Saline County Library EXPERIENCES January 2021



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Find out how we can help you accomplish your New Year’s resolutions! See the newest and most anticipated 2021 book releases! Full list of virtual events and the calendar for January! Enter to win a $50 gift card from a local business in Saline County!


M-F 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Sa 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM Computer Reservations M-F 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM, Sa 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Curbside Pickup

*Our buildings are open for computer reservations and notary services only. Computer reservations can be made by calling (501) 778-4766 for Benton and (501) 847-2166 for Bryant, and computers are shut down 15 minutes before close. You can still place materials on hold by using our online catalog and using the curbside pick-up service when they are available. Check our website and Facebook for the latest news on closings, browsing appointments, and more.

As I write this article, Covid-19 is surging in our county. The state had a record number of deaths a few days ago and the third-highest one-day increase since the start of the pandemic. For the first time, our local hospitals are feeling the results of too many positive cases. It’s scary and heartbreaking. I’m stress eating leftover Halloween candy trying to figure out how to keep staff and patrons safe and the library open. Let me tell you…it’s not pretty. As of now, the Library Board has decided to suspend browsing appointments until at least January 11th. We are hoping this will be enough time for numbers to go down after the holidays. Soon after the New Year, we will reevaluate by looking at the number of cases and how our local hospitals are holding up. You can find the latest updates on resuming browsing appointments on our website and Facebook. I know everyone is tired of 2020. Tired of wearing masks, tired of staying home. And yes, the vaccine makes us feel like there’s light at the end of the tunnel, but this is a very dark, very scary tunnel and that light is still pretty far away. 2021 is going to be more of the same for quite a while. We do have something to be grateful for— despite the virus, we are filling holds, providing great virtual programs, and checking out thousands of ebooks, e-audiobooks, e-magazines, and streaming movies and music. And so far, there is always a staff person just a telephone call or email away ready to help when you need us.

Sincerely, Patty Hector

Children’s Books Spring Stinks by Ryan T. Higgins Jan. 5 Ruth the bunny is excited to share the smelly springtime smells of spring with Bruce! But what will Bruce think of all that stink? Milo Imagines the World by Matt de la Peña Feb. 2

Milo is on a long subway ride with his older sister. To pass the time, he studies the faces around him and makes pictures of their lives. There’s the whiskered man with the crossword puzzle; Milo imagines him playing solitaire in a cluttered apartment full of pets. There’s the wedding-dressed woman with a little dog peeking out of her handbag; Milo imagines her in a grand cathedral ceremony. Tween Books Amari & The Night Brothers by B.B. Alston Jan. 19 Amari Peters has never stopped believing her missing brother, Quinton, is alive. Not even when the police told her otherwise, or when she got in trouble for standing up to bullies who said he was gone for good. So when she finds a ticking briefcase in his closet, containing a nomination for a summer tryout at the Bureau of Supernatural Affairs, she’s certain the secretive organization holds the key to locating Quinton—if only she can wrap her head around the idea of magicians, fairies, aliens, and other supernatural creatures all being real. Rescue by Jennifer A. Nielson Feb. 2 Six hundred and fifty-seven days ago, Meg Kenyon’s father left their home in France to fight for the Allies in World War II, and that was the last time Meg saw him. Recently, she heard he was being held prisoner by the Nazis, a terrible sentence from which Meg fears he’ll never return. All she has left of him are the codes he placed in a jar for her to decipher, an affectionate game the two of them shared. But the codes are running low, and soon there’ll be nothing left of Papa for Meg to hold on to at all. Teen Books A Court of Silver Flames - A Court of Thorns and Roses Book 4 by Sarah J. Maas Feb. 16 Nesta Archeron has always been prickly-proud, swift to anger, and slow to forgive. And ever since being forced into the Cauldron and becoming High Fae against her will, she’s struggled to find a place for herself within the strange, deadly world she inhabits. Worse, she can’t seem to move past the horrors of the war with Hybern and all she lost in it. The Box in the Woods - Truly Devious Book 4 by Maureen Johnson June 15 Amateur sleuth Stevie Bell needs a good murder. After catching a killer at her high school, she’s back at home for a normal (that means boring) summer. But then she gets a message from the owner of Sunny Pines, formerly known as Camp Wonder Falls—the site of the notorious unsolved case, the Box in the Woods Murders. The new owner offers Stevie an invitation: Come to the camp and help him work on a true crime podcast about the case. Adult Books The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah Feb. 2 Texas, 1934. Millions are out of work and a drought has broken the Great Plains. Farmers are fighting to keep their land and their livelihoods as the crops are failing, the water is drying up, and dust threatens to bury them all. One of the darkest periods of the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl era, has arrived with a vengeance. In this uncertain and dangerous time, Elsa Martinelli―like so many of her neighbors―must make an agonizing choice: fight for the land she loves or go west, to California, in search of a better life. Waiting for the Night Sky by Julie Carrick Dalton Jan. 12 Cadie Kessler has spent decades trying to cover up one truth. One moment. But deep down, didn’t she always know her secret would surface? An urgent message from her long-estranged best friend Daniela Garcia brings Cadie, now a forestry researcher, back to her childhood home. There, Cadie and Daniela are forced to face a dark secret that ended both their idyllic childhood bond and the magical summer that takes up more space in Cadie’s memory then all her other years combined.








