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  • 6 Sep 2018 10:41 AM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)
    It’s that time of year again where we begin to ask for baskets to benefit LEAF and Scholarship.  We need members to provide and buy these wonderful, thoughtful, generous baskets.  I have found LOTS of fabulous ideas on Pinterest for anyone looking for inspiration.  Baskets from the past have included everything from a collection of notepads to a weekend getaway, a custom piece of pottery to unique socks.

    PLEASE, let Ashley Burris, ArLA Scholarships Committee/LEAF Chair know if you plan to bring a basket (which can be a tray/plate/anything to contain your grouping or even just an item).  This doesn’t work without YOUR participation.  Numbers matter, so please reply to her so I may be assured to have adequate space.

    She will be onsite to begin accepting baskets on Sunday morning. Her email is

    Thanks so much!

  • 4 Sep 2018 12:02 PM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)

    Announcing not one, but two special guests for ArASL’s 2018 conference: Reading Zen!

    New York Times bestselling author C.J. Redwine, author of the Defiance trilogy and Ravenspire series, will be hosting an extended morning session. If you’ve been holding her invitation to Hogwarts, here’s your chance to deliver it in person.

    Then in the afternoon, we’re welcoming veteran educator and media specialist Jamille Rogers Thomas author of “Be Kind. Be Brave. Be a Hero.” She was the first Arkansan recognized by the American Library Association and was featured in the School Library Journal due to her commitment to advancing equality in communities and schools through literacy.

    Reading Zen is happening Saturday, September 22nd at the Embassy Suites Northwest Arkansas in Rogers, Arkansas. Registration is only $75 for the day which includes all sessions, special guests, lunch and an afternoon snack break.

    ArLA’s 2018 conference (Make It Happen: Arkansas Libraries Transform) starts the afternoon of Sunday, September 23rd. There is one registration form for both ArASL’s and ArLA’s conferences. Consider joining us all four days, Saturday through Tuesday, for more special guests, more innovative sessions, and more fun!

    Online registration is available at:

    Interested in assisting with Reading Zen? We’re currently seeking people to assist with registration and sessions. Please email Daniel Fouts II at how would you be interested in assisting and we’ll go from there!

    Reading Zen; Reading’s In

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