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CALS Closed for COVID-19

CALS will be closed to the public through April 19. All programs have been suspended through May 9. Due dates have been extended so overdue fines will not accrue. Please do not return items to outdoor bookdrops. No fines will be assessed for not picking up holds. For more information, please contact

Limited Curbside Service Available

Limited curbside library services will be available at Main Library and Terry Library, Monday-Saturday, 2pm-6pm. Services include holds pickup, new checkouts, 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.

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5 Ways to Enjoy The Library From Home

CALS buildings are closed, schools are out, and we’re all doing our best to practice social distancing. But the CALS digital branch is always open. Here are five things – some binge-worthy, some brief – you can do from home right now.

Take the #FaveBookChallenge

Can you convince someone to read your favorite book in 30 seconds or less? Take a video of yourself with your pitch for your “Fave Book”, then post it to Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with the tag #FaveBookChallenge. Be sure to challenge a friend or loved one to post their Fave Book pitch, too. See How It’s Done

Learn a New Digital Skillset with Hoonuit

Whether it is adjusting to a telecommute or just sharing digital socially-distant moments with friends and family, we’re all discovering the gaps in our 21st century skillset these days. CALS has a new, free-to-cardholders service through RBDigital: Hoonuit offers online how-to training on hundreds of common software applications and devices, including Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite, Google Docs, and iPad. Learn More

Reflect on the Past

Heather Register Zbinden will discuss the incarceration of 120,000 Americans of Japanese descent during World War II. Her talk will highlight writings and works of art produced by Japanese Americans at Arkansas’s incarceration camps at Rohwer and Jerome, and her work with the Rosalie Santine Gould–Mabel Jamison Vogel collection held by the CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies. This event will LIVE on Facebook Wednesday, April 1, at noon (you must LIKE the Roberts Library Facebook to view the event live). A recording of the event will be available on the Roberts Library Facebook page and the CALS YouTube page afterword.

Learn to Read, Read to Learn

Bookflix’s thematically paired fiction and nonfiction titles are designed to bridge learning-to-read and reading-to-learn. Animated classic storybooks introduce early learners to the delights of reading while sparking curiosity, creating a natural springboard into the paired nonfiction text for deeper discovery. With Bookflix, children can build early literacy skills while also building curiosity and knowledge. Free to CALS cardholders. Try Bookflix Now

Be an Informed At-Home Consumer

Today’s Consumer Reports delivers all the product tests and reviews we’ve come to expect, but it also offers invaluable consumer information for everyone acclimating to the pace, size, and interconnectedness of the modern economic and social experience. This service may just become a daily read for you. Free to cardholders.

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Point of Interest

A Message from Mayor Scott

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Building a Community: Making Connections During a Time of Social Distance

CALS Executive Director Nate Coulter
The leadership of the library has been hard at work, monitoring updates from public health authorities, local and state leaders, and other libraries to chart the best course for CALS during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are seeking to protect the health of our staff and the public while providing as many services to the public as possible, even when our doors are closed. We remain committed to keeping you informed about all these efforts.

With the numbers of positive cases in Arkansas increasing daily, we have decided to extend the closure of all CALS buildings until April 20, 2020. Based on the CDC’s guideline to avoid gatherings of more than 10 persons for an eight-week period, meeting room use and public programs have been suspended through May 9, 2020, including the annual Six Bridges Book Festival. The Festival will be held sometime in October or November.

Along with our partners at the City of Little Rock, Clinton Foundation, Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance, and LRSD, we are providing grab & go meals for children who typically get their most substantial nutrition from their schools and at our libraries. Lunches are available for pickup at Dee Brown, Williams, and McMath branches, seven days a week. Evening meals are available Monday through Friday. Please visit for more information.

Volunteers are welcome to help us put out meals during mealtimes. If that isn’t an option, people who want to help can support our efforts through donations. We’ve already raised nearly half of our $25,000 goal. Every gift of any size helps us help our children.

In addition, we are moving our Wi-Fi hot spots closer to doors to enable people who depend on the library for connectivity to park on library lots and access the internet while we are closed. We’re rolling out limited curbside service today; details will be available at You’re probably aware of the vast amount of digital resources CALS has to offer, so we encourage you to take full advantage of those while community health requires us to stay home. To fill some of the void created by canceling live programs through early May, CALS will start offering virtual programming, including children’s storytimes and our monthly Legacies & Lunch talks.

Almost no living American has experienced what we are enduring since the last major pandemic took place a century ago. Much of what we must do every day must be learned as we are doing it! But there can be hope found in our many recorded histories of triumphs over challenges, and inspiring truths about coping in our fictional stories. Use the library to find your old “friends” of this sort or to get acquainted with new ones.

Above all, we want you to stay mentally and physically healthy. Gyms are closed but outside exercise is still wise. I hear of people who are setting up virtual gatherings using teleconferencing platforms. Remember to follow basic healthy habits: frequent handwashing, no hand-shaking or other physical greetings, and getting in touch with your healthcare provider if you need specific advice about your particular medical situation. Visit our website for links to the latest information about the coronavirus as well as other helpful resources for children, small business owners, and others.

Thank you for your continued support, understanding, and generosity.

Nate Coulter
CALS Executive Director