the courtyard for you to practice the string-pull method to create “flowers” using acrylic fluid. This is a self-led program design for adults; the acrylic paints at non-washable. Estimated dry time: 1 hour

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Short Form: Short Story Discussion Group

Join us to discuss short stories every month. Registration on the free Zoom platform is required.

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Drawing Landscapes with Charcoal

Learn how to draw with charcoal with the Terry Library!

Visit the Terry Facebook page to watch the how-to video and pick up a grab-and-go bag at the Terry Library (while supplies last).

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Carla Hines Coleman – “The Meaning of Commemoration: Why We Should Commemorate African American Cemeteries and Burial Grounds”

CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies Presents LEGACIES & LUNCH

Speaker: Carla Hines Coleman

Carla Hines Coleman serves by appointment of the governor as chairman of the Black History Commission of Arkansas. She is also the chairperson of the City of Little Rock’s Oakland Fraternal Cemetery Park Board and is a charter member of the Afro-American Genealogical and Historical Society (Arkansas Chapter). She lives in Little Rock with her husband John and is the mother of two very productive and smart children and grandmother to four grandchildren.

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Teen Grab-and-Go Craft: Dragon Eye Pendant

Paint on a glass stone cabochon to make your own fierce jewelry.  Free grab-and-go bags for teens available at Roosevelt Thompson Library starting Thursday, September 2, while supplies last.

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CALS Closed for Labor Day

All branches and buildings of the Central Arkansas Library System will be closed Sunday, September 5, through Monday, September 6, in observance of Labor Day. Regular hours will resume Tuesday, September 7. For more information, please call 918-3000.

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Grandparent’s Day Card Grab n’ Go Craft for Teens

Stop by the Maumelle Library to pick up everything you need to make a Grandparent’s Day card!

Available while supplies last.

Ages 12-18

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Treat Yourself Tuesdays

Every Tuesday we will be hosting a food truck in the side parking lot of the Maumelle Library. Come visit us and see what tasty treat is waiting for you!

September 7 – Minute Man
11 a.m.-7 p.m.

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Beyond the Idea: Startups and their Stories – Nitzia David of Nitzia’s Designs

Starting a business from your passions is a dream of many. Come listen to Nitzia David talk about her journey from crafting to creating beautiful floral designs for special occasions in this edition of Beyond the Idea: Startups and Their Stories.

This event will take place on the Zoom platform. Free registration is required.

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Paper Quilling Kit and Craft Along

Learn the art and technique of paper quilling with a free kit at Main Library. You can also join us on zoom to craft along with a group. The kit contains everything you need to design a whale, a turtle, or fishes.
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Virtual Preschool Storytime

Join Maumelle’s Ms. Kathy for a fun pirate themed virtual storytime.

Facebook: @cals.maumellelibrary

Ages 3-5

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Teen Grab-and-Go Craft: Hanging Wood Map Décor

Learn a technique that uses Mod Podge to transfer printed images to wood.  This project uses a hydrological map of Arkansas, which shows all of the rivers, lakes, and streams in the State. Free grab-and-go bags for teens available at Roosevelt Thompson Library starting Thursday, September 9, while supplies last.

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Storytime Live!

It’s an interactive virtual storytime! We’ll bring you a live storytime, full of songs, stories, and fun. Register once to receive the link for the weekly series. This program is best for ages 2-5 but all are welcome. Registration required: https://cals.click/storytimelive

Starting September 9, 2021

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Typing Club

Learn the basics of keyboard typing and practice your skills with fun games and lessons from Typing Club.

During class you will:

  • Set up a free account with Typing Club.
  • Complete typing practice lessons to learn the basics
  • Play interactive typing games to work on speed and accuracy.

Headphones required.

Join us in Computer Classroom A on the 3rd Floor of Main Library.

Space is limited,

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Meet a Dragon

Meet a real (bearded) dragon and learn about their care.

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Groove’s Real World

With Mr. Dan on extended leave, the Groovemaster fills in and discusses real world topics.

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Downtown Historical Walking Tour

A guide from the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program will lead us on a historical walking tour in the downtown area of Little Rock. We will meet in front of the Main Library a little before 10:00 AM. All are welcome and we hope to see you there!
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CALS Roberts Library Research Room Bonus Saturday (September 11)

Join us this Saturday in the 2nd Floor Research Room (Roberts Library) for Bonus Saturday. We will be open from noon to 4pm and staff will be ready assist you with your genealogy questions and queries. Located at 401 President Clinton Ave., the Bobby L. Roberts Library of Arkansas History & Art is a branch of the Central Arkansas Library System and promotes Arkansas history and culture. Our 2nd floor Research Room offers non-circulating reference books and research databases to help patrons with their genealogy and family history research.
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Grab n’ Go Preschool Bag

Stop by the Maumelle Library to pick a grab n’ go bag with a fun pirate themed activity.

Ages 3-5

While supplies last.

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Meditation at Main Online

Cory Jones of Compassion Works for All leads us in a guided meditation that’s like an oasis in the middle of your day! Join us from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM on Monday September 13 via Zoom. All are welcome- and we hope you will choose to join us! CALS Adult Programs is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Topic: Meditation at Main Online
Time: Sep 13, 2021 12:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting
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Finding Family Facts (September 13)

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

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Braver Angels: Family & Politics

If you want to preserve important family bonds while still being true to your values and political beliefs, this workshop will offer you: Insight into why family differences over politics are uniquely challenging; Recognition of common roles that family members play in political conversations (for example, the Gladiator, the Defender, and the Sniper); Strategies and skills for handling family political differences in a constructive way. Although the focus is on family relationships, you can use learnings in this workshop with any loved one.
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Treat Yourself Tuesdays

Every Tuesday we will be hosting a food truck in the side parking lot of the Maumelle Library. Come visit us and see what tasty treat is waiting for you!

