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Power Outages at McMath and Fletcher

Both McMath Library and Fletcher Library will be closed Saturday, July 21, due to power outages caused by Friday night’s storms.  Entergy predicts power will not be restored until noon Sunday, July 22.  CALS anticipates both branches will reopen for regular operating hours Monday, July 23.  Patrons should check this website for updates.


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CALS Brings Digital Wizardry to Adult Learners with Free Technology Classes

Nathan Smith has a Lord of the Rings keepsake on his desk with a picture of Gandalf. That’s fitting, because as CALS Digital Literacy Specialist, Nathan works his own brand of wizardry to teach a variety of software programs to CALS patrons, all offered free of charge.

The first thing you notice about Nathan’s classes is that he is an excellent teacher.


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Millie Brooks Library Celebrates Five Years of Serving Wrightsville

In June, the Millie Brooks Library celebrated its five-year anniversary as a branch of the Central Arkansas Library System. The library opened on June 1, 2013.

Concert brings joy with classic cover tunes by Recovery

Town residents and guests gathered in the city hall to commemorate the fifth anniversary with a concert by the band Recovery,


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Librarian of Congress Visits the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies

On June 30, the CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies hosted a visit from Dr. Carla Hayden, our nation’s current Librarian of Congress.

Dr. Hayden holds a groundbreaking place in library history, as she is the first woman and first African-American to hold the Librarian’s office. She is also the first professional librarian to hold the post in over sixty years.


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More Pool Side Reads

One of the great pleasures of summer is lounging on the beach or a pool deck and reading a good book. But what to read? The staff at Fletcher Library has some suggestions. Today’s theme: YA reads for grownups. Relive long summers and teen angst with these great titles.



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Join Our Conversations for CALS OneRead and Make New Connections

Why do we read together?

CALS OneRead is an event where we all decide to read the same book at the same time, and then get together to talk (and frequently joke and banter) about our reactions and thoughts.

This summer, the CALS OneRead choice is a futuristic novel and national bestseller titled Station Eleven.


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View the Summer Night Sky with Help from CALS and NPR

Did you know the Central Arkansas Library System and the Central Arkansas Astronomical Society have partnered to make fourteen telescopes available for lending to CALS cardholders? The telescopes are 4.5″ Orion StarBlast Newtonian instruments that gather several hundred times more light than the unaided eye and magnify up to 56 times. They are particularly suited to observing the moon and the brighter planets,


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