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Printable Calendars-at-a-Glance: June 2017

Location

June Events

Date

Time

All Library Locations Children's Summer Reading Program June 1st - July 31stAll Open Hours
All Library Locations Teen Summer Reading Program June 1st - July 31stAll Open Hours
All Library Locations Adult Summer Reading Celebration June 1st - July 31stAll Open Hours
Windsor Branch Storytime @ Windsor Monday, June 12th10:00a.m.
Miller Branch Laptime Storytime @ Miller Monday, June 12th10:30a.m.
Dallas Branch Maker Monday: Painting Sea Shells Monday, June 12th2:00p.m.-3:30p.m.
Main Library Cuentos para Ninos en Espanol: A Storytime in Spanish Monday, June 12th6:00p.m.
Main Library Toddler Time @ Main Tuesday, June 13th10:00a.m.
Miller Branch Miller Movie in the Morning- Storks (PG) Tuesday, June 13th10:00a.m.
Main Library Authors in the Afternoon with Kevin A. Thompson Tuesday, June 13th4:00p.m.-6:00p.m.
Dallas Branch Storytime and Summer Crafts @ Dallas Wednesday, June 14th10:30a.m.
Main Library Chess Knight @ Dewey's Café Wednesday, June 14th6:30p.m.-8:30p.m.
Main Library Storytime @ Main Thursday, June 15th10:00a.m.
Windsor Branch School Age Storytime @ Windsor Thursday, June 15th10:00a.m.
Main Library Movie Matinee @ Your Library - Storks (PG) Thursday, June 15th2:00p.m.
Windsor Branch Family Fun Night: Make It...Take It! Thursday, June 15th6:00p.m.-7:00p.m.
Main Library Open Mic Night @ Dewey's Café Thursday, June 15th7:00p.m.
Miller Branch Storytime @ Miller Friday, June 16th10:00a.m.
Miller Branch Crafternoon @ Miller Friday, June 16th1:00p.m.-6:00p.m.
Main Library Summer Games Days @ Dewey's Café Saturday, June 17th10:00a.m.-4:00p.m.
Windsor Branch Storytime @ Windsor Monday, June 19th10:00a.m..
Miller Branch Laptime Storytime @ Miller Monday, June 19th10:30a.m.
Dallas Branch Maker Monday: Paper & Model Airplanes Monday, June 19th2:00p.m.-3:30p.m.
Main Library LEGO Club Monday, June 19th5:00p.m.-6:00p.m.
Main Library Toddler Time @ Main Tuesday, June 20th10:00a.m.
Main Library Authors in the Afternoon with C. Wayne Winkle Tuesday, June 20th4:00p.m.-6:00p.m.
Dallas Branch Storytime and Summer Crafts @ Dallas Wednesday, June 21st10:30a.m.
Main Library Wonderful Wednesday: Concert with Brian Kinder and Ms. Terri! Wednesday, June 21st2:00p.m.
Main Library Fort Smith Public Library Writing Club Wednesday, June 21st4:00p.m.-5:00p.m.
Main Library Doc Night: Miss Sharon Jones (NR) Wednesday, June 21st5:00p.m.-7:00p.m.
Main Library Chess Knight @ Dewey's Café Wednesday, June 21st6:30p.m.-8:30p.m.
Main Library Storytime @ Main Thursday, June 22nd10:00a.m.
Windsor Branch School Age Storytime @ Windsor Thursday, June 22nd10:00a.m.
Main Library Movie Matinee @ Your Library- Finding Dory (PG) Thursday, June 22nd2:00p.m.
Main Library Magic: The Gathering Thursday, June 22nd4:00p.m.-7:00p.m.
Main Library Author Visit & Book Signing with Anita Paddock: Closing Time Thursday, June 22nd6:30p.m.-8:30p.m.
Miller Branch Storytime @ Miller Friday, June 23rd10:00a.m.
Main Library Summer Games Days @ Dewey's Café Saturday, June 24th10:00a.m.-4:00p.m.
Main Library Stevens Puppets present Aladdin Saturday, June 24th10:30a.m.
Miller Branch Fruit and Vegetable Carving Saturday, June 24th2:00p.m.-3:00p.m.
Windsor Branch Storytime @ Windsor Monday, June 26th10:00a.m.
Miller Branch Laptime Storytime @ Miller Monday, June 26th10:30a.m.
Dallas Branch Maker Monday: Build the Tallest Tower Monday, June 26th2:00p.m.-3:30p.m.
Main Library Toddler Time @ Main Tuesday, June 27th10:00a.m.
Miller Branch Miller Movie in the Morning - Moana (PG) Tuesday, June 27th10:00a.m.
Main Library BINGO for Books Tuesday, June 27th6:00p.m.-7:00p.m.
Dallas Branch Storytime and Summer Crafts @ Dallas Wednesday, June 28th10:30a.m.
Main Library Chess Knight @ Dewey's Café Wednesday, June 28th6:30p.m.-8:30p.m.
Main Library Storytime @ Main Thursday, June 29th10:00a.m.
Windsor Branch School Age Storytime @ Windsor Thursday, June 29th10:00a.m.
Miller Branch Sixth Annual Alice in Wonderland Tea Party Thursday, June 29th10:00 a.m.
Miller Branch Sixth Annual Alice in Wonderland Tea Party Thursday, June 29th11:30 a.m.
Main Library Movie Matinee @ Your Library- The Secret Life of Pets (PG) Thursday, June 29th2:00p.m.
Windsor Branch Family Fun Night: Build a Better World Thursday, June 29th6:00p.m.-7:00p.m.
Miller Branch Storytime @ Miller Friday, June 30th10:00 a.m.
Main Library Summer Games Days @ Dewey's Cafe' Saturday, July 1st10:00 a.m.-4:00p.m.
Windosr Branch Storytime @ Windsor Monday, July 3rd10:00 a.m.
Miller Branch Laptime Storytime @ Miller Monday, July 3rd10:30 a.m.
Dallas Branch Storytime and Summer Crafts Monday, July 3rd10:00 a.m.
Main Library Wonderful Wednesday: Build a Magical World with Tommy Terrific's Wacky Magic Wednesday, July 5th 2:00p.m.
Main Library Storytime @ Main Thursday, July 6th10:00 a.m.
Windsor Branch School Age Storytime @ Windsor Thursday, July 6th10:00 a.m.
Main Library Storytime @ Main Thursday, July 6th10:00 a.m.
Main Library Movie Matinee @ Your Library-Trolls(PG) Thursday, July 6th2:00p.m.
Main Library Magic: the Gathering Thursday, July 6th4:00p.m.-7:00p.m.
Miller Branch Author Visit & Book Signing with Anita Paddock Thursday, July 6th6:00p.m.-8:00p.m.
Miller Branch Touch-a-Truck Storytime Friday, July 7th10:00a.m.
Main Library First Friday Friends: Summer Vacation Time Friday, July 7th10:30a.m.
Main Library Summer Games Days @ Dewey's Cafe' Saturday, July 8th10:00 a.m.-4:00p.m.
Windosr Branch Storytime @ Windsor Monday, July 10th10:00 a.m.
Miller Branch Laptime Storytime @ Miller Monday, July 10th10:30 a.m.
Dallas Branch Maker Monday: Catapults! Monday, July 10th2:00p.m.-3:30p.m.
Main Library Cuentos para Niños en Español: A Storytime in Spanish Monday, July 10th6:00p.m.
Main Library Toddler Time Tuesday, July 11th10:00a.m.
Miller Branch Movie in the Morning- Trolls Tuesday, July 11th10:00a.m.
Main Library Larry Foley's The Favored Strawberry-Fort Smith Film Premier Tuesday, July 11th7:00p.m.
Dallas Branch Storytime and Summer Crafts Wednesday, July 12th10:30a.m.
Main Library Teen Talk: I Published My Book & You Can Too with Britt Cole Wednesday, July 12th4:30p.m.
Main Library Storytime @ Main Thursday, July 13th10:00a.m.
Windsor Branch School Age Storytime @ Windsor Thursday, July 13th10:00a.m.
Main Library Movie Matinee @ Your Library- Ice Age: Collision Course (PG) Thursday, July 13th2:00p.m.
Windsor Branch Family Fun Night: Build a Better World Thursday, July 13th6:00p.m.-7:00p.m.
Miller Branch  Storytime @ Miller Friday, July 14th10:00a.m.
Miller Branch Crafternoon Friday, July 14th1:00p.m.-6:00p.m.