September 14 – Bowmck’s Rolling Cuisine
11:00 a.m.

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Financial Resources Workshop with Hope Credit Union

Join us on Tuesday, September 14 at 6:30 PM via Zoom to learn all about the financial products and services offered by HOPE Credit Union. HOPE works to strengthen communities throughout the deep South by offering products and services to aid clients in all their financial needs. CALS Adult Programs is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Topic: Hope Credit Union
Time: Sep 14, 2021 06:30 PM Central Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting
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Films for Hope and Healing: Stateless

Director Michèle Stephenson’s new documentary follows families of those affected by the 2013 legislation stripping citizenship from Dominicans of Haitian descent, uncovering the complex history and present-day politics of Haiti and the Dominican Republic through the grassroots electoral campaign of a young attorney named Rosa Iris. This event is a collaboration with POV, the award-winning independent non-ficiton film series on PBS www.pbs.org/pov
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Teen Program: Using Online Library Resources–NoveList

This week’s teen program is a video tutorial on how to use the NoveList database, which helps you to figure out what to read– either for fun or for a school assignment.  NoveList is a powerful tool that breaks down books into story elements that helps readers understand what it is about a book that they love and how to to find others that fit their style.  The tutorial video will post to the Roosevelt Thompson Library’s Facebook page on September 16.

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Friday Family Fun Night Trivia

Join us live via Zoom on Friday, September 17 at 7:00 PM for Family Trivia. This month’s topic is Video Game History. Winning team receives a $25 gift card! CALS Adult Programs is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Topic: Friday Family Fun Night Trivia
Time: Sep 17, 2021 07:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting
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Little Rock Children’s Business Fair

Experience young minds marketing, selling, counting money, and feeling accomplished! Come be a shopper and help Little Rock’s young entrepreneurs launch their business.

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Bilingual Yoga Class

Join us in person (social distance) for a free bilingual yoga class for the whole family provided by Lydia Bush. Bring your own mats. Class will take place on the rooftop of the CALS parking garage next to Main Library downtown.

Registration is required: mdaguilar@cals.org. Please call 501.320.5785 for more information.

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Get Started Sketching

Have you ever wanted to learn to draw? Join us and learn the basics of sketching. This program will be held on the Maumelle Library patio.

Ages 18+

Registration required.

To register visit the Maumelle Library front desk or call 501-851-2551.

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CALS Writing Circle: Troubleshoot your Draft

Are you revising a story? Stuck with a passage that’s just not right? Join us for this troubleshooting workshop designed to help you fix the things that don’t (yet) work in your manuscript.

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

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Spanish Book Discussion

Join us on Zoom for a livestream discussion of the book ‘La Casa en Mango Street’ by Sandra Cisneros.

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Treat Yourself Tuesdays

Every Tuesday we will be hosting a food truck in the side parking lot of the Maumelle Library. Come visit us and see what tasty treat is waiting for you!

September 21 – Nachyo Nachos
11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

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The Experiences of Owning a Small Business with Brandy McNair

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

Speaker: Brandy McNair

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Brandy Thomason McNair launched Bella Vita Jewelry in 2008 at local art fairs and retail craft shows. Eleven years in, Bella Vita Jewelry can be found at 200+ brick-and-mortar stores across the US & Canada, and in her retail shop in Little Rock,

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Coming to America Book Club

Join us on the 4th Wednesday of each month via Zoom for a book discussion on the experience of Coming to America. September book title will be THE TWO FAMILY HOUSE by Lynda Cohen Loigman. CALS Adult Programs is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Topic: Coming to America Book Club
Time: Sep 22, 2021 12:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting
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Brimstone and Glory

By Viktor Jakovleski. A plunge into the fire of Tultepec, Mexico, the site of the National Pyrotechnic Festival. 60 minutes.

No registration required. Link to join: kosmi.io/room/xq89in

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Teen Grab-and-Go Craft: DIY Paper Mache Alebrije

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month by learning about and making your own paper mache alebrije.  Alebrijes are popular Mexican folk art sculptures that depict fantastical, dream-like animals.  These free, take-home bags for teens will be available at the Roosevelt Thompson Library starting September 23, while supplies last.  This project includes flour-based paper mache mix, but a limited number of flour-free, glue-based mixes are available for patrons with flour sensitivity.

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Charitable Planning – POSTPONED

Using charitable planning, a donor can transfer assets to a non-profit after death, either by establishing a vehicle now (such as a trust) that will handle the asset until death, or by setting up a vehicle that will pay a gift to the non-profit upon the donor’s death—such as by designating a charity as the beneficiary of a life insurance policy.

Kevin Brunson of The Wilson Estate Planning Group will be the keynote presenter of this program.

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Typing Club

Learn the basics of keyboard typing and practice your skills with fun games and lessons from Typing Club.

During class you will:

  • Set up a free account with Typing Club.
  • Complete typing practice lessons to learn the basics
  • Play interactive typing games to work on speed and accuracy.

Headphones required.

Join us in Computer Classroom A on the 3rd Floor of Main Library.

Space is limited,

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An Evening with Kristin Hannah

Come join us! Sign up to participate in the next event in Macmillan’s Book + Author series: a virtual book club event with Kristin Hannah for her #1 bestseller The Four Winds. We’ve partnered with Macmillan to bring this opportunity to book club members across the country, who can tune in to hear a discussion with fellow author Christina Baker Kline and participate in the live Q&A.

