Williams Library to Celebrate Grand Reopening This Month

Central Arkansas Library System’s Main Library isn’t the only branch that’s getting a makeover. The Sue Cowan Williams Library is set to reopen this month following five months of renovations.

Located in Little Rock’s historic Dunbar neighborhood, the Williams Library closed last November to undergo massive renovations including the addition of a kitchen, maker space, podcast rooms and dedicated teen center. The main entrance has been moved to the west side of the building facing Dunbar Middle School, and the interior has also been updated with new flooring, fresh paint, new artwork and an expanded staff office space.

To celebrate the reopening of this community institution, CALS is hosting three events as part of a grand reopening celebration featuring Family Dinner Night, ribbon cutting and neighborhood block party.

On Thursday, April 18, the library will host  Family Dinner Night, which is a twist on an existing library program. The night is a ticketed evening where patrons can come together to enjoy food from local restaurants, drinks, live music and a first look at the renovated library. 

“I’m excited about the opportunity to highlight Family Dinner Night because it’s one of the most successful and well-loved programs offered at Williams Library,” said Latina Sheard, the Williams Library branch manager. “Family Dinner Night, in many ways, illustrates the best things about our branch. We are a community that feels like a family, and hosting this event as a fundraiser will allow us to raise money that will benefit this program and others that are an asset to the community we serve.”

The official grand reopening day is Friday, April 19, and it will be marked with a ribbon cutting ceremony from 9-11 a.m. CALS Executive Director Nate Coulter will give statements ahead of the library opening once again to the public. The ceremony is free and open to the public.

CALS will also host a free neighborhood block party on Saturday, May 4, to reintroduce the library to the community. The block party will take place 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and includes tours of the new library, demonstrations, live music and food trucks.

For more information on the Sue Cowan Williams Library reopening, click here. Follow the Central Arkansas Library System on Instagram and Facebook for updates.

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