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Lit Fest Announces Arabian Nights Writing Contest for Banned Books Week

The Central Arkansas Library System’s (CALS) Arkansas Literary Festival will hold a Banned Books Week writing contest based on the classic, A Thousand and One Nights, also known as the Arabian Nights beginning Thursday, September 1. All entries must be received by Monday, September 19. More info »


Browse the Latest Digital Magazines with Flipster

CALS patrons can access their favorite digital magazines using Flipster from EBSCO Information Services beginning Monday, August 1. Flipster is a next-generation magazine service that allows people to browse digital versions of the latest issues of popular magazines, courtesy of the library. Only a library card is needed to use Flipster. More info » | Launch Flipster now »

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Happy Hours and High Times

On July 8, the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies and the Clinton School of Public Service co-hosted an panel discussion about the transformation of Arkansas politics in the 1970s. The conversation, which included Senator David Pryor, journalist Ernie Dumas, ex-Dale Bumpers staffer Archie Schaffer, and political columnist John Brummett, may be viewed here »

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Dee Brown Library Temporarily Closed for Expansion

Dee Brown Library is closed for remodeling and expansion through late September. An exact reopening date will be released at a later time. The 2200 square foot expansion will allow the Dee Brown Library to add a teaching kitchen, a maker lab with space and equipment for hands-on learning, and an expanded outdoor deck area. More info »

fiction & fact: a war dialogue

Book Group for Veterans: Fiction and Fact Applications Now Available

The Central Arkansas Library System’s (CALS) has received one of seventeen national grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) for Fiction & Fact: A War Dialogue with Veterans, a two-year project to be offered beginning in Fall 2016. More info »

Sue Cowan Williams

CALS is Preserving Sue Cowan Williams' History

Very little is recorded about Sue Cowan Williams who made a difference to African American teachers in the Little Rock School District by requesting equal pay for all teachers. The Sue Cowan Williams Library will conduct interviews with community members who knew Mrs. Williams to preserve the history of her life. More info »


Listen to Radio CALS on KABF 88.3 Each Friday

Catch Radio CALS, a weekly two-hour radio show on KABF 88.3 FM, each Friday, noon-2 p.m. Radio CALS features music and stories about Arkansas from the collections of the Butler Center, the CALS Arkansas history department, as well as news of CALS programs and services. Listen live on or subscribe to our podcast iTunes | Google Play .