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July 2014


Fizz! Boom! Read! Summer Reading Program for Kids (June/July)
Literary Elements: Summer Reading Program for Teens (June/July)
Literary Elements: Adult Summer Reading Celebration! (June/July)
Genius of the Week @ Windsor (June 1st-August 31st)
Toddler Time: Storytime for ages 3 and under (Main Library) (July 1st)
Discover and Explore: Science Activities @ Miller (July 1st)
Fourth of July Storytime @ Dallas (July 2nd)
Wonderful Wednesday: Concert with Brian Kidder & Ms. Terri (July 2nd)
Storytime (Main Library) (July 3rd)
Movie Matinee @ Your Library -- Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (PG) (July 3rd)
Arts & Crafts Afternoon @ Dallas (July 3rd)
Family Fun Movie Night @ Windsor (July 3rd)
Library Closed for Independence Day (July 4th)
Storytime @ Windsor (July 7th)
Primetime Storytime with the Young Actors Guild: Really Rosie (July 7th)
Toddler Time: Storytime for ages 3 and under (July 8th)
Knit, Stitch, and Crochet Today! (July 8th)
Voter Registration Day (July 9th)
Storytime @ Dallas (July 9th)
Wonderful Wednesday: Concert with the Sugar Free All Stars (July 9th)
Storytime (Main Library) (July 10th)
Movie Matinee @ Your Library -- Free Birds (PG) (July 10th)
Beginning Crochet (4 week course) (July 10th)
Arts & Crafts Afternoon @ Dallas (July 10th)
Teen Scene: It's ELEMENTary! (July 10th)
Storytime @ Miller (July 11th)
The Dallas Branch Book Club @ Dallas (July 11th)
Storytime at the Farmer's Market (July 12th)
Authors in the Afternoon with Kandice Poirier (July 12th)
Really Rosie Storytime with the Young Actors Guild @ Windsor (July 14th)
Laptime Storytime @ Miller (July 14th)
Cuentos para Niños en Español: A Storytime in Spanish (July 14th)
Really Rosie Toddler Time with the Young Actors Guild (July 15th)
Everything is Awesome When You Have Legos in the Library @ Miller (July 15th)
Really Rosie Storytime with the Young Actors Guild @ Dallas (July 16th)
Wonderful Wednesday: The Blues and You with Boyce Wofford & Friends (July 16th)
Really Rosie Storytime with the Young Actors Guild (Main Library) (July 17th)
Movie Matinee @ Your Library -- Frozen (PG) (July 17th)
Arts & Crafts Afternoon @ Dallas (July 17th)
Science Craft Day at the Tween & Teen Book Lovers' Club (July 17th)
Family Fun Night @ Windsor (July 17th)
Really Rosie Storytime with the Young Actors Guild @ Miller (July 18th)
Food for Thought: Homeschooling 101 (July 18th)
BINGO for Books (July 18th)
Storytime @ Windsor (July 21st)
Abracadabra! The Magic of Science (July 21st)
LEGO Club (July 21st)
Library Election Town Hall Meeting @ Dallas (July 21st)
Toddler Time: Storytime for ages 3 and under (June 22nd)
Storytime @ Dallas (June 23rd)
Wonderful Wednesday: Young Actors Guild Preview: Really Rosie (July 23rd)
Storytime (Main Library) (July 24th)
Movie Matinee @ Your Library -- Epic (PG) (July 24th)
Arts & Crafts Afternoon @ Dallas (July 24th)
Storytime @ Miller (July 25th)
Storytime at the Farmer's Market (July 26th)
Storytime @ Windsor (July 28th)
Laptime Storytime @ Miller (July 28th)
Toddler Time: Storytime for ages 3 and under (June 29th)
Library Election Town Hall Meeting @ Miller (July 29th)
Storytime @ Dallas (June 30th)
Wonderful Wednesday: Young Actors Guild Preview: Really Rosie (July 30th)
Storytime (Main Library) (July 31st)
Fizz! Boom! Read! Make & Take Craft Day (July 31st)
Movie Matinee @ Your Library -- The Croods (PG) (July 31st)
Arts & Crafts Afternoon @ Dallas (July 31st)
Family Fun Night @ Windsor (July 31st)

