Library Update

To support efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19, all four locations of the Fort Smith Public Library will be closed until further notice.  For information on how to contact library staff, curbside pickup of library materials, the new digital access-only library card, and more check our Facebook page or the library website. 




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 and your Fort Smith Public Library conveniently offers several different ways to start listening.

Looking through the audiobooks at the Miller Branch.

Fort Smith Public Library users can check out audiobooks on CD from any of the four library locations.  Each library card is allowed up to six audiobooks checked out at one time.  The library has an excellent variety of genres that span all age groups.  You can search our online catalog here to find out what’s available and reserve one today!

Phone with Libby App

For customers who prefer to stream and download, the Fort Smith Public Library offers Library2Go, which allows library customers to check out eBooks and eAudiobooks through the free Overdrive and Libby apps– and you’ll never have to worry about accruing a late fee because they will automatically return themselves after two weeks!  Many newer vehicles can stream content directly from your smart phone, through your car’s speakers.  This makes it easy to listen to audiobooks in your car, with only a few clicks on your phone.  Benefits of downloading audiobooks is the ability to speed up/slow down the speed, set a timer so your audiobook shuts off automatically after a set amount of time, and being able to listen anywhere and not have to worry about what track and disc you were last on.

Tumblebooks Logo

If you have children, you can use your library card to explore Tumblebooks on a computer or through a mobile app.  Tumblebooks have interactive picture books with animation, sound, music, and narration.  Children can enjoy reading in a whole new and exciting way!  Beginner readers can follow along with the narration and improve their reading skills. 

Want another reason to try audiobooks?  During the summer, anything checked out from the library – books, DVDs, AUDIOBOOKS – can be used by teens and adults to earn a chance to win weekly prizes and an end-of-the-summer grand prize.  Click here to learn more about our summer reading program, or stop by any library location – we will be happy to help you get signed up!

Hope this encourages you to try an audiobook during the month of June!