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Printable Calendars-at-a-Glance:  April 2015

Location

April Events

Date

Time

Windsor Branch Post-it Note Poetry @ Windsor April 1st-30thAll Open Hours
Dallas Branch Easter Storytime @ Dallas Wednesday, April 1st10:30a.m.
Main Library Storytime @ Main Thursday, April 2nd10:00a.m.
ALL Fort Smith Public Library is CLOSED
for Good Friday
Friday,
April 3rd
ALL DAY
ALL Fort Smith Public Library is CLOSED
for Easter
Sunday,
April 5th
ALL DAY
Windsor Branch Storytime @ Windsor Monday, April 6th10:00a.m.
Main Library Primetime Storytime: Jungle Fun! Monday, April 6th6:00p.m.
Main Library Toddler Time Tuesday, April 7th10:00a.m.
Dallas Branch Storytime @ Dallas Wednesday, April 8th10:30a.m.
Main Library Storytime @ Main Thursday, April 9th10:00a.m.
Miller Branch Storytime @ Miller Friday, April 10th10:00a.m.
Main Library Authors in the Afternoon with Jessica Fleming Saturday, April 11th2:00-4:00p.m.
Windsor Branch Put Your Face in a Book: Bookface Selfies April 13th-18thAll Open Hours
Windsor Branch Storytime @ Windsor Monday, April 13th10:00a.m.
Miller Branch Laptime Storytime @ Miller Monday, April 13th10:30a.m.
Main Library Cuentos para Niños en Español: Storytime in Spanish Monday, April 13th6:00p.m.
Main Library Toddler Time Tuesday, April 14th10:00a.m.
Dallas Branch Storytime @ Dallas Wednesday, April 15th10:30a.m.
Main Library Storytime @ Main Thursday, April 16th10:00a.m.
Main Library Beginning Yoga @ the Fort Smith Public Library Thursday, April 16thNoon
Dewey's Café
@ Main
 An Evening of Music with Bob Alder @ Dewey's Thursday, April 16th7:00p.m.
Miller Branch Storytime @ Miller Friday, April 17th10:00a.m.
Main Library Food for Thought: Author Visit & Storytelling with C. Frazier Jones Friday, April 17thNoon
Main Library AETN Presents: The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That Saturday, April 18th10:00a.m.-1:00p.m.
Windsor Branch Storytime @ Windsor Monday, April 20th10:00a.m.
Main Library LEGO Club Monday, April 20th5:00-6:00p.m.
Main Library Toddler Time Tuesday, April 21st10:00a.m.
Dallas Branch Storytime @ Dallas Wednesday, April 22nd10:30a.m.
Main Library UAFS Academy of the Arts Academy Playerz Present: School House Rocks, JR. Wednesday, April 22nd4:30p.m.
Main Library Storytime @ Main Thursday, April 23rd10:00a.m.
Main Library Creative Writing in the Real World with Carol Westcamp Thursday, April 23rd5:00-7:00p.m.
Miller Branch Perfect Pet Storytime & Stuffed Animal Show @ Miller Friday, April 24th10:00a.m.
Main Library Diversity & Inclusion Program Saturday, April 25th2:00p.m.
Main Library Authors in the Afternoon with Lori Plegge Saturday, April 25th2:00-4:00p.m.
Windsor Branch Storytime @ Windsor Monday, April 27th10:00a.m.
Miller Branch Laptime Storytime @ Miller Monday, April 27th10:30a.m.
Main Library Toddler Time Tuesday, April 28th10:00a.m.
Main Library Take the Floor: Teen Poetry Night Tuesday, April 28th5:00-7:30p.m.
Dallas Branch Storytime @ Dallas Wednesday, April 29th10:30a.m.
Main Library Storytime @ Main Thursday, April 30th10:00a.m.

