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IMPORTANT MESSAGE ABOUT PROGRAMMING

We’ve temporarily suspended in-person programs due to the surge in Covid-19 cases. Please call your local branch or check the website for updates. The libraries will remain open regular business hours and masks are required when inside our buildings. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation.

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Meditation at Main Online

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 Monday January 24 via Zoom. All are welcome- and we hope you will choose to join us! CALS Adult Programs is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
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Food for Good Grab N’ Go Supper

An afterschool meal for kids

Monday – Friday

4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Available at the Front Desk

For 18 years and younger

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Preschool Grab & Go Activities at Thompson

Grab & Go activities with book suggestions. Recommended for ages 5 & under.

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Kids’ Grab & Go Activities at Thompson

Grab & Go activities with book suggestions. Recommended for ages 6-12.

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Birds of Arkansas

Over 400 species have been seen in Arkansas. This raises many questions. Why does Arkansas have such a diversity of birds? Is it possible to see all 400+ species? How can I see more species? Audubon Arkansas's Dr. Dan The Bird Man Scheiman will explain it all.
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Job Assistance

Looking for a new job can be overwhelming, but we’re here to help!

Set an appointment in the Job Seeker Center for one-on-one assistance:

  • Setting up a professional e-mail
  • Creating a resume
  • Writing a cover letter
  • Searching for and completing job applications
  • Preparing for an interview

To set your appointment,

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Try our new online catalog, Vega Discover

Have you ever tried a new website and couldn’t find that one button that you needed to click?

CALS has partnered with a library technology company to help launch new library catalog software called Vega Discover, which is designed to be easy to use. The best part is that they have invited all CALS patrons to share what you like and don’t like about the software:

  • Is it easy or difficult to use?
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Back to School Homework Resources

With school starting back up, students of all ages and skill-levels will need to access research tools to help them complete homework assignments, brush up on skills, and more. Our collection of free online research tools is the perfect place to start. You might find one of the tools listed below helpful. If not, check out the full list of research tools on our site.

Brainfuse HelpNow

Brainfuse HelpNow provides on demand, anytime, anywhere eLearning for all ages and levels. HelpNow offers personalized homework help in core subjects (math, reading, writing, science and social studies) including SAT preparation. The Adult Learning Center is included in the HelpNow suite. Live tutors are available online from 2:00 PM to 11:00 PM each day for direct assistance. HelpNow will support the new Count UP math tutoring program but also offers learning assistance in other subjects.

With HelpNow, tutors and students communicate in real time in an online classroom by typing, drawing, and marking-up lessons and web content. Plus, students can use a secure file sharing feature in the writing lab to submit writing assignments to writing tutors any time of the day. The Brainfuse full-service test center offers practice tests for all levels in math, reading, and writing as well as college preparatory tests – including the SAT.


Universal Class

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Access more than 500 lifelong learning courses in over 30 subject areas, many of which offer continuing education units (CEUs). All classes are designed and led by professional instructors and include videos, assignments, quizzes, tests, and options for social media interaction with other learners. Patrons may take multiple classes and learn at their own pace.

Tags: Continuing Education, Online Learning, GED, Computer Basics, ESL, Research Skills, Web Design, Test Preparation, Programming Languages

Mango Languages

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Provides language learning experiences with step by step lesson plans for 71 different languages. This database features ESL (English as Second Language) lessons for over 16 languages along with a text translator. First time users must create a profile in order to use the resource.

Tags: Languages, Foreign Language, Spanish, French, Chinese, ESL

Novelist Plus

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Includes subject headings, reviews, summaries and more for over 135,000 fiction titles. Use Novelist to find other books by a favorite author, or similar books to a title you’ve already read.

Tags: Reader’s Advisory, Book Recommendations, Book Reviews, Libros en Español

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The Latest from CALS

Mobile Hotspots Available for Checkout

Don’t have reliable internet at home? CALS can help. CALS has acquired a collection of hotspots that patrons can check out and use at home. Help with homework, work from home, or just use it to stream that show everyone seems to be talking about. A mobile hotspot can deliver a strong, fast, and secure online connection just about wherever you go.

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Q&A with the Directors

Nate Coulter, Executive Director
In November, the millage increase was passed; how are you using that extra money?

We were so pleased that the citizens of Little Rock entrusted CALS with approximately 2.4M annually of much-needed additional funds. This was our first rate increase since 2007. We promised that the funds would be used to help pay our staff a living wage, to invest more heavily in digital services to address some of the deferred maintenance at some of our libraries. The pay raise notifications have already gone out to the staff and they will realize those deserved increases in their first checks of 2022…

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Lisa Donovan, Deputy Executive Director of Library Operations and Director of Literacy & Learning
What do you see happening at CALS in 2022 that will have the biggest impact on patrons?

The library has always been a place for everyone, but specifically, we find that families benefit the most from our services with so many programs and services geared toward children and teens. The past few years have been rough on families trying to juggle that work life balance while also surviving a pandemic. One of the biggest struggles that families have faced has been childcare while maintaining a job. We always like to look at what citizens need and how we can help fill that need or step in and lessen a burden…

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Nathan James, Deputy Executive Director of Technology & Collection Innovation
What are you most excited about that is happening at CALS in 2022?

We have always prided ourselves on staying on top of new technology. Last year, we were able to recognize the need for internet access and meet that need in a number of ways. When we temporarily suspended operations due to the pandemic, we increased the wifi from our buildings so that it could be accessed from the parking lot so patrons could still use those services as needed. And when we first reopened our doors for limited public access, we took measures to allow patrons to use our public-access PCs. As the year progressed, we invested in a large collection of hotspots that can be checked out for two weeks at a time so patrons can take the internet home with them…

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