CALS Closed for Memorial Day

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A Universe of Stories:
Summer Reading Club 2019

Begins June 10. Pre-register now

Is starting a business right for you?

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Unlimited, Free Learning

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Super Movie Saturday

Watch Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse (PG) on our giant screen and eat popcorn!

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Richard T. Hughes, “Understanding White Supremacy: Why We Must Hear Black Voices”

“Myths America Lives By is a book we all need in order to understand ourselves, to understand our nation, to understand white supremacy,” said Ibram X. Kendi, National Book Award-winning author of Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America.

According to Dr. Hughes, six myths lie at the heart of the American experience.

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Strange New Worlds: Is Earth Special?

Our search for exoplanets, planets outside our own solar system, has so far yielded thousands of strange new worlds but, none of them appear to be anything like our blue-green Earth. Is our world truly special? Or, maybe, the question should be: how Earth-like does a planet need to be in order to be like Earth?

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Free Access to 25,000+ Audiobooks with Your Library Card

Central Arkansas Library System card holders can listen to over 30,000 digital audiobooks from RBdigital, with more titles added every month.

To get started, visit the RBdigital web site and use the Register link to set up an account; watch the video tutorial below to find out how. You can then use the web site, the mobile app, or RBdigital’s desktop apps for your Mac or PC, to find and checkout your next favorite audiobook!

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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