Fort Smith Public Library Activities


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April 2014


Post-It Note Poetry @ Windsor (April 1-30)
Toddler Time: Storytime for ages 3 and under (April 1st)
Story Time @ Dallas (April 2nd)
Story Time (April 3rd)
Story Time @ Miller (April 4th)
Cuentos para Niños en Español: A Storytime in Spanish (April 5th)
Story Time @ Windsor (April 7th)
Primetime Storytime: Spring is Here! (April 7th)
Toddler Time: Storytime for ages 3 and under (April 8th)
Knit, Stitch, and Crochet Today! (April 8th)
Story Time @ Dallas (April 9th)
Story Time (April 10th)
Meet the Photographer: Diane Holwick (April 10th)
Story Time @ Miller (April 11th)
The Dallas Branch Book Club @ Dallas (April 11th)
Preserving the Past in Print: An Open House with Stan Kujawa (April 12th)
Story Time @ Windsor (April 14th)
Laptime Storytime @ Miller (April 14th)
Tween & Teen Book Lovers' Club (April 14th)
Toddler Time: Storytime for ages 3 and under (April 15th)
BINGO for Books (April 15th)
National Library Week: Nighttime Storytime (April 15th)
Easter Storytime @ Dallas (April 16th)
Story Time (April 17th)
Library Closed for Good Friday Holiday (April 18th)
AETN Presents: The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That (April 19th)
Library Closed for Easter (April 20th)
Storytime @ Miller (April 21st)
Toddler Time: Storytime for ages 3 and under (April 22nd)
Leslie Creekmore Memorial Blood Drive (April 22nd)
Images in America: Fort Smith Author Visit & Slide Presentation with Dr. Kevin Jones (April 22nd)
Story Time @ Dallas (April 23rd)
Medicare Maze @ Windsor (April 23rd)
Story Time (April 24th)
Storytime @ Miller (April 25th)
Everyday Health -- Taking Small Steps with Kandice Poirier (April 25th)
Authors in the Afternoon: featuring Marcus Woodward (April 26th)
Story Time @ Windsor (April 28th)
Laptime Storytime @ Miller (April 28th)
Toddler Time: Storytime for ages 3 and under (April 29th)
Tell It On the Mountain: Tales from the Pacific Crest Trail (documentary) (April 29th)
Story Time @ Dallas (April 30th)

Ongoing Events

FSPL Story Times
Friends of the Library (Twice!) Annual Book Sales (Fiction in May/NonFiction in August)


ArtWork @ the Library

Artwork @ Main Bringing the Outside In: Diane's Living Room Photo Show featuring Diane Holwick (March/April)
Artwork @ Dewey's Café Photography Exhibit featuring P.J. Williams (March/April)
Artwork @ Miller Miller Branch Artist of the Month: Doris Hampton (April)
Artwork @ WindsorRyan Starkey Art Exhibit (April)


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April 2014



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Post-it Note Poetry @ Windsor
April 2014 program: All open hours during the month of April

Celebrate National Poetry Month at the Windsor Branch Library in April by asking for a Post-it note to express yourself through poetry. Next, bask in your awesomeness by posting your poetry on the windows of the library, or take the time to read the thoughts of others. Post-it Note Poetry is for all ages this year … all month long at the Windsor Branch Library.

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


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Cuentos para Niños en Español: A Storytime in Spanish
April 2014 program: Saturday, April 5th @ 2:30p.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 con la cuenta cuentos Yazmin De La Cruz. 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 with storyteller Yazmin De La Cruz Grubb. 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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Primetime Storytime: Spring is Here!
April 2014 program: Monday, April 7th @ 6:00p.m.

Spring is here! Celebrate the season in this special FREE evening storytime featuring stories, songs, crafts, and snacks. Bring the family and join the fun!

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


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Knit, Stitch, and Crochet Today!
April 2014 program: Tuesday, April 8th @ 4:00-6:00p.m.

If you knit, stitch, or crochet--or want to learn, bring your needles, hooks and projects and join this all-ages group for an afternoon of crafting. Yarn, extra supplies, and plenty of help will be available for anyone who wants to learn.

