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The Experience of Owning a Small Business with Nitzia’s Designs

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

Speaker: Nitzia David

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“I’m the owner of Nitzia’s Designs, a Small Business that provides floral décor services for weddings and events. As a Small Business it’s my goal to provide quality versus quantity, creating the best and most unique designs. The uniqueness of my design and attention to detail is what has helped me be set me apart in the Floral Industry.

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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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Williams Bakes

Ms. Felicia does an instructional baking video.

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Virtual BingoFlix: Made in Arkansas May! Bootleggers (1974, PG-13)

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

On Tuesday, May 18, join us for Bootleggers (1974, PG-13)! Written and directed by Arkansan Charles B.

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Microsoft Excel Part 3: Lookup, Conditional Formatting, 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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DIY Memo Boards

These quick and easy crafts are a great addition to any home office or bedroom. Great for photo display, notes, and momentos.

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First Time Home Buyers Financial Tips

Please join us on Wednesday May 19 from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM via Zoom for Financial Education for First Time Home Buyers. Ricky Williams of First Security Bank Arkansas will cover the following points: Credit
Loan qualifications (credit score and DTI)
Documents you must have to be eligible
Complete Home Loan process
Down payment assistance loan programs and 100% Loan options (designed to get you into a home for little to no money out of pocket) This program will be presented in BOTH Spanish &
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Deep Relaxation Meditation

A guided meditation and relaxation tutorial.

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The Intrepid Bourdain!

Inspired by Bourdain’s posthumous World Travel: An Irreverent Guide (published April 20), this loose tribute is a discussion of tastes, travels, and the man who brought us the best of both worlds. Anthony Bourdain (1946-2018) attained fame for his work as a chef, a writer of Kitchen ConfidentialMedium RawA Cook’s Tour, and The Nasty Bits, as well as television shows “No Reservations” and “Parts Unknown.”  Hop aboard for a zesty evening.

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Arkansas Sounds Presents: a Tav Falco tribute

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

On Thursday, May 20 at 7 p.m. CST, CALS Arkansas Sounds presents our Third Thursday Throwback with a performance and book reading from legendary Arkansas musician and artist, Tav Falco! Our playlist celebrates Falco’s May 25th birthday and throws us back to a September 2013 concert by Tav Falco’s Panther Burns at the Arkansas Sounds Music Festival.

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Tool Box Tasks: How to Build a Box

Learn the basic tools and skills you need to know to build a basic box with tools from the tool library.

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Teen Time: Book Opinions

Ms. Linda talks about how to find books for bored readers.

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Library Tour

Private tour of the Children’s Library with librarians from UAMS. Registration required at akerby@cals.org.

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Friday Family Fun Night Trivia

Join us every 3rd Friday night for Friday Family Fun Night Trivia! A $25 gift card will be awarded to the winning team each month! May 21- STAR WARS Trivia CALS Adult Programs is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Topic: Friday Family Fun Night Trivia
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Virtual BingoFlix: Made in Arkansas May! Three for the Road (1987, PG)

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

On Friday, May 21, join us for Three for the Road (1987, PG)! Charlie Sheen plays Paul Tracy,

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Help! How Do I use Libby?

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

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

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

If time allows,

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Improvements at Williams Limit Services Temporarily

Williams is getting a glow-up in the form of new shelving and a deep clean. This branch will be closed beginning May 24 with an anticipated completion date of May 28. During this time, there will be limited access to services. Since all the shelving is being removed and replaced, locating specific books might not be possible. We are urging patrons to visit our nearby Main branch or utilize digital services when possible.

Services that will be available:

  • Curbside book pickups (when possible)
  • Food for Good distribution after school
  • Printing/faxing/Notary services

Patrons can call (501.376.4282) or ring the doorbell at the front for assistance.

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Microsoft PowerPoint for Beginners

Get an overview of Microsoft PowerPoint, including how to make an eye-catching presentation and show it to your audience.
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Connecting Central Arkansas

The Connecting Central Arkansas Public Outreach Initiative kicks off Metroplan’s upcoming Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP). The MTP provides a roadmap of a sustainable, wide-reaching vision for how Central Arkansas will prepare, build, maintain, and partner for improved mobility over the next 20 years. Because the plan impacts the entire region and how its people and goods move, Connecting Central Arkansas is committed to region-wide outreach to understand the public’s transportation needs.

Join us to learn more about Metroplan’s Metropolitan Transportation Plan and specific opportunities for engagement.

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Williams Cooks: 30 Minute Meal Challenge

Ms. Felicia attempts to prepare a “30-minute meal” in real-time. Published on YouTube.

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Evening Book Club

Discussion on Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain.
Copies will be available at Thompson Library.

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Virtual BingoFlix: Made in Arkansas May! Pass the Ammo (1988, R)

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

On Tuesday, May 25, join us for Pass the Ammo (1988, R)! When Claire learns her grandmother has been bilked out of $50,000 by the crooked televangelists Ray (Tim Curry) and Darla Porter (Annie Potts),

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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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DIY Clothes Pin Clips

The humble clothes pin is a versatile crafting tool. Join us for this fun diy tutorial.

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Imagining Civic Media

This event has been cancelled. We apologize for the inconvenience.

The third event in the series examines how changes in the information environment impact citizen engagement. What can be done to address the prevalence of mis/disinformation? What would media designed to serve community needs and strengthen civic culture look like? Panelists will include members of the Commission on the Practice of Democratic Citizenship and leaders from around the nation who are finding innovative ways to rethink how social and digital media can serve the public good.

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Arkansas Sounds Presents: a Levon Helm tribute

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

On Thursday, May 27 at 7 p.m. CST, CALS Arkansas Sounds presents a tribute to legendary Arkansas music icon, Levon Helm! Levon Helm was a drummer, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and actor whose career began when he joined Ronnie Hawkins’s band just after graduating high school. Helm later went on to play with Bob Dylan and then founded The Band.

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Cut up a Sweater Crafting

Learn how to repurpose an old sweater with Ms. Felicia.

A video will be posted to the CALS YouTube Channel.

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Cut Up a Sweater Craft

Ms. Felicia shows you how to create something new from an old sweater.

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Virtual BingoFlix: Made in Arkansas May! Stone Cold (1991, R)

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

On Friday, May 28, join us for Stone Cold (1991, R)! Joe Huff is a tough, go-it-alone cop in Mississippi with a flair for infiltrating dangerous biker gangs.

