Month: September 2022

Count UP needs tutors

Count UP is a free after-school math tutoring program for K – 12 students in Central Arkansas. Through this program, created by the Central Arkansas Library System and supported by the ESSER Grant from the Arkansas Out of School Network, experienced tutors are matched with students to provide personalized support and guidance. 


  • Tutors must be 16 years or older
  • Tutors must pass a background check
  • Tutors must attend volunteer training
  • Tutors must have regular availability on at least one weekday afternoon and/or Saturday each week

“I enjoy being able to engage with young people in the community and help in a small way.

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Banned Books for your book club

CALS has a wide variety of books to choose from for your book clubs, there are nearly 350 titles available. These kits can be requested up to a year in advance and aren’t checked out like a traditional book. Kits include 10 copies of the book your group will read so you don’t have to track down individual copies.

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Banned Books Week writing contest winner announced!

The 2022 Banned Books Week writing contest has a winner! Congratulations to Quinn D. Connor for Word Count. Honorable mention goes to Linda Copeland for The Queens of Althearra. Click LEARN MORE below to read these amazing stories.

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What are you reading, Keya Marr?

My name is Keya Marr, and I recently turned 17 🙂. I’m the only child at home right now which is amazing, I’m a junior in high school and plan to go to medical school to become an OB/GYN. I was an intern at CALS working at the Nixon branch this summer.

What are you reading (now,

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A Parent’s Guide to Banned Books Week

What is Banned Books Week?
Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores, and libraries. Typically held during the last week of September,

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