Fort Smith Public Library Activities


Upcoming Events

Printable Calendars-at-a-Glance:  July 2015

Location

July Events/Summertime Events

Date

Time

ALL Locations Every Hero Has A Story! Summer Reading Program for Kids June 1st-July 31stALL Open Hours
ALL Locations Escape the Ordinary Summer Reading Program for Teens June 1st-July 31stALL Open Hours
ALL Locations Escape the Ordinary Summer Reading Celebration for Adults June 1st-July 31stALL Open Hours
Windsor Branch Escape the Ordinary: Gods and Goddesses @ Windsor July 1st-31stALL Open Hours
Dallas Branch Fourth of July Storytime @ Dallas Wednesday, July 1st10:30a.m.
Main Library Wonderful Wednesday: Journeys of the Harp with Beth Stockdell Wednesday, July 1st2:00p.m.
Main Library Preschool Storytime @ Main Thursday, July 2nd10:00a.m.
Windsor Branch School Aged Storytime @ Windsor Thursday, July 2nd10:00a.m.
Main Library Movie Matinee @ Your Library: How to Train Your Dragon 2 (PG) Thursday, July 2nd2:00p.m.
Dallas Branch Arts & Crafts Afternoon @ Dallas Thursday, July 2nd2:00-3:30p.m.
Windsor Branch Family Fun Night: Superhero School @ Windsor Thursday, July 2nd6:00-7:00p.m.
ALL Locations Fort Smith Public Library is CLOSED
for Independence Day Holiday
Friday, July 3rd &
Saturday, July 4th
ALL Hours
Windsor Branch Preschool Storytime @ Windsor Monday, July 6th10:00a.m.
Miller Branch Science of the Superhero @ Miller Monday, July 6th10:00a.m.
Windsor Branch Science of the Superhero @ Windsor Monday, July 6th2:00p.m.
Dallas Branch Science of the Superhero @ Dallas Monday, July 6th6:00p.m.
Main Library Primetime Storytime: Vacation Time Monday, July 6th6:00p.m.
Main Library Toddler Time Tuesday, July 7th10:00a.m.
Main Library Teen Carnival Tuesday, July 7th2:00-4:00p.m.
Dallas Branch Police Officer Storytime @ Dallas Wednesday, July 8th10:30a.m.
Main Library Wonderful Wednesday: Magical Heroes with Tommy Terrific's Wacky Magic Show Wednesday, July 8th2:00p.m.
Main Library Author Visit with Nancy Ellen Carver: Making Tracks Wednesday, July 8th6:30p.m.
Main Library Preschool Storytime @ Main Thursday, July 9th10:00a.m.
Windsor Branch School Aged Storytime @ Windsor Thursday, July 9th10:00a.m.
Main Library Movie Matinee @ Your Library: The Boxtrolls (G) Thursday, July 9th2:00p.m.
Dallas Branch Arts & Crafts Afternoon @ Dallas Thursday, July 9th2:00-3:30p.m.
Miller Branch Storytime @ Miller Friday, July 10th10:00a.m.
Windsor Branch Preschool Storytime @ Windsor Monday, July 13th10:00a.m.
Miller Branch Laptime Storytime @ Miller Monday, July 13th10:30a.m.
Main Library Cuentos para Niños en Español: Storytime in Spanish Monday, July 13th6:00p.m.
Main Library Toddler Time Tuesday, July 14th10:00a.m.
Main Library Book Signing and Wood Carving with Kevin Walker Tuesday, July 14th2:00-4:00p.m.
Dallas Branch Hometown Heroes: Firefighter Storytime @ Dallas Wednesday, July 15th10:30a.m.
Main Library Wonderful Wednesday: Honeyguide Heroes with Dr. Ragupathy Kannan Wednesday, July 15th2:00p.m.
Main Library Preschool Storytime @ Main Thursday, July 16th10:00a.m.
Windsor Branch School Aged Storytime @ Windsor Thursday, July 16th10:00a.m.
Main Library Movie Matinee @ Your Library: Mr. Peabody & Sherman (PG) Thursday, July 16th2:00p.m.
Dallas Branch Arts & Crafts Afternoon @ Dallas Thursday, July 16th2:00-3:30p.m.
Windsor Branch Family Fun Night: Superhero School @ Windsor Thursday, July 16th6:00p.m.
Dewey's Café
@ Main
 Open Mic Night @ Dewey's Thursday, July 16th7:00p.m.
Miller Branch Police Officer Storytime @ Miller Friday, July 17th10:00a.m.
Main Library Food for Thought: Author Visit & Storytelling with Richard Cress: Ozark Urchins Friday, July 17thNoon
Windsor Branch Preschool Storytime @ Windsor Monday, July 20th10:00a.m.
Miller Branch DIY Superhero @ Miller Monday, July 20th1:00-4:00p.m.
Main Library LEGO Club Monday, July 20th5:00-6:00p.m.
Main Library Toddler Time with singer-songwriter Nancy Stewart Tuesday, July 21st10:00a.m.
Main Library Authors in the Afternoon with Marc Cullison Tuesday, July 21st4:00-6:00p.m.
Dallas Branch Storytime @ Dallas Wednesday, July 22nd10:30a.m.
Main Library Wonderful Wednesday: Hats Off to Heroes: Nancy Stewart in Concert Wednesday, July 22nd2:00p.m.
Main Library Preschool Storytime @ Main with singer-songwriter Nancy Stewart Thursday, July 23rd10:00a.m.
Windsor Branch School Aged Storytime @ Windsor Thursday, July 23rd10:00a.m.
Main Library Movie Matinee @ Your Library: The Nut Job (PG) Thursday, July 23rd2:00p.m.
Dallas Branch Arts & Crafts Afternoon @ Dallas Thursday, July 23rd2:00-3:30p.m.
Miller Branch Storytime @ Miller Friday, July 24th10:00a.m.
Windsor Branch Storytime @ Windsor: Magic Tree House: The Knight at Dawn Monday, July 27th10:00a.m.
Miller Branch Laptime Storytime @ Miller Monday, July 27th10:30a.m.
Main Library Game Day Unplugged Monday, July 27th2:00p.m.
Main Library Toddler Time: Magic Tree House: The Knight at Dawn Tuesday, July 28th10:00a.m.
Dallas Branch Storytime @ Dallas: Magic Tree House: The Knight at Dawn Wednesday, July 29th10:30a.m.
Main Library Wonderful Wednesday: The Young Actors Guild present Magic Tree House: The Knight at Dawn Wednesday, July 29th2:00p.m.
Main Library Preschool Storytime @ Main: Magic Tree House: The Knight at Dawn Thursday, July 30th10:00a.m.
Windsor Branch School Aged Storytime @ Windsor Thursday, July 30th10:00a.m.
Main Library Movie Matinee @ Your Library: Rio 2 (PG) Thursday, July 30th2:00p.m.
Dallas Branch Arts & Crafts Afternoon @ Dallas Thursday, July 30th2:00-3:30p.m.
Windsor Branch Family Fun Night: Superhero School @ Windsor Thursday, July 30th6:00p.m.
Miller Branch Storytime @ Miller: Magic Tree House: The Knight at Dawn Friday, July 31st10:00a.m.
Main Library Beginning Yoga @ the Fort Smith Public Library Friday, July 31stNoon

