AETN Engage Blog

Sharing “Little Women” in Arkansas

Louisa May Alcott’s quote, “Some books are so familiar, reading them is like being home again,” really struck a chord with me and everyone who came to screenings of Masterpiece’s “Little Women” in Ft. Smith and Little Rock this past month. I’m Dan Koops, part of AETN’s Community Engagement team, and I’ve very much enjoyed being a part of bringing this classic story “back home again.” Read on to learn more about how we’ve been doing that over the past month!

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Books in Bloom — “The Great American Read”

As we count down to the premiere of “The Great American Read,” we’re excited to continue the celebration of reading in Arkansas at the Books in Bloom Literary Festival in Eureka Springs Sunday, May 20, from noon to 5 p.m.! Join us at this exciting, free event to see a variety of authors (including Deborah Crombie, Marcus Sakey, Lisa See and more), presentations, booksellers and signings. Stop by to see us and grab your copy of the 100 book list at the Berryville Public Library booth.

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Royal Wedding Watch

Go behind the headlines of the royal wedding of Prince Harry and the U.S.’s own Meghan Markle before the happy event! In the evenings, starting May 14, join Meredith Viera and U.K. host Matt Baker to explore the history, ceremony and traditions shaping the nuptials. Then, tune in for live coverage of the wedding Saturday, May 19, from 3-7:30 a.m. 

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Moving the Needle on Grade-Level Reading in Arkansas

AETN is proud to be part of a network of more than 30 organizations from around the state - representing parents, educators, early childhood education, state agencies and foundations - in partnership with the Arkansas Grade-Level Reading Campaign. Together, we're working collectively to move the needle on third grade reading. Read the campaign's latest report "Moving the Needle on Grade-Level Reading in Arkansas: Impact, Influence and Leverage" to see the progress the state has made and learn about plans for the future.

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AETN Foundation New Member Challenge Update

You've come together to help, and look how close we are! Time is running short. We have to add 7,500 new members by June 30, 2018, to receive $100,000 from the Windgate Foundation for programs. If you want to help us meet the challenge, there's still time! Join, or give a gift membership, today!

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In association with the broadcast of Ken Burns's "The Vietnam War," AETN is proud to recognize Arkansas Vietnam Veterans by supporting local organizations and hosting a variety of community outreach events.

A Deeper Look

A Deeper Look at Poverty in Arkansas is part of the national initiative "Chasing the Dream: Poverty and Opportunity in America," which aims to provide a deeper understanding of the impact of poverty on American society and solutions to bring people out of poverty.

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Request a Speaker

Need a speaker for a civic organization or club program?  For your organization's next meeting, consider booking an AETN Speaker.  For more than fifteen years, more than 250 groups around Arkansas that meet during weekdays have used this free-of-charge service.  While speakers are regularly available for noon club meetings, some breakfast or evening programs may be provided to a group if the event site is within a 30-60 minute drive from Conway or if AETN has an available person in that area of the state.  An AETN speaker will be glad to talk to your group at no cost on a variety of relevant and interesting subjects, including:

  • AETN: Helping Kids through TV
  • AETN: Helping Education in Arkansas
  • AETN: Telling Arkansas' Heritage and Culture
  • AETN Productions Update
  • How AETN Works
  • What's New at AETN

To arrange an AETN Speaker for an upcoming club meeting, please contact the AETN Marketing and Outreach Department at marketing@aetn.org.

When making your request, please provide the following information:

  1. Name of Organization or Club
  2. Location of City
  3. Contact Name & Phone Number (or email address)
  4. Date and time of meeting  (several options are requested)
  5. Desired Subject for the AETN Speaker
  6. Desired Length of Speaking Time
  7. Number of people usually attending (average)
  8. Where the meeting is held
  9. Directions to the meeting facility
  10. Any other special needs or requests

Request a Tour

If you are interested in discovering the world of public, educational broadcasting in Arkansas, come take a free tour of AETN in Conway!

Who May tour: Groups of ten (10) individuals or more who are at least in 4th grade (or age 10) or older are welcome.  Tours for individuals are generally not provided. Groups larger than 20 may need to be divided into smaller groups for easier touring.  One (1) parent, teacher, guardian or group leader must be present for every six to seven children.

What is Seen: Learn about this state-owned public, educational television station.  Visit the studios and production control rooms where local programs about Arkansas are created.  View Master Control where all AETN-PBS programs are broadcast throughout the state of Arkansas. See the equipment used to create television.  More technical-oriented tours can be arranged for a high school or college broadcasting class.

Length and focus of tours of AETN, which generally last about between 30 and 60 minutes, depend upon the age level of the group.

Tour Times: Tours are conducted Monday through Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Tours are given by prior appointment only. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate unscheduled, drop-in requests for tours. Please allow at least two (2) weeks in advance to schedule a tour appointment.

Tours not available on the following observed state holiday:  Martin Luther King-Robert E. Lee Day, Presidents-Daisy Bates Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day (and the day after), and during the Christmas holidays (Christmas Eve Day through New Year's Day).

Where to Go for Tours: Scheduled tour groups will meet at the reception desk at the Visitors Entrance in the north building located at Donaghey Avenue and Powell Street south of the University of Central Arkansas in Conway. See our AETN Map for directions to AETN.  Visitor parking is available free-of-charge in a lot across the street from the front entrance of AETN or in the parking lot one block south of AETN.

Additional Information: Tours of AETN are free! Cameras and video cameras are also welcome as are lots of questions. Please make any special needs or interests known when scheduling a tour.  AETN reserves the right to cancel a tour within 24 hours for any unforeseen conflict.

To Schedule a Tour: To arrange a building tour of AETN, contact:

David Elmore
Phone: (501) 682 - 4198
Email: delmore@aetn.org