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CALS Closed for Memorial Day

All branches and buildings of the Central Arkansas Library System will be closed Monday, May 31, in observation of Memorial Day. Regular hours will resume Tuesday, June 1. Please call 918-3000 if you have any questions or concerns.

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Adopt a (Stuffed) Pet

Stuffed animals will be put up for adoption on our Facebook page. Patrons will be able to adopt a pet and pick it up along with a certificate of adoption.

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Outdoor Activity Time

Play outside with sidewalk chalk, bubbles, and more.

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Carlos Cisneros

Sobre Carlos Cisneros

Carlos Cisneros nació en Brownsville, Texas, pero creció en la Ciudad de México. En 1968, después de una revuelta estudiantil, donde muchos estudiantes universitarios murieron en la Matanza de Tlatelolco, el padre de Cisneros tomó la decisión de que la familia se mudara de vuelta a Matamoros, justo al sur de la frontera entre Estados Unidos y México.

Con el tiempo, el joven Carlos asistió a escuelas estadounidenses, incluyendo la Universidad de Texas en Austin y la Escuela de Derecho del Sur de Texas en Houston.

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Free Covid Clinic

In June, Baptist Health Community Outreach and the Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) are partnering for COVID-19 vaccine clinics at Pulaski County library locations. The single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine will be administered between 9:30 a.m. and noon at the following mobile clinics:

• Wednesday, June 2, at Sue Cowan Williams Library, 1800 Chester St. in Little Rock
• Wednesday, June 9, at the Main Library, 100 Rock St. in Little Rock
• Monday, June 14,

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Kathleen Condray: Das Arkansas Echo and German Immigrants in Arkansas

CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies Presents LEGACIES & LUNCH

Speaker: Kathleen Condray

Kathleen Condray, associate professor of German at the University of Arkansas, discusses her new book, “Das Arkansas Echo”: A Year in the Life of Germans in the Nineteenth-Century South, examining topics the newspaper covered during its inaugural year. Condray illuminates the newspaper’s crusade against Prohibition, its advocacy for the protection of German schools and the German language,

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First Time Home Buyers Financial Tips, Part 2

Please join us on Wednesday June 2 from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM via Zoom for Financial Education for First Time Home Buyers. Ricky Williams of First Security Bank Arkansas will cover the following points:

• Credit
• Loan qualifications (credit score and DTI)
• Documents you must have to be eligible
• Complete Home Loan process
• Down payment assistance loan programs and 100% Loan options (designed to get you into a home for little to no money out of pocket)

This program will be presented in BOTH Spanish &

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Library Resources for the Job Hunt

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

Eric Cervini discusses his book, The Deviant’s War. Covering American LGBTQIA+ history and trials (mostly pre-Stonewall), this well-researched award-winner was a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice. “Epiphanic.” The Guardian Read CALS’s interview with Eric Cervini for more about the book and the author.

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

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About The Deviant’s War

From a young Harvard- and Cambridge-trained historian,

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Misfits of History

Mr. David Loves history. He knows that history is more that boring names and dates but a collection wonderful stories, so he wants to share some amazingly fun and funny people from history you might enjoy.

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Virtual Bingoflix: Cruel Jaws

Join us for Virtual BingoFlix: Sharkfest! Play bingo along to cheesy movie cliches during a virtual watch party for your chance to win a free movie pass to the theater once we reopen. Grab your sunscreen and get ready for a summer full of so-bad-they’re-good shark movies!

On Friday, June 4, join us for Cruel Jaws (1995, TV-14)! A huge shark terrorizes a beach in Florida, and the locals try everything to kill it.

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Braver Angels: Red/Blue Workshop

The Arkansas Red/Blue Workshop will be an intensive online workshop that brings together Red (conservative or Republican-leaning) and Blue (liberal or Democratic-leaning) citizens for moderated activities and structured discussions that reduce stereotyped thinking, clarify disagreements, build relationships and find common ground through listening and learning rather than declaring and debating.  All are welcome and please join us to learn invaluable speaking and listening skills when engaging in conversations with those of differing opinions. PART ONE – Saturday, June 5, 2021 9:00 am –
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How to Register Your Small Business

This program is going to cover why registering a new small business is important and the basics of how new small business owners in Arkansas can register their business through the Arkansas Secretary of State.

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June Bugs

It is the time of year that we are surrounded by bugs, creepy crawly critters that make our skin crawl. Maybe they might be less scary if we learn a little more about them … if it won’t bug you too much.

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Expand Your Skills with Udemy

Learn how to enhance your technology and career skills with Udemy--a video-based learning platform you can access free with your CALS card.
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Mikey Makes

Make a Pottery Barn inspired lantern using materials from Dollar Tree.

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CALS Writing Circle: Food Writing

Food writing is a type of writing that focuses on food and evokes a place or memory. In this 4-part class, we ‘ll look at how to use food as a vehicle in our writing.

This event will take place on the Zoom platform. Free registration is required. Contact dmoore@cals.org for more information.

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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.

CALS Storytime Archive on YouTube

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Virtual Bingoflix: Deep Blue Sea

Join us for Virtual BingoFlix: Sharkfest! Play bingo along to cheesy movie cliches during a virtual watch party for your chance to win a free movie pass to the theater once we reopen. Grab your sunscreen and get ready for a summer full of so-bad-they’re-good shark movies!

On Tuesday, June 8, join us for Deep Blue Sea (1999, R)! Searching for a cure to Alzheimer’s disease, a group of scientists on an isolated research facility become the prey,

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Free Covid Clinic

In June, Baptist Health Community Outreach and the Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) are partnering for COVID-19 vaccine clinics at Pulaski County library locations. The single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine will be administered between 9:30 a.m. and noon at the following mobile clinics:

• Wednesday, June 2, at Sue Cowan Williams Library, 1800 Chester St. in Little Rock
• Wednesday, June 9, at the Main Library, 100 Rock St. in Little Rock
• Monday, June 14,

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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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Paris is Burning (1990)

A chronicle of New York’s drag scene in the 1980s, focusing on balls, voguing and the ambitions and dreams of those who gave the era its warmth and vitality.