Summertime 2014


Fizz! Boom! Read! 2014 Children's Summer Reading Program (June 1st thru July 31st)
Literary Elements: 2014 Summer Reading Program for Teens (June 1st thru July 31st)
Literary Elements: 2014 Adult Summer Reading Celebration (June 1st thru July 31st))
Genius of the Week @ Windsor (June 1-30)
Wonderful Wednesdays (Wednesdays in June/July)
Summer Movie Matinees (Thursdays in June/July)
Arts & Crafts Afternoons @ Dallas (Thursdays in June/July)
Library Election Town Hall Meetings (July 21st & 29th; August 4th, 7th, & 8th)

Ongoing Events

FSPL Story Times
Friends of the Library (Twice!) Annual Book Sales 2014 Dates: Fiction (May 3rd)& NonFiction (August 23rd)


ArtWork @ the Library

Artwork @ Main Photography Exhibit featuring David Gillson (June)
Artwork @ Dewey's Café Photography Exhibit featuring Michael Leonard (May/June)
Artwork @ Miller Up the Creek and Down the Road: Miller Branch Artist of the Month Pat Lappin (June)


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July 2014



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Fizz! Boom! Read! Summer Reading Program for Kids
Summertime 2014 program: All open hours during the month of June/July

It's time again for the annual Summer Reading Program for kids. Fizz! Boom! Read! is this year's theme. So 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, magnifying glasses, race car balloon racers, suction balls, paint sheets, 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. Fizz! Boom! Read! at your Library this summer!

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


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Literary Elements: Summer Reading Program for Teens
Summertime 2014 program: All open hours during the month of June/July

Area teens are invited to the Fort Smith Public Library to take part in the 2014 Summer Reading Program: Literary Elements. Stop by any Fort Smith Public Library location to enjoy books, videos, computers, magazines, music, and special library programs of all kinds this summer. Read books and 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 Literary Elements: the Summer Reading Program for teens at the Fort Smith Public Library.

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


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Literary Elements: Adult Summer Reading Celebration
Summertime 2014 program: All open hours during the month of June/July

Join us at the Fort Smith Public Library for our 11th Annual Adult Summer Reading Celebration, Literary Elements! Why should the kids have all the fun? Win prizes while reading your favorite books! Adults can register for this fun free program at any Fort Smith Public Library location beginning June1st. 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...The Summer Reading Program runs from June 1 - July 31.

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


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Genius of the Week @ Windsor
Summertime 2014 program: All open hours during months of June/July/August

The Windsor Branch Library invites you to test your scientific knowledge with their Genius of the Week Contest. While you're at the Library, pick up a scientific trivia sheet to complete. Once a week, there will be a drawing to see who the genius of the week is! You could have bragging rights for all your friends and family to see. Don't forget to check out a book while you are here. This program is intended for adults over the age of 18.

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


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Discover and Explore: Science Activities @ Miller
SPECIAL July 2014 program: Tuesday, July 1st @ 2:00p.m.

Kids ages 5 and up are invited to a fun and interactive science discover program at the Miller Branch Library. Cami Stancil, who has worked in education for twenty-eight years, the last twenty-three of which she has been teaching in the Fort Smith School District, will present this exciting program consisting of experiments that families can recreate at home or turn into a future school science fair projects.

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


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Fourth of July Storytime @ Dallas
July 2014 program: Wednesday, July 2nd @ 10:30a.m.

Celebrate the Fourth of July with stories, crafts and snacks at this special themed storytime focusing on Independence Day. No registration is necessary for this FREE program full of fun. Preschool Stoytime is held every Wednesday at 10:30 AM the Dallas Branch Library.

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


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Wonderful Wednesdays
SPECIAL Summertime 2014 program: Wednesdays in June/July @ 2:00p.m.

Summertime Wednesdays are extra-special at the Main Library with the Wonderful Wednesday programs during June and July. A different program will be offered each week to help school-age children enjoy this year's Summer Reading Program. Enjoy the show and the air-conditioning every Wonderful Wednesday @ the Main Library.

