COMMUNITY RESOURCES

CALS is happy to offer several resources to meet our community members where they are at.


Recurring Services

These services are consistently available, but dates and times might change. Call 501. 918.3000 if you have questions.

 

MEALS AND FOOD SECURITY

BE MIGHTY connects kids and teens under 18 with free meals at several local libraries. They also support community food security with Little Free Pantries, cooking classes, and health and wellness classes. Click here to learn more.

SNAP Navigators offer assistance at several library locations. If you or someone you know needs help completing and filing a SNAP Application, click here for more information.

 

 

JOB ASSISTANCE

The search for employment can be overwhelming, but we are here to help! In a 1-on-1 Job Assistance appointment we can help you with everything from resumes to applications to choosing an outfit from our Career Closet.

Appointments available at any branch by appointment most Tuesdays 1-3 PM and Thursdays 3-5 PM.

Speak with your librarian about setting an appointment, or contact Bekah Smith at 501-918-3000.

 

 

COMPUTER TRAINING (DIGITAL LITERACY)

You can get 1-on-1 help from our Digital Literacy Guides with all of your digital and computer questions!

Click here to learn more and set an appointment OR email digitalguides@cals.org.

 

 

 

Social Workers

CALS has two in-house social workers who would be more than happy to meet with you and help connect you to the local and federal resources you need.

Call 501.918.3005 to be connected to Rebecca Beadle and Mekkos Barbee.

 

 

 

 


Upcoming Programs

These events are always changing, so make sure to check the dates and times.

Event

How to “Save10” into Retirement

Don’t have a retirement plan at work? No worries. Make your own! Get the math and the inspiration to open your own retirement account and start planning for your future.

Presented by Sarah Catherine Gutierrez, Founder & CEO of Aptus Financial

Co-sponsored by the Arkansas Financial Education Commission.

The program will premiere on the CALS YouTube channel at the scheduled time.

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Event

Lawyers In The Library – Record Sealing Clinic

The Central Arkansas Library System and the Center for Arkansas Legal Services have once again teamed up to offer Lawyers in the Library! Come listen to legal presentations and an opportunity to ask a lawyer your civil legal question. Topics include Criminal Record Sealing and Public Benefits like SNAP and SSI, and will end with a record-sealing clinic.

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Event

Coffee and Conversation

Join us for a cup of coffee and a conversation about how we can better understand and empower the unsheltered population. Refreshments will be served.

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CALS Writing Circle: Journaling for Healing and Grief

Grief journaling is a way of allowing ourselves the space for genuine healing to take place, whether we’re ready and willing to express ourselves to others or not, and is a recognized tool in the processing of grief. In fact, journaling is one method of helping people cope with any type of traumatic event. Expressive writing has been found to improve physical and psychological health for people with a number of physical and mental health conditions.

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Meet With Us

To contact any of the folks below, please call 501.918.3000 or speak with your local librarian.

Social Workers

  • Rebecca Beadle, Community Resource Specialist
  • Mekkos Barbee, Community Resource Navigator

Programmers and Service Coordinators

  • Jessica Frazier-Emerson, Be Mighty Specialist | Health and Wellness Services
  • Bekah Smith, Community Resource Programmer | Job Assistance and Resource Sharing
  • Nathan Smith, Digital Programming Coordinator | Computer and Digital Literacy Training

Outreach and Community Contacts

  • Jessica McDaniel, Community Liaison
  • Maria Aguilar, Community Liaison
  • Courtney Jones, Community Outreach Coordinator