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September In-Person Activities

We’re celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month!

All of our programs this month will be influenced by Hispanic culture. Please join us on:

Tuesdays at 10:30 am for Preschool Storytime

Wednesdays at 1:00 Hanging Out With the Homies (any homeschooled in the community)

Thursdays at 4:15 Naturally Crafty for all school-aged

Every other Saturday at 1:00 pm Teen Art

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CALS closed for Labor Day

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

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

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Preschool Storytime

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

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Drop-in Tech Help

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

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

 

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Kids’ Garden Club

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

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The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez: a docuseries screening and discussion

This six-part documentary series from award-winning documentarian Brian Knappenberger offers an inside look at the trial as well as an eye-opening investigation into the government systems that failed to protect Gabriel, despite multiple reports and warning signs. Open discussion is welcome in the chat during and after viewing.
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Microsoft Word Part 1: The Basics

Hybrid session—attend at the library or online! Learn all the basics you need to feel comfortable in Word, including how to write, edit, and personalize documents to look their best.
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Baby/Toddler Storytime

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

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Storytime

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

For toddlers and preschoolers.

Call 457-5038 to sign up!

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Suzanne Pharr — “The Women’s Project: Working Across Race, Gender, and Economics”

CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies Presents LEGACIES & LUNCH

Speaker: Suzanne Pharr

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

Suzanne Pharr,

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Book and Cook

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

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Homework Helpers

Stop by for weekly homework help.

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Make it Look Great with Microsoft Publisher

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

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

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

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Lego Club

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

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Teddy Bear Camp Out

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

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

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

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Gummy Bear Science

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

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

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

Featured Music: Bluesboy Jag

CURRENT EXHIBITIONS

Steven Wise: O…Is for Ozark
Loft Gallery

Now through Saturday, October 29, 2022

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

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¡Fiesta! – Opening Kick-off celebration

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

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

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Teddy Bear Sleepover

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

Space is limited – registration is required.

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

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Sid’s Seed and Plant Swap

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

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CALS Writing Circle: Writing All Year Workshop Group

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

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Teen Art Project

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

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

on KINDNESS.

We meet every other Saturday at 1:00 pm.

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Ooey Gooey Oobleck!

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

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Halloween Costume Closet Donations

Between September 12-October 3, donate gently used outfits and accessories for our costume swap on October 8. Items should be freshly cleaned, in good condition, and delivered to McMath library. If donating accessories to go with a specific costume, please place them in a labeled zip top bag.

 

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Mastering Mailchimp

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

Cory Jones of Compassion Works for All leads us in a guided meditation that’s like an oasis in the middle of your day! Join us from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM on Monday September 12 via Zoom. All are welcome- and we hope you will choose to join us! CALS Adult Programs is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Topic: Meditation at Main Online
Time: Sep 12, 2022 12:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting
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Marble Painted Fall Leaves

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

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Finding Family Facts (September 12)

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

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Mindful Mondays

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

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Pronoun Pins

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

 

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Adult Art Program: Oil Paint Stick

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

Space is limited – registration is required.

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CALS Writing Circle: Creative Nonfiction/Memoir Writing Workshop

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

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Preschool Storytime

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

For ages 3+

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Ants and Bugs on a Log

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

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Drop-in Tech Help

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

Did you know your local library has voter registration forms?

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

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Housing Affordability – What You Need To Know

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

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

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Co-sponsored by the Arkansas Financial Education Commission.

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Microsoft Word Part 2: Styles, Mailings, and More

Hybrid session—attend at the library or online! Build on your knowledge of Microsoft Word and learn to create mail merges, use styles and themes, and help others edit.
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CALS Writing Circle: Memoir Writing for Seniors

This ongoing class meets once each week and takes attendees aged 55+ through the steps of writing their own life stories. Students are given tools and techniques to help learn to write regularly and productively. Everyone is welcome; no writing experience is required. Contact dmoore@cals.org.

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Hangin’ With The Homies

This program is for our home-schooled.

We explore ideas and lean into STEAM fun.

Wednesdays at 1:00 p.m.

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Rock Your Locker

Make unique decorations to personalize your locker.

 

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Bee Club (In The Kitchen)

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

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Family Movie Night

Enjoy a family friendly movie after school!

9/14 – Sonic the Hedgehog

9/28 – Encanto

 

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Naturally Crafty

We craft with all kinds of materials!

For school ages K-12

Thursdays after school at 4:15 p.m.

