a prized evening

A Prized Evening

Thursday, October 26, 6:30pm
CALS Main Library, Darragh Center
100 Rock St.
FREE and open to the public

Join us as we honor the winners of the most prestigious literary awards in Arkansas: Kenneth C. Barnes, the winner of the Booker Worthen Prize, and Padma Viswanathan, winner of the Porter Prize. Reception immediately following. More info »

Arkansas Sounds

Top of the Rock Chorus and Acapella Rising

An Arkansas Sounds Concert
Friday, October 27, 7:00pm
CALS Ron Robinson Theater
100 River Market Ave.
FREE and open to the public

Award winning-women's chorus, Top of the Rock, and all-male barbershop chorus, Acapella Rising, come together for a free concert. Top of the Rock currently has over 60 singers of all ages, from all parts of the greater Little Rock area. Acapella Rising is the only men's chorus of this type in Little Rock.

roosevelt thompson

Remembering Rosey

Roosevelt Thompson was an extremely gifted young man who had a bright future in public service before his tragic death in an automobile accident in 1984. This year is the 35th anniversary of Thompson's graduation from Little Rock's Central High School, where he was student body president, an All-Star football player, and a National Merit Scholar.

All are invited to share their thoughts and memories of Roosevelt Thompson by sending an email to RememberingRosey[at]cals[dot]org. Contributions may be viewed here »

The Butler Center

arkansas studies institute building

The Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, a department of the Central Arkansas Library System (CALS), was created in 1997 through an endowment by the late Richard C. Butler Sr. for the purpose of promoting a greater understanding and appreciation of Arkansas history, literature, art, and culture.

The research collections and offices are located in the Arkansas Studies Institute (ASI) at 401 President Clinton Ave, located on the Main Library campus in the River Market. The ASI is a partnership between CALS and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, through which the two institutions have made more than 10 million documents and photographs on Arkansas history available for public use.

Research Room

Mon.-Sat.: 9am-6pm
Phone: 501.320.5700
Email: arkinfo@cals.org

Art Galleries

Mon.-Sat.: 9am-6pm
Phone: 501.320.5790
Fax: 501.537.4559

Butler Center Offices

Mon.-Fri.: 9am-5pm
Phone: 501.320.5700
Fax: 501.537.4559

Mailing Address

The Butler Center
Central Arkansas Library System
100 Rock St.
Little Rock, AR  72201

Street Address

The Butler Center
401 President Clinton Avenue
Little Rock, AR  72201
Campus Parking Lot Rates

Every
2nd
Mon.

Finding Family Facts

The Butler Center offers a beginner's genealogy class the second Monday of every month, taught by Rhonda Stewart, the Butler Center's local history and genealogy expert. Participants will learn how to use online databases and city directories, as well as how to archive family documents. Jump-start your genealogy research with this fun and creative way to learn about the past. For more information, contact the Butler Center at 501-320-5700.

Room 204, 401 President Clinton Avenue
3:30 - 5:00 p.m.

Aug

11

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Dec

31

2017

on view now

The Art of Injustice: Paul Faris' Photographs of Japanese Incarceration, Rohwer, AR 1945

These photographs capture the community created by Japanese Americans during their incarceration in Arkansas in World War II.

Butler Center Galleries
401 President Clinton Ave.

Aug

11

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Dec

30

2017

on view now

Jim Nelson, New Works

A survey of new and older works by Jim Nelson that combines elements of abstract painting and low relief carving to create colorful and dynamic artworks in a variety of soft and hard woods.

Butler Center Galleries
401 President Clinton Ave.

Sep

8

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Oct

28

2017

on view now

Modern Ink

Modern Ink explores new artworks created in the medium of ink by artists Carmen Alexandria, Robert Bean, Daniel Broening, Diane Harper, Neal Harrington, and Steve Rockwell.

Butler Center Galleries
401 President Clinton Ave.

Oct

13

2017

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Jan

27

2018

Bret Aaker: Conatus

These new assemblages by Bret Aaker explore the idea of conatus, defined by early philosophers of psychology and metaphysics as the innate drive of an animate object to continue to exist and enhance itself.

Butler Center Galleries
401 President Clinton Ave.

Oct

20

2017

CLOSED: Staff Day

The Butler Center and the Central Arkansas Library System will be closed Friday, October 20, for system-wide staff development and training. Please call 320-5700 for more information.

Oct

26

2017

A Prized Evening

Join us as we honor the winners of the most prestigious literary awards in Arkansas: Kenneth C. Barnes, the winner of the Booker Worthen Prize, and Padma Viswanathan, winner of the Porter Prize. Reception immediately following. Send an email to Shelle Stormoe or call (501) 918-3033 to RSVP by October 9. More info »

6:30pm
FREE and open to the public
CALS Main Library Darragh Center
100 Rock St.

Oct

27

2017

Arkansas Sounds: Top of the Rock Chorus and Acapella Rising

Award winning-women's chorus, Top of the Rock, and all-male barbershop chorus, Acapella Rising, come together for a free concert. Top of the Rock currently has over 60 singers of all ages, from all walks of life, and all parts of the greater Little Rock area. Acapella Rising consists of approximately 30 men. It was chartered in 1955 as a chapter of the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America, Inc. It is part of the largest non-profit menís singing group in America with more than 34,000 members. It is the only men's chorus of this type in Little Rock.

Doors to the theater open at 6:00 p.m. More info »

7:00pm
FREE and open to the public
CALS Ron Robinson Theater
100 River Market Ave.

Nov

1

2017

Legacies & Lunch: Dr. Jamie Brandon and Lydia Rees

Learn about the people who used bluff shelters, the kinds of resources found there, and what we can learn about Arkansas's present from its past.

12:00pm
FREE and open to the public
CALS Main Library Darragh Center
100 Rock St.

Nov

17

2017

Arkansas Sounds: Cate Brothers Band

Southern soul specialists and Arkansas music legends, The Cate Brothers Band, reunite to perform hits from their five decade career. The bandís country-style rock and roll showcases the music that flourished in the Ozark Mountains area of northwestern Arkansas. During the 1970s and 1980s, the Cates toured nationally and internationally with the likes of Heart, Fleetwood Mac, and Queen.

7:00pm
$20 | Buy tickets »
CALS Ron Robinson Theater
100 River Market Ave.

Nov

23

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24

2017

CLOSED: Thanksgiving

The Butler Center and the Central Arkansas Library System will be closed Thursday & Friday, November 23 & 24, in observance of Thanksgiving. Please call 320-5700 for more information.

Dec

8

2017

Arkansas Sounds: Bob Boyd Sounds

A one-hour holiday concert with Arkansas band The Bob Boyd Sounds. Band members sing, solo and in harmony, songs ranging from Frank Sinatra, the Four Freshmen and the Modernaires, to Stevie Wonder. The concert will begin following 2nd Friday Art Night activities.

Doors to the theater open at 7:00 p.m. More info »

8:00pm
FREE and open to the public
CALS Ron Robinson Theater
100 River Market Ave.

Dec

25

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26

2017

CLOSED: Christmas

The Butler Center and the Central Arkansas Library System will be closed Monday & Tuesday, December 25 & 26, for Christmas. Please call 320-5700 for more information.

Jan

1

2018

CLOSED: New Year's Day

The Butler Center and the Central Arkansas Library System will be closed Monday, January 1, in observance of New Year's Day. Please call 320-5700 for more information.