Date

Program

Description

June 4th
The Nutty Professor! In the 1963 film, The Nutty Professor!, Jerry Lewis plays a timid, nearsighted chemistry teacher who discovers a magical potion that can transform him into a suave and handsome Romeo. The Jekyll and Hyde game works well enough until the concoction starts to wear off at the most embarrassing times.
June 11th
Mad Science of Northwest Arkansas Back by popular demand, our special guests this week will Mad Science of Northwest Arkansas! Get ready for an action-packed, highly interactive science show, featuring Stephen Cox, Chief Mad Scientist of Arkansas.
Due to the popularity of this event, a second program will be offered at 3:30p.m.
June 18th
The Science of Snakes Our special guests this week will be Jeremy Sloan and Brad Birchfield with the Arkansas Herpetological Society. These local reptile enthusiasts have been obsessed with cold blooded animals since childhood. When they are not in the field searching for and studying snakes, they share their enthusiasm with others by providing a hands-on look at one of nature's most interesting animals. Join us for this common sense based presentation about snakes and their importance to our environment. You'll learn how to identify Arkansas most common snakes, how to avoid them, and hopefully come away with a better appreciation for our native serpents. Brad and Jeremy are both members of the Arkansas Herpetological Society, a loosely structured group that hosts field trips 2 times a year at different locations in the state. More information can be found at www.herpsofarkansas.com.
June 25th
The Science of Juggling Our special guests this week will be Monica Buck with Juggle Whatever! Did you know that juggling is great for hand eye coordination, number counting skills, balanced brain function and building confidence? Learn all about the science of juggling--including plate spinning and scarf twirling-- with Monica Buck of Juggle Whatever! You won't want to miss this FREE fun, interactive show.
July 2nd
Concert with Brian Kinder & Ms. Terri! Our special 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.
July 9th
Sugar Free Allstars in Concert Back by popular demand, this Wednesday features a concert with the Sugar Free All Stars! With their diverse musical influences and unusual instrumentation, this funky organ/drum duo from Oklahoma City doesn't quite fit into any given pigeonhole. The music blends New Orleans funk, Memphis soul and Hammond organ-drenched gospel, wrapped in a colorful rock and roll package. Add to the mix a touch of pop songwriting sensibilities, humor and a high-energy live show and you've got the Sugar Free All Stars...and a bunch of fun for the whole family!.
July 16th
The Blues and You Our special guests this week will be Boyce Wofford and some of his talented, musical friends. Boyce, a local musician and harmonica player, will entertain and educate us in the language of the all-American music: The Blues. We'll get a brief history of this soulful music and also will be treated to an afternoon of fine musical entertainment.
July 23rd
Really Rosie Preview Show Our special guests this week will be the Young Actors Guild, as they present a preview of Maurice Sendak's Really Rosie, a musical with book and lyrics by Maurice Sendak and music by Carole King. Based on Maurice Sendak's books from the Nutshell Library: Chicken Soup with Rice, Pierre, One was Johnny, Alligators All Around and also The Sign on Rosie's Door, the show features a demonstrative little girl who used to sing and dance on the stoop of her building, observed by the author when he was a little boy growing up in Brooklyn.
July 30th
The Magic of Science You will not want to miss our very last Wonderful Wednesday program of the season, when our special guest will be the ever-popular Tommy Terrific and his Wacky Magic Show. The show features a huge magic trunk containing the Magician's Handbook. Inside the handbook are magic tricks representing unique branches of science, from Chemistry to Physics, from Biology to Astronomy...and beyond. With the help of the Magician's Handbook, the kids guide Tommy Terrific through a magical adventure where these branches of science come alive in wacky and unexpected ways. Along the way, the kids will be inspired to "explore The Magic of Science at their library."

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


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Movie Matinee @ Your Library
SPECIAL Summertime 2014 program: Thursdays in June/July @ 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. Kids of all ages and their families are invited to spend an air-conditioned afternoon at these FREE events on Thursday afternoons from June 5th - July 31st.

