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The Garland County Library announces the lineup for the second annual true crime festival, Hot Springs/Cold Blood. This year's theme, "Crimes Close to Home," features information about crimes in and around Arkansas.

Hot Springs/Cold Blood takes place from Nov. 3-4 at the Garland County Library, 1427 Malvern Ave. All events are intended for an adult audience and are free to attend with seating first-come, first-served.

The festival will feature a variety of events, including:

Friday, Nov. 3

1 p.m., Cooper-Anthony Child Advocacy Center program.

5 p.m., Murder and Mimosa Mocktail Happy Hour.

6 p.m., Unraveling a Mystery: Researching a Century-old Murder with Nita Gould.

7 p.m., Witnesses for the Lamb Author Talk with Molly May.

Saturday, Nov. 4

3:30 p.m., Hot Springs Police Department program.

5:30 p.m., Victimology: A Victim-Centered Approach to Cracking Cold Cases with Catherine Townsend.

Hot Springs/Cold Blood is a must-attend event for fans of the genre or those with Arkansas roots who may recall details of the cases discussed.

Adult Services Specialist Paul Kagebein said, "the ever-popular true crime genre continues to captivate audiences with new biographies, podcasts, and docuseries releasing every day.

"My goal with the True Crime Fest as the library's adult programmer is for the library to host an event that satisfies that incredible interest in that genre, while being respectful to the victims and their families.

"I think the lineup of programs we have this year accomplishes that with everything from deep dives into Arkansas crimes from throughout the past century to a program about victimology specifically."

Visit, call 501-623-4161, or visit the library in-person at 1427 Malvern Ave. in Hot Springs for more information about the library's services and offerings.