Fort Smith Public Library Activities


Upcoming Events

Printable Calendars-at-a-Glance: May 2016

Location

May Events

Date

Time

ALL LOCATIONS Bottled Water Drive for the Next Step Day Room Month of MayAll Open Hours
Windsor Branch Asian Pacific Heritage Month Trivia @ WindsorMonth of MayAll Open Hours
Windsor Branch Storytime @ Windsor Monday, May 2nd10:00a.m.
Main Library Primetime Storytime with Therapy Dogs: Prosper, Curtis, & Dave Monday, May 2nd6:00p.m.
Main Library Toddler Time Tuesday, May 3rd10:00a.m.
Dallas Branch Mother's Day Storytime @ Dallas Wednesday, May 4th10:30a.m.
Main Library Storytime @ Main Thursday, May 5th10:00a.m.
Miller Branch Storytime @ Miller Friday, May 6th10:00a.m.
Main Library Friends of the Library (Twice) Annual
Used Book Sale: Mostly Fiction
Saturday/Sunday,
May 7th-8th
All Open Hours
Windsor Branch Storytime @ Windsor Monday, May 9th10:00a.m.
Miller Branch Laptime Storytime @ Miller Monday, May 9th10:30a.m.
Main Library Cuentos para Nińos en Espańol: Storytime in Spanish Monday, May 9th6:00p.m.
Main Library Toddler Time Tuesday, May 10th10:00a.m.
Dallas Branch Storytime @ Dallas Wednesday, May 11th10:30a.m.
Main Library Storytime @ Main Thursday, May 12th10:00a.m.
Main Library Author Visit and Book Signing with Greg Shepard -- Earthstains: The Story of Matt and George Kimes Thursday, May 12th6:00p.m.
Miller Branch Storytime @ Miller Friday, May 13th10:00a.m.
Windsor Branch Storytime @ Windsor Monday, May 16th10:00a.m.
Main Library LEGO Club Monday, May 16th5:00-6:00p.m.
Main Library Toddler Time Tuesday, May 17th10:00a.m.
Main Library Meet the Photographer: Corey S. Krasko Tuesday, May 17th4:00-7:00p.m.
Dallas Branch Storytime @ Dallas Wednesday, May 18th10:30a.m.
Main Library Storytime @ Main Thursday, May 19th10:00a.m.
Miller Branch Art Discovery for Toddlers @ MillerThursday, May 19th10:00a.m.
Windsor Branch Spanish Storytime @ Windsor Thursday, May 19th6:00p.m.
Dewey's Café
@ Main
 Open Mic Night @ Dewey's Thursday, May 19th7:00p.m.
Miller Branch Storytime @ Miller Friday, May 20th10:00a.m.
Main Library Food for Thought: The Wonderful World of Insects Friday, May 20thNoon
Dewey's Café
@ Main
 Coloring Break for Adults & Kids @ Dewey's Saturday, May 21st
Sunday, May 22nd
Monday, May 23rd
2:00-4:00p.m.
2:00-4:00p.m.
6:00-8:00p.m.
Windsor Branch Storytime @ Windsor Monday, May 23rd10:00a.m.
Miller Branch Laptime Storytime @ Miller Monday, May 23rd10:30a.m.
Main Library Toddler Time Tuesday, May 24th10:00a.m.
Dallas Branch Storytime @ Dallas Wednesday, May 25th10:30a.m.
Main Library Storytime @ Main Thursday, May 26th10:00a.m.
Miller Branch Storytime @ Miller Friday, May 27th10:00a.m.
ALL Fort Smith Public Library is CLOSED
for Memorial Day
Monday,
May 30th
10:00a.m.
Main Library Toddler Time Tuesday, May 31st10:00a.m.
Main Library FSPL Summer Reading Kickoff &
Concert with Brian Kinder & Ms. Terri
Tuesday, May 31st6:00p.m.

Location

Artwork @ FSPL

Month

Hours

Main Library Visions, Reflections, Abstractions:
Photography by Corey S. Krasko
May 10th-June 30thALL Open Hours
Dewey's Café
@ Main
 Photo Exhibition: Jim Anderson May 1st-June 30thALL Open Hours
Miller Branch Artist of the Month: Bill Wilwers Month of MayALL 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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May 2016



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Bottled Water Drive for the Next Step Day Room
SPECIAL May 2016 program: Month of May; ALL OPEN HOURS @ ALL LOCATIONS

A bottled water drive for the Day Room at Next Step Homeless Services will be held during the month of May at all Fort Smith Public Library locations. Bottled water is essential for homeless clients, especially those unsheltered. As we face much warmer weather, staying hydrated remains a daily challenge for the homeless. Cases of individual-sized bottles (16 ounces) are desired; feel free to drop off your donations at your neighborhood library. The Next Step Homeless Services opened in Fort Smith in 2002. They see 120 - 150 clients each day, either presently experiencing homelessness, or on the cusp of homelessness. Next Step cases managers with backgrounds in social service work help homeless clients seek solutions to homelessness through individual case management with direction toward self sufficiency.

