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Small Business Saturday Offers Festive Holiday Street Fest

Small Business Saturday is coming to the River Market and Library Square this weekend!

On Saturday, November 24, from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm, join the downtown street fest with gift vendors, local beer, local shops, Christmas karaoke, and kids’ holiday crafts.

At our Galleries at Library Square, you’ll find one-of-a-kind,


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CALS Announces Not-Quite-Holiday Film Fest

It’s a wonderful life, unless you happen to find yourself in Nakatomi Tower on Christmas Eve. The Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) Ron Robinson Theater, 100 Rock Street in Library Square, has announced the lineup for its series of holiday films, the Not-Quite-Holiday Film Fest, running from Tuesday, November 27, through Thursday, December 20. Each film starts at 6:30 p.m. 


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Jessica Carder’s Artistic Vision Sees Truth Deeper than Realism

At a time when the world often seems driven by vast, clashing forces beyond our understanding, Jessica Carder believes that art can answer our search for meaning.

“Human beings, we like our symbols,” Carder says. “With everything going on in the world, in the environment, it’s chaos across the board and we can’t communicate what we’re experiencing.


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New Primary Sources Podcast: James Fallows

In a special edition of Primary Sources, James Fallows, national correspondent for The Atlantic, speaks about his book Our Towns, a vivid, surprising portrait of the civic and economic reinvention taking place in America, town by town and generally out of view of the national media.” This CALS’ J.N.


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Friends of Libraries Week: How to Volunteer

It’s National Friends of Libraries Week!

From October 21-27, people around the nation are celebrating the Friends who help libraries to raise funds, acquire new collection items, and offer a wide array of community programs.

Volunteers with many kinds of talents can help us in our mission. Volunteers provide system-wide support for branches,


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Celebrating National Friends of Libraries Week

Our Friends of the Library make a big difference!

This week, October 21-27,  the Central Arkansas Library System is highlighting its Friends of the Library group (FOCAL) as part of the 13th annual celebration of National Friends of Libraries Week.

Over 600 community members belong to our Friends group.


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Library On Demand: Mobile Printing Joins Digital Services at CALS

CALS is delighted to announce the addition of mobile printing to our digital services. Mobile printing increases access and convenience for patrons who need printing capability for work, school projects, or community groups.

Mobile printing makes printed materials a quick takeaway service

From any digital device, a patron can now send a document to be printed at a convenient CALS library branch by email,


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