This event will be hosted on the Zoom platform. Free registration is required.

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Book Opinions: We’ve Changed Our Mind

In this episode, Ms. Linda talks about books she’s re-read and changed her mind about.

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Clara Mitchell: Clara’s Sketchbook

On view Friday, July 9 to Saturday, September 25, 2021
Landing Gallery, Galleries & Bookstore at Library Square

This exhibition highlights artwork by a new artist in Little Rock’s gallery scene. These pen-and-ink drawings, both serene and macabre, resonate with an emotional honesty rendered with a strong technique.

The Landing Gallery is located in the Galleries & Bookstore at Library Square in the CALS Roberts Library of Arkansas History & Art.

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Gregory Moore: Biota

On view Friday, June 11 to Saturday, September 25, 2021
Loft Gallery, Galleries & Bookstore at Library Square

In this exhibition of paintings on found objects, a secret world of plants and animals comes alive on decaying scraps from the human realm.

The Loft Gallery is located in the Galleries & Bookstore at Library Square in the CALS Roberts Library of Arkansas History & Art.

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

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Food for Good Lunch

A nutritious midday meal for kids.

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Served at the Front Desk

For 0-18 years.

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CALS Roberts Library Research Room Bonus Saturday (September 25)

Join us this Saturday in the 2nd Floor Research Room (Roberts Library) for Bonus Saturday. We will be open from noon to 4pm and staff will be ready assist you with your genealogy questions and queries. Located at 401 President Clinton Ave., the Bobby L. Roberts Library of Arkansas History & Art is a branch of the Central Arkansas Library System and promotes Arkansas history and culture. Our 2nd floor Research Room offers non-circulating reference books and research databases to help patrons with their genealogy and family history research.
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CALS Writing Circle: Writing all Year Workshop

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

All experience levels and genres are welcome. Free. Contact jjobe@cals.org for class materials

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Grab and Go craft for the kids

Grab your bag while supplies last!

 

September 6: Chester the Raccoon paper plate craft

September 11: Teen Art Project; design a Gecko

September 13 Handprint leaf art

September 20: Autumnal paper plate wreath

September 27: Football tree

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Meditation at Main Online

Cory Jones of Compassion Works for All leads us in a guided meditation that’s like an oasis in the middle of your day! Join us from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM on Monday September 27 via Zoom. All are welcome- and we hope you will choose to join us! CALS Adult Programs is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Topic: Meditation at Main Online
Time: Sep 27, 2021 12:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting
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CALS Writing Circle: Memoir Critique Workshop

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

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

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Treat Yourself Tuesdays

Every Tuesday we will be hosting a food truck in the side parking lot of the Maumelle Library. Come visit us and see what tasty treat is waiting for you!

September 27 The Prickly Pickle
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Evening Book Club

Discussion of One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez . We will meet in the courtyard, but if it is unbearably hot, we can social distance inside since the library will be closed.

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Persepolis Screening

Political repression, Iranian history, and even jasmine bras, factor into Marjane’s Satrapi’s brilliant coming of age memoir-in-comics, Persepolis. The book was named one of the best of the year by The New York Times the year of its release. In addition to other accolades, Persepolis has faced multiple challenges, specifically for language and its depiction of torture.

We will be screening virtually the 2007 film made from Persepolis, which was nominated for an Academy Award for best animated feature.

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Short Form: a virtual short story discussion group

Join our group for a monthly discussion of two short stories on zoom. All meetings take place on the last Tuesday of the month at 6:30 PM CST. Our August readings are Welcome to Your Authentic Indian Experience ™ by Rebecca Roanhorse and Cuisine des Memoires by N.K. Jemisin. In Welcome to Your Authentic Indian Experience ™ a tour guide leads virtual reality “experiences” for tourists who want to know what it's like to be Native American. Think Black Mirror meets Westworld. Cuisine des Memoires is a magic cooking story. A New Orleans restaurant offers meals from any point in history, as long as you know the exact date, time, and place. Register on zoom is required. Your confirmation email will contain links to the stories.
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Grab N’ Go Crafts

A weekly craft for preschool and school age kids.

Available at the Front Desk of the Nixon library and for Curbside Pick-Up.

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CALS Writing Circle: Memoir Writing for Seniors

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. Your writing connects you with others who have experienced similar situations, providing encouragement, comfort, and inspiration and helps others understand that they are not alone in their experiences. Your memoir contributes to recorded history and is your legacy to family,

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Landfall

By Cecilia Aldarondo and Ines Hoffman Kanna. Through shard-like glimpses of everyday life in post-Hurricane Maria Puerto Rico, Landfall is a cautionary tale for our times. Set against the backdrop of protests that toppled the governor in 2019, the film offers a prismatic portrait of collective trauma and resistance as Puerto Ricans navigate dismantled social services and newcomers eager to profit. 82 minutes. This event is a collaboration with the award-winning documentary series POV (www.pbs.org/pov).

No registration required.

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Banned Books Week Mixed Media Bookmarks

Celebrate the Freedom to Read by making a bookmark inspired by banned books, using some basic mixed media techniques.  Free, take home Grab&Go craft bags for Teens available at Thompson Library starting September 30, while supplies last.

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Food for Good Afterschool Supper

A nutritious afterschool meal for kids.

4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Served at the Front Desk

For ages 0-18 years

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Roosevelt Thompson Sculpture Dedication

Once in a generation comes a person who is the best of all of us. In 2004, the Central Arkansas Library System was proud to open a branch named in Thompson’s honor. We are now pleased to dedicate a new sculpture of Thompson created by John Deering. Please join us in celebrating Roosevelt Thompson’s life and legacy.

