Month: May 2022

CALS Launching Saturdays at the Galleries

The weekends are for CALS and exploring the amazing variety of artisans that Arkansas has to offer. CALS is hosting “Saturdays at the Galleries,” a series of artist demonstrations at the CALS Galleries & Bookstore at Library Square. This free public event will be held each Saturday from May 28 through August 27 from 11 a.m.


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Things are rockin’ at the Rock It Lab!

Last year was a big year for the Cox Building. In January, the bookstore moved out and a brand-new business incubator program moved in – The Rock It! Lab. The RIL is a partnership between CALS and Advancing Black Entrepreneurship (ABE) focused on helping business owners (or aspiring business owners) in under-resourced communities. The program is multi-pronged,


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Meet Digital Literacy Specialist, April Smith

Tell us about your job and how the position came to be.
I design and teach course work that uses a variety of contexts. These include audio, images, and videos to match the right digital technology to a specific patron’s needs. I communicate this by locating, analyzing, and using reliable sources of information online through virtual or hybrid classes.


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Meet Digital Literacy Guide, Camille Davis

Tell me about your job and how the position came to be.

Nathan’s vision for his team and what he wants to accomplish sold me. I also feel like my purpose is good work. Good work connects your values and your actions. It satisfies a craving to express your purpose, and to do that in ways that align intention and impact.


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Meet Digital Literacy Guide, Jakeob Ward

Tell us about your job and how the position came to be.

The Digital Literacy Guide position was created towards the end of 2021 with funds received from a grant provided by the Windgate Foundation. CALS wanted to focus in on providing some one-on-one assistance for people dealing with technology-related barriers,


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Oceans of Possibilities, Oceans of Fun!

Summer Reading Club (SRC) is almost here and this year is packed with fun events, cool projects, and of course, lots of reading! This year’s theme is “Oceans of Possibilities” and explores stories of mysteries, adventure, friendships and more that take place deep within the sea.  Registration is free and available at cals.beanstack.org.


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Free up some cash with Freegal

There is not a shortage of streaming music services, but free services that also include downloads that you can keep? Tell me more.

With your CALS card, you get a number of digital services like e-books, audio books, podcasts, and even magazines. But with Freegal, you also have access to music. Patrons can stream unlimited music as well as download up to 5 songs each week and keep those MP3 files forever.


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What are you reading, Ryan Davis?

Ryan Davis is one of the newest CALS Board Members. We managed to catch him between working as the Director of Children’s International at UALR and a CALS board meeting.

Why did you join the CALS board? 
I joined because I asked and because I believe that libraries like schools are an important and vital part of the things we as citizens own in common.


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