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Printable Calendars-at-a-Glance: September 2016

Location

September Events

Date

Time

ALL Locations National Library Card Sign-up Month September 1st-30thALL Open Hours
ALL Locations Golden Tickets @ the Library! September 1st-30thALL Open Hours
Main Library Storytime @ Main Thursday, September 1st10:00a.m.
Miller Branch Storytime @ Miller Friday, September 2nd10:00a.m.
ALL Locations Fort Smith Public Library is CLOSED
for Labor Day
Monday, September 5thALL Hours
Main Library Toddler Time Tuesday, September 6th10:00a.m.
Dallas Branch Storytime @ Dallas Wednesday, September 7th10:30a.m.
Main Library Storytime @ Main Thursday, September 8th10:00a.m.
Windsor Branch Umoja Soul Storytime @ Windsor Thursday, September 8th6:00p.m.
Miller Branch Storytime @ Miller Friday, September 9th10:00a.m.
Windsor Branch Storytime @ Windsor Monday, September 12th10:00a.m.
Miller Branch Laptime Storytime @ Miller Monday, September 12th10:30a.m.
Main Library Cuentos para Niños en Español: Storytime in Spanish Monday, September 12th6:00p.m.
Main Library Toddler Time Tuesday, September 13th10:00a.m.
Main Library Roald Dahl Day Tuesday, September 13th1:00-4:00p.m.
Dallas Branch Curious George Storytime: Happy Birthday H.A. Rey @ Dallas Wednesday, September 14th10:30a.m.
Main Library Fort Smith's Lincoln High School: A Significant Past, A Solid Present, A Sacred Future Wednesday, September 14th6:00p.m.
Main Library Storytime @ Main Thursday, September 15th10:00a.m.
Windsor Branch Hispanic Heritage Bingo @ Windsor Thursday, September 15th3:30p.m.
Main Library Authors in the Afternoon with Becky Yandell Thursday, September 15th4:00-6:00p.m.
Windsor Branch Spanish Storytime @ Windsor Thursday, September 15th6:00p.m.
Dewey's Café
@ Main
 Open Mic Night @ Dewey's Thursday, September 15th7:00p.m.
Miller Branch Pirate Party and Storytime @ Miller Friday, September 16th10:00a.m.
Main Library Food for Thought: Flyfishing with the Fort Smith Flyfishers Association Friday, September 16thNoon
Windsor Branch Storytime @ Windsor Monday, September 19th10:00a.m.
Miller Branch Laptime Storytime @ Miller Monday, September 19th10:30a.m.
Main Library LEGO Club: Pirates Monday, September 19th5:00-6:00p.m.
Main Library Toddler Time Tuesday, September 20th10:00a.m.
Dallas Branch Fall is Here: Storytime @ Dallas Wednesday, September 21st10:30a.m.
Main Library Europe in Eureka Springs: A Visit and Slideshow Presentation with Photographer Eli Vega Wednesday, September 21st7:00p.m.
Main Library Storytime @ Main Thursday, September 22nd10:00a.m.
Main Library Back to School…Back to Sexting?: A Program for Parents and Teachersn Thursday, September 22nd6:00p.m.
Miller Branch Storytime @ Miller Friday, September 23rd10:00a.m.
Dallas Branch Friends of the Fort Smith Public Library
Chocolate Festival @ Dallas
Sunday, September 25th2:30-4:30p.m.
Windsor Branch Storytime @ Windsor Monday, September 26th10:00a.m.
Miller Branch Laptime Storytime @ Miller Monday, September 26th10:30a.m.
Dallas Branch Pokemon Go...to Your Library: Metapod Monday @ Dallas Monday, September 26th3:00-6:00p.m.
Main Library Toddler Time Tuesday, September 27th10:00a.m.
Miller Branch Pokemon Go...to Your Library: Tauros Tuesday @ Miller Tuesday, September 27th3:00-6:00p.m.
Dallas Branch Storytime @ Dallas Wednesday, September 28th10:30a.m.
Windsor Branch Pokemon Go...to Your Library: Weedle Wednesday @ Windsor Wednesday, September 28th3:00-6:00p.m.
Main Library Storytime @ Main Thursday, September 29th10:00a.m.
Main Library Pokemon Go...to Your Library: Tentacool Thursday @ Main Thursday, September 29th3:00-6:00p.m.
Miller Branch Storytime @ Miller Friday, September 30th10:00a.m.

