Fort Smith Public Library Activities


Upcoming Events

Printable Calendars-at-a-Glance: July 2016

Location

July Events

Date

Time

ALL Locations On Your Mark, Get Set...READ! Summer Reading Program June 1st-July 31stALL Open Hours
ALL Locations On Your Mark, Get Set...READ! Summer Reading Program for Teens June 1st-July 31stALL Open Hours
ALL Locations On Your Mark, Get Set...READ! Adult Summer Reading Celebration June 1st-July 31stALL Open Hours
Miller Branch Ninja Storytime @ Miller Friday, July 1st10:00a.m.
ALL Locations Fort Smith Public Library is CLOSED
for Independence Day Holiday
Monday, July 4thALL Hours
Main Library Library Walking Club Tuesday, July 5th7:45-8:30a.m.
Main Library Toddler Time Tuesday, July 5th10:00a.m.
Dallas Branch Disney Character Storytime @ Dallas Wednesday, July 6th10:30a.m.
Main Library Wonderful Wednesday: Baseball Magic with Tommy Terrific's Wacky Magic Show Wednesday, July 6th2:00p.m.
Main Library Library Walking Club Thursday, July 7th7:45-8:30a.m.
Main Library Storytime @ Main Thursday, July 7th10:00a.m.
Windsor Branch School Age Storytime @ Windsor Thursday, July 7th10:00a.m.
Main Library Movie Matinee @ Your Library: Norm of the North (PG) Thursday, July 7th2:00p.m.
Dallas Branch Summer Sports Craft: Basketball Crafts @ Dallas Thursday, July 7th2:00-4:00p.m.
Miller Branch Storytime @ Miller Friday, July 8th10:00a.m.
Main Library Stevens Puppets present Rumpelstiltskin Sunday, July 10th2:00p.m.
Windsor Branch Preschool Storytime @ Windsor Monday, July 11th10:00a.m.
Miller Branch Laptime Storytime @ Miller Monday, July 11th10:30a.m.
Main Library Cuentos para Nińos en Espańol: Storytime in Spanish Monday, June 11th6:00p.m.
Main Library Library Walking Club Tuesday, July 12th7:45-8:30a.m.
Main Library Toddler Time Tuesday, July 12th10:00a.m.
Miller Branch Movie Matinee @ Miller: Home (PG) Tuesday, July 12th2:00p.m.
Main Library Skype Author Visit with Karen Akins Tuesday, July 12th4:00-5:00p.m.
Dallas Branch Fire Department Storytime @ Dallas Wednesday, July 13th10:30a.m.
Miller Branch Fitness for Kids @ Miller Wednesday, July 13th2:00p.m.
Main Library BINGO for Books Wednesday, July 13th4:00p.m.
Main Library Library Walking Club Thursday, July 14th7:45-8:30a.m.
Main Library Storytime @ Main Thursday, July 14th10:00a.m.
Windsor Branch School Age Storytime @ Windsor Thursday, July 14th10:00a.m.
Main Library Movie Matinee @ Your Library: Home (PG) Thursday, July 14th2:00p.m.
Dallas Branch Summer Sports Craft: Football & Gymnastics @ Dallas Thursday, July 14th2:00-4:00p.m.
Windsor Branch Family Fun Night: On Your Mark, Get Set...READ! @ Windsor Thursday, July 14th6:00p.m.
Windsor Branch Tabletop Gaming @ Windsor Friday, July 15th9:00a.m.-6:00p.m.
Miller Branch Flame Gymnastics Storytime @ Miller Friday, July 15th10:00a.m.
Main Library Food for Thought: A Library for the People: the History of the Fort Smith Public Library with Jennifer Goodson Friday, July 15thNoon
Windsor Branch Preschool Storytime @ Windsor Monday, July 18th10:00a.m.
Miller Branch Laptime Storytime @ Miller Monday, July 18th10:30a.m.
Main Library LEGO Club: Drop-in Giant Team Build! Monday, July 18th2:30-6:30p.m.
Main Library Authors in the Afternoon with Linda Vorabouth Monday, July 18th4:00-6:00p.m.
Main Library Library Walking Club Tuesday, July 19th7:45-8:30a.m.
Main Library Toddler Time Tuesday, July 19th10:00a.m.
Dallas Branch Superhero Storytime @ Dallas Wednesday, July 20th10:30a.m.
Main Library Wonderful Wednesday: Super Science with Stephen "Super Steve" Cox Wednesday, July 20th2:00p.m.& 3:30p.m.
Miller Branch Stroller Workout @ Miller Wednesday, July 20th3:00p.m.
Main Library Library Walking Club Thursday, July 21st7:45-8:30a.m.
Main Library Storytime @ Main Thursday, July 21st10:00a.m.
Windsor Branch School Age Storytime @ Windsor Thursday, July 21st10:00a.m.
Main Library Movie Matinee @ Your Library: Zootopia (PG) Thursday, July 21st2:00p.m.
Dallas Branch Summer Sports Craft: Animal Crafts @ Dallas Thursday, July 21st2:00-4:00p.m.
Windsor Branch Spanish Storytime @ Windsor Thursday, July 21st6:00p.m.
Windsor Branch Exercise Your Mind: Library Date Night @ Windsor Thursday, July 21st6:00-8:00p.m.
Dewey's Café
@ Main
 Open Mic Night @ Dewey's Thursday, July 21st7:00p.m.
Miller Branch Storytime @ Miller Friday, July 22nd10:00a.m.
Miller Branch Crafternoon @ Miller Friday, July 22nd1:00-6:00p.m.
Windsor Branch Make & Take: Recycle Garden @ Windsor Friday, July 22nd2:00-4:00p.m.
Windsor Branch Tilly the Trickster Storytime with the Young Actors Guild @ Windsor Monday, July 25th10:00a.m.
Miller Branch Laptime Storytime @ Miller Monday, July 25th10:30a.m.
Main Library Library Walking Club Tuesday, July 26th7:45-8:30a.m.
Main Library Tilly the Trickster Storytime with the Young Actors Guild Tuesday, July 26th 10:00a.m.
Dallas Branch Tilly the Trickster Storytime with the Young Actors Guild @ Dallas Wednesday, July 27th10:30a.m.
Main Library Wonderful Wednesday: The Young Actors Guild present Tilly the Trickster Wednesday, July 27th2:00p.m.
Main Library Library Walking Club Thursday, July 28th7:45-8:30a.m.
Main Library Tilly the Trickster Storytime with the Young Actors Guild @ Main Thursday, July 28th10:00a.m.
Windsor Branch School Age Storytime @ Windsor Thursday, July 28th10:00a.m.
Main Library Movie Matinee @ Your Library: Kung Fu Panda (PG) Thursday, July 28th2:00p.m.
Dallas Branch Summer Sports Craft: Summer Fun Crafts @ Dallas Thursday, July 28th2:00-4:00p.m.
Windsor Branch Family Fun Night: On Your Mark, Get Set...READ! @ Windsor Thursday, July 28th6:00p.m.
Miller Branch Tilly the Trickster Storytime with the Young Actors Guild @ Miller Friday, July 29th10:00a.m.

