Fort Smith Public Library Activities


Upcoming Events

Printable Calendars-at-a-Glance:   November 2014 |  December 2014

Location

November Events

Date

Time

ALL Fort Smith Public Library is CLOSING EARLY Wednesday, November 26thAt 6:00p.m.
ALL Fort Smith Public Library is CLOSED
for Thanksgiving!
Thursday/Friday,
November 27th/28th
ALL DAY
ALL  The Perfect Gift: Library Books for Christmas! November 29th-December 31stALL Open Hours
ALL  FSPL Holiday Food Drive November 1st-December 31stALL Open Hours

December Events

Windsor Branch Storytime @ Windsor Monday, December 1st10:00a.m.
Main Library Ho, Ho, Ho! Holiday Primetime Storytime Monday, December 1st6:00p.m.
Main Library Toddler Time Tuesday, December 2nd10:00a.m.
Dallas Branch Storytime @ Dallas Wednesday, December 3rd10:30a.m.
Windsor Branch Customer Appreciation Day @ Windsor Tuesday, December 4th9:00a.m.-3:00p.m.
Main Library Storytime @ Main Thursday, December 4th10:00a.m.
Miller Branch That Thursday Night Thing @ Miller:
 Truman Capote's One Christmas
Thursday, December 4th7:00p.m.
Miller Branch Storytime @ Miller Friday, December 5th10:00a.m.
Windsor Branch Storytime @ Windsor Monday, December 8th10:00a.m.
Miller Branch Laptime Storytime @ Miller Monday, December 8th10:00a.m.
Main Library Cuentos para Nińos en Espańol: Storytime in Spanish Monday, December 8th6:00p.m.
Main Library Toddler Time Tuesday, December 9th10:00a.m.
Main Library Knit, Stitch, and Crochet Today! Tuesday, December 9th 4:00-6:00p.m.
Main Library Page Turners' Teen Book Club @ Dewey's Café Tuesday, December 9th5:00-6:00p.m.
Dallas Branch Storytime @ Dallas Wednesday, December 10th10:30a.m.
Main Library Kindle: Jump Start! Wednesday, December 10th4:00-6:00p.m.
Main Library Storytime @ Main Thursday, December 11th10:00a.m.
Main Library Authors in the Afternoon with Tes Freeman Thursday, December 11th5:00-7:00p.m.
Miller Branch Storytime @ Miller Friday, December 12th10:00a.m.
Miller Branch Milk and Cookies with Santa @ Miller Saturday, December 13th1:00 and 3:00p.m.
Main Library 12th Annual Fort Smith Public Library
 Holiday Open House
Sunday, December 14th1:00-5:00p.m.
ALL Locations Chill Out and Read! Winter Reading Program
 for Tweens and Teens
December 14th-January 31stALL Open Hours
Windsor Branch Storytime @ Windsor Monday, December 15th10:00a.m.
Main Library LEGO Club Monday, December 15th5:00-6:00p.m.
Main Library Toddler Time Tuesday, December 16th10:00a.m.
Main Library Beginning iPad: Jump Start! Wednesday, December 16th11:00a.m.-1:00p.m.
Main Library Tim Ernst Visit and Slide Presentation:
 Buffalo River Beauty
Tuesday, December 16th7:00p.m.
Dallas Branch Christmas Storytime @ Dallas Wednesday, December 17th10:30a.m.
Main Library Storytime @ Main Thursday, December 18th10:00a.m.
Main Library Christmas Open Mic Night @ Dewey's Café Thursday, December 18th7:00-8:00p.m.
Miller Branch Storytime @ Miller Friday, December 19th10:00a.m.
Windsor Branch Storytime @ Windsor Monday, December 22nd10:00a.m.
Miller Branch Laptime Storytime @ Miller Monday, December 22nd10:00a.m.
Main Library Toddler Time Tuesday, December 23rd10:00a.m.
ALL Fort Smith Public Library is CLOSED
for Christmas!
Wednesday/Thursday,
December 27th/28th
ALL DAY
Miller Branch Storytime @ Miller Friday, December 26th10:00a.m.
Windsor Branch Storytime @ Windsor Monday, December 29th10:00a.m.
Main Library Toddler Time Tuesday, December 30th10:00a.m.
Dallas Branch Storytime @ Dallas Wednesday, December 31st10:30a.m.
ALL Fort Smith Public Library is CLOSING EARLY Wednesday, December 31stAt 6:00p.m.
ALL Fort Smith Public Library is CLOSED
for New Year's Day!
Thursday,
January 1st, 2015
ALL DAY