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


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Asian Pacific Heritage Month Trivia @ Windsor
SPECIAL May 2016 program: Month of May; ALL OPEN HOURS

Adults and teens are invited to drop by the Windsor Branch of the Fort Smith Public Library during Asian Pacific Heritage Month and test their Asian Heritage knowledge. Pick up a trivia sheet, complete it, and turn in at the front desk for a chance to win a $10.00 Books-A-Million gift card. Don't forget to check out our books and other materials too!

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


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Author Visit and Book Signing with Greg Shepard--Earthstains: The Story of Matt and George Kimes
SPECIAL May 2016 program: Thursday, May 12th @ 6:00p.m

Join us for an intimate visit and book signing with Greg Shepard, author of Earthstains, a work of historical fiction based on true events. The novel tells the story of Matt and George Kimes, brothers who captured the imagination of a nation with a string of sensational bank robberies during the roaring twenties. The final race to ruin for one brother and redemption for the other will keep readers turning pages until the very end. Copies of the book will be available for sale at the event.

The author first discovered the story of Matt and George Kimes in a conversation about family history with his grandfather in 1985. In 2011, after the passing of his mother, Greg renewed his efforts to write his family history, rediscovering the brothers and their incredible story. What he discovered so impressed him that he began to put pen to paper, resulting in his first novel of historical fiction, Earthstains.

Greg Shepard graduated from California State University with a degree in mathematics, in 1970. He went on to a successful career in sales and as president of Greg Shepard and Associates International, Inc., traveled to nearly 50 countries around the world consulting with some of America's top multi-national sales teams. He retired in 2005 and lives with his wife of 45 years in Allen, TX. They have 6 children (and six by marriage) along with 15 grandchildren. The first nine grandchildren have been inducted into Grandpa's 10,000 Page Book Club, by reading 10,000 pages (chapter books) in their eighth year.

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


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LEGO Club!
May 2016 program: Monday, May 16th @ 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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Meet the Photographer: Corey S. Krasko
SPECIAL May 2016 program: Tuesday, May 17th @ 4:00-7:00p.m.

Meet photographer Corey S. Krasko at a reception for his exhibit: Visions, Reflections, Abstractions: Photography by Corey S. Crasko, on display during May and June at the Main Library. Mr. Krasko was a staff photographer for the Southwest Times Record for about 15 years and then became the campus photographer at the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith. He retired from UAFS in 2014. He has won awards for his photography in both Arkansas and New Mexico. His publication list includes: The New York Times, USA Today, People Magazine, New Mexico Magazine and Albuquerque Living. Mr. Krasko lives in Fort Smith. He has a son and a grandson, both of whom live in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Works will be on display in the Community Room at the Main Library through June.

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


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Art Discovery for Toddlers @ Miller
May 2016 program: Thursday, May 19th @ 10:00a.m.

Let's experiment with paint! Children ages 18 months to 3 years can paint their first masterpiece at the Miller Branch Library, with the assistance of their parents or caregivers. Dress your toddler (and yourself) in some old clothes because it's sure to be a messy, good time!

No registration is necessary for this FREE fun event. For more information, please call the Miller Branch at (479)646-3945.


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Open Mic Night @ Dewey's Café
May 2016 program: Thursday, May 19th @ 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: The Wonderful World of Instects
May 2016 program: Friday, May 20th @ Noon

Insect enthusiast Tom Drechsel will talk about the fascinating world of bugs! A display of thousands of butterflies, moths and other insects will be available for browsing before the event in the Community Room at the Main Library.

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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Coloring Break for Adults & Kids @ Dewey's Café
May 2016 program:
   
  • Saturday, May 21st @ 2:00-4:00p.m.    
  • Sunday, May 22nd @ 2:00-4:00p.m.    
  • Monday, May 23rd @ 6:00-8:00p.m.
  • Come take a Coloring Break with Dewey's Cafe. Coloring helps promote relaxation and stress relief. Join us for a break from your day and unwind while engaging in the creative process in our fun, friendly, and casual atmosphere. Coloring pages for adults and kids and colored pencils will be provided by the Café.

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


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    FSPL Summer Reading Kickoff & Concert with Brian Kinder & Ms. Terri
    Summer 2016 program: Tuesday, May 31st @ 6:00p.m.

    On Your Mark, Get Set...READ! Fort Smith Public Library's summer reading program kicks off with a concert with Brian Kinder and Ms. Terri! Brian Kinder is a singer/songwriter who, along with his wife, Ms. Terri, performs rollicking goodtime concerts for kids. The Kinders are crowd favorites, so don't miss this family friendly concert.

