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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

Scrape…scrape…scrape…CLANG!

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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CALS Remembers Ron Robinson

Local businessman and philanthropist Ron Robinson has passed away.  Shortly before its opening, Mr. Robinson described his excitement about future of the CALS Ron Robinson Theater named after him:

This new River Market landmark is a true gift to all the citizens of The Natural State since it will be a world-class showplace to showcase the best of the best.


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Catalog Updates Scheduled for August 17

To better serve our patrons, on the morning of Friday, August 17, CALS will update the software that supports our catalog and allows patrons to log in to various digital libraries, such as Overdrive and Freegal. During the update some of our services will be unavailable and you may not be able to log in to your account in others.


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