News & Announcements

Business and Technology Center Opens at Williams Library

The Central Arkansas Library System’s (CALS) Sue Cowan Williams Library, 1800 Chester Street, opened a new business and technology center that offers patrons, freelancers, and entrepreneurs the use of advanced technology for their production needs. The new equipment upgrades include:

  • 2 Dell desktop computers with internet access (Chrome & Internet Explorer) and Microsoft Word,

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Mystery of Notorious Arkansas Murder Explored in New Book

The brutal murder of a young girl in the Arkansas Ozarks triggered shock and the threat of mob violence, followed by decades of mystery: now author Nita Gould unveils the remarkable story in her book Remembering Ella: A 1912 Murder and Mystery in the Arkansas Ozarks, just released by Butler Center Books.


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CALS and Arkansas Symphony Call for Spoken Word Submissions

Spoken word performers will join Arkansas Symphony Orchestra on stage for Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9: Ode to Joy February 23 & 24.

The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra (ASO) and Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) have announced a collaboration in a spoken word performance event focused on themes of joy, unity and hope.


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Jacksonville’s Toy Library Opens Sept 14th

The Wilson Family announces the opening of Gran Gran’s Toy Library within the Nixon Library, 703 W. Main St., Jacksonville, AR. 

Library members will be able to check out two educational toys per visit, on Wednesday & Friday mornings from 11:15 am-11:45 am, following the children’s programs on those days.


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Catalog Updates Scheduled for August 17

To better serve our patrons, on the morning of Friday, August 17, CALS will update the software that supports our catalog and allows patrons to log in to various digital libraries, such as Overdrive and Freegal. During the update some of our services will be unavailable and you may not be able to log in to your account in others.


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Dee Brown Hours of Operation to Change Temporarily

Due to an unforeseen maintenance issue, CALS Dee Brown Library’s hours of operation will be Monday-Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., beginning Monday, August 6. Patron HOLDS will remain on the shelf 10 days instead of the normal 7 days to allow patrons additional time to pick up their items.

We apologize for this inconvenience. 


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Gershwin – Remembrance and Discovery

Gershwin – Remembrance and Discovery with Richard Glazier, pianist, raconteur, and cultural historian will be presented on Friday, September 28 in the Ron Robinson Theater, 7 p.m. in collaboration with Central Arkansas Library System’s Arkansas Literary Festival, Arkansas Sounds, the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences’ (UAMS) Department of Medical Humanities & Bioethics,


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