News & Announcements

CALS Ron Robinson Theater Suspending Programming Due to COVID-19

The Central Arkansas Library System’s (CALS) Ron Robinson Theater has suspended its August 2021 reopening plans until 2022 due to the rise in COVID-19 cases across the state. Movies Meant for the Big Screen, Terror Tuesdays, Made in Arkansas showcase screenings, and the new Thirsty Throwback Thursdays series will all be rescheduled when it is safer for large groups to gather in enclosed spaces.

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French Artist Donates Sculpture to CALS

Just prior to the pandemic, French artist, Stéphane Bolongaro, donated a large dog sculpture to the Central Arkansas Library System; “Totor” is a pop-art style sculpture made from resin. The 10-foot-tall dog covered in large orange spots can be seen from the parking lot of the Hillary Rodham Clinton Children’s Library & Learning Center, 4800 W.

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CALS Encyclopedia of Arkansas Turns 15

The Central Arkansas Library System’s Encyclopedia of Arkansas is celebrating 15 years as one of the most trusted resources for information about Arkansas’s history and culture. In celebration of the EOA’s fifteenth anniversary, this month’s Legacies & Lunch, May 5 at noon, will feature historian William H. Pruden III to discuss “Lessons in Learning: The CALS Encyclopedia of Arkansas &

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Little Rock Chosen as “Champion” for Model Community

CALS to host series of panel discussions to share “Our Common Purpose”

Arkansas’s capital city will be the nation’s municipal “champion” as part of a nationwide effort – led by the American Academy of Arts & Sciences – to increase civic learning and engagement across America. The Academy launched a bipartisan Commission on the Practice of Democratic Citizenship to study political and civic life around the country.

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CALS Announces Earth Day All Month

Library invites patrons to “Go Green with CALS”

To honor Earth Day, Thursday, April 22, the Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) is celebrating all month long. The initiative, “Go Green with CALS,” will offer a variety of socially distanced in-person, virtual, and grab-and-go programing across all the branches and will have many ways for adults and children alike to reflect on and celebrate Earth Day.

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Start-up Hub Takes Library “Beyond” the Books with Entrepreneurial Events

The Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) Rock It! Lab will host an event examining a recent report from Winrock International regarding racial and gender disparities in loans to small businesses. Dr. Julia Chears-Young, guest speaker for “The Barriers to Capital Access – Report Discussion,” will guide attendees through the findings of this comprehensive survey of Arkansas-based people of color and women-owned businesses documenting the factors and barriers to capital access.

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Central Arkansas Library System Presents Americorps Week Celebration

Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) AmeriCorps members will participate in National AmeriCorps Week (March 7-13) by breaking ground on a community garden at Millie Brooks MicroLibrary, 13024 Highway 365, Wrightsville. The service project will take place Thursday, March 11, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Volunteer registration link is below.

Each year, community members, along with AmeriCorps members across the country,

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Eliza Borné Joins CALS as Development Director

The Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) has hired Eliza Borné as its new Director of Development effective March 29, 2021. Borné, an experienced grant writer and fundraiser, comes to the library system from the award-winning Oxford American magazine, where she served as editor-in-chief.

“Eliza is an exceptional leader who brings vision and a breadth of experience to the library’s fundraising efforts,” said Nate Coulter,

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