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Tour Arkansas with CALS's Traveling Arkansas Programs

Tour Arkansas with CALS's Traveling Arkansas Programs

Get ready to tour Arkansas with the Central Arkansas Library System (CALS). April is Traveling Arkansas month at CALS, and the whole system is offering programs that highlight Arkansas's best qualities.

Traveling Arkansas

Program highlights include photos of Arkansas, places of interest throughout the state, state parks, or books that have been read while traveling in Arkansas. Many programs are interactive, inviting patrons to bring photos, postcards, or brochures of favorite places or trips in Arkansas, or review books read while traveling Arkansas.

A lesson in Arkansas history is offered at the Main Library campus in the very buildings that make up the Main Library, Arkansas Studies Institute (ASI), and Cox Creative Center. The buildings were built or renovated in three different centuries, and house the most extensive collection of Arkansas history resources and art in the region.

Also on the Main Library campus, Count Pulaski Way includes a walking mural of the Lower Arkansas River Valley. The Lower Arkansas River Valley Walking Map is a 200-feet mural that depicts the geology, flora, fauna, and cultural history of this important stretch of land around the Arkansas River.

Located in the ASI, the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies promotes a greater understanding and appreciation of Arkansas history, literature, art, and culture through a book-publishing program, an oral history project, workshops and other training programs, curricular materials for teachers, and the online Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture.

Five art galleries on the Main Library campus feature work by Arkansas artists, including CALS staff members. A retail gallery features the work of Arkansas artists and art related to the state, and exhibit galleries feature rotating exhibits including works from the CALS permanent collection. In addition to these galleries, several library locations throughout the system host various exhibits throughout the year. Digital image panels of historical photographs throughout the ASI provide a snapshot of Arkansas history.

Traveling Arkansas

All events are throughout April unless otherwise noted.

Main Library

Arkansas Literary Festival/Panel Discussion
Sunday, April 10, 1:30 p.m.
Janie & Wyatt Jones, authors of Arkansas Curiosities, will discuss the offbeat characters and places they have discovered throughout Arkansas.

Maumelle Library

Photo Gallery
Share photos of Arkansas for display throughout the month of April. Patrons may bring in photos for display in the library or submit photos by e-mail for the digital gallery on Facebook. Submissions will be accepted beginning April 1. Digital photos may be sent to scarnahan@cals.org.

Milam Library

Family Storytime
Tuesday, April 5, 6:30 p.m.
Come learn about fun places to visit in the community.

Show Us Where You Read
Bring a photo of you or your family reading in a favorite place.

Sanders Library

Show Us Your Arkansas Contest
To enter the contest, patrons should bring a brochure, photo, or postcard of an Arkansas point of interest OR check out a book about Arkansas and submit a ½ page description of what they learned from the book. Prize: 1-night cabin stay at Lobo Landing Resort, located on the Little Red River outside of Heber Springs.

Rooker Library

Road Reads
Share the best books you've read while traveling Arkansas by completing a card at the front desk. A winner will be drawn on May 2. Prize: a gift card to Target, Ozark Outdoors, or Gene Lockwood's.

Photo Contest
Bring your best outdoor Arkansas photos for display at the library. Winners will be chosen from three categories: best outdoor vacation photo, best vacation photo, and best outdoor still photo. A winner will be drawn on may 2.

Terry Library

State Parks You've Never Heard Of
Thursday, April 14, 6:30 p.m.
Jay Miller of the Arkansas State Parks Department will share information on little-known state parks in Arkansas.

Thompson Library

Roadside Lodging in Arkansas: 1920s to 1960s
Saturday, April 30, 2:00 p.m.
See and hear the story of Arkansas's hundreds of tourist camps, courts, and motels in the golden age of the automobile.

Williams Library

The Beauty of Arkansas
Bring pictures of your travels around Arkansas for display. All participants will be entered in a drawing for a $20 gift card.

For more information contact Susan Hill Gelé at 918-3086.