Location

Artwork @ FSPL

Month

Hours

Main Library Photography by Steven Jones March 2nd-April 26thALL Open Hours
Dewey's Café
@ Main
 Paintings by Cindy Sugg March 1st-April 30thALL Open Hours
Miller Branch Artist of the Month: Priscilla Myers March 1st-31stALL Open Hours

Location On-Going Events @ FSPL Dates Hours
Main Library Friends of the Library
(Twice!) Annual Book Sales
2015 Dates:
  Fiction: TBA
  NonFiction: TBA
ALL Open Hours
Main Library FSPL Storytimes regular weekly dates
(See Below)
regular weekly times
(See Below)


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April 2015



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Post-it Note Poetry @ Windsor
SPECIAL April 2015 program: Month of April; ALL OPEN HOURS

Celebrate National Poetry Month at the Windsor Branch Library in April by asking for a Post-it note to express yourself through poetry. Next, bask in your awesomeness by posting your poetry on the windows of the library, or take the time to read the thoughts of others. Post-it Note Poetry is for all ages this year...all month long at the Windsor Branch Library.

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


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Authors in the Afternoon: featuring Jessica Fleming
April 2015 program: Saturday, April 11th @ 2:00-4:00p.m.

Arkansas author Jessica Fleming will make a special appearance at the Fort Smith Public Library to promote and sign copies of her book, Lifting the Veil: Tales of Discovery and Magic. Enter worlds where things are not always what they seem, and the price of power could be your very life. In the Empire, rebellion is stirring, threatening everything the people have ever known. In a forgotten castle, a woman watches the world as the centuries pass, leaving her unchanged. In a forest temple, a young priestess finds the courage to choose her own path. On a high mountaintop, a Dreamer teaches his apprentice the true art of Dreaming. And on the dark streets of a coastal city, a young woman seeks revenge for the past.

Copies of Lifting the Veil: Tales of Discovery and Magic and several other anthologies written by the author 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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Put Your Face in a Book: Bookface Selfies @ Windsor
SPECIAL April 2015 program: Week of April 13th-18th; ALL OPEN HOURS

Celebrate National Library Week with the Windsor Branch Library by getting creative and putting your face in a book with a Bookface Selfie or usie (ussie?) with your friends. Upload it to the library's Facebook page and be sure to share it with your friends. All ages are invited to enter; one lucky person will win a prize to be drawn at the conclusion of National Library Week.

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


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Beginning Yoga with Terri Hargrove
SPECIAL April 2015 program: Thursday, April 16th @ Noon

Take steps to get fit at this special National Library Week program featuring Beginning Yoga with Terri Hargrove from Yoga in the Park. Yoga can help you improve your flexibility, balance, strength, and focus. Mats will be provided or use a chair - perfect for seniors or anyone with balance challenges.

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


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An Evening of Music with Bob Alder @ Dewey's Café
SPECIAL April 2015 program: Thursday, April 16th @ 7:00p.m.

Please join us in celebrating National Library Week at Dewey's Cafe with a special night of entertaining music and storytelling. Singer-songwriter Robert Alder will be our special guest. Writing and performing for more than 50 years, Bob's life experience and inspiration covers 70 years. Among other things, books and the literary world have been an inspiration for some of the more than 600 songs he has written. Robert, a recent arrival to Fort Smith, has lived in California, Colorado, New Mexico, and Missouri. This show is appropriate for all ages.

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


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Food For Thought: Author Visit & Storytelling with C. Frazier Jones
April 2015 program: Friday, April 17th @ Noon

The National Library Week edition of the Library's popular Food for Thought program will feature a lunchtime discussion with mesmerizing storyteller, C. Frazier Jones. Ms. Jones's work has appeared on the National Public Radio program Tales from the South. The author will promote her first book, Things We Thought We Saw in the Water, a collection of short stories, which will be available for purchase and signing at the event. C. Frazier Jones lives in Little Rock, Arkansas with her family.

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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AETN Presents: The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!
SPECIAL April 2015 program: Saturday, April 18th @ 10:00a.m.-1:00p.m.


The Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) has partnered with Mercy Children's Services to bring the star of The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! to the Fort Smith Public Library. Families are invited to meet Cat at the Fort Smith Public Library. Visitors can enjoy photographs with the Cat, screenings of The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!, storytime with Dr. Seuss books, face painting and more. Be sure to bring your camera to this FREE National Library Week event!