Location

Artwork @ FSPL

Month

Hours

Main Library En Plein Air with Pam Ernst May 15th-June 30thALL Open Hours
Dewey's Café
@ Main
 Photography by Jim Anderson Months of May/JuneALL Open Hours
Miller Branch Artist of the Month: Kerrie Taber Month of JuneALL Open Hours
Main Library Paintings by Carolyn Nally July 2017-Mid August 2017ALL Open Hours
Dewey's Café
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 Photo Exhibition: Scott Smith July 2017-August 2017ALL Open Hours
Miller Branch Artist of the Month- Rania Asadi July 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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June 2017



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Children's Summer Reading Program
SPECIAL Summer 2017 program:June 1st-July 31st; ALL Open Hours

It's time again for the annual Summer Reading Program for kids. This year's theme is Build a Better World; stop by any Fort Smith Public Library location to enjoy books, videos, magazines, computers, music, and special library programs of all kinds this summer. The summer reading program is designed to encourage reading for pleasure; it will help young people who are able to read independently retain the valuable reading skills they developed over this past school year. Preschool children too young to read may also participate and will receive credit for the books read to them. Small rewards such as book bags, pencils, door hangers, cups, food coupons, and the opportunity to get their name in a book will be given to each child for reaching specific goals. Registration begins June 1st at all four Fort Smith Public Library locations. Build a Better World at your Library this summer!

