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Printable Calendars-at-a-Glance:  February 2015

Location

February Events

Date

Time

ALL Locations Blind Date with a Book February 1st-28thAll Open Hours
Windsor Branch Storytime @ Windsor Monday, February 2nd10:00a.m.
Main Library Primetime Storytime: Happy Chinese New Year! Monday, February 2nd6:00p.m.
Main Library Toddler Time Tuesday, February 3rd10:00a.m.
Dallas Branch Storytime @ Dallas Wednesday, February 4th10:30a.m.
Main Library Storytime @ Main Thursday, February 5th10:00a.m.
Miller Branch Storytime @ Miller Friday, February 6th10:00a.m.
Windsor Branch It Don't Mean a Thang: A Musical & Literary Journey through African-American History Saturday, February 7th3:00p.m.
Windsor Branch Storytime @ Windsor Monday, February 9th10:00a.m.
Miller Branch Laptime Storytime @ Miller Monday, February 9th10:30a.m.
Main Library Cuentos para Nińos en Espańol: Storytime in Spanish Monday, February 9th6:00p.m.
Main Library Toddler Time Tuesday, February 10th10:00a.m.
Dallas Branch Storytime @ Dallas Wednesday, February 11th10:30a.m.
Miller Branch Daddy Daughter Sweetheart Dance @ Miller Thursday, February 12th6:00-8:00p.m.
Main Library Storytime @ Main Thursday, February 12th10:00a.m.
Miller Branch Storytime @ Miller Friday, February 13th10:00a.m.
ALL Fort Smith Public Library is CLOSED
for Presidents Day!
Monday,
February 16th
ALL DAY
Main Library Toddler Time Tuesday, February 17th10:00a.m.
Dallas Branch Storytime @ Dallas Wednesday, February 18th10:30a.m.
Main Library Storytime @ Main Thursday, February 19th10:00a.m.
Dewey's Café
@ Main
 Open Mic Night @ Dewey's Café Thursday, February 19th7:00p.m.
Miller Branch Storytime @ Miller Friday, February 20th10:00a.m.
Main Library Food for Thought: Why Hunter Education? Friday, February 20thNoon
Windsor Branch Storytime @ Windsor Monday, February 23rd10:00a.m.
Miller Branch Laptime Storytime @ Miller Monday, February 23rd10:30a.m.
Main Library LEGO Club Monday, February 23rd5:00-6:00p.m.
Main Library Toddler Time Tuesday, February 24th10:00a.m.
Main Library BINGO for Books: Winter Edition Tuesday, February 24th6:00-7:00p.m.
Dallas Branch Storytime @ Dallas Wednesday, February 25th10:30a.m.
Main Library Storytime @ Main Thursday, February 26th10:00a.m.
Miller Branch Storytime @ Miller Friday, February 27th10:00a.m.
Main Library Black Heritage Celebration featuring Tommy Terrific's Wacky Magic Show Saturday, February 28th2:00p.m.

Location

Artwork @ FSPL

Month

Hours

Main Library Photography by Bobby Burton February 1st-28thALL Open Hours
Dewey's Café
@ Main
 Photography by Jim Anderson February 1st-28thALL Open Hours
Miller Branch Artist of the Month: Dennis Russell February 1st-28thALL 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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February 2015



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Blind Date With a Book
SPECIAL February 2015 program: All February/All Open Hours

Teens (ages 13-17), are invited to stop by any Fort Smith Public Library location between February 1st and 28th to pick up your Blind Date with a Book. As your date will be dressed in paper wrapping, you won't know the genre, author or title of the book until you take it home and unwrap it. How did the date go? Was there a "Love Connection"? Would you two go out again? We want to hear all about it. Write a book review to tell us if you liked it and be entered into a prize drawing.

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


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It Don't Mean a Thang: A Musical & Literary Journey through African-American History @ Windsor
SPECIAL February 2015 program: Saturday, February 7th @ 3:00p.m.

Come and experience a journey through African American history accompanied by great music and literature at this Black History month program, It Don't Mean a Thang. The Windsor Branch Library, in partnership with the ladies of Delta Sigma Theta, invite you and your family to enjoy an afternoon of wonderful local musical talent. We'll also get the opportunity to hear an inspired young person read their contest winning Black History essay. Refreshments will be served at this program honoring and appreciating the contributions of African Americans.

