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Printable Calendars-at-a-Glance: February 2017

Location

February Events

Date

Time

Windsor Branch Adults Color Too! @ Windsor February 1st-28thAll Open Hours
Dallas Branch Storytime @ Dallas Wednesday, February 1st10:30a.m.
Main Library Storytime @ Main Thursday, February 2nd10:00a.m.
Miller Branch Storytime @ Miller Friday, February 3rd10:00a.m.
Main Library First Friday Friends: Letters to Julet (PG) and Valentine Making Party Friday, February 3rd10:30a.m.
Various Locations
(See below)
 Wizarding World of Harry Potter @ Your Library Monday--Friday,
February 6th-10th
Various hours
(See below)
Windsor Branch Storytime @ Windsor Monday, February 6th10:00a.m.
Miller Branch Laptime Storytime @ Miller Monday, February 6th10:30a.m.
Dallas Branch Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Potions Class @ Dallas Monday, February 6th3:30-5:00p.m.
Main Library Toddler Time Tuesday, February 7th10:00a.m.
Miller Branch Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Care of Magical Creatures @ Miller Tuesday, February 7th5:00p.m.
Main Library Primetime Storytime: Valentine Fun! Tuesday, February 7th6:00p.m.
Dallas Branch Valentine's Day Storytime @ Dallas Wednesday, February 8th10:30a.m.
Main Library Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Meet & Greet with the UAFS Quidditch Team and Sorting Hat Craft @ Main Wednesday, February 8th3:30-5:30p.m.
Main Library Storytime @ Main Thursday, February 9th10:00a.m.
Windsor Branch Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Transfiguration Class and Meet & Greet with the UAFS Quidditch team @ Windsor Thursday, February 9th3:30-6:00p.m.
Miller Branch Storytime @ Miller Friday, February 10th10:00a.m.
ALL Locations Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Wand Making Workshop Friday, February 10th3:30-5:30p.m.
Windsor Branch Storytime @ Windsor Monday, February 13th10:00a.m.
Miller Branch Laptime Storytime @ Miller Monday, February 13th10:30a.m.
Miller Branch Valentine Crafternoon @ Miller Monday, February 13th1:00--6:00p.m.
Main Library Cuentos para Niños en Español: Storytime in Spanish Monday, February 13th6:00p.m.
Main Library Toddler Time Tuesday, February 14th10:00a.m.
Miller Branch Classic Movie Night: Cheaper by the Dozen (PG) @ Miller Tuesday, February 14th6:30p.m.
Dallas Branch Clifford the Big Red Dog Storytime @ Dallas Wednesday, February 15th10:30a.m.
Main Library Arkansas Alzheimer's Association: Effective Communication Wednesday, February 15thNoon
Main Library Fort Smith Public Library Writing Club Wednesday, February 15th4:00-5:00p.m.
Main Library Storytime @ Main Thursday, February 16th10:00a.m.
Main Library How to Find a Job: Tips and Techniques from the Experts Thursday, February 16th10:30a.m.
Dewey's Café
@ Main
 Open Mic Night @ Dewey's Thursday, February 16th7:00p.m.
Miller Branch Storytime @ Miller Friday, February 17th10:00a.m.
Main Library Lunch Docs: Meru (R) Friday, February 17thNoon-1:30p.m.
ALL Locations Fort Smith Public Library is CLOSED
for Presidents' day!
Monday,
February 20th
ALL DAY
Main Library Toddler Time Tuesday, February 21st10:00a.m.
Dallas Branch Storytime @ Dallas Wednesday, February 22nd10:30a.m.
Main Library Storytime @ Main Thursday, February 23rd10:00a.m.
Miller Branch Storytime @ Miller Friday, February 24th10:00a.m.
Main Library Black Heritage Celebration featuring Tommy Terrific's Wacky Magic Show Saturday, February 25th2:00p.m.
Windsor Branch Storytime @ Windsor Monday, February 27th10:00a.m.
Miller Branch Laptime Storytime @ Miller Monday, February 27th10:30a.m.
Main Library LEGO Club Monday, February 27th5:00-6:00p.m.
Main Library Toddler Time Tuesday, February 28th10:00a.m.

