Fort Smith Public Library Activities


Upcoming Events

Printable Calendars-at-a-Glance:  September 2015

Location

August Events

Date

Time

Main Library Friends of the Library Annual Used Book Sale: Mostly Non-Fiction!Saturday-Sunday,
August 28th-29th
ALL Open Hours
Windsor Branch Storytime @ Windsor Monday, August 31st10:00a.m.

Location

September Events

Date

Time

ALL Locations National Library Card Sign-up Month September 1st-30thALL Open Hours
ALL Locations Golden Tickets @ the Library! September 1st-30thALL Open Hours
Main Library Toddler Time Tuesday, September 1st10:00a.m.
Dallas Branch Storytime @ Dallas Wednesday, September 2nd10:30a.m.
Main Library Storytime with A. Celeste @ Main Thursday, September 3rd10:00a.m.
Main Library Author Visit and Book Signing with A. Celeste Thursday, September 3rd6:00p.m.
Miller Branch Storytime @ Miller Friday, September 4th10:00a.m.
ALL Locations Fort Smith Public Library is CLOSED
for Labor Day
Monday, September 7thALL Hours
Main Library Toddler Time Tuesday, September 8th10:00a.m.
Dallas Branch Storytime @ Dallas Wednesday, September 9th10:30a.m.
Main Library Storytime @ Main Thursday, September 10th10:00a.m.
Miller Branch Storytime @ Miller Friday, September 11th10:00a.m.
Main Library Roald Dahl Day Sunday, September 13th1:00-4:00p.m.
Windsor Branch Storytime @ Windsor Monday, September 14th10:00a.m.
Miller Branch Laptime Storytime @ Miller Monday, September 14th10:30a.m.
Miller Branch Navigating the Medicare Maze @ Miller Monday, September 14th1:00-3:00p.m.
Main Library Primetime Storytime: Celebrate Libraries! Monday, September 14th6:00p.m.
Main Library Toddler Time Tuesday, September 15th10:00a.m.
Dallas Branch Storytime: Fall is Here! @ Dallas Wednesday, September 16th10:30a.m.
Main Library Storytime @ Main Thursday, September 17th10:00a.m.
Main Library Paragraph Power:Game Release with J.C. Wood Thursday, September 17th4:00-6:00p.m.
Windsor Branch Spanish Storytime @ Windsor Thursday, September 17th6:00p.m.
Dewey's Café
@ Main
 Open Mic Night @ Dewey's Thursday, September 17th7:00p.m.
Miller Branch Pirate Party and Storytime @ Miller Friday, September 18th10:00a.m.
Main Library Food for Thought: Fall Gardening Friday, September 18thNoon
Windsor Branch Storytime @ Windsor Monday, September 21st10:00a.m.
Windsor Branch Navigating the Medicare Maze @ Windsor Monday, September 21stNoon-2:00p.m.
Main Library Cuentos para Niños en Español: Storytime in Spanish Monday, September 21st6:00p.m.
Main Library Toddler Time Tuesday, September 22nd10:00a.m.
Main Library Authors in the Afternoon with Melissa Lutz Tuesday, September 22nd4:00-6:00p.m.
Main Library Make and Take Wreath-Making Workshop:
A Fundraiser for the Fort Smith Public Library
Tuesday, September 22nd4:00-8:00p.m.
Dallas Branch Storytime @ Dallas Wednesday, September 23rd10:30a.m.
Main Library Storytime @ Main Thursday, September 24th10:00a.m.
Dallas Branch Library2Go: Demo and Q&A @ Dallas Thursday, September 24th3:00-5:00p.m.
Main Library Genealogy Databases Thursday, September 24th</td>4:00p.m.
Miller Branch Storytime @ Miller Friday, September 25th10:00a.m.
Dallas Branch Friends of the Fort Smith Public Library Chocolate Festival @ Dallas Sunday, September 27th2:30-4:30p.m.
Windsor Branch Storytime @ Windsor Monday, September 28th10:00a.m.
Miller Branch Laptime Storytime @ Miller Monday, September 28th10:30a.m.
Main Library LEGO Club Monday, September 28th5:00-6:00p.m.
Main Library Toddler Time Tuesday, September 29th10:00a.m.
Miller Branch Library Fall Festival for Kids @ Miller Tuesday, September 29th5:00=6:30p.m.
Dallas Branch Storytime @ Dallas Wednesday, September 30th10:30a.m.

