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Eric Juhnke: “Quacks and Crusaders in Arkansas Medicine”

CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies Presents LEGACIES & LUNCH

Speaker: Eric Juhnke

Focusing on the careers of infamous medical quacks John Brinkley—who made a fortune in medical quackery, radio, and advertising in Texas before opening the Brinkley Hospitals in Little Rock—and Norman Baker—who opened an “alternative medicine” hospital in the Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs—historian Eric Juhnke will examine what drew in many of their patients and supporters. Research reveals that few “victims” were desperate suckers or deranged fanatics.

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CALS Roberts Library Research Room Bonus Saturday (November 6)

Join us Saturday, November 6 in the 2nd Floor Research Room (Roberts Library) for Bonus Saturday. We will be open from noon to 4pm and staff will be ready assist you with your genealogy questions and queries. Located at 401 President Clinton Ave., the Bobby L. Roberts Library of Arkansas History & Art is a branch of the Central Arkansas Library System and promotes Arkansas history and culture. Our 2nd floor Research Room offers non-circulating reference books and research databases to help patrons with their genealogy and family history research.
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Finding Family Facts (November 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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2nd Friday Art Night at Library Square (November 2021)

WE’RE BACK & IN-PERSON!

THIS MONTH’s Exhibition Opening

Imagine a Day Without Water: Artwork by LRSD students
The Landing at the Galleries & Bookstore at Library Square, CALS Roberts Library

Little Rock School District students from 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) afterschool programs at Bale, Carver, and Chicot Elementary Schools try to “Imagine a Day Without Water” through the creation of water-themed artwork.

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Small Business Saturday: The Galleries & Bookstore at Library Square

Retail enthusiasts are invited to shop locally at Library Square. You can shop small this year by purchasing from local artists and entrepreneurs; give the gift of supporting a new business while also giving unique and handcrafted gifts to your loved ones. The Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) will be participating in Small Business Saturday at two locations downtown: The Galleries & Bookstore at Library Square, 401 President Clinton Avenue, and the Rock It! Lab in the Cox Building, 120 River Market Avenue.

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Walter Imahara and David Meltzer: “Memories of Japanese American Internment in World War II Arkansas”

CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies Presents LEGACIES & LUNCH

Speaker: Walter Imahara and David Meltzer

Not long after the attack on Pearl Harbor, the federal government rounded up more than 100,000 people of Japanese descent—both immigrants and native-born citizens—and began one of the most horrific mass-incarceration events in U.S. history. Jerome and Rohwer: Memories of Japanese American Internment in World War II Arkansas is a collection of brief memoirs written by former internees of Jerome and Rohwer,

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CALS Roberts Library Research Room Bonus Saturday (December 4)

Join us Saturday, December 4 in the 2nd Floor Research Room (Roberts Library) for Bonus Saturday. We will be open from noon to 4pm and staff will be ready assist you with your genealogy questions and queries. Located at 401 President Clinton Ave., the Bobby L. Roberts Library of Arkansas History & Art is a branch of the Central Arkansas Library System and promotes Arkansas history and culture. Our 2nd floor Research Room offers non-circulating reference books and research databases to help patrons with their genealogy and family history research.
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2nd Friday Art Night at Library Square (December 2021)

PROGRAM CHANGE: Santa and Mrs Claus had an reindeer emergency at the North Pole and won’t be able to join us this evening at 2nd Friday Art Night.

They send their apologies to all the kids that wanted to snap selfies with them. And wanted to tell everyone that all will be good to go by December 24!

THIS MONTH’s Exhibition Opening

Jane F.

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Finding Family Facts (December 13)

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

Register for Finding Family Facts

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CALS Roberts Library Research Room Bonus Saturday (December 18)

Join us Saturday, December 18 in the 2nd Floor Research Room (Roberts Library) for Bonus Saturday. We will be open from noon to 4pm and staff will be ready assist you with your genealogy questions and queries. Located at 401 President Clinton Ave., the Bobby L. Roberts Library of Arkansas History & Art is a branch of the Central Arkansas Library System and promotes Arkansas history and culture. Our 2nd floor Research Room offers non-circulating reference books and research databases to help patrons with their genealogy and family history research.
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Imagine a Day Without Water: Artwork by LRSD students

ON VIEW –  November 12 to December 30, 2021
The Landing at the Galleries & Bookstore at Library Square, CALS Roberts Library

Little Rock School District students from 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) afterschool programs at Bale, Carver, and Chicot Elementary Schools try to “Imagine a Day Without Water” through the creation of water-themed artwork. This effort is part of a partnership between Central Arkansas Water (CAW), the Little Rock School District,

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Sabine Schmidt and Don House—“Remote Access: Small Public Libraries in Arkansas”

CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies Presents LEGACIES & LUNCH

Speaker: Sabine Schmidt and Don House

With their cameras and notebooks in hand, photographers Sabine Schmidt and Don House embarked on an ambitious project to document the libraries committed to serving Arkansas’s smallest communities. Their book, Remote Access: Small Public Libraries in Arkansas, is the culmination of this fascinating three-year effort, which took the artists to every region of their home state.

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CALS Roberts Library Research Room Bonus Saturday (January 8)

Join us Saturday, January 8 in the 2nd Floor Research Room (Roberts Library) for Bonus Saturday. We will be open from noon to 4pm and staff will be ready assist you with your genealogy questions and queries. Located at 401 President Clinton Ave., the Bobby L. Roberts Library of Arkansas History & Art is a branch of the Central Arkansas Library System and promotes Arkansas history and culture. Our 2nd floor Research Room offers non-circulating reference books and research databases to help patrons with their genealogy and family history research.
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Finding Family Facts (January 10, 2022)

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

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СANCELED: 2nd Friday Art Night at Library Square (January 2022)

We’re temporarily suspending in-person programs due to the surge in Covid cases. Please call your local branch or check the website for updates. The libraries will remain open regular business hours and masks are required when inside our buildings. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation.

EXHIBITION OPENING

Sulac: New Artwork for the New Year
Friday, January 14, to Saturday, April 30
The Landing at the Galleries &

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CALS Roberts Library Research Room Bonus Saturday (January 22)

Join us Saturday, January 22 in the 2nd Floor Research Room (Roberts Library) for Bonus Saturday. We will be open from noon to 4pm and staff will be ready assist you with your genealogy questions and queries. Located at 401 President Clinton Ave., the Bobby L. Roberts Library of Arkansas History & Art is a branch of the Central Arkansas Library System and promotes Arkansas history and culture. Our 2nd floor Research Room offers non-circulating reference books and research databases to help patrons with their genealogy and family history research.
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Jane F. Hankins: The Imaginator Extraordinaire

ON VIEW Saturday, December 11, 2021, to February 26, 2022
Underground Gallery, Galleries & Bookstore at Library Square

Witty, whimsical, wonderful. These words describe the creative world of Little Rock artist Jane F. Hankins. The Jonesboro native has been a strong presence in the Arkansas art community for over twenty years.

Specializing in sculpture in porcelain and stoneware as well as drawing and painting, Hankins is a designer for nationally marketed sculpture reproductions.

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