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Author Events with Anita Paddock: "Cold Blooded"

The Fort Smith Public Library Endowment Trust invites you to a special evening with author Anita Paddock on Wednesday, July 17, from 6:30 – 8:30 PM at the Main Library (3201 Rogers Avenue).  Author of the popular true crime novels Blind Rage and Closing Time, Anita’s brand-new true crime release is Cold Blooded, the true story of the murder of four people in the Arkansas River Bottoms. 

On a cold January morning in 1981, a knock on an apartment door began what would become one of the bloodiest crime sprees in Arkansas history.  In the coming days the bodies of newly... Read Full Blog

The Library is on Instagram!

Did you know that the Library is now on Instagram?  Follow us at fortsmithlibrary to see the latest book suggestions, library news, event information, and more library fun! 



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The Teen Summer Lottery

It is officially summer! School is out, Parrot Island is open, and the Teen Summer Lottery has begun. The Teen Summer Lottery is our version of a summer reading program for people between the ages of 13 and 18. If you are 12 years old, you get to choose between participating in the Children's Summer Reading Program or the Teen Summer Lottery.

You may sign up at any library location at any time during the Lottery, which runs from June 1-July 31. It is best to sign up at the location where you will pick up your prizes. 


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Jennifer Pharr Davis: Athlete, Author, and National Geographic Adventurer of the Year


Join us for an evening with Athlete, Author, and National Geographic Adventurer of the Year Jennifer Pharr Davis on Tuesday, June 11, at 7 PM at the Main Library (3201 Rogers Avenue, Fort Smith).  Jennifer Pharr Davis is a lover of long journeys and good stories.  She is an author, speaker, record setter, and 2012 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year who has covered more than 14,000 miles of long-distance trails on six different continents.



In 2011, she set the overall fasted known time on the 2,181-mile Appala... Read Full Blog

Why you can't pick those letters up!

Have you ever tried to pick up one of the letters on the sidewalk in front of the Main Library?  You are not alone!  Many of our library visitors, both young and old, attempt to pick them up when they spy them on the ground.  The bronze letters spell out the title of the sculpture in the fountain "T-R-A-N-S-E-N-D-U-R-A-N-C-E" beginning with the "T" at the fountain and ending with the "E" in front of the building.  The sculptor, Douglass Warnock, entitled his work Transendurance, a compound word inspired by the two qualities he thought best exemplified the strugg... Read Full Blog

National Library Week 2019

Celebrate National Library Week with YOUR library April 7 – 13, 2019!  “Libraries = Strong Communities” is this year’s theme, and the Fort Smith Public Library is the “Community Front Porch.” We hope you’ll stop by and see us this week to check out a book or movie, use a computer, read a magazine, participate in storytime, join us for The Book Lover’s Club, use one of our meeting rooms, or just say hello to your friends behind the desk.

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries acr... Read Full Blog