Location

Artwork @ FSPL

Month

Hours

Main Library Paintings by Julie Mayser July 1st-August 24thALL Open Hours
Dewey's Café
@ Main
 Paintings by Sydney Clayton July 1st-August 31stALL Open Hours
Miller Branch Artist of the Month: Michael Leonard July 1st-31stALL Open Hours
Windsor Branch Paintings by Helen Rojas July 1st-31stALL Open Hours

Location On-Going Events @ FSPL Dates Hours
Main Library Friends of the Library
(Twice!) Annual Book Sales
2015 Dates:
  Fiction: May 2nd
  NonFiction: August 29th
ALL Open Hours
Main Library FSPL Storytimes regular weekly dates
(See Below)
regular weekly times
(See Below)


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Summertime 2015



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Every Hero Has a Story! -- 2015 Summer Reading Program for Kids!
SPECIAL KIDS SUMMER 2015 program: June 1st-July 31st -- ALL OPEN HOURS

It's time again for the annual Summer Reading Program for Kids. Every Hero Has a Story! is this year's theme; stop by any Fort Smith Public Library location to enjoy books, videos, magazines, computers, music, and special library programs of all kinds this summer. The summer reading program is designed to encourage reading for pleasure; it will help young people who are able to read independently retain the valuable reading skills they developed over this past school year. Preschool children too young to read may also participate and will receive credit for the books read to them. Small rewards such as book bags, super hero finger puppets, straws, cups, food coupons, and the opportunity to get their name in a book will be given to each child for reaching specific goals.

For more information, please call the Youth Services Department at (479)783-0229, ext. 1131.


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Escape the Ordinary! -- 2015 Summer Reading Program for Teens
SPECIAL TEEN SUMMER 2015 program: June 1st-July 31st -- ALL OPEN HOURS

Area teens are invited to the Fort Smith Public Library to take part in the 2015 Summer Reading Program: Escape the Ordinary. Stop by any Fort Smith Public Library location to enjoy books, videos, computers, magazines, music, and special library programs of all kinds this summer. Read books and enter into weekly prize drawings for the chance to win great gift cards. Registration begins June 1st at all four Fort Smith Public Library locations for Escape the Ordinary: the summer reading program for teens at the Fort Smith Public Library.

For more information, please call the Youth Services Department at (479)783-0229, ext. 1131.


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Escape the Ordinary! -- 2015 Adult Summer Reading Celebration
SPECIAL ADULT SUMMER 2015 program: June 1st-July 31st -- ALL OPEN HOURS

Join us at the Fort Smith Public Library for our 12th annual Adult Summer Reading Celebration, Escape the Ordinary! Why should the kids have all the fun? Win prizes while reading your favorite books! Adults can register for this free event at any Fort Smith Public Library location beginning June 1st.