Location

Artwork @ FSPL

Month

Hours

Main Library Visions, Reflections, Abstractions:
Photography by Corey S. Krasko
May 10th-July 31stALL Open Hours
Dewey's Café
@ Main
 Photo Exhibition: Scott Smith Month of JulyALL Open Hours
Miller Branch Artist of the Month: Michael Leonard Month of JulyALL Open Hours

Location On-Going Events @ FSPL Dates Hours
Main Library Friends of the Library
(Twice!) Annual Book Sales
2016 Dates:
  Fiction: May 7th
  NonFiction: August 27th
ALL Open Hours
Main Library FSPL Storytimes regular weekly dates
(See Below)
regular weekly times
(See Below)

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Summertime 2016



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On Your Mark, Get Set...READ!: Summer Reading Program for Kids
SPECIAL Summertime 2016 program: June 1st-July 31st; ALL OPEN HOURS @ ALL LOCATIONS

It's time again for the annual Summer Reading Program for kids. On Your Mark, Get Set...READ! 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, pencils, soccer kickbags, sports visors, food coupons, and the opportunity to get their name in a book will be given to each child for reaching specific goals.

Registration begins June 1st at all four Fort Smith Public Library locations. On Your Mark, Get Set...READ! @ your Library this summer!

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


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On Your Mark, Get Set...READ!: Summer Reading Program for Teens
SPECIAL Summertime 2016 program: June 1st-July 31st; ALL OPEN HOURS @ ALL LOCATIONS

Area teens are invited to the Fort Smith Public Library to take part in the 2016 Summer Reading Program: On Your Mark, Get Set...READ!

