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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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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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Grab N’ Go Activity Bags

A craft bag or worksheet.

For preschool and school age kids.

Available during operational hours.

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Center Hour

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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Stitch Makers – Knit & Crochet

Knit and crochet for beginners or experts. Yarn and hook will be provided or you can bring your own projects to work on.

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Mother Goose on the Loose Ages 0-24 months

Join us for storytime with some nursery rhymes, singing and movement followed by some sensory play and socialization.  Every Monday at 1o am at the Thompson Library.

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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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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
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87950675544…
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Apple Stamp

A process art project for toddlers and preschoolers.

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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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Mindful Mondays

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

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Bored Games

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

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Maker Mondays

Each Monday we will make a fun craft. Ages 5-12

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Lego Club

CLLC is bringing back the Lego Club! Come build it up at the library!

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Teens 4 InQlusion @ Nixon

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

For ages 12-18 years.

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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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Sensory Hour

Reasons to let your little one come… • develops motor skills
• supports language development
• encourages social interaction as well as cognitive growth
• allows for messy play with no clean up for you!
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Yard Work: Inspirations Found in Our Own Backyards

ON VIEW Friday, June 10–Saturday, October 1
Underground Gallery, Galleries & Bookstore at Library Square, Roberts Library

In this exhibition featuring four artists who first met each other in the University of Central Arkansas Art Department over a decade ago, Kristen Spickard, Barbara Satterfield, Britynn Davis, and Deborah Kuster have come together again to showcase their artistic responses to nature and backyard experiences.

As an apartment dweller,

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Steven Wise: O…Is for Ozarks

ON VIEW Friday, August 12–Saturday, October 29, 2022
Loft Gallery, CALS Galleries & Bookstore at Library Square, Roberts Library

O…Is for Ozarks is made up of large pictures inspired by artist Steven Wise’s study of the Ozark Mountains, the natural surroundings in which he lives and which he considers home. These new works derive from his exploration of the natural world of northwest Arkansas as both naturalist and artist.

Artist Statement:

I believe that the search for beauty is a political act.

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Preschool Storytime

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

For ages 3+

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Pre-K Storytime

Join Miss Kathy at the Maumelle Library for stories, songs, and a simple craft.

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Homeschool Kids

Stories and activities designed for elementary aged kids. A great opportunity to meet local homeschool families.

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Homegrown Teens

Teens and tweens work on STEM projects, creative crafts, tech skills, and more.

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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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Teen Time Tuesdays

Teens and tweens can meet after school to enjoy lemonade, do homework, color, listen to music, and socialize.

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STEAM Power

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

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Paint Play

Let’s make art with paint! Each week we will use different techniques to paint amazing art to display. Ages 5-12.

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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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Game and Puzzle Club

Come have some fun playing tabletop games and/or working a puzzle with friends at the library.

Ages: 6-11

The Game and Puzzle Club meets the fourth Tuesday of each month at 4:00PM

Dates

August 23

September 27

October 25

November 22

December 27

 

 

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Storytime

Join Children’s programmers for a weekly storytime adventure!

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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.

Register

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Storytime

Join us on Wednesdays and Fridays at 10:30 am for storytime. We will have books, music, games, and so much more.

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Toddler Time

Enjoy listening to stories and singing songs.

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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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Mother Goose on the Loose: Baby Storytime

Join Miss Kathy at the Maumelle Library for songs, stories, and finger plays. Ages 0-36 months.
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Movin’ & Groovin’

Move to the beat and play with sensory toys.

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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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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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Build-O-Rama

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

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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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Homework Helpers

Stop by for weekly homework help.

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Painting and Punch

Sip punch while you complete a guided painting.

 

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Crafts & Kiki

Hang out with Teens 4 InQlusion’s delightfully queer craft circle! Ages 12-19

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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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Teen Game Corner

Teens can join Stefanie at the Maumelle Library for video games, board games, and music in the meeting room. Snacks from Food for Good will be available beginning at 4:00 PM.