Location

Artwork @ FSPL

Month

Hours

Main Library Photography by Michael Leonard November/DecemberALL Open Hours
Dewey's Café @ Main Paintings by Kay Aclin November/DecemberALL Open Hours
Miller Branch Artist of the Month: Thuan Tran DecemberALL Open Hours

Location On-Going Events @ FSPL Dates Hours
Main Library Friends of the Library
(Twice!) Annual Book Sales
2014 Dates:  Fiction: May 3rd
  NonFiction: August 23rd
ALL Open Hours
Main Library FSPL Storytimes regular weekly dates
(See Below)
regular weekly times
(See Below)


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December 2014



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Fort Smith Public Library Holiday Food Drive
November/December 2014 program: ALL LOCATIONS; ALL OPEN HOURS

Help out local families in need by donating to this year's Fort Smith Public Library Holiday Food Drive. One in five people in our area are struggling, one in three rural Arkansas children live in food insecure homes. Drop off your non-perishable food items at any Fort Smith library location from November 1st - December 31st. All food collected will be given to the Community Clearinghouse to help the hungry in the Fort Smith area.

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


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The Perfect Gift - Library Books for Christmas
SPECIAL December 2014 program: November 29th -- December 31st

Honor someone special while sharing your love of reading by donating to the Fort Smith Public Library's The Perfect Gift: Library Books for Christmas. From November 30th through December 31st, individuals may visit any Fort Smith Public Library location to choose a book to add to the library's collection in honor or memory of someone special. Children's books are a $10.00 donation; adult books are a $25.00 donation.

Proceeds from the Perfect Gift will go to the library's material fund to be used for the purchase of new library materials. Say "Happy Holidays" with The Perfect Gift from the Fort Smith Public Library. Cash, check or MC/VISA accepted.

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


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Customer Appreciation Day @ Windsor
SPECIAL December 2014 program: Thursday, December 4th @ 9:00a.m.-3:00p.m.

Customers are the best part of our day; we love being your library! Windsor Drive Branch Library customers are invited to stop in for some hot chocolate, a cookie, and some visiting. We appreciate our Windsor Drive community!

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


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That Thursday Night Thing: Truman Capote's One Christmas @ Miller
SPECIAL December 2014 program: Thursday, December 4th @ 7:00p.m.

The Miller Branch of the Fort Smith Public Library invites our annual holiday program celebrating the season. Join us for some light refreshments and mingling at 7:00p.m. At 7:30p.m., Brad Kidder, history professor at the University of Arkansas Fort Smith, and long time performer with the Fort Smith Little Theatre, will share the short story One Christmas by Truman Capote. Join us for this special evening to get you in the mood for the holiday season.

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


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Knit, Stitch, and Crochet Today!
December 2014 program: Tuesday, December 9th @ 4:00-6:00p.m.

If you knit, stitch, or crochet--or want to learn, bring your needles, hooks and projects and join this all-ages group for an afternoon of crafting. Yarn, extra supplies, and plenty of help will be available for anyone who wants to learn.

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


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Page Turner's Teen Book Club @ Dewey's Café
December 2014 program: Tuesday, December 9th @ 5:00-6:00p.m.

Tweens and teens (ages 9 - 17) are invited to the monthly Page Turner's Teen Book Club at Dewey's Café in the Main Library. Bring a book or books you've already read to share with the group, hang out, and have fun discussing what you've been reading. Bring a friend too! Snacks provided.

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


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Kindle: Jump Start!
December 2014 program: Wednesday, December 10th @ 11:00a.m.-1:00p.m.

