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Imagine a Day Without Water: Artwork by LRSD students

ON VIEW –  November 12 to December 30, 2021
The Landing at the Galleries & Bookstore at Library Square, CALS Roberts Library

Little Rock School District students from 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) afterschool programs at Bale, Carver, and Chicot Elementary Schools try to “Imagine a Day Without Water” through the creation of water-themed artwork.

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Canasta

We’re playing Canasta! Come join us on Fridays. All levels are welcome.

 

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Job Assistance

Looking for a new job can be overwhelming, but we’re here to help!

Come by the 2nd Floor of Main Library for one-on-one assistance:

  • Setting up a professional e-mail
  • Creating a resume
  • Writing a cover letter
  • Searching for and completing job applications
  • Preparing for an interview

Every Monday,

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Be Mighty Meal Service

Free meals for youth 18 and younger.

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Food for Good

Free afterschool meal for ages 1-18 on days that the library system is open.

M-F (4 p.m.-5:30 p.m.)

Sat (11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.)

 

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Grab N’ Go Food For Good Supper

An afterschool meal for kids.

Monday – Friday

4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

For 18 years and younger.

Served at the Front Desk.

 

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Candlelight Friday Flow

Chill out and unwind from the week with yoga! This Candlelight flow will guide you through a moderately paced, beginner friendly sequence aimed at improving strength and flexibility while decreasing stress and “mind clutter” from the week. Sessions will be held at Hillcrest Hall at 1501 Kavanaugh Boulevard every Friday at 5:30 p.m this fall and winter except November 26 and December 24 and 31.

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Bicycle Workshop

Give your bike the attention it deserves! An experienced bicycle mechanic will be on hand to guide patrons through a safety checklist on their own bicycle, answer general questions about cycling, and allow patrons to borrow some of the specialized tools that may be required to work on your bike. Drop-ins welcome; first come, first served.

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Bath Bomb Fun

This will be a group activity where we make a large batch together. There will be no customization or substitutions. Patrons must return by Saturday, December 11th to pick up their finished bath bombs. Any bath bombs not picked up by December 11th will be given away as a Grab &

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Food for Fines 2021

Shed unwanted library fines this holiday season. The Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) is continuing its tradition of helping those in need by holding its annual Food for Fines event from Sunday, December 12, through Saturday, December 18.

Food for Fines gives patrons an opportunity to help others in central Arkansas and to reduce fines for overdue library materials.

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Back to School Homework Resources

With school starting back up, students of all ages and skill-levels will need to access research tools to help them complete homework assignments, brush up on skills, and more. Our collection of free online research tools is the perfect place to start. You might find one of the tools listed below helpful. If not, check out the full list of research tools on our site.

Brainfuse HelpNow

Brainfuse HelpNow provides on demand, anytime, anywhere eLearning for all ages and levels. HelpNow offers personalized homework help in core subjects (math, reading, writing, science and social studies) including SAT preparation. The Adult Learning Center is included in the HelpNow suite. Live tutors are available online from 2:00 PM to 11:00 PM each day for direct assistance. HelpNow will support the new Count UP math tutoring program but also offers learning assistance in other subjects.

With HelpNow, tutors and students communicate in real time in an online classroom by typing, drawing, and marking-up lessons and web content. Plus, students can use a secure file sharing feature in the writing lab to submit writing assignments to writing tutors any time of the day. The Brainfuse full-service test center offers practice tests for all levels in math, reading, and writing as well as college preparatory tests – including the SAT.


Universal Class

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Access more than 500 lifelong learning courses in over 30 subject areas, many of which offer continuing education units (CEUs). All classes are designed and led by professional instructors and include videos, assignments, quizzes, tests, and options for social media interaction with other learners. Patrons may take multiple classes and learn at their own pace.

Tags: Continuing Education, Online Learning, GED, Computer Basics, ESL, Research Skills, Web Design, Test Preparation, Programming Languages

Mango Languages

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Provides language learning experiences with step by step lesson plans for 71 different languages. This database features ESL (English as Second Language) lessons for over 16 languages along with a text translator. First time users must create a profile in order to use the resource.

Tags: Languages, Foreign Language, Spanish, French, Chinese, ESL

Novelist Plus

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Includes subject headings, reviews, summaries and more for over 135,000 fiction titles. Use Novelist to find other books by a favorite author, or similar books to a title you’ve already read.

Tags: Reader’s Advisory, Book Recommendations, Book Reviews, Libros en Español

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Mobile Hotspots Available for Checkout

Don’t have reliable internet at home? CALS can help. CALS has acquired a collection of hotspots that patrons can check out and use at home. Help with homework, work from home, or just use it to stream that show everyone seems to be talking about. A mobile hotspot can deliver a strong, fast, and secure online connection just about wherever you go.

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University Learning with Udemy

Your library card provides access to a wealth of knowledge, beyond the book. Udemy is an online university that offers specialized online courses, each comprised of on-demand videos, articles and certification upon completion.

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A Message from the Executive Director

Nate Coulter, CALS Executive Director (Photo courtesy AY Media Group)As the holiday season gears up and 2021 comes to a close, we find ourselves reflecting on the many successes experienced by CALS this year, and feeling very grateful. On November 9, Little Rock voters went to the polls to decide whether to increase the operational millage rate in the city. This had not been done since 2007. We were excited and gratified by the results: Over 71 percent of voters supported the measure, with almost all precincts affirming that the public library is an invaluable part of our city.

As more residents become vaccinated against COVID-19, we have slowly begun to incorporate more in-person programming. We recently saw the return of 2nd Friday Art Night downtown. And both the Rock It! Lab and the Galleries & Bookstore at Library Square had successful Small Business Saturday events, showing that not only do our patrons support enjoy our programming but they also appreciate our more commercial endeavors, too.

Last year, CALS was recognized as a “library noted for its imagination and focus on equity” by the Jerry Kline Community Impact Prize, developed in a partnership between the Gerald M. Kline Family Foundation and Library Journal. We’re ecstatic to share that CALS has won the 2021 Community Impact Prize and will receive $250,000 from the Kline Family Foundation to further expand the services that make CALS a vital asset to central Arkansas. Earlier this year, the library was also the recipient of a grant from the Wingate Foundation that has allowed us to expand our community outreach and hire digital literacy coaches. All of these developments along with the endorsement of voters indicate clearly that CALS and its partners are doing important work and doing it exceptionally well.

Our library staff can be thankful for these signs of trust and positive recognition. These are even more gratifying in the context of the unique challenges of serving the public safely and effectively during a global pandemic. We will be grateful but not complacent in 2022. We will take these blessings as incentive to work harder to make CALS stronger and more innovative in 2022. We will find ways to expand our successful efforts to support aspiring entrepreneurs, learners of all ages, and everyone in our community who just needs a little help finding information.

We are grateful for you – our community of supporters and patrons – for your enthusiasm, your confidence, and your commitment to your library. From all of us at CALS, we wish you a joyous holiday season as we look forward to a new year of serving you.

Nate Coulter
CALS Executive Director