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Cook the Books

Experience some of your favorite books in a delicious new way as we prepare and enjoy delectable treats from familiar stories. Limited spots available. Ages 6-10.

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Libraries Rock! Summer Reading Club 2018

the logo for Summer Reading Club 2018: Libraries Rock!Patrons of all ages are encouraged to register for and participate in our Summer Reading Program and celebrate the ways that libraries rock! Register now to log your reading and library activities, earn badges, and be entered in drawings for weekly prizes. Everyone who registers can visit their local branch library to receive a free tote bag and learn about other incentives and activities including Summer Bingo for kids. We will feature weekly programs for a variety of ages across all locations.

Summer Reading Club registrants will also receive a free general admission ticket to the July 26 Arkansas Travelers baseball game at Dickey Stephens Park. Visit your library after July 1 to pick up your ticket.

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CALS One Read

Read, converse, debate, and share your thoughts with fellow book lovers from around central Arkansas during this CALS community reading event.

Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel, won multiple awards, including the Arthur C. Clarke Award. Andrew M. Butler of the award’s judging committee, noted that “while many post-apocalypse novels focus on the survival of humanity,

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CALS Presents “Libraries Rock!” 2018 Summer Reading Club

Registration is open for Central Arkansas Library System’s Summer Reading Club.  Bibliophiles of all ages can participate in the music-themed reading program designed to celebrate the ways that “libraries rock.”  Registration is free and available online at cals.beanstack.org.

Summer Reading Club features weekly programs for a variety of ages across all CALS locations.

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Building Renamed to Honor Former Library Director

CALS has renamed the Arkansas Studies Institute (ASI) the Bobby L. Roberts Library of Arkansas History and Art in honor of the former CALS executive director who served in the position for more than twenty years before retiring in 2016. CALS Board of Trustees approved the motion in December.

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CALS Tech Card Student Portal

For the 2017-18 school year CALS is partnering with several local schools to provide students with improved access to research and reading materials through the Tech Card Program. Students in participating schools will be issued a Tech Card which can be used to access the library’s electronic resources from school or home. For more information,

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Natural Slate Podcast: Czech That Film

Listen now to the latest episode of the CALS podcast, The Natural Slate, as Matt DeCample has a conversation with Czech This Film Festival Organizer Lenka Horokova and visiting film director David Mrnka about film culture in the Czech Republic and the excitement of bringing Czech films on a North American tour that includes Little Rock.

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The origins of the Central Arkansas Library System

The first Little Rock Public Library was one of four Carnegie Libraries in Arkansas. The Carnegie Corporation of New York made a grant of $50,000 in 1906, but increased the grant to $88,100 in 1907. The library was opened on February 1, 1910, at the corner of 7th Street and Louisiana Street in downtown Little Rock. The image shows the original Carnegie building at 7th and Louisiana. 

The Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) was born of a 1975 merger agreement between the trustees of the Little Rock Public Library and of the Pulaski-Perry Regional Library.