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Printable Calendars-at-a-Glance:  March 2015

Location

February Events

Date

Time

Main Library Black Heritage Celebration featuring Tommy Terrific's Wacky Magic Show Saturday, February 28th2:00p.m.

Location

March Events

Date

Time

Windsor Branch Storytime @ Windsor Monday, March 2nd10:00a.m.
Main Library Primetime Storytime with Dr. Seuss! Monday, March 2nd6:00p.m.
Main Library Toddler Time Tuesday, March 3rd10:00a.m.
Dallas Branch Storytime @ Dallas Wednesday, March 4th10:30a.m.
Main Library Storytime @ Main Thursday, March 5th10:00a.m.
Miller Branch Storytime @ Miller Friday, March 6th10:00a.m.
Windsor Branch Storytime @ Windsor Monday, March 9th10:00a.m.
Miller Branch Laptime Storytime @ Miller Monday, March 9th10:30a.m.
Main Library Cuentos para Nińos en Espańol: Storytime in Spanish Monday, March 9th6:00p.m.
Main Library Toddler Time Tuesday, March 10th10:00a.m.
Main Library DIY Tech Craft for Teens Tuesday, March 10th3:00-5:00p.m.
Dallas Branch Storytime @ Dallas Wednesday, March 11th10:30a.m.
Main Library Storytime @ Main Thursday, March 12th10:00a.m.
Windsor Branch Teen Tech Week: Digital Resources Open House @ Windsor Thursday, March 12th4:00-6:00p.m.
Main Library Authors in the Afternoon with Greta Marlow Thursday, March 12th4:00-6:00p.m.
Miller Branch Storytime @ Miller Friday, March 13th10:00a.m.
Windsor Branch Storytime @ Windsor Monday, March 16th10:00a.m.
Miller Branch Short Story Writing Class @ Miller Monday, March 16th5:00-6:00p.m.
Main Library LEGO Club Monday, March 16th5:00-6:00p.m.
Main Library Toddler Time Tuesday, March 17th10:00a.m.
Dallas Branch St. Patrick's Day Storytime @ Dallas Wednesday, March 18th10:30a.m.
Main Library Storytime @ Main Thursday, March 19th10:00a.m.
Main Library Authors in the Afternoon with Mimi Martin Thursday, March 19th4:00-6:00p.m.
Dewey's Café
@ Main
 Open Mic Night @ Dewey's Café Thursday, March 19th7:00p.m.
Miller Branch Storytime @ Miller Friday, March 20th10:00a.m.
Main Library Food for Thought: Container Gardening Friday, March 20thNoon
Main Library Spring Break Search Monday, March 23rd9:00a.m.-9:00p.m.
Windsor Branch Storytime @ Windsor Monday, March 23rd10:00a.m.
Miller Branch Laptime Storytime @ Miller Monday, March 23rd10:30a.m.
Main Library Toddler Time Tuesday, March 24th10:00a.m.
Main Library Spring Break Movie Matinee: Big Hero 6 (PG) Tuesday, March 24th2:00p.m.
Main Library Spring Break Make & Take Craft Day Wednesday, March 25th10:00a.m.-4:00p.m.
Dallas Branch Storytime @ Dallas Wednesday, March 25th10:30a.m.
Main Library Storytime @ Main Thursday, March 26th10:00a.m.
Main Library Spring Break Game Day Thursday, March 26th1:00a.m.-8:00p.m.
Windsor Branch Music in the Library Thursday, March 26th4:00p.m.
Miller Branch Storytime @ Miller Friday, March 27th10:00a.m.
Main Library Seed Swap @ the Fort Smith Library Saturday, February 28th10:00a.m.-Noon
Windsor Branch Storytime @ Windsor Monday, March 30th10:00a.m.
Main Library Toddler Time Tuesday, March 31st10:00a.m.
Main Library Beginning Genealogy Tuesday, March 31st6:00p.m.
Miller Branch Mother-Son Game Night @ Miller Friday, March 31st6:00-7:30p.m.

Location

Artwork @ FSPL

Month

Hours

Main Library Photography by Steven Jones March 2nd-April 26thALL Open Hours
Dewey's Café
@ Main
 Photography by Jim Anderson March 1st-April 30thALL Open Hours
Miller Branch Artist of the Month: Jim Anderson March 1st-31stALL Open Hours

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


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February 2015



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Black Heritage Celebration featuring Tommy Terrific's Wacky Magic Show @ Windsor
SPECIAL February 2015 program: Saturday, February 28th @ 2:00p.m.

Join the Fort Smith Public Library for its annual Black Heritage Celebration, an inspiring, informative, and entertaining celebration of African American history and heritage. This year's all-ages event will feature magician Tommy Terrific's educational Wacky Magic Show about Satchel Paige and Negro League Baseball. The show will be filled with baseball-themed magic tricks, and it will explore the life and accomplishments of baseball pitcher Satchel Paige. Dr. Paul D. Adams, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, will also appear, sharing remarks about his personal journey and career as a researcher and scientist. A display of library materials related to African American history and heritage will also be featured at this special Black History Month event.