Location

October Events

Date

Time

Main Library Beginning Yoga @ the Fort Smith Public Library Friday, October 2ndNoon

Location

Artwork @ FSPL

Month

Hours

Main Library Paintings by Larry Crane September 1st-October 31stALL Open Hours
Dewey's Café
@ Main
 Lovely: A Photo Exhibit by Tessa Freeman September 1st-October 31stALL Open Hours
Miller Branch Artist of the Month: Doris Hampton September 1st-30thALL Open Hours

Location On-Going Events @ FSPL Dates Hours
Main Library Friends of the Library
(Twice!) Annual Book Sales
2015 Dates:
  Fiction: May 2nd
  NonFiction: August 29th
ALL Open Hours
Main Library FSPL Storytimes regular weekly dates
(See Below)
regular weekly times
(See Below)


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September 2015



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National Library Card Sign-up Month
SPECIAL September 2015 program: September 1st-30th; ALL Open Hours, ALL Locations

September is National Library Card Sign-up Month. Visit your library today; it is a hub of community activity! In tough economic times, a library card gives you free access to books and computers, a place to create your resume and do a job search, checkout or download music, movies, magazines, and much more. 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 neighborhood library today and get a library card!!

Free bookmarks will be given away at all Fort Smith Public Library locations during September! All children who sign up for their first library card will receive a free paperback book provided by the Friends of the Library.

Library cards are available free of charge to Fort Smith city residents age five and older. A parent or legal guardian must apply in person for children ages 5-15. Please bring identification with current street address, such as a driver's license, bank check, or utility bill. Come check out your neighborhood library today!

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


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Golden Tickets at the Library!
SPECIAL September 2015 program: September 1st-30th; All Open Hours, ALL Locations

September is Library Card Sign-Up Month, and also the birthday of the author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl (September 13th). In celebration, all Fort Smith Public Library Locations will be hiding golden tickets in randomly selected audiovisual materials (audiobooks, CDs, and DVDs) during the month of September...check out an audiovisual item to find out if you are a winner! Golden tickets can then be redeemed for a scrumptious treat at the library's front desk. Come celebrate September and "check out" our library materials!

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


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Author Visit & Book Signing with A.Celeste
September 2015 program: Thursday, September 3rd @ 6:00p.m.

Children, family, and friends will have a special opportunity to welcome author A. Celeste home to Fort Smith at this author visit and book signing event. Ms. Celeste will be reading her book Sometimes I Feel Stormy: A Book About Feelings as well as sharing her experiences as an author.

The book, a colorful, easy to read, and beautifully illustrated story defines and discusses feelings, by making a comparison between our emotions and the weather. As a child, the author developed a love for writing, while attending Howard Elementary School and spent countless hours reading, in the Fort Smith Public Library, especially during the summer reading program. She has a B.S. in Psychology, an M.B.A. in Organizational Psychology and Development, and decades of experience in mental health and public health. Her life centers around helping, encouraging, inspiring, serving, and connecting with others. A. Celeste lives in the Dallas-Fort Worth area with her son, JaColby.

Copies of Sometimes I Feel Stormy: A Book About Feelings will be available for sale and signing the event, and light refreshments will follow the event. For more information, please call the Youth Services Department at (479)783-0229, ext. 1131.


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Roald Dahl Day
SPECIAL September 2015 program: Sunday, September 13th @ 1:00-4:00p.m.