There's Summer Reading fun for everyone: kids, teens, and adults. All events are free and open to the public. A library card is not required. Stop by your neighborhood library to sign up for summer entertainment for all ages. Summer Reading runs June 1st - July 31st.

How do I get a library card? Anyone who lives inside the city limits of Fort Smith and is age 5 or older is eligible for a FREE library card. Bring ID showing your name (or the parent's name for children) and current street address (driver's license, state ID, or a bill). A parent or legal guardian must apply in person for children ages 5-15. Fort Smith real estate property owners and their families are also eligible for FREE Fort Smith Public Library cards. Ask for details at any library location. People who live outside the city limits of Fort Smith can get all the benefits of a Fort Smith Public Library card for only $35 a year. That's less than 10 cents a day.

For more information, please call the Main Library at (479)783-0229.


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Wonderful Wednesdays
SPECIAL Summertime 2015 program: Wednesdays in June/July @ 2:00p.m.

Wednesdays are extra-special at the Main Library with Wonderful Wednesday programs during June and July. A different program will be offered each week for school-age children as a part of the Summer Reading Program. Enjoy the show and the air-conditioning every Wonderful Wednesday @ the Main Library.

Date

Program

Description

June 3rd
Snakes are Superheroes too! Our special guests this week will be Jeremy Sloan and Brad Birchfield with the Arkansas Herpetological Society. These local reptile enthusiasts have been obsessed with cold blooded animals since childhood. When they are not in the field searching for and studying snakes, they share their enthusiasm with others by providing a hands-on look at one of nature's most interesting animals. Join us for this common sense based presentation about snakes and their importance to our environment. You'll learn how to identify Arkansas most common snakes, how to avoid them, and hopefully come away with a better appreciation for our native serpents. Brad and Jeremy are both members of the Arkansas Herpetological Society, a loosely structured group that hosts field trips 2 times a year at different locations in the state. More information can be found at www.herpsofarkansas.com.
June 10th
Mad Science of Northwest Arkansas Back by popular demand, our special guests this week will be Mad Science of Northwest Arkansas! Get ready for an action-packed, highly interactive science show, featuring Stephen Cox, Chief Mad Scientist of Arkansas.
Due to the popularity of this event, a second program will be offered at 3:30p.m.
June 17th
Four-legged Heroes with therapy dogs Prosper & Curtis Our special guests this week will be therapy dogs Prosper and Curtis. Toni Bailey has been training dogs for over 20 years. She and her Collies have achieved numerous Obedience and Agility and Canine Freestyle Dance titles, but their favorite activity is therapy work. Prosper who is seven, is a breed champion and canine freestyle champion, and has been a therapy dog since he was a year old. Curtis is a year old and this will be his first therapy visit. At the program, we will learn the proper way to meet and greet a dog, and we may learn some dog-training skills as Curtis practices his "good manners" in an unfamiliar setting!
June 24th
Storybook Strings Our special guests this week will be Storybook Strings. The members of Storybook Strings, a string quartet, maintain diverse musical careers in schools, orchestras, churches, and jazz/bluegrass combos of northwest Arkansas and the Arkansas River valley. They collaborate to create original musical interpretations of stories that inspire people of all ages with educational and exciting public performances. Founded in 2013, Storybook Strings has been featured on National Public Radio's Of Note with Katy Henriksen and has performed at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, as well as many schools, libraries, and special events. First Edition, their first CD of original compositions and familiar music will be available in early 2015.
July 1st
Journeys of the Harp with Beth Stockdell Our special guest this week will be Fayetteville harpist, Beth Stockdell. Join us for this entertaining program which gives wings to the beauty and lyricism of the harp. Beth's program showcases the solo acoustic lever harp in a collection of songs from traditional Celtic, groovy sixties, fun contemporary and others written specifically to spotlight the natural talents of the lever harp. There will also be an opportunity to play a few of Beth's smaller harps. Beth is a full-time professional harpist in Northwest Arkansas and beyond, playing the harp for over a decade and performing at concerts, weddings, specials events and teaching about the use of the harp in healing environments. She has taken her harp coast to coast for training, presented at conferences and studied with an international group focused on healing music. She has been a regular volunteer for hospice and loves teaching new harpists. In addition, Beth is the Editor of the Folk Harp Journal. Beth was born and raised in Portland, Oregon and after traveling the world, settled in Arkansas in 1999.
July 8th
Magical Heroes with Tommy Terrific's Wacky Magic Show Back by popular demand, our special guest this week is Tommy Terrific and his Wacky Magic Show. The show will feature a huge Magic Trunk containing a huge Magician's Comic Book. Inside the Magician's Comic Book are magic tricks representing superheroes from Batman to Spiderman and beyond. With the help of the Magician's Comic Book, the kids guide Tommy Terrific through a fun, interactive, magical adventure! Along the way, the kids will discover how books can inspire their own imagination and make their favorite superheroes come to life!
July 15th
Honeyguide Heroes with Dr. Ragupathy Kannan This week's special guest will be Dr. Ragupathy Kannan, Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith. Dr. Kannan, a tropical ornithologist, will present a slide show on one of the world's most fascinating birds, the African Honeyguide. His talk will explore how the honeyguide guides humans in the bush to get its food, and in the process, helps humans get honey.
July 22nd
Hats off to Heroes: Nancy Stewart in Concert Our special guests this week will be singer-songwriter Nancy Stewart. Nancy, a professional musician has won national and local awards for her songwriting and children's recordings. She has shared the stage with Burl Ives, Shirley Jones, Bill Cosby, and Lily Tomlin at concerts and nightclubs across the United States and Canada. As lead guitarist and vocalist she performed with Randy Sparks and the Back Porch Majority, and recorded several albums in Nashville and Los Angeles, the Disney movie theme The Apple Dumpling Gang, and numerous radio and TV commercials. Currently, Nancy performs for and teaches young children in the Seattle area, where she lives with her husband Wayne and their dog Jack. Her two children, Ellen and Jonathan, live nearby and visit often!
July 29th
The Young Actors Guild present Magic Treehouse: The Knight at Dawn Our special guests this week for our final 2015 Wonderful Wednesday will be the Young Actors Guild. Come take a trip with the cast of the Young Actors Guild's production of the Magic Treehouse: The Knight at Dawn through history as we are whisked away to medieval times and set off to learn more about the Black Knight and his mysterious quest. Through this adventure we'll discover the power of hope and the true meaning of gallantry at today's last Wonderful Wednesday program.

