Fort Smith Public Library Activities


Upcoming Events

Printable Calendars-at-a-Glance:   October 2014

October 2014


Storytime @ Dallas (October 1st)
Storytime (Main Library) (October 2nd)
National Hispanic Heritage Month Fiesta! @ Windsor (October 2nd)
Storytime @ Miller (October 3rd)
Storytime @ Windsor (October 6th)
Primetime Storytime: Fall is Here! (October 6th)
Toddler Time: Storytime for ages 3 and under (Main Library) (October 7th)
Storytime @ Dallas (October 8th)
The Dallas Branch Book Club @ Dallas (October 8th)
Storytime (Main Library) (October 9th)
If All Arkansas Read the Same Book: Author Visit with Daniel Black (October 9th)
Storytime @ Miller (October 10th)
Star Wars Reads Day -- Crafts Time Fun! @ Miller (October 11th)
Teen Read Week: Turn Dreams Into Reality @ Your Library (October 12th-18th)
Storytime @ Windsor (October 13th)
Laptime Storytime @ Miller (October 13th)
Cuentos para Niños en Español: A Storytime in Spanish (October 13th)
Toddler Time: Storytime for ages 3 and under (Main Library) (October 14th)
Graphic Novel Writing for Teens @ Miller (October 14th)
Storytime @ Dallas (October 15th)
Storytime (Main Library) (October 16th)
I Dream of the Future U @ Windsor (October 16th)
Page Turners' Teen Book Club: Teen Read Week Author Visit (October 16th)
Authors in the Afternoon with Jon Cole (October 16th)
Storytime @ Miller (October 17th)
Food for Thought: Holiday Food Fun! (October 17th)
Authors in the Afternoon with Resy Farmer (October 19th)
Storytime @ Windsor (October 20h)
LEGO Club (October 20th)
Toddler Time: Storytime for ages 3 and under (October 20th)
Knit, Stitch, and Crochet Today! (October 21st)
Storytime @ Dallas (October 22nd)
Storytime (Main Library) (October 23rd)
Open Mic Night @ Dewey's Café (October 23rd)
Storytime @ Miller (October 24th)
Storytime @ Windsor (October 27th)
Laptime Storytime @ Miller @ Miller (October 28th)
N'Quad Book Club @ Windsor (October 27th)
BINGO for Books: Halloween Edition (October 27th)
Toddler Time: Storytime for ages 3 and under (Main Library) (October 28th)
Movie Night: Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window Halloween Storytime @ Dallas (October 29th)
Storytime (Main Library) (October 30th)
A Conversation with Janis F. Kearney (October 30th)
Storytime @ Miller (October 31st)

November 2014


Black Tie Bingo (November 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 Paintings by Nancy Farrell (September/October)
Artwork @ Dewey's Café Paintings by Maggie Malloy (September/October)
Artwork @ Miller Miller Branch Artist of the Month: Cindy Sugg (October)


Return to top of page

October 2014



Return to top of page

National Hispanic Heritage Month Fiesta! @ Windsor
SPECIAL October 2014 program: Thursday, October 2nd @ 4:00p.m.

Help us celebrate the histories, cultures, and contributions of Hispanic-Americans at our National Hispanic Month Fiesta! Learn about the Hispanic Culture as we play a round of Hispanic Heritage Bingo at this fun afterschool event.

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


Return to top of page

Primetime Storytime: Fall is Here!
October 2014 program: Monday, October 6th @ 6:00p.m.

October means that fall is here! This primetime story program will feature stories, crafts, refreshments, and other FUN about the season of autumn. 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.


Return to top of page

The Dallas Branch Book Club @ Dallas
October 2014 program: Wednesday, October 8th @ 1:00p.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.


Return to top of page

If All Arkansas Read the Same Book: Author Visit with Daniel Black
SPECIAL October 2014 program: Thursday, October 9th @ 7:00p.m.

Set in rural Arkansas in the 1940s, Perfect Peace by Arkansas native Daniel Black tells the story of a child named Perfect, the seventh child in the Peace family. Through her life, the Peace family is forced to question everything they know about gender, sexuality, unconditional love, and fulfillment. Perfect Peace has been named the 2014 If All Arkansas Read the Same Book selection by the Arkansas Center for the Book at the Arkansas State Library.