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


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Meet the Photographer: Diane Holwick
SPECIAL April 2014 program: Thursday, April 10th @ 4:00-6:00p.m.

Do you love the great outdoors and all the natural beauty that is has to offer? Photographer Diane Holwick shares that passion … she finds great inspiration in the woods, water, and light, and loves to share it with others, especially those who might not be able to witness it in person. Diane will be on hand to give a guided tour of her photo exhibit, Bringing the Outside In: Diane's Living Room Photo Show, which is on display in the community room at the library through the end of April. Stop by and say hello, and enjoy experiencing autumn in Arkansas, summer in the Rockies, and other views from the outdoors both big and small. Light refreshments will be served at this open-house-style event.

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


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The Dallas Branch Book Club @ Dallas
April 2014 program: Friday, April 11th @ 2:00p.m.

The Dallas Branch Book Club offers a fun, relaxed discussion about your favorite reads! There is no required reading for this club; read whatever you like and share your opinions about what you have read. Come on out and bring a book and a friend!

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


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Preserving the Past in Print: An Open House with Stan Kujawa
SPECIAL April 2014 program: Saturday, April 12th, 10:30a.m.-4:30p.m.

An open house featuring the historical works and collections of Stan Kujawa will be held at the Fort Smith Public Library. This program will focus on preserving the past in print and will feature the many fascinating works published by Kujawa including titles on Fort Smith, Fayetteville, and Eureka Springs. Kujawa's books on various Fort Smith history topics, such as the Belle Grove Historic District, The Clayton House, The Garrison Avenue Bridge, The Paintings and Prints of John Bell, Jr., and the Amphitheater at Camp Chaffe, along with five books about Eureka Springs, and one about Fayetteville will be available.

Come and enjoy a fascinating look into local and regional historic remembrances, and visit with the author about his works, self-publishing, or other questions you may have. Copies of the books will be available for sale and signing by the author. For a closer look at books available for sale by Stan Kujawa, check out his website at www.camelot2k.magcloud.com

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


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Laptime Storytime (0-24 months) @ Miller
April 2014 program: Mondays, April 14th and 28th @ 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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Tween & Teen Book Lovers' Club
April 2014 program: Monday, April 14th @ 4:00p.m.

Tweens and teens (ages 9-17) are invited to the monthly Book Lovers' Book Club. Bring a book or books you've already read to share with the group, hang out, and have fun discussing what you've been reading. Bring a friend, too! Snacks provided.

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


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BINGO for Books: National Library Week Edition!
SPECIAL April 2014 program: Tuesday, April 15th @ 6:00-7:00p.m

It's National Library Week and what better way to celebrate than having fun playing Bingo and winning books as your prize! Bring your family and friends and join the fun in this special National Library Week edition of the ever-popular Bingo for Books! Play BINGO and earn books as your prize. Winners will be able to select a book from a selection of children's and teen titles.

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


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National Library Week: Nighttime Storytime @ Miller
SPECIAL April 2014 program: Tuesday, April 15th @ 6:30p.m.

Help the Miller Branch celebrate National Library Week with this special nighttime storytime event. Children and families can come to unwind with some fun books, songs, and a craft during this FREE thirty minute program. Families are encouraged to participate and to borrow library materials for their own storytime at home.

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


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Easter Storytime @ Dallas
April 2014 program: Wednesday, April 16th @ 10:30a.m.

Pre-school age children are invited to the library for this special seasonal Easter storytime. Kids will enjoy stories, crafts, and snacks at the FREE program full of fun! Pre-school storytime takes place every Wednesday at 10:30 AM at the Dallas Branch Library.

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


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AETN Presents: The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!
SPECIAL April 2014 program: Saturday, April 19th @ 10:00a.m. -- 1:00p.m.


The Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) has partnered with Mercy Children's Services to bring the star of The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! to the Fort Smith Public Library. Families are invited to meet Cat at the Fort Smith Public Library. Visitors can enjoy photographs with the Cat, screenings of The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!, story time with Dr. Seuss books, face painting and more. Be sure to bring your camera to this FREE National Library Week event!