Location

Artwork @ FSPL

Month

Hours

Main Library Art Exhibition: Sally Hart September 1st-October 31stALL Open Hours
Dewey's Café
@ Main
 Art Exhibition: Erica Johnson September 1st-October 31stALL Open Hours
Miller Branch Artist of the Month: Doris Hampton Month of AugustALL Open Hours

Location On-Going Events @ FSPL Dates Hours
Main Library Friends of the Library
(Twice!) Annual Book Sales
2016 Dates:
  Fiction: May 7th
  NonFiction: August 27th
ALL Open Hours
Main Library FSPL Storytimes regular weekly dates
(See Below)
regular weekly times
(See Below)

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September 2016



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National Library Card Sign-up Month
SPECIAL September 2016 program: September 1st-30th; ALL Open Hours, ALL Locations

September is National Library Card Sign-up Month. Visit your library today; it is a hub of community activity! In tough economic times, a library card gives you free access to books and computers, a place to create your resume and do a job search, checkout or download music, movies, magazines, and much more. If you don't have a library card, this is the perfect time to apply. If you do have one, come and see what your library card can do! There's no better place than the library to have fun . . . a place the whole family can enjoy. Visit your neighborhood library today and get a library card!!

Free bookmarks will be given away at all Fort Smith Public Library locations during September! All children who sign up for their first library card will receive a free paperback book provided by the Friends of the Library.

Library cards are available free of charge to Fort Smith city residents age five and older. A parent or legal guardian must apply in person for children ages 5-15. Please bring identification with current street address, such as a driver's license, bank check, or utility bill. Come check out your neighborhood library today!

For more information, please call the Main Library at (479)783-0229.


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Golden Tickets at the Library!
SPECIAL September 2016 program: September 1st-30th; All Open Hours, ALL Locations

Help the Fort Smith Public Library celebrate Library Card Sign-Up Month AND the birthday of Roald Dahl (September 13th), the author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory during the month of September. All Fort Smith Public Library Locations will be hiding golden tickets in randomly selected audiovisual materials (audiobooks, CDs, and DVDs) throughout the month...check out an audiovisual item to find out if you are a winner! Golden tickets can then be redeemed for a scrumptious treat at the library's front desk. Come celebrate September and "check out" our library materials!

For more information, please call the Main Library at (479)783-0229.


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Roald Dahl Day!!
SPECIAL September 2016 program: Tuesday, September 13th @ 3:30-6:00p.m.

Kids of all ages, celebrate author Roald Dahl's 100th birthday by dropping by the Youth Services Department at the Main Library for an afternoon of festivities. Events will begin with a showing of the original BFG movie from 1992 (rated G) at 3:30p.m., followed by fun activities related to the wondrous books of beloved author Roald Dahl. Participants will have a chance to win a Roald Dahl door prize!

For more information, please call the Youth Services Department at (479)783-0229, ext. 1131.


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Fort Smith's Lincoln High School: A Significant Past, A Solid Present, A Sacred Future
SPECIAL September 2016 program: Wednesday, September 14th @ 6:00p.m.

Join authors Sherry Toliver and Barbara Webster-Meadows as they share the history of Fort Smith's Lincoln High School in this fascinating program co-sponsored with the Fort Smith Historical Society. From its beginning as Howard High School in 1892 to its closure in 1966, marking the end of segregation in Fort Smith, Toliver and Webster-Meadows will tell the story of Lincoln High School, which formed the nucleus of black life in the entire area of Fort Smith and surrounding towns. Their talk will draw from the extensive research and information compiled in their new book, Lincoln High School History: A Significant Past, a Solid Present, a Sacred Future.

The book, a culmination of 20 years of effort, was recently published in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the school's closing and last graduating class. The nearly 500-page history contains photos, historical information, alumni profiles, and an alphabetical list of over 6,000 teachers and students at Lincoln from 1870-1966 researched by genealogist Evelyn Tonia Holleman. Copies of the book will be available for sale and signing at the event.

For more information, please call the Main Library at (479)783-0229.


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Hispanic Heritage BINGO @ Windsor
SPECIAL September 2016 program: Thursday, September 15th @ 3:30p.m.

Kids of all ages are invited to kick off Hispanic Heritage Month with a round or two of Hispanic Heritage Bingo after school at the Windsor Branch Library. Hispanic Heritage Month, which is celebrated from September 15th-October 15th, recognizes contributions made and the important presence of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States and celebrates their heritage and culture.

For more information, please call the Windsor Branch at (479)785-0405.


