Fort Smith Public Library Activities


Upcoming Events

Printable Calendars-at-a-Glance: May 2017

Location

May Events

Date

Time

Windsor Branch Asian Pacific Heritage Month Trivia May 1st-30thALL Open Hours
Windsor Branch Storytime Monday, May 1st10:00a.m.
Miller Branch Laptime Storytime @ Miller Monday, May 1st10:30a.m.
Main Library Toddler Time Tuesday, May 2nd10:00a.m.
Main Library Primetime Storytime:Cinco de Mayo! Tuesday, May 2nd6:00p.m.
Dallas Branch Storytime @ Dallas Wednesday, May 3rd10:30a.m.
Main Library Storytime @ Main Thursday, May 4th10:00a.m.
Main Library Magic: The Gathering Thursday, May 4th4:00p.m.-7:00p.m.
Miller Branch Storytime @ Miller Friday, May 5th10:00a.m.
Main Library First Friday Friends: Hooked on a Book! Friday, May 5th10:30a.m.
Main Library  Friends of the Library Annual Used Book Sale:Mostly Fiction! Saturday, May 6th-Sunday, May 7thAll Open Hours
Windsor Branch Storytime @ Windsor Monday, May 8th10:00a.m.
Miller Library Laptime Storytime @ Miller Monday, May 8th10:30a.m.
Main Library Cuentos para Niños en Español: A Storytime in Spanish Monday, May 8th6:00p.m.
Main Library Toddler Time Tuesday, May 9th10:00a.m.
Dallas Branch Storytime @ Dallas Wednesday, May 10th10:30a.m.
Main Library Storytime @ Main Thursday, May 11th10:00a.m.
Main Library Authors in the Afternoon with John Connell Thursday, May 11th4:00p.m.-6:00p.m.
Main Library Author Visit and Book Signing with Lou Berney Thursday, May 11th6:00p.m.
Miller Branch Storytime @ Miller Friday, May 12th10:00a.m.
Windsor Branch Storytime @ Windsor Monday, May 15th10:00a.m.
Miller Branch Laptime Storytime @ Miller Monday, May 15th10:30a.m.
Windsor Branch Storytime @ Windsor Monday, May 15th10:00a.m.
Main Library LEGO Club Monday, May 15th5:00p.m.-6:00p.m.
Main Library Toddler Time Tuesday, May 16th10:00a.m.
Main Library Authors in the Afternoon with Jan Huneycutt Lightner Tuesday, May 16th4:00p.m.-6:00p.m.
Dallas Branch  Storytime @ Dallas Wednesday, May 17th10:30a.m.
Main Library Understanding and Responding to Dementia Behaviors-Arkansas Alzheimer's Association Wednesday, May 17th1:00p.m.-2:00p.m.
Main Library Storytime @ Main Thursday, May 18th10:00a.m.
Main Library Open Mic Night @ Dewey's Cafè Thursday, May 18th7:00p.m.
Miller Branch Storytime @ Miller Friday, May 19th10:00a.m.
Dallas Branch End of School Ice Cream Bash Friday, May 19th10:30a.m.
Main Library Meet the Artist:Pam Ernst Sunday, May 21st2:00p.m.-4:00p.m.
Windsor Library Storytime @ Windsor Monday, May 22nd10:00a.m.
Miller Branch Laptime Storytime @ Miller Monday, May 22nd10:30a.m.
Main Library Toddler Time Tuesday, May 23rd10:00a.m.
Main Library Authors in the Afternoon with John Casey Tuesday May 23rd4:00p.m.-6:00p.m.
Dallas Branch Storytime @ Dallas Wednesday, May 24th10:30a.m.
Main Library Storytime @ Main Thursday, May 25th10:00a.m.
Miller Branch Toddler Art Time Thursday, May 25th10:00a.m.
Miller Branch Toddler Time Friday, May 26th10:00a.m.
Main Library Toddler Time Tuesday, May 30th10:00a.m.
Dallas Branch Storytime @ Dallas Wednesday, May 31st10:30a.m.

Location

Artwork @ FSPL

Month

Hours

Main Library En Plein Air with Pam Ernst May 15th-June 30thALL Open Hours
Dewey's Café
@ Main
 Photography by Jim Anderson Months of May/JuneALL Open Hours
Miller Branch Artist of the Month:Jim Anderson Month of MayALL 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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May 2017



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Asian Pacific Heritage Month
SPECIAL May 2017 program: May 1st-31st; ALL Open Hours

Adults and teens are invited to drop by the Windsor Branch of the Fort Smith Public Library during Asian Pacific Heritage Month and test their Asian Heritage knowledge.

Pick up a trivia sheet, complete it, and turn in at the front desk for a chance to win a $10 Books-A-Million gift card. Don't forget to check out our books and other materials too!

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


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Primetime Storytime: Cinco de Mayo!
Tuesday, May 2nd 6:00p.m.

Join us for our May primetime storytime program featuring stories, crafts, refreshments, and other FUN celebrating Cinco de Mayo! 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 (Tuesday) for Primetime Storytime.

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


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Magic: The Gathering
Thursday, May 4th 4:00p.m.-7:00p.m.