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Key: Adult Program Teen Program Tween Program Children’s Program All Ages Program

Cooking with a Librarian 2:00 PM

8 SCL Theater: The Rising Star Players (R) 10:00 AM Cuentos y Cánticos 10:30 AM Cuentos y Cánticos 10:30 AM Library CLOSED







Storytime Express 10:30 AM

Little Ones Learn 10:30 AM

Teen D&D 4:30 PM

Cooking with a Librarian 2:00 PM

Bedtime Storytime 7:00 PM Online Gaming Club 4:00 PM English Conversation Group 7:00 PM

DIY/Upcycle 2:00 PM Teen Minecraft Club 4:00 PM

Broadway Movie Club 7:00 PM Teen Discord Hangout 4:00 PM

New Book Spotlight 8:00 PM

Teen D&D 4:30 PM

Tween Minecraft Club 6:30 PM








Storytime Express 10:30 AM DIY/Upcycle 2:00 PM Teen Minecraft Club 4:00 PM Tween Minecraft Club 6:30 PM

Little Ones Learn 10:30 AM

Bedtime Storytime 7:00 PM Online Gaming Club 4:00 PM English Conversation Group 7:00 PM

Teen D&D 4:30 PM

Blood Drive 10:00 AM

SCL Theater: The Rising Star Players (R) 10:00 AM Cuentos y Cánticos 10:30 AM

Teen Discord Hangout 4:00 PM

Cooking with a Librarian 2:00 PM

SCL Bingo 7:00 PM

Teen D&D 4:30 PM

Poetry in Motion 7:30 PM

Trivia Night 7:30 PM

Table Talk with Kari 8:30 PM








Playwriting 101 7:30 PM Teen Discord Hangout 4:00 PM Little Ones Learn 10:30 AM

Bedtime Storytime 7:00 PM Online Gaming Club 4:00 PM English Conversation Group 7:00 PM