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


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Teen Summer Reading Program
SPECIAL Summer 2017 Program: June 1st-July 31st; ALL Open Hours

Area teens are invited to the Fort Smith Public Library to take part in the 2017 Summer Reading Program: Build a Better World. Stop by any Fort Smith Public Library location to enjoy books, videos, computers, magazines, music, and special library programs of all kinds this summer. Any item you check out (books, CD, DVD, eBooks, audiobooks, magazines, digital titles, etc.), enables you to enter into weekly prize drawings for the chance to win great gift cards. Registration begins June 1st at all four Fort Smith Public Library locations for Build a Better World: the summer reading program for teens at the Fort Smith Public Library.

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


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Adult Summer Reading Celebration
SPECIAL Summer 2017 Program: June 1st-July31st; ALL Open Hours

Join us at the Fort Smith Public Library for our 14th annual Adult Summer Reading Celebration, Build a Better World. Why should the kids have all the fun? Win prizes while reading your favorite books! Adults can register for this free event at any Fort Smith Public Library location beginning June 1st. There's Summer Reading fun for everyone: kids, teens, and adults. All events are free and open to the public. A library card is not required. Stop by your neighborhood library to sign up for summer entertainment for all ages. Summer Reading runs June 1 - July 31. How do I get a library card? Anyone who lives inside the city limits of Fort Smith and is age 5 or older is eligible for a FREE library card. Bring ID showing your name (or the parent's name for children) and current street address (driver's license, state ID, or a bill). A parent or legal guardian must apply in person for children ages 5-15. Fort Smith real estate property owners and their families are also eligible for FREE Fort Smith Public Library cards. Ask for details at any library location. People who live outside the city limits of Fort Smith can get all the benefits of a Fort Smith Public Library card for only $35 a year. That's less than 10 cents a day.

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


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Maker Monday: Painting Sea Shells
Monday, June 12th 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Use your imagination to transform a plain sea shell into a work of art at this week's Maker Monday. All ages are welcome at this open-house style event.

This can be a messy craft; parents please make sure your their children are dressed appropriately.

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


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Cuentos para Niños en Español: A Storytime in Spanish
Monday, June 12th 6:00 p.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 Main Library at (479)484-5650.


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Miller Movies in the Morning - Storks (PG)
Tuesday, June 13th 10:00 a.m.

Bring your family and your own refreshments to the Miller Branch Library for a movie in the morning!

This week we will be showing the animated film Storks (PG). In this film, storks are now delivering packages instead of babies. After an order for a baby appears, a stork has to fix the error and find a way to deliver the baby.

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


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Authors in the Afternoon with Kevin A. Thompson
Tuesday, June 13th 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Fort Smith author Kevin A. Thompson will appear at the Fort Smith Public Library to promote and sign copies of his recently released book, Friends, partners, and Lovers . Great marriages don't just happen--they're made, intentionally, day by day. Yet most of us enter the covenant of marriage thinking that the role of spouse will be easy, natural, effortless. Rarely is this true. In fact, the number one cause of divorce isn't adultery or finances or disagreements. It's apathy--a lack of intentional emotional, physical, and mental investment in the relationship.

With engaging stories and clear, simple language, pastor Kevin A. Thompson explains the three critical roles of a spouse--friend, partner, and lover--and shows how to nurture those roles in order to keep a marriage healthy and strong. Using solid biblical principles, he helps couples understand how to grow their friendship and be a supportive partner through the good times and the bad.

Kevin A. Thompson (MDiv, Beeson Divinity School) is lead pastor at Community Bible Church, a growing multi-site church with four locations in western Arkansas. Every year he meets with nearly one hundred couples with a range of needs, from pre-marital counseling to navigating the most serious betrayals. A marriage and parenting conference speaker, he and his wife, Jenny, have two children and live in Fort Smith, Arkansas. He blogs at www.kevinathompson.com.

Copies of the book 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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Chess Knight @ Dewey's Café
Wednesday, June 14th 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Dewey's Café welcomes chess players of all ages and skill levels for a get together on Wednesday evenings in June. 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 café 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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Movie Matinee @ Your Library - Storks (PG)
Thursday, June 15th 2:00 p.m.

Bring the family and your own refreshments (or pick something up from Dewey's Café!) for the library's Summer Movie Matinee series at the main library.

