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Tail Waggin’ Tutors

Kids build reading confidence by reading to certified therapy dogs.

For ages 5-8

Meeting every second Monday of the month, excluding holidays.

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“The Things They Carried” and the Art of Narrative

About the Program

Join us for a panel discussion with Dr. Alex Vernon, Dr. Catherine Calloway, and Guy Choate.

In support of the Central Arkansas Library System’s “Big Read” program, the panelists will share their observations about Tim O’Brien’s Vietnam War novel The Things They Carried and open the conversation to questions. Vernon and Calloway are prominent O’Brien scholars; they co-edited the book Teaching the Works of Tim O’Brien.

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Big Read

“The Things They Carried” and the Art of Narrative panel discussion. Alex Vernon, Cathey Coffey and Guy Choate will discuss Tim O’Brien’s classic book.

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Language Club: Spanish Conversation

First Tuesday of the month : French Conversation

Second Tuesday of the month : Spanish Conversation

All levels welcome. Ages 18 and up.

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Preschool Storytime

An interactive storytime that prepares preschoolers for big kid school.

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Finding Family Facts

Join us for a beginner’s genealogy class taught by Rhonda Stewart, local history and genealogy expert, from the CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies. Participants will learn how to use online databases and city directories, as well as how to archive family documents. Jump-start your genealogy research with this fun and creative way to learn about the past. No registration required.

Free and open to the public.

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True Stories Book Club

We read non-fiction books including true crime, biographies/memoirs, self help, current events, social sciences/politics.

Occurs the 2nd Thursday of every month excluding holidays.
  • January – Murder in Matera:  A True Story of Passion, Family, and Forgiveness in Southern Italy by Helene Stapinski
  • February – Nomadland:  Surviving America in the Twenty-first Century by Jessica Bruder
  • March – The Lost City of Z:  A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon by David Grann
  • April –
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Pokémon Club for Kids

Join other enthusiasts for some Pokémon fun.   Bring your own cards if you have them! For kids ages 7-18.

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Early Bird Friends of CALS Book Sale

Be the first to see what’s on the shelves at the Friends of CALS (Friends) book sale. Friends members get access to the Thursday evening portion of the sale, and may enter the sale at 9am each day of the sale, for free.  If you aren’t a Friends member, you may purchase a membership at any CALS branch or at the door.

Our Friends book sales in the Main Library basement feature hardback books for $2 and paperbacks for $1.

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Early Bird Friends of CALS Book Sale

Be the first to see what’s on the shelves at the Friends of CALS (Friends) book sale. Friends members get access to the Thursday evening portion of the sale, and may enter the sale at 9am each day of the sale, for free.  If you aren’t a Friends member, you may purchase a membership at any CALS branch or at the door.

Our Friends book sales in the Main Library basement feature hardback books for $2 and paperbacks for $1.

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Mid-Southern Watercolorists 50th Annual Juried Exhibition

March 13–June 27, 2020

Galleries at Library Square, West Gallery

This exhibition will include thirty-nine paintings selected by juror Lynn Ferris of West Virginia. Mid-Southern Watercolorists is a non-profit organization incorporated in Little Rock, Arkansas, to enrich the stature of watermedia and encourage the recognition of its significance in our culture. This organization furthers the interest of painters and patrons by its programs and by its competitive and non-competitive exhibitions. It also provides opportunities for study by art students and others engaged in art making and in appreciation of arts.

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Friends of CALS Book Sale

Bookshelf looking a little empty? On Friday and Saturday, March 13 & 14, stock up on new (to you) reads, and support the Central Arkansas Library System at the same time. Our Friends of CALS (Friends) book sales in the Main Library basement feature hardback books for $2, and paperbacks for $1.

Free and open to the general public beginning at 10am each day of the sale.  Friends members have exclusive early access to the Thursday night sale event,

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Toddler Gym

Crawl through tunnels and jump into ball pits for this free play!

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Early Bird Friends of CALS Book Sale

Be the first to see what’s on the shelves at the Friends of CALS (Friends) book sale. Friends members get access to the Thursday evening portion of the sale, and may enter the sale at 9am each day of the sale, for free.  If you aren’t a Friends member, you may purchase a membership at any CALS branch or at the door.

Our Friends book sales in the Main Library basement feature hardback books for $2 and paperbacks for $1.

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Falun Gong Meditation

The movements are gentle enough to be done sitting in a chair.  Beginners welcome.

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Friends of CALS Book Sale

Bookshelf looking a little empty? On Friday and Saturday, March 13 & 14, stock up on new (to you) reads, and support the Central Arkansas Library System at the same time. Our Friends of CALS (Friends) book sales in the Main Library basement feature hardback books for $2, and paperbacks for $1.

