Chesley Bonestell: A Brush With The Future

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NASA, Astronomy, and
a Visionary Sci-Fi Artist

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Chewing the Fat Summer Edition, Part I

Chewing the Fat with Rex & Paul features Rex Nelson, Senior Editor at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and writer of the food blog, Southern Fried, and Paul Austin, former Executive Director of the Arkansas Humanities Council. Rex and Paul get together regularly to talk about Arkansas food,

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Terror Tuesdays: Horrors of Spider Island (1960, NR)

$2 Terror Tuesdays are back!

Horrors of Spider Island is a 1960 West German horror film directed by Fritz Böttger from his screenplay, and produced by Gaston Hakim and Wolf C. Hartwig. The film stars Alexander D’Arcy as a talent agent who invites several girls to a club in Singapore. Their plane ride ends abruptly when they crash-land into the ocean.

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Sounds in the Stacks: Ship of Fools

The five-piece, eclectic folk-rolk band Ship of Fools will be playing live at the Fletcher Library while you browse for a book! Admission is free; registration not required. Just show up ready to have a good time and bring along friends and family!
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Classic Card Games

Discover some fun classic card games, and brush up on some old ones.

For school age kids under 12.

This event takes place in Youth Services on the 3rd floor of the Main Library.

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Safe Dates

Equipping teens with the skills to date smart and safe. This program is for teens 12-19 years. Registration required.

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Library Night at the Travs

All Summer Reading Club participants will receive a free general admission ticket to the July 22 Arkansas Travelers vs. Frisco RoughRiders baseball game at Dickey Stevens Park. Tickets will be available after July 1 at your local branch.

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CALS Can Help Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs

We’re continuing to assist you in starting or growing your own business. There are programs across all library branches to teach skills needed to start and run a business and to showcase your product or service in today’s digital market. There’s also the Williams Library Business and Technology Center, a studio full of resources and equipment for entrepreneurs to use for free.

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Be Mighty Little Rock

Be Mighty Little Rock is a citywide campaign to connect kids and teens 18 and under to free meals. Summer meals will be offered at several CALS branches, as well as other locations throughout Little Rock. Various activities are offered at meal sites to help children stay active and learn. Such activities may include reading or exercise programs,

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Need a Ride This Summer?

Be Mighty METRO passes are FREE for kids and teens 18 and under.

With a focus on accessing summer meals, passes provide unlimited rides on any Rock Region METRO route June 1-July 31. Riders age 11 and under will be provided a pass for themselves and a guardian. Passes may be reserved online at cals.beanstack.org and picked up at a CALS branch.

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Our Gathering Place

CALS Executive Director Nate Coulter

This summer, CALS embarks on an exciting new phase in our growth and progress as a library system.

To better serve you, in 2017 we commissioned a professional library consultant to help us develop a strategic plan for 2019-2022. That plan began with listening to you, our stakeholders.

We gathered extensive community suggestions and insight through a widely distributed public survey as well as a day-long retreat with a diverse group of community members. We were delighted to hear that many people love our library system and highly value our programs and resources, as well as our caring and dedicated staff. But we were also grateful for all the insightful suggestions for how CALS could serve our people in more innovative and effective ways.

Those community suggestions, along with the professional advice of the consultant who studies public libraries all across the country, have yielded a very helpful tool for us. We now know much more about your top priorities and needs from your library system, and with those in mind, the new CALS strategic plan is ready for implementation.

Our first goal is to extend our outreach to the many and varied communities who use the library. In addition, we’ll explore creative methods to remove the barriers that can prevent people from using our resources. Increasing our cultural awareness and staff diversity will help us better understand how to assist each person in our service area.

In response to your feedback, we’ll also reallocate our resources in 2020 and beyond to spread them more widely across our 14-branch system where possible to areas of greatest need. We’ll seek partners and opportunities for this library to help people and families address their challenges. CALS has a rich collection of offerings at Library Square, our downtown Little Rock campus. These resources and programs need to move out into our branches, where more people can experience them, and outside the walls of our library buildings. We are deeply committed to ensuring wider access to all that the library system offers.

As we focus on other needs you identified, such as early literacy for children and entrepreneurship and business skills for adults, we will lift the library’s service to new levels. We will take inspiration from other libraries around the country that have encouraged innovation and creative thinking to enhance their usefulness to their people.

This is only a beginning, but it’s an invigorating moment as we embark on a new path, planning the ways we’ll help our community members climb to the places they want to go.

Nate Coulter
Executive Director
Central Arkansas Library System