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Teens 4 InQlusion Programs for Latine Heritage Month

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

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

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

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

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Kaleidoscopic Painting with Jake Jackson

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

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Bear Talk with Central Arkansas Nature Center

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

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Family Game Night

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

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

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

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

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Capturing Your Hispanic Heritage

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

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Crafting With Ms. Brandy-Papel Picado

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

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Painting for Adults

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

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

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

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

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Pirate Pete

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

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Tail Waggin’ Tutors

Practice your reading with a certified therapy dog.

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Socrates Café

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

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National Voter Registration Day

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

Have your voice heard!

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How to Make: Kombucha

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

Space is limited – registration is required.

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Drop-in Tech Help

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

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

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Latinx Adult Craft Series

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

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

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Virtual Storytime

An online storytime with Ms. Linda.

Virtual Storytimes are posted on the CALS Kids YouTube channel.

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Anime Night

Watch anime and eat themed snacks.

 

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Create a Virtual Field Trip

Hybrid session—attend at the library or online! Create your own virtual field trip using Power Point to help guide student exploration in a dynamic and interactive way. Educator attendees are eligible for 2 hours PD credit.
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Creating Gender Euphoria: Self-Portraiture As An Act of Self-Love

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

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

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Meet the Bees

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

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A Conversation with Author Alex Gino, Melissa

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

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World Music with the Ginsingers

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

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Lung Cancer Screenings and You

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

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Transhood (Film Screening)

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

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Toddler Fall Snack

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

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Kid’s Fall Snack

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

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Yoga for Kids

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

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Meet the Author- Adam Houchins

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

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

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Botanist with ARDOT

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

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Charlotte’s Web (Film Screening)

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

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Artist Study: Pablo Picasso

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

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Creepy Campout Escape Room

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

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Apple Stamp

A process art project for toddlers and preschoolers.

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Meditation at Main Online

Cory Jones of Compassion Works for All leads us in a guided meditation that’s like an oasis in the middle of your day! Join us from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM on Monday September 26 via Zoom. All are welcome- and we hope you will choose to join us! CALS Adult Programs is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Topic: Meditation at Main Online
Time: Sep 26, 2022 12:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting
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Taino Inspired Carvings

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

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Teens 4 InQlusion @ Nixon

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

For ages 12-18 years.

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

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¡Folklore, Música & Comida!

Performance by Ballet Quetzalli and taste of traditional food.

Actuación del Ballet Quetzalli y degustación de comida tradicional.

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Drop-in Tech Help

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

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

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

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Math Storytelling

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

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Learn Snapchat and Bitmoji

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

Sip punch while you complete a guided painting.

 

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Easy Design with Canva

Hybrid session—attend at the library or online! You don't have to be a designer to use Canva; a powerful, free, web-based tool to create promotional materials for your event or organization. Educator attendees are eligible for 2 hours PD credit.
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Latinx Tween/Teen Craft Series

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

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

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¡Carnaval! Face Painting Workshop

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

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

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

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

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Yoga with Mimi

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

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Music Trivia

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

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Gardening for Bees

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

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

Speaker: Maria Escobar

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

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

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Drop-in Tech Help

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

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

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

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Grab N’ Go Activity Bags

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

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

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2022 Genealogy Workshop

CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies PRESENTS

Annual Genealogy Workshop featuring Lori Thornton

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

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

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

How to participate

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

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Be Mighty Grab & Go Meals

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

M-F 4-5 pm

Sat 12-1 pm

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¡Vamos al Cine! – McFarland USA

Movie Day featuring McFarland USA.

Día de la película con McFarland USA.

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

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

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

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Six Bridges Book Festival presents Teen Poetry Contest

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

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

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Grab-and-Go Meals

Free meals to children ages 1-18 years.

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Tail Waggin’ Tutors

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

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¡Color Arcoiris! Painting workshop

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

Jake Jackson Art: William Jacob Jackson

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

Jake Jackson Arte: William Jacob Jackson

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CALS Writing Circle: Nonfiction and Memoir Writing Workshop

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

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Preschool Storytime

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

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

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Drop-in Tech Help

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

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

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Teen Program: Thrifty Pop Art

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

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Voter Registration Party

Did you know the library has voter registration applications?

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

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Mastering Mailchimp

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

This ongoing class meets once each week and takes attendees aged 55+ through the steps of writing their own life stories. Students are given tools and techniques to help learn to write regularly and productively. Everyone is welcome; no writing experience is required. Contact dmoore@cals.org.

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Storytime

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

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

For toddlers and preschoolers.

