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Books becoming a "snow necessity"

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – In addition to milk and bread, Pulaski and Perry County residents added books to their list of snow necessities. On Tuesday, February 8, Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) patrons checked out 14,661 items, doubling an average check out day. 

“It's encouraging that people wanted to make sure to have books and DVDs for their snow days," said Dr. Bobby Roberts, CALS director. "There's nothing like sitting by a fire with a good book."  CALS libraries have many options for entertainment in addition to books, including audio books, CDs, DVDs, and downloadable books, all available for free. 

Librarians at the Main Library and staff at River Market Books & Gifts, the library's used book store, noted that they were busy all day, and that people were anticipating the snow day.  "They were all in good moods, but everyone was trying to make sure they weren't stuck at home without their books and DVDs," said Yousra Elhagemoussa.

Checkouts continued through the days the libraries were closed by patrons downloading books through the CALS website, www.cals.org. Nearly 300 books were downloaded from Tuesday through Thursday, maintaining the January monthly average, but doubling the 2010 daily average. Downloadable books may be read on e-readers such as the Sony Reader and Nook, on your computer in pdf format, or on mobile devices such as iPad, iPhone, and Android.  Access the CALS Downloadable Library at http://cals.lib.overdrive.com.

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

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