Rock, Paper, Run 5K

The Central Arkansas Library System and the North Little Rock Public Library System have partnered to create the Rock, Paper, Run 5K to celebrate Library Card Sign-up Month. This family fun run 5K will take place September 9 at 8:30 a.m. for line-up, race begins at 9:15 a.m. This run will link the two library systems and begin in North Little Rock, leaving from the steps of the William F. Laman Library, 2801 Orange St, North Little Rock, and ending at the CALS Main Library, 100 Rock Street, Little Rock. Following the race, a Library Card Sign-up Cool Down Party will take place on Main Library’s grounds from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Runners and spectators are encouraged to dress up as their favorite book characters. Registration is $25 for adults, $15 for children ages 4-12, and free for children age 3 and under. This race marks the first time these two library systems have worked together on a project of this caliber.

Register For Rock Paper Run 5K


Since 1987, September has been Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries nationwide join together to remind parents, caregivers, and students that signing up for a library card is the first step towards academic achievement and lifelong learning.

The run will follow a predetermined path (view map here) beginning at Laman Library, going over the Broadway Bridge and ending on 2nd Street beside Main Library. Roads along the route will be closed for the duration of the race (anticipated to be between 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.), while the block of 2nd Street will be closed for the Cool Down Party until the celebration and cleanup concludes at 3 p.m. Drivers are encouraged to find alternate routes. The parking deck at Library Square will be accessible via President Clinton Avenue for patrons, runners, and spectators for parking; the CALS flat lot will be used for event space. A trolley will be running from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. providing free rides between Laman Library and Main Library for anyone who has parked at the race start and needs transportation back.

The Cool Down Party is free and open to the public and will feature assorted kid- and family-friendly activities, including a bounce house, craft area, food trucks, a kid’s area in the Main Library garden, and booths where individuals can sign up for a library card from either library system.

Rock Paper Run Cool Down Party