Stop by any Fort Smith Public Library location to enjoy books, videos, computers, magazines, music, and special library programs of all kinds this summer. Any item you check out (books, CD, DVD, eBooks, audiobooks, magazines, digital titles, etc.), enables you to 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 On Your Mark, Get Set...READ!: the summer reading program for teens @ the Fort Smith Public Library this summer!

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


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On Your Mark, Get Set...READ!: Adult Summer Reading Celebration
SPECIAL Summertime 2016 program: June 1st-July 31st; ALL OPEN HOURS @ ALL LOCATIONS

Join us at the Fort Smith Public Library for our 13th annual Adult Summer Reading Celebration: On Your Mark, Get Set…Read! 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 2016 program: Every other Wednesday 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 every other week for school-age children as a part of the Summer Reading Program. Enjoy the show and the air-conditioning at Wonderful Wednesday @ the Main Library.

Date

Time

Program

Description

June 1st
2:00p.m.
Institute of Jugglology! Our special guests this week will be Galen Harp and Ellen Winters from the Institute of Jugglology. This forty-five minute program focuses on teaching children that everyone is capable of doing amazing things. Talent is not something you're born with; it is earned with hard work and perseverance. Topics also covered are: the power of reading, why physics is cool, how to control frustration, and working well with others. Galen Harp and Ellen Winters formed the Institute of Jugglology in 2006 as a means to tinker with objects in visually appealing ways. For them, juggling is a state of arrested decay; a pattern woven through time and space that is constantly falling apart only to be rebuilt in the same moment. More information can be found at http://jugglology.com.
June 15th
2:00p.m.
Storybook Strings Our special Library 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 was released earlier this year.
June 29th
7:00p.m.
Climbing! Jumping! SOARING! Our special Library guests this week will be the Natural History Educational Company of the Midsouth. The Climbing! Jumping! SOARING! program will focus primarily on mammals and avian wildlife exhibits and address their unique anatomy that allows them to move throughout their environment. Presented by high school biology teacher, Shawna Adams, this scientifically-driven program will show audiences the importance of why all animals exercise, stretch their muscles and how to stay strong. The program hopes to include popular exhibits such as our Eurasian Eagle Owl, Fruit bat, Prairie dog and possibly another new addition to our NHECM family: a baby Red Kangaroo.
July 6th
2:00p.m.
Baseball Magic with Tommy Terrific's Wacky Magic Show Back by popular demand, we welcome back Tommy Terrific and his Wacky Magic Show! For summer reading in 2016, Tommy Terrific gets the kids to activate their minds and bodies in his fun, baseball-themed magic show called Tommy Terrific's Baseball Magic! The show features a huge Magic Trunk containing a huge Magician's Handbook. Inside the Magician's Handbook are exciting baseball-themed magic tricks representing the Major Leagues, Minor Leagues, Negro Leagues, Softball Leagues, and much more. The kids will have a ball of fun at this interactive magic show, and they will be inspired to search their library to learn more about the rules, tradition, and history that is American Baseball!
July 20th
2:00p.m.
AND
3:30p.m.
Super Science with Stephen "Super Steve" Cox Back by popular demand, our special guest this week is Stephen "Super Steve" Cox. Get ready for an action-packed, high intensity, highly interactive science show with National Science Presenter, Stephen Warren Cox.
NOTE: Due to the popularity of this event, a second program will be offered at 3:30p.m.
July 27th
2:00p.m.
The Young Actors Guild present Tilly the Trickster Join the cast of the Young Actors Guild for a preview of their summer production, Tilly the Trickser. Tilly is a mischievous girl who loves nothing more than causing a little trouble. From the leaking cups to toothpaste-flavored cookies, Tilly has a trick for everyone: her mom, dad, brother, classmates, and even her teacher. But when the tables are turned and her family does some scheming of its own, will Tilly decide to change her trickster ways? Tilly the Trickster is the latest hilarious creation for young readers by Molly Shannon, creator of numerous unforgettable characters on Saturday Night Live and in movies such as Superstar and Never Been Kissed.

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


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Library Walking Club
SPECIAL Summertime 2016 program: Tuesdays/Thursdays in June/July @ 7:45-8:30a.m.

Enjoy the benefits of exercise in a casual atmosphere with the Fort Smith Public Library Walking Club. Walking can help you maintain a healthy weight, prevent or manage various conditions including heart disease, high blood pressure, and type 2 diabetes, strengthen your bones and muscles, improve your balance and coordination, and improve your mood.