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


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Leslie Creekmore Memorial Blood Drive
SPECIAL April 2014 program: Tuesday, April 22nd @ 11:00a.m.-5:30p.m.

The Arkansas Blood Institute (ABI) in partnership with the Fort Smith Public Library will hold the Leslie Creekmore Memorial Blood Drive to help save lives of those in area hospitals. The event will be held in the parking lot at the Main Library.

All healthy adults, 16 and older,* are encouraged to donate blood to help out the community. Giving blood only takes about an hour, and one single donation can save as many as three lives. To reserve your donation time, visit the Arkansas Blood Institute website at www.arkbi.org or call 479-652-2362. (* 16 year olds must weigh at least 125 and provide signed parental permission, 17 year olds must weigh at least 125 pounds, 18+ year olds must weigh at least 110 pounds.)

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


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Images of America: Fort Smith -- Author Visit & Slide Presentation with Dr. Kevin Jones
SPECIAL April 2014 program: Tuesday, April 22nd @ 7:00p.m.

In celebration of National Library Week, the Fort Smith Public Library welcomes Dr. Kevin Jones, Assistant Professor within the Department of English, Rhetoric, and Writing at UAFS, for an author visit and slide presentation spotlighting historical images of Fort Smith. Dr. Jones will share a slideshow of pictures from his new book, Images of America: Fort Smith and entertain the audience with little known facts and forgotten tales from the area. Also featured will be images of the postcards featured in his 2012 book, Fort Smith: Postcard History Series. Books will be available for sale and signing and light refreshments will be served at this special evening looking back at historical Fort Smith.

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


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Medicare Maze @ Windsor
SPECIAL April 2014 program: Wednesday, April 23rd @ 1:00-3:00p.m.

Pack a lunch and come to the Windsor Branch Library for an informative session with the experts from Area on Agency of Western Arkansas regarding Medicare. The program will feature free, unbiased information and assistance for Medicare recipients and their caregivers. There will be a wealth of information shared that may help empower with your health care decisions; bring your questions and a friend too. Plus, don't forget to check out a book! Drinks will be provided.

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


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Everyday Health -- Taking Small Steps with Kandice Poirier
SPECIAL April 2014 program: Friday, April 25th @ Noon

Are you ready to start living a healthier lifestyle, but you're not sure how? Join Certified Health Coach Kandice Poirier with glowsohealthy.com for this FREE workshop all about making small changes in your health for BIG results in your life. From food to exercise, you'll be surprised at how easily you can improve your health. Feel free to bring a lunch to this noontime program.

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


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Authors in the Afternoon with Marcus Woodward
April 2014 program: Saturday, April 26th @ 2:00-4:00p.m.

Fort Smith author Marcus Woodward will make a special appearance at the Fort Smith Public Library to promote and sign copies of his book Twisted Solitude. Set mainly in the Boston Mountains of northwest Arkansas during the summer of 1999, the book tells the tale of Jon Hacker and his journey set off by the death of the famous horror author, Stephen King. Along with his new found love Carrie, the two King fans embark on a journey of love, separation, and reunion, taking them through a world of evil spirits, evil people, and a nether world trying to intrude into a small hill community.

A history major in college, Marcus Woodward has spent the last 28 years teaching social studies at Chaffin Junior High. Woodward has always been an admirer of the fantasy genre and has studied creative writing under the Arkansas author Francis Irby Gwaltney, and has had the fortunate experience of being able to study in Austria after college. Through the years, the author has written poems, short stories, and even a play.

Copies of Twisted Solitude 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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Tell It On the Mountain: Tales from the Pacific Crest Trail (documentary film)
SPECIAL April 2014 program: Tuesday, April 29th @ 6:30p.m

It takes a special kind of person to drop everything and walk through the woods for five months. But in a way, these hikers are just like you and me. They have jobs and families, they love their creature comforts. Yet something pulls them to be in nature, to leave everything behind and embark on what's called a thru-hike.

