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Symbols and Shamans: Experience the Art of Matthew Castellano

Matthew Castellano talks fast. He has to keep up with the speed at which his creative ideas are tumbling through his thoughts. Talking to him is a lightning-quick trip through evocative phrases. He’ll mention a powerful folklore archetype in his work, but without elaborating, trusts the listener to get the full meaning from his quick riff,


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Food for Fines

Shed unwanted library fines this holiday season. The Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) is continuing its tradition of helping those in need by holding its annual Food for Fines event from Monday, December 2, through Sunday, December 8.

Food for Fines gives patrons an opportunity to help others in central Arkansas and to reduce fines for overdue library materials.


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A Gift for Every Taste at our Galleries at Library Square

The Galleries at Library Square are well-known for their popular rotating exhibitions by Arkansas artists. But we find that casual visitors who walk in from the downtown River Market are also captivated by our retail gallery, with its beautiful and affordable art, jewelry, and craftworks. From large, bright paintings to small tokens of affection, the Galleries offer handcrafted gifts carefully chosen by our professional curators.


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What Are You Reading? Miss Fenix

Introducing Fenix, 4-and-a-half year-old patron at Children’s Library, who is going to give us her thoughts on books:

What did you read in that book you liked about foxes?

“Aww, look at these baby foxes—they are playing with their mom!”

“Ewww! The fox’s booty!


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What Are You Reading? KenDrell D. Collins

I serve as a trial attorney at the Office of the Federal Public Defender for the Eastern District of Arkansas, which is an organization that works to ensure no person is disadvantaged simply because of their inability to afford private legal counsel.  My hometown is Osceola, AR, but I moved to Little Rock in 2011,


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Last Days to See the Dazzle and Glamour of Byron Werner’s Art

Shiny. Mysterious. Opulent. Old Hollywood. Intriguing. These are just a few words that may come to mind when you walk through the Bookstore at Library Square, where Byron Werner’s art exhibition is in its closing days. The show will close at 5:00 p.m. on Halloween night, this Thursday, October 31. Don’t miss this last chance to see it!


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Why to Write a Novel in a Month

National Novel Writing Month is upon us, as of November 1st! And while the internet is full of advice on how to write a novel in a month, it’s also worth considering why you might want to do it.

In 2011, I wrote a novel in November, though that’s putting it a bit loosely.


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