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The Value of Library Staff

Central Arkansas Library System takes a second to none. They have some of the top Librarians and staff in our Public Libraries. Librarians in our Schools and Elementary Schools who are phenomenal in attaining Library Materials and Services.

The CALS Library system provides books, e-book d o w n l o a d s, periodicals, government documents, PC's, laptops, and fishing poles, that kids can check out!

The CALS Library system offers differently themed Libraries. One library is the Dee Brown Library. Dee Brown is an author who inspired my life at a young age..

The Central Arkansas Library System, and their staff go to great lengths to encourage learning, and library participation.

They purchased Wii for the Library to interest young people in reading and library science.

CALS Libraries, have weekly and summer Reading for the youngsters as well. The Little Rock Library system has Mystery Nights which offer forums for discussion (shhh) in rooms designed to keep it in those walls. Study Rooms.

It is a bonus to have such resources.

In our hometown, there are places and service providers that have a spark of something special. These are people who work to serve others. It is evidenced by the positive changes in all of the people they have reached.

I hope to build up her neighborhood, and globe by shining a little light on the positives, and hopefully build patronage, and/or encourage funding and memberships.

One public Library System to shine the light on is CALS.




Central Arkansas Libraries - CALS

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Address for GPS addresses for CALs Libraries

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A markerFletcher Public Library gps coordinates 34.75923,-92.33925 -
823 Buchanan St, Little Rock, AR 72205, USA
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This is my neighborhood Library. This Library is a well-spring of resources and materials for those seeking to add to their lives. (501)663-5457

B markerDee Brown Public Library gps coordinates 34.66849,-92.35037 -
6325 Baseline Rd, Little Rock, AR 72209, USA
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This is a newer library. The collections of Dee Brown are found within these walls... (501)568-7494

C markerCentral Arkansas Library System (CALS) gps 34.74766,-92.26670 -
100 S Rock St, Little Rock, AR 72201, USA
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The main library, downtown in the River Market area, offers speakers, and free internet and computer classes. (501)918-3000

D markerWilliams Public Library gps coordinates 34.73290,-92.28441 -
1800 S Chester St, Little Rock, AR 72202, USA
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Near Arkansas Children's Hospital and Philander Smith College - not far from the Governor's Mansion (501)376-4282

E markerMcMath Public Library gps coordinates 34.73387,-92.37266 -
2100 John Barrow Rd, Little Rock, AR 72205, USA
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(501)224-1037

F markerTerry Public Library gps coordinates 34.77148,-92.41118 -
2015 Napa Valley Dr, Little Rock, AR 72212, USA
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Off of Rodney Parham, located near the Pleasant Valley Country Club (501)228-0129

G markerCALS - Aerospace Education Center gps 34.72193,-92,23340 -
3301 E Roosevelt Rd, Little Rock, AR 72206, USA
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(501)399-9401 (501)376-4629 - Near the Little Rock Int'l Airport - at the Aerospace Center - http://aerospaced.org/

H markerButler Center,401 Presidential Clinton Ave, Little Rock, AR 72201 -
Butler Center For AR Studies, 401 President Clinton Ave, Little Rock, AR 72201, USA
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The Butler Center for studies, across from the Main Library, downtown Little Rock http://www.arstudies.org/

I markerPope County Library System, Russellville, AR 72801 -
Russellville, AR 72801, USA
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In the US, Many Library Systems are Funded by Millage Taxes, and Donations

In the U.S., particularly in Arkansas, the Libraries are funded by millage (the amount of value per $1,000 of property) taxes. It is hard to grasp, but it is only pennies per home or land owner, per year.

Often when it comes time to vote on funding the Library and other public services, it sounds like a tax increase, when in reality, it is just a vote to continue the millage portion to go to the service.

Once every 10 years or so, a Library system will ask for an increase, but it is only pocket change..

To earn a degree as a Librarian, ones educational requirement is "research". By the time they have earned their Masters, they can locate the Fountain of Youth if they were of a mind to.

.A Librarian is one of the most precious resources in any town. Librarians are 'book people' so they may not warm up quickly, but they are public servants at heart and they can help you find what you need.


  • Things like having your felony record expunged
  • registering to vote ,
  • fighting to keep the easement off of your property ,
  • on-line tax sites.
  • build a chicken house
  • The GRE Test
  • L earn the U.S. Constitution,
  • local historical facts, databases for you to find Journal's and other Publications.
  • Learn to Read ...
  • They can help you get started on your Family Genealogy
  • Provide or access materials to help you with your work.

Librarians are keepers of the Public Notices!

When the Newspaper was alive, the Public Notices were articles mostly ignored by the majority of concerned citizens. A lot of rules and lawmaking has taken place without the input of citizens who really do care.