Free and open to the general public beginning at 10am each day of the sale.  Friends members have exclusive early access to the Thursday night sale event,

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Birds of Prey

Delta Rivers Nature Center will be presenting a program about bald eagles, hawks, falcons, and owls that live here in Arkansas.

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Book Lovers’ Book Club

An adult book club that reads both fiction and nonfiction books. This month’s book: The Radium Girls by Kate Moore. Copies of the book available at the library.

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Kids’ Café

Explore and learn to make healthy snacks in our teaching kitchen.

Ages 6 to 18.

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Family Dinner Night

Patrons of all ages are invited to help prepare a meal that we will all sit down and eat together as a “family”.

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Preschool Train Day

Put together wood tracks and watch toy trains go!

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Art Start Storytime

Come join the Arkansas Arts Center for an art-infused storytime for children ages 6 and under.

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Goodwill 101

A career specialist with Goodwill will be doing a class on how to answer common interview questions, giving tips on completing online applications, resume tips and tips on how to dress for success and more.

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Adult Sewing Class

This is a sewing class for beginners. This month’s project is baby bib & hat. All supplies provided. 

For Ages 18 & up.

Registration required. (501) 457-5038

 

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Toddler Storytime

Interactive storytime involving music and movement.

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CALS Arkansas Sounds presents Chris Smither

CHRIS SMITHER. Songwriter. Guitarist. Performer. Bluesman.

Honing a synthesis of folk and blues for 50 years, Smither is truly an American original. Reviewers and fans from around the world, including Rolling Stone and The New York Times, agree that Chris continues to be a profound songwriter, a blistering guitarist, and intense performer as he draws deeply from the blues, American folk music, modern poets and humanist philosophers.

Call Me Lucky is the new record from Chris Smither and is his first set of brand new originals in six years.

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Bicycle Workshop

Bring your bike, we’ll help you fix it up! This monthly workshop will take place in the Tool Library where we will have a bicycle mechanic on hand to answer your questions and teach you how to do basic repairs on your own bicycle.

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Stained Glass with Natalee

Learn how to use alcohol inks to create colorful “stained glass” with photo frames. Bring your own or choose from our selection. Registration required at gcarrico@cals.org

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Adult Painting Class

In this class we will be painting Winter Birds & Birch Trees.

For Ages 18 & up.

Registration required. (501)457-5038

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Falun Gong Meditation

The movements are gentle enough to be done sitting in a chair.  Beginners welcome.

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Leesa Cross-Smith, So We Can Glow

From Kentucky to the California desert, these forty-two short stories expose the glossy and matte hearts of girls and women in moments of obsessive desire and fantasy, wildness and bad behavior, brokenness and fearlessness. “Leesa Cross-Smith is a consummate storyteller who uses her formidable talents to tell the oft-overlooked stories of people living in that great swath of place between the left and right coasts.” —Roxane Gay, author of Bad Feminist

The Oxford American is proud to conclude its 2019-2020 South Words readers series with Leesa Cross-Smith,

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The Vietnam War: Its Legacy in Literature

About the Program

Termed the Vietnam War by Americans and the American War by the Vietnamese, America’s first “long” war, which took place between the mid-1950s and the mid-1970s, quickly became a topic of interest to writers of literature. While the canon of Vietnam War literature began in 1955 with the publication of the British novel The Quiet American by Graham Greene, thousands of literary works have been written about the involvement of the United States and other countries in the conflict in Vietnam,

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Springtime Quilling with Peggy

Come enjoy the art of quilling springtime flowers. Registration required at gcarrico@cals.org

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Escape Room for Teens

Have fun with friends as you figure out puzzles and riddles to escape the library. Snacks provided.

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Race and Women’s Suffrage in Arkansas

The history of suffrage in Arkansas has always been connected to race. For example, white women activists often used racial arguments to advocate for their own voting rights. At the same time, while African American women in Arkansas had supported the political struggles of the men in their community since Reconstruction as well as organizing for their own vote, they gained only limited access to the franchise with the ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1920. Kelly Houston Jones will explore the varied aspects of early-twentieth-century women’s politics,

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Climate Conversations

Jim Reynolds, meteorologist in charge of the NOAA weather service in Arkansas, will be discussion climate change.

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Finding Family Facts

Join us for a beginner’s genealogy class taught by Rhonda Stewart, local history and genealogy expert, from the CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies. Participants will learn how to use online databases and city directories, as well as how to archive family documents. Jump-start your genealogy research with this fun and creative way to learn about the past. No registration required.

Free and open to the public.

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Bitter Sacrifices: Art & Writing from Arkansas’s WWII Relocation Centers 

Opens April 10 (Second Friday Art Night, 5-8 pm) and runs through July 25, 2020, in the Galleries at Library Square, Underground Gallery.