Join us for the virtual watch party LIVE on Tuesday, May 11 at 7PM CST here: app.kosmi.io

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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: The Wildflower Revue

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

On June 10 at 7pm CST, Arkansas Sounds Presents a tribute to The Wildflower Revue, an Arkansas roots-rock supergroup of singer-songwriters Amy Garland, Bonnie Montgomery, and Mandy McBryde. Our watch party playlist takes us back to 2015 for The Wildflower Revue’s debut concert in the CALS Ron Robinson Theater.

FREE to watch! You can join us from anywhere with an internet connection as this is a virtual event: https://app.kosmi.io/room/nhog0f

Don’t miss every Arkansas Sounds Presents this June:
Thursday,

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Virtual Bingoflix: Sharkman

Join us for Virtual BingoFlix: Sharkfest! Play bingo along to cheesy movie cliches during a virtual watch party for your chance to win a free movie pass to the theater once we reopen. Grab your sunscreen and get ready for a summer full of so-bad-they’re-good shark movies!

On Friday, June 11, join us for Sharkman (2001, TV-MA)! A pharmaceutical team visits a remote island to meet with the enigmatic scientist who lives there,

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The Great Untailing

Check out the official unTailing of our new aquarium. Meet a mermaid, have snacks and learn all about aquatic critters.

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Bird Watching at Main

Please join us on Saturday, June 12 at 11:00 AM in front of the Main library where Uta Meyer of Audubon Arkansas will be leading us on a walking bird-watching tour. Bring your own binoculars, check out a pair from your local library branch, or use a set provided by Audubon Arkansas. All are welcome and we hope to see you there!

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CALS Writing Circle: Writing all Year Writing Workshop

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

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Due to ongoing public health concerns,

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Free Covid Clinic

In June, Baptist Health Community Outreach and the Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) are partnering for COVID-19 vaccine clinics at Pulaski County library locations. The single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine will be administered between 9:30 a.m. and noon at the following mobile clinics:

• Wednesday, June 2, at Sue Cowan Williams Library, 1800 Chester St. in Little Rock
• Wednesday, June 9, at the Main Library, 100 Rock St. in Little Rock
• Monday, June 14,

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Mastering Mailchimp

Overwhelmed about marketing your business or organization online? Get rolling the easy way with the mass email marketing service Mailchimp.
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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!

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Finding Family Facts (June 14)

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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Crypto-Arkansas: Mysterious and Mythic Creatures of the Natural State

Join author and monsterologist Mark Spitzer for an interactive, image-based discussion of enigmatic legends of lore from Arkansas’s literal and oral traditions – or do such creatures really exist?

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

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From the White River Monster to the Horrible Green Gowrow to all the Bigfoots and unidentified oddities reported from the Ozarks to the Delta, Professor Spitzer will address the unresolved details of various historical narratives,

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The Experience of Owning a Small Business with Beth Porter

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

Speaker: Beth Porter

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“I grew up in North Little Rock. After attending the University of Arkansas, I began my career with Walmart Home Office in the Marketing Department.  After leaving Walmart, I have held a variety of positions in Marketing or Advertising firms,

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Wild About Magic

Tommy Terrific presents an animal-themed magic show. Premieres June 15th at 2:00pm on this page or on our CALS Kids YouTube channel.

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Virtual Bingoflix: Shark Hunter

Join us for Virtual BingoFlix: Sharkfest! Play bingo along to cheesy movie cliches during a virtual watch party for your chance to win a free movie pass to the theater once we reopen. Grab your sunscreen and get ready for a summer full of so-bad-they’re-good shark movies!

On Tuesday, June 15, join us for Shark Hunter (2001, R)! This undersea thriller follows a man and his team of divers searching for a giant shark that has destroyed an entire research station.

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Free Covid Clinic

In June, Baptist Health Community Outreach and the Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) are partnering for COVID-19 vaccine clinics at Pulaski County library locations. The single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine will be administered between 9:30 a.m. and noon at the following mobile clinics:

• Wednesday, June 2, at Sue Cowan Williams Library, 1800 Chester St. in Little Rock
• Wednesday, June 9, at the Main Library, 100 Rock St. in Little Rock
• Monday, June 14,

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Hello World: Intro to Code

Learn some of the basic techniques and concepts of writing computer code—and write your first program. No previous coding experience needed.
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How to Secure a Home Loan

Presented by Ricky Williams of First Security Bank Arkansas. Topics discussed include:

• Credit
• Loan Qualifications (credit score and DTI)
• Documents you must have to be eligible
• Complete home loan process
• Down payment assistance loan programs and 100% loan options (designed to get you into a home for little to no money out of pocket)

This program will be presented in BOTH Spanish and English.

Please email jburrus@cals.org or maguilar@cals.org for the Zoom link.

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Pay It No Mind: The Life & Times of Marsha P. Johnson (2012)

Marsha P. Johnson was a revolutionary trans activist, Stonewall instigator, Andy Warhol model, drag queen, prostitute, starving actress, and Saint, as well as a downtown NYC fixture from the 1960’s through her too-soon demise in 1992. Johnson persevered through a life embodied by her middle initial P, which stood for “Pay It No Mind.”

Join us for the virtual watch party LIVE on Wedesday, June 16, at 7PM CST here: app.kosmi.io

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Virtual Open Lab

One-on-one tech help from an expert. Ask your burning technology questions, get troubleshooting help, or learn about a new device.
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Storytime Career Spotlight: Police Officer

Sherwood Police Officer Rob talks about his career and reads books.

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Arkansas Sounds Presents: the Charlie Hunter Trio

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

On June 17 at 7pm CST, Arkansas Sounds Presents our Third Thursday Throwback with a performance from the Charlie Hunter Trio! Our watch party playlist throws us back to a 2018 concert at the CALS Ron Robinson Theater by Charlie Hunter, the innovative jazz guitarist who is widely considered the authority on the seven- and eight-string guitar.

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Virtual Bingoflix: Raging Sharks

Join us for Virtual BingoFlix: Sharkfest! Play bingo along to cheesy movie cliches during a virtual watch party for your chance to win a free movie pass to the theater once we reopen. Grab your sunscreen and get ready for a summer full of so-bad-they’re-good shark movies!

On Friday, June 18, join us for Raging Sharks (2005, R)! After debris from an alien spaceship lands in the waters, great white sharks begin terrorizing marine researchers in the Pacific Ocean.

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Friday Family Fun Night Trivia

Join us every 3rd Friday night for Friday Family Fun Night Trivia! A $25 gift card will be awarded to the winning team each month! June 18- BOARD GAME Trivia

 

CALS Adult Programs is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Email to jburrus@cals.org for the Zoom link.