Bring your wits, skills, and of course, cards to the Library's Magic: The Gathering meetup. Newcomers and veterans of the game alike are welcome to come play for fun or practice for upcoming tournaments.

Magic: The Gathering is card game of strategy and luck using creatures, spells, and enchantments to drain your opponent's life force before they do the same to you. Ages 8-18 are welcome, as well as families. For more information, please call the Main Library at (479)783-0229.


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First Friday Friends: Hooked on a Book!
Friday, May 5th 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.

What's your favorite all time book? At this month's meeting, we will share short reviews of our favorite or most memorable books we have read. Too shy to give a review? Just share the title and author! Coffee and light refreshments will be available. Bring a friend, or come and meet some new ones!

This library program is intended for adults.

For more information or to reserve a spot in the class, call the Main Library at (479)783-0229.


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Friends of the Library Annual Used Book Sale: Mostly Fiction!
Saturday, May 6th and Sunday, May 7th All Open Hours

Mostly fiction! The spring edition of the annual Friends of the Library Used Book Sale features mostly fiction selections.

Hardbacks and paperbacks from your favorite authors will be available, along with a selection of videos and audiobooks.

A "non-fiction" sale will be held in August and a "children's" sale in October. Most paperbacks are 25 cents and most hardback books are $1. New this year: the sale will continue Sunday with all remaining titles ½ price, then book clearance begins Monday, May 8 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 Friday, May 5, from 4-7 p.m. There will be a 25 book limit at the preview sale. Friends of the Library memberships start at $10 and will be for sale at the Preview Sale.

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


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Cuentos para Niños en Español: A Storytime in Spanish
Monday, May 8th 6:00p.m.

Niños de todas las edades y sus familias están invitados a la Biblioteca principal a la hora de los cuentos GRATIS, incluiremos cuentos, historias, canciones, refranes y otras actividades divertidas en español. Ven y aprende acerca de la Biblioteca y lo que tiene para ofrecer a tu familia.

Kids of all ages and their families are invited to the main library for this FREE storytime featuring stories, songs, and other fun activities in Spanish. Come and learn about the library and what it has to offer your family.

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


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Authors in the Afternoon with John Connell
Thursday, May 11th 4:00p.m.-6:00p.m.

Van Buren author John Connell will appear at the Fort Smith Public Library to promote and sign copies of his picture book, The Lonely Fish.

Written for children, this story about a fish who lives alone in a fishbowl is about memories and friendship.

Written twenty years ago, the author decided to publish it as a 50th birthday present to himself; it's never too late to pursue your dreams! Originally from Minnesota, Connell moved to Arkansas fifteen years ago. He likes to use his imagination to bring animals or objects to life. The author spends a lot of time doing creative writing in the winter, and spending time outdoors exploring the natural beauty of Arkansas in the summer.

Copies of The Lonely Fish 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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Author Visit and Book Signing with Lou Berney
Thursday, May 11th 6:00p.m.

Join us for an intimate visit and book signing with Lou Berney, author of The Long and Faraway Gone: A Novel.

In August of 1986, six employees of a movie theater in Oklahoma City were brutally murdered during an armed robbery. A month later, a teenage girl vanished from the Oklahoma State Fair. Neither crime was ever solved. A quarter of century later, the tragedies continue to echo through the lives of two survivors. Winner of the 2016 Edgar Award for Best Paperback Original, and winner of the Barry, Anthony, and Macavity awards, this mystery/thriller is a title you will not be able to put down.

Lou Berney is the two-time Edgar-nominated author of The Long and Far Away Gone, Whiplash River, and Gutshot Straight. He's also the author of a collection of stories, The Road to Bobby Joe, and his short fiction has appeared in publications such as The New Yorker, Ploughshares, and the Pushcart Prize anthology. He's written feature screenplays and created television pilots for, among others, Warner Brothers, Paramount, Focus Features, ABC, and Fox. He teaches in the Red Earth MFA program at Oklahoma City University.

Copies of The Long and Faraway Gone will be available for sale and signing at the event.

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


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LEGO Club
Monday, May 15th5:00p.m.-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 Main Library at (479)783-0229.


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Authors in the Afternoon with Jan Huneycutt Lightner
Tuesday, May 16th 4:00p.m.-6:00p.m.

Bella Vista author Jan Huneycutt Lightner will appear at the Fort Smith Public Library to promote and sign copies of her novel, Ardenia Dovie's Card Catalog.

1974. Rural Arkansas. Thirteen-year-old Ardenia is sexually assaulted. This is the story about her life before the attack and her perplexed and courageous journey from hurt to hope afterwards.

Jan Huneycutt Lightner is a clinically-trained chaplain, pastoral counselor, and grief counselor as well as an ordained interfaith/interspiritual minister in Bentonville, AR. She grew up as a preacher's kid in the hills of Arkansas. Ardenia Dovie's Card Catalog is Jan's first book.

Copies of the book will be available for sale and signing at this open-house style event.

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


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Doc Night: Understanding and Responding to Dementia Behaviors- Arkansas Alzheimer's Association
Wednesday, May 17th 1:00p.m.-2:00p.m.