We will meet at the library fountain at 7:45a.m. on Tuesday and Thursday mornings during June and July, and walk together over to Creekmore Park for approximately 45 minutes of walking. In case of inclement weather, we will walk indoors in the library. Bring a friend or make some new ones! The walking club is intended for adults; children and teens are welcome if accompanied by a parent or caregiver.

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


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Movie Matinee @ Your Library
SPECIAL Summertime 2016 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 2nd - July 26th.

Date

Title

Movie Title

June 2nd
Inside Out (PG) After young Riley is uprooted from her Midwest life and moved to San Francisco, her emotions - Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness - conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house, and school in this animated adventure comedy.
June 9th
Alvin & the Chipmunks: The Road Chip (PG) Through a series of misunderstandings, Alvin, Simon and Theodore come to believe that Dave is going to propose to his new girlfriend in Miami...and dump them. They have three days to get to him and stop the proposal, saving themselves not only from losing Dave but possibly from gaining a terrible stepbrother in this animated adventure comedy.
June 16th
Minions (PG) Minions Stuart, Kevin and Bob are recruited by Scarlet Overkill, a super-villain who, alongside her inventor husband Herb, hatches a plot to take over the world in this animated family comedy.
June 23rd
The Peanuts Movie (G) Snoopy embarks upon his greatest mission as he and his team take to the skies to pursue their arch-nemesis, while his best pal Charlie Brown begins his own epic quest back home to win the love of his life in this animated family comedy.
June 30th
The Good Dinosaur (PG) In a world where dinosaurs and humans live side-by-side, an Apatosaurus named Arlo makes an unlikely human friend in this animated adventure comedy.
July 7th
Norm of the North (PG) When a real estate development invades his Arctic home, Norm and his three lemming friends head to New York City, where Norm becomes the mascot of the corporation in an attempt to bring it down from the inside and protect his homeland in this animated adventure comedy.
July 14th
Home (PG) When Earth is taken over by the overly-confident Boov, an alien race in search of a new place to call home, all humans are promptly relocated, while all Boov get busy reorganizing the planet. But when one resourceful girl manages to avoid capture, she finds herself the accidental accomplice of a banished Boov named Oh. The two fugitives realize there's a lot more at stake than intergalactic relations as they embark on the road trip of a lifetime in this animated adventure comedy.
July 21st
Zootopia (PG) In a city of anthropomorphic animals, a rookie bunny cop and a cynical con artist fox must work together to uncover a conspiracy in this animated action adventure.
July 28th
Kung Fu Panda 3 (PG) Continuing his "legendary adventures of awesomeness", Po must face two hugely epic, but different threats: one supernatural and the other a little closer to his home in this animated action adventure.

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


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Summer Sports Crafts @ Dallas
SPECIAL Summertime 2016 program: Thursdays in June/July @ 2:00-4:00p.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.

  • June 2nd: Beach & Swimming Crafts
  • June 9th: Bicycling Crafts
  • June 16th: Hiking & Camping Crafts
  • June 23rd: Baseball & Softball Crafts
  • June 30th: Horseback Riding Crafts
  • July 7th: Basketball Crafts
  • July 14th: Football & Gymnastics Crafts
  • July 21st: Animal Crafts
  • July 28th: Summer Fun Crafts

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


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    Stevens Puppets present Rumpelstiltskin
    July 2016 program: Sunday, July 10th @ 2:00p.m

    Join us for this magical performance of Rumpelstiltskin presented by Stevens Puppets. Watch the charming hand-carved wooden marionettes come alive in their miniature worlds, transporting the audiences through magical journeys of endearing stories, raucous laughter, and artistic beauty. The puppeteers give life to their little actors, weaving a spell of childhood over audiences of all ages, as they invite everyone along for a trip through "once upon a time."

    Stevens Puppets was founded in 1933 by the Peabody Award winning Martin Stevens, preeminent American puppeteer and founder of the Puppeteers of America. With his wife, Margi, Mr. Stevens created ground-breaking touring marionette shows which are featured in books, in museums, and on tour. Mr. Stevens' marionettes and stage design have influenced generations of puppeteers in America and abroad, often cited as artistic benchmarks and industry standards. Dan and Zan Raynor, present owners, have been with Stevens Puppets for over 20 years. Don't miss this rare opportunity to see Rumpelstiltskin when the group visits the Fort Smith Public Library.