Kids of all ages, celebrate author Roald Dahl's birthday by dropping by the Main Library for an afternoon of festivities. Fun activities and a showing of the movie Matilda (PG) will all be available in the Youth Services craft room. Participants will have a chance to win a Roald Dahl book at this free open-house style event.

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


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Navigating the Medicare Maze
SPECIAL September 2015 program:
  • Monday, September 14th @ 1:00-3:00p.m. @ Miller
  • Monday, September 21st @ Noon-2:00p.m. @ Windsor
  • Community members are invited to attend an informative session with the experts from Area Agency on Aging of Western Arkansas regarding Medicare. The program will feature free, unbiased information and assistance for Medicare recipients and their caregivers. There will be a wealth of information shared that may help empower with your health care decisions; bring your questions and a friend too.

    For more information, please call the Miller Branch at (479 646-3945 before September 14th or the Windsor Branch at (479)785-0405 before September 21st.


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    Paragraph Power: Game Release with J.C. Wood
    SPECIAL September 2015 program: Thursday, September 17th @ 4:00-6:00p.m.

    The creator of the game, Paragraph Power, J.C. Wood will appear at the Fort Smith Public Library to promote and sell copies of his new educational game. Paragraph Power is a fun way to build writing skills, where you start with one word and create an entire paragraph using your imagination and the elements of chance built into the game. The outcome is never the same twice! Paragraph Power can encourage players to learn new words and use them in different ways. The game can be played as a group or as a single player and is suggested for ages ten and up, with playtime being generally about an hour. J.C. Wood, the creator of the game has had extensive experience in the field of education: public, private, and homeschooling. Working as a tutor for students who struggled with writing, he was inspired to come up with a way for students to improve their writing skills while having fun resulting in Paragraph Power.

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


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    Open Mic Night @ Dewey's Café
    September 2015 program: Thursday, September 17th @ 7:00p.m.

    Join us for a fun, casual Open Mic Night @ 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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    Food For Thought: Fall Gardening
    September 2015 program: Friday, September 18th @ Noon

    Gardening can be a year-round adventure. UA County Extension Agent Lance Kirkpatrick will talk about growing greens and English peas in your Fall garden, and getting your garden ready for next Spring.

    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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    Authors in the Afternoon: with Melissa Lutz
    SPECIAL September 2015 program: Tuesday, September 22nd @ 4:00-6:00p.m.

    Rogers author Melissa Lutz will appear at the Fort Smith Public Library to promote and sign copies of her new book, The Girl with Lightning in Her Eyes. The novel, inspired by true life experiences of the author, grew out a poem written by Melissa and encouragement from her family.

    The book tells the story about a girl who was kidnapped and murdered, who comes back as a ghost to help solve her crime. Developmentally disabled from birth, Melissa wants others to know that people should not be held back by whatever kinds of problems they may have in their lives, and how people with special needs can do amazing things with the help and support of their family.

    Copies of The Girl with Lightning in Her Eyes will be available for sale and signing at this open-house style event; a limited number of CDs featuring the song Lightning in Her Eyes, written by Curt Ryle, will also be available. For more information, please call the Main Library at (479)783-0229.


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    Make and Take Wreath Making Workshop: A Fundraiser for the Fort Smith Public Library
    SPECIAL September 2015 program: Tuesday, September 22nd @ 4:00-8:00p.m.
    Cost: $25.00

    Learn how to make your own mesh wreath in this workshop by instructor and wreath-maker extraordinaire Jennifer Kelly.

    No experience or crafting expertise required! You will be amazed at how simple it is once you learn the basics. Pick your own theme and bring three rolls of 21" wide mesh ribbon, a pair of big cheap scissors, and whatever ribbon, doodads, and accents you'd like to add to your wreath. (Watch for sales and use coupons at local craft stores to pick up your supplies at a discount.) All other supplies will be provided -- and you will leave with your own completed wreath! Light refreshments will be provided.

