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Printable Calendars-at-a-Glance: September 2017

Location

September Events

Date

Time

All Fort Smith Public Library Locations National Library Card Sign-up Month September 1st- September 30thAll Open Hours
Dallas Branch Library Card Sign-up Month Challenge for Kids & Teens September 1st- September 30thAll Open Hours
Miller Branch Storytime @ Miller Friday, September 1st10:00a.m.
Main Library First Friday Friends: School Day Memories (for adults) Friday, September 1st10:30a.m.
Main Library Dew-vies: Who Framed Roger Rabbit (PG) Sunday, September 3rd1:30p.m.
Main Library Toddler Time Tuesday, September 5th10:00a.m.
Dallas Branch Storytime @ Dallas Wednesday, September 6th10:30a.m.
Main Library Chess Knight @ Dewey's Cafe' Wednesday, September 6th4:00p.m.-7:00p.m.
Main Library Storytime Thursday, September 7th10:00a.m
Main Library Magic: The Gathering Thursday, September 7th4:00p.m.-7:00p.m.
Windsor Branch It Came From the Library: Scavenger Hunt Thursday, September 7th4:00p.m.
Miller Branch Storytime @ Miller Friday, September 8th10:00a.m.
Main Library Dew-vies: Grease (PG-13) Sunday, September 10th1:30p.m.
Windsor Branch Storytime @ Windsor Monday, September 11th10:00a.m.
Miller Branch Laptime Storytime Monday, September 11th10:30a.m.
Main Library Toddler Time Tuesday, September 12th10:00a.m.
Main Library The Book Lover's Club (for adults) Tuesday, September 12th10:15a.m.
Main Library FSPL Presents- The Vietnam War: A Film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick Tuesday, September 12th6:00p.m.-8:30p.m.
Dallas Branch Storytime @ Dallas Wednesday, September 13th10:30a.m.
Main Library Chess Knight @ Dewey's Cafe' Wednesday, September 13th4:00p.m.-7:00p.m.
Main Library Storytime Thursday, September 14th10:00a.m.
Miller Branch Pirate Party and Storytime Friday, September 15th10:00a.m.
Main Library Dew-vies Galaxy Quest(PG) Sunday, September 17th1:30p.m.
Windsor Branch Storytime @ Windsor Monday, September 18th10:00a.m.
Miller Branch Laptime Storytime Monday, September 18th10:30a.m.
Main Library LEGO Club: Talk Like A Pirate Monday, September 18th5:00p.m.-6:00p.m.
Main Library Toddler Time Tuesday, September 19th10:00a.m.
Dallas Branch Storytime @ Dallas Wednesday, September 20th10:30a.m.
Main Library Fort Smith Public Library Writing Club Wednesday, September 20th4:00p.m.-5:00p.m.
Main Library Chess Knight @ Dewey's Cafe' Wednesday, September 20th4:00p.m.-7:00p.m.
Main Library Storytime Thursday, September 21st10:00a.m.
Main Library Magic: The Gathering Thursday, September 21st4:00-7:00p.m.
Main Library Open Mic Night @ Dewey's Cafe' Thursday, September 21st7:00p.m.
Miller Branch Storytime @ Miller Friday, September 22nd10:00a.m.
Miller Branch Introduction to Writing Picture Books for Children Saturday, September 23rd2:00p.m.-5:00p.m.
Main Library Dew-vies 10 Things I Hate About You(PG-13) Sunday, September 24th 1:30p.m.
Dallas Branch Friends of the Fort Smith Public Library Chocolate Festival Sunday, September 24th2:30p.m.-4:30p.m.
Windsor Branch Storytime @ Windsor Monday, September 25th10:00a.m.
Miller Branch Laptime Storytime Monday, September 25th10:30a.m.
Main Library Toddler Time Tuesday, September 26th10:00a.m.
Miller Branch Library Fall Family Festival Tuesday, September 26th5:00p.m.-7:00p.m.
Dallas Branch  Storytime @ Dallas Wednesday, September 27th10:30a.m.
Main Library  Chess Knight @ Dewey's Cafe' Wednesday, September 27th4:00p.m.-7:00p.m.
Main Library  Storytime Thursday, September 28th10:00a.m.
Miller Branch   Storytime @ Miller Friday, September 29th10:00a.m.