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


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Teen Tech Week: DIY Tech Craft for Teens
SPECIAL March 2015 program: Tuesday, March 10th @ 3:00-5:00p.m.

Teens! Show off your crafty side using discarded computer parts and tech recyclables: make projects using provided materials or bring your own ideas and materials to share with the group. Bring a friend and help us celebrate Teen Tech Week at the Fort Smith Public Library.

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


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Teen Tech Week: Digital Resources Open House @ Windsor
SPECIAL March 2015 program: Saturday, March 12th @ 4:00-6:00p.m.

Celebrate Teen Tech Week at the Windsor Branch Library with our Digital Resources Open House. Grab your phone or tablet and head to the library afterschool to find out how you can combine technology and free library digital resources. Learn how you can download music, magazines, and books for FREE with your library card using Freegal, Zinio, and Library2Go. Join us for refreshments and prizes at this program just for teens.

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


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Authors in the Afternoon: featuring Greta Marlow
March 2015 program: Thursday, March 12th @ 4:00-6:00p.m.

Arkansas author Greta Marlow will make a special appearance at the Fort Smith Public Library to promote and sign copies of her books, His Promise True and A Permanent Home. The historical novels tell the story of young pioneers in early Arkansas Territory. In His Promise True, Maggie and John David McKellar face bad luck and bad choices after leaving Tennessee for a free land grant in Texas. Their journey ends in the heart of the Arkansas wilderness, where they plan to settle on land that, by treaty, belongs to the Cherokees. A Permanent Home continues their story with the conflict between white settlers and the Cherokees over the land, as John David struggles with reconciling what he wants and what is right.

Copies of the books will be available for sale and signing at this open-house style event. Greta Marlow teaches speech and communication at the University of the Ozarks in Clarksville, Arkansas. She and her family live in Johnson County on a small farm. For more information, please call the Main Library at (479)783-0229.


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Short Story Writing Class @ Miller
SPECIAL March 2015 program: Six Mondays, March 16th, 23rd, 30th, April 6th, 13th, & 20th @ 1:00p.m.

Registration is now being taken at the Miller Branch Library for a six-week Short Story Writing Class for adults. This class for aspiring writers will meet on Mondays, March 16th through April 20th at 1:00 p.m., and will be led by former Branch Manager Anita Paddock.

The class is free, but registration is limited. For more information, please call the Miller Branch at (479)646-3945.


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LEGO Club!
March 2015 program: Monday, March 16th @ 5:00-6:00p.m

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

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


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Authors in the Afternoon: featuring Mimi Martin
March 2015 program: Thursday, March 19th @ 4:00-6:00p.m.

Arkansas author Mimi Martin will make a special appearance at the Fort Smith Public Library to promote and sign copies of her book, Song of the Eagle. This historical novel depicts a showdown in Arkansas, when an impulsive fourteen-year-old girl seeks her revenge with an evil renegade who killed her brother. Set during the American Civil War, this action-packed adventure novel is intended to entertain while showing that the issues of racial prejudice, revenge, and war were as serious, far-reaching and impactful in our society 150 years ago as they are today.

Copies of Song of the Eagle will be available for sale and signing at this open-house style event. Mimi Martin is a retired registered nurse; she lives with her husband in Fayetteville, Arkansas. For more information, please call the Main Library at (479)783-0229.


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Open Mic Night @ Dewey's Café
March 2015 program: Thursday, March 19th @ 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.

This event is free and open to all ages. We look forward to seeing you at the Café!

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


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Food For Thought: Container Gardening with Deborah Chapman
March 2015 program: Friday, March 20th @ Noon

Spring planting season is just around the corner; come join us to learn how you can grow beautiful, creative container gardens almost anywhere. Deborah Chapman with the River Valley Master Gardeners will talk about flower and vegetable container gardening suitable for this area.

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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Spring Break Search
SPECIAL March 2015 program: Monday, March 23rd; 9:00a.m.-9:00p.m.

Visit the Fort Smith Main Library during spring break and see if you can spot the Beanie Babies hidden in the Youth Services Department. Tell the library staff where they are hiding to win a prize!

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


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Spring BreakMovie Matinee: Big Hero 6 (PG)
SPECIAL March 2015 program: Tuesday, March 24th @ 2:00p.m.

Make the Library your destination for Spring Break fun with our movie matinee featuring Big Hero 6 (PG). Six reluctant first-time crime fighters team up to save their city in this animated action adventure film.

Feel free to bring your own snacks or purchase goodies at Dewey's Café and enjoy Big Hero 6 with your family or friends! For more information, please call the Youth Services Department at (479)783-0229, ext. 1131.


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Spring Break Make & Take Craft Day
March 2015 program: Wednesday, March 25th @ 10:00a.m.-4:00p.m.