For more information, please call Youth Services at the Main Library at (479)783-0229.


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Movie Matinee @ Your Library
SPECIAL Summertime 2015 program: Thursdays in June/July @ 2:00p.m.

Bring the family and your own refreshments (or pick something up from Dewey's Café!) for the library's Summer Movie Matinee series at the Main Library. Kids of all ages and their families are invited to spend an air-conditioned afternoon at these FREE events on Thursday afternoons from June 5th - July 31st.

Date

Movie Title

June 4th
Penguins of Madagascar (PG)
From the creators of Madagascar comes the funniest new movie of the year, starring your favorite penguins - Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private - in this spy-tacular animated action adventure film!
June 11th
Big Hero 6 (PG)
A boy genius and his robot companion team up to save their city in this animated action adventure film.
June 18th
The Book of Life (PG)
Manolo, a young man who is torn between fulfilling the expectations of his family and following his heart, embarks on an adventure that spans three fantastic worlds where he must face his greatest fears in this animated adventure comedy.
June 25th
Wings: Sky Force Heroes (PG)
When Ace, a cocky young firefighter, defies his orders and recklessly puts his team in jeopardy, he resigns to the coal mines. Until one day when he gets the chance to redeem himself in this animated action adventure film
July 2nd
How to Train Your Dragon 2 (PG)
When Hiccup and Toothless discover an ice cave that is home to hundreds of new wild dragons and the mysterious Dragon Rider, the two friends find themselves at the center of a battle to protect the peace in this animated adventure comedy.
July 9th
The Boxtrolls (PG)
A young orphaned boy raised by underground cave-dwelling trash collectors tries to save his friends from an evil exterminator in this animated adventure comedy based on the children's novel Here Be Monsters by Alan Snow.
July 16th
Mr. Peabody & Sherman (PG)
Join us for the time-travelling adventures of an advanced canine and his adopted boy, as they endeavor to fix a time rift they created in this animated adventure comedy.
July 23rd
The Nut Job (PG)
An incorrigibly self-serving exiled squirrel finds himself helping his former park brethren raid a nut store to survive, that is also the front for a human gang's bank robbery in this animated adventure comedy.
July 30th
Rio 2 (G)
It's a jungle out there for Blu, Jewel and their three kids after they're hurtled from Rio de Janeiro to the wilds of the Amazon. As Blu tries to fit in, he goes beak-to-beak with the vengeful Nigel, and meets his father-in-law in this animated adventure comedy.

For more information, please call Youth Services at the Main Library at (479)783-0229.


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Arts & Crafts Afternoons @ Dallas
SPECIAL Summertime 2015 program: Thursdays in June/July @ 2:00-3:30p.m.

Visit the Dallas Branch Library every Thursday during June and July for this FREE program featuring a variety of different craft projects. All materials will be provided for you to show off your creative side at this fun open-house-style event for kids of all ages.

For more information, please call the Dallas Branch at (479)484-5650.


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Family Fun Night: SuperHero School @ Windsor
SPECIAL Summertime 2015 program: Every other Thursday: June 4th, 18th; July 2nd, 16th, 30th @ 6:00p.m.

Kids and their families are invited to the Windsor Branch Library to enroll in Superhero School as Family Fun Night celebrates our summer reading theme, Every Hero Has a Story! Superhero School will be held every other Thursday night from June 4th thru July 30th!

  • June 4th: Spend the evening sharing fun stories and making cool crafts celebrating our summer reading theme.
  • June 18th: . Come in your pajamas with your favorite teddy bear as we continue to make reading our superpower at Family Fun Night celebrating our summer reading theme.
  • July 2nd: Check out a book before you enjoy your Fourth of July weekend, and make a craft to take and show your friends and family.
  • July 16th: For our fourth Superhero School adventure, we will explore how gingerbread men can be superheroes.
  • July 30th: For our fifth Superhero School adventure, we will explore how YOU can become a superhero!

