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Printable Calendars-at-a-Glance: June 2016

Location

June 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
Dallas Branch Star Wars Day with Storytime @ Dallas Wednesday, June 1st10:30a.m.
Main Library Wonderful Wednesday: Institute of Jugglology Wednesday, June 1st2:00p.m.
Main Library Library Walking Club Thursday, June 2nd7:45-8:30a.m.
Main Library Storytime @ Main Thursday, June 2nd10:00a.m.
Windsor Branch School Age Storytime @ Windsor Thursday, June 2nd10:00a.m.
Main Library Movie Matinee @ Your Library: Inside Out (PG) Thursday, June 2nd2:00p.m.
Dallas Branch Summer Sports Craft: Beach and Swimming Crafts @ Dallas Thursday, June 2nd2:00-4:00p.m.
Windsor Branch Family Fun Night: On Your Mark, Get Set...READ! @ Windsor Thursday, June 2nd6:00p.m.
Miller Branch Dance Storytime @ Miller Friday, June 3rd10:00a.m.
Windsor Branch Preschool Storytime @ Windsor Monday, June 6th10:00a.m.
Miller Branch Laptime Storytime @ Miller Monday, June 6th10:30a.m.
Main Library Library Walking Club Tuesday, June 7th7:45-8:30a.m.
Main Library Toddler Time Tuesday, June 7th10:00a.m.
Dallas Branch Flag Day Storytime: Honoring Our Military Heroes @ Dallas Wednesday, June 8th10:30a.m.
Main Library Library Walking Club Thursday, June 9th7:45-8:30a.m.
Main Library Storytime @ Main Thursday, June 9th10:00a.m.
Windsor Branch School Age Storytime @ Windsor Thursday, June 9th10:00a.m.
Main Library Movie Matinee @ Your Library: Alvin & the Chipmunks: The Road Chip (PG) Thursday, June 9th2:00p.m.
Dallas Branch Summer Sports Craft: Bicycling Crafts @ Dallas Thursday, June 9th2:00-4:00p.m.
Main Library Cultural Literature Celebration Thursday, June 9th6:30p.m.
Miller Branch Storytime @ Miller Friday, June 10th10:00a.m.
Main Library Cultural Literature Celebration Storytime with Duncan Tonatiuh Friday, June 10th9:30-10:00a.m.
Main Library Muffins with Teens! -- A Cultural Literature Celebration Storytime Friday, June 10th10:45-11:45a.m.
Miller Branch Crafternoon @ Miller Friday, June 10th1:00-6:00p.m.
Windsor Branch Preschool Storytime @ Windsor Monday, June 13th10:00a.m.
Miller Branch Laptime Storytime @ Miller Monday, June 13th10:30a.m.
Main Library Cuentos para Niños en Español: Storytime in Spanish Monday, June 13th6:00p.m.
Main Library Library Walking Club Tuesday, June 14th7:45-8:30a.m.
Main Library Toddler Time Tuesday, June 14th10:00a.m.
Miller Branch Movie Matinee @ Miller: Inside Out (PG) Tuesday, June 14th2:00p.m.
Main Library Authors in the Afternoon with Jack Mosely Tuesday, June 14th4:00-6:00p.m.
Dallas Branch Father's Day Storytime @ Dallas Wednesday, June 15th10:30a.m.
Main Library Wonderful Wednesday: Storybook Strings Wednesday, June 15th2:00p.m.
Main Library Young Actors Guild Audition Workshop Wednesday, June 15th4:00and 6:00p.m.
Main Library Library Walking Club Thursday, June 16th7:45-8:30a.m.
Main Library Storytime @ Main Thursday, June 16th10:00a.m.