Join us for an interesting and informative visit with the author, who now teaches African-American Studies at Clark Atlanta University. Check out a copy of the book at the library before the program so you can add to the discussion. Books will be available for sale and signing at the event. This project is funded by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services to the Arkansas State Library under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act.

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


Return to top of page

Star Wars Reads Day: Craft Time Fun! @ Miller
SPECIAL October 2014 program: Friday, October 11th @ 1:00--3:00p.m.

In a library, not so far away, children and teens can come together to celebrate Star Wars Read Day. Young Jedi Knights are encouraged to come and use the force to create Star Wars inspired crafts at the Miller Branch Library. They can also play games in order to defeat the Dark Side, while enjoying Jabba Juice and Wookiee Cookies...check out a Star Wars book as well!

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


Return to top of page

Teen Read Week: Turn Dreams into Reality @ Your Library
SPECIAL October 2014 program: Week of October 12-18, all open hours

Teens are invited to "Turn Dreams Into Reality!" at all Fort Smith Public Library locations during Teen Read Week. Any teen that checks out a book with the word "dream" in the title or description will be entered in a prize drawing. Books about careers count as well! Turn your dreams into reality @ the library during Teen Read Week!

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


Return to top of page

Laptime Storytime (0-24 months) @ Miller
October 2014 program: Second/Fourth Mondays, September 13th/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.


Return to top of page

Cuentos para Niños en Español: A Storytime in Spanish
October 2014 program: Monday, October 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.


Return to top of page

Graphic Novel Writing for Teens @ Miller
SPECIAL October 2014 program: Tuesday, October 14th @ 5:00-7:00p.m.

If you've always wanted to create your very own graphic novel, now is your chance! Teens ages 13-18 can visit the Miller Branch Library to learn the basics on how to get started with the graphic novel writing process. No drawing skill is needed to participate in this FREE Teen Read Week workshop!

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


Return to top of page

I Dream of the Future U @ Windsor
SPECIAL October 2014 program: Thursday, October 16th @ 4:00p.m.

Turn Dreams Into Reality at the Windsor Branch Library during Teen Read Week by dreaming of your future. Mrs. Patricia Richardson from UAFS will share how the Upward Bound program can assist you in making college a reality. Also learn of resources available with your library card to help you at home with the ACT and other college preparation.

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


Return to top of page

Page Turners' Teen Book Club: Teen Read Week Author Visit
SPECIAL October 2014 program: Thursday, October 16th @ 4:00p.m.

The Page Turners Book Club will celebrate Teen Read Week with special guest Arkansas Author Tamara Hart Heiner. Heiner is the author of three young adult suspense novels, Perilous (2010), Altercation (2012) and Inevitable (2013), and Deliverer, a companion novel to the Perilous series. Her first non-fiction book about the Joplin tornado, Tornado Warning was released in May. Heiner will discuss her books and how she began her writing career, as well as the different avenues of publication available to writers today.

Books will be available for sale and signing at the book club meeting. For more information, please call the Main Library at (479)783-0229.


Return to top of page

Authors in the Afternoon with Jon Cole
October 2014 program: Thursday, October 16th @ 4:00-6:00p.m.

Arkansas author Jon Cole will appear at the Fort Smith Public Library to promote and sign copies of his book, Bangkok Hard Time. It is 1967 Bangkok, the Summer of Love, and for teenager Jon Cole, son of a US Green Beret colonel serving in the Vietnam War, life as a young Westerner in the City of Angels is sweeter than mangoes on sticky rice with coconut milk ... until he is introduced to the infamous House of Lek. Drawn to the underbelly of Bangkok, the International School Bangkok pupil soon discovers ganja, opium and the two-dollar bordellos. What follows is a surreal but true story of one Westerner's relationship with Thailand spanning four decades.

Born in Little Rock, Arkansas, the eldest son of a US Army officer, the author was raised on three continents from Europe to Asia and over half a dozen American US military posts in between. An award-winning jewelry designer now retired and living in the foothills of Arkansas' Ozark Mountains, this is his first publication, which was written specifically as an amends-making exercise and as a tribute to the people of Thailand.

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


Return to top of page

Food For Thought: Holiday Food Fun!
October 2014 program: Friday, October 17th @ Noon

Join BusyBusyMommy blogger and homemaker extraordinaire, Kelli Cole, as she shares recipes on how to make fun and festive Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas food you'll want to make year after year. These recipes are sure to be family pleasers; and the program is a great place to meet other busy moms.