Call 457-5038 to sign up!

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Baby/Toddler Storytime

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

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

CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies Presents LEGACIES & LUNCH

Speaker: Calvin White and Michael Pierce

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

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Open Art Hour

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

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Hangin’ with the Homies

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

October 5 – Monster poly vinyl reaction

October 12 – Ghost rockets

October 19 – BOO BARK

October 26 – Resist art

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Book and Cook

Come hear the book “Room on the Broom” and make edible witch’s hats!

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KIDS COOK with Faith Anaya

As part of our grant-funded after-school series, Thompson Library will host a kids cooking class on Wednesdays in October from 4-5PM for ages 9-12.  The wonderful Faith Anaya of Kids Cook will be the outside presenter leading the classes.

Only 12 spots are available and registration is required.  So Register today!

You can register by speaking with a staff member at Thompson Library’s circulation desk or by calling 501-821-3060

You will also need to fill out and return a liability waiver,

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Teens 4 InQlusion

Get ready for Central Arkansas Pride (Saturday, October 15) by making your own pronoun and pride pin with our button maker, which was purchased through a grant from the Windgate Foundation. Teens of all genders and orientations are welcome. No registration required. Teens 4 InQlusion is a group at CALS that seeks to empower, educate, and support LGBTQ+ youth and allies and to bridge the gap of service and representation within CALS’s community. InQlusion is funded, in part, by the Arkansas LGBTQ+ Advancement Fund,
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¡Sabor Latino! – Teens in the Kitchen

Teens in the Kitchen. We will cook an easy Hispanic dish. Space is limited so registration is required. Please call Children’s Library at 501-978-3870 for more information.

Adolescentes en la cocina. Cocinaremos un plato hispano fácil. El espacio es limitado por lo que es necesario registrarse. Llame a la Biblioteca Children’s al 501-978-3870 para obtener más información.

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Microsoft Word Part 1: The Basics

Hybrid session—attend at the library or online! Learn all the basics you need to feel comfortable in Word, including how to write, edit, and personalize documents to look their best.
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Naturally Crafty

An after-school craft program for school-aged kids.

Thursdays at 4:00 pm. We supply all the materials.

October 6 – SLIME

October 13 – Witch wreath

October 20 – BOO BARK!

October 27 – Spider web art

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Kids Program: Lego Free Play

Let your imagination fly as you build with Terry’s Lego collection. What will you build? For 3rd-6th graders.

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Teens in the Kitchen

Learn how to make salsa and cachapas in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month! Limited to 10 participants.

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Tween Time

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

For ages 9-18 years.

Kids under 11 years must have someone 16+ to accompany them.

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Family Storytime

Come listen to stories!

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Saturday Morning Movie

Bring the family and enjoy the show!

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MömandPöp Music Show

Come watch this musical theatre duo in a show that’s fun for the whole family!

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CALS Writing Circle: Writing all Year Workshop Group

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

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Talavera Sun Clay Art

Get messy and create your own Talavera Sun using air dry clay.

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Tail Waggin’ Tutors

Practice your reading skills with adorable trained therapy dogs.

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Teen Art Program

We meet every other Saturday @ 1:00 pm. For ages 12+

October 8 – TEENy pottery ghosts.

October 22 – Calaveras on canvas board.

 

 

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¡Vamos al Cine! – The Book of Life

Movie day featuring The Book of Life.

Día de cine con El Libro de la Vida.

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Halloween Costume Closet Shopping

Shop for a free, gently used Halloween costume. First come, first served.

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Author Meet and Greet: Shawnise Chantell

Meet local author Shawnise Chantell for a reading of the first chapter in her book, God Within the Lily.

Copies of God Within the Lily will be available for purchase and signing.

 

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STEM Challenge: Pumpkin Catapult

Join the challenge and make a catapult to use with candy pumpkins!

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CALS closed for Indigenous Peoples’ Day

All branches and buildings of the Central Arkansas Library System will be closed Monday, October 10 in observance of Indigenous Peoples’ Day holiday. 

Regular hours will resume Tuesday, October 11. Please call 918-3000 for further information. 

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Mayoral Forum

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The Central Arkansas Library System, KUAR, and the League of Women Voters of Pulaski County will host a forum of candidates running for the position of Little Rock mayor at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, October 10, in the Ron Robinson Theater, 100 River Market Avenue. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m.

All four candidates currently on the ballot will be in attendance: Incumbent Mayor Frank Scott Jr., Steve Landers Sr., Greg Henderson and Glen Schwarz.