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Thompson Teen Programs

September 1 Decorate wooden bookmarks with pyrography tools that allow you to “draw with fire” through decorative burn marks. September 8 Help the Library celebrate Banned Books Week (Sep. 18-24) by using mixed media techniques to create anti-censorship mini posters September 15 Celebrate the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month by making prints inspired by the Pre-Columbian Aztec and Taino cultures September 22 Celebrate the freedom to read by making your own Banned Book button.  Participate in the Banned Book triva game for the chance to win a prize.
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Hispanic Heritage Month: Artist Exploration Series

Join us in a 5-week series to study and create works in the style of famous Hispanic artists. We will learn about Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, Diego Rivers, Jean-Michael Basquiat, and Frida Kahlo. Children of all ages and their families are welcome to attend.

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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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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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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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¡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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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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“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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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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PJ Storytime

Once upon a time, there was a library that had a PJ storytime every Thursday at 7 p.m.

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PJ Storytime

Join us for an evening storytime in your pajamas!

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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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Tiny Tales

Join us each week for books, songs, and rhymes. Tiny Tales storytime is best for toddlers or preschoolers and their caregivers.

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Tinker Time

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

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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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D&D

Ever wanted to do a deep dive into D&D? Now’s your chance! Join Ashley every Friday to craft your character, join a campaign, and build stories together. Ages 12-19

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Family Movie Fridays

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

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Try Not to Laugh Challenge

Do you have the jokes or funny skills to make people laugh? Each Friday you have the opportunity to test your skills and try to win a prize. Take a turn at keeping a straight face, too!

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TTRPG

We play different Table-Top Role Playing Games. Spots are limited, so make sure to register by emailing Emery at ejohnson@cals.org. Ages 16 & up.

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Art in the Garden

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

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Tween Time

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

Snacks will be served.

For ages 9-18 years.

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Hocus Pocus (1993, PG)

Before you stream the sequel… watch the original on the big screen!

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, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy) who used to live in the house. Now, with the help of a magical cat, the kids must steal the witches’

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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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Tai Chi at Main

Please join us for Tai Chi at Main every Saturday morning at 10:00 AM starting April 2 with certified Tai Chi instructor Taylor Novay. PLEASE NOTE- Class will meet each week on the 5th floor of the Main Library in the multi-purpose programming room. Class participants will then decide if they would prefer to meet indoors or adjourn to the parking deck roof for the Tai Chi class.

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Saturday Storytime

Add some fun to your Saturday with a BONUS storytime this week!

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Aikido Class

Aikido also known as “The Art of Peace” is a modern Japanese martial art system of throwing, joint-locking, striking, and pinning techniques. The class will be led by Brant Collins. He holds a black belt in Aikido as well as a background in Karate and Judo.

No uniform is required. Please wear comfortable workout attire.

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D&D 18+

Dungeons and Dragons is a tabletop role-playing game using pen, paper, dice, and your imagination. The game is open to anyone 18 or older. Registration is required by emailing Emery at ejohnson@cals.org.

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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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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 1. Doors open at 8:00 p.m.

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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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Master Piece Puzzle Club

Drop in puzzle club for adults.  Work alone or with others and chat about puzzles, books, and more.  All levels of puzzling skills welcome—a great way to relax!

*Puzzles provided but donations of complete puzzles in good condition are appreciated*

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Ani-Monday

Otakus, unite! Watch new anime and old favorites with your fellow nerds on Level 4. Join us on October 3rd–Fullmetal Alchemist day! Ages 12-19.

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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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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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Home School Enrichment–Creative Kids (Ages 6-11)

Enrichment opportunity for homeschooled kids focusing on arts and crafts.

Weekly 1-hour program with creative activities.

Tuesdays in October & November | 2:30 PM

  • October’s projects: Weaving, clay, printmaking
  • November’s theme: Altered Books and 2-D designs.

Registration required.

To register, call the Thompson Library at 501-821-3060 or visit Thompson and speak with a staff member at the circulation desk.

