CALS is seeking businesses to be partners for “Bookworm Bargains” program

September is Library Card Sign-up Month. And at CALS, we have long proclaimed the library card to be the most valuable card in your wallet. We’re looking for local businesses who can help us make this card even more valuable, (even if just for a month). We invite you to support public libraries and their vital community role by participating in the “Bookworm Bargains” program.

Since 1987, September has marked Library Card Sign-up Month, an annual event where the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries nationwide emphasize obtaining a library card for academic success and lifelong learning.

The Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) and the North Little Rock Public Library System (NLRPLS) are collaboratively celebrating Library Card Signup Month. Local businesses are encouraged to join by enhancing the value of an already valuable asset – the library card. Throughout September, anyone presenting their library card (from CALS or NLRPLS) at participating businesses will enjoy a discount or special deal.

Businesses choosing to join the “Bookworm Bargains” program can decide on their level of discount. Options include a percentage discount, a gift (with or without a purchase), a “buy one get one” promotion, or a limited unique experience. We encourage businesses to select an option that appeals to guests while remaining feasible. While participation is voluntary, CALS and NLRPLS kindly request a commitment for the entire month of September. Businesses will be listed on both library webpages and promoted through the sign-up program.

If your business is interested in participating in the “Bookworm Bargains” program and contribute to the celebration of Library Card Sign-up Month, please get in touch with Kevin Newsom at or LaReina Fuentes at by the August 18 deadline.

Thanks to the following businesses who have already committed to providing discounts in September (listed alphabetically):

  • 13 Peaks
  • Argenta Drug
  • Bang Up Betty
  • Besaw Automotive
  • Blakes Furniture
  • Blue Sage
  • Cantrell Gallery
  • Custom XM
  • Dark Side Coffee
  • Dogtown Drygoods
  • Fairy Tale Florals
  • Flying Saucer
  • Galaxy Office Furniture
  • Gadwall’s Grill
  • Green Dragon Tech
  • Green Corner Store
  • Gus’s Fried Chicken
  • Iriana’s Pizza
  • J&P Bike Shop
  • Keith’s Popcorn
  • Medicine Shoppe
  • Nexus Coffee
  • NLR Tourism
  • North Bar
  • Nutrition Place
  • Paper Heart Bookstore
  • PHD Salon & Day Spa
  • Platnum BarBQ
  • Rock City Running
  • Skinny J’s
  • Stanley Hardware
  • Sweet Spot
  • T-Shirt Shop
  • The Book Store
  • The Croissanterie
  • Twisted Attitude Boutique

Moreover, CALS and NLRPLS are seeking sponsors for the Rock, Paper, Run 5K event on September 9. For more details, contact Eliza Borné at