Location

Artwork @ FSPL

Month

Hours

Main Library Art Exhibition: Grace Academy Students Month of FebruaryALL Open Hours
Dewey's Café
@ Main
 Paintings by Lisa Jan-Bohné Clay January 3rd-February 28thALL Open Hours
Miller Branch Artist of the Month: Dennis Russell Month of FebruaryALL Open Hours
Windsor Branch Black History Month Exhibition:
 Arkansas African American Legislators: 1868-1893
Month of FebruaryALL Open Hours
Windsor Branch Black History Month Exhibition:
 History Exhibition: A Place for All People Poster Exhibit
Month of FebruaryALL Open Hours
Main Library Arkansas Art Educators Western Regional Art Show February 11th-25thAll 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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February 2017



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Adults Color Too! @ Windsor
SPECIAL February 2017 program: February 1st-28th; ALL Open Hours

Who said coloring is just for kids? Coloring helps promote relaxation and stress relief. Join us for a break from your day and unwind while engaging in the creative process in our fun, friendly, and casual atmosphere. Coloring pages for adults and colored pencils will be provided by the library and are available all hours that the library is open.

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


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First Friday Friends: Letters to Juliet (PG) and Valentine Making Crafts
February 2017 program: Friday, February 3rd @ 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 celebrate love at the library! Join us for a showing of the film Letters to Juliet (PG), and make some valentines of your own while we watch this light, romantic comedy.

Coffee and light refreshments will also 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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Wizarding World of Harry Potter @ Your Library
SPECIAL February 2017 program: Week of February 6th-10th @ various times/locations (see below)

Welcome to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter @ your library! The Fort Smith Public Library will host a week-long celebration to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter. Make plans to visit the different library locations to explore the magical classes of Potions, Care of Magical Creatures, Transfiguration, Wand Crafting & more!

We promise you a week of wizarding fun and the chance to discover and share the magical world of Harry Potter. Please leave your broomsticks at the door and keep your wands at the ready!

Date

Time

Program

Location

Monday,
February 6th
3:30-5:00p.m. Potions Class
 Learn the subtle science and exacting art of potion making.
Dallas
Tuesday,
February 7th
5:00p.m. Care of Magical Creatures Trivia Game
 Try your wand-hand at Harry Potter trivia and show off your knowledge of magical creatures.
Miller
Wednesday,
February 8th
3:30-5:30p.m. Meet & Greet with the UAFS Quidditch team and Sorting Hat Craft
 Make an origami Sorting Hat while schmoozing with the UAFS Quidditch team.
Main
Thursday,
February 9th
3:30-6:00p.m.  Transfiguration Class and Visit with the UAFS Quidditch team
 Join our Beginners Guide to Transfiguration class with a special appearance from the UAFS Quidditch team
Windsor
Friday,
February 10th
3:30-5:30p.m. Wand-Making Workshop
 Lose your wand? Drop in and make a new one!
ALL Locations

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


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Valentine Crafternoon @ Miller
February 2017 program: Monday, February 13th @ 1:00-6:00p.m.

Children of all ages are invited to the Miller Branch Library for an afternoon of Valentine Crafting. Drop in for this seasonal open-house style event and make a craft (or two) for someone special. There will be several activities to choose from and light refreshments will be available.

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


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Classic Movie Night: Cheaper by the Dozen (PG) @ Miller
SPECIAL February 2017 program: Tuesday, February 14th @ 6:30p.m.

Valentine's Day is a day to celebrate the ones you love. Bring your family, a special someone, or yourself to the Miller Branch Library for a free showing of the classic 1950 movie, Cheaper by the Dozen (PG). Light refreshments will be provided at this dramatic comedy, perfect for the whole family.

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


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Arkansas Alzheimer's Association: Effective Communication
SPECIAL February 2017 program: Wednesday, February 15th @ Noon

Is there someone in your life who may be experiencing symptoms of dementia or Alzheimer's? Plan to attend this workshop about how to have effective and caring conversations with seniors about doctor's visits, driving, and finances. Join Shyfa Hooks with the Arkansas Alzheimer's Association as she presents a program targeted to create openness with family members in their talks with loved ones with dementia.

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


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Fort Smith Public Library Writing Club
February 2017 program: Wednesday, February 15th @ 4:00-5:00p.m..

Writers of all ages (from teens to seniors) and backgrounds are invited to attend the first meeting of the Fort Smith Public Library Writing Club. Join Library Circulation Supervisor Ben Hedges as he discusses his goals and aspirations for the club as well as taking ideas and writing prompts from attendees. 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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How to Find a Job: Tips and Techniques from the Experts
SPECIAL February 2017 program: Thursday, February 16th @ 10:30a.m.