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


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    Home: Movie Matinee @ Miller
    SPECIAL July 2016 program: Tuesday, July 12th @ 2:00p.m.

    Bring your family, friends, and a snack to a movie matinee at the Miller Branch Library. The afternoon's feature will be the 2015 Dreamworks movie Home, rated PG. This animated comedy portrays an alien who is on the run and makes friends with a human girl.

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


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    Skype Author Visit with Karen Akins
    SPECIAL July 2016 program: Tuesday, July 12th @ 2:00p.m.

    Teens are invited to visit via skype with Young Adult author Karen Akins. Akins is an Arkansas author whose Science Fiction novels include Loop and Twist, in which a time traveler accidentally brings a boy from the past into the 23rd century, only to discover he's keeping his own set of secrets. The books blend romance, science fiction and intrigue. Bring your friends and find out more.

    Books will be available for sale, and signed bookplates will be provided, along with refreshments and door prizes. For more information, please call Youth Services Department at (479)783-0229, ext. 1131.


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    Fitness for Kids @ Miller
    SPECIAL July 2016 program: Wednesday, July 13th @ 3:00p.m.

    Chris Williams from Phoenix Fit Life will teach a fitness class for kids at the Miller Branch Library. Children ages 6 to 12 can participate in this high energy program that will combine cardio, fitness games, and more. A personal trainer and black belt, Chris has fused his knowledge of martial arts and fitness together to create a fresh workout experience.

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


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    BINGO for Books!
    SPECIAL July 2016 program: Wednesday, July 13th @ 4:00p.m

    Bingo for Books is fun for everyone! Bring your family and friends to the Library to play BINGO to earn books for your prize. Winners will be able to select a book from a selection of children and teen titles to take home.

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


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    Family Fun Night @ Windsor
    SPECIAL July 2016 program: Thursday, July 14th and 28th @ 6:00-7:00p.m.

    Bring the family out for books, fun, crafts, and activities as we share stories that celebrate our summer reading theme, On Your Mark, Get Set...READ!

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


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    Tabletop Gaming @ Windsor
    SPECIAL July 2016 program: Friday, July 15th @ 9:00a.m.-6:00p.m.

    Tabletop games, including board games, card games, dice games, and other fun games you play on a table are regaining popularity. Stop by the Windsor Branch Library anytime today to rediscover board games in a whole new way.

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


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    Food For Thought: A Library for the People: the History of the Fort Smith Public Library
    July 2016 program: Friday, July 15th @ Noon

    The 141-year history of public libraries in Fort Smith will come to life as Library Director Jennifer Goodson shares images and stories of the library's beginnings and journey to its role today as the heart of the community. Using information drawn from newspapers, meeting minutes, and other information of the day, Goodson will trace the fascinating story of the library's history as it winds through such recognizable locations as Adelaide Hall, the parlor at the Clayton House, Belle Grove School, the site of Judge Isaac Parker's home, and Lincoln High School meetings, and includes names still recognizable today including Fishback, Clayton, Parker, Sparks, Tilles, Kimmons, Echols, Cravens, Kinkead, Foltz, Moulton, and more.

    This event 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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    LEGO Club: Drop-in Giant Team Build!
    July 2016 program: Monday, July 18th @ 2:30-4:30p.m

    Calling all LEGO engineers . . . drop in from 2:30-6:30 p.m. to start or add on to a giant team building Lego Project. The Challenge: Build whatever you like from your imagination, However you must add on/connect it to pieces already made to form a giant final project at 6:30 p.m. This engineering feat will be photographed and posted to the Youth Services Blog for members to see and enjoy the final results! Kids, families, all ages, come and play!

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


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    Authors in the Afternoon with Linda Vorabouth
    July 2016 program: Monday, July 18th @ 4:00-6:00p.m

    Arkansas author Linda Vorabouth will make a special appearance at the Fort Smith Public Library to promote and sign copies her recently children's book, Ducks Everywhere I Go. Turn the page and follow the ducks from one adventure to another. Written in verse, this book teaches us that we must be careful of what we say or do every day.

    Linda Vorabouth grew up in Fort Smith and graduated from Northside High. She earned her bachelor in Human Environmental Science from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, after serving in the U.S. Army in the Middle East. The author is currently working with nonprofit organizations in central Arkansas to strengthen the community.

