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Enter Now for the Teen Poetry Contest at the Arkansas Literary Festival

Our annual Teen Poetry Contest has been a part of the Arkansas Literary Festival for years. Anyone who has seen the contest can tell you that watching the young writers present their work is memorable. The creativity, courage, and talent on display never fail to make an impression on the audience.

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All the teens gather at Main Library to perform their poems,


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Arkansas Filmmaker Spotlight: Dr. Jesse Burks

As part of the Arkansas Filmmaker Spotlight Series, the Arkansas Cinema Society will screen his shorts One Please and Cured as well as a preview screening of Odd Happenings in a Tiny Tent.  The mission of the Arkansas Filmmaker Spotlight Series is to not only highlight the work of the local talent in Arkansas but also allow them the opportunity to screen the films that inspired their work and share their inspirations with their community.


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Podcast: Chewing the Fat

This time, Rex and Paul chew the fat about the recently released list of the 2019 finalists for induction into the Arkansas Food Hall of Fame and talk about where to get great fried chicken, famous sons of Fordyce, how Rex certainly did not buy dirty books at a newsstand known for such, how classic restaurants and cafes got started,


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A Conversation with Little Rock Mayor Frank Scott

In the latest episode of the CALS podcast, Primary Sources, Little Rock Mayor Frank Scott sits down with Matt DeCample to talk about growing up in Southwest Little Rock, what he hopes to see change as a newly elected mayor, and the unique path he took from being a shy child to an outspoken public speaker and politician.


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GrinchFest Delights Kids With Spunky Acting, Crafts, Music

Sparkling paper trees and cottony snow made a snazzy backdrop for holiday photos at Children’s Library last Friday, but the photos weren’t with the guy in the red suit. Instead, kids and grinning adults got to meet a very different Christmas character—the GRINCH.

Our Grinch was so charming that most of the kids felt just fine about sitting next to him for a picture,


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New Nexus Nook Brings Coffee, Comfort, and Community to Main Library

A perfect blend of library and coffee shop arrives at CALS Main Library this Saturday, December 15, as we open the new Nexus Nook! This coffee shop and gathering space will offer beverages, snacks, a vibrant atmosphere and a host of new possibilities for connecting with others.

The Nexus Nook and its seating area enhance the ground floor of the library in exciting ways.


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Local Students Learn to Research with Historical Magazines at Main Library

We love it when hands-on research helps our local students learn at CALS!

Students from Pulaski Heights Middle School visited the CALS Main Library this month to research their projects for National History Day. Our magazines, newspapers, history books, databases, and even microfilm make wonderful academic resources  to expand student research beyond the boundaries of school libraries.


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Alzheimer’s Resource Sessions Coming to CALS Branch Libraries

Alzheimer’s Disease can be a frightening prospect for those with the disease and for their families. Community education is vital to help families cope and to teach strategies for safety and comfort. This winter, the library system will host public educational sessions led by an expert community educator, in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association – Arkansas Chapter.


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