Month: April 2020

Volunteer for the Library and Make a Difference

April is National Volunteer Appreciation Month! Even though our doors are closed to the public to protect your health, we still see our volunteers who are distributing grab-and-go meals every day at some of our library locations. Their cheerful and generous service shows the spirit that motivates our volunteers throughout our community.

When social distancing rules are relaxed,

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When the Library is Too Quiet

I have never loved the public library the way I do right now.

Seeing the halls of the library silent and dark and deserted today, after weeks of absence while working from home, moved me to tears as I finished photographing the empty stacks, empty public service desks, empty study tables.

The few people in the building to provide curbside service and security happened to be some of my most passionate and public-spirited coworkers.

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CALS Announces New Dates for 2020 Six Bridges Book Festival

CALS presents a stellar line-up for the seventeenth annual celebration of the written word

Central Arkansas Library System’s (CALS) seventeenth annual Six Bridges Book Festival has been rescheduled for Thursday, October 8, through Sunday, October 11, 2020. The event will still include popular events such as Author! Author!, Little Readers Rock (in partnership with the Junior League of Little Rock),

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Imagination’s Vacation: Books That Take You to France

After more than a month under social distancing guidelines, many of us are feeling the pang of loss for our canceled travel plans. But there’s an age-old way to experience travel’s joys, no matter what our circumstances—storytelling. Of all the freedoms our imagination brings us, this is one of the most precious: the power of the imagination to set sail around the world on the winds of a good story.

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Curbside Service to the Rescue!

  Get Print Books, DVDs, and Free Mobile Printing with No-Contact Pickup

We may be closed to the public right now, but there are still book elves flitting around inside some of our branches. They can pick up library materials for you and deliver them to the curb for a no-contact pickup at our branch libraries.

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Giving to the Library: Jean Scheidemantel

When Jean Scheidemantel was five years old, she and her older sister could get on their bikes and ride to their local library by themselves. They checked out books, stowed them in their bicycle baskets, and rode home to read their treasures. Back then, Jean’s favorites were Black Beauty, The Black Stallion,

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