Windsor Branch School Age Storytime @ Windsor Thursday, June 16th10:00a.m.
Main Library Movie Matinee @ Your Library: Minions (PG) Thursday, June 16th2:00p.m.
Dallas Branch Summer Sports Craft: Hiking & Camping Crafts @ Dallas Thursday, June 16th2:00-4:00p.m.
Windsor Branch Spanish Storytime @ Windsor Thursday, June 16th6:00p.m.
Dewey's Café
@ Main
 Open Mic Night @ Dewey's Thursday, June 16th7:00p.m.
Miller Branch Baseball Magic with Tommy Terrific's Wacky Magic Show @ Miller Friday, June 17th10:00a.m.
Main Library Food for Thought: Bees and Honey with Danny Brewer Friday, June 17thNoon
Windsor Branch Baseball Magic with Tommy Terrific's Wacky Magic Show @ Windsor Friday, June 17th1:00p.m.
Dallas Branch Baseball Magic with Tommy Terrific's Wacky Magic Show @ Dallas Friday, June 17th4:00p.m.
Windsor Branch Storytime @ Windsor Monday, June 20th10:00a.m.
Miller Branch Laptime Storytime @ Miller Monday, June 20th10:30a.m.
Main Library LEGO Club Monday, June 20th4:00-6:00p.m.
Main Library Library Walking Club Tuesday, June 21st7:45-8:30a.m.
Main Library Toddler Time Tuesday, June 21st10:00a.m.
Main Library Authors in the Afternoon featuring Wayne Hancock Tuesday, June 21st4:00-6:00p.m.
Dallas Branch Summer Fun Storytime @ Dallas Wednesday, June 22nd10:30a.m.
Miller Branch Stroller Workout @ Miller Wednesday, June 22nd10:30a.m.
Main Library Library Walking Club Thursday, June 23rd7:45-8:30a.m.
Main Library Storytime @ Main Thursday, June 23rd10:00a.m.
Windsor Branch School Age Storytime @ Windsor Thursday, June 23rd10:00a.m.
Main Library Movie Matinee @ Your Library: The Peanuts Movie (G) Thursday, June 23rd2:00p.m.
Dallas Branch Summer Sports Craft: Baseball and Softball Crafts @ Dallas Thursday, June 23rd2:00-4:00p.m.
Windsor Branch Family Fun Night: On Your Mark, Get Set...READ! @ Windsor Thursday, June 23rd6:00p.m.
Miller Branch Storytime @ Miller Friday, June 24th10:00a.m.
Main Library Authors in the Afternoon featuring Kit Moulton Saturday, June 25th2:00-4:00p.m.
Windsor Branch Storytime @ Windsor Monday, June 27th10:00a.m.
Miller Branch Laptime Storytime @ Miller Monday, June 27th10:30a.m.
Main Library Library Walking Club Tuesday, June 28th7:45-8:30a.m.
Main Library Toddler Time Tuesday, June 28th10:00a.m.
Dallas Branch Police Officer Storytime @ Dallas Wednesday, June 29th10:30a.m.
Main Library Wonderful Wednesday: Storybook Strings Wednesday, June 29th7:00p.m.
Main Library Library Walking Club Thursday, June 30th7:45-8:30a.m.
Main Library Storytime @ Main Thursday, June 30th10:00a.m.
Windsor Branch School Age Storytime @ Windsor Thursday, June 30th10:00a.m.
Miller Branch Alice in Wonderland Tea Party @ Miller Thursday, June 30th10:00a.m. AND 11:30a.m.
Main Library Movie Matinee @ Your Library: The Good Dinosaur (PG) Thursday, June 30th2:00p.m.
Dallas Branch Summer Sports Craft: Horseback Riding Crafts @ Dallas Thursday, June 30th2:00-4:00p.m.