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Authors in the Afternoon with Becky Yandell
September 2016 program: Thursday, September 15th @ 4:00-6:00p.m

Fort Smith author Becky Yandell will make a special appearance at the Main Library to promote and sign copies her novel, A Walk Through the Valley, a work of fiction based on a true story. The book is about the devastation of divorce, single parenting, and finding love even when it isn't sought. Read to the very end to find a twist in this book; you won't be able to put it down.

Becky Yandell sold insurance for about eight years and real estate for 25 years before running for public office in 2005. She has served as Sebastian County Assessor for 12 years and will retire in December of this year. The author has started working on her second book Gracie; a sequel to A Walk Through the Valley. She hopes to finish by next spring. She finds happiness knowing that by reading this book, people are whisked away from their own daily stress into a fantasy world of love and romance.

Copies of A Walk Through the Valley will be available for sale and signing at this open-house style event. For more information, please call the Main Library at (479)783-0229.


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Open Mic Night @ Dewey's Café
September 2016 program: Thursday, September 15th @ 7:00p.m.

Join us for a fun, casual open mic night at Dewey's Café. Musicians, poets, and other talented folks are invited to perform. Sign-up at the door; arrive early to ensure a spot on the list. Showcase your talent, or just come and listen … music or poetry does not have to be original work - come and share a favorite poem or musical piece with us! Acoustic music only please; we look forward to seeing you!

For more information, please call Dewey's Café @ the Main Library at (479)783-0229, ext. 1126.


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Food For Thought: UAFS Robotics
September 2016 program: Friday, September 16th @ Noon

Learn about robotics, the branch of mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and computer science that deals with the design, construction, operation, and application of robots, as well as computer systems for their control, sensory feedback, and information processing. Find out how the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith is working with students to offer courses in robot automation and cyber systems to help develop the workforce of the future.

This event is free and open to the public. Bring your lunch or pick it up at the Library's coffee shop, Dewey's Café! The Library will provide drinks and dessert.

For more information, please call the Main Library at (479)783-0229.


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LEGO Club: Pirates!
September 2016 program: Monday, September 19th @ 5:00-6:00p.m

Kids, Tweens, and Teens are invited to the Main Library to design, create, and build unique creations with the LEGO Club! Help us celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day with tonight's pirate theme. Everyone loves LEGOs; this event is free and supplies are provided - just bring your imagination!

For more information, please call the Youth Services Department at (479)783-0229, ext. 1131.


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Europe in Eureka Springs: A Visit and Slideshow Presentation with Photographer Eli Vega
SPECIAL September 2016 program: Wednesday, September 21st @ 7:00p.m.

Published photographer, instructor, and author Eli Vega will offer an artistic look at Eurkea Springs in his Europe in Eureka presentation. A recent arrival to Eureka Springs, Vega takes a fresh look, with a new set of eyes as he walks and drives around town and its environs. One thing that quickly jumped out at the photographer were the many scenes, spots, locales, and buildings that are reminiscent of Europe. The artist has compiled over 50 photo images that depict the European likeness. Friends of Eli's who have travelled extensively in Europe have remarked on their similarities to placed encountered in their travels. On your next visit to Eureka Springs, you'll want to go on a scavenger hunt and find the places presented during the photographer's visit.

Born in a railroad boxcar in Wyoming, to poor migrant parents of Mexican/Spanish descent, Eli Vega grew up in west Texas near Lubbock, where he failed first grade due to the language barrier. Eli feels it was a miracle that he stayed in, much less finished, school. His male role models were, for the most part, where school drop-outs, alcoholics, or ruffians. The only art he was exposed to was body art-tattoos on human canvasses. Realizing that he liked art in second grade, Vega wasn't able to gain artistic know-how that became the foundation for his photography until he enrolled in college. Twenty years after his art days in college he bought his first 35mm SLR camera. Today, he offers photography classes, 1-on-1 photography lessons, and his 3-5 day Right Brain Photography workshops. He also spends a lot of time writing educational photography books including, his latest book Right Brain Photography. Copies of the author's books will be available for sale and signing at the event.

For more information, please call the Main Library at (479)783-0229.


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Back to School...Back to Sexting???
SPECIAL September 2016 program: Thursday, September 22nd @ 6:00p.m

Parents: did you know that most sexting starts as early as the fifth grade? Even if you think your child will never engage in the practice of sexting (using current technology to send sexually explicit photos, images, text messages or emails), make plans to attend this important informational seminar. Morgan Nick Foundation's Director of Education, Genevieve Strickland, will share information every parent and teacher needs to know to help your child or student navigate the challenging aspects of technology. This program is intended for parents and teachers of children in the fifth grade or higher.

