Fort Smith Public Library Activities


Upcoming Events

Printable Calendars-at-a-Glance:  May 2015

Location

May Events

Date

Time

Miller Branch Storytime @ Miller Friday, May 1st10:00a.m.
Main Library Friends of the Library (Twice) Annual
Used Book Sale: Mostly Fiction
Saturday, May 2ndAll Open Hours
Windsor Branch Storytime @ Windsor Monday, May 4th10:00a.m.
Main Library Primetime Storytime: Children's Book Week! Monday, May 4th6:00p.m.
Main Library Toddler Time Tuesday, May 5th10:00a.m.
Dallas Branch Cinco de Mayo Storytime @ Dallas Wednesday, May 6th10:30a.m.
Main Library Storytime @ Main Thursday, May 7th10:00a.m.
Miller Branch Talking Nutrition @ Miller Thursday, May 7th5:00p.m.
Miller Branch Storytime @ Miller Friday, May 8th10:00a.m.
Main Library Authors in the Afternoon with Louise Rogers Saturday, May 9th2:00-4:00p.m.
Windsor Branch Storytime @ Windsor Monday, May 11th10:00a.m.
Miller Branch Laptime Storytime @ Miller Monday, May 11th10:30a.m.
Main Library Cuentos para Niños en Español: Storytime in Spanish Monday, May 11th6:00p.m.
Main Library Toddler Time Tuesday, May 12th10:00a.m.
Main Library SYS (Swap Your Stuff) Tuesday, May 12th4:00-6:00p.m.
Dallas Branch Storytime @ Dallas Wednesday, May 13th10:30a.m.
Main Library Storytime @ Main Thursday, May 14th10:00a.m.
Miller Branch Storytime @ Miller Friday, May 15th10:00a.m.
Main Library Food for Thought: Seed Saving for Gardeners Friday, May 15thNoon
Windsor Branch Author Visit and Book Signing with Resty Farmer @ Windsor Saturday, May 16th1:00-4:00p.m.
Windsor Branch Storytime @ Windsor Monday, May 18th10:00a.m.
Main Library LEGO Club Monday, May 18th5:00-6:00p.m.
Main Library Toddler Time Tuesday, May 19th10:00a.m.
Dallas Branch Summer Reading Preview Storytime @ Dallas Wednesday, May 20th10:30a.m.
Main Library Storytime @ Main Thursday, May 21st10:00a.m.
Dewey's Café
@ Main
 Open Mic Night @ Dewey's Thursday, May 21st7:00p.m.
Miller Branch Storytime @ Miller Friday, May 22nd10:00a.m.
ALL Fort Smith Public Library is CLOSED
for Memorial Day
Monday,
May 25th
10:00a.m.
Main Library Toddler Time Tuesday, May 26th10:00a.m.
Main Library Young Actors Guild Audition Workshop Tuesday, May 26th2:00p.m.
Dallas Branch Storytime @ Dallas Wednesday, May 27th10:30a.m.
Main Library Young Actors Guild Audition Workshop Wednesday, May 27th2:00p.m.
Main Library Storytime @ Main Thursday, May 28th10:00a.m.
Miller Branch Storytime @ Miller Friday, May 29th10:00a.m.

Location

June Events

Date

Time

ALL Locations Fort Smith Public Library Summer Reading Kickoff Monday, June 1stALL Open Hours

Location

Artwork @ FSPL

Month

Hours

Main Library Photography by Deanna Cagle May 11th-June 30thALL Open Hours
Dewey's Café
@ Main
 Photography by Michael Leonard May 1st-31stALL Open Hours
Miller Branch Artist of the Month: Rania Asadi May 1st-31stALL Open Hours

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


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May 2015



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Talking Nutrition @ Miller
SPECIAL May 2015 program: Thursday, May 7th @ 5:00p.m.

You are what you eat; are you getting enough nutrients in your diet? Registered dietician and certified diabetes educator, Nancy Llewellyn, will help you find out with this discussion about nutrition. With over twenty years of experience, Nancy will offer insight into the subject of nutrition, and the many ways it affects your health.

For more information, please call the Miller Branch at (479)646-6945.


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Authors in the Afternoon: featuring Louise Rogers
May 2015 program: Saturday, May 9th @ 2:00-4:00p.m.

Fort Smith author and retired nurse Louise Rogers will appear at the Fort Smith Public Library to promote and sign copies of her children's book, New Nurse in Town. This beautiful picture book, illustrated by Susan Taylor, gives a perspective of the many different ways of being a Christian nurse in the workplace. The book is written in verse and incorporates scripture into the writing. Louise retired from a thirty-five year career in nursing and continues part-time with a private duty patient. She is a co-sponsor of the yearly Nurses Prayer Breakfast, and has been a Mercy Hospital volunteer for 14 years. She also has been a visitor to the St. Scholastica infirmary for thirty-two years where she enjoys poetry sessions with the retired sisters.

Copies of New Nurse in Town 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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SYS (Swap Your Stuff)
May 2015 program: Tuesday, May 12th @ 4:00-6:00p.m.

Children and Teens are invited to bring stuff they no longer want or need (books, DVDs, CDs or games) and trade it for a 1:1 exchange for something that someone else brings. Items for trade will be in the Youth Services Department of the Fort Smith Main Library. Please make sure to bring something that someone else will want!

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


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Food For Thought: Seed Saving for Gardeners
May 2015 program: Friday, May 15th @ Noon

The time-honored tradition of saving seeds from your garden is easy and fun. Learn how to collect, label and store seeds - and save money - from Sebastian County Cooperative Extension Agent Lance Kirkpatrick.

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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Author Visit and Book Signing with Resty Farmer @ Windsor
SPECIAL May 2015 program: Saturday, May 16th @ 1:00-4:00p.m.