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Crafty Kids

Grab and Go Craft bags for school-aged children.

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Create Your Signature Workshop for Teens

Participants will practice writing each letter of the alphabet in cursive so that they can form a unique signature.

 

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English Book Discussion

Join us on Zoom for a livestream discussion of the book the House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

CALS will provide English and Spanish version of the books. Call 501.320.5785 to reserve your space and make arrangements to pick up your book.

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Beyond the Idea – Startups and Their Stories: Michael Bennett and Michael Blake Menswear


THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED
Men’s designer clothing is a growing market here, but did you know that there are Black pioneers in the field that have been paving the way for years? In this Beyond the Idea conversation, we’ll be speaking with Michael Bennett of Michael Blake Menswear. Michael Blake Menswear provides custom suits, shoes, accessories and more, helping men define their personal style and realize the “joy of dressing”. Come learn about Mr.

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Teen Grab & Go Snack Kits

Pick up the ingredients to create a delicious snack at home.

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Sean Fitzgibbon – “What Follows Is True: Crescent Hotel”

CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies Presents LEGACIES & LUNCH

Speaker: Sean Fitzgibbon

What Follows Is True: Crescent Hotel is an upcoming work of documentary-style graphic nonfiction exploring the true stories surrounding the Crescent Hotel’s strange and tragic two years as the Baker Hospital, a Depression-era cancer hospital. This 240-page fully painted graphic narrative blends oral histories, newspaper articles, and quack medicine promotor Norman Baker’s own vanity biography to examine the complicated history and mythologies surrounding yesteryear’s monsters.

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Virtual Pre-K Storytime

Join Ms. Kathy from the Maumelle Library for a virtual pre-k storytime about not-so-scary monsters!

Facebook: @cals.maumellelibrary

 

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Voices of the Sea

By Kim Hopkins and Margareta Sbazo and Capella Fahoome. A mother yearns to escape the hardships of Cuba for a potentially fatal American dream. 90 minutes. This event is a collaboration with the award-winning documentary series POV (www.pbs.org/pov).

No registration required. Link to join: app.kosmi.io/room/xq89in

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Bilingual Workshop Discussion Focus on LGBTQ+ with Dr. Luann Racher at UAMS

Learn how can support your transgender family member or friends. Join us on Zoom for this event.

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Grab-and-Go Teen Craft: Calavera Cascarones (Skull Confetti Eggs)

Get ready for Day of the Dead and celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month by making your own skull confetti egg.

This free, take-home program for teens will be available at Roosevelt Thompson Library starting October 7, while supplies last.

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Typing Club

Learn the basics of keyboard typing and practice your skills with fun games and lessons from Typing Club.

During class you will:

  • Set up a free account with Typing Club.
  • Complete typing practice lessons to learn the basics
  • Play interactive typing games to work on speed and accuracy.

Headphones required.

Join us in Computer Classroom A on the 3rd Floor of Main Library.

Space is limited,

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Myths & Facts About Home Energy Efficiency

Celebrate National Energy Efficiency Day with an interactive game-style presentation about commonly held myths and facts about energy efficiency in the home or apartment. We will discuss a number of energy efficient and conservation methods that could help reduce energy use and save money. This will be followed by a discussion of the resources available on the energyefficiencyarkansas.org/ website and from local partnered utilities, ending with a question-and-answer session.

This event will take place on the Zoom platform.

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Estate Planning for Business Owners

If you have your own business, you may wish to keep the business within your family or sell it, before or after you pass away. Regardless of which option you choose, careful planning will ensure the business can stay up and running and be protected from large, unexpected tax liabilities.

Kevin Brunson of The Wilson Estate Planning Group will be the keynote presenter of this program.

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Groove’s Real World: Halloween

The GrooveMaster talks about historical Halloween events.

Check it out on the CALS Teens YouTube channel and Instagram!

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CALS Roberts Library Research Room Bonus Saturday (October 9)

Join us Saturday, October 9 in the 2nd Floor Research Room (Roberts Library) for Bonus Saturday. We will be open from noon to 4pm and staff will be ready assist you with your genealogy questions and queries. Located at 401 President Clinton Ave., the Bobby L. Roberts Library of Arkansas History & Art is a branch of the Central Arkansas Library System and promotes Arkansas history and culture. Our 2nd floor Research Room offers non-circulating reference books and research databases to help patrons with their genealogy and family history research.
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Staff Training Day

All branches and buildings will be closed to the public Monday, October 11, so that CALS staff may attend our annual staff training and professional development event. Regular hours will resume Tuesday, October 12. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please call 918-3000 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 Monday September 27 via Zoom. All are welcome- and we hope you will choose to join us! CALS Adult Programs is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Topic: Meditation at Main Online
Time: Oct 11, 2021 12:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting
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CANCELED: Finding Family Facts (October 11)

FINDING FAMILY FACTS is canceled for October. All CALS buildings will be closed Monday, October 11 for a STAFF TRAINING DAY.

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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What’s New in 14-Day

Ms. Felicia reviews new 14-Day books, available at Williams Library.

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Pre-K Grab n’ Go Craft

Stop by the Maumelle Library to pick up a fun pre-k grab n’ go craft!

Available while supplies last.

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Teen Craft

Take & Make or Grab & Go Craft kits.

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Adult Grab & Go Craft Bags

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Virtual Storytime with Ms. Terry: Puppies

Join Ms. Terry for a pup-tastic virtual storytime!

Posted on the CALS Kids YouTube channel.

