Month: December 2019

What Are You Reading? Stephanie Jackson

 Stephanie Jackson is a believer, wife, mom, Director of Public and Media Relations at The Design Group, and Communications Director and Spokesman for the Office of Mayor Frank Scott, Jr.

In her words:

I was born and raised in Little Rock, a product of Little Rock public schools,


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Getting Spicy at Ladies’ Salsa Night

A cheerful group of women listened to peppy salsa music while teacher Courtney Frazier Jones showed them how to put some extra style in their moves. It was salsa dance class—at the CALS Terry Library!

“Make it curvy as you bring that hip around!” Courtney said.

Everybody smiled a curvy kind of smile.


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Staff Picks: Darrel McLaughlin

Darrel McLaughlin has worked at CALS for 14 years, most recently in Technical Services. He tries to read a variety of diverse books but lately he has mostly been reading Star Wars graphic novels. He lives in an apartment with a pug and another human being. His pick for you is the urban fantasy California Bones by Greg Van Eekhout.


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Security and Kindness for Teens

If you need to feel better and see some real human kindness, come hang out with our security guys after school. As the kids come into Main Library for our afternoon activities, Jimmy high-fives every one. And he talks to them and cares.

“How was your day?” Jimmy asks. “It’s the weekend! Your brain gets to rest!”


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Fearless at the Fringes: DebiLynn Fendley

Circus of the Imaginings Opens December 13

DebiLynn Fendley makes artwork that is profound and existential in theme, and often classical in technique. In person, she is playfully effervescent, a great conversationalist, and inclined to a sardonic sense of humor.

There’s no contradiction between her serious work and her humorous character.


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What Are You Reading? Rabbi Eugene Levy

Rabbi Levy lives in Little Rock with his wife of almost 50 years, Bobbye Waltzer Levy.  Rabbi Levy was educated at the University of Texas and Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he was ordained in 1972.  He has held many rabbinical positions in locations as diverse as Wisconsin, Louisiana, Indiana, Oklahoma, Texas, and,


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Staff Picks: 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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