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LITTLE ROCK, AR - The Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) and the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce will host a ribbon cutting to celebrate the expansion of the Roosevelt Thompson Library, 38 Rahling Circle, Little Rock, on Thursday, May 18, at 11:00 a.m.

The expansion includes a teaching kitchen, three new study rooms, and a large meeting room that is accessible after normal library hours. Funds for the $1.8 million expansion were approved by Little Rock voters through a bond refinance in July 2015.

The design of the expansion was completed by AMR Architects. Alessi Keyes Construction provided construction services.

The Thompson Library, which opened in 2004, is named after the late 22-year-old Yale University student and Little Rock native Roosevelt Thompson. Thompson died in a car crash in March 1984, only months after earning a Rhodes scholarship. Thompson's plan was to study philosophy, politics, and economics at Oxford University in England, attend law school, and then return to Arkansas for a career in politics and public service. He graduated with honors from Central High School in 1980, where he was the student body President and a member of the football team.

The CALS Foundation is directing an effort to raise funds to erect a piece of public art in honor of Roosevelt Thompson.

For more information contact Lee Ann Hoskyn at (501)918-3029 or

About CALS
The Central Arkansas Library System consists of 14 libraries located in the city of Little Rock (Main Library and eight branches), Pulaski County (Wrightsville, Jacksonville, Sherwood, and Maumelle), and Perry County (Perryville). The system contains more than one million items and has the largest research collection in central Arkansas.

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