Did you get a new Kindle recently, or are you getting one for someone for Christmas? Do you have questions on how to get started with it? Join us for a presentation to learn the basics about your Kindle. Following the presentation, we will be answer your questions and offer hands-on help. Bring your Kindle (make sure it is charged). You will also need to know your Amazon account information.

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


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Authors in the Afternoon with Tes Freeman
December 2013 program: Saturday, December 7th @ 2:00-4:00p.m.

Make a date with Lily, a feisty little dog, who is homeless. Retired media writer and photographer, Tes Freeman, will sell and sign copies of her new book, Fixed: A Tail of a Dog, at the Library's Authors in the Afternoon event. In this funny, bittersweet novel, the lives of three very different dog lovers intersect when a small town introduces spay/neuter legislation. Told in three perspectives, one a homeless dog's, the story illustrates the fallout from the homeless animal epidemic in America and how it affects everyone, permeating the collective soul in irreparable ways.

Copies of Fixed: A Tail of a Dog 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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Milk and Cookies with Santa @ Miller
December 2014 program: Saturday, December 13th @ 1:00p.m. and 3:00p.m.

Have you been good this year? Santa Claus is coming to visit the Miller Branch Library for an afternoon and hopes to see you there. Children of all ages are encouraged to attend and tell Santa what they want for Christmas, and to enjoy some milk and cookies. There is a 1:00p.m. and a 3:00p.m. program.

Seating is limited; please register your children in advance by calling the Miller Branch at (479)646-3945.


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12th Annual Fort Smith Public Library Holiday Open House
SPECIAL December 2014 program: Sunday, December 14th @ 1:00--5:00p.m.

Celebrate the holiday season when the entire Fort Smith Public Library staff opens the doors of the Main Library for a festive afternoon of music, crafts, games, stories, holiday displays, light refreshments, and other entertainment for children and adults. There will be music and dance throughout the entire afternoon, along with special activities to delight all ages. This Holiday Open House is free to all . . . Don't forget to bring a non-perishable food item for the Holiday Food Drive!

Scheduled performances include:

  • 1:30p.m. - St. Boniface Rhythm Band
  • 1:45p.m. - St. Boniface Christmas Spirit Squad
  • 2:00p.m. - Marian Laird: Fiddle and Vocals
  • 2:30p.m. - Developmental Wings Hand Bell Choir
  • 3:00p.m. - Riverblenders Barbershop Choir
  • 3:30p.m. - Bill and Nancy Carpenter
  • 4:00p.m. - Rated PG (Praise Generation Youth Gospel Choir)
  • For more information, please call the Main Library at (479)783-0229.


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    Spark a Reaction! Winter Reading Program for Teens
    SPECIAL December 2014/January 2015 program: December 14th--January 30th; All Open Hours

    Teens in grades 7 - 12, are invited to Spark a Reaction! at this winter reading event. Read whatever you want, however you want. Participants can read a book, listen to an audio book, or download and read an e-book. Fill out a review and return it to your neighborhood library for a chance to win a prize in our weekly drawings. The more you read, the better your chance of winning! Participate in the Spark a Reaction! Winter Reading Program for Teens at any Fort Smith Public Library location.

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


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    LEGO Club!
    December 2014 program: Monday, December 15th @ 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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    Beginning iPad
    December 2014 program: Tuesday, December 16th @ 11:00a.m.-1:00p.m.

    Did you get a new iPad recently, or are you getting one for someone this holiday season? Do you have questions on how to get started with it? Join us for a presentation to learn the basics about your iPad. Following the presentation, we will be answer your questions and offer hands-on help. Bring your iPad (make sure it is charged). You will also need to know your Apple ID and password.

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


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    Tim Ernst Visit and Slide Presentation: Arkansas Nightscapes
    SPECIAL December 2014 program: Tuesday, December 16th @ 7:00p.m.

    Take a break from your hectic life to enjoy scenic photography and inspirational words as Tim Ernst shares images from his latest picture book, Arkansas Nightscapes: Wilderness Photos from Twilight 'til Dawn. The program will include stunning images from the book set to relaxing music to take you away from all the holiday rush. A short Q & A session will follow the show.