    Call or come by the Main Library to register. Preregistration with payment by Thursday, September 17 is required. No refunds; cancellations and no shows will be considered a donation to the library. No on-site registration will be available. Space is limited. Have fun learning and creating while supporting a worthy cause!

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


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    Library2Go: Demo and Q & A @ Dallas
    SPECIAL September 2015 program: Thursday, September 24th @ 3:00-5:00p.m.

    Are you an E-Book reader, or are you considering starting to read you titles that way? Stop by to learn about the changes and improvements to Library2Go, the Library's downloadable media service. Library staff will demonstrate how to use Library2Go, and answer questions and offer hands on help after the presentation. Be sure to bring your E-Reader or portable audio device...if you use a laptop to access Library2Go please bring that along as well.

    For more information about Library2Go, please visit the Library2Go info on our homepage.


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    Genealogy Databases
    September 2015 program: Thursday, September 24th @ 4:00p.m.

    Genealogy Databases, a free workshop spotlighting the library's electronic resources, will be led by Genealogy Specialist, Diana Curry. An overview of the genealogy databases currently available -- Ancestry.com: Library Edition; Newspaper Archive; HeritageQuest; and African American Heritage -- will be presented.

    The workshop is free, but space is limited; please register in advance by contacting the Genealogy Department at 479-783-0229.


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    LEGO Club!
    September 2015 program: Monday, September 28th @ 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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    Storytime @ the Library


    Location

    Storytime Programs

    Day

    Time

    Windsor  Preschool Storytime
      with Louise Turner
    Mondays10:00a.m.
    Miller  Laptime Storytime (Ages 0-24 months)
      with Tiffany Nelson
    2nd & 4th Mondays10:30a.m.
    Main  Primetime Storytime1st Monday6:00p.m.
    Main  Spanish Storytime2nd Monday6:00p.m.
    Main  Toddler Time (Ages 3 and under)Tuesdays10:00a.m.
    Dallas  Storytime Wednesdays10:30a.m.
    Main  Preschool Storytime (Ages 3 to 5)Thursdays10:00a.m.
    Miller  Storytime with Tiffany NelsonFridays10:00a.m.


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    Storytime with A.Celeste
    September 2015 program: Thursday, September 3rd @ 10:00a.m.

    Join us for this special storytime, as we welcome author A. Celeste home to Fort Smith. Ms. Celeste's favorite childhood librarian, Louise Turner, will be reading the author's new book Sometimes I Feel Stormy: A Book About Feelings. As a child, A. Celeste developed a love for writing, while attending Howard Elementary School and spent countless hours reading, in the Fort Smith Public Library, especially during the summer reading program.

    Copies of Sometimes I Feel Stormy: A Book About Feelings will be available for sale and signing the event. Storytime for ages 4 and up. 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
    September 2015 program: Second/Fourth Mondays: September 14th and 28th @ 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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    Primetime Storytime: Celebrate Libraries!
    September 2015 program: Monday, September 14th @ 6:00p.m.

    September is Library Card Sign-up Month! We hope you will celebrate with us! This primetime story program will feature stories, crafts, refreshments, and other FUN about books, libraries, and the magic of your library card. 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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    Fall is Here: Storytime @ Dallas
    September 2015 program: Wednesday, September 16th @ 10:30a.m.

    We're so happy that fall is here that were going to celebrate! Join us at this special storytime focusing on the signs of autumn and fall activities. Well share some stories and make a leaf craft to take home. Join us and bring a friend!

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


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    Spanish Storytime @ Windsor
    September 2015 program: Thursday, September 17th @ 6:00p.m.

    The Windsor Branch Library invites you and your family to Spanish-language Storytime. Join Mrs. Norma and enjoy the magic of stories through reading, singing and other fun activities in Spanish.

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


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    Pirate Party and Storytime @ Miller
    September 2015 program: Thursday, September 17th @ 10:00a.m.

