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Crafting just makes people happy.

"The Connection Between Art, Healing, and Public Health” was published in the American Journal of Public Health in February 2010 and discussed the relationship between health and the creative arts.  The study found that people participating in art experiences (music, visual arts, movement-based expression, and writing) see “increases in positive emotions” and “reductions in stress and anxiety.”  If you need a distraction from life, just experiencing the symphony, going dancing, or focusing on a craft project can reduce your stress and improve your health. 

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Yo ho ho and a barrel of fun!

Ahoy, mateys!  September 19th is International Talk Like a Pirate Day and the Miller Branch is celebrating with two fun pirate-themed events!  On Tuesday, September 17th, we are hosting a special nighttime storytime, complete with pirate stories, sea shanties, and games.  On Thursday, September 19th, little pirates can pop in anytime from 1:00 – 6:00 p.m.  to make some fun crafts and dine on cannonballs (Whoppers), fish (Goldfish), and Caribbean Sea water (juice) at our Crafternoon.

Want to impress your buddies by learning to speak like a pirate?  Your... Read Full Blog

In a library, not so far away...

On Saturday, July 13th, families and aliens alike gathered together at the Miller Branch and used the force to make creative crafts, play interesting games, and enjoy refreshing Wookie cookies and Jabba juice.  We even had some visitors from the 501st Legion - Greedo, a storm trooper, and a TIE fighter pilot - show up to partake in the fun!  The library got a little busy, so Greedo moved behind the circulation desk to check a few books out to customers.  

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Summer Reading = Prizes

Beat the heat of the summer at the Miller Branch – you might even win big!  The annual Fort Smith Public Library’s summer reading program is underway during the months of June and July and the library is doling out PRIZES for READING!  How fabulous is that?  Make summer reading a family event; everyone can partake in the summer reading program fun: children, teens, and adults!

How are we able to offer the summer reading program?  The U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services provides a grant to the Arkansas State Library.  Friends of the Library assist... Read Full Blog


Just more books to love!

June is Audiobook Month and it’s a great time to try out an audiobook, if you have never given them a chance.  Why audiobooks?  They offer just one more way to enjoy more BOOKS!  What’s better than that?  If it’s hard to find time to sit down and read a book, an audiobook will make cooking, cleaning, working out, and other errands, more entertaining!  Make long summer road trips with the children a breeze with a family-friendly audiobook playing.  Listening to books can create a different experience for readers of all ages ... Read Full Blog

Get Caught Reading!

The Association of American Publishers launched the first Get Caught Reading Month in 1999, to encourage a love of reading at all ages.  This nationwide campaign is now managed by Every Child a Reader and supported by the Lois Lenski Covey Foundation.  Ads and posters portray famous actors, authors, athletes, singers, and even well-known book characters taking up the cause to get “caught reading” a book.

In May, the staff at the Miller Branch wants to catch you reading!  A display in the library entrance shows off some of our customers who were "busted" reading insi... Read Full Blog

Stuffed Animals Invade the Library!

The Miller Branch Library recently hosted a special storytime event on the evening of March 26th.  Children were encouraged to wear pajamas and bring a beloved stuffed animal to cuddle with while they enjoyed the storytime, which featured monster stories, monster songs, and a pajama craft. 

After storytime, children answered a questionnaire about their stuffed friends and "checked them in" to the library for the night.  Once the library closed for the evening, the stuffed animals settled down for a rest...  Or did they...?

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Pajama Storytime & Stuffed Animal Sleepover

What happens at the library after the lights go out?  Bring your favorite stuffed animal to the library for our annual Pajama Storytime & Stuffed Animal Sleepover and maybe you will find out!  Kids of all ages and their families are invited to the Miller Branch Library on Tuesday, March 26th at 5:30 PM for a very special bedtime storytime.  Children are encouraged to wear pajamas and bring a favorite stuffed animal friend.  After everyone enjoys some bedtime stories, songs, and a craft, the stuffed animals will then have the opportunity to stay at the library for a s... Read Full Blog