    After the concert, be sure to sign the family up for the summer reading program. It's a great way for children to earn prizes while reading for fun this summer. Adults and teens can win gift cards by using library resources. On Your Mark, Get Set...READ!

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


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    Storytime @ the Library


    Location

    Storytime Programs

    Day

    Time

    Windsor  Preschool Storytime
      with Louise Turner
    Mondays10:00a.m.
    Miller  Laptime Storytime (Ages 0-24 months)
      with Tiffany Nelson
    2nd & 4th Mondays10:30a.m.
    Main  Primetime Storytime1st Monday6:00p.m.
    Main  Spanish Storytime2nd 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.
    Miller  Storytime with Tiffany NelsonFridays10:00a.m.


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    Primetime Storytime with Therapy Dogs Prosper, Curtis, & Dave
    May 2016 program: Monday, May 2nd @ 6:00p.m.

    Families who attend Primetime Storytime in May will have a special treat! Therapy dogs Prosper, Curtis and Dave will be the featured guests along with their owner, Toni Bailey. In addition to hearing stories about dogs, children will learn what therapy dogs do to help their humans. Crafts and snacks are included in this family friendly event.

    Toni Bailey has been training dogs for over 20 years; her favorite breed is the Collie. She and her Collies have achieved numerous obedience, agility, and canine freestyle dance titles, but their favorite activity is therapy work. Prosper is seven, and has been a therapy dog since he was a year old. He is a breed champion, and also has a canine freestyle dance championship as well. Prosper has several obedience titles and also a herding instinct certification. He loves children, and loves to read. Dog stories are his favorite.

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


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    Mother's Day Storytime @ Dallas
    May 2016 program: Wednesday, May 4th @ 10:30a.m.

    Join us for Mother's Day Stortyime where we will celebrate our favorite people; Moms! Preschool storytime is held 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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    Laptime Storytime (0-24 months) @ Miller
    May 2016 program: Second/Fourth Mondays: May 9th and 23rd @ 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 Nińos en Espańol: A Storytime in Spanish
    May 2016 program: Monday, May 9th @ 6:00p.m.

    Nińos 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 espańol. 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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    Spanish Storytime @ Windsor
    May 2016 program: Thursday, May 19th @ 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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    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
  • 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, 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 31st 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:
    May/June 2016 Exhibit: Visions, Reflections, Abstractions: Photography by Corey S. Krasko

    Photographer Corey S. Krasko will display a collection of his work in the community room of the Main Library during the months of May and June. The exhibit will include images from recent travels in Arkansas, New Mexico and the "big island" of Hawaii, seen through the eyes and lens of the photographer. Many are quite conventional. Some have a more painterly, semi-abstract feeling. All are from the heart.

    Corey S. Krasko was born in Brooklyn and grew up in Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan, New York. While serving in the U.S. Army Engineers, he learned the basics of photography and darkroom techniques at the enlisted men's club on the island of Okinawa. While earning a living as a carpenter, woodworker and construction manager in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Mr. Krasko enrolled in the University of New Mexico where he earned a degree in fine art photography. After graduation he began a career as a photojournalist. News photography brought him to Arkansas where he was a staff photographer for the Southwest Times Record for about 15 years and then became the campus photographer at the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith. He retired from UAFS in 2014.

    Mr. Krasko has won awards for his photography in both Arkansas and New Mexico. His publication list includes: The New York Times, USA Today, People Magazine, New Mexico Magazine and Albuquerque Living. Mr. Krasko lives in Fort Smith. He has a son and a grandson, both of whom live in Albuquerque, New Mexico. You can meet Corey on Tuesday, May 17th, from 4:00-7:00p.m. at the Main Library at a reception honoring his work.

    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
    May/June 2016 Exhibit: Photo Exhibition: Jim Anderson

    An exhibit of the photographic works of Jim Anderson will be on display in Dewey's Café at the Main Library through the months of May and June. Jim is a school teacher by trade and a photographer of the natural landscape as a hobby. He resides in Van Buren with his wife Theresa, and has traveled and photographed in all 50 states always looking for natural settings and natural lighting. Jim's award-winning photographs can be seen in local banks and law offices as well as at exhibits in several state parks in Arkansas and Oklahoma. This special library exhibit will include pictures of the Natural State and other regions across America showcasing the changing colors of fall; be sure to check them out at Dewey's Café.

    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
    May 2016 Exhibit: Miller Branch Artist of the Month -- Bill Wilwers

    The original photography of Bill Wilwers will be on display at the Miller Branch Library during the month of May. Bill has been honing his hobby since he was a young boy, taking pictures with his Kodak camera.

    The exhibit will focus primarily on nature and landscapes from across the United States, including New England, Alaska, and Colorado; be sure to check them out at the Miller Branch Library during the month of May. For more information, please call the Miller Branch Library at (479)646-3945.


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