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Mid-Southern Watercolorists 50th Annual Juried Exhibition

Opens March 13
Galleries at Library Square, West Gallery

This exhibition will include thirty-nine paintings selected by juror Lynn Ferris of West Virginia. Mid-Southern Watercolorists is a non-profit organization incorporated in Little Rock, Arkansas, to enrich the stature of watermedia and encourage the recognition of its significance in our culture. This organization furthers the interest of painters and patrons by its programs and by its competitive and non-competitive exhibitions. It also provides opportunities for study by art students and others engaged in art making and in appreciation of arts.

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Personal Archiving Virtually! (April 9)

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Have you been meaning to get your family papers, photographs, scrapbooks, and photo albums organized and digitized?

Starting on Thursday, March 26, at 1 p.m., Heather Zbinden, program coordinator at the CALS Roberts Library, will be live streaming a program to show you how to tackle your personal archiving projects. The program will continue every Thursday at 1 p.m. through April 16. Learn ways to sort your items into like groups,

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2nd Friday Art Night at Library Square

On the second Friday of each month, The Galleries at Library Square and The Bookstore at Library Square participate in 2nd Friday Art Night (2FAN), a time when the galleries, museums and businesses in downtown Little Rock, are open from 5-8 p.m. for an after-hours gallery walk. This event is FREE and open to the public.

The Galleries at Library Square exhibitions and music:

West Gallery: Mid-Southern Watercolorists 50th Annual Juried Exhibition

Concordia Gallery: Into the Woods: Arkansas Champion Trees by Linda Williams Palmer &

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Knitting Help Virtually!

Please register by Monday at 5 pm CDT prior to the session to receive your Zoom login information. Logins will be sent out on the day of the session.

Need help with your knitting? Is your LYS closed or not offering help right now?

We’ve come up with a solution: VIRTUAL KNITTING HELP!

Join Heather on Tuesdays, May 5 – May 26 at 5:30 PM CDT and get the help you need!

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The Arkansas Vietnam War Project: An Update

This program will be presented on YouTube Live

About the Program

The CALS Butler Center’s Brian Robertson will give an update on a digital project launched in 2014 to document Arkansas’s role in the Vietnam War and preserve materials from the period for educators, researchers, and family members to help future generations understand more about the war and our veterans’ experiences in it. The project has recently focused on recording oral histories from veterans and family members.

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2nd Friday Art Night at Library Square (May 8)

Need plans for Friday night? Why not spend it with us VIRTUALLY?

#2ndFridayArtNight and #GalleriesatLibrarySquare will be LIVE Friday night! So gather around the computer and enjoy…

VIRTUAL TOUR of Mid-Southern Watercolorists exhibit.

Cheese dip making demo.

Featured performances from CALS Sounds from the Stacks series.

CALS Encyclopedia of Arkansas TRIVIA contest.

ALL THE FUN STARTS AT 5:30 PM ON FRIDAY, MAY 8TH!!!!

Live at CALS Roberts Library Facebook Page

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Conversation with Judge Olly Neal Jr.

This program will be available as a Zoom webinar as well as simulcast on Facebook Live. To join via Zoom you must register

About this Legacies & Lunch Presentation

Born in 1941 on a farm near Marianna, Arkansas, Olly Neal Jr. grew up in a large family with parents who insisted on their children getting a good education. Neal had the intellect but not the temperament to be a good student in high school,
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Finding Family Facts – June 8

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

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

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“It is About as Bad as War…”: Pandemics and the Spread of Disease in Arkansas

CALS Encyclopedia of Arkansas Presents MONDAY MALADIES

Speaker: Tim Nutt, director of the Historical Research Center at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS)

Tim Nutt is the director of the Historical Research Center at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). Previously, he was the head of Special Collections at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville and was founding deputy curator of the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies at the Central Arkansas Library System (CALS).

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Finding Family Facts – June 11

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.

Register for Finding Family Facts

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

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EPIDEMIC: The Great Influenza Epidemic of 1918 and Its Legacy for Arkansas

CALS Encyclopedia of Arkansas Presents MONDAY MALADIES

Speaker: Thomas DeBlack, professor of history (ret.) at Arkansas Tech University

Thomas DeBlack recently retired after twenty-three years as a professor of history at Arkansas Tech University. He is a 1969 graduate of Nashville (Arkansas) High School and holds a BA from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas (1973), an MSE from Ouachita Baptist University (1979), and a PhD from the University of Arkansas (1995).

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Mira Does Her Part: Talking To Your Kids About The Coronavirus Pandemic

Join our discussion with the authors of Mira Does Her Part and discover ways to talk with your kids about this pandemic.

When a virus keeps Mira indoors and isolated, she misses her friends. She misses karate. She even misses school. To return to normal life, she must fight the nasty germs, and her imagination runs wild. In the end, it’s Mira’s use of hygiene and healthy habits that save the day!

Written and illustrated by three moms during the pandemic and social distancing of 2020,

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Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way with Jobe: A 13-week Course

Are you an artist, writer, or creative of any kind, or have you always dreamed of being one? Would you like a guided means of defeating your blocks and kickstarting your creativity? Find your community online and share in this virtual experience of Julia Cameron’s best-selling book, The Artist’s Way, led by Jobe.

Class discussion in the Facebook group weekly, every Saturday 12p-2p. Course intended to be taken full 13 weeks 4/4 through 6/27. FREE but must join the Facebook group –

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Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way with Jasmine Jobe

Are you an artist, writer, or creative of any kind, or have you always dreamed of being one? Would you like a guided means of defeating your blocks and kickstarting your creativity? Find your community and share the experience of Julia Cameron’s best-selling book, The Artist’s Way, with instructor Jobe.

Course is intended to be taken all 13 weeks, beginning to end. Bring your lunch.

FREE but registration is required because space is limited.

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From the Civil War to Central High School: The Legacy of Richard Toombs

CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies Presents LEGACIES & LUNCH

Speaker: Rhonda Stewart, local history and genealogy specialist, CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies

The United States experienced many changes between April 1861 and April 1961, and placing an individual family within this context brings this eventful time period to life. Richard Toombs served in the United States Colored Troops during the Civil War, and nearly a century later, his grandsons,

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“There is a Great Deal of Sickness in our Regiment”: Disease in Civil War Arkansas

CALS Encyclopedia of Arkansas Presents MONDAY MALADIES

Speaker: David Sesser, collections librarian at Huie Library at Henderson State University

An alumnus of Henderson, David Sesser holds graduate degrees in public history and higher education from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and in library and information science from the University of Southern Mississippi. With research focused on both Civil War Arkansas and the history of higher education in the state,

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