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CALS Closed for Juneteenth

All branches and buildings of the Central Arkansas Library System will be closed Friday, June 18, and Saturday, June 19, in observance of Juneteenth. Regular hours will resume Monday, June 21. Please call 918-3000 for more information.

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Tommy Terrific’s Wacky Magic

Tommy Terrific presents a Dr. Seuss themed magic show! Premieres on June 19th at 2:00pm here or on our CALS Kids YouTube channel.

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Free Covid Clinic

In June, Baptist Health Community Outreach and the Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) are partnering for COVID-19 vaccine clinics at Pulaski County library locations. The single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine will be administered between 9:30 a.m. and noon at the following mobile clinics:

• Wednesday, June 2, at Sue Cowan Williams Library, 1800 Chester St. in Little Rock
• Wednesday, June 9, at the Main Library, 100 Rock St. in Little Rock
• Monday, June 14,

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Android Mobile Essentials

In the third session of our Hello World series, learn to use object-oriented programming to make your code more flexible and powerful.
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Pictorial Companion to Getting Ahead of Arkansas Snakes

What kind of snakes are found in Arkansas? Stan Trauth, herpetologist and professor of zoology and environmental studies at Arkansas State University, will introduce you to the wide variety of snakes that are native to the Natural State and how you can recognize them by identifying their heads.

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About Professor Trauth

Stan Trauth joined the faculty of Arkansas State University in 1984 and served as Associate Editor, Managing Editor, and then Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of the Arkansas Academy of Science from 1993 through 2008.

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Drama Kids International Presents Animal Movements

We will practice our acting skills with drama instructors from Drama Kids International. Register here to receive a link to join the zoom meeting.

Support for this program is provided, in part, by the Arkansas Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Get Outta Here! Interesting Places to Visit in Arkansas

Presenter: Timothy Nutt, Director, Historical Research Center, UAMS Library

Arkansas is filled with natural beauty that attract thousands of outdoors adventurists to the state every year. There are, however, other cultural, historical, and even spooky sites that should be on your “must-visit” list. Become a “virtual tourist” as we discuss these wonderous and wacky Arkansas places.

This is an ONLINE event in Zoom. Register: aarp.cvent.com/VisitAR

The “All About Arkansas” summer series is presented by AARP AR,

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Virtual Bingoflix: Shark Encounters of the Third Kind

Join us for Virtual BingoFlix: Sharkfest! Play bingo along to cheesy movie cliches during a virtual watch party for your chance to win a free movie pass to the theater once we reopen. Grab your sunscreen and get ready for a summer full of so-bad-they’re-good shark movies!

On Tuesday, June 22, join us for Shark Encounters of the Third Kind (2005, TV-14)! A group of hostile aliens crash land at the bottom of the ocean,

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Free Covid Clinic

In June, Baptist Health Community Outreach and the Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) are partnering for COVID-19 vaccine clinics at Pulaski County library locations. The single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine will be administered between 9:30 a.m. and noon at the following mobile clinics:

• Wednesday, June 2, at Sue Cowan Williams Library, 1800 Chester St. in Little Rock
• Wednesday, June 9, at the Main Library, 100 Rock St. in Little Rock
• Monday, June 14,

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Before Stonewall (1984)

Join us every Wednesday in June for the CALS Ron Robinson Theater’s Civil Rights & Social Change Collection. We’re celebrating Pride Month this year with five free virtual documentary screenings!

BEFORE STONEWALL (1984, NR)
The riots that followed the arrests at New York City’s Stonewall Inn in 1969 are widely considered to be a major development in the history of gay and lesbian rights in America. This documentary investigates national cultural perceptions of homosexuality before the event,

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Doing Business with Clinton National Airport

Did you know that it’s possible to do business with the Clinton National Airport? Is your business prepared to take advantage of opportunities like this? If the answer is no, join us for an eye-opening overview of how to do business with Clinton National Airport. Abdul Kabaou, Director of Procurement for Clinton National Airport, will be speaking with us about the Airport’s procurement process.

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

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30-Day Sketchbook Challenge LIVE!

Share your sketches from the 30-Day Sketchbook Challenge with us LIVE on Zoom. Sharing your sketches during this event will also enter you into the drawing for our fantastic prizes! Register for this event here.

About the 30-Day Sketchbook Challenge

Pick up our 30-Day Sketchbook Challenge kit at Main starting June 1st for a new drawing challenge each day of the month. The kits are available while supplies last. If you already have supplies, you can get a copy of the sketchbook challenge prompts alone.
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William B. Jones, Jr. Interviews Elizabeth Findley Shores: Shared Secrets and Charles J. Finger

Speaker: Elizabeth Findley Shores

For nearly a century, British expatriate Charles Joseph Finger (1867–1941) was best known as an award-winning author of children’s literature. In Shared Secrets, Elizabeth Findley Shores relates Finger’s untold story, exploring the secrets that connected the author to an international community of twentieth-century queer literati.

As a young man, Finger reveled in the easy homosociality of his London polytechnical school, where he launched a student literary society in the mold of the city’s private men’s clubs.

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Arkansas Sounds Presents: The 1999 Alltel Arena Grand Opening

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

On June 24 at 7pm CST, Arkansas Sounds Presents a rare recording of the October 1999 grand opening music celebration of the Alltel Arena! The all-star band assembled for this one-time only concert was a who’s who of Arkansas musicians including Levon Helm, Ronnie Hawkins, The Cate Brothers Band, James Cotton, and many more!

FREE to watch!

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DIY Crochet Squares

Ms. Felicia teaches how to complete a crochet square.

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Storytime on the Go

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

CALS Storytime Archive on YouTube

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Virtual Bingoflix: Sharks in Venice

Join us for Virtual BingoFlix: Sharkfest! Play bingo along to cheesy movie cliches during a virtual watch party for your chance to win a free movie pass to the theater once we reopen. Grab your sunscreen and get ready for a summer full of so-bad-they’re-good shark movies!

On Friday, June 25, join us for Sharks in Venice (2008, R)! Traveling to Venice to investigate the mysterious death of his father,

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Picture Book Recommendations

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

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Block Party at Children’s Library

We’re partying at Children’s Library! Join us for refreshments; outdoor games and activities, including baggo, horseshoes, giant bubbles, library and garden tours, swag bags; and the opportunity to “meet” our newest addition, Totor, a 10-foot dog sculpture donated by French artist, Stéphane Bolongaro. Door prizes will be awarded during a brief presentation at 12:30 (participants must be present to win).

