CALS Phased Reopening Plan
CALS is currently in Phase 3 of its reopening plan. Limited in-building visits are available. Curbside service is available to pick up your holds on books and DVDs and your mobile printing orders. Returns may be made to dropboxes only. Leadership has approved a phased re-opening plan, as we attempt to offer as many services as possible, as safely as possible. Learn More >
More CALS Services Available Now
Curbside library services are available at all but one of the Central Arkansas Library System branches, Monday-Saturday, 9am-6pm. Services include holds pickup, new checkouts, book drop returns, and limited mobile printing at each of those locations. To protect the health and safety of patrons and staff, very specific procedures for requesting and picking up items have been put in place. Please note: curbside service at Brooks Library has been suspended.
Curbside Service Procedures
Need to print a resume? The article you need for a report? That recipe you found online? Use our mobile printing service to print from your phone, tablet, laptop, Chromebook, even your home computer and pick up the printed document at your favorite CALS branch. All you need is an email address and a document to print.
Mobile Printing Info
Surf the Internet through high-speed wireless networking from your laptop at all branch locations of the Central Arkansas Library System. You can connect at high speed without wires to e-mail, the Internet, and your company network with your computer equipped with wireless networking technology. Available 24/7.
Free Wi-fi Info
STATEMENT FROM CENTRAL ARKANSAS LIBRARY SYSTEM BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Recent events have shown that we, as Americans, still have a long path to justice, healing, and understanding, especially in the treatment of our African American and other marginalized communities. CALS Executive Director Nate Coulter posted a statement about the recent police involved killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and others whose names are not a part of the national story. He also offered ways for CALS to participate in addressing a part of the solution, so as a Board, we want to add our voice to his.
Acts of racism, violence, and injustice toward one another, particularly toward our communities of color, are a stark reminder that we all must do our personal best to make our own Central Arkansas Library System community fair, inclusive, and just. CALS’ fundamental mission is and has always been to, “help residents reach their full potential, and to inspire discovery, learning, and cultural expression.” A thriving equitable community benefits us all. To that end, we pledge our resources, creativity, and sustained effort to build true racial and social equity in our community.
Central Arkansas Library System Board of Directors
Nancy Rousseau, Vice-President
Brandon Grice, Treasurer
Stephanie Gibson Branton
Available Titles from CALS
Below are curated lists of materials in popular topics available from CALS. If you would like a CALS librarian to prepare a personalized list of recommendations, please complete our preferences questionnaire. For book recommendations of all kinds, please visit the CALS Catalog.
The Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) has added Juneteenth to the organization’s paid holiday schedule for employees effective in 2021. The library system notes this is an important step toward building a more equitable community by acknowledging the experiences and obstacles affecting people of color, particularly those in the African American community.
“I can start by imagining how the public library can help us find ways to move our country’s policies closer to her creeds,” wrote CALS Executive Director Nate Coulter in a statement released on June 3 following the killing of George Floyd by an officer in the Minneapolis Police Department.
Please join us on Saturday, July 11 at 1:00 PM via Zoom for this online workshop. Learn how to network effectively, create a winning pitch, and ace your interview! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for the Zoom link.
Cory Jones of Compassion Works for All leads us in a guided meditation that’s like an oasis in the middle of your day! Join us from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM on the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month via Zoom. If interested please email email@example.com to receive the Zoom link. All are welcome- and we hope you will choose to join us!
The Butler Center offers a beginner’s genealogy class the second Monday of every month, taught by Rhonda Stewart, the Butler Center’s local history and genealogy expert. Participants will learn how to use online databases and city directories, as well as how to archive family documents. Jump-start your genealogy research with this fun and creative way to learn about the past.
Session 4: Family Law/ Advance Directives
Learn more about divorce, child custody, child support, adoption, and guardianships. Legal staff will also give a presentation on wills, living wills and power of attorneys.
About the Series
The health challenges and economic strains caused by COVID-19 mean that many people in our community are facing legal situations never encountered before.
“If a conversation is hard, it’s probably one worth having.”
We are happy to announce a new weekly virtual program as a part of our Civil Rights & Social Change Collection: A Conversation Worth Having.
Every Monday night we will screen a two-hour collection of talks, speeches, poetry, music, films and documentaries designed to educate,
New Six Bridges Book Festival Dates Announced!
The Central Arkansas Library System’s (CALS) seventeenth annual Six Bridges Book Festival has been rescheduled for Thursday, October 8, through Sunday, October 11, 2020. The event will still include popular events such as Author! Author!, Little Readers Rock (in partnership with the Junior League of Little Rock), and the teen poetry competition. CALS Speaker Series author Tim O’Brien and award-winning author Jacqueline Woodson, who was selected through the Festival’s first ever Book Club Campaign, are among the renowned roster of presenters.
A Message from the Executive Director
The past weeks have been an exceedingly painful reminder of how America has not yet overcome its lengthy history of institutional racism. The tragedies of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor are part of a relentless stream of horrific events involving police and vigilantes that reveal deeper flaws in our country, and the stark and ever-present threat faced by black and brown Americans.
Part of what ran through my mind over and over last week as I watched the video of George Floyd’s murder was, how could another human stand there, as the three other officers did, and watch that happen without doing or saying something, anything to try to stop the strangulation of a subdued man?
This week, as Little Rock and other cities have seen the peaceful protests of outraged Americans, it has occurred to me that perhaps those three officers are a symbol of the silence and failures of too many people who have power and privilege. How privileged people like me failed to say or do something that could help convert our outrage over these recurring injustices into meaningful reforms. Ensuring dignity and justice for all Americans depends on more white Americans engaging in that pursuit.
I can do more. I can start by imagining how the public library can help us find ways to move our country’s policies closer to her creeds. Maybe it’s as simple as urging people to explore through the rich resources of the library the lives of others, their varied perspectives, and unique sufferings. Maybe the library can encourage more expressions of painful stories endured by people of color among us and encourage more attentive listening by those who lack such life experiences.
In this vein, here is a link to a statement from the Urban Libraries Council that reflects the commitment of more than 160 North American libraries to ending structural racism. Although the problem is beyond the scale of anything libraries alone can conquer, we can help forge partnerships and encourage working with everyone, as libraries have always done, to build more equitable communities.
I have hope that the combination of yet another instance of police brutality against a black man, and a global pandemic that has imposed grief and suffering disproportionately on people of color in America, will shake us from accepting inequity. I have hope that George Floyd’s plaintive cries for mercy will stir us in ways that transform our attitude and our policies, and that his tragic murder will end a terrible legacy.
CALS Executive Director