Arkansas Libraries

Local & Regional News
5:56 am
Fri September 20, 2013

The Fundamentals Of Adult Literacy In Arkansas: Part Two

Cristina Randolph is an adult learner in the Literacy Action program.
Malcolm Glover KUAR

Recent estimates by the U.S. Department Education show more than 298,000 Arkansans lack basic reading skills.

Many adults seek out help from tutors because they never learned how to read in grade school. However, a growing number of adults are participating in literacy programs for a different reason. 

“What I’m trying to do is have a normal life and do things I like to do,” said Cristina Randolph, while sitting in a study room at the Main Library in downtown Little Rock.

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Local & Regional News
5:55 am
Thu September 19, 2013

The Fundamentals Of Adult Literacy In Arkansas: Part One

Sammy King is an adult learner in the Literacy Action program.
Malcolm Glover KUAR

In Central Arkansas, one out of 10 adults struggles to read. These Arkansans often have a tough time paying bills, understanding street signs, and completing basic tasks because of an inability to comprehend written words.

For many, this can be an embarrassing secret to live with. However, one organization and its affiliates are taking steps to improve adult literacy in the state. 

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Local & Regional News
8:25 am
Thu August 1, 2013

Jacksonville Library Exhibiting Ancient Artifacts

An exhibit featuring prehistoric Native American artifacts unearthed near Jacksonville are on display at the Esther Dewitt Nixon Library in Jacksonville.

The Central Arkansas Library System says the artifacts were dug over a 30-year-period by Jacksonville resident Mike Wilson on land he owns along Bayou Meto.

The exhibit is free and open to the public.

Wilson's finds include stone dart and arrow points, a variety of stone implements and drills, and hammering and grinding tools made from stream cobbles.

Local & Regional News
4:55 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Hillary Clinton Attends Dedication Of Library Named In Her Honor

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton with Marian Lacey, Vice-President of the CALS Board of Directors and library Director Bobby Roberts.
Credit Michael Hibblen/ KUAR News

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says she hopes a new children’s library in Little Rock will encourage reading among kids at an early age.

Monday she attended a dedication ceremony where the facility was formally named in her honor.

The board of the Central Arkansas Library System voted last month to name it for Clinton, in recognition of her work on issues regarding children's health and education while she was Arkansas' first lady.

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Local & Regional News
6:13 am
Mon July 8, 2013

Oscar de la Renta To Join Clintons In Arkansas

Oscar de la Renta is coming to Arkansas. The fashion designer is expected to meet with the Clinton clan, including former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, on Monday in Little Rock.

A temporary exhibit showcasing some of de la Renta's creations is on display at the William J. Clinton Presidential Center.

The exhibit features more than 30 of the designer's creations, including pieces worn by Hollywood stars and first ladies.

The "Oscar de la Renta: American Icon" exhibit is on display at the Clinton library until Dec. 1.

Local & Regional News
4:59 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

More Visitors To The Rivermarket And Public Library Mean An Increased Need For Parking

Credit River Market Information

The City of Little Rock and the Central Arkansas Library System are developing a plan to build a new parking deck on Riverfront Park. With between 3,000 and 4,000 people visiting the library per day, more parking space is needed.

The project is still in the early stages, but has already received some pushback. The main concern is that the structure would obscure riverfront land. 

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Local & Regional News
5:48 am
Thu June 20, 2013

Officials Consider Naming New Library For Hillary Clinton

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

The Central Arkansas Library System is considering a plan to name its new children's library in honor of Hillary Rodham Clinton.  The library's board of trustees is now accepting public comment on the plan.  The board says it wishes to honor Clinton's work as Arkansas' first lady, as well as her charitable work with Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families and Arkansas Children's Hospital.  Clinton was also involved in several early childhood education initiatives. The library opened its new children's library on 10th Street in Little Rock earlier this year.  The board of trustees is ac

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Central Arkansas Library System Events
7:43 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

'Big Library Read' To Showcase E-Book Benefits

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The Central Arkansas Library System is set to take part in a worldwide event beginning Wednesday called the “Big Library Read.”

It’s a giant book club of sorts where participants all simultaneously check out the same book via e-readers.

Carol Coffey with CALS said it’s a pilot program to promote libraries e-book offerings.

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Civil War Exhibit
12:38 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Civil War Images At North Little Rock Library Capture Life During Conflict

Laman Library Civil War Exhibit

Historic photographs from the Civil War-era will be on display at the William F. Laman Library in North Little Rock from Friday through June 15th. Dan Noble with the library says the 70 high-quality images take viewers on a journey through various aspects of war.

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