The Roosevelt Thompson Library offers patrons more than 62,000 books, magazines and audiovisual items. The 13,500-square-feet facility also includes public meeting rooms, a state-of-the-art audiovisual system, activity areas for children, study rooms, a dozen public computers, and wireless Internet access.
People of the Library
Roosevelt Thompson was a Little Rock native and the valedictorian the 1980 Central High School class. He had achieved the highest score ever by an Arkansan on the National Merit Scholarship exam and was preparing to attend Oxford University as the recipient of a Rhodes scholarship. His life ended in a car accident while traveling to Yale University.
News & Announcements
CALS Celebrates National Library Card Sign-Up Month
Read local this fall with a library card and all the benefits that go with it. Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) is celebrating National Library Card Sign-Up Month in September to encourage everyone to get a library card.
Businesses in Pulaski County will offer discounts or special deals throughout the month to new and existing library card holders. Specific discounts and time frames can be confirmed with each retailer and are shown at each branch. Businesses include:
- 715 Media
- BJ Plants & Produce
- Burger Fix
- Hillcrest Artisan Meats
- Mason's Deli & Fruit
- Museum of Discovery
- Prose Garden Café
- Pyramid Art Gallery
- Rivershore Eatery
- River Market Books & Gifts
- Root Café
- Stilo Salon
- Sweet Soul Café
- The Wrap Boss
For over 100 years, CALS, Arkansas's largest public library system, has been meeting the needs of patrons with materials and services for their information and enjoyment. Books, DVDs, audiobooks, reference and research assistance, and computers are available at fourteen CALS branches for Pulaski and Perry county residents.
CALS stays on the cutting edge of technology, offering free wireless access in all our branches, laptop computers for in-house check out, and a state-of-the-art RFID self check system. Downloadable eBooks, audiobooks, music, movies, and magazines are available and accessible 24 hours a day on www.cals.org.
Programming and resources including reference databases, lectures, book club kits, books by mail, storytime, the online Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture, art galleries, Arkansas Literary Festival, and Arkansas Sounds music festival are all free. Just use your library card.
Residents of Pulaski or Perry County can get a card by presenting photo identification at any CALS branch or by applying online. A parent or legal guardian should accompany minors without identification who are applying for a card. Residents of nearby counties should inquire about a Gateway card. Library cards are mailed to complete the application process.
CALS libraries in Little Rock include: Main Library, 100 Rock Street; Dee Brown Library, 6325 Baseline Road; Fletcher Library, 823 North Buchanan Street; Hillary Rodham Clinton Children's Library & Learning Center, 4800 W. 10th Street; McMath Library, 2100 John Barrow Road; Rooker Library, 11 Otter Creek Court; Terry Library, 2015 Napa Valley Drive; Thompson Library, 38 Rahling Circle; and Williams Library, 1800 Chester Street.
CALS libraries in surrounding communities include: Brooks Library, 13024 Hwy 365, Wrightsville; Max Milam Library, 609 Aplin Avenue, Perryville; Maumelle Library, 10 Lake Pointe Drive, Maumelle; Esther D. Nixon Library, 703 W. Main Street, Jacksonville; Amy Sanders Library, and 31 Shelby Drive, Sherwood.
For more information contact 918-3000.