In this month's magazine... - Learn about the Cultural Academy - Celebrate Women's History Month with a Would You Rather - Get a sneak peek of upcoming author talks - See March programs ...and more!
Stacks March 2022
Beyondthe Discover more than what’s on the shelves at the Saline County Library.
In this month’s issue: • Cultural Academy preview • Books to celebrate Women’s History Month • Sneak peek of our upcoming author talks • March events
WAIT A MINUTE! Officer Todd Crowson took some time out of his day to read to some of our storytime kiddos for World Read Aloud Day. He even gifted them with their own police badges!
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Letter from the Director Winter, slumbering in the open air, wears on its smiling face a dream of spring! -Samuel Taylor Coleridge (& Phil Connors) I’m writing this in mid-February when the weather is 70 degrees one day and 40 degrees the next and there is definitely a dream of spring. Hopefully by the time you are reading it there will be real signs of spring. One thing you can look for is our new straw bale community garden along the east side of the building in Benton. Healing Waters has a grant to provide materials to set up straw bale gardens at organizations in the community and we were lucky enough to get one. If you’re unfamiliar with straw bale gardening, it involves using straw bales (not hay bales) as a raised bed for growing…just about anything. They’re especially good for areas with poor soil or if you need a quick, inexpensive raised bed. We’ll be doing programs during the spring using our garden. If you’re interested in being part of the community garden or learning more about straw bale gardening, watch our event calendar or sign up for our newsletter. - Patty
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The Friends of the Library are a dedicated group of volunteers who raise money to donate to the library. In February 2019, they opened a Used Book Store at the Benton branch which is open any time the library is open, and closes 30 minutes before the library closes. Visitors can browse the Used Book Store and bring their items upstairs to pay. You can also browse the Bryant Used Book Store section for a variety of materials. The Friends of the Library are always taking applications for new Friends! Fill out a form online or visit either branch to fill out a form in person. They also take donations of gently-used books, DVDs, video games, and more at both branches. Visit our website for information on donations they do not accept.
Meet the Staff Amanda, Public Services Manager Share one thing that you love to do that you get to do nearly every day. I love listening to audiobooks and do so almost constantly. Okay, not while I’m at work, but I would if I could. What superpower would you like to have? I’d love to be able to metamorphose, to change my appearance at will. I do a lot of cosplay and it would really make my life a lot easier. I would live every day in costume if I could. What is the nerdiest thing you do in your spare time? I host a podcast called Fictional Hangover where I and my cohost Claire talk about young adult books, sometimes with authors and sometimes with audiobook narrators. Even though we’re talking about young adult books, we do so in an adult manner because you’re never too old to read YA. What is the most important attribute that you bring to your job? I am made of sarcasm and ridiculousness and I hope that brings joy to those around me, coworkers and patrons alike. While I do care deeply and take things seriously, I can’t help but be silly at the same time.
Amanda is the Public Services Manager but she’ll always be a Teen Librarian on the inside. You’ll probably see her working at the circulation desk trying to make your visit to the library as pleasant as possible. She also buys Adult Fiction books, so tell her which ones you like best! Amanda spent the first 20 some odd years of her life in Saline County where she did typical growing up things like going to school, going to college, getting married and going to graduate school for a masters degree in library science. She’s lived in several different states, but is back in Arkansas where we all get to enjoy her company!
Cultural Academy is a creative and educational three year experience. The program is held through six sessions over a three-week period and currently geared toward 1st- 3rd graders. They serve students by teaching emotional wellness through the experiences of diverse cultures using arts and crafts.
Cultural Academy presented by Wholistic Approaches 4 Life Inc. Year one sessions are as follows: Session 1 - Getting to Know Yourself & Others- A lesson on humanity/emotions Session 2 - Native Americans & You- A lesson in environmentalism & connectedness Session 3 - African Americans & You- A lesson in resilience Session 4 - Hispanic Culture & You- A lesson in families/support systems Session 5 - Ancestors & You- A lesson in choices/purpose Session 6 - You Can Be the Difference- A lesson in empowerment of self by using our gifts to show love to the world In partnership with The Saline County Library, students can take advantage of a FREE on-site program at the Saline County Library, Benton location. The on-site programs are on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:00 PM-5:15 PM. They begin March 7th. A maximum of 10 students are allowed, in each group. Registration is required and open now. You can register below or by stopping by The Saline County Library, Benton location.