Drop by the Youth Services Department at the Main Library to celebrate the coming of spring with a day of crafting. This FREE open-house style program is open to kids and teens and their families. A variety of crafts will be available to make and take home with you.

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


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Spring Break Game Day
SPECIAL March 2015 program: Thursday, March 26th @ 1:00-8:00p.m

Put down your cell phones and electronic devices and make some fun with a traditional twist this spring break. The library will offer board games, card games, chess, and checkers for an afternoon or evening of fun with your friends and family. Test your gaming abilities and battle it out for bragging rights.

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


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Music in the Library: A Story Program for Kids @ Windsor
SPECIAL March 2015 program: Thursday, March 26th @ 4:00p.m.

Come break the sound barrier at the Windsor Branch Library by joining us for an interactive musical story program that will be fun-filled and entertaining. Kids 12 and under are invited join in the fun and check out a book as well at this special FREE spring break library program focusing on music.

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


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Operation: Game On!!!!! @ Windsor
SPECIAL March 2015 program: Friday, March 27th @ 1:00-4:00p.m.

Spend your last afternoon of spring break with the Windsor Branch Library crew playing video games! Come try out a variety of fun Wii games, and check out a book or two at this FREE spring break program that is all about fun and games.

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


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Seed Swap @ The Fort Smith Library
SPECIAL March 2015 program: Saturday, March 28th @ 10:00a.m-Noon

Seed swaps are a rewarding way to build community and share information about gardening, plant varieties, and each other's project. Stop by the library for this open-house style event where The Learning Fields at Chaffee Crossing will be giving away heirloom tomato seeds and a limited amount of flower seeds. Spring planting will soon be here; find the seeds you've been looking for or share your excess seeds with others. This is a free swap; no selling permitted.

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


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Beginning Genealogy
SPECIAL March 2015 program: Tuesday, March 31st @ 6:00p.m.

Join Fort Smith Public Library Genealogy Specialist Diana Curry to learn how to get started tracing your family's history. Class members will learn the basics of genealogical research, including how to use family sources, vital statistics, census records, and county records to research family tree information.

The workshop is free, but space is limited; please register in advance by calling the Genealogy Department at (479)783-0229, ext. 1181.


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Mother-Son Game Night @ Miller
SPECIAL March 2015 program: Tuesday, March 31st @ 6:00-7:30p.m.

Mothers, bring your favorite little men to the Miller Branch for a fun and interactive game night! Boys between the ages of three and twelve can pair up with their mothers, aunts, grandmothers, or other important female figures in their lives and enjoy a night out at the library. There will be putt putt golf, other games, crafts, and lots of fun activities.

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


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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 with Dr. Seuss!
March 2015 program: Monday, March 2nd @ 6:00p.m.

Help us celebrate the birthday of everyone's favorite storyteller, Dr. Seuss! This month's Primetime Storytime will feature stories, songs, and crafts, with a Dr. Seuss theme. 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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Laptime Storytime (0-24 months) @ Miller
March 2015 program: Second/Fourth Mondays, March 9th/23rd @ 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
March 2015 program: Monday, March 9th @ 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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St. Patrick's Day Storytime @ Dallas
March 2015 program: Wednesday, March 18th @ 10:30a.m.

Pre-school children age 3 - 5 are invited to the Dallas Branch Library for this special St. Patrick's Day themed storytime. 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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Friends of the Library Events


Fort Smith Public Library's (Twice) Annual Friends of the Library Booksale
Annual program: 2015 Dates -- Fiction: First Saturday in May @ 10:00a.m.-5:00p.m.;
Mostly Non-Fiction: 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:
March/April 2015 Exhibit: Photography by Steven Jones

The original photographic works of Steven Jones will be on display in the Community Room at the Main Library from March 2nd-April 26th. This special exhibit will feature selections from the photographer's Carnival series, Signs of Our Times series, and Encaustic Wax Series.

Steven Jones graduated from the Art Center College of Design in 1984 with a BFA in Photography. He works primarily as a commercial photographer, with several gold Addy awards and a National American Graphic Society Award to his credit. The photographer was selected for the Arkansas Arts Council's Small Works on Paper traveling exhibit in 2011 and 2013; the Arkansas Art Center's Delta show in 2012 and 2013; and RAM's River Valley Invitational in 2013 and 2014.

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


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Artwork @ Dewey's Café
March/April 2015 Exhibit: Paintings by Cindy Sugg

The artwork of Cindy Sugg will be featured at Dewey's Café at the Main Library during the months of March and April. Cindy is a lover of nature and is inspired to paint by many subjects in the Fort Smith area. Oils and pastels are her media of choice in her art; her focus is on landscapes and flowers. Her art may also be viewed at Michael's Mansion and the Fort Smith Regional Art Museum.

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


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Artwork @ Miller
March 2015 Exhibit: Miller Branch Artist of the Month -- Jim Anderson

Original works by photographer Jim Anderson will be on display at the Miller Branch Library during the month of March. 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 the Miller Branch Library. For more information, please call the Miller Branch Library at (479)646-3945.


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