Little Rock School District Choirs: Songs of the Season

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Grinchfest 2019

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Tool Library Helps You Fix Your Home, Car or Bike

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Food for Fines

Shed unwanted library fines this holiday season. The Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) is continuing its tradition of helping those in need by holding its annual Food for Fines event from Monday, December 2, through Sunday, December 8.

Food for Fines gives patrons an opportunity to help others in central Arkansas and to reduce fines for overdue library materials.

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Holiday Open House

Join us for our holiday open house! We will have music, crafts and refreshments.

Enter our holiday drawing and win fun prizes!

Free events. All ages welcome.

Happy Holiday Season to all!

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Elf (2003, PG)

Will Ferrell stars as the ultimate fish out of water, Buddy, who as a baby crawls into Santa’s toy bag and is whisked off to the North Pole, where he is raised as an elf.

A misfit who grows to be three times the size of his elf family, Buddy ultimately heads to his birthplace of New York City to seek out his roots.

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Polymer Clay Charms

Learn to make colorful beads and charms to keep or give as holiday gifts.

Ages 7 to 12.

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Johnson Family Homestead History Program for Adults

Project Historian Holly Hope from the Arkansas Preservation Program will present a lecture on the Johnson Family Homestead which is located near Fayetteville, AR. This program is for Adults.

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Publishers Are Changing E-Book Access for Libraries

It was a dark and stormy morning…

You run to your car through the rain to start your drive to work and open your favorite e-audiobook app for some rush-hour listening. To your dismay, the audiobook you purchased has vanished from your library. After dinner, the rain still falls as you settle into your favorite chair with a cup of tea to finish the thrilling ebook you bought last week,

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What Are You Reading? 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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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

All branches and buildings of the Central Arkansas Library System will close at 5pm today, Saturday, December 7.