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CALS Roberts Library Research Room Bonus Saturday

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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Libby: A Live Walk-through

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

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

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

If time allows,

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ABC’s of Skincare

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

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

In the third session of our Hello World series, learn to use object-oriented programming to make your code more flexible and powerful.
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Kids in the Kitchen

Join Ms. Kat for an easy recipe and storytime. Sometimes we make goodies, and sometimes we keep it healthy. We learn a little about where food comes from and nutrition along the way. Storytime is a read aloud with suggestions for further fiction and non-fiction reading on the topic.

Each Monday at 10:00am, learn different simple recipes to share with little ones on the CALS Kids Facebook page.

Next episode:

CALS Storytime Archive on YouTube

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Virtual Field Trip: Historic Arkansas Museum

Enjoy a family friendly presentation by Historic Arkansas Museum. Must register by June 26 with Cassie VanPelt at cvanpelt@cals.org.

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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!

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Pumped about Pollinators!

Join an Arkansas Game and Fish Commission educator as we celebrate National Pollinator Week. We will talk about backyard pollinators, night-time pollinators as well as some pollinators that often go unnoticed.

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About Lauren Marshall

Lauren Marshall, Education Program Specialist at Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center. Lauren has been an educator at Witt Stephens for 8 years now and is passionate about connecting the people of Central AR with the natural resources around them.

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Animal Yoga for Kids with KeyFit Life

Learn and practice animal-themed yoga poses with our instructor from KeyFit Life. Register here for a link to this zoom session.

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Blast from the Past Cartoons

In this program Mr David will look at the cartoons of the 80’s and 90’s, from ones that are fun that you might enjoy to the truly bizarre cartoons that make little sense. Should be a Blast!

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Virtual Bingoflix: Shark Week

Join us for Virtual BingoFlix: Sharkfest! Play bingo along to cheesy movie cliches during a virtual watch party for your chance to win a free movie pass to the theater once we reopen. Grab your sunscreen and get ready for a summer full of so-bad-they’re-good shark movies!

On Tuesday, June 29, join us for Shark Week (2012, TV-14)! A group of complete strangers find themselves isolated by a wealthy madman on his island compound.

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30-Day Sketchbook Challenge!

Pick up our 30-Day Sketchbook Challenge kit at Main starting June 1st for a new drawing challenge each day of the month. The kits are available while supplies last. If you already have supplies, you can get a copy of the sketchbook challenge prompts alone. You can also win a prize for participating! We’re giving away two $20 gift cards, one to the Galleries and Bookstore @ Library Square, and another to Loblolly Creamery.  There are three ways to enter:
  1. Share one of your sketches on Instagram.
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Pet Match

Throughout the month of June, match the Thompson Library staff with their pets to enter a prize drawing!

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CALS Writing Circle: Memoir Writing for Seniors

This ongoing class meets once each week and takes attendees aged 55+ through the steps of writing their own life stories. 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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Hello World: Functions and Flow Control

After learning the basics in Hello World: Intro to Code, learn to make your code more powerful and flexible with functions, loops, and more.
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Arkansas Animal Meet & Greet

Get to know your native fauna! These animals live right here in Arkansas!

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State of Pride (2019)

A look at the history and meaning of the the pride movement featuring a diverse range of LGBTQ+ perspectives.

Join us for the virtual watch party LIVE on Wedesday, June 30, at 7PM CST here: app.kosmi.io

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Arkansas Sounds Presents: Ben Nichols

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

On July 1 at 7pm CST, Arkansas Sounds Presents a tribute to celebrated Arkansas singer-songwriter and Lucero bandleader, Ben Nichols! Our watch party playlist takes us back to 2014 for a rare duo concert from Ben Nichols and his Lucero bandmate, keyboardist Rick Steff, at the CALS Ron Robinson Theater.

FREE to watch!

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Stream It with OBS Studio

Learn how to use OBS Studio, the beloved free and open source program that lets you host your own livestream events.
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Virtual Bingoflix: Jurassic Shark

Join us for Virtual BingoFlix: Sharkfest! Play bingo along to cheesy movie cliches during a virtual watch party for your chance to win a free movie pass to the theater once we reopen. Grab your sunscreen and get ready for a summer full of so-bad-they’re-good shark movies!

On Friday, July 2, join us for Jurassic Shark (2012, NR)! When an oil company unwittingly unleashes a prehistoric shark from its icy prison,

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Family Storytime

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

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CALS Closed for Independence Day

All branches of the Central Arkansas Library System will be closed Saturday, July 3, through Monday, July 5, in observance of Independence Day. The Galleries and Bookstore at Library Square will be open for regular hours, 10am-5pm, Saturday, July 3. Regular hours will resume at all branches and buildings Tuesday, July 6. For more information, please call 918-3000.

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Beyond the Idea: Startups and their Stories – Heaven McKinney and the Grind Coffee Bistro

Did you know that there is a Black-owned coffeeshop in West Little Rock with more than one location? Be inspired by Heaven McKinney and learn about her journey through opening and expanding the Grind Coffee Bistro!

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

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Virtual Pet Parade

We want to feature your pet in our Virtual Pet Parade. Please submit photos or short videos of your animal friend using this form. You can share special information about your pet to be included in the parade. We will feature the pet submissions in a virtual parade on the CALS Kids @ Main Library Facebook page on Tuesday, July 6, at 2:00 p.m. There may even be some prizes for pets with extra special entries.

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Talia and Mariela Pedraza

De las editoras, Talia y Mariela Pedraza:

El proyecto de Antenas Culturales nace como una alternativa para que los jóvenes conozcan un poco más sobre personalidades latinoamericanas o aspectos destacables que han impactado en la historia, cultura y arte de nuestros países.

Hace más de un año comenzamos a hacer algunas investigaciones sobre personajes, tradiciones o aspectos destacados de la región, con el propósito de impartir conferencias en escuelas de diferentes niveles educativos.

Sin embargo,

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Virtual Bingoflix: Super Shark

Join us for Virtual BingoFlix: Sharkfest! Play bingo along to cheesy movie cliches during a virtual watch party for your chance to win a free movie pass to the theater once we reopen. Grab your sunscreen and get ready for a summer full of so-bad-they’re-good shark movies!