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.


Return to top of page

Authors in the Afternoon with Resty Farmer
October 2014 program: Sunday, October 19th @ 2:00-4:00p.m.

Van Buren author Resty Farmer will make a special appearance at the Fort Smith Public Library to promote and sign copies of her second book, A Teenager Called Nene San. The book is her biographical story of growing up during the Japanese occupation of the Philippines. Copies of the book will be available for sale and signing at this open-house style event. Resty's first book, Nene: Survival and Childhood Memories of a Young Girl in WW II is available for checkout from the library.

Resty, a retired nurse from Napa, California, returned to Manila after the war. While working at the Clark Field Air Base as the company Librarian, she met her WWII Veteran Husband. Happily married, they later moved to the United States with their four daughters; one son was born in California.

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


Return to top of page

LEGO Club!
October 2014 program: Monday, October 20th @ 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.


Return to top of page

Knit, Stitch, and Crochet Today!
October 2014 program: Tuesday, October 21st @ 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.


Return to top of page

Open Mic Night @ Dewey's Café
October 2014 program: Thursday, October 23rd @ 7:00-8:00p.m.

Come show off your writing, performance, or musical skills at Dewey's Café Open Mic Night. Poets, musicians, and other talented folks are invited to this casual fun event. Arrive early and sign up at the door; the event begins at 7:00 pm. Feeling shy? Just stop by and enjoy watching the great undiscovered talents from the Fort Smith area.

This event is free and open to all ages. We look forward to seeing you at the Café!

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


Return to top of page

N'Quad Book Club @ Windsor
October 2014 program: Monday, October 27th @ 4:00-5:00p.m.

Calling all book lovers!!! Join us the last Monday of each month for the N'Quad Book Club for those who are Not Quite Adults. Tween and teen booklovers are invited to share a current read or to learn of a potential one from their peers. There's a lot of great books out there...have you read one lately?

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


Return to top of page

BINGO for Books: Halloween Edition!
SPECIAL October 2014 program: Monday, October 27th @ 6:00p.m

Bring your family and join the fun for the special Halloween Edition of BINGO for Books! 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.


Return to top of page

Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window (1954) @ Miller
SPECIAL October 2014 program: Tuesday, October 28th @ 6:30p.m.

In the spirit of the season, the Miller Branch Library will be screening the classic mystery thriller, Rear Window, starring James Stewart and Grace Kelly. In the film, a wheelchair bound photographer spies on his neighbors from his apartment window and becomes convinced one of them has committed murder. We will have chairs, but feel free to bring a pillow or blanket if you'd prefer floor seating. Refreshments will be available; bring a friend!

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


Return to top of page

Halloween Storytime@ Dallas
October 2014 program: Wednesday, October 29th @ 10:30a.m.

Pre-school aged children are invited to the library for a special Halloween-themed story program featuring stories, crafts, and treats! Costumes are fun but optional at this FREE seasonal library program. Storytime is held every Wednesday at 10:30 AM at the Dallas Branch Library.

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


Return to top of page

A Conversation with Janis F. Kearney
SPECIAL October 2014 program: Thursday, October 30th @ 7:00p.m.

The Fort Smith Public Library welcomes author, publisher, and oral historian Janis F. Kearney for a special evening event. Janis is an internationally-traveled public speaker, and has been interviewed on PBS's The Tavis Smiley Show and The HistoryMakers. Her third memoir, Sundays with TJ: 100 years of Memories on Varner Road is new this year; copies will be available for purchase and signing at the event. Emmy award-winning documentary filmmaker Larry Foley will introduce Kearney and then do an interview after her talk with a short Q&A from the audience.

One of 19 children born to Arkansas Delta Sharecroppers T.J. and Ethel Kearney, Janis graduated from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville with a B.A. in Journalism, and completed 30 hours in Public Administration and Journalism.

Hired by Daisy Bates in 1987 as Managing Editor of the Arkansas State Press, Kearney purchased the newspaper in 1988. She served as Personal Diarist to President Clinton from 1995 to 2001, the country's first personal diarist to a U.S. President. She also served as White House liaison to the U.S. National Archives during this time.