Location

Artwork @ FSPL

Month

Hours

Main Library Visions, Reflections, Abstractions:
Photography by Corey S. Krasko
May 10th-June 30thALL Open Hours
Dewey's Café
@ Main
 Photo Exhibition: Jim Anderson May 1st-June 30thALL Open Hours
Miller Branch Artist of the Month: Rania Asadi Month of JuneALL 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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June 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 @ 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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    Family Fun Night@ Windsor
    SPECIAL June 2016 program: Thursday, June 2nd @ 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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    Cultural Literature Celebration
    SPECIAL June 2016 program: Thursday, June 9th @ 6:30p.m.

    The Fort Smith community has a unique opportunity to meet award-winning children and teen authors during the Cultural Literature Celebration. Each author will speak about their writing process, the impact culture has on their writing, and give their best reading and writing advice.

    The author talks will be followed by book signings at stations throughout the library. The following authors will be participating in the celebration, and their books will be available to buy:

    The Fort Smith Public Library is grateful to Fort Smith Public Schools for their invitation to participate in their Cultural Literature Conference. This event would not be possible without their sponsorship.

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


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    Cultural Literature Celebration Storytime with Author Duncan Tonatiuh
    SPECIAL June 2016 program: Friday, June 10th @ 9:30a.m.

    Families won't want to miss this special Cultural Literature Celebration Storytime with children's author Duncan Tonatiuh (toh-nah-tyou). An award winning illustrator and author, his book Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote; A Migrant's Tale is the winner of the 2014 Tomás Rivera Mexican American children's book award. It is also the first book to receive two honorable mentions, one for the illustrations and one for the text, from the Pura Belpré Award for a work that best portrays, affirms and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in children's books. The book was featured in USA Today, The Chicago Sun, and The Houston Chronicle among other major publications because it deals with the controversial topic of immigration. Other award winning books by the author include Diego Rivera: His World and Ours, Dear Primo A Letter to My Cousin, and Separate Is Never Equal.

    Duncan was born in Mexico City and grew up in San Miguel de Allende. He graduated from Parsons School of Design and from Eugene Lang College in New York City in 2008. His work is inspired by Ancient Mexican art. His aim is to create images that honor the past, but that address contemporary issues that affect people of Mexican origin on both sides of the border.

    The Fort Smith Public Library is grateful to Fort Smith Public Schools for their invitation to participate in their Cultural Literature Conference. This event would not be possible without their sponsorship. For more information, please call Youth Services Department at (479)783-0229, ext. 1131.


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    Muffins with Teens! A Cultural Literature Celebration
    SPECIAL June 2016 program: Friday, June 10th @ 10:45-11:45a.m.

    Teens are invited to meet popular and award-winning authors Kwame Alexander, Matt de la Pena, and Debby Dahl Edwardson at this Cultural Literature Celebration.

    This is a unique opportunity to interact with three of the most significant and popular authors writing for young adults today. Bring your friends and join the conversation.

    The Fort Smith Public Library is grateful to Fort Smith Public Schools for their invitation to participate in their Cultural Literature Conference. This event would not be possible without their sponsorship. For more information, please call Youth Services Department at (479)783-0229, ext. 1131.


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    Crafternoon @ Miller
    June 2016 program: Friday, June 10th @ 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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    Inside Out: Movie Matinee @ Miller
    June 2016 program: Tuesday, June 14th @ 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 Disney and Pixar's movie Inside Out, rated PG.

    In this animated comedy, after Riley's family moves from their Minnesota home to San Francisco, her personified emotions - Joy, Anger, Disgust, Fear, and Sadness - try to lead her through her new life.

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


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    Authors in the Afternoon with Jack Mosely
    June 2016 program: Tuesday, June 14th @ 4:00-6:00p.m

    Fort Smith author Jack Mosely will make a special appearance at the Fort Smith Public Library to promote and sign copies his recently released book: More Than a Witness. The apparent murder of a fellow Army recruit inexorably leads Alex Massey into a maze of seemingly unrelated violence, corruption and intrigue-in, out, and back in uniform. To survive, the young police reporter/mobilized weekend warrior must discover himself and be "more than a witness"; he becomes a participant in the events that shape his life and provide him an expose that shakes the highest levels of the Pentagon. An unlikely, unsavory and absolutely fascinating cast of characters cross Alex's path on his way to a life and death climax in an isolated area of a resurrected military post.

    National award winning reporter, columnist and editor Jack Moseley has been read by millions around the world, most notably his "The Last Day" written under deadline pressure on the day of the assassination of John F. Kennedy. His honors include two gold medals for the advancement of human rights from the National Conference of Christians and Jews, a White House citation for reporting on poverty in a major Southwestern city, and national awards for promoting economic understanding. He also was one of the first Mark Ethridge Graduate Journalism Fellows in America and was a founding director on the board of the nation's first journalism think tank at the University of Missouri.

