Arkansas Libraries

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"Harry Potter," "Like Water For Chocolate," and "To Kill A Mockingbird" are some of the books being highlighted by the Central Arkansas Library System as part of Banned Books Week.

It's part of an annual, nationwide celebration of the First Amendment is sponsored by the American Library Association. Brad Mooy, with the library system, says this year’s series of events will be the largest yet for CALS.

“I think we had about four, or five, or six programs last year,” said Mooy. “And I think we have 16 this year and they are all free in ten different venues.”

The theme for 2017's nationwide summer reading program is "Build a Better World."
Collaborative Summer Library Program / Collaborative Summer Library Program

Libraries across Arkansas will join libraries nationwide to encourage patrons to “Build a Better World” this summer.

The summer reading program is an event in which libraries across the country, united by a common theme, promote reading and educational activities during the months most schools are closed.

Mid-America Science Museum Casey Wylie Diane LaFollette
whitehouse.gov

The Mid-America Science Museum in Hot Springs was one of 10 museums and libraries nationwide honored during a ceremony Wednesday at the White House. It received a medal for community service, which is the highest award given to such institutions in the U.S.

In particular, Janelle Brevard with the Institute of Museum and Library Services touted the work of former volunteer and employee Casey Wylie as the award was presented.

Central Arkansas Library System / cals.lib.ar.us

The Central Arkansas Library System has instituted a hiring freeze in an effort to reduce 700,000 dollars in spending over the next three years, according to a memo sent to CALS staff Thursday by outgoing library director Bobby Roberts. He said that in December the library Board of Trustees accepted his proposal to look at ways to cut costs.

American Library Association / American Library Association

Libraries in Arkansas and across the nation are marking Banned Books Week. The Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) and Pulaski Technical College have events planned.

CALS is hosting a free screening of The Color Purple at the Ron Robinson Theater on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. In addition to the screening a dramatic reenactment of an interview with author Alice Walker is scheduled.

 The library tax for the Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) will both decrease and go on longer after voters approved a bond refinancing plan by an 86-14 percent margin.

The week-long voting period ended yesterday. Only about 4,400 went to the polls.

The library tax will drop by one-tenth-of-one-mil to .9 mil, but revenue is expected to increase by $15 million to $17 million because the life of the tax is extended by four years.

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.

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. 

Jacksonville Library Exhibiting Ancient Artifacts

Aug 1, 2013

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.

Hillary Clinton at a Central Arkansas Library System event.
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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