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Homeschool Enrichment–STEAM Teens (Ages 12-17)

Enrichment opportunity for homeschooled teens focusing on science, technology, engineering, art, and math.

Tuesdays in October & November| 2:30 PM

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

  • October’s theme: Electricity
  • November’s theme: Chemistry

Registration Required for each month-long series.

To register for the Electricity series in October and/or the Chemistry series in November:

  • speak to the circulation desk at Thompson library or
  • call 501-821-3060
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Monster Maker

Join us this spooky season as we design and build our own monsters.

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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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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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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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Frankenstein (1931, NR)

Considered one of the most definitive monster-horror films of all time, director James Whale’s Frankenstein is an adaptation of Mary Shelley’s gothic 1818 novel of the same name, Frankenstein; Or, The Modern Prometheus. The mad, obsessed scientist Dr. Henry Frankenstein experimentally creates an artificial life – an “unnamed monster” (played by Boris Karloff) – that ultimately terrorizes the Bavarian countryside after being mistreated by his maker’s assistant Fritz, and society as a whole.

Tuesday,

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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CALS Writing Circle: Writer’s Lunch Generative Writing Studio

Having trouble finding the time to write? There’s a lot going on; how will you squeeze your writing time into your busy schedule? Join us once a week on your lunch hour for some dedicated writing time. BYO work-in-progress or use the prompt provided. Come and go. Contact dmoore@cals.org.

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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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Page Turners

Meetings are held on the first Thursday of every month.

Members read a single book for discussion at the meeting. Contact Ginann at gswindle@cals.org for more information.

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InQlusive Retro Reading Lounge: Like a Love Story

Read our InQlusive book of the month or bring your own while we read alone, together. October’s featured title, Like a Love Story, takes us back to the 80s and the Age of Madonna. Limited number of free copies available! Snacks provided, open to all teens, ages 12 – 19.

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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 other Thursday (excluding holidays). Just click here to go to our Nixon Facebook page to watch.

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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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Is it Paranormal?

Join us as we investigate the paranormal and talk to real ghost hunters and paranormal investigators.  Also we will talk to skeptics to see if there might be another explanation.

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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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Beetlejuice (1988, PG)

Thanks to an untimely demise, a young couple end up as poltergeists in their New England farmhouse, where they fail to meet the challenge of scaring away the insufferable new owners, who want to make drastic changes. In desperation, the undead newlyweds turn to an expert frightmeister, but he’s got a diabolical agenda of his own. Directed by Tim Burton and starring Michael Keaton, Winona Ryder, Geena Davis, Alec Baldwin, and Catherine O’Hara.

Friday, October 7. Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

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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 dmoore@cals.org.

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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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Halloween Costume Closet Shopping

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

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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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Rodney Crowell: Word For Word Tour

Audience members are invited to a rare experience as Rodney reads from his brand new book, Word For Word, shares stories, and performs the songs that have made him a renowned and prolific songwriter.

Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and the event starts at 8:00 p.m. Beer, wine, and concessions will be available. General admission tickets are $45. Tickets will also be available for purchase when doors open. To buy your tickets online,

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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

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. This particular election has become polarizing among voters and this forum will allow participants to speak directly with the candidates about their concerns.

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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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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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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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Son of Frankenstein (1939, NR)

Returning to the ancestral castle long after the death of the legendary monster, the son of Dr. Frankenstein meets a mad shepherd who is hiding the comatose creature. To clear the family name, he revives the creature and tries to rehabilitate him.

Tuesday, October 11. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Film starts at 7:00 p.m. Admission is $7. Beer, wine, and concessions will be available. To buy your tickets online, click on the button below.