    For more information, please call the Windsor Branch at (479)785-0405.


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    July 2015



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    Escape the Ordinary: Gods and Godesses @ Windsor
    SPECIAL July 2015 program: Month of July; ALL OPEN HOURS

    Do you have what it takes to be a mythological god or goddess? Come by the Windsor Branch Library, check out a book, and pick up your weekly mythology trivia for a chance of bragging rights and to become the mythology god or goddess of the week.

    For more information, please call the Windsor Branch at (479)785-0405.


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    Science of the Superhero
    THREE SPECIAL July 2015 programs: ALL on Monday, July 6th

  • Miller Branch: 10:00a.m.
  • Windsor Branch: 2:00p.m.
  • Dallas Branch: 6:00p.m.

    Jerry DeCaire, artist for Marvel Comic's Thor, Avenger's Hawkeye, X-Men, Iron Man, Wolverine, and many other enormously popular superheroes, will show how math and science merge to create a superhero! During the presentation, the artist's hand is projected large onto a screen as he demonstrates how simple geometric shapes, common mathematics, and the science of human anatomy help to create a superhero. The artist's speed of execution raises the visual arts to a performance art which has captivated audiences of all ages. But this isn't just about entertainment; it's about education. Parents who want their children to take their core subjects as seriously as they do art and the popular superhero culture they find themselves immersed in, will find this presentation particularly valuable. So whether you're an aficionado of the superhero or an advocate of a better education, you will discover that education and entertainment can be one and the same.

    For more information, please call Youth Services at (479)783-0229, ext 1131.


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    Teen Carnival
    SPECIAL July 2015 program: Tuesday, July 7th @ 2:00-4:00p.m.

    Summer boredom be gone! Teens bring your friends to the Teen Carnival. Try your skills at the water gun target shoot, marshmallow catapult, jug bowling and more. Fun games, prizes and snacks! And don't forget to browse our new TEEN BOOKS available for check out.

    For more information, please call Youth Services at the Main Library at (479)783-0229, ext 1131.


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    Author Visit with Nancy Ellen Carver: Making Tracks
    SPECIAL July 2015 program: Wednesday, July 8th @ 6:30p.m.

    The Fort Smith Public Library, in partnership with the Fort Smith Historical Society welcome author Nancy Ellen Carver for an author visit and book signing at the Main Library. Ms. Carver will speak about her experience as an author and discuss her two books Making Tracks and Talking with Tilles.

    Nancy S. Carver is the niece of a member of a successful horse racing syndicate that once dominated horse racing in St. Louis, as well as other parts of the country. Intrigued by family history and collections, she started a journey to uncover a family member's past and uncovered the history of a long-forgotten sport in St. Louis. Making Tracks captures the thrill of the sport and the flavor of the times, including the political, social, economic, and religious realities involved. Making Tracks is a must-read for horse racing fans, local history buffs, and anyone who loves a good story. Saddle up and take a ride on bygone tracks once filled with passionate and engaged fans.

    She is also the author of a book entitled Talk with Tilles, which explores both her family history and the history of Fort Smith, Arkansas. Both books will be available for sale and signing at the event.

    For more information, please call the Main Library at (479)783-0229.


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    Book Signing and Wood Carving Demonstration with Kevin Walker
    SPECIAL July 2015 program: Tuesday, July 14th @ 4:00-8:00p.m.

    Award winning wood-carver Kevin Walker will appear at the Main Library for a book signing event and wood carving demonstrations to celebrate the release of his new book, Deep Relief Wood Carving: Simple Techniques for Complex Projects. Released on Schiffer Publishing in June, this beautiful guide for carving an intricate, three-dimensional dogwood branch sculpture lends itself well to wood carvers at most skill levels and will inform and inspire carvers to create future 3D relief projects. The artist will be on hand to demonstrate the carving process, answer questions, and sell and sign his books at this open-house style event.

    Kevin Walker started carving in 1982. He was influenced mostly by relief carving seen in Branson, Missouri, and went on to develop his own technique in extreme high relief woodcarving. Now more or less exclusive in this area of sculpture, he has sold sculptures to galleries such as National Museum of Woodcarvers in Custer, South Dakota, Pete Engler Designs in Branson, Missouri, and to several private collectors across the country. All of Kevin's pieces are one of a kind; all drafting, wood preparation, and finishes are done exclusively by him. Additionally, all carvings are single slab, deep relief carvings with no pieces glued or attached. He does not reproduce any of his work.

    Kevin resides in Rudy, Arkansas, and is the owner of Walker's Home Improvements. You can view his work at www.walkerwoodcarving.com.

    For more information, please call the Main Library at (479)783-0229.


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    Open Mic Night @ Dewey's Café
    July 2015 program: Thursday, July 16th @ 7:00p.m.