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Teens 4InQlusion Programs for Latine Heritage Month – Tres Gotas de Agua

Tres Gotas de Agua, a 12-minute documentary about three Latine immigrant mothers sharing their experiences of their children coming out to them. After the documentary, we’ll talk about how unique the coming-out experience is for people & how cultural impact can add another layer of complexity to it all.

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

Tres Gotas de Agua, un documental de 12 minutos sobre tres madres inmigrantes latinas que comparten sus experiencias sobre cómo sus hijos se declararon homosexuales con ellas.

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Virtual Storytime

An online storytime featuring reading and baby ASL.

Video will be posted on the CALS Kids YouTube channel.

 

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Drop-in Tech Help

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

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

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Teen Program: Live Action Among Us

Teammates work together to determine who is sus and who isn’t in this live version of the popular online game. For 7th-12th graders.

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Stephin Booth: Afro-Caribbean Drumming

Promoting unity, teamwork, self-confidence, and patience through teaching about various drums in Afro-Caribbean culture. All ages are welcome! 
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Adult Art Night

Make a pom-pom garland of Halloween pumpkins, ghosts, and spiders for your mantle or doorway!

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Avoiding Identity Theft & Staying Cyber-Secure

Presenter: Lee Watson, Founder and CEO of Forge Institute.

October is National Cybersecurity Safety Month. Are you doing all you can to stay cyber safe? Learn more about current threats to consumers, how to identify potential ‘bad actors’ online and the 10 best practices for staying cyber safe.

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Co-sponsored by the Arkansas Financial Education Commission.

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Family Movie Night

Watch a family friendly movie after school.

10/12 – The Addams Family (2019)

10/26 – The Addams Family 2

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Literacy Centers

Preschoolers, can’t wait to start school? Are you excited to learn to read? Bring your grown-up and come play in hands-on literacy centers!

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Frankentoys

Dissect, modify, and reassemble old toys to make creepy Frankentoys.

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Beginner Google Apps

Take an in-depth tour of Google Apps, a free, web-based, and collaborative software service based on the Google platform. Hybrid session—attend at the library or online!
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Not Nice: Stop People Pleasing, Staying Silent, & Feeling Guilty – Author Talk with Dr. Aziz Gazipura

We invite you to join us for a talk with Dr. Aziz Gazipura, one of the world’s leading experts on social confidence as he discusses how to stop being too nice and worrying about what others might think.

Are you too nice? Do you find it hard to be assertive and ask for what you want? Did you know millions of people struggle with being “too nice”? Being nice can make it hard to speak up, say “no,” or do something that might upset someone.This talk will teach participants that the opposite of nice is not mean but rather real.

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Teens 4InQlusion Programs for Latine Heritage Month – Tres Gotas de Agua

Tres Gotas de Agua, a 12-minute documentary about three Latine immigrant mothers sharing their experiences of their children coming out to them. After the documentary, we’ll talk about how unique the coming-out experience is for people & how cultural impact can add another layer of complexity to it all.

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

Tres Gotas de Agua, un documental de 12 minutos sobre tres madres inmigrantes latinas que comparten sus experiencias sobre cómo sus hijos se declararon homosexuales con ellas.

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Kids Program: Creepy Critters

Come meet all the creepy crawly critters! Presented by Pinnacle. For grades 3rd-6th.

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HITCHCOCK-toberfest! Rear Window (1954, PG)

HITCHCOCK-toberfest returns! Join us on Thursdays this October for one-night-only screenings of Rear Window, The Birds, and Psycho!

A newspaper photographer with a broken leg passes time recuperating by observing his neighbors through his window. He sees what he believes to be a murder and decides to solve the crime himself. With the help of his nurse and wife, he tries to catch the murderer without being killed himself.

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Easy Design with Canva

Hybrid session—attend at the library or online! You don't have to be a designer to use Canva; a powerful, free, web-based tool to create promotional materials for your event or organization. Educator attendees are eligible for 2 hours PD credit.
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2nd Friday Art Night at Roberts Library (October 2022)

Featured Artist: Paul Milholland (woodworking)
Learn more about Paul Milholland

Featured Author: Chris Massingill, author of Sock Monster Problems. She will have both books and sock monsters available for sale.

Featured Music: Rolling Blackouts

Robin Neveu Brown and the Rock Moves Contemporary Dance Troupe will be performing on Count Pulaski Way next to the Roberts Library during the October 2FAN

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Our Community Through My Lens
Landing Gallery

Photography—a medium full of potential.