For more information, please call the Youth Services Department at (479)783-0229, ext. 1131.


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Friends of the Fort Smith Public Library Chocolate Festival @ Dallas
SPECIAL September 2016 program: Sunday, September 25th @ 2:30-4:30p.m.

Chocolate - Chocolate - Chocolate! The Friends of the Fort Smith Library will turn the Dallas Branch Library into a Willy Wonka Chocolate Factory of sorts as an abundance of chocolate drips throughout the building. Local clubs, businesses and individuals will offer their favorite chocolate samplings to the chocoholics of Fort Smith.

Tickets to the festival are $7.00 for 6 tastes of chocolate; price includes a to-go-box. All proceeds from the Chocolate Festival will be used by the Friends of the Library for special materials and programs at the Library. Helping out never tasted so good!

For more information, please call the Main Library at (479)783-0229.


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Pokemon Go...to Your Library
SPECIAL September 2016 program: Week of September 26th-29th @ 3:00-6:00p.m. (see locations below)

All ages are invited to join us at the Fort Smith Public Library for a Poke Lure Party at each library locations from September 26 through September 29. We will be setting out non-stop Pokelure, which will attract nearby Pokemon to the library, every thirty minutes for three hours. Take advantage of the library being a Pokestop and explore our books and other great FREE resources while you're there.

Location

Pokemon Programs

Day/Date

Dallas   Metapod Monday Monday,
September 26th
Miller   Tauros Tuesday Tuesday,
September 27th
Windsor   Weedle Wednesday Wednesday,
September 28th
Main   Tentacool Thursday Thursday,
September 29th

For more information, please call the Youth Services Department at (479)783-0229, ext. 1131.


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Storytime @ the Library


Location

Storytime Programs

Day

Time

Windsor  Storytime
  with Louise Turner
Mondays10:00a.m.
Miller  Laptime Storytime (Ages 0-24 months)
  with Tiffany Nelson
Mondays10:30a.m.
Main  Primetime Storytime 1st Monday6:00p.m.
Main  Spanish Storytime 2nd Monday6:00p.m.
Main  Toddler Time (Ages 3 and under) Tuesdays10:00a.m.
Dallas  Storytime Wednesdays10:30a.m.
Main  Preschool Storytime (Ages 3 to 5) Thursdays10:00a.m.
Windsor  School Age Storytime Thursdays
(June-August)
10:00a.m.
Miller  Storytime with Tiffany Nelson Fridays10:00a.m.


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Umoja Soul Storytime @ Windsor
September 2016 program: Thursday, September 8th @ 6:00p.m.

Do you like to hear stories? Bring the family out for a special treat and join us at the Windsor Branch Library, where each month, there will be a different person from our community sharing stories about those who were fearless trailblazers. This community storytime event is intended for all ages.

For more information, please call the Windsor Branch at (479)785-0405.


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Laptime Storytime (0-24 months) @ Miller
September 2016 program: Mondays: September 12th, 19th, and 26th @ 10:30a.m.

A love of reading starts early. Babies and their caregivers are invited to join the Miller Branch Library for this special storytime geared toward children 0 to 24 months old. There will be rhymes, songs, simple stories, and lots of interactive fun! The storytime will last around twenty minutes, with time for casual interaction following the program.

For more information, please call the Miller Branch at (479)646-3945.


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Cuentos para Niños en Español: A Storytime in Spanish
September 2016 program: Monday, September 12th @ 6:00p.m.

Niños de todas las edades y sus familias están invitados a la Biblioteca principal a la hora de los cuentos GRATIS, incluiremos cuentos, historias, canciones, refranes y otras actividades divertidas en español. Ven y aprende acerca de la Biblioteca y lo que tiene para ofrecer a tu familia.

Kids of all ages and their families are invited to the main library for this FREE storytime featuring stories, songs, and other fun activities in Spanish. Come and learn about the library and what it has to offer your family.

For more information, please call the Youth Services Department at (479)783-0229, ext. 1131.


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Curious George Storytime @ Dallas
September 2016 program: Wednesday, September 14th @ 10:30a.m.

Celebrate the birthday of children's book author H. A. Rey with this storytime spotlighting Curious George! Preschool Stoytime is held every Wednesday at 10:30 AM the Dallas Branch Library.

