CALS Closed for Juneteenth

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CALS Closed for Juneteenth

All branches and buildings of the Central Arkansas Library System will be closed Friday, June 18, and Saturday, June 19, in observance of Juneteenth. Regular hours will resume Monday, June 21. Please call 918-3000 for more information.


30-Day Sketchbook Challenge!

Pick up our 30-Day Sketchbook Challenge kit at Main starting June 1st for a new drawing challenge each day of the month. The kits are available while supplies last. If you already have supplies, you can get a copy of the sketchbook challenge prompts alone. You can also win a prize for participating! We’re giving away two $20 gift cards,

Nature Quest

Go on a nature-themed scavenger hunt at the Children’s Library. Get the first clue from the front desk from 9am – 6pm, and bring us back the code word for a prize! A new hunt occurs around the beginning of each month.


Pet Match

Throughout the month of June, match the Thompson Library staff with their pets to enter a prize drawing!


Book Walk

Enjoy reading a fun story as you walk along the library grounds. The book we’ll read in June is Don’t Wake Up the Tiger


Gregory Moore: Biota

On view Friday, June 11 to Saturday, September 25, 2021
Loft Gallery, Galleries & Bookstore at Library Square

In this exhibition of paintings on found objects, a secret world of plants and animals comes alive on decaying scraps from the human realm.

The Loft Gallery is located in the Galleries &

Special Event

Block Party at Children’s Library

We’re partying at Children’s Library! Join us for refreshments; outdoor games and activities, including baggo, horseshoes, giant bubbles, library and garden tours, swag bags; and the opportunity to “meet” our newest addition, Totor, a 10-foot dog sculpture donated by French artist, Stéphane Bolongaro. Door prizes will be awarded during a brief presentation at 12:30 (participants must be present to win).

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What’chu Eatin’ Wednesdays

food truck sign
Wednesday is arguably the saddest day of the week. It’s not called “Hump Day” for nothing. Thankfully, the Galleries & Bookstore at Library Square is launching a tasty new reason to visit the Library Square – What’chu Eatin’ Wednesdays! Every Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (or until sold out) they’re hosting a new food truck.

Follow along on Facebook to get updates every week on the new tastes coming to downtown. Grab a burger from Minute Man one week or shrimp and grits from Low Ivy the next. What better way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo than with nachos from Nach’yo Nachos. There will be cheesecake and… pasta? From a food truck? Absolutely.

After your belly is full, take a quick lunchtime stroll through the galleries or browse the shelves of the bookstore. Downtown is back in business and we’re ready to see you!

If you’re a food truck owner and would like to set up, contact Lily Kauffman at 501.918.3090 or

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Changes to Overdrive and RBDigital

OverdriveRecently RBDigital (the service we use for much of our digital streaming services) was acquired by OverDrive and has resulted in a few changes. As this transition continues, we have some services that will no longer be available or will be available through other channels. AcornTV will no longer be available after May 14. You can continue to stream on our other services, including the Great Courses, Indieflix, Universal Class, and Stingray Qello through Overdrive’s Libby app.

As of May 20, the RBDigital app and site will no longer be accessible. All digital media will be available through either Libby or OverDrive only. There will be an Extras tab in Libby (both the app and desktop) where all the new video and database content will be found. The video service titles and database titles will not be searchable in the main Libby search box, you must navigate to the Extras tab.

This acquisition has also affected our magazine subscriptions. Magazines you enjoy reading can be accessed in either OverDrive or Libby. And in addition to the small, curated collection we previously offered, we now have access to more than 3,000 titles, and in some cases, up to three years’ worth of back issues for those titles.

Will there be more changes in the long term? Yes. Our digital magazine service with OverDrive is only guaranteed until the end of September when we will reexamine our subscription; this new more robust collection may be cost prohibitive to continue for the long term.

As always, we strive to be good stewards of our resources and provide materials that the community and our patrons find the most beneficial. We will update you as we continue to make adjustments to our digital magazine subscription.