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What Are You Reading? Jasmine Jobe

Jasmine Jobe is the Editorial Assistant for the Encyclopedia of Arkansas. She’s been with CALS for 10 years. Fun facts: her favorite colors are rainbow and sunshine and her favorite meals are coffee and dessert. One of her favorite books is The Geek’s Guide to The Writing Life by Stephanie Vanderslice.

Jasmine’s review: WRITERS!


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Ways to Give to Your Central Arkansas Library System

Your donation helps us keep thousands of programs and millions of free resources available to everyone in our communities. Whether you can give $10 or a larger donation, every contribution makes a difference.

Community support ensures continuing high quality for vital offerings such as collection acquisitions, which are challenging today’s public library budgets as publishers charge libraries higher prices for popular digital items such as audiobooks and e-books.


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What Are You Reading? Glen Harrison

Glen Harrison is a referee with US Rowing.  He is also a member of the Rock City Rowing Club that rows out of a boathouse at Two Rivers Park in west Little Rock.  In addition to rowing, he teaches courses at the LifeQuest of Arkansas Adult Education Program at Second Presbyterian Church and is the Vice President of the Arkansas Chapter of the Fulbright Association.


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What Are You Reading? Alison McKeever

After spending years with children and teens in the library, CALS staffer Alison now finds herself drooling over books to order in Collection Development. Here are two of her favorites.

We are Okay by Nina LaCour
A beautiful and subtle novel about grief and relationships. It takes place over a few days at the beginning of winter break,


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Gifts With Literary Flair and Humor at the CALS Bookstore

Our Bookstore at Library Square is a gold mine for gift seekers, offering affordable delights for the book lover, the science buff, and the humorist.

From Jane Austen lip balm to Edgar Allan Poe candles to Mr. Rogers magnetic playsets or political joke mugs, these quirky gifts can make anyone on your list smile.


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Symbols and Shamans: Experience the Art of Matthew Castellano

Matthew Castellano talks fast. He has to keep up with the speed at which his creative ideas are tumbling through his thoughts. Talking to him is a lightning-quick trip through evocative phrases. He’ll mention a powerful folklore archetype in his work, but without elaborating, trusts the listener to get the full meaning from his quick riff,


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Food for Fines

Shed unwanted library fines this holiday season. The Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) is continuing its tradition of helping those in need by holding its annual Food for Fines event from Monday, December 2, through Sunday, December 8.

Food for Fines gives patrons an opportunity to help others in central Arkansas and to reduce fines for overdue library materials.


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All branches and buildings of the Central Arkansas Library System will close at 5pm today, Saturday, December 7.