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Suit Challenges Arkansas Law Allowing Librarians to be Criminally Charged Over ‘Harmful’ Materials

A coalition that includes the Central Arkansas Library System in Little Rock filed the challenge to the law, which takes effect Aug. 1. The law also creates a new process to challenge library materials and request that they be relocated to areas not accessible by kids. read more >
Legal

DeSantis Inspires Push to Make Book Bans Easier in Republican-Controlled States

In Arkansas, Republican Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders signed a law, set to take effect this summer, that could impose criminal penalties on librarians who knowingly provide "harmful" materials to minors. read more >
Martin Thoma
Media & Marketing

Checking Out Recipes, Along With a Pan

If you had no idea that Central Arkansas Library System members can check out a fishing pole with a book on angling, or binoculars with a book on birdwatching, or seeds with a primer about gardening, or cooking supplies with recipe books, don’t feel ignorant. read more >
Education / Nonprofits

Windgate Foundation Gives $225K to CALS

The Central Arkansas Library System Foundation gets a $225,000 grant from the Windgate Foundation. read more >
From left, Danielle A. Jackson, Eliza Borné and Sara A. Lewis
Education / Nonprofits

Oxford American Editor Borné Leaving to Join CALS

Eliza Borné, the Little Rock native who became editor of Oxford American magazine at 28 and led it to renewed recognition, is leaving the quarterly this month to become director of development for the Central Arkansas Library System. read more >
Nate Coulter, executive director of the Central Arkansas Library System
Construction / Education / Energy / Media & Marketing

Sun Also Rises at Central Arkansas Library SystemLock Icon

Entegrity of Little Rock is building a solar array for the Central Arkansas Library System to provide electricity and savings of a million dollars over 25 years. read more >
Education

Walton Foundation Announces $500K Grant Program for Students

The Walton Family Foundation announced Wednesday that it has or will distribute $500,000 to Little Rock nonprofits, to help meet the needs of local students through the Community Support Grant Program. read more >
Russian matryoshka toys with portraits of Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump for sale at a Moscow souvenir kiosk
Government & Politics / Legal / Media & Marketing / Public Companies

Know Your News Source (Gwen Moritz Editor’s Note)

Bumper-sticker mentality was a problem before social media, but it required acquiring a bumper sticker and deciding that sharing a nuance-free opinion with tail-gaters was worth putting sticky gunk on the car’s bumper. Now spreading opinions — and, all too often, demonstrably false information from unknown sources — can be done with a click. read more >
Benito Lubazibwa, founder and CEO of ReMix Ideas LLC
Banking & Finance / Business Services / Education / Investments / Media & Marketing / Small Business

ReMix Dissolving Barriers for Black Entrepreneurs

ReMix Founder Benito Lubazibwa believes Black business ownership is a path to wealth creation and that increasing it will reduce the racial wealth gap that is quickly widening in the United States. read more >
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette used outdoor billboards, such as this one in North Little Rock, to promote its digital edition.
Media & Marketing

Hussman Intends to Keep Readers in CirculationLock Icon

New circulation figures from the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette show the statewide daily with about a third of the paid readership it had just 10 years ago. read more >
James Fallows will discuss his book, "Our Towns: A 100,000-Mile Journey Into the Heart of America," written with his wife Deborah Fallows about flying their Cirrus SR-22 throughout the U.S.

A Well-Traveled Writer Flying Commercial to Little Rock

James Fallows has “sort of a primitive and possibly self-destructive aversion” to revisiting the topics of his dozen books. But revisiting friends, as he plans to do Thursday in Little Rock, is different. read more >
James Fallows will discuss his book, "Our Towns: A 100,000-Mile Journey Into the Heart of America," written with his wife Deborah Fallows about flying their Cirrus SR-22 throughout the U.S.
Government & Politics / Media & Marketing

With Bird’s-Eye View of America, Author James Fallows Will Descend on Little Rock

The writer James Fallows is dropping in on the Central Arkansas Library System this month, but not quite the same way he's grown accustomed to descending on America's towns. read more >
Nonprofits

AdClub Wants Members, For Good Cause

Little Rock ad men Ross Cranford and Jon Hodges are making a pitch to industry colleagues: Join AdClub Little Rock, hear from some great marketing speakers, and help some hungry children while you’re at it. read more >
Government & Politics / Media & Marketing / Small Business

CALS to Revamp Its Website

The library isn’t shushing folks about its plan to redesign its website. In fact, the Central Arkansas Library System is shouting it from the rooftops. read more >
Nate Coulter, executive director of the Central Arkansas Library System
Education / Government & Politics / Legal / Media & Marketing

Even With Internet, Nate Coulter Sees Long Shelf Life for Libraries

Nate Coulter was named executive director of the Central Arkansas Library System in December, replacing Bobby Roberts, who retired in March. read more >
The Main Library branch of the Central Arkansas Library System.
Construction / Government & Politics / Media & Marketing

CALS Main Library Renewal Almost Completed

Renovations at the Central Arkansas Library System’s Main Library, at 100 S. Rock St. in the River Market District, are to be complete this week. read more >
David Pryor in 2012.
Government & Politics

David Pryor to Speak at Ron Robinson Theater

Former Arkansas Governor and U.S. Senator David Pryor will speak at noon Wednesday at the Ron Robinson Theater in Little Rock. read more >
Witsell Evans & Rasco restored or renovated many buildings including the main branch of the Central Arkansas Library System.
Business Services / Media & Marketing

CALS Names Nate Coulter Director

The Central Arkansas Library System board of directors has selected Nate Coulter of Little Rock as its new director. read more >
Sixty-five years after construction began on Interstate 30 through downtown Little Rock, a new proposal for the freeway is causing concern.
Construction / Government & Politics / Real Estate / Tourism / Transportation

Central Arkansas Planners Think I-30 Proposal Costly, Inefficient

The state Highway Department’s $450 million plan to widen Interstate 30, a project that includes replacing the Arkansas River Bridge, is generating hand-wringing from area planners. read more >
The Little Rock Film Festival is one of 30 that takes place in the state.
Media & Marketing / Tourism

Film Festivals Highlight Arkansas Culture, Put Cities in Display

In the last decade, the film industry has garnered increasing interest in Arkansas, as evidenced by the number of film festivals taking place across the state. read more >