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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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Candy Apple Buffet

Make your own candy apple! Ages 12-19

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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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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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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.
  • December – The Library Book by Susan Orlean
  • January – Our Town by James M. Fallows
  • February – Sully:  My Search for What Really Matters by Chesley Sullenberger
  • March – Enemies:  A Love Story by Isaac Bashevis Singer
  • April – Sapiens:  A Brief History Of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari
  • May –
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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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National Coming Out Day: Tres Gotas de Aqua

Coming out is a queer milestone–and it’s not an easy one. Tres Gotas de Agua is a 12-minute documentary about three Latine mothers telling the stories of how their LGBTQ children came out to them. We’ll watch together and talk about our own coming out experiences–and how cultural impact adds an extra layer of complexity to the process. Ages 12-19

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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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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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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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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

Register for How to NaNoWriMo

 

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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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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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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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Virtual Storytime

Learn ASL signs and read through books with Ms. Linda!

Available on the CALS Kids YouTube channel.

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Pumpkin Painting Party

Let’s celebrate fall with a pumpkin painting party! Pumpkins, painting supplies, and light refreshments will be provided in a limited amount. Registration is not required, but greatly appreciated! Email jlford@cals.org to secure your spot and supplies ahead of time. Children of all ages and their families are welcome to attend.

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Oliver Jeffers: 15 Years of Picturing Books

Wow. You’re in for a treat with this amazing exhibition of more than 80 pieces of original art by the world-renowned children’s author and illustrator.

Jeffers is a visual artist and author working in painting, bookmaking, illustration, collage, performance, and sculpture. Curiosity and humor are underlying themes throughout Oliver’s practice as an artist and storyteller. While investigating the ways the human mind understands its world, his work also functions as comic relief in the face of futility. Jeffers’ engagements and practice are truly international in scope.

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Nixon Book Buddies Book Club

This book club reads fiction & non-fiction books.

Occurs the 3rd Thursday of every month excluding holidays.
  • January – Call the Midwife by Jennifer Worth
  • February –The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
  • March – Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson
  • April – The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce
  • May – Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz
  • June – Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown
  • July – Braiding Sweetgrass:  Indigenous Wisdom,
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Personal Archiving and Prepping to Digitize Your Personal Papers, Photos, and Other Stuff (October 20)

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

Register for Personal Archiving

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InQlusion, Period. – a collaboration with AR Period Project

For many trans masculine and non-binary menstruators, “that time of the month” is an especially painful experience. This is a safe space for trans menstruators to learn self-care tips in the midst of dysphoria, and leave with free gender-affirming period products. Free to attend, registration required–email Jet (they/he) at jbutler@cals.org to sign up. Ages 12-19

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Kids Program: 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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Down to Earth

Join the Children’s Library and the UA Little Rock Geology Program to learn about minerals, fossils, earthquakes and much more that help make Earth the place we call home.

  • Thursday, September 8 – “Fascinating Fossils” with Dr. René Shroat-Lewis
Come explore the exciting world of fossils with Dr. René Shroat-Lewis, an invertebrate paleontologist from UA Little Rock. Discover what fossils are and how they are made. You can become a Junior Paleontologist when you make your very own fossil!
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Down to Earth

Stop on by the Children’s Library for a series on various geographical subjects! From fossils to earthquakes to minerals, we got it all!

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HITCHCOCK-toberfest! The Birds (1963, PG-13)

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

A wealthy San Francisco socialite pursues a potential boyfriend to a small Northern California town that slowly takes a turn for the bizarre when birds of all kinds suddenly begin to attack people. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Tippi Hedren, Rod Taylor, and Jessica Tandy.

Thursday,

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Candlelight Flow Yoga

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

This is a free community class; donations are kindly accepted and will go to the CALS Foundation.

Contact jlombardo@designsforhealth.com to register or for more information.

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Love Your Parks Cleanup: Boyle Park

Show your love for Little Rock Parks at our next Boyle Park cleanup on Saturday October 22, from 9-noon. The address is 2000 Boyle Park Road, and we will meet at Pavilion 1. Gloves, trash bags, and a limited number of grabbers will be available. We'll also have snacks, water, and giveaways. Appropriate shoes, buckets, sunscreen, and bug spray are recommended. This is a Great Arkansas Cleanup event in partnership with Keep Arkansas Beautiful.
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Filipino Kamayan: Feast & Fun!