    Join us for a fun, casual Open Mic Night @ Dewey's Café. Musicians, poets, and other talented folks are invited to perform. Sign-up at the door; arrive early to ensure a spot on the list. Showcase your talent, or just come and listen … music or poetry does not have to be original work - come and share a favorite poem or musical piece with us! Acoustic music only please; we look forward to seeing you!

    For more information, please call the Main Library at (479)783-0229.


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    Food For Thought: Author Visit & Storytelling with Richard Cress: Ozark Urchins
    July 2015 program: Friday, July 17th @ Noon

    Master storyteller Richard Cress will share tales of his childhood, growing up poor in the beautiful Ozark Mountains while showing the power of being raised with family love, animals, humor, and nature as featured in his book of short stories, Ozark Urchins. All of the ingredients for tragedy were present during those memorable years of 1946-1951, but their innocence shielded them from the grim reality of their circumstances. They never fully realized they were poverty-stricken, culturally disadvantaged, socially outcast, three times the size of the ideal family, and products of a broken home. They just didn't have time to consider all of that "at- risk" data since they were busy trying to survive and enjoy life at the same time.

    Copies of Ozark Urchins will be available for sale and signing at the event, which is free and open to the public. Bring your lunch or pick it up at the Library's coffee shop, Dewey's Café! The Library will provide drinks and dessert.

    For more information, please call the Main Library at (479)783-0229.


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    DIY Superhero @ Miller
    SPECIAL July 2015 program: Monday, July 20th @ 1:00-4:00p.m

    Have you ever wanted to be a super hero but just didn't know what to wear? Bring a white t-shirt to the Miller Branch and we will help you design a shirt and mask perfect for a superhero. After you're done, be sure and take a "super" picture with our photo booth props.

    For more information, please call the Miller Branch at (479) 646-3945.


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    LEGO Club!
    July 2015 program: Monday, July 20th @ 5:00-6:00p.m

    Kids, Tweens, and Teens are invited to the Main Library to design, create, and build unique creations with the LEGO Club! Everyone loves LEGOs; this event is free and supplies are provided - just bring your imagination!

    For more information, please call the Youth Services Department at (479)783-0229, ext. 1131.


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    Authors in the Afternoon: with Marc Cullison
    SPECIAL July 2015 program: Tuesday, July 21st @ 4:00-6:00p.m.

    Oklahoma author Marc Cullison will appear at the Fort Smith Public Library to promote and sign copies of his new book, The Other Vietnam War: A Helicopter Pilot's Life in Vietnam. The book tells the story of the introduction to a new country, a backward culture, the perils of a combat zone, and the effects on a young lieutenant fresh out of flight school. It does not labor the reader with pages of white-knuckle adventures, as so many other fine books about the Vietnam War do. It instead focuses on the internal battle each soldier fought with himself to make sense of where he was, why he was there, and if he was good enough.

    Marc Cullison is a baby-boomer who grew up in an era when education was everything and duty to country was a responsibility. After receiving a bachelor's degree in architectural engineering at Oklahoma State University, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the United States Army Reserve Corps of Engineers through the ROTC program. During his four-year tour of duty, he served as helicopter pilot with the 129th Assault Helicopter Company in II Corps, Vietnam, in 1971. His most recent career was a math and science instructor at Connors State College in Warner and Muskogee, Oklahoma, from which he retired in 2014. He lives with his wife in a self-built log house near Sallisaw.

    Copies of The Other Vietnam War will be available for sale and signing at this open-house style event. For more information, please call the Main Library at (479)783-0229.


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    Game Day Unplugged
    SPECIAL July 2015 program: Monday, July 27th @ 1:00-5:00p.m.

    Children of all ages are invited to enjoy a fun filled afternoon with family and friends playing board games, card games, chess and checkers at the Fort Smith Public Library. Test your gaming abilities and battle it out for bragging rights while making awesome summer memories!

    For more information, please call the Youth Services Department at (479)783-0229, ext. 1131.


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    Beginning Yoga with Terri Hargrove
    SPECIAL July 2015 program: Friday, July 31st @ Noon

    Take steps to get fit at this special program featuring Beginning Yoga with Terri Hargrove from Yoga-terri-um. Yoga can help you improve your flexibility, balance, strength, and focus. Mats will be provided or use a chair - perfect for seniors or anyone with balance challenges.

    For more information, please call the Main Library at (479)783-0229.


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    Storytime @ the Library


    Location

    Storytime Programs

    Day

    Time

    Windsor  Preschool Storytime
      with Louise Turner
    Mondays10:00a.m.
    Miller  Laptime Storytime (Ages 0-24 months)
      with Tiffany Nelson
    2nd & 4th Mondays10:30a.m.
    Main  Primetime Storytime1st Monday6:00p.m.
    Main  Spanish Storytime2nd Monday6:00p.m.
    Main  Toddler Time (Ages 3 and under)Tuesdays10:00a.m.
    Dallas  Storytime Wednesdays10:30a.m.
    Main  Preschool Storytime (Ages 3 to 5)Thursdays10:00a.m.
    Windsor  School Aged Storytime
      with Louise Turner
    Thursdays10:00a.m.
    Miller  Storytime with Tiffany NelsonFridays10:00a.m.


