Limited Computer Checkouts
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New CALS Podcast

CALS Announces New Dates for 2020 Six Bridges Book Festival

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Preserve Arkansas’s COVID-19 Experience

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CALS Closed for COVID-19

CALS will be closed to the public and all programs have been suspended until further notice. As of May 19, fines will accrue for items returned past their due date, but will not be assessed for held items that are not picked up. Donations of books will not be accepted while the library is closed to the public. For more information, please contact calsinfo@cals.org.

CALS Services Available Now

Curbside Service

Curbside library services are available at all but one of the Central Arkansas Library System branches, Monday-Saturday, 9am-6pm. Services include holds pickup, new checkouts, book drop returns, and limited mobile printing at each of those locations. To protect the health and safety of patrons and staff, very specific procedures for requesting and picking up items have been put in place. Please note: curbside service at Brooks Library has been suspended.
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Mobile Printing

Need to print a resume? The article you need for a report? That recipe you found online? Use our mobile printing service to print from your phone, tablet, laptop, Chromebook, even your home computer and pick up the printed document at your favorite CALS branch. All you need is an email address and a document to print.
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Free Wi-fi

Surf the Internet through high-speed wireless networking from your laptop at all branch locations of the Central Arkansas Library System. You can connect at high speed without wires to e-mail, the Internet, and your company network with your computer equipped with wireless networking technology. Available 24/7.
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Streaming Content

CALS cardholders may access free eBooks, streaming audiobooks, magazines, music, podcasts, and more. We have a YouTube pages with tutorials, tips, reviews, and book and poetry readings for adults, teens, and kids.

Upcoming Virtual Events

Event

Lawyers in the Library

Session 1: General Program

Get an overview and introduction to all topics to be presented in the series, including consumer law, housing law, record sealing, public benefits, family law, and advance directives.

About the Series
The health challenges and economic strains caused by COVID-19 mean that many people in our community are facing legal situations never encountered before. In addition, some of our area residents are still facing financial fallout from the historic Arkansas River flooding of summer 2019.

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Event

BingoFlix Goes to Camp! Terror Tuesdays: Sleepaway Camp (1983, R)

This June… coming to a screen near you… it’s BingoFlix Goes to Camp!

Join us for a VIRTUAL game of movie cliche bingo played along to some of the campiest films ever made! FREE to play!

The first film in the Sleepaway Camp franchise tells the story of a young girl sent to a summer camp that becomes the site of a series of murders shortly after her arrival. Known for its infamous twist ending,

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5 Ways to Enjoy The Library From Home

CALS buildings are closed, schools are out, and we’re all doing our best to practice social distancing. But the CALS digital branch is always open. Here are five things – some binge-worthy, some brief – you can do from home right now.

Be a Part of History

Our community is in the midst of a historic event. Future generations will want to know how we lived through the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in 2020.The CALS Butler Center encourages members of our Central Arkansas community to document their experiences during this time of crisis. We are looking for diaries, photographs, poetry, oral history interviews, artwork, video, etc.
How are you spending these days? How has your life been affected? Share those details with us here.
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LeadersAREaders Storytime

Leaders from across the state of Arkansas are sharing their favorite children’s books in a special storytime series we call LeadersAREaders. Check it out on our CALS Kids YouTube channel.
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Watch a Movie on Kanopy or Kanopy Kids

CALS patrons will have access to Kanopy and Kanopy Kids until May 22.
Kanopy is a video streaming service offering access to more than 30,000 documentaries, movies, and educational videos from thousands of producers such as Criterion Collection, PBS, Great Courses, Kino Lorber and more.
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Follow The Yarn, a Little Rock Reading Collective

CALS is pleased to begin a partnership with The Yarn, the Little Rock-based storytelling organization. Beginning with their 2020-21 season, we will supply lists of books and other wonderful things from the great CALS collection that go along with the themes of the shows The Yarn produces. But we wanted to do a little preview now, calling back an earlier show. We hope you enjoy it, and we hope you’ll check out some of these items from CALS.
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Arts and Crafts Time

