Six Bridges Book Festival
Thursday, October 28

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CALS Millage Information

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Leana Wen

Dr. Leana Wen is an emergency physician, public health professor at George Washington University, contributing columnist for the Washington Post, and CNN medical analyst who was Baltimore’s health commissioner. In Lifelines: A Doctor’s Journey in the Fight for Public Health, Wen lays bare the lifesaving work of public health and its innovative approach to social ills,


Be Mighty Meal Service

Free meals for youth 18 and younger.


Food for Good

Free shelf stable meals available for children 1-18 years.

Available at the front desk:

Monday-Friday 4:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

Saturday 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.


Food for Good Supper

An afterschool meal for kids

Served at the Front Desk

For ages 18 years and younger


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.)



Teen Time

Stop by the library after school and have book chats, create crafts, make slime, play video games, and nerd out. For ages 11-18.

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November Elections Info

There are two special elections scheduled for our service area. The first is the Annual School Election, set for November 2nd. The second is the CALS Millage Election, set for November 9th .For registration, early voting, and precinct voting information, please go to Please note: some polling locations have changed since the last election cycle.

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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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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

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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CALS received Communities for Immunity Grant to Build Vaccine Confidence

Hillary Rodham Clinton Children's Library and Learning Center entranceThe Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) will host vaccine clinics at its Main Library and Milam Library branches this November as a part of its recently awarded Communities for Immunity grant. Supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Communities for Immunity is an initiative of the Association of Science and Technology Centers, the American Alliance of Museums, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the Network of the National Library of Medicine providing funding awards and support to museums and libraries engaging their communities to boost COVID-19 vaccine confidence. As trusted community partners, museums and libraries play a critical role in building vaccine confidence and fighting the pandemic.

Communities for Immunity builds on a number of earlier and ongoing efforts to activate engagement in vaccine confidence work, including REopening Archives, Libraries and Museums (REALM), a research partnership between OCLC (a global library cooperative), the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and Battelle; Vaccines & US< led by the Smithsonian and in collaboration with a range of partner organizations and individuals; Vaccinate with Confidence from the CDC; We Can Do This from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; and the It’s Up to You campaign led by the Ad Council and COVID Collaborative.

“Congratulations to the Central Arkansas Library System and for their work to support COVID-19 response within their community,” said American Library Association President Patty Wong. “Never before has access to information played such a vital role in the lives of library patrons. More than ever, accurate information regarding vaccines and other health information empowers communities to make informed choices. We hope that today’s funding will assist with efforts to save lives by stopping the spread of coronavirus through education and encouraging those most hesitant to receive the vaccine to look to their libraries for trusted information.”

According to the CDC, approximately half of all residents of Pulaski and Perry County who are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine have been vaccinated. During these vaccine clinics, CALS will be offering lunch and giving away sweatshirts and blankets to those who get vaccinated. They will also have a fun photobooth opportunity to celebrate getting vaccinated. Vaccine clinics will be hosted on November 2nd and 30th at Milam Library from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on November 3rd at Main Library from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. 

Register for your shot in advance online or call Milam Library (Perryville) or Main Library (Little Rock). While we recommend making a reservation, vaccines will be available for anyone who comes.

Main Library- 501-918-3000

Milam Library (Perryville)- 501-889-2554

About Communities for Immunity:

Communities for Immunity is an initiative of the Association of Science and Technology CentersInstitute of Museum and Library ServicesAmerican Alliance of Museums, and the Network of the National Library of Medicine, with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and in collaboration with the American Library Association, the Association of African American Museums, the Association of Children’s Museums, the Association for Rural and Small Libraries, the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums, and the Urban Libraries Council. Learn more about Communities for Immunity.