    A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, he is the author of two non-fiction books and a contributor to both high school and college journalism textbooks. He is semi-retired and lives in Arkansas, where he gardens, cooks and "piddles" on his computer when he is not traveling. Copies of More Than a Witness 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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    Young Actors Guild Audition Workshop
    SPECIAL June 2016 program: Two Sessions: Wednesday, June 15th @ 4:00 and 6:00p.m.

    Have you ever wanted to audition for a play or a musical? Well, this is your chance. This Young Actors Guild Workshop will give you the tools necessary to have a great audition, whether you've auditioned 100 times or never, we'd love to show you the best way to do it. We will sing a little, act a little, and have fun A LOT! This workshop will help you prepare for our upcoming auditions for Tilly the Trickster. If you have a song you would like to sing acapella, bring it with you. Songs are not necessary, and will be performed as time allows.

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


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    Open Mic Night @ Dewey's Café
    June 2016 program: Thursday, June 16th @ 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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    Basaeball Magic with Tommy Terrific's Wacky Magic Show
    SPECIAL Summertime 2016 program: ALL on Friday, June 17th

  • Miller Branch: 10:00a.m.
  • Windsor Branch: 1:00p.m.
  • Dallas Branch: 4:00p.m. Back by popular demand, we welcome back Tommy Terrific and his Wacky Magic Show! to be seen at each of the Fort Smith Public Library's branches. 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!

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


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    Food For Thought: Bees and Honey with Danny Brewer
    June 2016 program: Friday, June 17th @ Noon

    Danny Brewer with the Fort Smith Bee Club will talk about the importance of bees and the fascinating world of honey.

    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: Ice Excavation!
    June 2016 program: Monday, June 20th @ 4:00-6:00p.m

    You are an Archeologist looking for fragile fossils in a glacier. What "LEGO" fossils will you be able to excavate from ice blocks and what tools will it take to uncover the mystery hidden inside? 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 Wayne Hancock
    June 2016 program: Tuesday, June 21st @ 4:00-6:00p.m

    Fort Smith author Wayne Hancock will make a special appearance at the Fort Smith Public Library to promote and sign copies his recently released book: The Kidnapping of Bobby Greenlease. The 1953 kidnap-murder of six-year-old Bobby Greenlease in St. Louis, Missouri, was one of the most publicized crimes of the decade. Read about it and three other kidnappings from the era in this gripping true-crime novel.

    Wayne Hancock was born in Independence, Missouri, the setting for his first novel. He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. He attended Kansas Wesleyan University before joining the J.C. Penney Company's management training program. He spent the next 40 years managing Penney Stores in the Midwest. The author of nine mystery novels and one non-fiction book, he now lives in Fort Smith, Arkansas.

    Copies of The Kidnapping of Bobby Greenlease 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
    June 2016 program: Wednesday, June 22nd @ 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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    Family Fun Night@ Windsor
    SPECIAL June 2016 program: Thursday, June 23rd @ 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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    Authors in the Afternoon with Kit Moulton
    June 2016 program: Saturday, June 25th @ 2:00-4:00p.m

    Join us for an engaging visit and book signing with Fort Smith author and ophthalmologist, Kit Moulton. Dr. Moulton has just released his second book, Sweet Annabella, the sequel to Annabella, which delves a little deeper into the romantic interlude between Sonny and Annabella, set in prewar Europe 1937. In pre-WWII in Europe, the Nazis, particularly the SS, become a central element in this sequel. The reader can take a love story that builds to an unfortunate climax for Annabella and her family, a tragic end to a love story building for a lifetime. The reader can also obtain a very descriptive view of a prewar Europe-of beautiful countries, cities, and a peaceful Normandy before devastation takes control in 1939 and onward.

    Kit Moulton majored in English at the University of Kansas and received his M.D. from the University Of Arkansas School Of Medicine. As an ophthalmologist, he has his own private practice in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Kit has three beautiful daughters, two of which are in the medical field. His youngest is looking toward a degree in Zoology. Kit also loves the outdoors, especially hiking in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, where he also enjoys snow skiing and snowmobiling with his three daughters. Dr. Moulton will speak to the audience about his book and the writing experience beginning at 2:00p.m.; he will be available for questions and book signing following the presentation.