Bitter Sacrifices: Art & Writing from Arkansas’s WWII Relocation Centers shares writing and works of art produced by Japanese Americans at the incarceration camps at Rohwer and Jerome. Using objects and documents from the Rosalie Santine Gould–Mabel Jamison Vogel collection as well as other materials from CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies’ collections,

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Big Read

Local veterans discuss their experiences. Refreshments will be provided.

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ACT Test Preparation

Learn test-taking skills and techniques with a licensed Arkansas teacher to improve your ACT score. No registration required, free to the public.

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Family Escape Room

Have fun with your family as you unlock puzzles and riddles. Ages 6 and up. Registration required by April 10 at gcarrico@cals.org. Limited Space.

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Earth Day Family Storytime

Bring the whole family to read books, sing songs, and do a craft to celebrate our wide, wonderful world!

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An Evening with Matteo Lane

Matteo Lane is a New York–based comedian whose stand-up special can be seen on Netflix’s “The Comedy Lineup.” He has performed stand up on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Late Night with Seth Meyers, Comedy Central’s Adam Devine’s House Party, This Week at the Comedy Cellar and The Comedy Jam, as well as HBO’s Crashing. Fluent in five languages and with a singing range of six octaves,

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Tim O’Brien, The Things They Carried

The award-winning author of nine works of fiction and a former reporter for The Washington Post, Tim O’Brien had what some would call a typical 1950s American childhood in rural Minnesota before he was sent to fight in Vietnam as a foot soldier in 1969. Published in 1990 to vast critical acclaim and written with the help of a National Endowment for the Arts creative writing fellowship, The Things They Carried, a novel about his experiences in that war,

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Gifts of Love

This special even is open to children to attend with their mothers, grandmothers or caregivers and will feature crafts and cookie decorating. Registration required at gcarrico@cals.org. Limited Space.

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Cinco de Mayo Party

Come make salsa, cheese quesadillas, and other yummy treats in celebration of Cinco de Mayo.

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The Arkansas Vietnam War Project: An Update

About the Program

The CALS Butler Center’s Brian Robertson will give an update on a digital project launched in 2014 to document Arkansas’s role in the Vietnam War and preserve materials from the period for educators, researchers, and family members to help future generations understand more about the war and our veterans’ experiences in it. The project has recently focused on recording oral histories from veterans and family members.

[Photo: From the Arkansas Vietnam War Project Collection,

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Arkansas League of Artists: Members’ Exhibition

Opens May 8 (Second Friday Art Night, 5-8 pm) and runs through August 29, 2020, at the Galleries at Library Square, in Concordia Hall Gallery. 

 

The Arkansas League of Artists is an organization formed to promote the visual arts in Arkansas to all ages. The annual Members’ Exhibition provides an opportunity for each active member to showcase their work in one of the following categories: Abstract/Contemporary,

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Finding Family Facts

Join us for a beginner’s genealogy class taught by Rhonda Stewart, local history and genealogy expert, from the CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies. Participants will learn how to use online databases and city directories, as well as how to archive family documents. Jump-start your genealogy research with this fun and creative way to learn about the past. No registration required.

Free and open to the public.

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The Arkansas Vietnam War Project: An Update

About the Program

The CALS Butler Center’s Brian Robertson will give an update on a digital project launched in 2014 to document Arkansas’s role in the Vietnam War and preserve materials from the period for educators, researchers, and family members to help future generations understand more about the war and our veterans’ experiences in it. The project has recently focused on recording oral histories from veterans and family members.

[Photo: From the Arkansas Vietnam War Project Collection,

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Free Comic Book Day

Come create your own comic book and become a superhero. Free comic books are being given out.

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Finding Family Facts

Join us for a beginner’s genealogy class taught by Rhonda Stewart, local history and genealogy expert, from the CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies. Participants will learn how to use online databases and city directories, as well as how to archive family documents. Jump-start your genealogy research with this fun and creative way to learn about the past. No registration required.

Free and open to the public.

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Finding Family Facts

Join us for a beginner’s genealogy class taught by Rhonda Stewart, local history and genealogy expert, from the CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies. Participants will learn how to use online databases and city directories, as well as how to archive family documents. Jump-start your genealogy research with this fun and creative way to learn about the past. No registration required.

Free and open to the public.

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Early Bird Friends of CALS Book Sale

Be the first to see what’s on the shelves at the Friends of CALS (Friends) book sale. Friends members get access to the Thursday evening portion of the sale, and may enter the sale at 9am each day of the sale, for free.  If you aren’t a Friends member, you may purchase a membership at any CALS branch or at the door.

Our Friends book sales in the Main Library basement feature hardback books for $2 and paperbacks for $1.

