Banned Books Week
Writing Contest

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Tool Library Helps You Fix Your Home, Car or Bike

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Mark Your Calendars

Event

Fall Cup Craft

Patrons may attend a fall themed mason jar craft for a decorative shelf sitter.

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Event

AARP: Legal Issues

Presented by AARP Arkansas. Learn about the unique legal situations seniors face as they age. For adults 35+.
Registration recommended. Call 663.5457 or stop by the library to register.

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Fraud Watch: Basics of Fraud Fighting

Tips and tricks to fighting fraud presented by AARP.

Ages 18+

Registration is required.

To register, please call 501-851-2551 or visit the front desk at Maumelle Library.

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CHEFS WHO LOVE TO TEACH : Culinary Wellness

Dr. Meenakshi Budhraja, a local gastroenterologist venturing into the culinary world, and Cindy Malik, Director of Menu Development & Corporate Executive Chef for Tacos 4 Life Grill, will team up to present on the topic of Culinary Wellness. Chef Malik will follow with a cooking demonstration.

Registration required at 501-821-3060 or jbutkovic@cals.org.

 

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Fight Club (R)

Starring Helena Bonham-Carter, Edward Norton, and Brad Pitt, Fight Club tells the story of an insomniac office worker and a devil-may-care soapmaker who form an underground fight club that evolves into something much, much more. Based on the 1996 novel of the same name by Chuck Palahniuk.

Prior to the screening,

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The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975, R)

“Let’s do the time warp again!” Join the CALS Ron Robinson Theater for FOUR INTERACTIVE SHOWINGS of The Rocky Horror Picture Show!

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Special Blog
Blog

What Are You Reading? Henry C. Kelley, Jr. (“Hank”)

I have been a real estate agent and investor for 42 years, and 39 of those have been in Little Rock.  I work for the Flake and Kelley Commercial real estate company as the CEO and co-owner. I love to cycle and do water sports like boating, fishing, wakeboarding, and golf.  In the winter, I enjoy duck hunting and hiking. 

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Point of Interest

Rocky Horrors

“Let’s do the time warp again!” Join the CALS Ron Robinson Theater for FOUR INTERACTIVE SHOWINGS of The Rocky Horror Picture Show!

Friday, Oct. 4 @ 9:30 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 11 @ 9:30 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 18 @ 9:30 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 25 @ 9:30 p.m.

Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975, R)
Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975, R)
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Point of Interest

Our Gathering Place

CALS Executive Director Nate Coulter

An old piece of folk wisdom reminds us that a single-strand rope is much more easily broken than one braided of many strands. The whole of such a braided cord has strength far greater than even the sum of its threads.

At CALS, we try to approach meeting the community’s needs with this truth in mind. We actively cultivate collaboration with a host of partners from all around the community in order to keep braiding those invisible ties that collectively support our culture, our neighborhoods, and our families better than any of us can do acting alone.

This is an even more powerful truth in a digital era when it seems that so many forces are intent on fraying the community’s bonds by sowing conflict, division, and fear. The public library has always stood in the
center of the community, encouraging collaboration—braiding and rebraiding the cords of connection — inviting partners and our community members to discover the strength of dialogue and teamwork.

As you read the news in this quarterly, we hope you will be encouraged by our many dynamic, library-based partnerships that are striving to make our neighborhoods stronger, richer, and happier places to live. And if you can point us in the direction of new partnerships to forge, please contact me at ncoulter@cals.org.

Here are a couple of examples I’m proud of Little Rock for accomplishing recently. Be Mighty Little Rock, coordinated by our CALS library staff, brought together an unprecedented number of major community partners to combat youth hunger this summer, including the City of Little Rock, the Little Rock School District, the city Parks and Recreation Department, the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance, and Rock Region METRO. Those partnerships are continuing in exciting ways with more nutrition and health programs. This fall, another partnership will allow the Arkansas Arts Center to teach many classes in CALS branches, as the center begins a massive two-year remodeling process that will close down its usual space. By hosting the AAC in our well-equipped public meeting spaces, we can assist this vital cultural institution to keep its connection with the people of our city.

These major collaborative efforts produce clear benefits for our community, but there are also scores of other partnerships happening every day at CALS that enrich our neighborhoods and our people’s lives. Whether we are jumping in to enhance the fun of Goat Fest in Perryville, teaming up with Arkansas Women’s Outreach to support women’s health needs, or hosting classes in crucial business skills from the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center, we see every day the benefits that people realize from our collaborations.

We hope you will join your own strand to the many threads that run through this publication, telling the story of how our people come together for progress and for hope. You are a vital part of the braided strength that we support, and we welcome you to our CALS community.

Nate Coulter
Executive Director
Central Arkansas Library System