Date

Movie Title

June 5th
Monsters University (G)
In this week's feature, discover how Mike and Sulley first met at Monsters University in this animated comedy featuring the voices of Billy Crystal and John Goodman.
June 12th
Despicable Me 2 (PG)
Gru, his adorable girls, and the Minions are back in this animated adventure comedy blockbuster where this super-dad finds himself balancing fatherhood with his secret agent role in the Anti-Villain League.
June 19th
Turbo (PG)
Along with his streetwise snail crew and new human friends, Turbo, an underdog snail, takes on the biggest challenge ever to make their dreams come true in this animated adventure comedy.
June 26th
Planes (PG)
A crop-dusting plane with a fear of heights lives his dream of competing in a famous around-the-world aerial race in this animated adventure comedy.
July 3rd
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (PG)
Inventor Flint Lockwood thought he saved the world when he destroyed his most infamous invention, a machine that turned water into food causing cheeseburger rain and spaghetti tornadoes. But Flint soon learns that his invention survived and is now combining food and animals to create "foodimals!" Flint and his friends embark on an adventurously mouth-watering mission to battle hungry tacodiles in this animated family comedy.
July 10th
Free Birds (PG)
In this animated adventure comedy, two turkeys from opposite sides of the tracks must put aside their differences and team up to travel back in time to change the course of history - and get turkey off the holiday menu for good!
July 17th
Frozen (PG)
In this animated adventure comedy, fearless optimist Anna teams up with Kristoff in an epic journey, encountering Everest-like conditions, and a hilarious snowman named Olaf in a race to find Anna's sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom in eternal winter.
July 24th
Epic (PG)
In this animated family adventure, a teenager finds herself transported to a deep forest setting where a battle between the forces of good and the forces of evil is taking place. She bands together with a rag-tag group of characters in order to save their world -- and ours!
July 31st
The Croods (PG)
After their cave is destroyed, a caveman family must trek through an unfamiliar fantastical world with the help of an inventive boy in this animated adventure comedy.

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


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Arts & Crafts Afternoons @ Dallas
SPECIAL Summertime 2014 program: Thursdays, June 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th, July 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st @ 2:00-5:00p.m.

Visit the Dallas Branch Library every Thursday during June and July for this FREE program featuring a variety of different craft projects. All materials will be provided for you to show off your creative side at this fun open-house-style event for kids of all ages

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


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Family Fun Movie Night @ Windsor
July 2014 program: Thursday, July 3rd @ 6:00p.m.

Grab a friend or bring your family out to enjoy an evening movie on the big-screen in air-conditioned comfort. While you're at the library, don't forget to sign the entire family up for the Summer Reading Program -- there's a program with prizes for kids, teens, and adults!

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


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Primetime Storytime with the Young Actors Guild: Really Rosie
July 2014 program: Monday, July 7th @ 6:00p.m.

This month's Primetime Storytime features special guests from the Young Actors Guild and their work with the production Really Rosie. The program will feature stories, crafts, refreshments, and other FUN with Really Rosie and the Young Actors Guild. 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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Knit, Stitch, and Crochet Today!
July 2014 program: Tuesday, July 8th @ 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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Voter Registration Day
SPECIAL July 2014 program: Wednesday, July 8th: All Open Hours
9:00a.m.-9:00p.m. -- Main Library
9:00a.m.-6:00p.m. -- Branch Libraries

Is your voter registration information up to date? Stop by any Fort Smith Public Library location today to register to vote or update your name and or address information. The library will help you take care of the details, and will even mail in your application for you. Arkansas residents can register at this special Voter Registration Day, or any day, at any Fort Smith Public Library location; there is no charge for this service. Voting is a right and a privilege; make sure you are registered to participate in the democratic process.

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


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Beginning Crochet (4 week course) @ Windsor
SPECIAL July 2014 program: Four Thursdays: July 10th, 17th, 24th, and 31st @ 2:00p.m.

The Windsor Branch Library will hold a FREE four-week beginning Crochet course on Thursdays at 2 PM starting Thursday, July 10. Mrs. Penny Joyner will teach this class for anyone who is interested in learning how to crochet. Registration is not necessary; all that is needed for the course is a size G crochet hook, and a willing spirit! The library also has many books on needlework; be sure to check one out when you visit.

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


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TeenScene: It's ELEMENTary...@ Windsor
July 2014 program: Thursday, July 10th @ 2:00p.m.

Teens are invited to the Windsor Branch Library for an action-packed library edition of the popular game Clue. Pull all of the elements together, and you might be surprised what you uncover.

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


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The Dallas Branch Book Club @ Dallas
July 2014 program: Friday, July 11th @ 2:00p.m.

The Dallas Branch Book Club offers a fun, relaxed discussion about your favorite reads! There is no required reading for this club; read whatever you like and share your opinions about what you have read. Come on out and bring a book and a friend!

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


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Storytime at the Farmer's Market
SPECIAL Summertime 2014 program: Every other Saturday in June/July/August
June 14th, 28th; July 12th, 26th; August 9th from 7:00a.m.--Noon
Storytimes @ 8:00, 9:30, & 11:00a.m.

