CALS Blogs

New Podcast Episode from Rex Nelson & Paul Austin

In the latest episode of Chewing the Fat, Rex and Paul offer end-of-summer musings, describe their recent farm-to-table expeditions, and discuss Paul’s award-winning pig from 4H days. Rex utters the oddest statement in the history of this podcast in reference to eating, “We had had enough,” as the boys celebrate dining experiences at Greers Ferry Lake,

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Gran Gran’s Toy Library Supports Active, Healthy Playtime

Looking for ways to keep your children interested in active play in a world overrun with the latest digital devices? Now, parents and caregivers can find help at the first toy library in Arkansas, a program of our CALS Nixon Library.

Our rotating, renewable supply of high-quality toys will stoke a child’s natural curiosity while easing the family budget.

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CALS and Arkansas Symphony Call for Spoken Word Submissions

Spoken word performers will join Arkansas Symphony Orchestra on stage for Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9: Ode to Joy February 23 & 24.

The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra (ASO) and Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) have announced a collaboration in a spoken word performance event focused on themes of joy, unity and hope.

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Meet the Candidates: Series of Mayoral Forums Held at CALS

Who: Central Arkansas Library System (CALS), KUAR public radio, the League of Women Voters of Pulaski County, and the American Association of University Women, Little Rock

What: A group of community, civic, and nonprofit organizations will sponsor a series of Little Rock mayoral candidate forums designed to encourage civic engagement and educate voters on pertinent city issues,

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Devoted to the Curious

One of our patron families, the Tang family, recently explained how they raised their kids to encourage their curiosity. Every Saturday, Mom and Dad took the three boys to their CALS library, the Roosevelt Thompson branch. And no matter what books the boys picked out, even if the books were way beyond their current grade level,

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A Shared Journey to Better Health at the Dee Brown Library

“C’mon! You ain’t gonna get this at Big Fitness! They’re gonna charge you fifty dollars!”

Harlem, our library fitness coach, sounds like a pro. He yells encouragement and funny comments to keep the class moving and happy. It’s working. Everybody is smiling, sassy, out of breath, or all three.

We follow him across the yard outside the Dee Brown Library to start some simple strength and cardio moves.

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Performance Art Brings Suspense to the Bookstore at Library Square


The noises echoed into a silent room as the crowd held its breath on Second Friday Art Night.

“Raising the Bar”

David Carpenter, performance artist, was elevating a narrow beam higher and higher, using cement blocks and one iron girder.

But there was one catch: the entire time,

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Dee Brown News

Regular hours of operation have resumed at Dee Brown Library. However, our air conditioning unit is not sufficiently operational and must be replaced.

CALS has installed a temporary, portable cooling system at Dee Brown which will allow us to continue to operate regular hours until the new AC unit is installed. Unfortunately, we are unable to supply air conditioning to the meeting room with the temporary system,

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