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


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LEGO Club!
April 2015 program: Monday, April 20th @ 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! 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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UAFS Academy of the Arts Academy Playerz present School House Rock Live, Jr.
SPECIAL April 2015 program: Wednesday, April 22nd @ 4:30p.m.

The UA Fort Smith Academy of the Arts Academy Playerz will present a special preview of their production, School House Rock Live, JR., at the Main Library. Based on the Emmy Award-winning Saturday morning educational cartoon series and pop culture phenomenon, this energetic musical revue type show follows Tom who is a young school teacher who is nervous about his first day of teaching. He tries to relax by watching TV when various characters emerge from the set and show him how to win his students over with imagination and music. Memorable songs such as Just a Bill, Conjunction Junction and many more bring his lessons plans vividly to life. Please arrive early to get a good seat!

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


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Creative Writing in the Real World with Carol Westcamp
SPECIAL April 2015 program: Thursday, April 23rd @ 5:00-7:00p.m.

Young Adults ages 10 to 17 are invited to learn some of the main concepts of creative writing and how creative writing can be applied to the real world. Carol Westcamp, assistant professor of English at the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith will share how aspects of creative writing are used in marketing, businesses, and elesewhere on a regular basis. Learn how getting your own creative juices flowing can improve your critical thinking ability and appreciation of the world. Door prizes, refreshments and teen friendly chats about the exciting world of creative writing will be featured at this program held during National Poetry Month.

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


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Diversity & Inclusion Program
SPECIAL April 2015 program: Saturday, April 25th @ 2:00p.m.

What are diversity and inclusion and how do they impact a group's effectiveness, a company's bottom line, and a person's happiness? Join the Fort Smith Public Library for a community discussion about diversity and inclusion and their value locally and globally in our schools, community, businesses, and in the marketplace. Reverend Zachary E. Easterly, Sr., pastor of Mount Zion Christian Methodist Church of Fort Smith and Spiritual Care Director at the Arkansas State Hospital, and Dr. Daniel Maher with the University of Arkansas Fort Smith will discuss the differences in diversity and inclusion and how inclusion can inspire individuals to broaden their world views. Ways to work closely with young people, managers and executive teams to help them better understand the profitability of an emphasis on diversity and inclusion in education, the workforce, and the global marketplace will also be discussed.

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


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Authors in the Afternoon: featuring Lori Plegge
SPECIAL April 2015 program: Saturday, April 25th @ 2:00-4:00p.m.

Little Rock author Lori Plegge will make a special appearance at the Fort Smith Public Library to promote and sign copies of her book, When Tomorrow Starts Without Me, a story about the loss of a child. This is the true story about the life and death of a young man, the author's son, Anthony. The story allows the reader to experience his childhood and the intense emotional ride that led up to his passing at age nineteen. Even though the loss of a child is a very tragic thing, author Lori Plegge has managed to take her tragedy and turn it into something positive to help others learn to live again.

Copies of When Tomorrow Starts Without Mee 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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Take the Floor: Teen Poetry Night
SPECIAL April 2015 program: Tuesday, April 28th @ 5:00-7:30p.m.

Do you like Poetry? Do you have something to say? Teens ages 10-17 are invited to Take the Floor at an Open Poetry Night for Young Adults. Share your favorite poem, perform an original piece, or just listen. Word games, door prizes, and refreshments will be featured at this program in honor of National Poetry Month. The floor is yours: no registration is necessary at this FREE program for teens.

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


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Storytime @ the Library


Day

Time

Storytime Programs

Location

Mondays10:00a.m.  Storytime with Louise TurnerWindsor
2nd & 4th Mondays10:30a.m.  Laptime StorytimeMiller
1st Monday6:00p.m.  Primetime StorytimeMain
2nd Monday6:00p.m.  Spanish StorytimeMain
Tuesdays10:00a.m.  Toddler Time (Ages 3 and under)Main
Wednesdays10:30a.m.  Storytime Dallas
Thursdays10:00a.m.  Preschool Storytime (Ages 3 to 5) Main
Thursdays10:00a.m.  School Age Storytime Windsor
Fridays10:00a.m.  Storytime Miller


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Easter Storytime @ Dallas
April 2015 program: Wednesday, April 1st @ 10:30a.m.