The Fort Smith Public Library is bringing Storytime to the Farmer's Market this summer! Your favorite storytellers from the Library will be at the Market every-other Saturday beginning June 14th with storytimes at 8:00, 9:30, & 11:00a.m. Programs will feature stories, songs, and more FREE fun focusing on farms, food, growing things for kids of all ages. In between programs, we will have puppets, puzzles, books, and more for kids to enjoy. Be sure to come say hello while you're picking up your tomatoes, eggs, and peaches!

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


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Authors in the Afternoon with Kandice Poirier
July 2014 program: Saturday, July 12th @ Noon--2:00p.m.

Certified health coach Kandice Poirier will make a special appearance at the Fort Smith Public Library to promote and sign copies of her cookbook, Get Your Healthy Glow. This easy to read, easy to follow cookbook contains over 50 healthy, easy to prepare recipes for the entire family, and several "life hacks" to make your journey to health and wellness a breeze. From juicing to desserts, Kandice has you covered. For sample recipes, check out http://www.glowsohealthy.comstory.

Copies of Get Your Healthy Glow 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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Really Rosie Storytime with the Young Actors Guild
SPECIAL July 2014 program: week of July 14th-18th (see below)

This week's storytime features special guests from the Young Actors Guild and their work with the production Really Rosie. The program will feature stories and all sorts of FUN with Really Rosie! Bring your friends and join us at this FREE family friendly story program for kids of all ages!

Location

Date

Time

Storytime
Windsor Branch
Monday,
July 14th
10:00a.m.
Toddler Time
Main Library
Tuesday,
July 15th
10:00a.m.
Storytime
Dallas Branch
Wednesday,
July 16th
10:30a.m.
Storytime
Main Library
Wednesday,
July 17th
10:00a.m.
Storytime
Miller Branch
Thursday,
July 18th
10:00a.m.

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
July 2014 program: Mondays, July 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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Cuentos para Niños en Español: A Storytime in Spanish
July 2014 program: Monday, July 14th @ 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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Everything is Awesome When You Have Legos in the Library @ Miller
July 2014 program: Tuesday, July 15th @ 1:00p.m.

Everything is awesome when you have Legos in the library! Kids ages five and older are invited to the Miller Branch Library to show their creative side with Legos, everyone's favorite construction toy. Stick around afterwards for even more Lego action as we show The Lego Movie (PG) at 2:00p.m.!

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


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Science Craft Day at the Tween & Teen Book Lovers' Club
July 2014 program: Thursday, July 17th @ 4:00p.m.

A Special Science Craft Day for Teen and Tweens will be held at this month's regular meeting of the Teen & Tween Book Lover's Club. Let out your "Mad Scientist" with a hands-on experiment or get crafty with cool projects while discussing the latest Sci-Fi books and movies the library has to offer. 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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Family Fun Night: Christmas in July! @ Windsor
July 2014 program: Thursday, July 17th @ 6:00p.m.

Everyone loves Christmas, let's celebrate it in July! It may be 99 degrees outside, but it's always cool in the library … help us celebrate with stories about Christmas and more "seasonal" fun. While you're at the library, don't forget to sign the entire family up for the Summer Reading Program; there's a program with prizes for kids, teens, and adults!

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


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Food For Thought: Homeschooling 101
July 2014 program: Friday, July 18th @ Noon

Join veteran homeschool moms Kara Smith and Kim Pierson for a discussion on the legalities of getting started with homeschooling, the local resources available for homeschooling families. The speakers will entertain questions & answers on issues such as choosing a curriculum, high school requirements, scheduling and more. Handouts and goody bags will be provided to participants.

This event is free and open to the public. Bring your lunch or pick it up at the Library's coffee shop, Dewey's Café! The Library will provide drinks and dessert.

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


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BINGO for Books!
July 2014 program: Friday, July 18th @ 2:30p.m.

Bring your family and join the fun at the library's popular BINGO for Books program! Play BINGO and earn books as your prize. Winners will be able to select a book from a selection of children's and teen titles.

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


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Abracadabra! The Magic of Science
SPECIAL July 2014 program: Monday, July 21st @ 2:00p.m.