On Tuesday, July 6, join us for Super Shark (2011, NR)! An offshore drilling accident releases a giant primordial shark, threatening to turn a bikini contest into a bloodbath.

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Rachel Patton: “Arkansas’s Most Endangered Historic Places”

CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies Presents LEGACIES & LUNCH

Speaker: Rachel Patton

Rachel Patton, executive director of Preserve Arkansas, will talk about the organization’s list of Arkansas’s Most Endangered Places and give updates on its efforts to save endangered historic places throughout the state. Preserve Arkansas is the only statewide nonprofit advocate for the preservation of Arkansas’s historic places. The Most Endangered Places list, which was started twenty years ago,

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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 – Educated by Tara Westover
  • July – Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
  • August –
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Arkansas Sounds Presents: Billy Lee Riley

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

On July 8 at 7pm CST, Arkansas Sounds Presents a tribute to legendary Arkansas rock and roll pioneer, Billy Lee Riley! Billy Lee Riley was a rockabilly musician, singer-songwriter, record producer, and record label owner whose career began in the Arkansas Delta and peaked in the 1950s after he signed a record deal with Sun Records in Memphis,

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Virtual BingoFlix: Shark Month! Raiders of the Lost Shark (2015, NR)

Join us for Virtual BingoFlix: Shark Month! Play bingo along to cheesy movie cliches during a virtual watch party for your chance to win a free movie pass to the theater once we reopen.

On Friday, July 9, join us for Raiders of the Lost Shark (2015, NR)! A prehistoric shark is released into a the waters near a small lake community as a result of an oil drilling accident,

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Adults Grab & Go Activity Bags

Pick up a Tails & Tales themed grab & go activity bag at all locations while supplies last. June 12: oil pastel pet art, June 26: sketchbook challenge, July 10: paper insect art.

*a note about paper insect art. Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts invites CALS patrons to participate in a community art project. Video demos will be available to create elements of a paper garden that will be on exhibit at the AMFA re-opening in May of 2022.

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Little Rock Children’s Business Fair

Join us for two sessions on marketing for your business.

Topics:

• June 12: Developin Your Brand
&bull: July 10: Your Marketing Strategy

Facebook Live

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Tommy Terrific’s Wacky Magic

Tommy Terrific presents a magic show all about the Tuskegee Airmen. Premieres on July 10 at 2:00pm on this page or on our CALS Kids YouTube channel.

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Guided Painting

A monthly painting exercise from the librarians at Rooker. All skill levels welcome. Grab a kit at Rooker Library, Monday – Saturday, 9am – 6pm. Then view the demonstration online.

• 6/14: preassembled bird house

• 7/12: beach scene with baby turtles.

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Finding Family Facts (July 12)

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

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

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Animal Tracks and Signs

Nature is all around you. It doesn’t matter if you are driving down the road or walking through the woods, you have the chance to come in contact with nature. Morgan Bradley, an Education Program Specialist with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, will take a look at some common animal signs including scat, tracks, and identification and discuss how you can make the most of your outdoor experience.

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About Morgan Bradley

Morgan Bradley is an Education Program Specialist with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission out of the Witt Stephens Jr.

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Williams Cooks

Ms. Felicia does a 30 minute cooking challenge in real time.

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Paper Garden Community Art Project

Learn about a community art installation that will be on exhibit next spring at the opening of the Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts. Our SRC participants will receive a grab and go bag to create a piece of art for the community project. Register here to participate in the zoom meeting.

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Teen Thyme in the Kitchen

Cooking demonstration for teens.

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Virtual Bingoflix: Shark Exorcist

Join us for Virtual BingoFlix: Sharkfest! Play bingo along to cheesy movie cliches during a virtual watch party for your chance to win a free movie pass to the theater once we reopen. Grab your sunscreen and get ready for a summer full of so-bad-they’re-good shark movies!

On Tuesday, July 13, join us for Shark Exorcist (2015, TV-MA)! A demonic nun summons Satan to a small fishing village, where he takes over the bodies of a great white shark and a young woman.

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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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Read Aloud Storytime

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

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Storytime Career Spotlight: Firefighter

Sherwood Firefighter Jeff talks about his career and reads books.

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Fade in with Adobe Premiere

Learn how to use the professional video editing application Adobe Premiere Pro, along with basic editing techniques, to turn raw video footage into compelling content.

This class is being presented as a Zoom webinar. Registration is required, but you can register anytime–including after the session begins!

If you don’t have access to Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe offers a 7-day free trial of the Creative Cloud suite here.

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Arkansas Sounds Presents: Sleepy LaBeef

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

On July 15 at 7pm CST, Arkansas Sounds Presents a tribute to legendary Arkansas rock and roll pioneer, Sleepy LaBeef! Sleepy LaBeef was a musician, singer-songwriter, and actor whose career began in 1954 when he moved to Houston, Texas. There, he sang gospel music on local radio and put together a bar band to play venues as well as radio programs such as the Houston Jamboree and Louisiana Hayride.

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Guest Reader Storytime

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

CALS Storytime Archive on YouTube

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How to Draw Animals

Ms. Samantha teaches how to draw animals.

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Effective After Effects

Learn about some of the powerful tools in Adobe After Effects to help you add visual effects and graphics to your video.

This class is being presented as a Zoom webinar. Registration is required, but you can register anytime–including after the session begins!

If you don’t have access to Adobe After Effects, Adobe offers a 7-day free trial of the Creative Cloud suite here. It might also be helpful to install Zoom beforehand (which you can do by clicking here).

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Virtual Bingoflix: Avalanche Sharks

Join us for Virtual BingoFlix: Sharkfest! Play bingo along to cheesy movie cliches during a virtual watch party for your chance to win a free movie pass to the theater once we reopen. Grab your sunscreen and get ready for a summer full of so-bad-they’re-good shark movies!

On Friday, July 16, join us for Avalanche Sharks (2014, TV-MA)! Avalanche Sharks tells the story of a bikini contest that turns into a horrifying affair when it is hit by a shark avalanche.