    Copies of Ducks Everywher I Go 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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    Stroller Workout @ Miller
    SPECIAL July 2016 program: Wednesday, July 20th @ 3:00p.m.

    Get those post-pregnancy pounds off AND spend quality time with your little one at this stroller-based workout. We will be incorporating strength and flexibility as we exercise around the library. Be sure to wear comfortable workout clothes and bring your child and stroller.

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


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    Exercise Your Mind: Library Date Night @ Windsor
    SPECIAL July 2016 program: Thursday, July 21st @ 6:00-8:00p.m.

    Who said date night had to be dinner and a movie? Come to the Windsor Branch Library with your mate or date, exercise your mind, and watch your love grow through library services at library date night. This program is intended for adults.

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


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    Open Mic Night @ Dewey's Café
    July 2016 program: Thursday, July 21st @ 7:00p.m.

    Join us for a fun, casual open mic night at 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 Dewey's Café @ the Main Library at (479)783-0229, ext. 1126.


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    Crafternoon @ Miller
    July 2016 program: Friday, July 22nd @ 1:00-6:00p.m.

    Connect to your crafty side (in the air conditioning) at the Miller Branch Library. Children of all ages can make a craft or three anytime between 1:00 and 6:00p.m. to take home with them. We will also have some light refreshments, in case the crafting makes you hungry.

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


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    Recycle Garden Make & Take @ Windsor
    SPECIAL July 2016 program: Thursday, July 22nd @ 2:00-4:00p.m.

    Kids of all ages are invited to this FREE afternoon program focused on sustainability. Join us in the air-conditioning where we will supply all the materials you need to make and take a recycle garden where you can grow your own food to enjoy at home.

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


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    Tilly the Trickster Storytime with the Young Actors Guilda
    SPECIAL July 2016 program: Week of July 25th-29th @ various times (see below)

    Join the cast of the Young Actors Guild for a preview of their summer production, Tilly the Trickser.

    Tilly is a mischievous girl who loves nothing more than causing a little trouble. From the leaking cups to toothpaste-flavored cookies, Tilly has a trick for everyone: her mom, dad, brother, classmates, and even her teacher. But when the tables are turned and her family does some scheming of its own, will Tilly decided to change her trickster ways? Tilly the Trickster is the latest hilarious creation for young readers by Molly Shannon, creator of numerous unforgettable characters on Saturday Night Live and in movies such as Superstar and Never Been Kissed.

    Date

    Time

    Storytime Program

    Location

    Monday, July 25th10:00a.m.  Preschool StorytimeWindsor
    Tuesday, July 26th10:00a.m.  Toddler Time Main
    Wednesday, July 27th10:30a.m.  Storytime Dallas
    Wednesday, July 27th2:00p.m.  Wonderful Wednesday Main
    Thursday, July 28th10:00a.m.  School Age Storytime Windsor
    Friday, July 29th10:00a.m.  Storytime Miller


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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
    Mondays (June-July)10:30a.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 Age Storytime Thursdays10:00a.m.
    Miller  Storytime with Tiffany NelsonFridays10:00a.m.


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    Ninja Storytime @ Miller
    July 2016 program: Friday, July 1st @ 10:00a.m.

    Join us for a special stortyime for aspiring ninjas at the Miller Branch Library. After reading a few stories about ninjas, we will have a short Tae Kwon Do demonstration! A fun ninja craft will wrap up this free story program intended for preschool age kids.

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


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    Disney Character Storytime @ Dallas
    July 2016 program: Wednesday, July 6th @ 10:30a.m.

    Join us for our Disney Character Storytime, featuring your favorite Disney stories, crafts and snacks. Please come dressed as your favorite Disney character! No registration is necessary for this FREE program full of fun. Preschool Stoytime is held every Wednesday at 10:30 AM the Dallas Branch Library.

    No registration is necessary for this FREE program full of fun. For more information, please call the Dallas Branch at (479)484-5650.


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    Laptime Storytime (0-24 months) @ Miller
    July 2016 program: Mondays: July 11th, 18th, and 25th @ 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 Nińos en Espańol: A Storytime in Spanish
    July 2016 program: Monday, July 11th @ 6:00p.m.

    Nińos 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 espańol. 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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    Fire Department Storytime @ Dallas
    July 2016 program: Wednesday, July 13th @ 10:30a.m.