Kumusta! October is Filipino-American Heritage Month. Let’s celebrate with a spread of authentic Filipino food & Fil-Am trivia! Free food is provided but space is limited. Registration required by 10/20; email Jet at jbutler@cals.org and please tell them your dietary restrictions. Ages 12-19

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False Negative: An Evening with John Waters

Buy Tickets – $40 Front & Center

Buy Tickets – $35 First Floor

Buy Tickets – $30 Balcony

CALS Six Bridges Book Festival has announced that tickets are now on sale for False Negative: An Evening with John Waters, Saturday, Oct. 22.

Waters’ rapid-fire one man “vaudeville” act is updated and expanded from the original film version that enjoyed critical success at the Edinburgh,

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CALS Speaker Series: Kimberly Wehle, How to Think Like a Lawyer and Why

Honoring Rabbi Ira Sanders

What does the average person have in common with lawyers? From the mundane to the game-changers, decisions need to be made every day. But a key way in which the everyday person differs from a lawyer is how each goes about making decisions. A non-lawyer often searches for answers to validate or solidify a pre-conceived decision, while a lawyer looks for questions.

Based on her book, How to Think Like a Lawyer and Why: A Common-Sense Guide to Everyday Dilemmas,

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Taste the Rainbow

Do you know what the original colors of the Pride flag symbolize? Enjoy a piece of history with a side of delicious rainbow snacks. Snacks provided, open to all teens 12-19.

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Teens 4 InQlusion @ Nixon

A GSA type program providing a space for discussion and promoting inclusion for teens.

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Meet the Author: Adam Houchins

Adam Houchins, author of “Cathy the Catfish and Sammy the Swan” will be at

Rooker Library to read and sign copies of his book.

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,

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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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Spooky Escape Room

It’s almost Halloween! Celebrate the spooky season by participating in an eerie escape room on Level 4. Ages 12-19.

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Teen Program: Haunted Gingerbread Houses

Create your own version of a spooky gingerbread house. For 7th-12th graders.

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Adult Cooking Class

Come learn how to make Harry Potter-inspired snacks, including treacle tart, pumpkin pastries, and nonalcoholic butterbeer!

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DY Spell Books

Join us to create your very own spell book! Ages 12-19

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Kids Program: Mad Science Lab

Join Ms. Nancy in making some lab experiments with slime, and others with edible ingredients.  What disgusting (and possibly delicious) concoctions will you create? For 3rd-6th graders.

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HITCHCOCK-toberfest! Psycho (1960, R)

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

A Phoenix secretary embezzles $40,000 from her employer’s client, goes on the run, and checks into a remote motel run by a young man under the domination of his mother. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Anthony Perkins and Janet Leigh.

Thursday, October 27. Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

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CALS Writing Circle: NaNoWriMo Kick-off Party

Every November, thousands of writers around the world participate in National Novel Writing Month. Join us as we kick off this year’s NaNoWriMo with writing games and goodies! Pay your own lunch buffet. Contact jjobe@cals.org with questions and to register.

 

 

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The Power of Mind

The Power of Mind is a modern guidebook based on ancient Buddhist techniques for transforming suffering into complete well-being that benefits us and the people around us. We’ve heard platitudes about cultivating love and compassion, but how can we genuinely develop these qualities and share them in our world? As Khentrul Rinpoche states, “Peace and happiness can be attained, but not by searching for something in the outside world—they start within us and then extend out to the entire globe.”

Khentrul Lodrö T’hayé Rinpoche,

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Movie & Snack featuring Coco

Movie day featuring Coco. Learn to make Cocadas (a traditional coconut confectionery found in many parts of Latin America.)

Día de cine con Coco. Aprende a hacer Cocadas (un dulce de coco tradicional que se encuentra en muchas partes de América Latina).

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CALS Writing Circle: Art Journaling at Nixon

Journaling is the perfect tool for exploring and better understanding our emotional health. This low-stress course provides journals and art supplies to decorate and personalize, as well as a wide assortment of journaling prompts to explore. Contact jjobe@cals.org or omitchell@cals.org to register or for more details.