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CALS Roberts Library Research Room Bonus Saturday

Join us Saturday, July 17 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 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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Libby: A Live Walk-through

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

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

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

If time allows,

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The Experience of Owning a Small Business with Shelley Green

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

Speaker: Shelley Green

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Shelley Green is the owner of The Green Corner Store in downtown Little Rock, Arkansas. With extensive experience in retail, fashion, public relations, event planning, and hospitality, Shelley has worked with clients ranging from non-profit organizations to national corporations like Macy’s and Saks Fifth Avenue.

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Hello World: Object-Oriented Code

In the third session of our Hello World series, learn to use object-oriented programming to make your code more flexible and powerful.
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DIY Animal Jewelry

Join us for a simple jewelry-making exercise. Grab a kit at Rooker Library, Monday-Friday, 9am-6pm. Then join us on Facebook to follow the demonstration.

• 6/21: animal print earrings

• 7/19: tiger’s eye bracelets.

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Crayfish Diversity in Arkansas

Arkansas has a remarkably diverse crayfish fauna, with approximately sixty species, many of which are found nowhere else on earth. In this presentation, I will provide an introduction to crayfish natural history, ecology, and identification, as well as techniques that biologists use to study crayfish. I will then profile a selection of unique Arkansas crayfish species with a variety of photographs and information about each.

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About Dr. Dustin Lynch

Dr.

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Garden Club for Kids

Tuesday mornings at 9:15 and 9:45 (two sessions)

Learn the care and keeping of a garden both at home and the CLLC teaching garden with an added STEAM component to the activities. This program may also include cooking and recipes with produce from the garden. Space is limited to 15 participants per session. Sign up inside the library the morning of the program. Programming will occur outside.

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Garden Club for Teens

Tuesday mornings at 10:15.

Learn the care and keeping of a garden both at home and the CLLC teaching garden with an added STEAM component to the activities. This program may also include cooking and recipes with produce from the garden. Space is limited to 15 participants. Sign up inside the library the day of the program. Programming will occur outside.

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Bloomin’ Puppet Show

Lela Bloom will present an animal-themed shadow puppet show. Premieres July 20 at 2:00pm on this page and the CALS Kids YouTube channel.

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Draw with Stef!

Tips for drawing from Ms. Stefanie at Maumelle Library.

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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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Little Rock Animal Village

Join us on Tuesday, July 20, via Zoom for a presentation by Little Rock Animal Village. Learn about all they have to offer and how you can volunteer with their furry friends! CALS Youth Programs is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Topic: Little Rock Animal Village
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Virtual Bingoflix: Shark Killer

Join us for Virtual BingoFlix: Sharkfest! Play bingo along to cheesy movie cliches during a virtual watch party for your chance to win a free movie pass to the theater once we reopen. Grab your sunscreen and get ready for a summer full of so-bad-they’re-good shark movies!

On Tuesday, July 20, join us for Shark Killer (2015, TV-MA)! A shark exterminator must retrieve a rare diamond from the stomach of a massive black-finned white shark;

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Tinker Tok: LEGO Time Lapse

Watch as we complete the Hogwart’s LEGO castle in time-lapse video.

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Surf Secure

Protect your privacy online. Learn about tools like password managers and two-step verification; and best practices for Internet safety.
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Preschool Storytime

Join us each Wednesday at 10:00am on the CALS Kids Facebook page for storytime, songs, games, and more!

CALS Storytime Archive on YouTube

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CALS Writing Circle: Memoir Writing for Seniors

This ongoing class meets once each week and takes attendees aged 55+ through the steps of writing their own life stories. 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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What’chu Eatin’ Wednesdays

Wednesday is arguably the saddest day of the week. It’s not called “Hump Day” for nothing. Thankfully, the Galleries & Bookstore at Library Square has a tasty new reason to visit Library Square – What’chu Eatin’ Wednesdays! There will be a different food truck every Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (or until sold out). After your belly is full, take a quick lunchtime stroll through the galleries or browse the shelves of the bookstore. Downtown is back in business and we’re ready to see you!

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DIY Crafts

Join us for a variety of craft projects this summer, including painting, printing, and more.

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Schedule:

• 6/16: bath bombs & scratch art
• 6/23: paracord key chain
• 6/30: chalk prints
• 7/14: pour painting
• 7/21: cd mosaics
• 7/28: tic-tac-toe to go

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Wednesdays at Williams

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

Scheduled vendors and trucks

07/21/2021
Food Truck: Nach’yo Nachos
Vendor: DiZine PieZes 07/28/2021
Food Truck: TBA
Vendor: Nayy & Company Accessories
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Little Rock Tales

Hang out with Mrs. K & learn about some cool stories from Little Rock’s past! 

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Toltec Mounds: Native American Storytelling

Join us as Toltec Mounds presents Native American Storytelling. Must register by July 20 with Cassie Vanpelt at cvanpelt@cals.org.

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Storytime Live!

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

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

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Rock It! Lab Ribbon Cutting

Please join Central Arkansas Library System and Advancing Black Entrepreneurship for the opening celebration of the Rock It! Lab. Attendees are invited to enjoy refreshments, tour the building, and meet some of the Rock It! Lab members. Learn more about the Rock It! Lab here.

RSVP to lrpatterson@cals.org.

co-working space | retail space | makerspace

The Rock It! Lab serves as a launch pad where ideas are born and businesses grow.

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Creating with Nat

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

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Tail-Waggin’ Tutors Zoom

Join a zoom break out room to read to a furry friend. Remember to have a book ready if you aren’t joining at the library computers. This event will take place on the Zoom platform. Free registration is required.

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Sarah Everts

Ottawa-based professor Sarah Everts discusses her book, “The Joy of Sweat.” The sultry summertime brings Everts as your guide to “a taboo-busting romp through the shame, stink, and strange science of sweating.” Sponsored by UAMS Department of Medical Humanities & Bioethics and Department of Dermatology.

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

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About The Joy of Sweat: The Strange Science of Perspiration

Sweating may be one of our weirdest biological functions,

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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: Music in Arkansas: Origins 200 BC – 1941 AD

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

On July 22 at 7pm CST, Arkansas Sounds Presents a special presentation of the Arkansas PBS documentary, Music in Arkansas: Origins 200 BC–1941 AD! Our watch party screening tracks the development of Arkansas’s rich musical heritage, beginning with the discovery of a 200 BC Hopewell panpipe and concluding as King Biscuit Time hits the airwaves in 1941 Helena.

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Beat the Heat

July is one of the hottest months of the year. Mr. David is not a fan of the heat so join him as we look for ways to beat the heat together.