Van Buren author Resty Farmer will make a special appearance at the Windsor Branch Library to promote and sign copies of her second book, A Teenager Called Nene San. The book is her biographical story of growing up during the Japanese occupation of the Philippines. Resty's first book, Nene: Survival and Childhood Memories of a Young Girl in WW II is available for checkout from the library. Resty, a retired nurse from Napa, California, returned to Manila after the war. While working at the Clark Field Air Base as the company Librarian, she met her WWII Veteran Husband. Happily married, they later moved to the United States with their four daughters; one son was born in California.

Copies of A Teenager Called Nene San will be available for sale and signing at this open-house style event. For more information, please call the Windsor Branch at (479)785-0405.


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LEGO Club!
May 2015 program: Monday, May 18th @ 5:00-6:00p.m

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

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


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Open Mic Night @ Dewey's Café
May 2015 program: Thursday, May 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 the Main Library at (479)783-0229.


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Young Actors Guild AUdition Workshop
SPECIAL May 2015 program: Tuesday, May 26th and Wednesday, May 27th @ 3:45-4:30p.m.

Have you ever wanted to audition for a play or a musical? Well, this is your chance. This Young Actors Guild Workshop for ages 6 - 14 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 Magic Treehouse: The Knight at Dawn. 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 the Youth Services Department at (479)783-0229, ext. 1131.


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June 2015



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Fort Smith Public Library Summer Reading Kickoff
SPECIAL June 2015 program: Monday, June 1st -- ALL OPEN HOURS

Stop by your neighborhood location of the Fort Smith Public Library to sign up for summer fun and entertainment for all ages beginning Monday, June 1st. There's a Summer Reading Festival for everyone: Kids, Teens, and Adults! All programs are free and open to the public. Festival 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 $35.00 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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Storytime @ the Library


Day

Time

Storytime Programs

Location

Mondays10:00a.m.  Storytime with Louise TurnerWindsor
2nd & 4th Mondays10:30a.m.  Laptime StorytimeMiller
1st Monday6:00p.m.  Primetime StorytimeMain
2nd Monday6:00p.m.  Spanish StorytimeMain
Tuesdays10:00a.m.  Toddler Time (Ages 3 and under)Main
Wednesdays10:30a.m.  Storytime Dallas
Thursdays10:00a.m.  Preschool Storytime (Ages 3 to 5) Main
Thursdays10:00a.m.  School Age Storytime Windsor
Fridays10:00a.m.  Storytime Miller


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Primetime Storytime: Children's Book Week!
May 2015 program: Monday, May 4th @ 6:00p.m.

Celebrate Children's Book Week with us at this month's Primetime Stortyime! The program for May will feature stories, songs, and crafts, focusing on the magic of children's books. Bring your friends and join us at this FREE family friendly evening story program for kids of all ages.

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


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Cinco de Mayo Storytime @ Dallas
May 2015 program: Wednesday, May 6th @ 10:30a.m.

Pre-school age children are invited to the library for this special Cinco de Mayo storytime, celebrating Hispanic Heritage. Kids will enjoy stories, crafts, and snacks at the FREE program full of fun! Pre-school storytime takes place every Wednesday at 10:30a.m. at the Dallas Branch Library.

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


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Laptime Storytime (0-24 months) @ Miller
May 2015 program: Second/Fourth Mondays: May 11th @ 10:30a.m. (Library will be closed May 25th)

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

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


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Cuentos para Niños en Español: A Storytime in Spanish
May 2015 program: Monday, May 11th @ 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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Summer Reading Preview Storytime: Every Hero Has a Story @ Dallas
SPECIAL May 2015 program: Wednesday, May 20th @ 10:30a.m.

Summer Reading is just around the corner! Pre-school age children are invited to the Dallas Branch Library for this special Summer Reading Preview storytime, where they will learn how they can participate in the summer program, Every Hero Has a Story. 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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Friends of the Library Events


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

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

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

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


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    ArtWork @ the Library


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    Artwork @ Main:
    May/June 2015 Exhibit: Photography by Deanna Cagle

    The stunning photography of Deanna Cagle will be on display in the community room at the Main Library May 11th-June 30th. Deanna, who is from Greenwood, has been involved with photography for about ten years, and finds inspiration in mountainous landscapes and wildlife. This special exhibit will feature breathtaking images from Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, along with other locations out West, and some local photography as well.

    Deanna is a member of the Fort Smith Photographic Alliance and has won awards at the Lawn & Garden Show as well as the Arklahoma State Fair. Artwork is available for viewing all library hours when meetings are not being held in the Community Room. You can preview Deanna's work at fineartamerica.com/art/all/deanna+cagle/all

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


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    Artwork @ Dewey's Café
    May/June 2015 Exhibit: Photography by Michael Leonard

    The award winning photography of Michael Leonard will be on display at Dewey's Café in the Main Library during the months of May and June. Originally from Missouri, Michael has lived in Fort Smith since retiring from the U.S. Navy in 1994. He is well known as an innovative and highly skilled photographer. His photographic interests and styles are multifaceted and he has photographed many different subjects. Well recognized for unique printing and presentation techniques, he has inspired and trained many other photographers to learn his dramatic style of both color and infrared photography. He spends every free minute he can exploring and photographing our country.

    You can preview his photographs at www.photovariations.com. Artwork is available for viewing all hours the library is open.

    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 2015 Exhibit: Miller Branch Artist of the Month -- Rania Asadi

    The Miller Branch Library will feature original paintings by Rania Asadi during the month of May. Originally from Syria, Rania Asadi has lived locally for twelve 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 everything from jewelry and furniture, to her house. Her exhibit will feature still life paintings and landscapes done in oil. Artwork is available for viewing all hours the library is open.

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


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