Remodeled McMath Library Reopens
The McMath Library has received a new look and additional space. The Central Arkansas Library System's (CALS) Sidney Sanders McMath Library, 2100 John Barrow Road, reopened on Monday, June 9 at 9 a.m. More info »
About the Library
Sidney S. McMath Library offers patrons thousands of books and audio/visual items. The 10,700 square-feet facility features a children's area, public meeting rooms and wireless Internet access. The library's 10-acre site features a boardwalk from John Barrow Road, a walking path, an amphitheater, and a koi pond with an observation pier.
People of the Library
Sid McMath was elected Governor of Arkansas in 1948. He entered office January 11, 1949 as the nation's youngest governor. He was reelected in 1950. His administration built the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, which was financed with a two-cent tax on cigarettes.
News & Announcements
Arkansas Sounds Features Diverse Lineup for Summer and Fall Concerts
For the rest of 2015, Arkansas Sounds’ monthly concert series features diverse artists ranging from up and coming musicians to Arkansas music legends, who will perform styles from bluegrass and jazz to heavy rock. All concerts will be held at t...
Arkansas Literary Festival Plans Banned Books Week Event
The Arkansas Literary Festival will celebrate Banned Books Week by presenting a program based on Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award-winning novel, The Color Purple on Wednesday, September 30, 6:30 p.m. at the Ron Robinson...
Arkansas Literary Festival Plans Self-Published Author and Small Press Book Fair
The Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) will present its first Self-Published Author and Small Press Book Fair on Sunday, November 8, at 2:30 p.m., in the Main Library’s Darragh Center, 100 Rock Street. For a registration fee of $25, authors...
ABC News White House Correspondent Featured at Heiskell Distinguished Lecture
Jonathan Karl, ABC News' chief White House correspondent, will present the Central Arkansas Library System’s (CALS) J.N. Heiskell Distinguished Lecture on Friday, October 9, at 6:30 p.m. in the Ron Robinson Theater, 100 River Market Ave.
July FOCAL Book Sale Includes Night Shopping and Teacher Discount
It's hot outside, but the deals are hotter at the Friends of Central Arkansas Libraries (FOCAL) Used Book Sale on the Main Library campus, 100 Rock Street, July 17-19. Basement sale hours are 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, July 17-18, and 1...
CALS Community Learning Courses Feature a Variety of Options for Fall
?Back to school doesn’t have the same meaning when you participate in a Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) Community Learning Course. Beginning in the fall, patrons will experience a variety of courses, from starting a small business to ta...
Sanders/Darrow Debate Revisited as CALS Sanders Distinguished Lecture
Eighty-five years ago at Little Rock High School, the nationally known religious skeptic Clarence Darrow debated immortality with Rabbi Ira Sanders. This event will be explored anew as the Central Arkansas Library System’s (CALS) 2015 Sanders D...
Every Hero Has a Story with CALS Summer Reading Club
Summer Reading Club is a seven-week program that celebrates and promotes reading. Each branch of the Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) will host programs for kids, teens and adults. This year's theme, Every Hero Has a Story, will encourage parti...
Call for Applications: Executive Director
The Board of Directors of the Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) is seeking a new executive director for the System. Dr. Bobby Roberts, who has led CALS for the past 27 years, has announced that he will retire in early 2016. The new executive d...