Due to overwhelming ignorance of how these important pronouncements affect their lives, they often point the finger at "the government" or that committee or whoever, when it was a lack of participation by the public. If you want to change that, go see your librarian. Most libraries and public agencies will copy, email. and forward Public Notices requesting Public Comments and telling about Public Meetings.

This investment in our communities makes our cities more valuable and offers a haven for those in need of information. Every single person at one time needs the resources of a Library System or Librarian.

A person can learn about Anything and Everything through a Library.

All Libraries are connected through Inter-Library Loan. Through the University in your Town, you may access journals and other Public Documents that are not as easy to access outside of a University system without paying hefty fees.

Do Not Hug your Librarian, but Become a Friend of your Local Library and get involved. Donate books to their annual/semi-annual Book Sales, and "don't dog-ear the pages"


Information and Who Gets To Access It.

The Internet is the Information super Highway . Like a regular highway, if you don't have fuel, or if you cannot afford to own or rent a vehicle, you are stuck on the side of the road hitchhiking and hoping for the best.

I love the Internet, and I have been on the world wide web (www ) since 1992, I am glad that we no longer have to use, D.O.S.(Data Operating Systems, not windows). When Microsoft Windows opened up the viability of everyday people being able to connect with information and communications on the internet. This type of human interaction and expansion of world travel via 0101010' s has never been seen before.

WYSIWYG is the best thing that ever happened to interface use in computers. WYSIWYG (What you see is what you get ). There are many people that don't know what that means.I was taught it means you can click an icon, or a button, try an application and then "Ctrl Z" or "Undo". No harm, no foul. When you take your little pointer, or stylus or mouse and click on an icon (little picture of something), it usually is what the picture indicates.

It may take some time to connect the picture and meaning, but if you ask your Librarian, they will find the resources to help you understand. If you are in a good Library system, they probably offer Free or Reduced Computer, Internet and Software Use Lessons.


The Lack of Skill in Computer Use is a Handicap

In today's world, not understanding how to get on-line and use the computer is a handicap. If you are too old, and they didn't teach this in school, your only hope is that a grandchild or other kind young person will give you some time and instruction. It is unlikely they would be willing or able to spend enough time to get you proficient. How valuable is being mobile and in touch with the world around you?

If you have an elderly person you love , find out from your local library if they offer Free Computer Lessons. ..don't be shocked if in a few weeks, your great granny is asking to "Friend You" on Fb...and she may already have more friends than you! By potentially reconnecting with long lost friends and lovers, you may give her a second round at life...

No matter what happens in this electronic world, I will always love books. With writing and making a career as a writer, while working a job that will pay the bills, I still makes time to read. I like to fall asleep with a book over my face.


As a Child, Having a Library Card and Library was a Lifesaver

As a child having a library card and library access to books was the only thing that saved me. I could then imagine myself as anyone, go away to any geographical place, and travel in time, and in space, by opening a book and engaging..


The Internet Has Opened Up Opportunities

The Internet has opened a world of friends and travels I would have never met, had it not been for social networking. I hate to admit it, but Zinga Vampire and Mafia Wars propelled me into a new world. I originally joined Vampire Wars to watch out for my underage grandchildren. It soon became an addiction, and I had to build up my teams to win! I started making new Facebook friends with people from all over the world.

Through all of this, I have happened across some wonderful people, who introduced me to other nice people, and before you know it, I had aFacebook family of internet friends. All of this happened because I had public access to a computer in my local library.

I was unemployed in 2006, and spent a lot of time in the little library, looking for work.

The Librarians were empathetic to my need of support, and allowed me extra time on the internet. I did reconnect with friends and employers. The tips and hints given from library staff, I ended up with a job working for the Government.

The sweet librarians, showed me sites where a person could take practice tests and all kinds of things, that if I had not been told, I wouldn't have gotten such a position.

Today, along with playing games, I spend many hours doing photography, and writing.

Peace and Write On!


A Specific Librarian...

I was stuck in a small town, and finally got a job, with no means to get there. I didn't say anything to the librarians, but one librarian drove to my new job, and brought a pre-paid gas card. She did not have to do that, but she saved me.


Little Rock, Arkansas Museums

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A markerMuseum of Discovery gps coordinates 34.74759,-92.26469 -
500 President Clinton Ave, Little Rock, AR 72201, USA
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A fun time of discovery of the world around us.

B markerArkansas Arts Center, 501 9th Street, Little Rock, AR -
Arkansas Arts Center, 501 E 9th St, Little Rock, AR 72202, USA
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C markerOld Statehouse Museum, 300 W Markham, Little Rock, AR -
Old State House Museum, 300 W Markham St, Little Rock, AR 72201, USA
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CALS, Little Rock, AR, Graphic Novels & Comics

© 2010 Lori J Latimer

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mcwriter 6 years ago from Lawton. Oklahoma

Librarians are amazing people; like gatekeepers to the most amazing array of knowledge resources. My local library is a wonderful place, my heart warmed up to see your write up!


