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Friends of CALS

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 (CALS). FOCAL volunteers work in programs raising money through book sales, River Market Books & Gifts – CALS's "gently read" book store – and membership development. With funds generated through these projects FOCAL sponsors library programs for children, such as Summer Reading Club, Read To Me (supplying books to newborns and toddlers when their parents register them for a library card), storytime, music and puppet shows at the Main Library and many public library reading programs at CALS's fourteen branches.

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 us at 501-918-3029. 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 918-3029 or click here if you would like additional information about volunteer opportunities.