Put down the remote and pick up a pencil, pen, knitting needles, a crochet hook … you get the point. Time for arts and crafts!
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Special Blog
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CALS Announces New Dates for 2020 Six Bridges Book Festival

CALS presents a stellar line-up for the seventeenth annual celebration of the written word

Central Arkansas Library System’s (CALS) seventeenth annual Six Bridges Book Festival has been rescheduled for Thursday, October 8, through Sunday, October 11, 2020. The event will still include popular events such as Author! Author!, Little Readers Rock (in partnership with the Junior League of Little Rock),

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Recommended Downloadable eBooks and Audiobooks

Below are curated lists of eBooks and audiobooks available from CALS while the library is closed to the public. If you need help downloading or streaming any of these titles, please contact us at 918-3000 or calsinfo@cals.org. For book recommendations of all kinds, please visit the CALS Catalog.






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Point of Interest

A Message from Mayor Scott

Point of Interest

A Message from the Executive Director

CALS Executive Director Nate Coulter**UPDATED May 11
In these sobering days I wanted to share some good news about how hard the library staff is working—mostly from home—to continue to be a reliable provider of the resources you depend on from your library. Though the library is closed to public and all public programs have been suspended **until further notice, we are offering as many library services as we can while still protecting public health and following CDC guidelines.

Browse thousands of e-books and audiobooks with Overdrive and RBdigital. Music lovers can use Freegal to download up to five songs per week or stream unlimited music. You can also research your family tree using Ancestry Library Edition. Read magazines and newspapers from around the country and the world. Plus, limited curbside service is available at all branch libraries, with the exception of Brooks Library in Wrightsville. Services include holds pickup, new checkouts, and limited mobile printing, **Monday through Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. In addition, we’ll continue working with our partners to provide meals for children while schools are closed. Since March 14, more than 20,000 COVID response meals have been served at our branches.

The CALS Student Portal gives students and parents access to our vast digital collection with resources sorted by grade for your convenience. Hoonuit offers online how-to training on hundreds of common software applications and devices, including Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite, Google Docs, and iPad. The Great Courses Library Collection features complete video courses on subjects including science, cooking, history, photography and art, finance and investing, philosophy, gardening, and much more.

View highlights from our virtual content
Our programmers are online so you and your family can still enjoy our offerings and interact with other patrons and your favorite library staff. Find storytimes, book recommendations, arts and crafts tutorials, history talks, and American Sign Language lessons for kids on the CALS and CALS Kids YouTube channels. Programs include:

  • Monthly Legacies & Lunch Series
  • Breathe Meditation: Full Body Scan
  • Writing Circle

These are trying times. People are rightly anxious about their families and livelihoods. There are practical concerns: finding ways to keep up a productive and familiar routine while working from home, learning how to use videoconferencing software to conduct virtual office meetings, and deciding how much of the grim daily news to consume to stay informed but not feel overwhelmed. I’m impressed with all the varied ways people are finding for coping. We hope the library can be a small but valuable part of these efforts.

One of the best pieces of advice I’ve heard came from a virtual Rotary Club session earlier this week. Ken Clark, a local counselor, told the hundred plus people viewing the meeting on Zoom that the human mind cannot focus on fear and gratitude simultaneously. Trying to find small things every day to be grateful about would crowd out darker thoughts in this crisis.

As you might expect from someone at the library, I’m curious about what books people are grateful for having read, as we wrestle with all that this crisis hurls at us. My friends have pointed to histories, like Rick Atkinson’s three works about the Allies liberation of Europe in WWII, and the comic relief afforded by Bill Bryon’s wicked humor. Another was grateful for the escapist fiction of Dorothy Sayers’ mysteries. And there was the comfort of good how-to reads about gardening and cooking. I’ll post others soon. If you want to share yours, please email us at calsinfo@cals.org.

If you don’t have a library card to access these services, please complete the online application. Remember due dates have been extended, so you don’t need to worry about accruing fines or returning materials.

I’m grateful for all of you who have entrusted to the staff and me the care of your library. We will continue working to keep it accessible for you during the COVID-19 crisis.

Nate Coulter
CALS Executive Director