This week's feature is Storks and is rated PG. In this film, storks are now delivering packages instead of babies. After an order for a baby appears, a stork has to fix the error and find a way to deliver the baby.

Kids of all ages and their families are invited to spend an air-conditioned afternoon at these FREE events on Thursday afternoons from June 1st - July 27th.

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


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Family Fun Night: Make It...Take It!
Thursday, June 15th 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Bring the family out, and come to the Windsor Branch Library and build your better world to take home with you. Don't forget to make reading a family affair and sign up for the Summer Reading Program.

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


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Open Mic Night @ Dewey's Café
Thursday, June 15th 7:00 p.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 the Main Library at (479)783-0229.


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Crafternoon
Friday, June 16th 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Connect to your crafty side (in the air conditioning) at the Miller Branch Library. Children of all ages can make a craft or three anytime between 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. to take home with them. We will also have some light refreshments, in case the crafting makes you hungry.

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


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Summer Games Days @ Dewey's Café
Saturday, June 17th 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Looking to sharpen your checkers skills? Is your bridge group looking for a new place to play? Want to ruin friendships over a game of Monopoly? Looking to test out your new Pokemon or Magic decks? Tabletop gamers are welcome to join us at Dewey's Café every Saturday from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. for our Summer Game Days.

Tables will be set up for board and card games so bring some of your favorites to play (family friendly please!) or try something new from our selection.

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


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Maker Monday: Paper & Model Airplanes
Monday, June 19th 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Participants will have the opportunity build different paper and simple model airplane designs at this week's Maker Monday. All ages are welcome at this open-house style event. Airplane-themed coloring activities will be available for younger children.

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


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LEGO Club
Monday, June 19th 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.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 Main Library at (479)783-0229.


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Authors in the Afternoon with C. Wayne Winkle
Tuesday, June 20th 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Fort Smith author C. Wayne Winkle will appear at the Fort Smith Public Library to promote and sign copies of his westerns, Yancey's Ride, Down the Long Trail, and One Last Chase: They Kidnapped His Granddaughter .

C. Wayne Winkle is a retired psychologist who grew up watching the great western heroes on television. Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, Lash LaRue, and the Lone Ranger were on every Saturday morning. And, of course, Louis L'Amour is still one of his favorite authors. Winkle has been married to the same wonderful woman for 46 years. They have six of the best grandkids anyone could possibly want. His faith in Jesus Christ is a mainstay in his foundation of life. Winkle lives in western Arkansas, "the eyebrow of Indian Territory."

Copies of his books 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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Wonderful Wednesday: Concert with Brian Kinder & Ms. Terri!
Wednesday, June 21st 2:00 p.m.

Our Wonderful Wednesday guests this week will be the musically talented Brian and Terri Kinder. Stop by for a kid-friendly, lively and interactive afternoon concert. Combining guitar and banjo playing talents and whimsical song writing skills, this show will amuse and entertain children of all ages.

Kids of all ages will laugh and sing, dance and clap along with the music. Treat your children as well as yourself to a wonderful 45 minute performance of original good time music for kids, written and performed by Brian and Terri Kinder.

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


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Fort Smith Public Library Writing Club
Wednesday, June 21st 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.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 or 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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Doc Night: Miss Sharon Jones
Wednesday, June 21st 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Follow soul singer Sharon Jones and her Grammy nominated R&B band "Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings" as she traverses through one of the toughest years of her life battling pancreatic cancer. With her illness putting her health and explosive voice at risk, Jones fights with body, mind and spirit to make it back on her stage.

Join the Fort Smith Public Library for an inspiring look into the power of music and the strength of musicians. This film is not rated.

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


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Chess Knight @ Dewey's Café
Wednesday, June 21st 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Dewey's Café welcomes chess players of all ages and skill levels for a get together on Wednesday evenings in June. 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 café 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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Movie Matinee @ Your Library - Finding Dory (PG)
Thursday, June 22nd 2:00 p.m.

Bring the family and your own refreshments (or pick something up from Dewey's Café!) for the library's Summer Movie Matinee series at the main library.

This week's feature is Finding Dory and is rated PG. In this film Dory, the forgetful blue tang fish, is living happily in the reef with Nemo and Marlin. But when she suddenly remembers she has a family who may be looking for her, the trio set off on a life-changing adventure to find them.

Kids of all ages and their families are invited to spend an air-conditioned afternoon at these FREE events on Thursday afternoons from June 1st - July 27th.

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


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Magic the Gathering
Thursday, June 22nd 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.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 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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Author Visit & Book Signing with Anita Paddock: Closing Time
Thursday, June 22nd 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. (Remarks at 7:00 p.m.)