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Early Bird Friends of CALS Book Sale

Be the first to see what’s on the shelves at the Friends of CALS (Friends) book sale. Friends members get access to the Thursday evening portion of the sale, and may enter the sale at 9am each day of the sale, for free.  If you aren’t a Friends member, you may purchase a membership at any CALS branch or at the door.

Our Friends book sales in the Main Library basement feature hardback books for $2 and paperbacks for $1.

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Friends of CALS Book Sale

Bookshelf looking a little empty? On Friday and Saturday, July 17 & 18, stock up on new (to you) reads, and support the Central Arkansas Library System at the same time. Our Friends of CALS (Friends) book sales in the Main Library basement feature hardback books for $2, and paperbacks for $1.

Free and open to the general public beginning at 10am each day of the sale.  Friends members have exclusive early access to the Thursday night sale event,

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Early Bird Friends of CALS Book Sale

Be the first to see what’s on the shelves at the Friends of CALS (Friends) book sale. Friends members get access to the Thursday evening portion of the sale, and may enter the sale at 9am each day of the sale, for free.  If you aren’t a Friends member, you may purchase a membership at any CALS branch or at the door.

Our Friends book sales in the Main Library basement feature hardback books for $2 and paperbacks for $1.

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Friends of CALS Book Sale

Bookshelf looking a little empty? On Friday and Saturday, July 17 & 18, stock up on new (to you) reads, and support the Central Arkansas Library System at the same time. Our Friends of CALS (Friends) book sales in the Main Library basement feature hardback books for $2, and paperbacks for $1.

Free and open to the general public beginning at 10am each day of the sale.  Friends members have exclusive early access to the Thursday night sale event,

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Finding Family Facts

Join us for a beginner’s genealogy class taught by Rhonda Stewart, local history and genealogy expert, from the CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies. Participants will learn how to use online databases and city directories, as well as how to archive family documents. Jump-start your genealogy research with this fun and creative way to learn about the past. No registration required.

Free and open to the public.

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Tom Llamas, Anchor, ABC News “World News Tonight”

Tom Llamas has spent his career chasing breaking news, hurricanes, and Donald Trump. Llamas set the record for most air time by a network correspondent during the 2016 election. Having worked in newsrooms since the age of 15, both in English and Spanish, he’s the very definition of an intrepid reporter.

He spent the early 2000s covering politics, specifically the 2004 election including the campaigns of the Rev. Al Sharpton, John Edwards and former Sec of State John Kerry.

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David Treuer, The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee

David Treuer is Ojibwe from the Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota.  The author of four previous novels, most recently Prudence, and two books of nonfiction, he has also written for The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Esquire, Slate, and The Washington Post, among others.  He has a Ph.D. in anthropology and teaches literature and creative writing at the University of Southern California.

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Early Bird Friends of CALS Book Sale

Be the first to see what’s on the shelves at the Friends of CALS (Friends) book sale. Friends members get access to the Thursday evening portion of the sale, and may enter the sale at 9am each day of the sale, for free.  If you aren’t a Friends member, you may purchase a membership at any CALS branch or at the door.

Our Friends book sales in the Main Library basement feature hardback books for $2 and paperbacks for $1.

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Early Bird Friends of CALS Book Sale

Be the first to see what’s on the shelves at the Friends of CALS (Friends) book sale. Friends members get access to the Thursday evening portion of the sale, and may enter the sale at 9am each day of the sale, for free.  If you aren’t a Friends member, you may purchase a membership at any CALS branch or at the door.

Our Friends book sales in the Main Library basement feature hardback books for $2 and paperbacks for $1.

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Friends of CALS Book Sale

Bookshelf looking a little empty? On Friday and Saturday, November 13 & 14, stock up on new (to you) reads, and support the Central Arkansas Library System at the same time. Our Friends of CALS (Friends) book sales in the Main Library basement feature hardback books for $2, and paperbacks for $1.

Free and open to the general public beginning at 10am each day of the sale.  Friends members have exclusive early access to the Thursday night sale event,

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Early Bird Friends of CALS Book Sale

Be the first to see what’s on the shelves at the Friends of CALS (Friends) book sale. Friends members get access to the Thursday evening portion of the sale, and may enter the sale at 9am each day of the sale, for free.  If you aren’t a Friends member, you may purchase a membership at any CALS branch or at the door.

Our Friends book sales in the Main Library basement feature hardback books for $2 and paperbacks for $1.

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Event

Friends of CALS Book Sale

Bookshelf looking a little empty? On Friday and Saturday, November 13 & 14, stock up on new (to you) reads, and support the Central Arkansas Library System at the same time. Our Friends of CALS (Friends) book sales in the Main Library basement feature hardback books for $2, and paperbacks for $1.

Free and open to the general public beginning at 10am each day of the sale.  Friends members have exclusive early access to the Thursday night sale event,

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