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The Infiltrators

By Alex Rivera and Cristina Ibarra. A true story of two young immigrants who get purposefully arrested by Border Patrol, and put in a shadowy for-profit detention center. The film follows Marco and Viri, members of a group of radical Dreamers who are on a mission to stop deportations. And the best place to stop deportations, they believe, is in detention. 82 minutes. This event is a collaboration with the award-winning documentary series POV (www.pbs.org/pov).

No registration required.

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Coffee with a Pro

Legal questions and answers for seniors.

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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.
  • September – Winterdance by Gary Paulsen
  • October – The John McPhee Reader by John McPhee
  • November – The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
  • December – The Library Book by Susan Orlean

This is now an in person program.  We will be meeting in the Nixon library meeting room.

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Friday Family Fun Night Trivia

Join us live via Zoom on Friday, October 15 at 7:00 PM for Family Trivia. This month’s topic is Halloween History. Winning team receives a $25 gift card! CALS Adult Programs is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Topic: Friday Family Fun Night Trivia
Time: Oct 15, 2021 07:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting
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Love Your Parks Cleanup

Show your love of Little Rock Parks and help clean up Boyle Park on Saturday October 16, from 8-11 AM. We will meet at Pavilion 1. Boyle Park is the third oldest Little Rock park, and is on the National Register of Historic Places. This 250-acre park is home to eight Rustic style Civilian Conservation Corps structures built in the 1930s. We will have supplies such as gloves, grabbers, and trash bags. We will also have some snacks and water. You may want to bring your own supplies, including buckets, sunscreen, and waders. All ages are welcome, but child supervision is required.
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Bilingual Yoga Class

Join us in person (social distance) for a free bilingual yoga class for the whole family provided by Lydia Bush. Bring your own mats. Class will take place on the rooftop of the CALS parking garage next to Main Library downtown.

Registration is required: mdaguilar@cals.org. Please call 501.320.5785 for more information.

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CALS Writing Circle: How to NaNoWriMo

National Novel Writing Month began in 1999 as a daunting but straightforward challenge: to write 50,000 words of a novel in thirty days. Now, each year on November 1, hundreds of thousands of people around the world begin to write, determined to end the month with 50,000 words of a brand new novel. They enter the month as elementary school teachers, mechanics, or stay-at-home parents. They leave novelists. (nanowrimo.org/about-nano)

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Girls Who Code Registration Period

Parents, please email lsheard@cals.org to receive the registration link to sign up.

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Girls Who Code Club Meetings

Contact lsheard@cals.org for more information.

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CALS Writing Circle: Memoir Critique Workshop

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

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

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The Friends of Fourche Creek

Fourche Creek is Little Rock’s main waterway. The creek, watershed, and wetlands provide valuable ecological services for the city. Yet being an urban waterway, it also polluted. The vision of the Friends of Fourche Creek is a flourishing Fourche Creek Preserve and Water Trail where Little Rock residents and visitors can canoe and kayak past ancient cypress trees, fish, hike, watch wildlife, geocache, learn about nature, and escape urban life, all within the heart of the city. Through partnerships we are working to restore and revitalize Fourche Creek for the benefit of the environment and a wide variety of public uses.

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The Friends of Fourche Creek

The Friends of Fourche Creek is a volunteer coalition of partners dedicated to the restoration, protection, and enhancement of the Fourche Creek ecosystem and to creating and sustaining a first-class urban greenspace for those who live, work, and play in the watershed.

Fourche Creek is Little Rock’s main waterway. The creek, watershed, and wetlands provide valuable ecological services for the city. Yet being an urban waterway, it also polluted. The vision of the Friends of Fourche Creek is a flourishing Fourche Creek Preserve and Water Trail where Little Rock residents and visitors can canoe and kayak past ancient cypress trees, fish, hike, watch wildlife, geocache, learn about nature, and escape urban life, all within the heart of the city. Through partnerships we are working to restore and revitalize Fourche Creek for the benefit of the environment and a wide variety of public uses.

Dr. Dan Scheiman is Plants for Birds Program Manager for Audubon Delta, a regional office of the National Audubon Society, based at the Little Rock Audubon Center. Dan has a B.S. from Cornell University, M.S. from Eastern Illinois University, and Ph.D. from Purdue University. He and his coworkers advocate for birds, restore wildlife habitat, and help Arkansans improve their local environments.  He has been birding for over 25 years. Since moving to Arkansas in 2005 to work for Audubon he has seen 365 of the 422 bird species documented in the state.

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CALS Writing Circle: 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. Free.

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

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Story Walk: We’re Going on a Pumpkin Hunt

Walk and read We’re going on a Pumpkin Hunt by Goldie Hawk.

Craft bags matching the story are available at the Front Desk or for Curbside Pick Up.

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Virtual Homeschool Storytime

Join Ms. Kathy from the Maumelle Library for a homeschool storytime all about nocturnal animals.

Facebook:@cals.maumellelibrary

 

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Grab-and-Go Teen Craft: Moveable Mummies

Make mummies that can strike a pose out of wire and cloth.  Create props to make a mini Halloween scene.   

This free take-home program for teens is available at Thompson Library starting October 21, while supplies last.

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Teen Trivia

Answer questions to win prizes.

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Bartz and Lozada-Oliva

Journalist and author Andrea Bartz has written for Marie Claire, Vogue, Cosmopolitan, and more and has held editorial positions at magazines such as Glamour and Psychology Today. In the thriller We Were Never Here, two globe-trotting best friends kill a backpacker in self-defense during a trip through Chile – and it’s not the first time their travels have ended in bloodshed.