    In celebration of Talk Like A Pirate Day, a special Storytime and Pirate Party will be held at the Miller Branch Library. We will read some fun pirate stories and sing silly pirate songs, followed by a pirate craft and snacks!

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


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    Cuentos para Niños en Español: A Storytime in Spanish
    September 2015 program: Monday, September 21st @ 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 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: May 2nd -- All OPEN Hours
  • Mostly Non-Fiction: Saturday, August 29th and Sunday, August 30th -- All OPEN Hours
  • We've finally done it! Our Annual Friends of the Library Used Book Sale has outgrown the space of the Library. So, we are now selling Mostly Fiction in May with a Mostly Non-Fiction Sale in August. In May, 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 31st with remaining items priced by the bag!

    Proceeds from the sale are used to buy library materials and fund library special events and projects. Members of the Friends of the Fort Smith Public Library may come to the exclusive Friends-only Preview Sale on the Friday afternoon preceding the sale from 4:00-7:00p.m. There will be a 25 book limit at the preview sale. Friends of the Library memberships start at $10.00 and will be for sale at the Preview Sale.

    And remember...we have an excellent selection of used books for sale year round in our Friends of the Library used book store, Between the Pages, and at ALL of our FSPL branches.

    For more information, please call (479)783-0229.


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    ArtWork @ the Library


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    Artwork @ Main:
    September/October 2015 Exhibit: Paintings by Larry Crane

    Original paintings by artist Larry Crane will be on display in the community room at the Main Library during the months of September and October. The attorney/artist re-kindled his passion for painting in 2012; Crane paints in a small studio in downtown Little Rock, when he is not paddling or rowing on some stream or river. During most of his adulthood, he has been an avid outdoorsman and whitewater paddler. Along the way, he began making multi-day and multi-week rafting trips on western rivers, including the Middle Fork of the Salmon, the Yampa, the Salt, the San Juan, and the Colorado through the Grand Canyon. Crane has rowed a raft solo through the Grand Canyon three of the five times he has made the 225-mile journey. When Crane returned to painting, he was drawn to river scenes and moving water; a theme found in most of his works. His wife, Pat, is a fine paddler in her own right, which makes for a very happy marriage! Crane considers himself a very fortunate man! Larry Crane is an attorney and is currently in his third term as Pulaski County/Circuit Clerk. He began working in Arkansas State Government in 1977 for Attorney General Bill Clinton and went on to work on the staffs of four Attorneys General, as Legal Counsel to Governor Clinton (where he was working when he painted The Summer of '79), as an agency Director, as staff attorney for the PSC, and as Chief Deputy State Auditor until he left for his elected post in January of 2011.

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


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    Artwork @ Dewey's Café
    September/October 2015 Exhibit: Lovely: A Photo Exhibit by Tessa Freeman

    Photographer/writer Tessa Freeman will exhibit her most recent images at Dewey's Cafe in the Main Library during the months of September and October. "Every woman wants to be beautiful. And they are," says Freeman. "I just like to accentuate what makes them beautiful in a photograph." Freeman calls it glamour photography. "But not like the dolled-up version they used to sell at the mall with boas and dark make-up." She likes to make it a meaningful experience for the subject, sometimes including hair, make-up and styling into the process, incorporating backgrounds, settings, lighting and even their pets occasionally into the composition. "That person becomes my palette."

    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
    August 2015 Exhibit: Miller Branch Artist of the Month -- Julie Mayser

    Fort Smith native Doris Hampton will showcase her original paintings at the Miller Branch Library during the month of September. Doris started painting at the age of 55 and has attended many workshops in Oklahoma and Missouri, where she was fortunate to study under several well-known artists. Her acrylic and oil paintings consist mainly of landscapes.

    Please come and enjoy her beautiful work: Doris Hampton at the Miller Branch Library in August. For more information, please call the Miller Branch Library at (479)646-3945.


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