    Tim Ernst has been hiking, driving and crawling around the wonderful Ozark Mountains for most of his life, preserving the images he sees on film for everyone to enjoy. His photographs have appeared in hundreds of national, regional and local publications. Much of his time these days is spent teaching digital photography workshops from his wilderness cabin in the Buffalo River Wilderness.

    You can enjoy the program and get some Christmas shopping done as well; many books and calendars will be available for sale and signing at this special Fort Smith Public Library program. For more information, please call the Main Library at (479)783-0229.


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    Christmas Open Mic Night @ Dewey's Café
    December 2014 program: Thursday, December 18th @ 7:00-8:00p.m.

    Join us for an evening of Christmas-themed music and poetry at Dewey's Café Open Mic Night. Arrive early and sign up at the door; the event begins at 7:00 pm. Feeling shy? Come in and enjoy watching the great undiscovered talents from the Fort Smith area.

    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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    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 Thanksgiving!
    December 2014 program: Monday, December 1st @ 6:00p.m.

    Ho, Ho, Ho! Tis the season to enjoy wonderful holiday stories! Join us for our December prime-time stortyime program featuring stories, crafts, refreshments, and other Christmas FUN. 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
    December 2014 program: Second/Fourth Mondays, December 8th/22nd @ 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
    December 2014 program: Monday, December 8th @ 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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    Christmas Storytime @ Dallas
    SPECIAL December 2014 program: Wednesday, December 17th @ 10:30a.m.

    Join the Dallas Branch Library staff for this special holiday storytime featuring Christmas stories, crafts, and a snack.

    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: 2014 Dates -- Fiction: Saturday, May 3rd @ 10:00a.m.-5:00p.m.;
    Mostly Non-Fiction: Saturday, August 23rd @ 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:
    November/December 2014 Exhibit: Photography by Michael Leonard

    The award winning photography of Michael Leonard will be on display in the Community Room at the Main Library during the months of November and December. Works in this show are award-winning entries from many of the photo competitions the photographer has entered over the last ten years, with some of his very best works represented. Subjects include architecture, landscapes, machinery and more. Some are displayed as standard photo prints framed under glass and some are gallery wraps in floating frames.

    Originally from Missouri, Michael has lived in Fort Smith since retiring from the U.S. Navy in 1994. He is well known as an innovative and highly skilled photographer. Well-recognized for unique printing and presentation techniques, he has inspired and trained many other photographers to learn his dramatic style of both color and infrared photography. Michael Leonard spends every free minute he can exploring and photographing our country. You can preview his photographs at www.photovariations.com.

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


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    Artwork @ Dewey's Café
    November/December 2014 Exhibit: Paintings by Kay Aclin

    The original paintings of Kay Aclin will be on display at Dewey's Café at the Main Library during the months of November and December. Kay is a versatile artist whose subject matter covers a wide variety. She has worked in many mediums, but watercolor captures her heart; its "unexpected nature" bringing joy and challenge to her work. Aclin has had solo watercolor shows and hangs in many private and corporate collections. She has earned several honors--the 2004 MSW Founders Purchase Award and in 2005, the mayor of Fort Smith presented her with the Visual Arts Award. She has been a successful participant in many juried shows and is a member of the Hoover Watercolor Society, as well as a signature member of the MidSouthern Watercolorists. Kay also serves as Regional Advisor for the MSW.

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


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    Artwork @ Miller
    December 2014 Exhibit: Miller Branch Artist of the Month -- Thuan Tran

    The original artwork of Thuan Tran will be on exhibit at the Miller Branch Library during the month of December. The talented artist works in a variety of media; this display will feature mainly ink and watercolor scenes on rice paper, depicting the daily life in Vietnam. Born in Vietnam, Thuan Tran came to America in 1975 and studied art in Iowa. She loves to stay busy and is constantly experimenting with different types of media for her art.

    Stop by the library during December to check out the paintings of Thuan Tran, our Artist of the Month. For more information, please call the Miller Branch Library at (479)646-3945.


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