All library locations will be closed May 27th for Memorial Day.

Teens

Teen Reading Area

 

The teen area at the Main Library is an inclusive, fun, and safe environment for teens between the ages 13 and 17 to socialize, study, and create a community. The Fort Smith Public Library aims to provide teen programming that promotes literacy and creativity in the community and encourages teens to become critical thinking, global citizens. The teen book collection includes fiction, non-fiction (including anime and manga), and a new releases book display.   

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 teens.

A Universe of Stories

Teen Blog Entries

Adventure Begins at Your Library for Teens

Hey Teens!

Ready to read for fun and prizes? Whether you like to read books, e-books, or listen to audiobooks (or all three!) AND like to win stuff, the Adventure Begins at Your Library Teen Summer Reading Program is for you! 

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Upcoming Events for Teens

This event is in the "Teens" group.
This event is in the "Adults" group.

Genealogy Writer's Workshop

5:30pm - 7:30pm
Main
Location: Main
Room: Genealogy
Age Group: Teens, Adults
Program Type: Books & Writing, Genealogy & History, How-To
Program Description:

Begin your life story with the Genealogy Writer’s Workshop. This month explore and discuss themes to determine the basis of your narrative. Join us monthly as we help you continue writing the “chapters” of your life story.

This event is in the "Teens" group.
This event is in the "Adults" group.

BINGO for Books (for Adults!)

6:00pm - 7:00pm
Main
Location: Main
Room: Community Room
Age Group: Teens, Adults
Program Type: Games & Activities
Program Description:

Bring your lucky bingo daubers or lucky troll for this fun hour of bingo! We will have book prizes for winners of this free program!

This event is in the "Everyone" group.
Location: Dallas
Age Group: Everyone
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Games & Activities, Special Events
Program Description:

It’s time to kick off summer reading!  Drop by the Dallas Street Branch to help us celebrate the beginning of the Adventure Begins at Your Library summer reading program.  Sign up for the summer reading progr

This event is in the "Everyone" group.
Location: Dallas
Age Group: Everyone
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Celebrations, Holiday
Program Description:

Let your father know how much he means to you with a handmade Father's Day Card.  Stop by the Dallas Street Branch Library and use your creativity to make your own personalized card for Dad!  This do-it-yourself activity is open to all a

This event is in the "Everyone" group.
Location: Windsor
Room: General Library
Age Group: Everyone
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Celebrations, Games & Activities, Storytimes
Program Description:

It's time to kick off summer reading! Drop by the Windsor Drive Branch to help us celebrate the beginning of the Adventure Begins at Your Library summer reading program.

This event is in the "Babies & Toddlers" group.
This event is in the "Preschool" group.
This event is in the "School Age" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.
This event is in the "Adults" group.
This event is in the "Everyone" group.

Summer Reading Program Kickoff!

10:00am - 2:00pm
Miller
Location: Miller
Room: Anita Paddock Community Room
Age Group: Babies & Toddlers, Preschool, School Age, Teens, Adults, Everyone
Program Type: Celebrations, Games & Activities
Program Description:

It’s time to kick off summer reading!  Drop by the Miller Branch to help us celebrate the beginning of the All Together Now summer reading program.  Activities will include sidewalk chalk and rock painting!  It’s free

This event is in the "School Age" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

Paper Airplane Contest - Dallas

2:00pm - 2:45pm
Dallas
Location: Dallas
Age Group: School Age, Teens
Program Type: Games & Activities, STEAM
Program Description:

Use your design skills to make your own paper airplane and participate in a paper airplane flying contest at the Dallas Street Branch Library.  Compete to create an airplane that will fly the longest distance.  1st, 2nd

This event is in the "School Age" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.
This event is in the "Adults" group.
Location: Main
Room: Genealogy
Age Group: School Age, Teens, Adults
Program Type: Genealogy & History, How-To
Program Description:

The Genealogy Department invites you to monthly classes exploring areas of genealogical research methods to discover your family history. In this month’s class, we will be learning about using Land Records in your Research.

Databases for Teens

American History Online

By providing the most comprehensive range of information in one complete resource, American History offers a virtual library of American history for educators, students, and researchers of all ages. Includes articles, images, primary source documents, timelines, videos, and slideshows.

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Arkansas Driving Tests

Practice permit tests and handbooks for cars, motorcycles, and CDL.  Also available in Spanish.

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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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Gale Virtual Reference Library

Database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research.  Your library card is required to access this database.

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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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ProQuest Central

An easy-to-use multimedia resource that supports research in business, health and medical, social sciences, arts and humanities, education, science and technology, and dozens of other disciplines.

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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ProQuest Research Companion

This database helps students understand the scholarly research process and supports educators as they teach the core information literacy principles of finding, evaluating, and using information.

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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Salem Press Online Collection

Salem Presses offers a wealth of information on literature, history, science, health, and more. Researchers have access to a collection of reference materials, eBooks, and more. This resource also has biographical information and primary documents. Outside the library, use fortsmith as the remote password.

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Science Online

With a wealth of content and a dynamic design that facilitates STEM research and learning, Science Online offers a comprehensive overview of a broad range of scientific disciplines. 

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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SIRS Issues Researcher

Background and analysis on 350+ leading issues, providing pros and cons on social, scientific, health, historic, economic, political, and global issues.

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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Today's Science

Today’s Science bridges the gap between the science taught in class and real-world discoveries—giving in-depth explanations of important advances in biology, chemistry, the environment, space, physics, and technology.

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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