Thru-hiking the Pacific Crest Trail involves walking 2,663 miles from Mexico to Canada. The journey lasts from April to October. That translates into about 20 miles a day, every day-on foot. These brave souls face bone-dry deserts, raging rivers, snow-covered mountain passes, mosquitoes, blisters, torrential rains… and the urge to quit.

Follow a half dozen of the 300 or so hikers who attempt a PCT thru-hike every year. Armed with cameras, they give us an insider's view into what it takes to spend half a year living in the wild. If you enjoyed Cheryl Strayed's Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, check out this film documenting life on the trail.

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


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Storytime @ the Library


Day

Location

Toddler and Story Time Programs

Time

MondaysWindsorStory Time10:00a.m.
TuesdaysMainToddler Time (Ages 3 and under)10:00a.m.
WednesdaysDallasStory Time 10:30a.m.
ThursdaysMainRegular Story Time (Ages 3 and up)10:00a.m.
FridaysMillerStory Time 10:00a.m.


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Friends of the Library Events


Fort Smith Public Library's (Twice) Annual Friends of the Library Booksale
Annual program: 2014 Dates -- Fiction: Saturday, May 3rd @ 10:00a.m.-5:00p.m.;
Mostly Non-Fiction: Saturday, August 23rd @ 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:
April 2014 Exhibit: Bringing the Outside In: Diane's Living Room Photo Show by Diane Holwick

Bringing the Outside In: Diane's Living Room Photo Show will be held in the Community Room of the Main Library during the months of March and April. Often, in the presence of great natural beauty, Diane Holwick is conflicted as to whether to take a picture, or just experience the moment ... encouraged by her friends, she more often than not does take the shot. Diane doesn't think of herself as a photographer as such, but rather someone who is inspired by the woods, water, and light, and just can't keep it to herself. Stop by to experience autumn in Arkansas, summer in the Rockies, and other views from the outdoors both big and small.

Diane Holwick is the Assistant Director of the Fort Smith Public Library. When she isn't writing press releases, creating posters, or leading The Book Lover's Club, she most likely can be found in the woods accompanied by her two dogs. Diane does not expect to sell many photos from this special collection, but she does think that they will enhance the look of the bare walls in her home. You can follow Diane on Instagram @sologoing.

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


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Artwork @ Dewey's Café
April 2014 Exhibit: Seasons in Arkansas: photography exhibit by P.J. Williams

P.J. Williams, Computer Services Librarian at the Fort Smith Public Library, will showcase her original photography in Dewey's Café in the Main Library during the months of March and April. P.J. had an early interest in photography beginning with a Brownie camera and a family Disneyland vacation in 1956; it took a neglected digital camera in 2003 to get her started again. Many of these photos are from her two-and-a-half-year Picture A Day experiment on Facebook, helped by a 50 minute daily commute to the Library from Logan County plus many trips to NW Arkansas for Razorback basketball games and visits with her son.

For more information, please call Dewey's Café at the Main Library at (479)783-0229, ext. 1126.


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Artwork @ Miller
April 2014 Exhibit: Miller Branch Artist of the Month: Doris Hampton

Doris Hampton will showcase her original paintings at the Miller Branch Library during the month of April. Doris has lived in Fort Smith her entire life and started painting at the age of 55. She has attended many workshops in Oklahoma and Missouri, where she was fortunate to study under several well-known artists. Her acrylic and oil paintings consist of mainly landscapes. Please come and enjoy her beautiful work!

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


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Artwork @ Windsor
April 2014 Exhibit: Ryan Starkey Art Exhibit

Painter Ryan Starkey will present an exhibit of original works entitled Abstract Music at the Windsor Branch Library during the month of April. Ryan is a self-taught artist, who has lived with a movement disability since birth, and has developed a style that gives his paintings a moving quality. His bold colored acrylics are done in an abstract style and his passion for art is evident in his work. Check out his work, and a book, anytime during the month of April at the Windsor Branch Library.

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


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