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Typing Club

Learn the basics of keyboard typing and practice your skills with fun games and lessons from Typing Club.

During class you will:

  • Set up a free account with Typing Club.
  • Complete typing practice lessons to learn the basics
  • Play interactive typing games to work on speed and accuracy.

Headphones required.

Join us in Computer Classroom A on the 3rd Floor of Main Library.

Space is limited,

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Greenidge and Smith

Kaitlyn Greenidge’s debut novel was the acclaimed We Love You, Charlie Freeman. Greenidge is the features director at Harper’s Bazaar and a contributing writer for the New York Times, and her writing has also appeared in Vogue, Glamour, the Wall Street Journal, and elsewhere. Libertie, Greenidge’s second novel, is inspired by the life of one of the first Black female doctors in the United States.

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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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Mary Roach

Mary Roach, who has authored five best-selling works of nonfiction, as well as numerous essays for National Geographic and other publications, offers her latest exploration of how humans interact with the natural world: Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law. Roach tags along with animal attack forensics investigators, human-elephant conflict specialists, bear managers, and more, revealing as much about humanity as about nature’s lawbreakers.

This event will take place on the Zoom platform.

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Grab N’ Go Activity Bags

STEM/STEAM based activity bags for preschoolers, school age, and teenagers.

Available at the Front Desk and for Curbside Pick Up.

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Helen Oyeyemi

Helen Oyeyemi is the author of the story collection What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours, winner of the PEN Open Book Award, along with seven novels, including Gingerbread and Boy, Snow, Bird. In Peaces, when Otto and Xavier Shin declare their love, an aunt gifts them a trip on a sleeper train to mark their new commitment – and to get them out of her house.

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Teen Time

Stop by the library after school and have book chats, create crafts, make slime, play video games, and nerd out. For ages 11-18.

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Arkansas Ghost Stories

Ms. Linda tell stories of ghosts in the natural state.

Check it out on the CALS Teens YouTube channel and Instagram!

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Food for Good Supper

An afterschool meal for kids

Served at the Front Desk

For ages 18 years and younger

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Candlelight Friday Flow

Chill out and unwind from the week with yoga! This Candlelight flow 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 26 and December 24 and 31. This is a free community class; donations are kindly accepted and will go to the CALS Foundation.

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Jake Owensby

Jake Owensby is the bishop of the Episcopal Church in Western Louisiana. His fifth book about the spirituality of everyday life, Looking for God in Messy Places: A Book About Hope, shows how love gives us an inextinguishable hope despite the worry, busyness, and setbacks we all experience in the messiness of life.

This event will take place on the Zoom platform.

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Garcia and Johnson

Suzi F. Garcia, an executive editor at Noemi Press, is online editor for the Michigan Quarterly Review and a guest editor for POETRY. Garcia is a Macondista (an alum of the Macondo Writers’ Workshop) and a former board member for the Latinx Caucus. The poems in her chapbook A Homegrown Fairytale engage with The Wizard of Oz, offering a reimagining of coming home after being in a magical land as well as exploring ideas of sexuality,

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Book of the Week

Short Video of Teen Book Recommendations.

 

Video will be posted to:

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

https://www.youtube.com/user/CentArkLibSys

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Cardio Drum Wake Up

Kick off the morning and get those juices flowing as CALS’s own Abby Kerby leads you through a fun workout routine to a pop-hits beat. 

This event will take place on the Zoom platform. Free registration is required.

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Grab and Go Crafts

Kids:

October 4–9 Make your own monster kit.

October 11-16 DIY spoooky (not scary) bookmark.

October 18-23 Yarn wrap a mummy

October 25-30 Trick or treat? Pick up a bag and see!

Teens:

October 9- Paint your own Dia de los Muertos Calaveras. Supplies included.

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Dungeons & Dragons Encounter Bags

D&D Encounter Bags come with almost everything you need to run an encounter. Includes customizable premade characters, figures, dice, maps, monster stat sheets, and it’s all made from paper! Included are links to download the basic rules online but you can also check out the Player’s Handbook and Dungeon Master’s Guide from the library.  These bags are available while supplies last.

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Binge Boxes

Quick stop shopping? We’ve taken care of all the guesswork and boxed together genres of DVDs for you to check out. We have boxed together: Romances, Westerns, Horror, and Sci-Fi genres, to name a few.

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Grab & Go Activities at Thompson

Grab & Go activities with book suggestions. Recommended for ages 6-12.

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Trunk or Treat Registration

Register for our annual Trunk or Treat event. You can register for the following categories at the link below:

  1. Participate as a candy station
  2. Donate Candy
  3. Volunteer at the game stations
  4. Volunteer to keep crowd organized and ensure social distancing
  5. Participate in the car decoration contest

Click Here for Registration

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Storytime with Craig O’Neill

The always energetic and amusing Arkansas celebrity reads from one of his favorite classics, The Billy Goats Gruff.

This event will be pre-recorded. The video of the event will be embedded on this page.

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From the Vault: Photography from the CALS Permanent Collection

ON VIEW Friday, September 10 to Saturday, November 27, 2021
Underground Gallery, Galleries & Bookstore at Library Square

The Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) houses more than just books. The library’s art program also actively collects and exhibits works by artists working and living in Arkansas. This eclectic exhibition features historical and contemporary photography that shows the diversity of art being created in Arkansas.

