Hispanic Heritage
Month at CALS

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Banned Books Week 2021

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Six Bridges Book Festival
Authors Announced

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News & Events


Help CALS Serve You Better

CALS is looking to gain more insight into how patrons use the library and its services to guide the library’s development, and we need you. Follow the link below to take the
survey online or ask for more information at your favorite branch about filling out a physical survey form.

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Masks Required for Patrons Beginning August 13

Due to the continued rise in covid cases and hospitalizations in our community, effective Friday, August 13, we are going to follow the recommendations of public health officials and once again require masks inside library buildings. We join with the City of Little Rock, many other libraries, school districts, universities, and businesses which are requiring masks in this effort to stop the spread of the covid virus.

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Persepolis Screening

Political repression, Iranian history, and even jasmine bras, factor into Marjane’s Satrapi’s brilliant coming of age memoir-in-comics, Persepolis. The book was named one of the best of the year by The New York Times the year of its release. In addition to other accolades, Persepolis has faced multiple challenges,

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Food for Good Afterschool Supper

A nutritious afterschool meal for kids.

4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Served at the Front Desk

For ages 0-18 years


Food for Good


Job Seeker Workshop 4: Interviews

The job market is hot, but the steps to getting your foot in the door are often frustrating.

Each week we break down the job search process into manageable steps:

  • Week 1 — Setting up a professional e-mail.
  • Week 2 — Creating a resume and writing a cover letter.

CALS Writing Circle: Memoir Critique Workshop

After you’ve written the first draft, what then? A good workshop group can help you figure out what about your draft needs improving, and the process of critiquing other writers helps you become a better writer yourself. Share your memoir-in-progress with other writers twice a month to give and receive encouragement, insight, and feedback in a safe and respectful environment.


From the Vault: Photography from the CALS Permanent Collection

ON VIEW Friday, September 10 to Saturday, November 27, 2021
Underground Gallery, Galleries & Bookstore at Library Square

The Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) houses more than just books. The library’s art program also actively collects and exhibits works by artists working and living in Arkansas. This eclectic exhibition features historical and contemporary photography that shows the diversity of art being created in Arkansas.


Treat Yourself Tuesdays

Every Tuesday we will be hosting a food truck in the side parking lot of the Maumelle Library. Come visit us and see what tasty treat is waiting for you!

September 27 The Prickly Pickle

Special Event

Roosevelt Thompson Sculpture Dedication

Once in a generation comes a person who is the best of all of us. In 2004, the Central Arkansas Library System was proud to open a branch named in Thompson’s honor. We are now pleased to dedicate a new sculpture of Thompson created by John Deering. Please join us in celebrating Roosevelt Thompson’s life and legacy.

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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


Also available in:

This research tool provided via Traveler Access.

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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The Latest from CALS

Branches Open on Sunday Beginning in August.

We’re getting back to business as usual, including Sundays at Dee Brown, McMath, Sanders, and Terry locations, 1-5 p.m., starting August 1.

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)
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After the unprecedented challenges of 2020, the opportunity to begin restoring the full array of activities at the library in 2021 has made us more attentive to our re-engagement with patrons. As we move into the second half of the year, it’s nice to feel as if we are on the path back to normal. We have spent the first half of the year putting into action the plans we laid out last fall and are working on even more.

Our branches have now been open for some time and we are beginning to layer back in some events and services that we had to suspend. The Galleries & Bookstore at Library Square has begun hosting food trucks for “What’chu Eatin’ Wednesdays” as well as the return of Second Friday Art Night. And Six Bridges Book Festival will return this fall with a hybrid schedule of virtual and in-person sessions.

Our programmers completed a successful Earth Month campaign, Go Green with CALS, that included more than 1,700 environmentally friendly grab-and-go bags as well as a variety of events that took place virtually, in-person, and recorded. They’re currently working through the Summer Reading Club, under this year’s theme “Tails and Tales.” Another program that we are excited about is the Rock It! Lab. This entrepreneur training initiative is in the Cox Building, where it can grow. We added a skilled, energetic coordinator to lead it. Leah Patterson has experience with her own start up business and knows the community of aspiring small business operators. She, along with Benito Lubazibwa, Executive Director of Advancing Black Entrepreneurship (ABE), have a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Rock It! Lab scheduled this month.

On top of new and innovative programming we have added new faces to the library staff. Our new Development Director, Eliza Borné, has already laid out an impressive plan for events and creative ways to work with our donors. Her efforts on Library Giving Day just a few days after starting at CALS were remarkable. Because of dedicated library supporters, we raised $9,258.50, which is more than double our Library Giving Day total last year.

We also have a few new faces on the Board including Audrey Evans and Susana O’Daniel from Little Rock, Mandy Gill from Perry County, and Jennifer Jamison from Jacksonville. We welcome them and are looking forward to the insight and direction they can bring to CALS.

We are also working toward making the lives of our patrons easier. In our ever-growing digital world, access to reliable internet continues to be a struggle for many residents in Arkansas. We are proud to have added one hundred mobile hotspots to our collection that patrons can check out and take home to continue their work, homework, and play away from the library. Our marketing department, working with Thoma Thoma, has created a video that encapsulates the spirit of the library system and we’re excited to share that with everyone now. The 2020 State of the Library Report covers a multitude of information, including a wealth of qualitative data as well as several heartwarming stories of impact across our communities.

The popular and trusted Encyclopedia of Arkansas digital resource recently turned 15, proving that while new programing is important, the foundation we have laid with our existing programs is still strong. We also commissioned a 10-year CALS economic impact analysis last year. Boyette Strategic Advisors conducted the study which found that CALS created an economic impact of over one billion dollars during that period as well as a state and local tax impact of almost $31 million. CALS generated over $5.28 of economic impact for every tax dollar invested. If you haven’t read the Boyette report, I strongly encourage you to take a look at it the economic impact that your local library has on the community in addition to the social impact.

These are just a few of the things that we have accomplished in the first half of this year. Growth and innovation at CALS come from the hard work of all 290 of our employees who are dedicated to helping patrons reach their full potential. Our patrons are an important part of the success, too, as the pandemic made clearer to us. Thank you for joining me on this journey as we continue to be the Library, Rewritten.


Nate Coulter
CALS Executive Director