Join Shyfa Hooks of the Arkansas Alzheimer's Association to learn to decode behavioral messages, identify common behavior triggers, and learn strategies to help intervene with some of the most common behavioral challenges of Alzheimer's disease.

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


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Open Mic Night @ Dewey's Café
Thursday, May 18th 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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End of School Ice Cream Bash
Friday, May 19th 10:30a.m.

Enjoy some ice cream at the Dallas Branch Library and learn about our summer library activities. Sign up for our Summer Reading Program while you are there! All ages are welcome at this free end of the school year event.

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


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Meet the Artist:Pam Ernst
Sunday, May 21st 2:00p.m.-4:00p.m.

Meet artist Pam Ernst and learn more about her work at this open-house-style meet and greet event.

The artist's exhibit, "En Plein Air with Pam Ernst," will be on display in the community room of the Main Library from May 15 - June 30.

Pam's true passion is to paint En-plein Aire (outdoors) capturing the light and special moments that we are given every day. Paintings in both pastels and watercolors will feature scenes from the Natural State and travels from across the country.

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

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

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


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Authors in the Afternoon with John Casey
Tuesday, May 23rd 4:00p.m.-6:00p.m.

Fort Smith author John Casey will appear at the Fort Smith Public Library to promote and sign copies of his book, Yellowwood and other stories. These short stories offer glimpses into the lives of ordinary people who find themselves in dilemmas. Neither paragons nor anit-heroes, the characters struggle with religious faith, cope with death, and maneuver through tricky family relationships. The stories are a record of episodes in their lives, moments that are common to many of us.

A lifelong resident of Fort Smith, John Casey is an English teacher in Van Buren. Hiking and canoeing the Natural State are his favorite free time activities. He is married and has a daughter who is a fourth generation teacher.

Copies of Yellowood and other stories 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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Toddler Art Time
Thursday, May 25th 10:00a.m.

Let's experiment with paint! Children ages 12 months to 3 years will be able to paint small clay pots at the Miller Branch Library, with the assistance of their parents or caregivers. We will then plant seeds in the newly decorated pots for children to take home and watch grow. Dress your toddler (and yourself) in some old clothes because it's sure to be a messy, good time!

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


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Storytime @ the Library


Location

Storytime Programs

Day

Time

Windsor  Storytime
  with Louise Turner
Mondays10:00a.m.
Miller  Laptime Storytime (Ages 0-24 months)
  with Tiffany Nelson
Mondays10:30a.m.
Main  Primetime Storytime 1st Tuesday6:00p.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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Friends of the Library Events


Fort Smith Public Library's (Twice) Annual Friends of the Library Booksale
Annual program: 2017 Dates:
  • Fiction: Saturday, May 6th and Sunday, May 7th -- All OPEN Hours
  • Mostly Non-Fiction: Saturday, August 26th and Sunday, August 27th -- All OPEN Hours
  • The Friends of the Library Used Book Sale is bigger and better than ever! Our Annual Friends of the Library Used Book Sale requires two separate events. So, we are now selling Mostly Fiction in May with a Mostly Non-Fiction Sale in August.

    In May, works of fiction for children and adults will be on sale, along with a selection of music CDs, videos, and books on tape.

    In August, Shop thousands of non-fiction selections for adults including hardbacks and paperbacks from your favorite authors and on your favorite topics. Most paperbacks are 25 cents and most hardback books are $1.00. New this year: the sale will continue Sunday with all remaining titles half-price, then book clearance begins Monday, August 28th with remaining items priced by the bag!

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

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

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


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    ArtWork @ the Library


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    Artwork @ Main:
    May 15th-June30th 2017 Exhibit: En Plein Air with Pam Ernst

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

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

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

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

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


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

    An exhibit of the photographic works of Jim Anderson will be on display at Dewey's Cafe at the Main Library during the months of May and June. Jim is a school teacher by trade and a photographer of the natural landscape as a hobby. He resides in Van Buren with his wife Theresa, and has traveled and photographed in all 50 states always looking for natural settings and natural lighting.

    Jim's award winning photographs can be seen in local banks and law offices as well as at exhibits in several state parks in Arkansas and Oklahoma. This special library exhibit will include pictures of the Natural State and other regions across America; be sure to check them out at the Dewey's Café. Artwork is available for viewing all hours the library is open.

    Artwork is available for viewing all hours the library is open. For more information, please call Dewey's Café at the Main Library at (479)783-0229, ext. 1126.


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    Artwork @ Miller
    May 2017 Exhibit: Miller Branch Artist of the Month: Jim Anderson

    Original works by photographer Jim Anderson will be on display at the Miller Branch Library during the month of May.

    Jim resides in Van Buren with his wife Theresa, and has traveled and photographed in all 50 states always looking for natural settings and natural lighting. Jim's award winning photographs can be seen in local banks and law offices as well as at exhibits in several state parks in Arkansas and Oklahoma. This special library exhibit will include pictures of the Natural State and other regions across America showcasing the changing colors of fall; be sure to check them out this month at the Miller Branch Library.

    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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