The Fort Smith Public Library Endowment Trust invites you to a special evening with Anita Paddock. Author of the popular true crime novel Blind Rage, Anita's brand new true crime release is Closing Time, the true story of the robbery and ruthless double murder that shook the town of Van Buren, Arkansas, on September 10, 1980.

Well-respected jewelry store owner Kenneth Staton and his daughter Suzanne were discovered brutally murdered, with nearly $100,000 in diamonds and other jewelry missing. This senseless, bloody crime rocked the town of Van Buren and set its lawmen, sworn to find the killers, on a fiercely determined hunt that led from Rogers, Arkansas, to Jacksonville, Florida, and all the way to Vancouver, Canada.

Closing Time tells the stunning story of good and evil colliding in the most tragic of ways, both for the victims and the loved ones left behind to re-live their horror. Seventeen years later, was justice served? A native of Van Buren, Arkansas, Anita Paddock told the story of the murder of Ruie Ann Park, publisher of Van Buren's Press Argus newspaper, in her book Blind Rage. Now, in her own inimitable style, she turns her attention to the Staton murders, writing a vivid and gripping account of the murders that that will keep readers turning the pages until the very end.

The author will discuss the book and the writing process beginning at 7 PM. Copies of Closing Time will be available for sale and signing. Refreshments will be served.

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


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Summer Games Days @ Dewey's Café
Saturday, June 24th 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Looking to sharpen your checkers skills? Is your bridge group looking for a new place to play? Want to ruin friendships over a game of Monopoly? Looking to test out your new Pokemon or Magic decks?

Tabletop gamers are welcome to join us at Dewey's Café every Saturday from 10:00 a.m. - 4 p.m. for our Summer Game Days. Tables will be set up for board and card games so bring some of your favorites to play (family friendly please!) or try something new from our selection.

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


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Stevens Puppets present Aladdin
Saturday, June 24th 10:30 a.m.

Join us for this Super Saturday magical performance of Aladdin presented by Stevens Puppets. From the pages of The Arabian Nights comes the timeless story of Aladdin!

This Chinese folktale comes alive with the help of Martin Stevens' hand-crafted marionettes. A true "rags to riches" story, follow Aladdin from the streets to the royal palace and beyond! Infused with music, mystery and magic, Aladdin is guaranteed to please all audiences! Stevens Puppets was founded in 1933 by the Peabody Award winning Martin Stevens, preeminent American puppeteer and founder of the Puppeteers of America. With his wife, Margi, Mr. Stevens created ground-breaking touring marionette shows which are featured in books, in museums, and on tour. Mr. Stevens' marionettes and stage design have influenced generations of puppeteers in America and abroad, often cited as artistic benchmarks and industry standards. Dan and Zan Raynor, present owners, have been with Stevens Puppets for over 20 years.

Don't miss this rare opportunity to see Aladdin when the group visits the Fort Smith Public Library.

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


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Fruit and Vegetable Carving
Saturday, June 24th 2:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m.

Any fruit or vegetable can be turned in to a masterpiece! Join this hands-on beginner class led by Mrs. Thuan Tran that will show you the basics to this fun art. All supplies will be provided to attendees and sign-up is required at this class for teens and adults ages 13 and up. Please call (479) 646-3945 to reserve your spot now!

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


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Maker Monday: Build the Tallest Tower
Monday, June 26th 2:00 p.m.- 3:30 p.m.

Use your design skills to build the tallest tower you can with the materials provided at this week's Maker Monday. All ages are welcome at this open-house style event. Construction themed coloring activities will be available for younger children.

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


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Miller Movie in the Morning - Moana (PG)
Tuesday, June 27th 10:00 a.m.

Bring your family and your own refreshments to the Miller Branch Library for a movie in the morning! This week we will be showing the animated film Moana (PG). The film takes place in Ancient Polynesia, where the Demigod Maui acquires a terrible curse. With the help of a Chieftain's daughter, they work to answer the Ocean's call and set things right.

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


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BINGO for Books
Tuesday, June 27th 6:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m.

Bingo for Books is fun for everyone! Bring your family and friends, 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 Main Library at (479) 783-0229


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Chess Knight
Wednesday, June 28th 6:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m.

Dewey's Café welcomes chess players of all ages and skill levels for a get together on Wednesday evenings in June. Café 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 café 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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Sixth Annual Alice in Wonderland Tea Party
Thursday, June 29th 10:00 a.m. & 11:30 a.m.

Children and their caregivers are invited to the Miller Branch Library's sixth annual Alice in Wonderland Tea Party. Pink lemonade, apple juice, and cookies will be served at this "fancy" party and the animated Disney movie, Alice in Wonderland (G), will be shown afterwards.

Seating is limited; please call to reserve a spot for either the 10 AM or 11:30 AM program.