Teen D&D 4:30 PM

Cooking with a Librarian 2:00 PM

SCL Theater: The Rising Star Players (R) 10:00 AM Cuentos y Cánticos 10:30 AM

Library CLOSED

Teen D&D 4:30 PM

Game Show 7:30 PM

Storytime Express 10:30 AM

Harry Potter Night 7:00 PM








Storytime Express 10:30 AM DIY/Upcycle 2:00 PM Tween Minecraft Club 6:30 PM

Little Ones Learn 10:30 AM

Cuentos y Cánticos 10:30 AM

Bedtime Storytime 7:00 PM

Cooking with a Librarian 2:00 PM

Drive-In Storytime 10:30 AM

English Conversation Group 7:00 PM

Three Doors to Death 6:30 PM

Turning Trash Into Treasure 7:30 PM


Storytime Express Mondays | 10:30 AM | Facebook Children

Teens Teen Minecraft Club Mondays | 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM | Minecraft Harry Potter Night goes Virtual! Join us on Zoom for a fun night of virtual games that will test your knowledge of the wizarding world! Ages 9-14. , Join Mr. Brett and Mrs. Jenn in the library’s very own Minecraft Realm! Every week, we’ll explore different worlds and activities in Minecraft, while also building up and improving a dedicated “home” world during the rest of the week. If you’re interested in joining the club, email Mr. Brett or Mrs. Jenn with your name and library card number, and we’ll send you the invite link! Teen Discord Hangout Tuesdays | 4:00 PM | Discord Hey teens! Join us on our private Discord server for a fun virtual hang out! Discord is free and easy to use. Not part of our server already? Email Mrs. Jenn or Mr. Brett for an invitation. You will have to make an account, but it is free and safe! We’ll get together once a week to chat, share pictures of our pets, share memes, and generally have an awesome time! Teen D&D Wednesday & Fridays | 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM | Discord Join Mr. Brett Dungeon Master Brett in a digital fantasy adventure! Using Roll20, a free online RPG resource, you’ll create a character and go on epic* quests around the humble little town of Phandalin every week. Space is very limited, so email Mr. Brett if you’re interested! Please note that while text chat is an option for this program, a headset and microphone are preferred. Online Gaming Club Thursdays | 4:00 PM | Discord Join Mr. Brett and Mrs. Jenn - and your friends! - in our Discord server on Thursdays to play online games together! Games we can play include Magic: The Gathering, Minecraft, and more. Don’t have the game we’re playing that week? You can still follow along and watch the stream while hanging out in our server and talking about games, games, games! English Conversation Group Thursdays | 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM | Zoom Everyone is welcome to learn English with us! We will practice English conversation on Zoom. ¡Bienvenidos a todos! Vamos a aprender ingles y practicar hablando en ingles en Zoom. Tweens & Teens SCL Theater: The Rising Star Players (R) Fridays | 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM | Zoom A show-based prepping and performance program. In this program, you will learn to perform in a theatrical setting. We will be working on acting technique, memorization ability, auditioning, stage direction, and overall theater etiquette. Harry Potter Night Friday, January 22 | 7:00 - 8:00 PM | Zoom

Welcome to Storytime Express! Everything you know and love about storytime in a shortened time frame that fits your busy schedule. Join Ms. Sara for songs and a story best suited for the preschool crowd. Ages 3-5. Little Ones Learn Tuesdays | 10:30 AM | Facebook Join Ms. Sarah Beth for ideas on how you can promote early literacy at home with your child. Each week will focus on one of the five early literacy skills: read, write, sing, play, and talk. Bedtime Storytime Thursdays | 7:00 PM | Facebook Put on your pjs and grab your favorite stuffed animal, and join Mrs. Wendy for a fun, relaxing storytime. We’ll sing a couple of songs and rhymes, and read a bedtime story. Find a cozy spot and suggle up for Bedtime Storytime! Cuentos y Cánticos Fridays | 10:30 AM | Facebook ¡Hola amig@s! Presentamos cuentos y cánticos con señorita Jessica. Drive-In Storytime (R) Friday, January 29 | 10:30 AM | Benton Parking Lot Join us for our brand new Drive-in Storytime! Our librarians will perform a live storytime for you in our parking lot while you stay in the safety of your vehicle and tune your FM radio to our channel to be able to hear the stories and songs! REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Only one registration per vehicle! Space is limited! Mondays | 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM | Minecraft Zombies and Creepers and Pigs! Oh My! Join Miss Jessica in the library’s very own Tween Minecraft Realm! Every week, we’ll work on building up and improving a dedicated “home” and have special challenges. If you’re interested in joining the club, email Miss Jessica ( with your name and library card number, and we’ll send you the invite link! Three Doors to Death Friday, January 29 | 6:30 PM | YouTube The unpopular Gordon Forrest is mysteriously murdered during a rehearsal of an old British thriller, Three Doors to Death. Plenty of people had good cause to wish him gone. Things heat up when the homicide detective appears and, with Officer Garrett to guide him, has the murder re-enacted. You’ll join the actors as they try to discover who murdered Gordon Forrest. These young tween actors of Drama Zoom have taken on the challenge of fully virtual rehearsals as well as preparing multiple parts for their first radio play. Tweens Tween Minecraft Club