The CALS permanent collection holds more than 1,000 works of art and incorporates a wide range of media,

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Edwards, Scott, and Weaver

The husband-and-wife team of documentarian Amber Edwards and author Justin Scott collaborated for the first time to write the suspense/adventure novel Forty Days and Forty Nights, inspired by Edwards’s unfinished documentary about an extraordinary Arkansas cousin. When the Mississippi River floods, Army Corps of Engineers officer Clementine Price works to protect the people and homeland she loves while a richly funded domestic terrorist weaponizes the looming natural disaster. Rhona Weaver,

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Print and Stitch: Collective Works

ON VIEW Friday, October 8, 2021–Saturday, January 29, 2022
Loft Gallery, Galleries & Bookstore at Library Square

This exhibition featuring artists Mallory Darwin, Nancy Dunaway, Melissa Gill, Judy Henderson, Tanya Hollifield, and Ellen Ishee O’Lonney showcases works created in the “Printing and Stitching” class offered by Gill at the Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts. With an emphasis on complete creative freedom and experimentation, the class explored different ways of combining printmaking and textile techniques such as relief printing,

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Make a Bookmark

Want to be the hero of your own story?  Join the Junior League as they help you make a personalized bookmark of your own.

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Vashti Harrison

New York Times #1 bestselling author/illustrator/artist/filmmaker Vashti Harrison produced stunning illustrations for Hello, Star by Stephanie V. W. Lucianovic, an inspiring story about a love of science and the importance of empathy.

This event will take place on the Zoom platform. Free registration is required.

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Food for Good

Free afterschool meal for ages 1-18 on days that the library system is open.

M-F (4 p.m.-5:30 p.m.)

Sat (11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.)

 

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Food for Good Lunch

A midday meal for kids

Served at the Front Desk

For ages 18 years and younger

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Be Mighty Meal Service

Free meals for youth 18 and younger.

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Food for Good

Free shelf stable meals available for children 1-18 years.

Available at the front desk:

Monday-Friday 4:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

Saturday 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

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Junior Cooking

Fuel your imagination with a yummy snack while you read. The Junior League crew helps kids learn to cook with this easy and accessible recipe using very common ingredients.  For beginners and aspiring chefs, too.

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Lisa Wells

Lisa Wells is a nonfiction writer and poet from Portland, Oregon. Her debut collection of poetry, The Fix, won the Iowa Poetry Prize. Her essays and poems have appeared in the New York Times, Harper’s, Granta, The Believer, n+1, and other publications. Believers introduces trailblazers and outliers from across the globe who have found radically new ways to live and reconnect to the Earth in the face of climate change.

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Brown, Cavia, Kaczynski, and Melo

The graphic novel Ballad for Sophie is a sweeping tale that spans the twentieth century, packed with all the drama of a rock & roll biopic and more twists than a night at the opera. The new, expanded edition of Beta Testing the Ongoing Apocalypse—whose graphic short stories trace a complex space-time trajectory from the smallest corporate cubicle out to farthest fathoms of the multiverse—resonates more than ever with our contemporary times.

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Crystal C. Mercer

Crystal C. Mercer is a celebrated Black artist, activist, and poet who utilizes her media to communicate ancestral messages and social justice narratives. In the children’s book From Cotton to Silk: The Magic of Black Hair, quilting is the central medium to reveal a family story that denotes cultural beauty and heritage. The book’s wonderful artwork was woven by hand.

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CALS Roberts Library Research Room Bonus Saturday (October 23)

Join us Saturday, October 23 in the 2nd Floor Research Room (Roberts Library) for Bonus Saturday. We will be open from noon to 4pm and staff will be ready assist you with your genealogy questions and queries. Located at 401 President Clinton Ave., the Bobby L. Roberts Library of Arkansas History & Art is a branch of the Central Arkansas Library System and promotes Arkansas history and culture. Our 2nd floor Research Room offers non-circulating reference books and research databases to help patrons with their genealogy and family history research.
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Planting with Patrice

CALS Teaching Garden coordinator Patrice O’Donoghue helps kids explore the joy of gardening from the Children’s Library’s cool greenhouse and garden.

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Small Business Saturdays

Each Week we will feature a local food truck and a retail vendor.

 

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Sharon Flake

Sharon G. Flake, author of the groundbreaking novel The Skin I’m In, has authored over a dozen books, winning multiple Coretta Scott King Honor Awards, ALA Notable and Top Ten Recommended Books citations, and an NAACP Image Award Nomination. In The Life I’m In, Charlese Jones, who is turned out of the only home she has known, must find her way back to the light after she is lured into the dangerous web of human trafficking.

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Brockmeier and Groff

Lauren Groff is a two-time National Book Award finalist and a New York Times bestselling novelist. Groff’s work regularly appears in the New Yorker, the Atlantic, and elsewhere, and she was named one of Granta’s 2017 Best Young American Novelists. In Matrix, seventeen-year-old Marie de France is cast out of the royal court by Eleanor of Aquitaine, deemed too coarse for marriage or courtly life.

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Crafts for Adults: Decoupage Floral Pumpkins

Glam up a plain pumpkin with a little paint and some decoupaged flower prints!  Ages 18+.  Event takes place on our patio.  Social distancing and masks required.  Registration is required.  Register at the Maumelle Library front desk or by calling 501-851-2551.

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Rostad and Thompson

Author Dianna Rostad, who was raised in the Pacific Northwest but whose extended family hail from the ranches of Montana and farms of Arkansas, revels in the discovery and research of people and places where her novels take place. You Belong Here Now, set in Montana, illuminates the 1920s in vivid detail, with colorful anecdotes, legends, and songs of the orphan trains. Sidney Thompson holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Arkansas and a PhD in African-American narratives from the University of North Texas.