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


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Movie Matinee @ Your Library- The Secret Life of Pets (PG)
Thursday, June 29th 2:00 p.m.

Bring the family and your own refreshments (or pick something up from Dewey's Café!) for the library's Summer Movie Matinee series at the main library. This week's feature is Secret Life of Pets and is rated PG. Find out what your pets do when you're not at home in this animated comedy featuring the voice talents of Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet, and Kevin Hart. Kids of all ages and their families are invited to spend an air-conditioned afternoon at these FREE events on Thursday afternoons from June 1st - July 27th.

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


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Family Fun Night: Build a Better World
Thursday, June 29th 6:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m.

Bring the family out for books, fun, crafts, and activities as we share stories about Building a Better World. Don't forget to make reading a family affair and sign up for the Summer Reading Program or report your reading progress!

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


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Summer Games Days @ Dewey's Cafe'
Saturday, July 1st 10:00a.m.-4:00p.m.

Looking to sharpen your checkers skills? Is your bridge group looking for a new place to play? Want to ruin friendships over a game of Monopoly? Looking to test out your new Pokemon or Magic decks?

Tabletop gamers are welcome to join us at Dewey's Cafe every Saturday from 10-4 for our Summer Game Days.

Tables will be set up for board and card games so bring some of your favorites to play (family friendly please!) or try something new from our selection.

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


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Wonderful Wednesday: Build a Magical World with Tommy Terrific's Wacky Magic!
Wednesday, July 5th 2:00p.m.

Back by popular demand, Tommy Terrific and his Wacky Magic Show!

For Summer Reading 2017, Tommy Terrific's Wacky Magic will present a new magic show called "Build a Magical World". The show will feature magic tricks representing great architectural structures from around the world, such as the Great Pyramids, the Eiffel Tower, the Great Wall of China, and much more. With the help of the Magician's Handbook, the kids guide Tommy Terrific through a worldwide, magical adventure where these great structures are explored in fun and interesting ways. Along the way, the kids will be inspired to explore how they can "Build a Magical World" at their library. For more information, please call the Main Library at (479)783-0229


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Movie Matinee @ Your Library- Trolls (PG)
Thursday, July 6th 2:00p.m.

Bring the family and your own refreshments (or pick something up from Dewey's Café!) for the library's Summer Movie Matinee series at the main library.

This week's feature is Trolls and is rated PG. Join Poppy and Branch in a music-filled original adventure to save their pals from the giant Bergens. This animated, adventure comedy features original songs by Justin Timberlake. Kids of all ages and their families are invited to spend an air-conditioned afternoon at these FREE events on Thursday afternoons through July 27th. For more information, please call the Main Library at (479)783-0229


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Magic: The Gathering
Thursday, July 6th 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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Author Visit and Book Signing with Anita Paddock: Closing Time
Thursday, July 6th 6:00p.m.-8:00p.m. (Remarks at 7:00p.m.)

The Miller Branch Library invites you to a special evening with Anita Paddock.

Author of the popular true crime novel Blind Rage , Anita's brand new true crime release is Closing Time , the true story of the robbery and ruthless double murder that shook the town of Van Buren, Arkansas on September 10th, 1980. Well-respected jewelry store owner Kenneth Staton and his daughter Suzanne were discovered brutally murdered, with nearly $100,000 in diamonds and other jewelry missing.

This senseless, bloody crime rocked the town of Van Buren and set its lawmen, sworn to find the killers, on a fiercely determined hunt that led from Rogers, Arkansas to Jacksonville, Florida, and all the way to Vancouver, Canada.

Closing Time tells the stunning story of good and evil colliding in the most tragic of ways, both for the victims and the loved ones left behind to re-live their horror. Seventeen years later, was justice served?

A native of Van Buren, Arkansas, Anita Paddock told the story of the murder of Ruie Ann Park, publisher of Van Buren's Press Argus newspaper, in her book Blind Rage . Now, in her own inimitable style, she turns her attention to the Staton murders, writing a vivid and gripping account of the murders that will keep readers turning the pages until the very end. Starting at 6:00p.m., mingle with the author and get your copy of Closing Time signed. The author will discuss the book and the writing process beginning at 7:00p.m. Refreshments will be served. For more information, please call the Miller Branch at (479)646-3945


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First Friday Friends: Summer Vacation Time!
Friday, July 7th 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 celebrating summer vacations, recent and past. Bring along your favorite vacation memories to share, or a review of your favorite vacation spot. We'll also celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service with coloring pages from America's favorite parks while we visit. Coffee and light refreshments will be available. Bring a friend, or come and meet some new ones! This library program is intended for adults. For more information, please call the Main Library at (479)783-0229


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Larry Foley's The Favored Strawberry - Fort Smith Film Premier
Tuesday, July 11th 7:00p.m.

