Join the CALS Summer Reading Club


Spend your summer with a good book or two. Readers of all ages can take part in the Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) Summer Reading Club. Register online at, where you can keep track of your reading, earn badges and enter prize drawings. You can find a plethora of weekly events at each library in the system, including the Main Library, the Hillary Rodham Clinton Children’s Library and Learning Center, the Brooks Library, the Dee Brown Library and more. Read below for some highlights:

Summer Reading Club Special Events

Kidstock Family Music Festival

Saturday • June 9 • 10 AM-3 PM


Craig O’Neill will throw out the first book of summer at 10:00 a.m. followed by performances by Tommy Terrific’s Wacky Magic Show (10:30 am), Dogtown Ukulele Band (noon), and LeRon—Lela Bloom and Ron Hughes joined together in musical hilarity (2:00 pm).There will also be karaoke and outdoor activities.

Library Night at Arkansas Travelers

Thursday • July 26 • 7:10 PM


Anyone who registers for Summer Reading Club will receive a free general admission ticket to the July 26 Travelers game versus the Tulsa Drillers. Pick up your ticket at your local branch beginning July 1 and join us at the ballpark.

SRC Celebration: Libraries Rock!

Saturday • July 28 • 10 AM-2 PM


Libraries Rock and so do our patrons! Join us for a fun day of musical activities, games, and celebrating our summer reading achievements. Whether you read one book or 100, we want you to party with us.

Musical Cinema: The Greatest Showman Sing Along version (PG)

Monday • July 30 • 6 PM


Celebrate our teen and adult summer program participants with a free showing of a great musical movie.

CALS One Read

Read, converse, debate, and share your thoughts with fellow book lovers from around central Arkansas during this CALS community reading event.

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel won multiple awards, including the Arthur C. Clarke Award. Andrew M. Butler of the award’s judging committee, noted that “while many post-apocalypse novels focus on the survival of humanity, Station Eleven focuses instead on the survival of our culture.”

There will be copies of the book available at discussion-hosting locations. Check at your local branch to learn how to reserve a copy. Patrons who attend a book discussion or participate in the online discussion will be eligible for a prize drawing.

Join the discussion:

  • Rooker Library, Wednesday, June 27, 4:30 p.m.
  • Thompson Library, Tuesday, July 10, 7:00 p.m.
  • River Market Books & Gifts, Friday, July 13, 6:30 p.m.
  • Fletcher Library, Wednesday, July 25, 10:30 a.m.
  • Online at

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