What do award-winning authors and illustrators, Legos, treasure hunts, robotics and 3-D printing have in common? They are all themes of sessions for children and teens at the 2014 Arkansas Literary Festival.
The Arkansas Literary Festival is a program of the Central Arkansas Library System. This year’s event includes more than 80 presenters, as well as special presentations, workshops and other programs for people of all ages.
While the entire festival is April 24-27, most of the youth events are Saturday, April 26, at the Hillary Rodham Clinton Children’s Library and Learning Center and CALS’ Main Library in downtown Little Rock.
Below is an overview of children and teen’s events at the festival, arranged by location. All events are free and open to the public. For more information and a detailed schedule of all that the festival has to offer, visit www.arkansasliteraryfestival.org.
Hillary Rodham Clinton Children’s Library and Learning Center
All day – Arkansas Arts Center Art Mobile. “The Art of Story” features selected artwork from the Arkansas Arts Center that creates narratives through interpreted history.
10 a.m. – “The Engine That Thought It Could.” In case you missed this production at the Arkansas Arts Center Children’s Theatre at the end of last year, here’s your chance to see it. Based on the classic tale, in this adaptation, the Little Engine learns that, when faced with adversity, hard work pays off.
11 a.m. – Treasure Hunt. Listen to six children’s authors discuss their books and get clues to win prizes. The authors (and their books) are Lou Berger, Dream Dog; Gerry Gaston, Quest for the Pirate’s Treasure; Darcy Pattison, Abayomi, The Brazilian Puma; Philip and Vanessa Rouse, Crazy Town Upside Down; and Jennifer Sattler, Pig Kahuna Pirates. Pirate-themed refreshments will be served.
1 p.m. – Conversing with Kadir. Hear Kadir Nelson, award-winning children’s author and illustrator, talk about his books, his art and more.
2 p.m. – Activity Hour. Activities include a petting zoo, a story walk on the library’s trails, planting seeds in the greenhouse, pirate-themed crafts and snacks.
3 p.m. – Puppet Show. Interact with the Wolfe at the Door Puppets and learn about the treasures of reading.
Main Library – Third Floor, Youth Services
All Day – Legos Exhibit. This Lego display, provided by the Arkansas Lego Users Group (ARKLUG), spans more than 75 square feet. Kids can also construct their own creations.
10 a.m. – Bard’s Birthday Party with Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre. Kids, ages 6-12, will celebrate William Shakespeare’s 450th birthday with games, activities and refreshments.
2 p.m. – Monochromatic Build. Kids can work with thousands of Legos of a single color. This activity helps foster group creativity.
4 p.m. – Sense Memory with Jerusalem Jackson Greer. This is a great session for budding writers. Author Jerusalem Jackson Greer will lead an exploration of using sense memory to enhance an author’s work. The session includes samples of cookies and ice cream from Sweet Love Bakes.
Main Library – Level 4 Teen Center
All Day – 3-D Printing. This ongoing demonstration lets visitors learn about the capabilities of 3-D printing. Two printers will be on hand for the demonstration.
11 a.m. – Memory Project Mapping the Road to Change: Insights on Perception Prejudice, and Acceptance. Student editors from Little Rock Central High School share recurring themes on race and other “isms” found in family interviews on civil rights. The students will demonstrate using a “reading circle” to compare and contrast viewpoints and interpret meaning in oral history.
1 p.m. – Comic Conventions. Learn about the upcoming CALS-Con and River City Comic Expo.
3 p.m. – Intro to Robotic Building. This session is an introduction to small-scale robotics and control mechanisms.
Main Library – Fifth Floor, Lee Room
4 p.m. – Poetry Competition. Finalists from each CALS library branch will compete for the grand prize.