Are you unemployed or underemployed? Get expert advice on how to look for a job and create or update your resume in this free program co-sponsored by the Fort Smith Public Library and Go Ye Employment Services. Go Ye staff will be on hand to share their knowledge of job hunting techniques and resources to help participants improve their chances of landing the jobs they pursue.

This is the first in a series of monthly job hunting programs to be offered in cooperation with Go Ye. Call or stop by the Main Library to suggest topics for future job seeking programs in this series.

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


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Open Mic Night @ Dewey's Café
February 2017 program: Thursday, February 16th @ 7:00p.m.

Join us for a fun, casual open mic night at Dewey's Café. Musicians, poets, and other talented folks are invited to perform. Sign-up at the door; arrive early to ensure a spot on the list. Showcase your talent, or just come and listen … music or poetry does not have to be original work - come and share a favorite poem or musical piece with us! Acoustic music only please; we look forward to seeing you!

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


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Lunch Docs: Meru (R)
NEW! February 2017 program: Friday, February 20th @ Noon-1:30p.m

Join us at the Fort Smith Public Library for our Lunch Docs program, featuring a different entertaining and informative documentary each month. In this month's feature, Meru, three expert mountain climbers document their journey climbing the Shark's Fin peak of Mount Meru in India. Witness their struggle with depleting rations and sub-zero temperatures as they take on a climb considered challenging to the most experienced of climbers.

Bring your lunch and join us for a humorous, yet critical documentary about a burgeoning art world. Viewer discretion is advised; this film does contain some strong language and is rated R.

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


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Black Heritage Celebration featuring Tommy Terrific's Wacky Magic Show
SPECIAL February 2017 program: Saturday, February 25th @ 2:00p.m.

Join the Fort Smith Public Library for the annual Black Heritage Celebration, an inspiring, informative, and entertaining celebration of African American history and heritage. This year's all-ages event will feature magician Tommy Terrific's educational magic show about the Tuskegee Airmen. The show will be filled with magic tricks featuring things that fly, from birds to planes to rocket ships, while celebrating the first African-American military aviators in the U.S. Armed Forces.

A display of library materials related to African American history and heritage will also be featured at this special Black History Month event.

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


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LEGO Club
February 2017 program: Monday, February 27th @ 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  Storytime
  with Louise Turner
Mondays10:00a.m.
Miller  Laptime Storytime (Ages 0-24 months)
  with Tiffany Nelson
Mondays10:30a.m.
Main  Primetime Storytime 1st Monday6:00p.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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Laptime Storytime (0-24 months) @ Miller
January 2017 program: Mondays: February 6th, 13th, and 27th @ 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: Valentine Fun!
February 2017 program: Tuesday, February 7th @ 6:00p.m.

Join us for our February Primetime Storytime program featuring stories, crafts, refreshments, and other Valentine's Day FUN. Bring your friends and join us at this FREE family friendly evening story program for kids of all ages! Please note the new day of the week for Primetime Storytime.

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


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Valentine's Day Storytime @ Dallas
February 2017 program: Wednesday, February 8th @ 10:30a.m.

Join us at this special Valentine's Day themed storytime where kids will enjoy stories, crafts, and snacks. No registration is necessary for this FREE program full of fun. Preschool storytime is held every Wednesday at 10:30a.m. at the Dallas Branch Library.

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
February 2017 program: Monday, February 13th @ 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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Clifford the Big Red Dog Storytime @ Dallas
February 2017 program: Wednesday, February 15th @ 10:30a.m.

Join us at this special storytime, featuring Clifford the Big Red Dog! Kids will enjoy stories, crafts, and snacks at the event. No registration is necessary for this FREE program full of fun. Preschool storytime is held every Wednesday at 10:30a.m. at the Dallas Branch Library.

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


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Friends of the Library Events


Fort Smith Public Library's (Twice) Annual Friends of the Library Booksale
Annual program: 2016 Dates:
  • Fiction: Saturday, May 7th and Sunday, May 8th -- All OPEN Hours
  • Mostly Non-Fiction: Saturday, August 27th and Sunday, August 28th -- 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 29th 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:
    February 2017 Exhibit: Grace Academy Students

    The artwork of student artists from Grace Academy in Fort Smith will be on display in the Community Room of the Main Library during the month of February. Under the direction of art teacher, Amy Scoggins, students will display their paintings and charcoal drawings. These works represent the talent of both junior high and high school students who attend Grace Academy.

