Central Arkansas Libraries: Free Books, Movies, and More

Libraries are an underutilized resource.  They are wonderful places to expand your knowledge by borrowing books, but did you know that libraries also have the latest DVDs, CDs, and magazines? These and many other resources are available for free.  You can also check out ebooks and audiobooks through Overdrive with a library card, and they recently added magazines through Flipster.

Aside from offering all these resources, the library is also a public gathering space.  Many local branches offer meeting rooms for group meetings.  Libraries put on fun and educational programming all the time, with most libraries offering weekly programming and classes for adults and children.  Most of these events and classes are absolutely free to the public.

If you are looking for something to do, be sure to check out the Central Arkansas Library System's (CALS) calendar.  You'll probably find something exciting is going on at a local branch.  Here are a few of the unique branches, but every branch has something to offer.

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    Hillary Rodham Clinton Children's Library & Learning Center

    Hillary Rodham Clinton Children's Library & Learning Center

    The Hillary Rodham Clinton Children's Library & Learning Center has more than 21,000 books, DVDs and CDs, a computer lab, a teaching kitchen and activity and study areas.  They offer hands-on activities and classes for families and a six-acre campus with a teaching greenhouse and wetland. The grounds reflect the topography of Arkansas.  The greenhouse can supply the kitchen, and teach kids about eating and growing healthy foods. In addition to those facilities, the library has a 165-seat theater where kids can learn about set design, stage lighting and more.  The library is located next to the Little Rock Zoo and War Memorial Park and has activities year round.

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    The Main Library

    The Main Library is the flagship of the Central Arkansas Library System.  It hosts a variety of special events, including activities for kids, historical talks, book signings, book sales and parts of the annual Arkansas literary festival.  The library itself is five floors and includes a computer lab, rooms for kids and teens, study areas and thousands of books, movies, CDs, and other audiovisual materials.  The library is a Wi-Fi hotspot.  The campus of the library includes the Cox Creative Center and the Arkansas Studies Institute.  Located at 100 Rock Street in downtown Little Rock.

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    Cox Creative Center

    The Cox Creative Center is part of the main library campus, but it deserves special mention for River Market Books and Gifts.  This unique gift shop has a gently read section where you can find bargain books, collectible books and other items for the bookworm on your list.  Besides the gift show, the Cox Creative Center has meeting spaces and is the home of some special events the library puts on.  You can also get a light meal at Bookends Cafe, which serves coffee shop type foods at breakfast and sandwiches and soups at lunch.  The Cox Creative Center is located at 120 River Market Avenue.

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    Butler Center for Arkansas Studies

    The Butler Center is not a traditional library branch, but it is the largest free-standing facility dedicated to the study of Arkansas.  It has a wealth of research resources, galleries of Arkansas art and is the organization responsible for the online Encyclopedia of Arkansas.  The Arkansas Studies Institute is a partnership between CALS and UALR.  The institutes have more than 10 million documents and photographs that are available for public use.  Located at 401 President Clinton Ave.

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    The Ron Robinson Theater

    The Ron Robinson Theater is a 315-seat multi-purpose event venue.  The theater hosts musical performances, plays, reading and lectures and can be rented by the public.  It has full Dolby surround sound and state of the art projection technology.  Individuals, non-profit groups, for-profit groups, corporations, and similar organizations including political organizations, candidates or issue-related political groups may use the theater for meetings/events and  for  fundraisers, provided that the anticipated net proceeds are used to promote the
    legitimate mission of the organization.

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    Other Branches

    Every Central Arkansas Library System branches offer something unique.  The great thing is that you can find a library branch in almost every community in Central Arkansas that offers free fun-filled activities and learning experiences along with books and audiovisual resources.

    Millie Brooks
    13024 Hwy 365
    Wrightsville, AR 72206

    Dee Brown
    6325 Baseline Road
    Little Rock, AR 72209

    John Gould Fletcher
    823 North Buchanan Street
    Little Rock, AR 72205

    10 Lake Pointe Drive
    Maumelle, AR 72113

    Sidney S. McMath
    2100 John Barrow Road
    Little Rock, AR 72204

    Max Milam
    609 Aplin Avenue
    Perryville, AR 72126

    Esther Dewitt Nixon
    703 W. Main Street
    Jacksonville, AR 72076

    Oley E. Rooker
    11 Otter Creek Court
    Little Rock, AR 72210

    Amy Sanders
    31 Shelby Drive
    Sherwood, AR 72120

    Adolphine Fletcher Terry
    2015 Napa Valley Dr.
    Little Rock, AR 72212

    Roosevelt Thompson
    38 Rahling Circle
    Little Rock, AR 72223

    Sue Cowan Williams
    1800 Chester Street
    Little Rock, AR 72206