Kids

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Youth Services Department

The Youth Services Department’s goal is to meet the information needs of young people from infants to teens as well as their parents, caregivers, and teachers. In addition to an excellent book collection, the department offers an extensive selection of DVDs, books on CD, magazines, and online databases for children, teens, families, and teachers. The department also offers a full spectrum of fun and educational programs for all ages and interests.

Award Winners

Have you checked out this year’s award winners?  To see the current and past award winners, click here.

Library Lists

Need help finding something to read?  Take a look at NoveList, ask our staff  for recommendations, and check out our library lists for kids.

STEAM Team

STEAM Team is a program for children who have an interest in science, technology, engineering, art, and math.  Join us with these projects that you can do at home with supplies you probably already have.  Learning is fun with the Library's STEAM Team!  Click here for a list of the projects. 

What's New for Kids

Kids' Blog Entries

Snow Much Fun!

Winter is getting closer, but how can you tell when winter is here? You may see birds flying south, but where do frogs, caterpillars, and slugs go when the temperature drops? Do you know which animals love the cold weather and which would rather nap all winter long? Before bundling yourself up to...

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Upcoming Events for Kids

This event is in the "Everyone" group.

FSPL Holiday Food Drive

All Day 11/1 - 12/31
Main
Location: Main
Age Group: Everyone
Program Type: Holiday
Program Description:
Help out local families in need by donating to this year’s Fort Smith Public Library Holiday Food Drive. One in five people in our area are struggling, one in three rural Arkansas children live in food insecure homes.  Drop off your non-peris...
This event is in the "Everyone" group.
Location: Main
Room: Community Room (Exhibit Space)
Age Group: Everyone
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Program Description:
The nature photography of Steven Hunter will be on display in the community room of the Main Library during the months of November & December.  Images will encompass western Arkansas and all of Oklahoma, with an emphasis on the Wichita Mount...
This event is in the "Preschool" group.
This event is in the "School Age" group.

Storytime - Dallas Branch

10:00am - 10:30am
Dallas
Location: Dallas
Room: Storytime Nook
Age Group: Preschool, School Age
Program Type: Storytimes
Program Description:
Storytime at the Dallas Street Branch is for children and their adults.  Lasting about 30 minutes, children and their families will enjoy stories, books, music, snacks, and crafts.   Storytime will often have themes reflecting the seas...
This event is in the "Everyone" group.
Location: Main
Room: Computer Lab
Age Group: Everyone
Program Type: Book Sales, Books & Writing
Program Description:
Just in time for the holidays, book lovers will find a broad assortment of books in this special sale including rare, vintage, and valuable titles.  A range of topics are represented including art, religion, history, and much more with publicati...
This event is in the "Babies & Toddlers" group.
This event is in the "Preschool" group.

Storytime - Main Library

10:00am - 11:00am
Main
Location: Main
Room: Storytime Nook
Age Group: Babies & Toddlers, Preschool
Program Type: Storytimes
Program Description:
Children and their caregivers are invited to the Main Library for storytime every Thursday at 10:00 AM.  Lasting about 35 minutes, storytimes feature stories, songs, puppetry, finger plays, manipulatives, and crafts. Not only is storytime f...

Disclaimer(s)

This program is designed for children and accompanying adults. Please plan to attend and be engaged with your child for this program. Drop offs will not be permitted.

This event is in the "Everyone" group.
Location: Main
Room: Computer Lab
Age Group: Everyone
Program Type: Book Sales, Books & Writing
Program Description:
Just in time for the holidays, book lovers will find a broad assortment of books in this special sale including rare, vintage, and valuable titles.  A range of topics are represented including art, religion, history, and much more with publicati...
This event is in the "Everyone" group.
Location: Main
Room: Community Room
Age Group: Everyone
Program Type: Books & Writing, Holiday, Special Events
Program Description:
Take a break from your hectic life to enjoy scenic photography and inspirational words as Tim Ernst shares images from his latest picture book, Arkansas Greatest Hits.  The program will include stunning images set to relaxing music to take you a...
This event is in the "Babies & Toddlers" group.
This event is in the "Preschool" group.
This event is in the "School Age" group.

Storytime - Miller Branch

10:00am - 11:00am
Miller
Location: Miller
Room: Anita Paddock Community Room
Age Group: Babies & Toddlers, Preschool, School Age
Program Type: Storytimes

Children and their caregivers are invited to the Miller Branch Library to enjoy stories, songs, rhymes, and crafts.  No registration is necessary for this fun and FREE program.  Storytime is held every Friday at 10:00 AM.

Disclaimer(s)

This program is designed for children and accompanying adults. Please plan to attend and be engaged with your child for this program. Drop offs will not be permitted.

This event is in the "Everyone" group.
Location: Main
Room: Computer Lab
Age Group: Everyone
Program Type: Book Sales, Books & Writing
Program Description:
Just in time for the holidays, book lovers will find a broad assortment of books in this special sale including rare, vintage, and valuable titles.  A range of topics are represented including art, religion, history, and much more with publicati...

Databases for Kids

ABC Mouse

ABCmouse.com offers the most comprehensive online curriculum for children ages 2-8+, including reading and language arts, math, beginning science, social studies, art, and music. 

When accessing ABCmouse from home via the library website, you will need to create an account.  Your account can be shared by up to three children in a household, each with their own avatar, profile, and progress-tracking on the ABCmouse Step-by-Step Learning Path. 

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CultureGrams

Primary sources, statistics, and cultural reports covering the countries of the world, states, and Canadian provinces.  Explore the United States and discover state flags, maps, sports teams, recipes, symbols, songs, and more. 

The Traveler Statewide Resource project is made possible by a grant from U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services to the Arkansas State Library under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act.”

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Hoopla

Hoopla is a digital media service that allows you to borrow movies, music, audiobooks, ebooks, comics and TV shows to enjoy on your computer, tablet, or phone – and even your TV! With no waiting, titles can be streamed immediately, or downloaded to phones or tablets for offline enjoyment later. We have hundreds of thousands of titles to choose from, with more being added daily. Hoopla is like having your public library at your fingertips. Anytime. Anywhere.

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LearningExpress

LearningExpress is an interactive online learning platform for job searching, workplace skills improvement, career certification and licensing exam preparation. It also covers college entrance and graduate school admissions exam preparation, GED exam preparation, and basic skills improvement for all ages. 

The Traveler Statewide Resource project is made possible by a grant from U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services to the Arkansas State Library under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act.”

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Mango Languages

Learn more than 70 languages through real conversations, and also features ESL lessons. Great for kids.

The Traveler Statewide Resource project is made possible by a grant from U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services to the Arkansas State Library under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act.”

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NoveList K-8

NoveList K-8 Plus is a trusted source of read-alike recommendations specifically for younger readers. It helps kids find books that are just right for their reading level and interests.

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World Book Kids

Search thousands of articles, multimedia content, and a collection of biographies.

The Traveler Statewide Resource project is made possible by a grant from U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services to the Arkansas State Library under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act.”

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World Book Spanish - Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos

Spanish language encyclopedia for Spanish speakers and Spanish language learners. Includes maps, images, and activities. 

The Traveler Statewide Resource project is made possible by a grant from U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services to the Arkansas State Library under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act.”

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World Book Student

Find thousands of articles and multimedia aligned to curriculum. Contains numerous tools to engage users in 21st-century education and blended-learning practices.

The Traveler Statewide Resource project is made possible by a grant from U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services to the Arkansas State Library under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act.”

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