 

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Halloween Carnival

Games, crafts, and fun galore! It’ll be a frightfully fun afternoon at CALS. Children, teens, and families are welcome to attend. Costumes are optional but encouraged! No RSVP required.

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George Michael Reborn
featuring Robert Bartko

On Oct. 29, the night before the 35th anniversary of the historic Faith album, the Six Bridges Book Festival transports you to The Edge of Heaven for a one-night-only performance of George Michael Reborn. This amazing must-see tribute to Wham! & George Michael stars Robert Bartko, who exudes the energy of passion of the superstar in the 80s and 90s. Robert’s spot-on looks, wardrobe, vocal range (no Lip-Syncing), dance moves, crowd interaction, and charisma leaves audiences cheering for an encore. Close your eyes and you’ll swear you’re listening to the real deal. Amazing. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 pre-event and $30 night of the show. Seating is general admission, so arrive early for the Freedom to choose the best seats. This tribute is sponsored by Meadors, Adams & Lee.
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Halloween Treat Bags

Halloween is on a Monday this year? Gross.

Don’t let a spooky Monday get you down!

Pop by the Nixon Library and get yourself a Halloween Treat Bag.

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Halloween-Themed Preschool Storytime

Join Ms. Sara for some not-so-spooky Halloween stories, songs, and crafts. Costumes encouraged! Best for ages 3-5.

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Halloween Spooktacular

Join us for a festive Halloween carnival for all ages inside the Terry Library. There will be games, prizes, face painting, and more! Costumes are welcomed but not required.

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Julius Wilm—”Populist Politics and Settlement Practice: Free Land in Arkansas from the 1830s to the 1920s”

CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies Presents LEGACIES & LUNCH

Speaker: Julius Wilm

Historians typically associate homesteading (the practice of settlers claiming government land free of charge through improvement) with the Great Plains states. Yet, one could argue that Arkansas is a particularly prominent location in this history: As early as the 1830s, petition campaigns from the Arkansas Territory demanded such a law, and beginning in 1840, the state government distributed tax-forfeited lands under conditions that anticipated the 1862 federal Homestead Act.

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Susan, Linda, Nina & Cokie: The Extraordinary Story of the Founding Mothers of NPR – Author Talk with Lisa Napoli

You’re invited to an enlightening hour with highly acclaimed writer, journalist, broadcaster, and speaker Lisa Napoli as she discusses her group biography of the four women whose voices defined NPR, Susan, Linda, Nina, and Cokie: The Extraordinary Story of the Founding Mothers of NPR.

In the years after the Civil Rights Act of 1964, women in the workplace still found themselves relegated to secretarial positions or locked out of jobs entirely. This was especially true in the news business,

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Candlelight Flow Yoga

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

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

This is a free community class; donations are kindly accepted and will go to the CALS Foundation.

Contact jlombardo@designsforhealth.com to register or for more information.

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How to “Save10” into Retirement

Don’t have a retirement plan at work? No worries. Make your own! Get the math and the inspiration to open your own retirement account and start planning for your future.

Presented by Sarah Catherine Gutierrez, Founder & CEO of Aptus Financial

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Co-sponsored by the Arkansas Financial Education Commission.

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Arlette Laan: Hiking the 11 National Scenic Trails

Arlette Laan is the first woman to have completed all 11 National Scenic trails. Her talk will include brief descriptions of the trails she’s hiked, her observations on the changes in long distance hiking over time, and tips on perseverance. In addition to hiking and backpacking, Arlette enjoys photography and doll making. Her dolls can be found on her Instagram page, which is linked on her website.

Tuesday, November 8, 2022 at the CALS Ron Robinson Theater.

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Lessons in Chemistry – Author Talk with Bonnie Garmus

Join us for a dazzlingly entertaining virtual chat with author Bonnie Garmus as she discusses her debut New York Times bestselling novel Lessons in Chemistry.
Lessons in Chemistry is set in 1960s California and features the singular voice of Chemist Elizabeth Zott, a scientist whose career takes an unexpected detour. Elizabeth Zott is not your average woman. In fact, Elizabeth Zott would be the first to point out that there is no such thing as an average woman.

