Friends of CALS



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  • FOCAL organizes three book sales a year book featuring hardback books for $1 and paperbacks for $0.50 in the Main Library basement and 50% off "gently read" books at River Market Books & Gifts for FOCAL members. For more information, click here ».

Friends of CALS: Get Involved with Your Local Library

Friends of Central Arkansas Libraries (FOCAL) is a nonprofit group interested in books and libraries whose purpose is to support the Central Arkansas Library System. FOCAL volunteers work in programs raising money through book sales, River Market Books & Gifts – the Little Rock Main Library's "gently read" book store – and membership. With funds generated through these projects FOCAL sponsors library programs for children, such as Summer Reading Club, Reading Is Fundamental (RIF — distributing free books to school children), Read To Me (supplying books to newborns and toddlers when their parents register them for a library card), storytelling, music and puppet shows at the Little Rock Main Library and many public library reading programs at CALS's twelve branches. In 2010, FOCAL donated over $112,000 to the Central Arkansas Library System.

Using your local library as a volunteer opportunity, you can help FOCAL continue to provide programs like these. Submit a FOCAL Membership Application at any CALS branch or contact Susan Hill Gelé at 501-918-3086. Click here to download a FOCAL Membership Application.

Volunteers help throughout the system shelving or sorting books; with programs such as the Arkansas Literary Festival, the art galleries, or River Market Books & Gifts, the library’s “gently read” book store; or with book sales. Join us and become a FOCAL volunteer and begin using your local library to raise money for educational programs in Central Arkansas. Contact 918-3095 or click here if you would like additional information about volunteer opportunities.