by John Tarpley
After an eye-straining, brain-wrinkling summer full of reading programs, North Little Rock's Laman Library celebrates its successful literacy series with Lamanpalooza, an evening of activities, all open and free to the public. It's as refreshingly wholesome as you'd want from a summer library festival with inflatables for bouncing and boxing, bead-making, chalk art with the THEA Foundation, animals from the Museum of Discovery and a balloon maker stomping through the grounds on stilts. The Laman Library also has a treat for the folkies, with Trout Fishing in America, the nationally renowned, Prairie Grove-based children's folk duo performing its only show in Central Arkansas in the remainder of this year. The library plans to showcase its new facilities and services, like its new "teen lounge," which it touts as state of the art; Overdue Brew, a new in-house coffeeshop and the "Draw Me a Story" exhibit. Oh, and if you missed it the first time around, there's going to be a balloon maker twisting up balloon animals on stilts, which, alone, actually, should be worth the trip.