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Bedtime Tales

Prerecorded Bedtime Tales.

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Virtual Bingoflix: Sharkenstein

Join us for Virtual BingoFlix: Sharkfest! Play bingo along to cheesy movie cliches during a virtual watch party for your chance to win a free movie pass to the theater once we reopen. Grab your sunscreen and get ready for a summer full of so-bad-they’re-good shark movies!

On Friday, July 23, join us for Sharkenstein (2016, TV-MA)! Sixty years after the end of World War II, a small ocean town is plagued by a blood-thirsty creature that was built and reanimated by using the parts of the greatest sea-killers: the Sharkenstein monster.

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Kids Grab & Go Activity Bags

Pick up a weekly animal-themed craft and activity bag for kids at all locations while supplies last. June 5: origami animal bookmarks, June 12: torn paper animal collage, June 19: fairy houses, June 26: pipe cleaner animals, July 3: butterfly toy, July 10: paper insect craft, July 17: popsicle stick birdfeeder, July 24: clothespin lizard.

*a note about paper insect art. Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts invites CALS patrons to participate in a community art project. Video demos will be available to create elements of a paper garden that will be on exhibit at the AMFA re-opening in May of 2022.

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Preschool Grab & Go Activity Bags

Pick up a weekly animal-themed craft and activty bag for preschoolers at all locations while supplies last. June 5: animal masks, June 12: torn paper animal craft, June 19: climbing monkey craft, June 26: animal action cards, July 3: magnetic fishing pole, Juy 10: handprint puppy craft, July 17: animal shadow art, July 24: snake paper chain puppet.

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Teens Grab & Go Activity Bags

Pick up a weekly grab & go activity bag for teens at all locations while supplies last. June 12: oil pastel pet art, June 19: geometric animal stickers, June 26: Animal Tales Character & Comic Creation, July 3: sketchbook challenge, July 10: paper insect art, July 17: pipe cleaner animals, July 24: animal origami.

*a note about paper insect art. Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts invites CALS patrons to participate in a community art project. Video demos will be available to create elements of a paper garden that will be on exhibit at the AMFA re-opening in May of 2022.

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Tales in the Shade

Outdoor storytime in the shaded patio area behind the library. Caregivers sign up by grabbing a carpet square and placing it on pre-measured taped markers. Volunteer will be managing handing out squares and inforcing spacing and mask protocols.

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Genealogy Workshop: Shannon Christmas and Genetic Genealogy

Session 1: Beginner Genetic Genealogy (10 am to 11:30am
Session 2: Applying Genetic Genealogy Techniques (12:30 pm to 2pm)

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Registration is for both sessions.

Shannon Christmas is an experienced genealogist specializing in genetic, colonial American, and African-American genealogy in Virginia and the Carolinas. He serves as a 23andMe Ancestry Ambassador, an Ancestry.com Ace, administrator of The Captain Thomas Graves of Jamestown Autosomal DNA Project,

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Summer Reading Celebrations

Join CALS and the City of Little Rock for some socially distanced fun and outdoor activities. We have grab & go activities and giveaways, including free books, fun prizes, and refreshments.

Thank you to our sponsors

 

CALS Executive Director’s Fund, Coulson Foundation, and Thoma Thoma

 

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Twitch Your Tail on CALS’ Animal Crossing Island

Follow along on the Twitch gaming channel as we build the Children’s Library island on Animal Crossing New Horizons. Share your friend code and join the fun.

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CALS Writing Circle: Writing All Year Workshop

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

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Teen Acting Academy

Instructors from Drama Kids International will present a seven week acting series. The series is virtual. Register by emailing outreach@cals.org.

Support for this program is provided, in part, by the Arkansas Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Sports You May Not Know

Hey, sports fans, and those who aren’t, Mr David thought it might be fun to learn about some sports that you may have heard about but really don’t know how they are played or where to find them in Central Arkansas. Such sports as Fencing, Hocky, Lacrosse, rugby, and others.

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Teen Storytime

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

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Puppet Show

Join us for a fun puppet show with Ms. Cassie.

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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!

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Makers Monday

Every Monday join Mr. David in a fun craft, where we use our imaginations to makes some fun projects.

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Dream Journaling: Animal Symbolism

From household pets to our local zoos and parks, animals are an ever-present aspect of our waking world. Have you ever wondered why a particular animal has appeared in your dreams, and what it might signify? Animal symbolism has long been a tool of the written word and can be a fun and interesting method of gleaning insight from our dreams. Get some tips and tricks on how to dream journal and explore the meaning of several animals commonly encountered in dreams.

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Book Walk

Enjoy reading a fun story as you walk along the library grounds. The book we’ll read in June is Don’t Wake Up the Tiger

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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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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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Arkansas Society of Printmakers: New Kids on the Print Block

On view Friday, May 14 to Friday, August 27
Underground Gallery, Galleries & Bookstore at Library Square

The Arkansas Society of Printmakers (ASP) is a community of artists, art collectors, and supporters of the art of printmaking dedicated to the mission of generating greater excitement and appreciation for printmaking as a unique art form in Arkansas.

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

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CALS Writing Circle: Read Like a Writer

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

 

 

This month, we’ll read H is for Hawk,

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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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Undertale (Twitch Stream)

In these weekly streams, enjoy a journey through the instant-classic RPG Undertale with Digital Programming Coordinator Nathan Smith. Join the event at the CALS Twitch channel: twitch.tv/calibrarysystem/

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Tails & Tales with the Museum of Discovery

Every animal big and small has a tale to tell. Join us – and a very special guest – to learn about the Museum’s coolest critters! Register here for a link to this Zoom meeting.

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Tik Tok Tuesday

Did you know the library now has a TikTok? Why let the teens have all the fun, lets plan and make some tiktoks together.

Facebook Live

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Virtual Bingoflix: Post Apocalyptic Commando Shark

Join us for Virtual BingoFlix: Sharkfest! Play bingo along to cheesy movie cliches during a virtual watch party for your chance to win a free movie pass to the theater once we reopen. Grab your sunscreen and get ready for a summer full of so-bad-they’re-good shark movies!

On Tuesday, July 27, join us for Post Apocalyptic Commando Shark (2016, TV-MA)! In the post-apocalyptic future, the world is at war. The newly instated Soviet Russian Army has invaded the USA with the assistance of an evil German scientist who has created an army of super human soldiers,

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