    Copies of Annabella and Sweet Annabella 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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    Alice in Wonderland Tea Party
    SPECIAL June 2016 program: Tuesday, June 30th @ 10:00a.m. & 11:30a.m

    Children and their caregivers are invited to the Miller Branch Library's fifth annual Alice in Wonderland Tea Party. Pink lemonade and cookies will be served at this "fancy" party and the cartoon Alice in Wonderland (G) will be shown afterwards.

    There is a limited amount of seating so please call the Miller Branch at (479) 646-3945 to reserve a spot for either the 10:0a.m. or 11:30a.m. program.


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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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    Star Wars Day with Storytime @ Dallas
    June 2016 program: Wednesday, June 1st @ 10:30a.m.

    The Dallas Branch Library invites kids of all ages to the library for Star Wars Day. An Out of this World Storytime will be held at 10:30a.m., followed by Star Wars themed crafts, games, coloring, and snacks from 11:00-Noon. Don't miss the fun and other Star Wars surprises at this free, fabulous event! Activities are intended for pre-school and elementary school aged children.

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


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    Dance Storytime @ Miller
    June 2016 program: Friday, June 3rd @ 10:00a.m.

    Are you ready to move your feet? Join the Miller Branch Library for a special storytime, where we will be learning about dance. Directly following some dance related stories and songs, there will be a brief performance from a few young dancers. We will conclude the storyime with a fun craft!

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


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    Laptime Storytime (0-24 months) @ Miller
    June 2016 program: Mondays: June 6th, 13th, 20th, 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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    Flag Day Storytime @ Dallas
    June 2016 program: Wednesday, June 8th @ 10:30a.m.

    A special Flag Day stortyime will be held at the Dallas Branch Library, honoring our local military heroes and families. Representatives from the Veterans of Foreign Wars will do a presentation about how to properly respect, fold, and care for the American Flag. Join us in celebrating with stories, crafts, and other Flag Day fun.

    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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    Cuentos para Niños en Español: A Storytime in Spanish
    June 2016 program: Monday, June 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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    Storytime with the Sheriff @ Dallas
    June 2016 program: Wednesday, June 15th @ 10:30a.m.

    Join the Sebastian County Sheriff at storytime this week. 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
    June 2016 program: Thursday, June 16th @ 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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    Summer Fun Storytime @ Dallas
    June 2016 program: Wednesday, June 22nd @ 10:30a.m.

    Help us celebrate summertime fun at this storytime focusing on the season. 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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    Police Officer Storytime @ Dallas
    June 2016 program: Wednesday, June 30th @ 10:30a.m.

    Join the Fort Smith Police Department at storytime this week. We'll also get ready for the Fourth of July with some patriotic themed crafts and snacks following the presentation by the FSPD. 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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    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 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 and June. 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
    May/June 2016 Exhibit: Photo Exhibition: Jim Anderson

    An exhibit of the photographic works of Jim Anderson will be on display in Dewey's Café at the Main Library through the months of May and June. Jim is a school teacher by trade and a photographer of the natural landscape as a hobby. He resides in Van Buren with his wife Theresa, and has traveled and photographed in all 50 states always looking for natural settings and natural lighting. Jim's award-winning photographs can be seen in local banks and law offices as well as at exhibits in several state parks in Arkansas and Oklahoma. This special library exhibit will include pictures of the Natural State and other regions across America showcasing the changing colors of fall; be sure to check them out at Dewey's Café.

    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
    May 2016 Exhibit: Miller Branch Artist of the Month -- Rania Asadi

    Fort Smith artist Rania Asadi will display her original works during the month of June. Originally from Syria, Rania Asadi has lived locally for thirteen years. She works as an art teacher at the Montessori School of Fort Smith and enjoys painting with oils and watercolors, as well as designing jewelry and furniture. Her exhibit will feature still life paintings and landscapes done in oil.

    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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