Youth Events Children Afterschool Tween Book Cafe* Thursdays | 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM | Benton
Preschool Storytime* Mondays | 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM | Bryant Join Ms. Becca for a traditional storytime full of books, songs, and rhymes! Alphabet Soup Storytime* Tuesdays | 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM | Bryant Join Ms. Becca for literacy based storytime! Kids will practice early reading skills with exciting stories, fun games, songs and activities. Toddler Storytime* Tuesdays | 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM | Benton Join Ms. Wendy for a weekly storytime designed for toddlers that features songs, a flannel story, board books, rhymes, and fun with egg shakers. This story time is designed for children 1-3 years old. V.I.P. Book Club* Tuesdays | 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM | Benton Join Ms. Wendy for a fun afterschool book club! No need to read ahead of time; we will read a picture book about a famous person each week and do an activity related to their life. Preschool Storytime* Thursdays | 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM | Benton Join Ms. Jordan every Thursday morning at 10:30 for our Preschool Storytime. This storytime is suggested for children ages 3-5. We’ll sing songs, read stories, and have a fun activity each week that focuses on early literacy skills. We look forward to seeing you! Fun Day Friday* Fridays | 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM | Benton Join Ms. Dana for Fun Day Fridays. Each week will be a different activity! The first Friday of the month will be yoga themed, the second Friday will be ninja themed, the third Friday will be gross motor skills, and the fourth Friday will be a dance party. Come prepared to wiggle and move! Cultural Academy Mondays & Wednesdays | 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM | Benton We teach children emotional wellness through the experiences of diverse cultures by using arts and crafts. This program is open to children in 1st-3rd grade. Registration is required. Sessions will be held on Mondays & Wednesdays the first full 3 weeks of March. Create with Me March 12 | 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM | Benton Join Ms. Ashlyn for fun, messy, creative art projects focused on creating TOGETHER. Connect with your child through art without even having to clean up the mess on your kitchen table! This program will be one-on-one and every child should be accompanied by an adult. This program is for ages 3-8. Family Planting Party March 28 | 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM | Benton Parents and children are invited to help us plant new things in the Nature Play Space. We want our smallest friends to have a chance to help us make this space special.
Come expand your book palette with Ms. Jordan through this restaurant themed program. We will take a glance at our menu, sample a book together, and finish our three course “meal” with a sweet craft or activity. The only thing you’ll need to bring is your curiosity and your appetite for reading. Children, Tweens, & Teens
Build-A-Book Wednesdays | 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM | Benton
Have you ever dreamed of publishing your own book? Ms. Jenn and Ms. Jordan will be facilitating our very own Build-A-Book program, where you do
the writing, and the library does the publishing! Connect & Create - Homeschool Art Zoom Thursdays | 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM | Zoom
Join Ms. Ashlyn for a weekly virtual art lesson. Each week will focus on a new artist, technique, or style of art -- learning together and creating our own masterpieces at home! Since we are creating from home, we will provide most of the supplies needed for this program! A limited number of supply kits will be available for pickup from either SCL branch and will include all supplies for the entire semester’s worth of classes. Rising Star Players* Fridays | 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM | Benton The new semester of The Rising Star Players will begin on Sept. 3rd and will go through March 25th. We will teach you acting basics and do scene studies. At the end of the semester, we will perform a show in front of an audience.
Tweens & Teens
Chess Club* Mondays | 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM | Bryant Learn to play chess, or practice your skills by playing against one another!
Creation Station Makerspace Hour* Tuesdays | 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM | Benton
Creation Station is a fun program for teens and tweens to express themselves through art. Join Ms. Ashlyn and Ms. Jordan every Tuesday after school for some creative fun with a new arts & crafts project that you can take home! Sometimes we may accidentally end up wearing a bit of our art, so be sure to wear clothes that you don’t mind getting messy. Homeschool S.T.E.A.M.* Wednesdays | 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM | Benton Each week will have a different STEAM-themed activity. Join Ms. Jenn and Ms. Jordan as we work on STEAM* skills, critical thinking, communication,
and problem solving. Ages 8 and up are welcome. *STEAM - Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math Builders’ Club* Thursdays | 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM | Bryant
American Girl Club* Saturday, February 5 | 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM | Bryant Children & Tweens
Join Ms. Tamantha for exciting building challenges. Each week we will use different materials from LEGOs to cardboard. Come put your engineering skills to the test!
Kids ages 7-12 can bring their favorite doll as we explore different time periods & places inspired by American Girl through crafts, games, and treats!
Mini Game Monday Mondays | 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM | Benton Join us Monday afternoons for silly card games and fun. All teens (13-18) are welcome. Totally Minecraft Tuesday Tuesdays | 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM | Minecraft/Discord Teens ages 13-18, join us on our Minecraft Bedrock Realm! Will you join the peaceful community or will you start your own kingdom and go to war? It’s always a fun adventure. We will also hang out in the voice chat on Discord so we can talk together.
