What goes together better than coffee and a good book?

A close second is the newly-announced dream team of the Central Arkansas Library System and downtown's Nexus Coffee and Creative, a partnership that will manifest in a new coffee station in the main library campus in Little Rock.

Called The Nexus Nook, the cafe will be located on the first floor, complete with a seating area with lots of electrical outlets, free Wi-Fi and featured favorite library materials selected by Nexus and CALS staff.  

"It would've been easy to put in a Starbucks, but CALS is so invested in the community and had a better vision for their space," Nexus owner Amy Moorehead says. "That community mindset is exactly what we're about at Nexus, so it just made sense. Our goal has always been to cultivate a space for the creative minds of Little Rock to connect, to do great things over a cup of coffee, and we're excited to cater to that in the CALS environment."

The Nexus Nook will feature a simplified menu, but will include all the espresso beverages and nitrogen-infused cold brew the shop is known for, as well as an expanded offering of loose leaf teas and matcha drinks. Hungry guests will be able to select from a variety of grab-and-go snacks, pastries and other baked goods made in-house.

Those hosting meetings and seminars on the library campus will also be able to tap into Nexus offerings with catering options for groups.

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The Nexus and CALS partnership intends to extend beyond the cup, with plans to collaborate on poetry nights, workshops, networking events and other activities in hopes to bring in guests who aren't currently library regulars.

"Our hope is that the library becomes a 'third place' for our patrons, the place that isn't home or work where one goes to build social connections with friends and the community. Once inside the library, patrons will recognize the bounty of new features and opportunities they had not appreciated before," CALS assistant director of marketing and resource development Tameka Lee says. "Our partner, Nexus Coffee, shares a commitment to the mission of the library and we think their friends and customers will become more frequent users of the library."

According to Lee, the addition is part of an effort by CALS to make the library a more open, modern and welcoming space for people of all ages and stations to gather, study, read and be entertained.

The Nexus Nook plans to open around the holidays and will have the same operating hours as the library.

To keep an eye on progress, follow The Nexus Nook on Instagram.

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