Location

Artwork @ FSPL

Month

Hours

Main Library Paintings by Anna Sue Wilcox September 5th- October 31stALL Open Hours
Miller Branch Artist of the Month- Larry Millican September 2017ALL Open Hours

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

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September 2017



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National Library Card Sign-up Month
September 1st-30th All Open Hours

September is National Library Card Sign-up Month. Libraries play an important role in the education and development of children. Studies show that children who are read to in the home and who use the library perform better in school and are more likely to continue to use the library as a source of lifetime learning. Visit your library today; it is a hub of community activity!

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 neighbhorhood library today and get a library card!

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


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Library Card Sign-up Month Challenge for Kids & Teens
September 1st-30th All Open Hours

The Dallas Branch library invites area kids and teens to participate in their Library Card Sign-up Month Challenge during September. This encourages students to sign up for a library card if they don't have one already and to utilize library resources. To complete the challenge, participants will check out or use three different kinds of library items by the end of the month; a book, an audiovisual material, and an eBook or other online resource. Participants will each receieve a prize for completing the program and will also be entered into a drawing for a gift card to Malco Theaters. Kids who already have cards may also participate.

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


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First Friday Friends: School Day Memories (for adults)
Friday, September 1st 10:30a.m.

Expand your circle of friends at the Fort Smith Public Library at this monthly program featuring fun activities and social time for adults.

This month we will be reminiscing about our School Day memories. As area students head back to school, what do you remember about your school days way back when? Do you remember your first friend or crush? Going to football games or school dances? How about a favorite teacher (or maybe a not so favorite one?) Bring a memory to share and a friend, or come and meet some new ones! Coffee and light refreshments will be available. This library program is intended for adults.

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


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Dew-vies: Who Framed Roger Rabbit (PG)
Sunday, September 3rd 1:30p.m.

Dew-vies, movies at Dewey's, will be shown every Sunday afternoon during the month of September at the Cafe' in the Main Library.

This week's feature will be Who Framed Roger Rabbit (PG). A toon-hating detective is a cartoon rabbit's only hope to prove his innocence when he is accused of murder in this animated adventure comedy. Bring your family or friend to enjoy this "classic" fun film at Dewey's Cafe'.

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


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Chess Knight @ Dewey's Cafe'
Wednesday, September 6th 4:00p.m.-7:00p.m.

Dewey's Cafe' welcomes chess players of all ages and skill levels for a get together on Wednesday evenings in September. Cafe' customers can play and discuss the game of chess in a laid back, casual atmosphere. Everyone is invited, from beginners to Chess Grand Masters. Bring your own chess set if you wish; the cafe' will have a couple on hand for those who don't.

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


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Magic: The Gathering
Thursday, September 7th 4:00p.m.-7:00p.m.

Bring your wits, skills, and, of course, cards to the library's Magic: The Gathering meetup. Newcomers and veterans of the game alike are welcome to come play for fun or practice for upcoming tournaments. Magic: The Gathering is a card game of stragegy and luck using creatures, spells, and enchantments to drain your opponent's life force before they do the same to you. Ages 8-18 are welcome, as well as families.

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


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It Came From the Library: Scavenger Hunt
Thursday, September 7th 4:00p.m.

Celebrate National Library Card Sign-up Month with the Windsor Branch Library by utilizing library resources to answer questions from clues in our "It Came From the Library" scavenger hunt game. Turn in your completed game sheet at the desk for a treat. Encourage a friend who doesn't have a library card to sign up for their first card at this National Library Card Sign-up Month event for all ages.

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


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Dew-vies Grease (PG-13)
Sunday, September 10th 1:30p.m.

Dew-vies, movies at Dewey's, will be shown every Sunday afternoon during the month of September at the Cafe' in the Main Library. This week's feature will be Grease (PG-13). Good girl Sandy and greaser Danny fell in love over the summer. When they unexpectedly discover they're now in the same high school, will they be able to rekindle their romance?

John Travolta solidified his position as the most versatile and magnetic screen presence of the decade in this film. Recording star Olivia Newton-John made her American film debut as Sandy, Travolta's naive love interest.