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CALS closed for Veteran’s Day

All branches and buildings of the Central Arkansas Library System will be closed at 6 p.m. on Thursday, November 10 and all day Friday, November 11 in observance of Veteran’s Day. 

The Galleries & Bookstore at Library Square will be open Friday, November 11, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Regular hours will resume Saturday, November 12. Please call 918-3000 for further information. 

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Researching Your Historic Home: Stifft Station, Capitol View, and Hillcrest

Hear about the development of these early twentieth-century Little Rock neighborhoods and their enduring historical significance, and learn how to research the history of homes within their boundaries with Community Outreach Archivist Danielle Afsordeh. Join us at the CALS Fletcher Library to learn some tips and tricks for researching the history of homes using resources available through the Central Arkansas Library System and the archival collections at the CALS Roberts Library.

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Finding Family Facts (November 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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Phil Plait presents Eclipse Across America

Join Central Arkansas Library System and the Arkansas Space Grant Consortium for this special event! On Monday, November 14, Dr. Phil Plait takes the CALS Ron Robinson Theater stage to present “Eclipse Across America.” This event is FREE! Reservations are NOT required. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and the event begins at 7:00 p.m. A book signing will follow. Beer, wine, and concessions will be available.

On April 8, 2024, the United States will be treated to one of the rarest and most spectacular of celestial events: a total solar eclipse.

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How to Have Difficult Conversations About Race: Practical Tools for Necessary Change in the Workplace and Beyond – Author talk with Kwame Christian

Join us for an enlightening hour with bestselling author Kwame Christian as he chats about his new book How to Have Difficult Conversations About Race: Practical Tools for Necessary Change in the Workplace and Beyond.

How to Have Difficult Conversations About Race helps readers gain the confidence to not only talk about race, but actually make a difference when you do. Negotiation expert Kwame Christian’s motto is: “The best things in life are on the other side of difficult conversations.”

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Teen Time

Stop by the library after school and have book chats, create crafts, play games, and nerd out.

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Issues That Matter: Protecting Arkansas’s Waterways: Rivers as Roads

Arkansas’s rivers are vital components in the movement of goods and materials in the state. This programs will discuss the challenges faced in maintaining them as viable travel routes.

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

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Personal Archiving and Prepping to Digitize Your Personal Papers, Photos, and Other Stuff (November 17)

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

Register for Personal Archiving

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Lawyers In The Library – Record Sealing Clinic

The Central Arkansas Library System and the Center for Arkansas Legal Services have once again teamed up to offer Lawyers in the Library! Come listen to legal presentations and an opportunity to ask a lawyer your civil legal question. Topics include Criminal Record Sealing and Public Benefits like SNAP and SSI, and will end with a record-sealing clinic.

Record Sealing – Center for Arkansas Legal Services will hold a record sealing clinic from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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CALS closed for Thanksgiving

All branches and buildings of the Central Arkansas Library System will be closed beginning at 6 p.m. Wednesday, November 23 through Sunday, November 27  in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. 

The Galleries & Bookstore at Library Square will be open Friday and Saturday, November 25 and 26, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Regular hours will resume Monday, November 28. Please call 918-3000 for further information.

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Fiddlesticks

Bring your needles or hooks. Any kind of craft is welcome.

Learn a thing or two or just enjoy the company

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Master Builders

Discover, build, and create using various materials.

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Storytime

Enjoy listening to stories, singing songs, and making a craft. Ages 3-5.

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Horse – Author Talk with Geraldine Brooks

Join us for an exciting virtual chat with the highly-acclaimed and award winning novelist, Geraldine Brooks in conversation about her most recent New York Times Bestselling novel Horse. Brooks braids a sweeping story of spirit, obsession, and injustice across American history.

Kentucky, 1850. An enslaved groom named Jarret and a bay foal forge a bond of understanding that will carry the horse to record-setting victories across the South. When the nation erupts in civil war,

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