Issues That Matter: The 2020 Census

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Bobby Rush
in Concert

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Tool Library Helps You Fix Your Home, Car or Bike

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Featured Events

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Gratitude Collages

Let’s get our gratitude on and make some art, too! Just in time for Thanksgiving. For adults 18+. No registration required. Materials provided (while supplies last).

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Eat and Learn: Pizza Bread

Learn an easy recipe for pizza bread using a french loaf, marinara sauce, and cheese.

Food and fun provided.

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Nate Powell & Van Jensen, Two Dead

Two Dead, a stunning crime noir graphic novel by Nate Powell and Van Jensen, explores intertwining threads of crime, conspiracy, racism, and insanity in the post-World War II Deep South. Powell is the acclaimed DC Comics writer and the artist of the #1 New York Times bestselling and National Book Award-winning illustrated trilogy March.

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Historic Sites of Central Little Rock Q & A with Mike Polston

In this program we will highlight some historical sites within the Central LR area.

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NaNoWriMo Write-Ins

November is National Novel Writing Month. We will host NaNoWriMo Write-Ins every Saturday in November. Meet other NaNoWriMo participants and reach your word count goals. Snacks and beverages provided. Bring your laptop. For teens 16+ and adults 18+. No registration required.
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Carol Dabney’s Thanksgiving Storytime

Enjoy this guest storytime with Carol and Rod as they adventure through an autumn-themed storytime with puppets and song.

All ages. Families welcome.

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Special Blog
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What Are You Reading? KenDrell D. Collins

I serve as a trial attorney at the Office of the Federal Public Defender for the Eastern District of Arkansas, which is an organization that works to ensure no person is disadvantaged simply because of their inability to afford private legal counsel.  My hometown is Osceola, AR, but I moved to Little Rock in 2011,

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Publishers Are Changing E-Book Access for Libraries

It was a dark and stormy morning…

You run to your car through the rain to start your drive to work and open your favorite e-audiobook app for some rush-hour listening. To your dismay, the audiobook you purchased has vanished from your library. After dinner, the rain still falls as you settle into your favorite chair with a cup of tea to finish the thrilling ebook you bought last week,

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Upcoming Speakers at CALS

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Nate Powell & Van Jensen, Two Dead

Two Dead, a stunning crime noir graphic novel by Nate Powell and Van Jensen, explores intertwining threads of crime, conspiracy, racism, and insanity in the post-World War II Deep South. Powell is the acclaimed DC Comics writer and the artist of the #1 New York Times bestselling and National Book Award-winning illustrated trilogy March.

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Leesa Cross-Smith, So We Can Glow

From Kentucky to the California desert, these forty-two short stories expose the glossy and matte hearts of girls and women in moments of obsessive desire and fantasy, wildness and bad behavior, brokenness and fearlessness. “Leesa Cross-Smith is a consummate storyteller who uses her formidable talents to tell the oft-overlooked stories of people living in that great swath of place between the left and right coasts.” —Roxane Gay,

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Silas House, Southernmost

In this tender novel about judgment, courage, heartbreak, and change, evangelical preacher Asher Sharp offers shelter to two gay men after a flood in a small Tennessee town. In doing so, he starts to see his life anew – and risks losing everything. “An urgent and beautifully written literary thriller about a man on the run that explores themes like the pain of atonement and the necessity of reconciliation,

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Point of Interest

Friends Book Sale

Follow your nesting instinct and prepare your den for a cozy winter at the Friends of CALS Used Book Sale and the Self-Published and Small Press Book Fair at the Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) Main Library, 100 Rock Street, November 7-9.

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Our Gathering Place

CALS Executive Director Nate Coulter

An old piece of folk wisdom reminds us that a single-strand rope is much more easily broken than one braided of many strands. The whole of such a braided cord has strength far greater than even the sum of its threads.

At CALS, we try to approach meeting the community’s needs with this truth in mind. We actively cultivate collaboration with a host of partners from all around the community in order to keep braiding those invisible ties that collectively support our culture, our neighborhoods, and our families better than any of us can do acting alone.

This is an even more powerful truth in a digital era when it seems that so many forces are intent on fraying the community’s bonds by sowing conflict, division, and fear. The public library has always stood in the
center of the community, encouraging collaboration—braiding and rebraiding the cords of connection — inviting partners and our community members to discover the strength of dialogue and teamwork.

As you read the news in this quarterly, we hope you will be encouraged by our many dynamic, library-based partnerships that are striving to make our neighborhoods stronger, richer, and happier places to live. And if you can point us in the direction of new partnerships to forge, please contact me at ncoulter@cals.org.

Here are a couple of examples I’m proud of Little Rock for accomplishing recently. Be Mighty Little Rock, coordinated by our CALS library staff, brought together an unprecedented number of major community partners to combat youth hunger this summer, including the City of Little Rock, the Little Rock School District, the city Parks and Recreation Department, the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance, and Rock Region METRO. Those partnerships are continuing in exciting ways with more nutrition and health programs. This fall, another partnership will allow the Arkansas Arts Center to teach many classes in CALS branches, as the center begins a massive two-year remodeling process that will close down its usual space. By hosting the AAC in our well-equipped public meeting spaces, we can assist this vital cultural institution to keep its connection with the people of our city.

These major collaborative efforts produce clear benefits for our community, but there are also scores of other partnerships happening every day at CALS that enrich our neighborhoods and our people’s lives. Whether we are jumping in to enhance the fun of Goat Fest in Perryville, teaming up with Arkansas Women’s Outreach to support women’s health needs, or hosting classes in crucial business skills from the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center, we see every day the benefits that people realize from our collaborations.

We hope you will join your own strand to the many threads that run through this publication, telling the story of how our people come together for progress and for hope. You are a vital part of the braided strength that we support, and we welcome you to our CALS community.

Nate Coulter
Executive Director
Central Arkansas Library System