News & Announcements

Summer CALS Used Book Sale Offers Educator Discount

Additional 25% off already low prices of $1 paperbacks and $2 hardbacks.

Little Rock, AR – The Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) has announced the details for the summer CALS Used Book Sale. The Used Book Sale will take place July 11 – 13 at the Port Industrial Hub, 7773 Sloane Dr.


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2024 Six Bridges Book Festival Dates and First Round of Authors Announced 

Little Rock, AR – The Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) is excited to announce that the 2024 Six Bridges Book Festival will be held September 23-29, 2024. This year’s festival chairperson is Sen. Joyce Elliott, a CALS board member and former high school English teacher.

“Books have an incredible power to unite us,


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CALS receives $500,000 from the Mellon Foundation

Grant will support the library’s Memory Lab, Encyclopedia of Arkansas, and Butler Center for Arkansas Studies

Little Rock, AR – The Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) Foundation is honored to have received a grant of $500,000 from the Mellon Foundation’s Public Knowledge program.

The grant – one of the largest in CALS’s history – will build capacity for the library’s Memory Lab,


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CALS Presents ‘American Evangelicals’ Author on May 9

Little Rock, AR – The Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) welcomes critically acclaimed author Tim Alberta with his book, The Kingdom, the Power, and The Glory: American Evangelicals in an Age of Extremism on Thursday, May 9, at CALS Ron Robinson Theater, 100 River Market Ave. The program will begin at 6:30 p.m.,


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Williams Grand Reopening Brings Several Celebrations This Spring

Little Rock, AR – The Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) is planning several celebrations for the grand reopening of the Sue Cowan Williams Library, 1800 Chester St. There will be three events: a ticketed “Family Dinner Night,” a ceremonial ribbon cutting, and a Neighborhood Block Party. Information about the celebrations can be found at cals.org/williams-grand-reopening.


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NEA Big Read Brings Together Book Clubs, Stories, and Writers in Central Arkansas

Little Rock, AR – The Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) welcomes critically acclaimed author Tommy Orange as part of its 2024 National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Big Read celebration. The Big Read series of events kick off March 8 and conclude in May, with Orange scheduled to appear at CALS Ron Robinson Theater, 100 River Market Ave.,


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CALS Used Book Sale Returns at New Location

Little Rock, AR – The Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) has announced the details for the spring CALS Used Book Sale. The Used Book Sale will take place March 7-9 at the Port Industrial Hub, 7773 Sloane Dr., where CALS administration offices are located. Used books will be priced $1 for paperbacks and $2 for hardbacks.


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