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    Fourth of July Storytime @ Dallas
    July 2015 program: Wednesday, July 1st @ 10:30a.m.

    Celebrate Fourth of July with stories, crafts, and other fun at this special Independence Day themed storytime. No registration is necessary for this FREE program full of fun. Preschool Storytime is held every Wednesday at 10:30a.m. at the Dallas Branch Library.

    For more information, please call the Dallas Branch at (479)484-5650.


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    Primetime Storytime: Vacation Time
    July 2015 program: Monday, July 6th @ 6:00p.m.

    Summer is a great time to take a vacation; join us at Primetime storytime for this program featuring stories, crafts, refreshments, and other summer vacation fun. Bring your friends and join us at this FREE family friendly evening story program for kids of all ages!

    For more information, please call the Youth Services Department at (479)783-0229, ext. 1131.


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    Police Officer Storytime @ Dallas
    July 2015 program: Wednesday, July 8th @ 10:30a.m.

    A Police Officer from the Fort Smith Police Department will join us for this stortyime spotlighting local heroes at the Dallas Branch Library. Kids will enjoy stories, crafts, and other fun, learn more about police work, and have the opportunity to ask questions. No registration is necessary for this FREE program; Preschool Storytime is held every Wednesday at 10:30a.m. the Dallas Branch Library.

    For more information, please call the Dallas Branch at (479)484-5650.


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    Laptime Storytime (0-24 months) @ Miller
    July 2015 program: Second/Fourth Mondays: July 13th and 27th @ 10:30a.m.

    A love of reading starts early. Babies and their caregivers are invited to join the Miller Branch Library for this special storytime geared toward children 0 to 24 months old. There will be rhymes, songs, simple stories, and lots of interactive fun! The storytime will last around twenty minutes, with time for casual interaction following the program.

    For more information, please call the Miller Branch at (479)646-3945.


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    Cuentos para Niños en Español: A Storytime in Spanish
    July 2015 program: Monday, July 13th @ 6:00p.m.

    Niños de todas las edades y sus familias están invitados a la Biblioteca principal a la hora de los cuentos GRATIS, incluiremos cuentos, historias, canciones, refranes y otras actividades divertidas en español. Ven y aprende acerca de la Biblioteca y lo que tiene para ofrecer a tu familia.

    Kids of all ages and their families are invited to the main library for this FREE storytime featuring stories, songs, and other fun activities in Spanish. Come and learn about the library and what it has to offer your family.

    For more information, please call the Youth Services Department at (479)783-0229, ext. 1131.


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    Hometown Heroes: Firefighter Storytime @ Dallas
    SPECIAL July 2015 program: Wednesday, July 15th @ 10:30a.m.

    A Firefighter stortyime will be held at the Dallas Branch Library, focusing on our hometown heroes at the fire station. In addition to stories about firefighters, our program will include representatives from the Fort Smith Fire Department who will talk about their jobs. Preschool Storytime is held every Wednesday at 10:30a.m. at the Dallas Branch Library.

    For more information, please call the Dallas Branch at (479)484-5650.


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    Police Officer Storytime @ Miller
    SPECIAL July 2015 program: Friday, July 17th @ 10:00a.m.

    Join us for this very special storytime where we will read stories and learn about community heroes. After reading stories about police officers, we will be having guests from the Fort Smith Police Department come by to visit. Children will learn more about police work, be able to ask questions, and look at a real police car.

    For more information, please call the Miller Branch at (479)646-3945.


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    Storytimes with Singer-songwriter Nancy Stewart
    SPECIAL July 2015 program:

    ALL program @ Main Library
  • Toddler Time: Tuesday, July 21st @ 10:00a.m.
  • Wonderful Wednesday: Wednesday, July 22nd @ 2:00p.m.
  • Storytime: Thursday, July 23rd @ 10:00a.m.

    Singer-songwriter Nancy Stewart will join us for three programs of musical fun for kids ages four and up. Nancy, a professional musician has won national and local awards for her songwriting and children's recordings. She has shared the stage with Burl Ives, Shirley Jones, Bill Cosby, and Lily Tomlin at concerts and nightclubs across the United States and Canada. As lead guitarist and vocalist she performed with Randy Sparks and the Back Porch Majority, and recorded several albums in Nashville and Los Angeles, the Disney movie theme "The Apple Dumpling Gang", and numerous radio and TV commercials. Currently, Nancy performs for and teaches young children in the Seattle area, where she lives with her husband Wayne and their dog Jack. Her two children, Ellen and Jonathan, live nearby and visit often!

    For more information, please call Youth Services at (479)783-0229, ext 1131.


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    Storytimes with The Young Actors Guild presenting Magic Tree House: The Knight at Dawn
    SPECIAL July 2015 program:

  • Preschool Storytime @ Windsor: Monday, July 27th @ 10:00a.m.
  • Toddler Time @ Main: Tuesday, July 28th @ 10:00a.m.
  • Storytime @ Dallas: Wednesday, July 29th @ 10:30a.m.
  • Wonderful Wednesday @ Main: Wednesday, July 29th @ 2:00p.m.
  • Preschool Storytime @ Main: Thursday, July 30th @ 10:00a.m.
  • Storytime @ Miller: Friday, July 31st @ 10:00a.m.