No registration is necessary for this FREE program full of fun. For more information, please call the Dallas Branch at (479)484-5650.


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Spanish Storytime @ Windsor
September 2016 program: Thursday, September 15th @ 6:00p.m.

The Windsor Branch Library invites you and your family to Spanish-language Storytime. Join Mrs. Norma and enjoy the magic of stories through reading, singing and other fun activities in Spanish.

For more information, please call the Windsor Branch at (479)785-0405.


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Pirate Party and Storytime @ Miller
September 2016 program: Friday, September 16th @ 10:00a.m.

Join us for a special pirate storytime in celebration of Talk Like a Pirate Day! This themed storytime for preschoolers will feature fun pirate stories, silly pirate songs, a pirate craft, and snacks! No registration is necessary for this FREE program; bring a friend if you wish!

For more information, please call the Miller Branch at (479)646-3945.


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Fall is Here Storytime @ Dallas
September 2016 program: Wednesday, September 21st @ 10:30a.m.

Are you ready for Fall? Help us celebrate the changing of seasons with this special autumn-themed storytime. Preschool Storytime is held every Wednesday at 10:30a.m. @ the Dallas Branch Library.

For more information, please call the Dallas Branch at (479)484-5650.


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Friends of the Library Events


Fort Smith Public Library's (Twice) Annual Friends of the Library Booksale
Annual program: 2016 Dates:
  • Fiction: Saturday, May 7th and Sunday, May 8th -- All OPEN Hours
  • Mostly Non-Fiction: Saturday, August 27th and Sunday, August 28th -- All OPEN Hours
  • The Friends of the Library Used Book Sale is bigger and better than ever! Our Annual Friends of the Library Used Book Sale requires two separate events. So, we are now selling Mostly Fiction in May with a Mostly Non-Fiction Sale in August.

    In May, works of fiction for children and adults will be on sale, along with a selection of music CDs, videos, and books on tape.

    In August? Shop thousands of non-fiction selections for adults including hardbacks and paperbacks from your favorite authors and on your favorite topics. Most paperbacks are 25 cents and most hardback books are $1.00. New this year: the sale will continue Sunday with all remaining titles half-price, then book clearance begins Monday, August 29th with remaining items priced by the bag!

    Proceeds from the sale are used to buy library materials and fund library special events and projects. Members of the Friends of the Fort Smith Public Library may come to the exclusive Friends-only Preview Sale on the Friday afternoon preceding the sale from 4:00-7:00p.m. There will be a 25 book limit at the preview sale. Friends of the Library memberships start at $10.00 and will be for sale at the Preview Sale.

    And remember...we have an excellent selection of used books for sale year round in our Friends of the Library used book store, Between the Pages, and at ALL of our FSPL branches.

    For more information, please call (479)783-0229.


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    ArtWork @ the Library


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    Artwork @ Main:
    September-October 2016 Exhibit: Art Exhibition: Sally Hart

    The original artwork of Sally Hart will be on display at the Fort Smith Public Library during the months of September and October. While she grew up in Birmingham, Alabama, over the years Fort Smith has become the artist's home. Sally feels that there is so much natural creativity in the area that you can feel the energy. Art and the process of creativity are Sally's breath and joy. Her show will feature a variety of mediums and styles with introspective works putting innermost feelings on canvas. Sally likes to take everyday objects and cast offs and bring them to life in a new way. In this new light, a beauty not seen before is born. The artist uses color as emotion to express the energy of the piece. The exhibition will feature photography, oils, collage and found art.

    Artwork is available for viewing all library hours when meetings are not being held in the Community Room. For more information, call the Main Library at (479)783-0229.


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    Artwork @ Dewey's Café
    September-October 2016 Exhibit: Photo Exhibition: Erica Johnson

    Artwork is available for viewing all hours the library is open. For more information, please call Dewey's Café at the Main Library at (479)783-0229, ext. 1126.


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    Artwork @ Miller
    September 2016 Exhibit: Miller Branch Artist of the Month: Doris Hampton

    Fort Smith native, Doris Hampton, will showcase her original paintings at the Miller Branch Library. Doris started painting at the age of 55 and has attended many artist workshops in Oklahoma and Missouri; she feels fortunate to have been able to study under several well-known artists. Her acrylic and oil paintings feature mainly landscapes. Please come and enjoy her beautiful work!

    Artwork is available for viewing all hours that the library is open. For more information, please call the Miller Branch Library at (479)646-3945.


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