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Nightmare Before Christmas (1993, PG)

Jack Skellington, the pumpkin king of Halloween Town, is bored with doing the same thing every year for Halloween. One day he stumbles into Christmas Town, and is so taken with the idea of Christmas that he tries to get the resident bats, ghouls, and goblins of Halloween Town to help him put on Christmas instead of Halloween – but they can’t get it quite right. Animated in stop-motion, directed by Henry Selick, and produced and conceived by Tim Burton.

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Dog Training Club

Want a better behaved dog? Want to have fun with your dog?

Come meet the dogs and people of the Little Rock Dog Training Club, helping our community to enjoy dogs since 1950.  A volunteer organization, LRDTC offers classes in canine manners, competitive obedience, agility, and more. Responsible dog ownership and fun with dogs are our goals. Join us on Saturday, October 15, from  10:00 to 11:00 for a meet and greet, doggy demos, and helpful training tips.

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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) Contact jjobe@cals.org

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Hocus Pocus (1993, PG)

THREE showtimes to choose from!

1:30 p.m. (doors open at 12:30 p.m.)
4:00 p.m. (doors open at 3:00 p.m.)
6:30 p.m. (doors open at 5:30 p.m.)

After moving to Salem, Massachusetts, teenager Max Dennison explores an abandoned house with his sister Dani and their new friend, Allison. After dismissing a story Allison tells as superstitious, Max accidentally frees a coven of evil witches (played by Bette Midler,

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CALS Writing Circle: Queer Writers Collective

Are you a writer in the LGBTQ+ community? This writers group is open to all genders and sexualities looking to practice their craft in an affirming space! Contact Bekah, rasmith@cals.org, to register.

 

 

 

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Piano Program

Don Nichols from Little Rock Piano will present a hands-on piano class. Bring the whole family and learn how to chord along with your favorite songs!

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Recycled Pumpkin Craft

Make a Jack-O-Lantern out of anything but a pumpkin.

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

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

Saturday, October 15. Doors open at 8:00 p.m.

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NIFI Serie de Diálogos – Elecciones: ¿Cómo debemos fomentar y salvaguardar el voto?

Muchos estadounidenses están preocupados por los sistemas electorales de nuestro país, a pesar de no estar de acuerdo sobre los problemas específicos o cómo resolverlos. ¿Son los sistemas demasiado fáciles de manipular? ¿Tenemos reglas que hacen que la votación sea justa y accesible para todos? ¿Estamos haciendo lo suficiente para garantizar la precisión y la credibilidad?

Esta reunión explorará estos pensamientos utilizando una guía de discusión de los Foros de Asuntos Nacionales y la guía de facilitadores capacitados.

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Fall Snow Globes

Make a fall sensory jar with glitter, sequins, and fall trinkets inside. Kids and families welcome.

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Book Club

Join us in the discussion of Wonder by R.J. Palacio, a book about a boy born with a facial deformity that has prevented him from going to mainstream school – until now.

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Socrates Café

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

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NIFI Dialogue Series – Elections: How should we encourage and safeguard voting?

Many Americans are concerned about our country’s election systems, despite disagreeing on the specific problems or how to solve them. Are the systems too easy to manipulate? Do we have rules that make voting fair and accessible to all? Are we doing enough to ensure accuracy and credibility?

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

  • Would consistent national standards for voting,
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Teen Program: Zombie Dolls

Come “zombie-fy” a Barbie doll! For 7th-12th graders.

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Where The Children Take Us – Author Talk with Zain E. Asher

Join us in conversation with popular CNN Anchor, Zain E. Asher, as she discusses her moving and inspiring memoir Where the Children Take Us.

In Where the Children Take Us, Zain E. Asher, tells the story of her mother’s harrowing fight to raise four children as a widowed immigrant in South London. There is tragedy in this tale, but it is not a tragedy. Drawing on tough-love parenting strategies, Obiajulu Ejiofor teaches her sons and daughters to overcome the daily pressures of poverty,

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BingoFlix! Jesse James Meets Frankenstein’s Daughter (1966, NR)

Continue the Frankenstein fun with a game of BingoFlix! Play bingo along to the cheesy movie cliches in Jesse James Meets Frankenstein’s Daughter for your chance to win a prize.

Legendary outlaw of the Old West Jesse James, on the run from Marshal MacPhee, hides out in the castle of Baron Frankenstein’s granddaughter Maria, who proceeds to transform Jesse’s slow-witted pal Hank into a bald zombie, which she names Igor.

Tuesday,

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