Archives for September 2018

Voter Registration in the Library

The midterm elections in the United States will be held on November 6th, and if you are not yet registered to vote or updated your voter registration, the Ross Pendergraft Library can help.  We now have voter registration forms available on the first floor, across from the New Books Shelf.

Voting and registration by age in Arkansas.   More than half of 18-29 year olds either did not vote or were not registered.

To get registered and ready to perform your civic duty, simply grab a form, fill it out, slap a stamp on it, and drop it off at the post office.  The campus post office is located in the Young Building, next to the bookstore.  You can also turn it in directly to the County Clerk’s office at the Pope County courthouse.

Your voter registration must be turned in or postmarked by October 9th.    If you are just changing your current registration to a new address, it must be received no later than 4 days prior to the next election.

If you are a college student and registered in your hometown in another county or state, you can transfer your registration to your college address.  Just fill out the voter registration form with your campus current address and fill out the portion at the bottom indicating your former address.  You must keep your address CURRENT on your registration, so don’t forget to fill out another voter registration form if you reside in another county or state after graduation.  You can also vote absentee for your home state or county.

Voting and registration rates tend to increase with education.  This is a graph demonstrating voting and registration by Education in Arkansas 2016.  Those with bachelor's degrees and advanced degrees tended to vote at levels of 70-80%

Remember, filling out the form and mailing it off does not mean you are automatically registered.  Before considering yourself a registered voter, you must receive an acknowledgment of your registration from the county clerk–usually this arrives in the mail as a card a few weeks after you have mailed or dropped off the form.

You can also check your voting status and polling location at:  This will tell you where to go to cast your ballot on Election Day.

A description of polling locations for the upcoming 2018 General Election.  Polling place is 1509 East Main Street, Suite 7

**An EXAMPLE of a polling location for a registered voter residing in Russellville. Results will vary based on residence.

Who can register to vote?  Any U.S. citizen who is 18 years old or will turn 18 on or before the next Election Day can register.  You must also not be a convicted felony with an undischarged/pardoned sentence or a person judged mentally incompetent by a court.

If you are interested in voting, but not sure about the candidates or issues, here’s a list of sites and resources providing nonpartisan information on Arkansas and National elections on November 6th:

  • Arkansas Ballot Issues – A project of the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service to provide fact sheets and education information about ballot issues.
  • Arkansas elections, 2018 Ballotpedia — Includes a sample ballot and searchable site for candidates, offices, ballot measures for Arkansas.  Ballotpedia is a free, digital encyclopedia of American politics and elections.
  • Candidate Information from Secretary of State – The Secretary of State’s interactive search for all candidates who filed in this election. You can search by candidate, contest, location, as well as past election results.
  • Vote Smart – A non-profit, non-partisan site devoted to providing information primarily about candidates including positions, voting history, campaign finances, interest group rates, speeches, and public statements.

For more information on voter registration, voting instructions, or great books on American civics, ask us at:  Remember, sometimes the path to changing the world often begins by filling out a form.

VOTE: Where Justice is blind, let your voice be immutable

Designed by Drew Lettner for the AIGA Get Out the Vote Campaign





Echoes of the River Valley kickoff on Sept. 13

Banner featuring Echoes of the River Valley series. Includes pictures of a violin and a quilt

On Thursday, September 13th, at 7:00 P.M. in RPL 300B, the Ross Pendergraft Library kicks off a new series exploring, sharing and preserving the folk arts of the River Valley.  Join us this Thursday as we welcome Dave Smith, old-time fiddler and multi-instrumentalist, who will share his tunes, traditions, and wealth of knowledge about the music of the Ozarks and the greater region.

Photo of Dave Smith, a handsome older gentleman in white shirt, dark vest, dark pants, and brown hat. He has a white beard and mustache of moderate length

Dave Smith is an accomplished folk musician from Mountain View, Arkansas.  He is the host of Ozark Highlands Radio, a popular weekly radio program featuring live music, jam sessions, and interviews from the Ozark Folk Center State Park’s auditorium.  Dave plays the guitar, fiddle, claw-hammer banjo, and the button accordion.

He will discuss the role of music in everyday life before and after the Civil War. From there we can follow the music into the 20th century where we can examine the impact of technology on the on the evolution of the music. Find out how this music is not only surviving, but thriving in today’s fast paced digital age.

If this is your kind of jam, you might like to join a real jam at the Gatherings–a weekly series of musical jams open to all stringed instruments and all level of musicians.  The music will focus on the traditional tunes of the Ozark region.  The University of Arkansas Ozark Folk Songs digital collection will be the primary resource with emphasis on fiddle tunes.

Gatherings will be held on Thursdays, September 27th, October 4th, October 11th, and October 18th from 5:30-7:30 P.M. in Doc Byran 242.  Participants are encouraged to bring a recording device.  All tunes will be played slowly, phrase-by-phrase, working up to greater speeds. Chords will be available for those who wish to play rhythm with their strings.

"Four Thursdays in Autumn at Doc Bryan Room 242 5:30 - 7:30 PM. Thursdays Sept. 27, Oct. 4, Oct.11, Oct.18. The Gatherings"

The final event in the Echoes of the River Valley series will include a two hour session on quilting and piecing using traditional Ozark methods on October 25th.

So rosin up your bow and practice your finger work by clicking Like on our Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instragram pages so you can stay in the circle on what’s happening in the library.   You can also read up on the series at our website:

All events are free and open to the public.  See ya’ll on Thursday!


Another Slice of Pie on September 10

Cover of Kat Robinson's book, "Another Slice of Arkansas Pie" featuring a plate of pecan pie and a scoop of vanilla ice creamCome get a slice of delicious writing and story-telling from Kat Robinson, the first author to present at our 2nd annual, 2nd Monday’s Local Author Series.  Join us on Monday, September 10th, at 7:00 P.M. in RPL 300B for a sweet time with food historian, travel-writer, and an Arkansas Tech alumnus.

Kat will share stories from her latest book, Another Slice of Arkansas Pie: A Guide to the Best Restaurants, Bakeries, Truck Stops and Food Trucks for Delectable Slices in the Natural State.  She will also be available for a book signing after what is sure to be a fun and hunger-inducing presentation.  All are welcome!

A picture of Kat Robinson, a friendly-looking hippie lady with long red hair and a floppy hat. She appears to be holding a chip covered in cheese dip.Kat Robinson is the host of the AETN program, “Make Room for Pie: A Delicious Slice of the Natural State.”  She has also appeared on the Food Network, and has written articles for the Forbes Travel Guide, Serious Eats, and AY Magazine.  She is also the author of two works on Arkansas restaurants, including Classic Eateries of the Ozarks and Arkansas River Valley and Classic Eateries of the Arkansas Delta.  If you are still hungry for another book about pie, check out Arkansas Pie: A Delicious Slice of the Natural State

For more about Kat Robinson, her travels, recipes, reviews, photos, videos and articles, help yourself to a slice of her website at

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In the meantime, we hope you will join us Monday for a little slice of Arkansas culture, food, and stories.