In 2001, Janis moved with her husband Bob Nash to Chicago, where she began her writing life. In 2003, Janis, with her husband's support, founded Writing our World Press/WOW! Books. Her first book, Cotton Field of Dreams: A Memoir was published in 2004. Her other books include Something to Write Home About: Memories of a Presidential Diarist; Conversations: William Jefferson Clinton…from Hope to Harlem; and Once Upon a Time there was a Girl: a Murder at Mobile Bay, her first fiction. WOW! Books has also published two other authors. Her next book, Daisy: Between a Rock and a Hard Place, was published in December 2012. This event is free and open to the public; light refreshments will be served.

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

November 2014



Return to top of page

Black Tie Bingo
SPECIAL November 2014 program: Saturday, November 8th @ 7:00p.m.

Join the Fort Smith Public Library Endowment for a fabulous night of fine dining, exciting BINGO games, and outstanding raffle items at Black Tie Bingo, an event in support of the Fort Smith Public Library Endowment Trust. Daren Bobb will be the emcee for the evening and entertainment will be provided by the Don Bailey Jazz Ensemble.

Tickets are available for $125.00 each. Please contact the Fort Smith Public Library at (479)783-0229, ext. 1141, for tickets or more information.


Return to top of page

Storytime @ the Library


Day

Time

Storytime Programs

Location

Mondays10:00a.m.  Storytime with Louise TurnerWindsor
2nd & 4th Mondays10:30a.m.  Laptime StorytimeMiller
1st Monday6:00p.m.  Primetime StorytimeMain
2nd Monday6:00p.m.  Spanish StorytimeMain
Tuesdays10:00a.m.  Toddler Time (Ages 3 and under)Main
Wednesdays10:30a.m.  Storytime Dallas
Thursdays10:00a.m.  Preschool Storytime (Ages 3 to 5) Main
Thursdays10:00a.m.  School Age Storytime Windsor
Fridays10:00a.m.  Storytime Miller


Return to top of page

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.


Return to top of page

ArtWork @ the Library


Return to top of page

Artwork @ Main:
September/October 2014 Exhibit: Paintings by Nancy Farrell

An exhibit featuring the original paintings of Nancy S. Farrell will be on display at the Main Library during the months of September and October. The artist, a retired art professor, currently resides in Ozark, Arkansas. The Arkansas landscape has been an inspiration for Nancy, "Western Arkansas is gorgeous! There are so many things here that inspire one to paint." The natural beauty and the distinct characteristics of various locations of Arkansas is the focus for her oil and watercolor paintings. Some of her landscapes include "White Rock, "Natural Dam," "Fall at Mount Magazine," "A View of the Mulberry River," "London Creek" at Winslow, and "Cedar Falls" at Petit Jean State Park. Nancy has also done several private commissions in watercolor of buildings and homes on the historic registry in the River Valley. Her work is included in museum and several private collections in the South.

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


Return to top of page

Artwork @ Dewey's Café
September/October 2014 Exhibit: Paintings by Maggie Malloy

New paintings by Fort Smith artist Maggie Malloy will be on display at Dewey's Café during the months of September and October. Maggie reinvented herself in 2004; leaving a long career in non-profit management, the study of art became her new challenge. The largest body of her work is in oil and painted primarily from a collection of her favorite photos. Studies from National Geographic and a photograph taken locally by Bryan Fowler of the Blood Moon are principal subjects that will be on display at the Café. Additional works by Malloy can be viewed at the CAE Annual Competition in Van Buren.

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


Return to top of page

Artwork @ Miller
September 2014 Exhibit: Miller Branch Artist of the Month -- Cindy Sugg

Artist Cindy Sugg will be the featured at the Miller Branch Library during the month of October. Cindy is a lover of nature and is inspired to paint by many subjects in the Fort Smith area. Oils and pastels are her media of choice in her art; her focus is on landscapes and flowers. Her art may also be viewed at Michael's Mansion and the Fort Smith Regional Art Museum.

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


Library Home | Bookmobile Stops | Branch Libraries | Genealogy | Internet Tools | Library Information | New Titles
Online Databases | Reference | Online Catalog | Site Index | Upcoming Events | Youth Services

This Page Last Updated: 17 October 2014

Return to the Main Page Bookmobile Stops and Announcements Branch Hours and Locations Genealogy Department Internet Tools Information About the Library New Titles at FSPL Online Databases Reference Department Search Online Catalog Site Index Upcoming Events Youth Sevices Return to the Main Page