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Tour Arkansas with CALS traveling programs
Tour Arkansas with CALS traveling programs

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- 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.

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.

 For a complete listing of all library programs, visit www.cals.org. For more information contact Susan Hill Gele at (501) 918-3086.