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Guillory and Sweeney

Jasmine Guillory is the New York Times bestselling author of six romance novels, including The Wedding Date and The Proposal. Her work has appeared in O, The Oprah Magazine; Cosmopolitan; Bon Appétit; and Time. In the sizzling romantic comedy While We Were Dating, an ad campaign pro and the movie star he is promoting realize that it’s no longer an act when they veer off-script into romance.

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Lower and Petropoulos

Wendy Lower, the John K. Roth Professor of History and George R. Roberts Fellow at Claremont McKenna College, chairs the Academic Committee of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Her book Hitler’s Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields was a finalist for the National Book Award. A photograph brought to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum launched Lower’s work on The Ravine: A Family, A Photograph, A Holocaust Massacre Revealed in 2009.

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Ferrell and Oyler

Carolyn Ferrell is an award-winning author who teaches writing at Sarah Lawrence College and lives in New York. In the fictional Dear Miss Metropolitan, Boss Man is a monster who abducts three high school students, Fern, Gwin, and Jesenia, and holds them captive in a dilapidated house on Amity Lane in Queens. Lauren Oyler‘s essays and criticism appear regularly in the New Yorker, the New York Times,

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Karla Cornejo Villavicencio

Karla Cornejo Villavicencio, educated at Harvard and Yale, writes about immigration, music, beauty, and mental illness. Part memoir, part journalism, part testimonio, The Undocumented Americans looks well beyond the flashpoints of the border or the activism of the Dreamers to allow the individuals profiled to be seen more fully as vibrant, complex, and dignified human beings. In her relentlessly probing voice, the author combines sensitive reporting with her own experiences as an undocumented writer.

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Pub or Perish

Come to Stickyz Rock ‘N’ Roll Chicken Shack to hear locals, including Mara Leveritt, All Quiet at Mena, comedian Nate Williams, and more in this in-person, socially distanced event. Limited open mic slots available beginning Saturday, Oct. 23, at 6:30 p.m. Please contact phyllisbritton@arktimes.com for more information. RSVP is required.

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Charles Yu

Charles Yu is the author four novels, including Interior Chinatown, which won the 2020 National Book Award for fiction. The book is a satirical novel about race, pop culture, immigration, assimilation, and escaping the roles we are forced to play. Author Emily St. John Mandel calls it “…wrenching, hilarious, sharp, surreal, and above all, original.”

His novel How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe was a New York Times Notable Book and a Time magazine best book of the year.

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Katherine Angel

Katherine Angel directs the MA in Creative and Critical Writing program at Birkbeck, University of London, and has a PhD from the University of Cambridge. Her elegant, searching book Tomorrow Sex Will Be Good Again spans science and popular culture, pornography and literature, debates on #MeToo, and consent and feminism, challenging our assumptions about female desire.

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Benedict and Murray

Lawyer Marie Benedict is the bestselling author of The Only Woman in the Room, Lady Clementine, and other novels. Victoria Christopher Murray is an acclaimed author who has written more than twenty novels. The Personal Librarian is a remarkable historical novel about a Black American woman who hid her true identity to become J. P. Morgan’s librarian.

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Ethan Nichtern

Ethan Nichtern is an author, educator, and podcaster who founded the Interdependence Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to secular Buddhist practice and transformational activism and arts. He is also an avid yoga practitioner and has been featured on CNN, NPR, ABC/Yahoo News, and elsewhere to discuss Buddhism and meditation. Humorous yet spiritually rigorous in the tradition of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance and The Tao of Pooh, The Dharma of “The Princess Bride” teaches us how to understand and navigate our most important personal relationships from a twenty-first-century Buddhist perspective.

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Classic in Context Film: The Princess Bride

“A high-spirited adventure that pits true love against inconceivable odds, The Princess Bride has charmed legions of fans with its irreverent gags, eccentric ensemble, and dazzling swordplay … Directed by Rob Reiner from an endlessly quotable script by William Goldman, The Princess Bride reigns as a fairy-tale classic.”

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Kyle Beachy

Author and educator Kyle Beachy’s short fiction and writing on skateboarding has appeared in many magazines, and his first novel, The Slide, won the Chicago Reader‘s Best Book reader’s choice award. The Most Fun Thing, his memoir in essays, explores the hidden meaning of skateboarding, leading to insights on marriage, love, loss, and American invention.

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Mikva, Rehman, and Ruby

Rabbi Rachel Mikva is a professor of Jewish studies at Chicago Theological Seminary and senior faculty fellow of its InterReligious Institute. Dangerous Religious Ideas: The Deep Roots of Self-Critical Faith in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam argues that all religious ideas are dangerous, even those that stand at the heart of faith. Sabeeha Rehman is the author of the award-winning memoir Threading My Prayer Rug. Journalist Walter Ruby is an activist in Muslim-Jewish relations who has organized hundreds of twinning events bringing together thousands of Jews and Muslims in countries around the world.

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Meditation at Main Online

Cory Jones of Compassion Works for All leads us in a guided meditation that’s like an oasis in the middle of your day! Join us from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM on Monday September 27 via Zoom. All are welcome- and we hope you will choose to join us! CALS Adult Programs is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Topic: Meditation at Main Online
Time: Oct 25, 2021 12:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting
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Harris and Nkweti

Zakiya Dalila Harris, who received an MFA in creative writing from The New School, worked in editorial at Knopf/Doubleday before leaving to write her debut novel. In The Other Black Girl, a whip-smart and dynamic thriller coupled with sly social commentary, two young Black women navigate working together in the stark white world of New York City book publishing. Nana Nkweti is a Cameroonian-American writer, AKO Caine Prize finalist, and graduate of the Iowa Writers’

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