Musication Monday* Mondays | 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM | Benton Join Ms. Ashlyn, an experienced K-12 music educator, as she brings music class to our library. We will have a blast singing, moving, and jamming along as we explore the various elements of music together. Island Time Mondays | 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM | Nintendo Switch Online Welcome to Island Time! Join us in Animal Crossing: New Horizons on the island of Bookington. Come help Ms. Jordan turn our library island into a true luxury getaway. Email Ms. Jordan at JordanS@SalineCountyLibrary.org to join.
Adult Events Jackbox Game Night March 11 | 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM | Pasta J Benton
Adults Masquerade: Mardi Gras Mask Making* March 1 | 6:00 PM - 6:45 PM | Benton Get ready for Mardi Gras with Masquerade: Mardi Gras Mask Making. We will have all the materials you need to make the perfect mask just in time for Mardi Gras. Daughter of the White River: True Crime Facebook Live March 1 | 7:00 PM - 7:45 PM | Facebook LIVE In 1931, Helen Spence shocked Arkansas when she avenged her father’s murder in a DeWitt courtroom. The state soon discovered that no prison could hold her. For the first time, prison records are unveiled to provide an essential portrait in Daughter of the White River . Denise White Parkinson tells the story of Miss Spence, soon to be released as a short-film documentary. A Lone Gunman: An Author Talk with Jeff Meek March 2 | 6:30 PM -7:00 PM | Facebook LIVE March 16 | 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM | Benton * Not everyone gathered in Dallas on November 22, 1963 wanted to see John F. Kennedy in office for another term. The biggest questions are how, and by whom, was John F. Kennedy assassinated? Was it a deranged Lee Harvey Oswald as stated in the Warren Commission Report, or was there a deeper conspiracy? Was it really… A Lone Gunman? The Drinking Nanny: An Author Talk March 4 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM | Rebecca Peterman Photo Studio Kimberly Joan talks about her new book which chronicles her time as a private nanny to Atlanta’s rich and famous. True Crime Book Club March 5 | 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM | Bryant Janie Nesbitt Jones will discuss her new book, which is February’s TCBC selection - The Arkansas Hitchhike Murders . Faulkner County native Red Hall was a serial killer who confessed to murdering at least twenty-four people. Most of his victims were motorists who picked him up as he hitchhiked around the United States. Monday Afternoon Book Club March 7 | 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM | Benton Chamber The Monday Afternoon Book Club meets the first Monday of the month at 1:00 PM at the Benton Chamber of Commerce. If that Monday is a holiday, they meet on the second Monday. The subjects and genres of books vary widely. If you are interested in joining the Monday Afternoon Book Club, email Brad at BradC@SalineCountyLibrary.org. SCL Bingo March 8 | 7:30 PM | Facebook LIVE On the second Tuesday of every month, SCL would love for you to join us as we play our monthly game of bingo. You may even win a prize. Tai Chi for Beginners* March 11 | 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM | Benton Jo Tabor, a Certified Personal Trainer and fitness coach, will teach participants the basics of Tai Chi. This is a program for beginning practitioners, but all skill levels welcome. A few yoga mats will be available, although participants are encouraged to bring their own. Dress comfortably for movement. For adults 18+.
