Join the fun with Summer @ CALS! June 10 - July 28.

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Save the Dates! 2024 Six Bridges Book Festival, September 23 - 29.

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Main Library services available at 'Mini Main' inside Roberts Library

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2023 Annual Report

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CALS – Off The Shelf – July 2024

Off the Shelf features new releases in both physical and digital media, exhibitions, and highlights larger system-wide programs. We hope this publication serves our patrons by providing current news about our collection– the foundation of all great libraries. A full schedule of events can still be found at HERE.

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Sidney S. McMath Library

The Sidney S. McMath Library will be closed on Sunday, July 14, for renovations. Dee Brown Library (Little Rock), Sanders Library (Sherwood), and Terry Library (Little Rock) will be open 1PM – 5PM on Sunday. We apologize for any inconvenience.

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Big Library Read - Twilight Territory by Andrew X. Pham

Twilight Territory is at once a war story and a love story that offers a fascinating perspective on Vietnam’s struggles to break free of its French colonial past. Read with no waits or holds from July 11 – 25. Find out more about the Big Library Read here.

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The Pecan Children: Book Signing w/ Robyn Barrow of Quinn Connor

Join Robyn Barrow (Arkansas half of writing duo Quinn Connor) as she discusses their second novel The Pecan Children. Register for a friendly reminder.

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Karin Slaughter, author of This Is Why We Lied

Join us on Thursday, August 22, at the Ron Robinson Theater as Karin Slaughter discusses her newest thriller, This Is Why We Lie. A free copy of This Is Why We Lie will be available for the first 250 registrants to arrive, first-come, first-served.

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An Evening with Ann Patchett & Robin Preiss Glasser: A Six Bridges Book Festival Special Fundraising Event

Join us on Sunday, September 29, for An Evening with Ann Patchett & Robin Preiss Glasser at the Ron Robinson Theater. This ticketed event will raise funds so the festival can continue providing free public programs in Central Arkansas.

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Top 10 Things to Do in July

It is getting hot, hot, HOT outside but CALS has all the ways to keep you cool (both in spirit and in temperature). Jump into the activities around Summer @ CALS at any of our branches, or check out the variety of programs (free and ticketed) at the state-of-the-art Ron Robinson Theater. Meet some authors and check out all the fun with food available this month.

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VIDEO: Tim Alberta, Author of The Kingdom, The Power, and The Glory

CALS is proud to share our conversation with Tim Alberta from his May 9th appearance at the Ron Robinson Theater. A staff writer for The Atlantic, Tim follows up his New York Times bestseller American Carnage with this rigorously reported, and deeply personal examination of the divisions that threaten to destroy the American evangelical movement with The Kingdom, The Power, and The Glory.

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CALS receives $500,000 from the Mellon Foundation

The Central Arkansas Library System Foundation is honored to have received a grant of $500,000 from the Mellon Foundation’s Public Knowledge program.

The grant – one of the largest in CALS’s history – will build capacity for the library’s Memory Lab, which was established at CALS’s Roberts Library of Arkansas History & Art in May 2022 to give patrons the resources to digitize their family memories, including photographs, personal VHS/Beta video cassettes, and audio cassettes.

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