Pre-school children age 3 - 5 are invited to the Dallas Branch Library for this special seasonal Easter storytime. Kids will enjoy stories, crafts, and snacks at the FREE program full of fun! Pre-school storytime takes place every Wednesday at 10:30a.m. at the Dallas Branch Library.

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


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Primetime Storytime: Jungle Fun!
April 2015 program: Monday, April 6th @ 6:00p.m.

Help us celebrate the birthday of everyone's favorite storyteller, Dr. Seuss! This month's Primetime Storytime will feature stories, songs, and crafts, with a Dr. Seuss theme. Bring your friends and join us at this FREE family friendly evening story program for kids of all ages!

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


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Laptime Storytime (0-24 months) @ Miller
April 2015 program: Second/Fourth Mondays, April 13th/27th @ 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
April 2015 program: Monday, April 13th @ 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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Perfect Pet Storytime & Stuffed Animal Show @ Miller
April 2015 program: Friday, April 24th @ 10:00a.m.

Celebrate National Kids and Pets Day at the Miller Branch with a special stuffed animal storytime and pet show! After reading some fun stories about pets and animals, kids will have an opportunity to "show" their stuffed animals to the audience, and win one in of the many categories! Does your stuffed animal have the longest tail? Most spots? Softest fur? Bring along a donation of pet food, treats, or toys for the Sebastian County Humane Society; the Miller Branch Library will be accepting donations throughout the month of April.

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


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Friends of the Library Events


Fort Smith Public Library's (Twice) Annual Friends of the Library Booksale
Annual program: 2015 Dates -- Fiction: First Saturday in May @ 10:00a.m.-5:00p.m.;
Mostly Non-Fiction: Last Saturday in August (NOT the Labor Day week-end) @ 10:00a.m.-5:00p.m.

We've finally done it! Our Annual Friends of the Library Used Book Sale has outgrown the space of the Library. So, we are now selling Mostly Fiction in May with a Mostly Non-Fiction Sale in August. In May, Fiction for children and adults will be on sale, along with a selection of music CDs, videos, and books on tape. In August? Non-fiction! The August edition of the Friends of the Library Used Book Sale features thousands of non-fiction selections for adults. Hardbacks and paperbacks from your favorite authors and on your favorite subjects will be available, along with a selection of children's books, videos, and audiobooks. Most paperbacks are 25 cents and most hardback books are $1.00. Better hardbacks are $3.00 - $5.00.

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:
April 2015 Exhibit: Photography by Steven Jones

The original photographic works of Steven Jones will be on display in the Community Room at the Main Library until April 26th. This special exhibit will feature selections from the photographer's Carnival series, Signs of Our Times series, and Encaustic Wax Series.

Steven Jones graduated from the Art Center College of Design in 1984 with a BFA in Photography. He works primarily as a commercial photographer, with several gold Addy awards and a National American Graphic Society Award to his credit. The photographer was selected for the Arkansas Arts Council's Small Works on Paper traveling exhibit in 2011 and 2013; the Arkansas Art Center's Delta show in 2012 and 2013; and RAM's River Valley Invitational in 2013 and 2014.

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


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Artwork @ Dewey's Café
April 2015 Exhibit: Paintings by Cindy Sugg

The artwork of Cindy Sugg will be featured at Dewey's Café at the Main Library during the months of March and April. Cindy is a lover of nature and is inspired to paint by many subjects in the Fort Smith area. Oils and pastels are her media of choice in her art; her focus is on landscapes and flowers. Her art may also be viewed at Michael's Mansion and the Fort Smith Regional Art Museum.

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


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Artwork @ Miller
April 2015 Exhibit: Miller Branch Artist of the Month -- Priscilla Myers

The Miller Branch Library will feature original paintings by Priscilla Myers during the month of April. Originally from Arizona, the artist uses acrylic and oil paints to create what speaks to her, including portraits, abstracts and landscapes. Recently, she has also begun experimenting with pet portraits. Priscilla likes to describe herself as a wife, mother, and grandmother who enjoys the creative process.

Be sure to check out her works at the Miller Branch Library in April. For more information, please call the Miller Branch Library at (479)646-3945.


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