The impressive supporting cast reads like a "who's who" in this quintessential musical about the fabulous '50s. Grease is not just a nostalgic look at a simpler decade-- it's an energetic and exciting musical homage to the age of rock'n'roll. Bring your family or a friend to enjoy this musical romance at Dewey's Cafe'! For more information, please call the Main Library at (479)783-0229


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The Book Lover's Club (for adults)
Tuesday, September 12th 10:15a.m.

Read a good book lately? Come tell us about it at The Book Lover's Club (for adults)! The only requirement for this club is that you must love to read. Read whatever you like, fiction or non-fiction, and come give us a short report (on up to three titles).

The Book Lover's Club meets the second Tuesday of every month at the Main Library. Come meet more people like you! Bring a friend and a good book and join us at The Book Lover's Club.

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


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FSPL Presents- The Vietnam War: A Film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick
Tuesday, September 12th 6:00p.m.-8:30p.m.

Join the Fort Smith Public Library for an early special screening of The Vietnam War, a decade-long undertaking from filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. The presentation will highlight portions of the ten-part, 18-hour documentary series premiering on PBS on Sunday, September 17th.

The series tells the epic story of one of the most consequential, divisive, and controversial events in American history as it has never before been told on film. Visceral and immersive, the series explores the human dimensions of the war through revelatory testimony of nearly 80 witnesses from all sides- Americans who fought in the war and others who opposed it, as well as combatants and civilians from North and South Vietnam.

The event will also feature a panel of community members discussing their own experiences and expertise with the war. This event is free and open to all.

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


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Chess Knight @ Dewey's Cafe'
Wednesday, September 13th 4:00p.m.-7:00p.m.

Dewey's Cafe' welcomes chess players of all ages and skill levels for a get together on Wednesday evenings in September. Cafe' customers can play and discuss the game of chess in a laid back, casual atmosphere. Everyone is invited, from beginners to Chess Grand Masters. Bring your own chess set if you wish; the cafe' will have a couple on hand for those who don't.

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


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Pirate Party and Storytime
Friday, September 15th 10:00a.m.

Come walk the plank at the Miller Branch Library! In celebration of Talk Like a Pirate Day, we will be hosting a special pirate storytime! This free program will feature exciting pirate stories and silly pirate songs, followed by pirate-themed crafts, games, and snacks.

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


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Dew-vies Galaxy Quest (PG)
Sunday, September 17th 1:30p.m.

Dew-vies, movies at Dewey's, will be shown every Sunday afternoon during the month of September at the Cafe' in the Main Library.

This week's feature will be Galaxy Quest (PG). The alumni cast of a space opera television series have to play their roles as the real thing when an alien race needs their help. Bring your family or friends to enjoy this Sci-Fi adventure comedy at Dewey's Cafe'.

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


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Lego Club: Talk Like a Pirate!
Monday, September 18th 5:00p.m.-6:00p.m.

Kids, tweens, and teens are invited to the Main Library to design, create, and build unique creations with the LEGO Club! In celebration of Talk Like a Pirate Day, this month's theme will be pirates! Everyone loves LEGOs; this event is free and supplies are provided- just bring your imagination.

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


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Fort Smith Public Library Writing Club
Wednesday, September 20th 4:00p.m.-5:00p.m.

Writers of all ages (from teens to seniors) and backgrounds are invited to attend the monthly meeting of the Fort Smith Public Library Writing Club. Discuss writing goals and ambitions, experience other member's works, and enjoy being among others that share the same passion for writing as you. Bring a laptop for a pad of paper along with your creativity and love for writing.

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


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Chess Knight @ Dewey's Cafe'
Wednesday, September 20th 4:00p.m.- 7:00p.m.

Dewey's Cafe' welcomes chess players of all ages and skill levels for a get together on Wednesday evenings in September. Cafe' customers can play and discuss the game of chess in a laid back, casual atmosphere. Everyone is invited, from beginners to Chess Grand Masters. Bring your own chess set if you wish; the cafe' will have a couple on hand for those who don't.

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


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Magic: The Gathering
Thursday, September 21st 4:00p.m.-7:00p.m.