    Come take a trip with the cast of the Young Actors Guild's production of the Magic Treehouse: The Knight at Dawn through history as we are whisked away to medieval times and set off to learn more about the Black Knight and his mysterious quest. Through this adventure we'll discover the power of hope and the true meaning of gallantry at this special preview show at storytime.

    For more information, please call Youth Services at (479)783-0229, ext 1131.


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    Friends of the Library Events


    Fort Smith Public Library's (Twice) Annual Friends of the Library Booksale
    Annual program: 2015 Dates:
  • Fiction: May 2nd -- First Saturday in May @ 10:00a.m.-5:00p.m.
  • Mostly Non-Fiction: August 29th -- Last Saturday in August (NOT the Labor Day week-end) @ 10:00a.m.-5:00p.m.
  • We've finally done it! Our Annual Friends of the Library Used Book Sale has outgrown the space of the Library. So, we are now selling Mostly Fiction in May with a Mostly Non-Fiction Sale in August. In May, Fiction for children and adults will be on sale, along with a selection of music CDs, videos, and books on tape. In August? Non-fiction! The August edition of the Friends of the Library Used Book Sale features thousands of non-fiction selections for adults. Hardbacks and paperbacks from your favorite authors and on your favorite subjects will be available, along with a selection of children's books, videos, and audiobooks. Most paperbacks are 25 cents and most hardback books are $1.00. Better hardbacks are $3.00 - $5.00.

    Proceeds from the sale are used to buy library materials and fund library special events and projects. Members of the Friends of the Fort Smith Public Library may come to the exclusive Friends-only Preview Sale on the Friday afternoon preceding the sale from 4:00-7:00p.m. There will be a 25 book limit at the preview sale. Friends of the Library memberships start at $10.00 and will be for sale at the Preview Sale.

    And remember...we have an excellent selection of used books for sale year round in our Friends of the Library used book store, Between the Pages, and at ALL of our FSPL branches.

    For more information, please call (479)783-0229.


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    ArtWork @ the Library


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    Artwork @ Main:
    July/August 2015 Exhibit: Paintings by Julie Mayser

    Original paintings by Julie Mayser will be on display in the community room at the Main Library through August 24. Julie Mayser's work is ever-evolving, leaning towards impressionism with hints of representational painting. Works are truly serene, whether depicting the solitude of the countryside, a quiet still life, or a portrait of person or animal. They are visual meditations that beckon viewers to discover their own inner calm. Julie Mayser received her first art schooling at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago, Ill. Subsequently she studied at CASC (Poteau, OK) and Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, OK. She has also studied with leading artist-teachers in the U.S. and Europe, continuing her art education into the present.

    Artwork is available for viewing all library hours when meetings are not being held in the Community Room. For more information, call the Main Library at (479)783-0229.


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    Artwork @ Dewey's Café
    July/August 2015 Exhibit: Paintings by Sydney Clayton

    Paintings by artist Sydney Clayton will be on display at Dewey's Café during the months of July and August. A native of Fort Smith, Sydney began painting a little over four years ago. Having an attraction to art, a love for color, and a need for a creative outlet, she began exploring with paints, brushes, and different mediums. This mid-life found talent came as a real surprise and a blessing, and she is very thankful for the opportunity to share her work. Sydney enjoys painting landscapes, portraits and still-life and has her hands on a paintbrush almost daily. This exhibit will feature landscapes from Fort Smith, Colorado Kayaks, and a still life painting of antique buttons.

    Artwork is available for viewing all hours the library is open. For more information, please call Dewey's Café at the Main Library at (479)783-0229, ext. 1126.


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    Artwork @ Miller
    July 2015 Exhibit: Miller Branch Artist of the Month -- Michael Leonard

    The award winning photography of Michael Leonard will be on display at Miller Branch Library during the month of July. Originally from Missouri, Michael has lived in Fort Smith since retiring from the U.S. Navy in 1994. He is well known as an innovative and highly skilled photographer. His photographic interests and styles are multifaceted and he has photographed many different subjects. Well-recognized for unique printing and presentation techniques, he has inspired and trained many other photographers to learn his dramatic style of both color and infrared photography. He spends every free minute he can exploring and photographing our country. You can preview his photographs at www.photovariations.com. Artwork is available for viewing all hours the library is open.

    Be sure to check out his photos at the Miller Branch Library in July. For more information, please call the Miller Branch Library at (479)646-3945.


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    Artwork @ Windsor
    July 2015 Exhibit: Paintings by Helen Rojas

    The original artwork of Helen Rojas will be on display at the Windsor Branch Library during the month of July. Works displayed are oils and acrylics on canvas; be sure to check out a book and sign up for summer reading when you visit.

    Be sure to check out her paintings at the Windsor Branch Library in July. For more information, please call the Windsor Branch Library at (479)785-0405.


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