KonMari Workshop with Sue Fehlberg of Tidy Nest

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Tool Library Helps You Fix Your Home, Car or Bike

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News & Events


Girls Who Code

Girls Who Code is a nonprofit organization that aims to support and increase the number of women in computer science by equipping young women with the necessary computing skills to pursue 21st-century opportunities.

Girls Who Code Clubs are free after-school programs for 3rd-5th and 6th-12th grade girls to join our sisterhood of supportive peers and role models using computer science to change the world.

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Adult Ceramics Class

This program with take place at Ceramic World & Imagination in Jacksonville.  You will be painting a ceramic item at the store.

For ages 18 & up.

Limited space available. Registration is required. (501)457-5038

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CALS Tools Series: Job Hunt

CALS provides tools to help build resumes, access information and improve your job search. All you have to do is know where to find the help you need!

In the CALS Tools series, we will look at the different databases, services and other tools available on the CALS website. Everything we explore is free to use with your library card.

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Fighting Fraud

AARP Arkansas will present a 4-part series on fighting fraud. Class 1 will deal with Fraud Fighting Basics & Cyber Security and will meet on Saturday, February 1 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM in the Harper Lee room on the 5th floor of the Main Library. Parking is free and light refreshments will be provided.

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Read Aloud with Overdrive

World Read Aloud Day is February 5th.  

We invite you to join us in the computer lab on the 3rd floor of the Main Library to read a story together using our Overdrive service. This will be a great time to read together, practice public speaking and listening and have fun together!

New to Overdrive and eBooks?

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Cookbook Club

Bring a recipe to share from your favorite cookbook, tips on execution, and why you loved it. This book club will be potluck style with changing themes and will meet on the first Friday of the month.

Friday, February 7th : Bread Month. Quick breads, sweet breads, any bread!

Contact jbutkovic@cals.org for more details.

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Special Blog

Staff Picks: Alison McKeever

After spending years with children and teens in the library, CALS staffer Alison now finds herself drooling over books to order in Collection Development. Here are two of her favorites.

We are Okay by Nina LaCour
A beautiful and subtle novel about grief and relationships. It takes place over a few days at the beginning of winter break,

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Point of Interest

Support CALS with Your Holiday Shopping

Amazon SmileDid you know that when you shop for the holidays at smile.amazon.com/ch/27-2094612, AmazonSmile donates to Central Arkansas Library System Foundation?

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Point of Interest

A Spirit of Generosity

CALS Executive Director Nate Coulter

The holiday season provides us with the chance to focus on generosity and giving.

Public libraries are built on the spirit of generosity.  That spirit shows in every CALS staff member who gladly assists our many visitors, and in every member of the public who supports our mission to provide learning and opportunity for all.

As we enter the giving season, many of us begin the exciting but challenging process of hunting down the ideal gift for family and friends.  We have some creative solutions for gift givers that you may not know about yet, right here at the downtown Library Square campus.

The Galleries at Library Square offer handcrafted jewelry, pottery, craftwork, paintings, and sculpture by Arkansas artists.  Our Bookstore at Library Square is filled with quirky, witty gifts that please book lovers and humorists alike.  And while you’re there, you can stock up on used books at deep discounts while your purchases support our public library mission.

There are other ways you can support the library during our holiday giving season.  While we focus on giving by offering free music, craft programs, joyful gatherings for kids, and places for people to feel warm and welcome while reading a good book, we hope you will consider donating to the library system.  Your financial contribution or your volunteered time can make a big difference to help us help others.  To find out more about how to give or volunteer, visit cals.org and click our Donate tab, or call (501) 918-3025.

For over one hundred years, you have been supporting our mission, which has now grown to help the people of our two counties through fifteen library branches and our downtown entertainment and learning center at Library Square.  We thank you for your past generosity, and we look forward to your continued support of our community works and partnerships.

In this issue, you will read stories about the many gifts, rewards, and fun activities that our library system brings to adults, youth, and families.  We hope those stories will inform you about exciting people, projects and upcoming events in our community, and also bring some light and inspiration into your new year.

Nate Coulter
Executive Director
Central Arkansas Library System