The popular on-demand film streaming service Kanopy is now available for free at two branches of the William F. Laman Public Library.

“We’re excited to offer Kanopy because they have films that may be hard to find on other streaming services,” said Richard Theilig, Laman Library associate director. “Besides award winners, our patrons now have greater access to movies and documentaries by and about people of diverse communities.”

With the motto of “thoughtful entertainment,” Kanopy provides Laman Library patrons and 5 million other users around the world access to films of unique social and cultural value; films that are often difficult or impossible to access elsewhere; and programming that features diversity, with a wide array of foreign language films and films on race and current affairs. In fact, offering what the New York Times calls “a garden of cinematic delights,” Kanopy showcases more than 30,000 of the world’s best films, including award-winning documentaries, film festival favorites, indie and classic films, and world cinema with collections from Kino Lorber, Music Box Films, Samuel Goldwyn, The Orchard, The Great Courses, PBS and thousands of independent filmmakers.

Laman Library cardholders can access Kanopy, and sign up to start streaming films instantly by visiting Films can be streamed from any computer, television, mobile device or platform by downloading the Kanopy app for iOS, Android, AppleTV, Chromecast or Roku.

Calling the shots

As summer is winding down, parents with young children may already be making their shopping list for back-to-school supplies. But before pencils and paper or backpacks and lunchboxes are bought, many kids will need to get immunized as required by state law.

Baptist Health Community Outreach is offering several opportunities for free back-to-school shots. Vaccinations will be available at the following locations:

North Little Rock Academy, 5500 Lynch Drive – Saturday, Aug. 11, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

And even better than getting bonus points on a pop quiz, free backpacks filled with school supplies will be given to the first 50 children who receive immunizations at each location. Each child’s shot records as well as proof of Medicaid coverage or other health insurance, if applicable, must be presented before shots are given.

Pulaski Tech hosts modernism exhibit

American Perspectives on Modernism, a collection of paintings from the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts in Kalamazoo, Michigan, will be displayed at Windgate Gallery Monday, Aug. 13 through Oct. 19, in The Center for Humanities and Arts (CHARTS) at University of Arkansas Pulaski Technical College, 3000 W. Scenic Drive, in North Little Rock, Ark.

An opening night reception will be held 6 - 8 p.m. this Friday, Aug. 17, and will include a gallery talk at 6:30 p.m. with Jen Padgett, Assistant Curator at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville.

Music will be provided by Dr. Barry McVinney on saxophone and Tom Cox on piano. The reception and exhibit are both free and fully accessible to the public.

Windgate Gallery hours are 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Fridays; and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays. Admission is free and open to the public.

Drawn from the KIA collection, this exhibition includes works by American modernists including Stuart Davis, Marsden Hartley, John Marin, Charles Sheeler, Max Weber and others. Responding to the artistic developments in Europe, these artists sought new ways to picture the rapidly changing times of the early 20th century.

The Modernist dictate was to “make it new,” to look beyond appearances for an essential truth in things. Honest, forthright expression was a longstanding American artistic tradition, and American Modernists felt even the most ordinary things could be transformed through fresh eyes and the imagination.

For more information, contact Windgate Gallery and CHARTS Theater Coordinator Debra Wood at 812-2715 or

Hibblen to speak

Author and journalist Michael Hibblen will be the next speaker in the Arkansas State Archives’Pen to Podium lecture series, on Tuesday, Aug. 21, from 6:30 – 8 p.m. in the Diamond Room at the Department of Arkansas Heritage, 1100 North Street, Little Rock.

Hibblen will discuss his 2017 book “Rock Island Railroad in Arkansas.” For nearly 80 years, the Rock Island was a major railroad in Arkansas providing passenger and freight services. A decline in rail travel after World War II and an increase in trucks hauling freight over government-subsidized interstates were among factors in the railroad’s struggles and eventually closure in 1980. Most of the tracks that traversed the state were taken up, but a few relics, like the Little Rock passenger station and the Arkansas River bridge, remain as monuments to this once great railroad.

A native of North Little Rock, Hibblen started in radio in 1988. After a 1993 internship at the C-SPAN Cable Network in Washington, D.C., he transitioned to news, working for commercial radio stations KARN in Little Rock, WRVA in Richmond, Virginia, and WIOD in Miami, Florida. In 2000, Michael became a Miami-based reporter for CBS Radio News. He was hired by daily newspaper the Miami Herald in 2003 when it partnered with NPR station WLRN providing its local news. Michael returned to Little Rock in 2009 to work for KUAR, where he is currently its news director.

There will be a reception at 6:30 p.m. in the lobby, hosted by the Friends of the Arkansas State Archives and the event is free and open to the public.