A Word from the Roberts Library: Partnerships and Programming

As I’m writing, we’re fully immersed in summer; there was no slow dipping our toes in the water first—we got the full effect all at once. We’ve learned to expect the heat, but I can’t say I ever look forward to it!

This summer will be like none that the Roberts Library building and staff have seen before, as basic public library services from the Main Library will be moving over here in the fall while Main is being renovated.

Multistory buildings and white car on empty city street
UA Little Rock Downtown, across Rock St. from the Roberts Library

(Read more about the upcoming Main renovations on the Main on the Move blog.)

Since our meeting rooms will become the patron computer lab and staff office space, we’re making arrangements for our programming to go on the road: in some cases, just across Rock Street. Legacies & Lunch will happen the first Wednesday of every month at noon in the UA Little Rock Downtown space at 333 President Clinton Ave. We’ve got a good lineup for the next few months. Check here for specific topics and dates.

UA Little Rock Downtown is also where you’ll find us on the second Friday of every month for 2nd Friday Art Night (2FAN), 5–8 p.m. We’ll offer art on display, activities, refreshments, and our good company. For more information on all our Roberts Library events, check our events page.

Our staff is sharing our programs in many CALS branches and throughout the community these days. Please make sure you’re signed up for our newsletters so you can learn about what’s offered near you.

The Central Arkansas Library System and the North Little Rock Public Library System have partnered to create the Rock, Paper, Run 5K, Saturday, September 9, to celebrate Library Card Sign-up Month. This run will link the two library systems and begin in North Little Rock, leaving from the steps of the William F. Laman Library, 2801 Orange St., North Little Rock, and ending at the CALS Main Library, 100 Rock St., Little Rock. Following the race, a library card sign-up and Cool Down Party will take place in Library Square from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Roberts Library staff will offer activities featuring our collections and programs—don’t miss it! More info. here.

And finally, SAVE THE DATE for our annual Genealogy Workshop, in person (with a virtual option, too) at the Ron Robinson Theater on Saturday, October 7. Our speaker will be Ronnie Nichols, who organized and founded the Arkansas Chapter of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, Inc., and whose scholarship of America’s Civil War and the role of soldiers of African descent is widely respected. It will be a great program so plan to be there, or to be at your computer to join us virtually. More information will be available soon here.

Until next time!


by Glenn Whaley, manager of the CALS Bobby L. Roberts Library of Arkansas History & Art




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