We’re hosting a Jackbox Game Night! Jackbox games are a fun and innovative way to have fun and play games online. The event will be at Pasta J in Benton in the party room! SCL Trivia Night - College Basketball March 15 | 7:30 PM | Facebook LIVE Think you know everything about college basketball? Test your knowledge in honor of March Madness© and win a prize! Adult D&D Night* March 16 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM | Benton Do you love playing D & D? We’ll be hosting an adult D & D night. Come out and play a one-off game with us. Registration is required for this event. Table Talk with Kari Friday, February 18 | 8:30 PM - 9:00 PM | Facebook LIVE Join Kari and special guests for games and adult conversation! Downton Abbey Afternoon Tea* March 19 | 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM | Benton If you love Downton Abbey, you will love what the library has in store for you. The Saline County Library will be hosting an afternoon tea just like they do in the show, and we will watch the first movie to prep you for the sequel that will be coming out. DIY Wood Bead Garland* Make your very own wood bead garland to add that extra something to your decor! Participants will have the choice of red-white-natural, black-white-natural, or gray-white-natural beads; please specify your preference at registration. For adults 18+; all materials provided. Seniors and the Law* March 25 | 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM | Benton The Center for Arkansas Legal Services will present a live seminar and Q & A with answers on legal issues Arkansas seniors need to know about. Subjects will include wills and trusts, long term care, Medicare & Medicaid, conservatorships and guardianships, Social Security and Supplemental Security, and YOUR questions! Resume Writing with Kim Jackson* March 26 | 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM | Benton Kim Jackson has spent thirty years at UALR, first as a program manager and then as a director. In her hiring capacity she has seen some excellent résumés - and some really bad ones! Do you have questions about structure and format? Do you want a résumé that really pops? Your résumé is what gets your foot in the door - come see us first and put your best forward! SCL Game Show Tuesday, February 29 | 7:30 PM | Facebook LIVE Every fourth Tuesday of the month, we want to test your knowledge on a wide range of topics. Join us for our SCL Game Show. You may even win a prize. March 24 | 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM | Benton March 31 | 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM | Bryant
What We’ve Been Reading Saga by Brian K. Staples | Reviewed by Cataloging Librarian, Lyndsey You’ve heard of Star Wars, right? You know about Romeo & Juliet, right? Well, Saga is a comic series that
is sort of a combination of those two things. In 2012, this Saga began, and it’s an epic fantasy and space opera comic series. The story starts out with two characters (Alana & Marko) who are basically the Juliet and Romeo in this realm. They are from two different races (one is from a planet and the other is from a moon). Anyway, they fall in love and now they are on the run from both sides of this gigantic space war that’s been going on for far too long. According to Goodreads, “ Saga is the sweeping tale of one young family fighting to find their place in the worlds. When two soldiers from opposite sides of a never-ending galactic war fall in love, they risk everything to bring a fragile new life into a dangerous old universe. Fantasy and science fiction are wed like never before in a sexy, subversive drama for adults.” I’m not going to tell you anything else because SPOILERS , but this comic series is for MATURE audiences only. It’s such a popular comic series that issue #55 was just recently released. It’s written by Brian K. Vaughan and illustrated by Fiona Staples. The library owns the series in physical volume copies as well as digital copies on both Libby and Hoopla. Even if you haven’t read a comic series before or you haven’t in a long time and you can read MATURE content, I would highly recommend reading Saga .
March Seeds The following are seeds you can request for the month of March! Simply visit the Seed Library page of our website and request your desired seeds. You
may request up to five seed packets per month.
Poppy Snapdragons Sunflowers Zinnias Fruits: Cantaloupe Watermelon Herbs: Basil Catnip
Swiss Chard Tomatoes Turnips Zucchini Flowers: Alyssum Amaranthus
Daisy Dephinium Dianthus Echinacea
Vegetables: Arugula Asparagus Beans-Black Beets Broccoli Cabbage Cabbage-Pak Choi Carrots
Mustard Okra Onion-Bunching Peas Pepper-Extra Hot Pumpkin Radish Rutabaga Spinach Squash-Butternaut
Cauliflower Collards Corn Cucumbers Eggplants Kale Kohlrabi
Forget Me Not Four O’Clocks Lunaria Marigolds Mixed Flowers Morning Glories Nasturtium Pansies Phlox Flower
Bachelor Buttons Canterbury Bells
Cleome Cosmos Dahlias
UPCOMING AUTHOR TALKS Daughter of the White River Killer by Denise White Parkinson Tuesday, March 1 | 6:30 PM | Facebook LIVE
In 1931, 19-year-old Helen Spence shocked Arkansas when she avenged her father’s murder in a DeWitt courtroom. The state soon discovered that no prison could hold her. For the first time, prison records are unveiled to provide an essential portrait in Daughter of the White River. Denise White Parkinson tells this story of Miss Spence, which is soon to be released as a short-film documentary.
A Lone Gunman? by Jeff Meek Wednesday, March 2 | 6:30 PM | Facebook LIVE Not everyone gathered in Dallas on November 22, 1963 wanted to see John F. Kennedy in office for another term. The biggest questions are how, and by whom, was John F. Kennedy assassinated? Was it a deranged Lee Harvey Oswald, as stated in the Warren Commission Report, or was there a deeper conspiracy? Was it really… A Lone Gunman?
The Drinking Nanny by Kimberly Joan Friday, March 4 | 6:00 PM | Rebecca Peterman Photography Studio - Suite 30 As a celebrity nanny for over fifteen years, Kim has seen it all! Her new book, The Drinking Nanny: Codes to Live By When the Kids Drive You to Drink, will make you laugh as she tells her stories of caring for ‘her kids.’ But mixed in with the humor is a
system of codes which targets misbehavior, defines consequences, and gives children the opportunity to self-correct before things get ugly. It’s kinda genius.
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