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


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Daddy Daughter Sweetheart Dance @ Miller
SPECIAL February 2015 program: Thursday, February 12th @ 6:00-8:00p.m.

Girls between the ages of 3 and 12, put on your finest and bring your best guy! Girls are invited to attend the Daddy Daughter Sweetheart Dance with their dads, granddads or other important adult male figures in their lives. The fun will include music, dancing, crafts, and refreshments! Bring a friend and double-date at this FREE evening event at the Miller Branch Library.

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


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Open Mic Night @ Dewey's Café
February 2015 program: Thursday, February 19th @ 7:00-8:00p.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.

This event is free and open to all ages. We look forward to seeing you at the Café!

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


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Food For Thought: Why Hunter Education? with David Matlock
February 2015 program: Friday, February 20th @ Noon

Hunting is an extremely popular outdoor activity in Arkansas; safety and respect for the environment are important components in having a fun and successful hunt. Join David Matlock with the Westark Wildlife Conservation Club as he talks the importance of hunter education and how you can sign up for their class that begins in March. Anyone born on or after Jan. 1, 1969, must complete a hunter education course and carry a valid hunter education card to hunt in Arkansas.

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!
February 2015 program: Monday, February 23rd @ 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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BINGO for Books: Winter Edition!
SPECIAL February 2015 program: Tuesday, February 24th @ 10:00a.m

Bring your family and friends and join the fun in this special winter edition of Bingo for Books! Play BINGO and earn books as your prize. Winners will be able to select a book from a selection of children and teen titles.

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


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Black Heritage Celebration featuring Tommy Terrific's Wacky Magic Show @ Windsor
SPECIAL February 2015 program: Saturday, February 28th @ 2:00p.m.

Join the Fort Smith Public Library for its annual Black Heritage Celebration, an inspiring, informative, and entertaining celebration of African American history and heritage. This year's all-ages event will feature magician Tommy Terrific's educational Wacky Magic Show about Satchel Paige and Negro League Baseball. The show will be filled with baseball-themed magic tricks, and it will explore the life and accomplishments of baseball pitcher Satchel Paige. Dr. Paul D. Adams, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, will also appear, sharing remarks about his personal journey and career as a researcher and scientist. A display of library materials related to African American history and heritage will also be featured at this special Black History Month event.

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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Primetime Storytime: Happy Chinese New Year!
February 2015 program: Monday, February 2nd @ 6:00p.m.

Celebrate the Chinese New Year with special guest, UAFS Instructor Mrs. Hui Wang Apple. This fun and informative storytime will include stories, songs, crafts, refreshments, and special displays focusing on the Chinese New Year. 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
February 2015 program: Second/Fourth Mondays, February 9th/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
February 2015 program: Monday, February 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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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:
January/February 2015 Exhibit: Photography by Bobby Burton

The original photography of Bobby Burton will be on display in the Community Room at the Main Library during the months of January and February. The exhibit will include works from across the country, with a focus on the photographer's back yard; Arkansas, the Natural State.

Bobby Burton, the General Manager for The Daily Record newspaper in Little Rock, has spent the last three years learning landscape photography. As he travels around Arkansas and other areas in the U.S., he tries to capture the mood of places he visits, with the goal of helping people feel as if they are there in the moment. You can preview his photographs at www.fstophangout.com.

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


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Artwork @ Dewey's Café
January/February 2015 Exhibit: Photography by Jim Anderson

Photographer Jim Anderson will return to Dewey's Café for an exhibition of his original works from January 1st - February 28th. 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 at the Main Library through February.

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


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Artwork @ Miller
February 2015 Exhibit: Miller Branch Artist of the Month -- Dennis Russell

Photographer Dennis Russell returns to the Miller Branch Library during the month of February, with an exhibition focusing on people and their pets. Nature and pet photography are his two passions. This particular show will focus on his efforts to capture special moments for people and their pets, including chickens, snakes, opossums, ferrets, dogs, and cats. Russell's love of photography has helped him win several photo contests; many of his pictures are on display at local businesses in Fort Smith.

Stop by the library during February to check out the works of our Artist of the Month: Dennis Russell. For more information, please call the Miller Branch Library at (479)646-3945.


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