News & Events
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 &
On view Friday, May 14 to Friday, August 27
Underground Gallery, Galleries & Bookstore at Library Square
The Arkansas Society of Printmakers (ASP) is a community of artists, art collectors, and supporters of the art of printmaking dedicated to the mission of generating greater excitement and appreciation for printmaking as a unique art form in Arkansas.
Wednesday is arguably the saddest day of the week. It’s not called “Hump Day” for nothing. Thankfully, the Galleries & Bookstore at Library Square has a tasty new reason to visit Library Square – What’chu Eatin’ Wednesdays! There will be a different food truck every Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (or until sold out).
Learn how to create and manage a website using the WordPress content management system. Three-part course.
The class is being offered as a Zoom webinar. Registration is required, but you can register anytime (even during the session)! It might be helpful to install Zoom on your computer or mobile device beforehand (which you can do by clicking here).
Instructors from Drama Kids International will present a seven week acting series. The series is virtual. Register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Support for this program is provided, in part, by the Arkansas Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
The Latest from CALS
Branches Open on Sunday Beginning in August.
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.
University Learning with Udemy
Your library card provides access to a wealth of knowledge, beyond the book. Udemy is an online university that offers specialized online courses, each comprised of on-demand videos, articles and certification upon completion.
A Message from the Executive Director
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After the unprecedented challenges of 2020, the opportunity to begin restoring the full array of activities at the library in 2021 has made us more attentive to our re-engagement with patrons. As we move into the second half of the year, it’s nice to feel as if we are on the path back to normal. We have spent the first half of the year putting into action the plans we laid out last fall and are working on even more.
Our branches have now been open for some time and we are beginning to layer back in some events and services that we had to suspend. The Galleries & Bookstore at Library Square has begun hosting food trucks for “What’chu Eatin’ Wednesdays” as well as the return of Second Friday Art Night. And Six Bridges Book Festival will return this fall with a hybrid schedule of virtual and in-person sessions.
Our programmers completed a successful Earth Month campaign, Go Green with CALS, that included more than 1,700 environmentally friendly grab-and-go bags as well as a variety of events that took place virtually, in-person, and recorded. They’re currently working through the Summer Reading Club, under this year’s theme “Tails and Tales.” Another program that we are excited about is the Rock It! Lab. This entrepreneur training initiative is in the Cox Building, where it can grow. We added a skilled, energetic coordinator to lead it. Leah Patterson has experience with her own start up business and knows the community of aspiring small business operators. She, along with Benito Lubazibwa, Executive Director of Advancing Black Entrepreneurship (ABE), have a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Rock It! Lab scheduled this month.
On top of new and innovative programming we have added new faces to the library staff. Our new Development Director, Eliza Borné, has already laid out an impressive plan for events and creative ways to work with our donors. Her efforts on Library Giving Day just a few days after starting at CALS were remarkable. Because of dedicated library supporters, we raised $9,258.50, which is more than double our Library Giving Day total last year.
We also have a few new faces on the Board including Audrey Evans and Susana O’Daniel from Little Rock, Mandy Gill from Perry County, and Jennifer Jamison from Jacksonville. We welcome them and are looking forward to the insight and direction they can bring to CALS.
We are also working toward making the lives of our patrons easier. In our ever-growing digital world, access to reliable internet continues to be a struggle for many residents in Arkansas. We are proud to have added one hundred mobile hotspots to our collection that patrons can check out and take home to continue their work, homework, and play away from the library. Our marketing department, working with Thoma Thoma, has created a video that encapsulates the spirit of the library system and we’re excited to share that with everyone now. The 2020 State of the Library Report covers a multitude of information, including a wealth of qualitative data as well as several heartwarming stories of impact across our communities.
The popular and trusted Encyclopedia of Arkansas digital resource recently turned 15, proving that while new programing is important, the foundation we have laid with our existing programs is still strong. We also commissioned a 10-year CALS economic impact analysis last year. Boyette Strategic Advisors conducted the study which found that CALS created an economic impact of over one billion dollars during that period as well as a state and local tax impact of almost $31 million. CALS generated over $5.28 of economic impact for every tax dollar invested. If you haven’t read the Boyette report, I strongly encourage you to take a look at it the economic impact that your local library has on the community in addition to the social impact.
These are just a few of the things that we have accomplished in the first half of this year. Growth and innovation at CALS come from the hard work of all 290 of our employees who are dedicated to helping patrons reach their full potential. Our patrons are an important part of the success, too, as the pandemic made clearer to us. Thank you for joining me on this journey as we continue to be the Library, Rewritten.
CALS Executive Director