The Fort Smith Public Library invites you to join Emmy award-winning filmmaker, UA journalism professor, and Fort Smith native Larry Foley for a screening of his new film, The Favored Strawberry.

The one-hour documentary was filmed in 8 states, including Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Florida, New Jersey, North Carolina, Maryland and California. The story unfolds at farms, big and small, where strawberries are still picked by hand, one by one, often by hard working immigrants chasing the American dream. There's an old saying-- "Doubtless, God could have made a better berry, but doubtless God never did."

Wherever they're grown, the best way to eat a strawberry is picked fresh from the vine. Or as soon off the truck as you can find them! Copies of The Favored Strawberry DVD will be available for sale at the event.

Veteran journalist, educator and documentary filmmaker Larry Foley is a professor and chair of the Lemke Department of Journalism at the University of Arkansas. His productions have earned seven Emmys from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and 17 Emmy nominations in writing, journalistic enterprise, history, cultural history, special program and community service. His films have also received three Best of Festival of Media Arts awards from the International Broadcast Education Association. Larry's late father, Don Foley, worked at a strawberry processing plant in Van Buren when he was a teenager in the 1950s, in the days when strawberries were grown in the bottoms of Crawford County.

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


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Touch-a-Truck Storyime
Friday, July 7th 10:00a.m.

Area children are invited to participate in this extra-special touch-a-truck storytime at the Miller Branch Library. Participants will first learn about construction trucks with stories, activities, and other truck-related fun. Children will then be able to visit the library parking lot to touch a real dump truck!

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


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Summer Games Days @ Dewey's Cafe'
Saturday, July 8th 10:00a.m.-4:00p.m.

Looking to sharpen your checkers skills? Is your bridge group looking for a new place to play? Want to ruin friendships over a game of Monopoly? Looking to test out your new Pokemon or Magic decks?

Tabletop gamers are welcome to join us at Dewey's Cafe every Saturday from 10-4 for our Summer Game Days.

Tables will be set up for board and card games so bring some of your favorites to play (family friendly please!) or try something new from our selection.

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


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Maker Monday: Catapults!
Monday, July 10th 2:00p.m.-3:30p.m.

A catapult is an ancient weapon used to throw objects a long distance in battles before the invention of gunpowder and cannons.

Participants will make a miniature catapult capable of throwing a piece of candy a short distance at this week's Maker Monday. All ages are welcome at this open-house style event. Knights and castles themed coloring activities will be available for younger children.

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


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Cuentos para Niños en Español: A Storytime in Spanish
Monday, July 10th 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 Main Library at (479)783-0229


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Movie in the Morning- Trolls
Tuesday, July 11th 10:00a.m.

Bring your family and your own refreshments to the Miller Branch Library for a movie in the morning! This week we will be showing the film Trolls (PG). After Troll Village is invaded, the happiest troll ever born, Poppy, and the grouchy Branch leave on a journey to rescue their friends. This animated, adventure comedy features original songs by Justin Timberlake.

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


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Teen Talk: I Published My Book & You Can Too with Britt Cole
Wednesday, July 12th 4:30p.m.

Britt Cole is a 19-year-old author with one book currently under her belt and another one in the works. She will be chatting about what it's like to be a teen author and covering topics such as how she became an author, how you can be a teen author, and what it is like being an author in college. Bring your friends and join the fun in talking all things related to teen writing!

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


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Movie Matinee @ Your Library- Ice Age: Collision Course (PG)
Thursday, July 13th 2:00p.m.

Bring the family and your own refreshments (or pick something up from Dewey's Cafe') to the library's Summer Movie Matinee series at the Main Library. This week's feature is Ice Age: Collision Course and is rated PG. When Scrat triggers cosmic events that threaten the Ice Age world, Manny, Sid, Diego, and the rest of the herd embark on an epic quest in order to survive a global Scrat-tastrophe!

Kids of all ages and their families are invited to spend an air-conditioned afternoon at these FREE events on Thursday afternoons through July 27th.

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


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Family Fun Night: Build a Better World
Thursday, July 13th 6:00p.m.-7:00p.m.

Bring the family out for books, fun, crafts, and activities as we share stories about Building a Better World. Don't forget to make reading a family affair and report on your summer reading progress while you're at the library!

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


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Crafternoon
Friday, July 14th 1:00p.m.-6:00p.m.

Connect to your crafty side (in the air conditioning) at the Miller Branch Library. Children of all ages can make a craft or three anytime between 1p.m. and 6p.m. to take home with them. We will also have some light refreshments in case the crafting makes you hungry.