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LillyGrillzit 6 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

Thank you mcwriter! I am glad this was heart-warming! Blessings to you...Libraries are a sanctuary in my opinion, all of these thoughts and words and limitlessness...


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bayoulady 6 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA

What a great idea for a hub! I'm sure your area librarians appreciate it!


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Sweetsusieg 6 years ago from Michigan

Holy Cow girl!! You are going all over town! Hmmm, where you going next? I think Librarians are the coolest, you can go in give them a few things about the book you're looking for and they just 'know' the title and right where it is!! I used to want to be one, but I'm too noisy, LOL

Voted up, useful and awesome!


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LillyGrillzit 6 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

bayoulady, thanks for stopping by and giving a shout-out to the librarians!

Sweetsusieg, the only reason I didn't become a Librarian, I am way to Loud! LOL


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katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

Libaries are treasures, my children and I spend many many hours in the public libraries as they are a wealth of information, great programs and free resources. One of the best things our tax dollars provides.


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LillyGrillzit 6 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

Thank you Ms Katiem2 for the read and comment. Our libraries deserve some props, and the silent librarian as well. Thank you.


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MartieCoetser 6 years ago from South Africa

I love libraries – the atmosphere, the books upon books upon books. There was a time in my life I spent hours per day in our beautiful library, sometimes only scanning pictures and headings. The Internet, though, now fulfil most of my needs, but I still need to go to the library to get a lot of info not provided by the Net and, of course, real books to read.


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LillyGrillzit 6 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

Thank you MartieCoetser! A library offers buried treasures, knowledge, music, film and documents...Thank you for sharing the love.


TattoGuy 6 years ago

Great hub Lilly, as a kid I lived in the Library, twas like my second home!


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LillyGrillzit 6 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

Thanks TatGuy! I knew there must be library lovers around here someplace! Peace...


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chan0512 6 years ago from Camarillo, CA

another great article! Thanks for sharing.


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Ingenira 6 years ago

Great hub ! I always love to be in the library and appreciate good librarians, good collection of books and great facilities.


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Inkwell780 6 years ago from Cleveland, OH.

First off I went to a school named Forrest Elementary... Here in NE Ohio... Weird. I agree that Librarians must be savvy and are also underappreciated. Great article as always Lilly! I am happy to have found your hubs as they are insightful and useful as a result. Sincerely Matt.


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stephhicks68 6 years ago from Bend, Oregon

I learned so much about libraries in this hub - no idea about the funding system in your neck of the woods. People always want to have important community resources like libraries and schools, but they don't want to pay for them...

Thumbs up once again!


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LillyGrillzit 6 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

chan0512 - Thank you as always for stopping by and leaving a comment. It means a lot to me.

Ingenira - Thank you very much for coming by and taking your time to read and leave a comment. Thanks for sticking up for Librarians too!

Inkwell780 - It's Lulu world, or that is what I call it. Glad you stopped by for a read - here you don't have to shhsh! Write On!

stephhicks68 - thank you for coming by, I know it takes precious time, because you are producing loads of amazing Hubs about your beautiful / groovy town. Thanks for the comments and votes - Write On :0)


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Joe Badtoe 6 years ago from UK

Lilly

Your range of topics complment your all round intellect.

You're a smart one and your writing is wonderfully lucid and flows so smoothly. Making a library sound interesting isn't easy!!

Great Stuff.


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Lisa HW 6 years ago from Massachusetts

I love libraries. Where I live, I was disgusted to discover that the library was one little room off the side of the town hall. I had come from a tiny city that had two, big, libraries (the kind that look like a castle). Eventually, they build a "real" library - a real little one, though! It was cute, I guess. Later still, there were plans to build a nice, big, beautiful, library - and seemingly just as many bumpkin plans to stop the construction of something "we don't need". (I'd put a mean-face emoticon here if I could.) Well, that big, beautiful, library is all up - and it finally makes it seem as if this town doesn't have some aversion to books (or something). Then again, in spite of the town's apparent indifference toward libraries; I'm happy to say my three grown kids are all people who love the library. (Maybe that's because they were too young to be damaged by that town-hall-room "affair", with book stacked up on utility tables. :) )


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LillyGrillzit 6 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

Joe Badtoe, Thank you for the Read, The Compliment, and Comment! Glad for the visit! :0)

Lisa HW - Thank you for sharing your Library story. It makes a huge difference for any town or berg to have a decent Library. I understand what you mean by the "we don't need a library" attitude - Ignorance on the Run. Also, I appreciate the need for "emoticons" at times like these. It is good that your grown kids are now reaping the benefits of a Full Size Library!~ Peace & Write On!

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