    The Fort Smith Fire Department will be our special guests at this week's storytime featuring stories and other activities focusing on fire safety and what it takes to be a firefighter. No registration is necessary for this FREE program full of fun. 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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    Storytime with Flame Gymnastics @ Miller
    July 2016 program: Friday, July 15th @ 10:00a.m.

    Join us for a special fitness-themed storytime. After some stories and other fun activities, Flame Gymnastics will talk about the benefits of exercise for child development, and demonstrate some hands on skills. The children will be able to participate with Flame on mats, wedges, and a small bar.

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


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    Superhero Storytime @ Dallas
    July 2016 program: Wednesday, July 20th @ 10:30a.m.

    Join us for our Superhero Storytime, featuring your favorite Superhero stories, crafts and snacks. Please come dressed as your favorite Superhero if you wish! No registration is necessary for this FREE program full of fun. 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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    Spanish Storytime @ Windsor
    July 2016 program: Thursday, July 21st @ 6:00p.m.

    The Windsor Branch Library invites you and your family to Spanish-language Storytime. Join Mrs. Norma and enjoy the magic of stories through reading, singing and other fun activities in Spanish.

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


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    Friends of the Library Events


    Fort Smith Public Library's (Twice) Annual Friends of the Library Booksale
    Annual program: 2016 Dates:
  • Fiction: Saturday, May 7th and Sunday, May 8th -- All OPEN Hours
  • Mostly Non-Fiction: Saturday, August 27th and Sunday, August 28th -- All OPEN Hours
  • 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, for children and adults will be on sale, along with a selection of music CDs, videos, and books on tape. In August? Shop thousands of non-fiction selections for adults including hardbacks and paperbacks from your favorite authors and on your favorite topics. Most paperbacks are 25 cents and most hardback books are $1.00. New this year: the sale will continue Sunday with all remaining titles half-price, then book clearance begins Monday, August 31st with remaining items priced by the bag!

    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:
    May/June/July 2016 Exhibit: Visions, Reflections, Abstractions: Photography by Corey S. Krasko

    Photographer Corey S. Krasko will display a collection of his work in the community room of the Main Library during the months of May through July. The exhibit will include images from recent travels in Arkansas, New Mexico and the "big island" of Hawaii, seen through the eyes and lens of the photographer. Many are quite conventional. Some have a more painterly, semi-abstract feeling. All are from the heart.

    Corey S. Krasko was born in Brooklyn and grew up in Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan, New York. While serving in the U.S. Army Engineers, he learned the basics of photography and darkroom techniques at the enlisted men's club on the island of Okinawa. While earning a living as a carpenter, woodworker and construction manager in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Mr. Krasko enrolled in the University of New Mexico where he earned a degree in fine art photography. After graduation he began a career as a photojournalist. News photography brought him to Arkansas where he was a staff photographer for the Southwest Times Record for about 15 years and then became the campus photographer at the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith. He retired from UAFS in 2014.

    Mr. Krasko has won awards for his photography in both Arkansas and New Mexico. His publication list includes: The New York Times, USA Today, People Magazine, New Mexico Magazine and Albuquerque Living. Mr. Krasko lives in Fort Smith. He has a son and a grandson, both of whom live in Albuquerque, New Mexico. You can meet Corey on Tuesday, May 17th, from 4:00-7:00p.m. at the Main Library at a reception honoring his work.

    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 2016 Exhibit: Photo Exhibition: Scott Smith

    Concert photographs shot by local photographer/writer Scott Smith will be on display at Dewey's Café inside the Main Library during the months of July and August. Since the summer of 2000, Smith has taken photographs of numerous rock, blues, country, pop and R&B concerts for Real Rock News, The Magazine of Country Music and the Times Record newspaper. Smith, an Alma resident and Oklahoma State University graduate who plays bass in the local band, Goodluck Slim, has photographed Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, The Who, Elton John, Foo Fighters, The Eagles, Garth Brooks, Pink Floyd's Roger Waters, Aerosmith, Robert Plant, Rush, Kiss, Coldplay, Grace Potter, Bad Company, Guns N Roses, Brian Wilson, Santana, Gary Clark Jr., Kid Rock, Cheap Trick, Styx and others.

    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 2016 Exhibit: Miller Branch Artist of the Month: Michael Leonard

    The award winning photography of Michael Leonard will be on display at the 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 that the library is open. For more information, please call the Miller Branch Library at (479)646-3945.


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