(R) = Registration Required


Adults DIY/Upcycle Mondays | 2:00 PM | Facebook

who have been married for 15 years. Lets see if these couples know their spouses as well as they think they do! Blood Drive Saturday, January 16 | 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM | Benton The Arkansas Blood Institute will be in the parking lot to collect blood donations. COVID-19 safety measures will be followed.Visit to make an appointment and to view requirements. Playwriting 101 Tuesday, January 19 | 7:30 PM | Facebook Have you ever wanted to learn how to write a play? Do you have an idea for the next big hit on Broadway but you do not know where to start? Let Mr. Roberson help you get that idea started. Game Show Thursday, January 21 | 7:30 PM | Facebook LIVE Join us for our monthly game show with Mason! It’s like Who Wants to Be a Millionaire... without the money but Monday, January 27 | 7:30 PM | Facebook Learn how to turn trash into treasure and make something new out of something old. This month, Randall will be making a spaceship. YOYO Programs Introducing YOYO programs: You’re On Your Own! With our new YOYO programs, you can complete activities on your own free time. Our librarians have come up with fun and interesting ways to get outside. Beanstack Bird Watching Challenge Join our challenge to see if you can spot the different types of Arkansas birds in your neighborhood and you could win a pair of binoculars! Library Sidewalk Obstacle Course Come enjoy an outdoor stroll on the library sidewalk! Walk along our activities that are hand drawn on the pavement. We will have a sidewalk activity at both the Benton and Bryant locations. Discover Arkansas Featurette Discover beautiful nature locations in Arkansas and get inspired to explore! Check out our Facebook for these featurettes. Ages 18+. Storywalks Get outdoors and read a story while doing it! Benton - Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? by Bill Martin, Jr. Bryant - Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett with all the bragging rights! Turning Trash Into Treasure

Join Becky, our Outreach Librarian, as she shows you some super cute DIY/Upcycle ideas. In January, there will be three weeks of programs where she will be using several different ideas for making holiday decor. Pick up your kit at the library to make your own at home. Limited supply, first come first serve. Jan. 4 - Pine Cone Bird Feeder Jan. 11 - Valentine Wreath Jan. 25 - Mask Lanyard Chain Broadway Movie Club (R) Tuesday, January 5 | 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM | Zoom We are excited to host our first ever Broadway Movie Club! It’s like a bookclub but you get to watch your favorite Broadway movies and then meet with the group via Zoom on the first Tuesday of the month at 7PM. Best news- You get to keep the movie!! Each month you can pick up a new movie in the Broadway Movie Club. New Book Spotlight Wednesday, January 6 | 8:00 PM | Facebook Let us find your next read! Once a month a few of our staff will share their favorite new books. No spoilers! English Conversation Group Thursdays | 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM | Zoom Everyone is welcome to learn English with us! We will practice English conversation on Zoom. ¡Bienvenidos a todos! Vamos a aprender ingles y practicar hablando en ingles en Zoom. Cooking with a Librarian Saturdays | 2:00 PM | Facebook Your favorite librarians have put together their favorite recipes and are excited to share them with you! SCL Bingo Tuesday, January 12 | 7:00 PM | Facebook LIVE Time for some fun playing SCL Bingo! Win prizes like books, gift cards and the grand prize: a basket filled with surprises from local businesses. Poetry in Motion Tuesday, January 12 | 7:30 PM | Facebook Join Mr. Brett to learn about some fun, basic poetic forms, including some that you might not have heard about in English class. Trivia Night Thursday, January 14 | 7:30 PM | Facebook LIVE Join Brittany as we test your knowledge! See how many questions you can get correct. Table Talk Friday, January 15 | 8:30 PM | Facebook LIVE Why not change things up a bit and play a game on this episode of Table Talk. We have newly wed couple, Colton and Janna, who have been married for a year and our “not so newly” wed couple, Brad and Lindsay,

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SCL Staff New Year’s Resolutions

“Knit a sweater.”

- Jessica, Tween Librarian

Do as much as I can, for as long as I can, with what I have. - Alissa, Community Librarian

- Bella, Branch Library Assistant

Practice the ukulele more.

Take my dog, Khaleesi, for more hikes.” - Jordan , Marketing Coordinator

- Brittany, Adult Programmer

“Get organized.” - Patty, Library Director

- Sarah Beth , Youth Services Manager

Live in the moment

- Yvonne , Branch Library Assistant

“Rediscover my music.”

- Julie , Systems Administrator

- Kari , Marketing Manager

Valentine’s Day

Scan the QR code and fill out the form to be entered to win a $50 gift card to Valhalla Restaurant & Axe Throwing! Located in the Old Palace Theater in
Historic Downtown Benton, Shawn Hipskind fully restored this community icon after 17 years of vacancy. Enjoy pizza and axe throwing on a Valentine’s Day date on us!

224 W South St. Benton, AR 72015


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