Bring your wits, skills, and, of course, cards to the Library's Magic: The Gathering meetup. Newcomers and veterans of the game alike are welcome to come play for fun or practice for upcoming tournaments. Magic: The Gathering is a card game of strategy and luck using creatures, spells, and enchantments to drain your opponent's life force before they do the same to you. Ages 8-18 are welcome, as well as families.

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


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Open Mic Night @ Dewey's Cafe'
Thursday, September 21st 7:00p.m.

Join us for a fun, casual open mic night at Dewey's Cafe'. 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 the Main Library at (479)783-0229


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Introduction to Writing Picture Books for Children
Saturday, September 23rd 2:00p.m-5:00p.m.

Have you ever wanted to write children's literature but were not sure how to begin? Join us for Introduction to Writing Children's Picture Books, taught by Mark Burgh, PhD. There is no charge for this three hour workshop and no previous experience required. This class is intended for people ages 18 and up who have a desire to write books for young people!

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


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Dew-vies: 10 Things I Hate About You (PG-13)
Sunday, September 24th 1:30p.m.

Dew-vies, movies at Dewey's, will be shown every Sunday afternoon during the month of September at the Cafe' in the Main Library. This week's featuer will be 10 Things I Hate About You (PG-13).

A family rule forbids a teenager from dating until her unpopular, rebellious, older sister gets a suitor of her own in this modern remake of Shakespeare's "Taming of the Shrew". Bring your family or a friend to enjoy this funny yet romantic drama at Dewey's Cafe'!

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


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Friends of the Fort Smith Public Library Chocolate Festival
Sunday, September 24th 2:30p.m.-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 for six 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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Library Fall Family Festival
Tuesday, September 26th 5:00p.m.-7:00p.m.

Celebrate Library Card Sign-up Month and the season at the Miller Branch Library with our Fall Family Festival! There will be fun games, prizes, face painting, and crafts from 5:00p.m.-7:00p.m. This free event is for ages 0-8 and their families.

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


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Chess Knight @ Dewey's Cafe'
Wednesday, September 27th 4:00p.m.-7:00p.m.

Dewey's Cafe' welcomes chess players of all ages and skill levels for a get together on Wednesday evenings in September. Cafe' customers can play and discuss the game of chess in a laid back, casual atmosphere. Everyone is invited, from beginners to Chess Grand Masters. Bring your own chess set if you wish; the cafe' will have a couple on hand for those who don't.

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

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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  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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Friends of the Library Events


Fort Smith Public Library's (Twice) Annual Friends of the Library Booksale
Annual program: 2017 Dates:
  • Fiction: Saturday, May 6th and Sunday, May 7th -- All OPEN Hours
  • Mostly Non-Fiction: Saturday, August 26th and Sunday, August 27th -- 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 28th 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 @ Main
    September 5th- October 31st, 2017 Paintings by Anna Sue Wilcox

    The paintings of Arkansas artist Anna Sue Wilcox will be on display in the Community Room at the Main Library during the months of September and October

    Anna Sue brings an investment to her body of work which spans space and time from Africa to Europe to the railroad tracks of 1930s Sallisaw. Her vision embraces the human experience, striving to convery the hearts of the people she portrays.

    People move her heart. People as they move and work and play and cry. The human experience is deeply stirring and her desire is to convery a depth of emotion to the viewer. There is no greater satisfation than to know that a connection has been made between the painting and the individual experiencing it.

    Since childhood, her dream was to be an artist whose focus would be people. Addiction to the aroma of oils since age nine and largely self-taught, Wilcox also studied under Fort Smith artist John Bell Jr., from whom she drew a great deal of knowledge, encouragement, and inspiration. Since the 1970s she has done commissioned portraits, and her work can be found in collections in Europe and throughout the United States.

    Artwork is available for viewing all library hours when meetings are not being held in the Community Room.

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


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    Artwork @ Miller
    September 2017 Miller Branch Artist of the Month: Larry Millican

    The photography of Larry Millican will be on display at the Miller Branch Library during the month of September.

    Larry has been photographing nature scenes, landscapes, and close-up macro images since 1986. According to Larry, "Photography is an artistic expression of how each of us sees the world around."

    You can preview his photography at https://millicanphotography.com. 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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