Kids in Kindergarten through sixth grade are invited to join former Gifted and Talented teacher Jan Kessler to be amazed and delighted by the magical world of science. Participants will perform hands-on experiments that turn basic science concepts into exciting feats of magic.

The event is free, but pre-registration is required. For more information AND to save your spot, please call the Youth Services Department at (479)783-0229, ext. 1131.


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LEGO Club!
July 2014 program: Monday, July 21st @ 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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Library Election Town Hall Meetings
SPECIAL Summertime 2014 program: Dates and time below

Do you have questions about the Fort Smith Public Library's upcoming millage election? How will the money be used? What is a millage? Where will I vote? These questions and more will be answered at these town hall meetings hosted by the library's Board of Trustees. All sessions are identical, so attend the one that's most convenient for you.

Location

Date

Time

Dallas Branch
Monday,
July 21st
6:30p.m.
Miller Branch
Tuesday,
July 29th
6:30p.m.
Main Library
Monday,
August 4th
6:30p.m.
Windsor Branch
Thursday,
August 7th
6:30p.m.
Main Library
Friday,
August 8th
Noon

If you can't make any of these sessions or you want to read up before the meetings, visit the millage information website at www.LibrariesChangeLives.us. You may also check out the Libraries Change Lives Facebook page.

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


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Fizz! Boom! Read!! Make & Take Craft Day
July 2014 program: Thursday, July 31st @ 11:00a.m.-7:00p.m

Kids of all ages are invited to the Main Library to celebrate the last day of the Fizz! Boom! Read! Summer Reading Program with everyone's favorite, Make & Take Crafts. Drop by the Youth Services department anytime between 11:00a.m. and 7:00p.m. to make (and take!) a craft or two or three at this FREE open-house style program.

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


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Family Fun Night @ Windsor
July 2014 program: Thursday, July 31st @ 6:00p.m.

Grab a friend or bring your family out as we celebrate the end of the Summer Reading Program. While you're at the library, don't forget to report your summer reading progress and pick up your prizes!

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


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Storytime @ the Library


Day

Time

Storytime Programs

Location

Mondays10:00a.m.  StorytimeWindsor
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
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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:
June/July 2014 Exhibit: Photography Exhibit featuring David Gillson

An exhibit of original photographs by Fort Smith native David Gillson will be on display at the Library during the months of June and July. This talented photographer has turned his lifelong passion for the Arkansas outdoors into breathtaking works of photographic art. His award winning portfolio includes serene images of waterfalls and native wildflowers, as well as action shots of horse racing and kayaking. Gillson enjoys traveling the state to capture the beauty of the Arkansas wilderness. He is an active member of the Arkansas Outdoor Photographers club, and has given numerous photography presentations in several states. He currently lives in Sherwood, with his wife and two sons.

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


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Artwork @ Dewey's Café
July 2014 Exhibit: Photography Exhibit featuring Michael Leonard

The photographic works of Michael Leonard will be featured at Dewey's Café in the Main Library during the months of May and June. Since moving to Arkansas, Michael's life has centered around the art of photography and it is reflected in his inspiring work. The photographer has learned to see the world around him in a completely different way; light becomes paint on a canvas and commonly found objects are transformed into graphic sculpture. Photography has deepened his fascination with the beauty and diversity of the great outdoors. He finds the spiritual and aesthetic value of nature priceless, but also loves learning about earth science and biology that explains the natural world. Studying and observing animal behavior results in better wildlife pictures; weather watching provides dramatic skies while watching the sun tells him when to be there.

Exploring new places has been an exciting part of Michael Leonard's life since childhood. When people ask him where his favorite place is, his answer is always, "Any place I haven't been to yet." Traveling to new photo locations appeals to his spirit of adventure and discovery; he hopes to share that feeling with those who see his work. Stop by and share his spirit of adventure at Dewey's Café through the end of July

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


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Artwork @ Miller
July 2014 Exhibit: Miller Branch Artist of the Month -- Mark Frantz

Fort Smith native Mark Frantz will exhibit his original photographs at the Miller Branch Library during the month of July. Mark is from Fort Smith and considers regional photography a hobby. His art focuses on landscapes, cars, barns, and buildings. The display will feature both black and white and color photography. Mark uses an infrared technique which makes his photographs have a slightly otherworldly effect. Be sure to stop by in July and take a look!

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


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