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

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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 @ the Library


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    Artwork @ Main:
    May 15th - June 30th 2017 Exhibit: En Plein Air with Pam Ernst

    The library welcomes Pam Ernst for an exhibit of pastel and watercolor paintings in the community room of the Main Library from May 15th - June 30th.

    Pam's true passion is to paint En-plein Aire (outdoors) capturing the light and special moments that we are given every day. Paintings will feature scenes from the Natural State and travels cross country. You can meet Pam and learn more about her work at "Meet the Artist" on Sunday, May 21, from 2 - 4 PM in the community room.

    The artist was born and raised in the country near Springfield, Missouri. Spending the majority of her childhood playing outside gave her a deep appreciation for Mother Nature and the beauty that is there to enjoy. Pam graduated from Nixa High School in 1988 and went on to receive her BBA from Columbia Southern University. After moving to the Ozark Mountains in Arkansas, Pam was given the opportunity to take a drawing class in 2001. At the end of her class the instructor suggested she give pastels a try, and the infatuation began. Pam is an active member of Artists of Northwest Arkansas, Plein-Aire Painters of the Ozarks, and the Ozark Pastel Society (former Board Member and Fall Show Chairperson). She won the People's Choice Award in 2012 for her painting of a backlit fall tree entitled, "Just Try".

    Come take a look; artwork is available for viewing all library hours when meetings are not being held in the Community Room.

    Artwork is available for viewing all library hours when meetings are not being held in the Community Room. For more information about the exhibit, please call the Main Library at (479)783-0229.


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    Artwork @ Dewey's Café
    May/June 2017 Exhibit: Photography by Jim Anderson

    An exhibit of the photographic works of Jim Anderson will be on display at Dewey's Café at the Main Library during 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; be sure to check them out at the Dewey's Café. Artwork is available for viewing all hours the library is open.

    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
    June 2017 Exhibit: Miller Branch Artist of the Month: Kerrie Taber

    Photography by Dr. Kerrie Taber will be featured at the Miller Branch Library during June.

    The artist's interest in photography was born during the years she lived in Austin, exploring different areas of the hill country of Texas, capturing sunrises and sunsets over the lakes and hills of the area, as well as capturing wildflowers and vistas. Also interested in history, some of her photography depicts historic forts, monuments, and locations that she travels to on extended road trips.

    A fairly recent resident of the Fort Smith area, Kerrie Taber relocated from Austin for employment with the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith.

    Artwork is available for viewing all hours that the library is open; be sure to stop by this month and take a look!

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


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    Artwork @ Main
    July 2017-Mid August 2017: Paintings by Carolyn Nally

    The paintings of Fort Smith artist Carolyn Nally will be on display at the Main Library from July through mid-August.

    Carolyn paints from the heart. All of her work has an emotional connection featuring places she has visted and special family times. She finds joy in painting water, as each brush stroke takes on a life of its own, twisting and turning into happy surprises. The theme of blue doors and windows is present in her work as well, including old structures from Old Toas, Santa Fe, the Bahamas, and the Caribbean; she hopes to be able to tell their story and spark curiosity in the viewer's eyes.

    Carolyn began painting in the 1970s while living in Oklahoma. Her work has been in juried art shows around the area. She has studied through the years with various instructors, taking along something from each one has she continues to create. Come take a look; 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 @ Dewey's Cafe
    July-August 2017: Photography by Scott Smith

    Concert photographs shot by local photographer/writer Scott Smith will be on display at Dewey's Cafe' inside the Main Library during the months of July and August.

    Since the summer of 2000, Smith has taken photographs of numerous rock, blues, country, pop, and R&B concerts for Real Rock News (www.realrocknews.com), American Songwriter, The Magazine of Country Music, and the Times Record newspaper.

    Smith, an Alma resident and Oklahoma State University graduate who plays bass in the local band Goodluck Slim, has photographed Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, The Who, Elton John, Stevie Nicks, Foo Fighters, Billy Joel, The Eagles, Paul Simon, Garth Brooks, Gregg Allman, Jeff Beck, Pink Floyd's Roger Waters, Aerosmith, Robert Plant, Rush, Journey, Kiss, Coldplay, Grace Potter, Bad Company, Guns N' Roses, Brian Wilson, Blues Traveler, Santana, Gary Clark Jr., Kid Rock, Cheap Trick, Styx, and others.

    Artwork is available for viewing all hours that the library is open.

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


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    Artwork @ Miller
    July 2017: Miller Branch Artist of the Month: Rania Asadi

    Fort Smith artist Rania Asadi will display her original works at the Miller Branch Library during the month of July.

    Originally from Syria, Rania Asadi has lived locally for fourteen years. She enjoys painting with oils and watercolors as well as designing jewelry and furniture. Her exhibit will feature still life paintings and landscapes done in oil.

    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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