Month: August 2022

Art piece to be temporarily removed from Children’s Library


In 2014, the Central Arkansas Library System and Horn Foundation commissioned a sculpture from the renowned artist Alice Guffey Miller to go on the grounds of the CALS Hillary Rodham Clinton Children’s Library & Learning Center. Miller engaged a group of friends and artists to help her create the Imagine Peace sculpture using an oak tree as the base and reclaimed metal to create a bird and flower petals.

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Vega Discover Terminology

The switch from the old CALS catalog (BiblioCommons) to the new one (Vega Discover) has brought about a bit of confusion. At the core, both catalogs offer the same basic functions, but there are some things Discover does that BiblioCommons doesn’t, and some things BiblioCommons does that Discover doesn’t, or at least doesn’t yet because it is still being actively developed.

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Be Mighty Little Rock Fall 2022

Kids and teens 18 and younger can receive free USDA meals through Be Mighty Little Rock and the Central Arkansas Library System. Fall meal service will begin on August 22 2022. Supper will be served Monday-Friday at 11 library branches. Saturday lunch will be served at 10 branches. There is no cost. Meals will be served in grab & go style, on-site consumption of meals is not required. Parents will also be able to pick up meals for their kids. No ID or registration required.

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What are you reading, Sylvia Blain?

My name is Sylvia Blain – I am 53 years old and live in Central Arkansas with my long-time partner, Shannon Sanders, and our pup, Tucker. I am the mother of two grown sons living in the Bay Area. I am the executive director at Potluck Food Rescue, a role that brings me a lot of satisfaction and growth.

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Back to school with Executive Director Nate Coulter

Recently I dropped in on an event where CALS Library staff handed out new backpacks and school supplies to young students who were anticipating their new school year. Back to school is really where the Library shines; in the classrooms, sharp pencils and fresh notebooks meet to record nuggets of knowledge. And here in our branches,

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Backpack Bonanza!

Twenty-five masked and eager faces waited in the library and learning center of Daisy Bates Elementary School on Wednesday, July 27, as CALS employee, Courtney Jones, explained which backpacks were for which grades. This group of students comes from the 385 students who attend Bates Elementary and are part of the Little Scholars after-school program.

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10th Annual Banned Books Writing Contest

Construct a short narrative that illustrates true, supportive friendship, where one character is daring to achieve something despite a very large obstacle. The story should feature or mention at least three characters. Please do not indicate or specify how the story illustrates friendship, it should be evident. This should be one episode of what could possibly be a larger story. Entries will be judged on flow, originality, and strength of character/character voice. Humor is appreciated.

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Crazy Free Books

Guess what’s back? The CRAZY FREE BOOKS promotion!

This year, for Banned Books Week we’re giving away 50 copies of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

Starting October 2, if you’d like a copy, please send a message to with Crazy Free Books in the subject.

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