    A reception to celebrate their work will be held on Tuesday, February 2, from 2:00-5:00p.m. at the Library. Grace Academy Fort Smith is an academy that offers both academic and enrichment classes for home educated students. For more information about Grace Academy, please call (479)739-2285.

    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
    January-February 2017 Exhibit: Paintings by Lisa Jan-Bohné Clay

    The artwork of Lisa Jan-Bohné Clay will be featured at Dewey's Café at the Main Library during the months of January and February. The artist's recent study of work has moved toward impressionism, offering a sketchy quality that brings energy and dramatic effect to a painting. She uses strokes of pure color for vibrancy that cannot be achieved with mixed color alone. At other times, she focuses on the fluid quality of a painting for a more restful emotion. She applies various techniques of lighting as a complexity of reflections by the eye and reassembled by the mind during the process of perception. The lighting, the startling effect of paint strokes and a dramatic perspective are used to interpret landscapes, still life and people. She has recently added texture to the visual experience of her paintings, resulting in strategic areas for emphasis and increased dramatic effect.

    Ms. Clay studied art at the Memphis Academy of Art and Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. She continued in independent study under the direction of the accomplished artists, Roger Carlisle and John Keech. The artist has displayed in galleries in Augsburg Germany, San Antonio Texas, Little Rock Arkansas and currently in Fort Smith.

    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
    February 2017 Exhibit: Miller Branch Artist of the Month: Dennis Russell

    Huntington photographer Dennis Russell will showcase his photos of local landscapes from Arkansas and Oklahoma at the Miller Branch Library during the month of February. After becoming affected by a life-changing disability, Russell looked for some way to enrich his life; photography seemed to fit his love of the outdoors, and the ability to share it with others. Russell began taking photos seriously after taking a class taught by Carroll Copeland; he then joined the Fort Smith Photographic Alliance. He has won some local contests his photos are featured in local businesses and homes.

    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 @ Windsor
    February 2017 Exhibit: Black History Month Exhibit: Arkansas's African American Legislators, 1868-1893

    Arkansas's African American Legislators, 1868-1893, a professional exhibit created by the Black History Commission of Arkansas and the Arkansas History Commission, will be on display at the Windsor Branch Library during the month of February. This special exhibit honors the African Americans who made up a significant part of Arkansas's legislature during the 1860's and early 1870's, and who continued to serve until 1893. Stop by the Windsor Branch Library to learn of early pioneers in Arkansas' legislature during Black History Month.

    Artwork is available for viewing all hours that the library is open. For more information, please call the Windsor Branch Library at (479)785-0405.


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    Artwork @ Windsor
    February 2017 Exhibit: Black History Month Exhibit:  A Place for All People Poster Exhibit

    A Place for All People, a historic poster exhibit celebrating the opening of the newest Smithsonian museum, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, will be on display at the Windsor Branch Library during the month of February. The African American story is one characterized by pain and glory, power and civility, enslavement and freedom. A Place for All People evokes the power of oration and freedom stories, the brilliance of artistic achievement, and the soaring heights of cultural expression, philosophy, sports, and politics. In addition to profiling the long struggle to create the Museum, the building's architectural design and its prominent location on the National Mall, the poster exhibit is a survey of the African American community's powerful, deep and lasting contributions to the American story. A Place for All People is generously supported by the Smithsonian Institution's Office of the Provost. Experience a piece of the National Museum of African American History and Culture at the Windsor Branch Library during Black History Month.

    Artwork is available for viewing all hours that the library is open. For more information, please call the Windsor Branch Library at (479)785-0405.


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    Artwork @ Main:
    February 2017 Exhibit: Arkansas Art Educators Western Regional Art Show

    The Arkansas Art Educators Western Regional Art Show returns to the Fort Smith Public Library. The show consists of student artwork from Crawford, Franklin, Sebastian, Johnson, Logan, Yell, Scott, Montgomery, Pope, and Polk counties in grades K-12 public and private schools. Best of Show winners will go on display at the Hillary Rodham Clinton Children's Library and Learning Center in Little Rock from June 10 - August 31. For more information, please call (479-462-8477.

    Artwork is available for viewing all library hours. For more information about the exhibit, please call the Main Library at (479)783-0229.


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