Fort Smith Public Library Activities


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Printable Calendars-at-a-Glance:   November 2014

Location

October Events

Date

Time

Main Library  A Conversation with Janis F. Kearney Thursday, October 30th7:00p.m.
Miller Branch Storytime @ Miller Friday, October 31st10:00a.m.

Location

November Events

Date

Time

ALL  FSPL Holiday Food Drive November 1st-December 31stALL Open Hours
Windsor Branch Storytime @ Windsor Monday, November 3rd10:00a.m.
Main Library Primetime Storytime: Happy Thanksgiving! Monday, November 3rd6:00p.m.
Main Library Toddler Time Tuesday, November 4th10:00a.m.
Main Library Knit, Stitch, and Crochet Today! Tuesday, November 4th 4:00-6:00p.m.
Main Library Young Adult Writing Class Tuesday, November 4th5:00-6:00p.m.
Dallas Branch Storytime @ Dallas Wednesday, November 5th10:30a.m.
Main Library Storytime @ Main Thursday, November 6th10:00a.m.
Miller Branch Storytime @ Miller Friday, November 7th10:00a.m.
Main Library Black Tie Bingo Saturday, November 8th7:00p.m.
Windsor Branch Storytime @ Windsor Monday, November 10th10:00a.m.
Miller Branch Laptime Storytime @ Miller Monday, November 10th10:00a.m.
Main Library Cuentos para Niños en Español: A Storytime in Spanish Monday, November 10th6:00p.m.
ALL Fort Smith Public Library is CLOSED
for Veteran's Day!
Tuesday, November 11thALL DAY
Dallas Branch Storytime @ Dallas Wednesday, November 12th10:30a.m.
Dallas Branch The Dallas Branch Book Club @ Dallas Wednesday, November 12th1:00p.m.
Main Library Storytime @ Main Thursday, November 13th10:00a.m.
Main Library Graced by the Light, The Cherokee Prairies:
A Visit and Slide Presentation with Steven Hunter
Thursday, November 13th7:00p.m.
Miller Branch Storytime @ Miller Friday, November 14th10:00a.m.
ALL International Games Day Saturday, November 15thSee hours below
Windsor Branch Storytime @ Windsor Monday, November 17th10:00a.m.
Main Library LEGO Club Monday, November 17th5:00-6:00p.m.
Main Library Toddler Time Tuesday, November 18th10:00a.m.
Main Library Page Turners' Teen Book Club @ Dewey's Café Tuesday, November 18th5:00-6:00p.m.
Dallas Branch Storytime @ Dallas Wednesday, November 19th10:30a.m.
Main Library Storytime @ Main Thursday, November 20th10:00a.m.
Windsor Branch JEOPARDY: Mockingjay Edition @ Windsor Thursday, November 20th4:00-5:00p.m.
Miller Branch Storytime @ Miller Friday, November 21st10:00a.m.
Main Library Food for Thought: The U.S. Marshals Museum Friday, November 21stHigh Noon
Windsor Branch Storytime @ Windsor Monday, November 24th10:00a.m.
Miller Branch Laptime Storytime @ Miller Monday, November 24th10:00a.m.
Windsor Branch N'Quad Book Club @ Windsor Monday, November 24th3:30p.m.
Main Library SYS! Swap Your Stuff Monday, November 24th5:00-6:00p.m.
Main Library Toddler Time Tuesday, November 25th10:00a.m.
Main Library UAFS Academy of the Arts Academy Playerz Present:
Peter Pan, Jr.
Tuesday, November 25th4:30p.m.
ALL Fort Smith Public Library is CLOSING EARLY Wednesday, November 26thAt 6:00p.m.
ALL Fort Smith Public Library is CLOSED
for Thanksgiving!
Thursday/Friday,
November 27th/28th
ALL DAY
ALL  The Perfect Gift: Library Books for Christmas! November 29th-December 31stALL Open Hours

Location

Artwork @ FSPL

Month

Hours

Main Library Photography by Michael Leonard November/DecemberALL Open Hours
Dewey's Café @ Main Paintings by Kay Aclin November/DecemberALL Open Hours
Miller Branch Artist of the Month: Barbara Loftin November 1st-30th ALL Open Hours

Location On-Going Events @ FSPL Dates Hours
Main Library Friends of the Library
(Twice!) Annual Book Sales
2014 Dates:  Fiction: May 3rd
  NonFiction: August 23rd
ALL Open Hours
Main Library FSPL Storytimes regular weekly dates
(See Below)
regular weekly times
(See Below)


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October 2014



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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.


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November 2014



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Fort Smith Public Library Holiday Food Drive
November/December 2014 program: ALL LOCATIONS; ALL OPEN HOURS

Help out local families in need by donating to this year's Fort Smith Public Library Holiday Food Drive. One in five people in our area are struggling, one in three rural Arkansas children live in food insecure homes. Drop off your non-perishable food items at any Fort Smith library location from November 1st - December 31st. All food collected will be given to the Community Clearinghouse to help the hungry in the Fort Smith area.

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


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Knit, Stitch, and Crochet Today!
November 2014 program: Tuesday, November 4th @ 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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Young Adult Writing Class
SPECIAL November 2014 program: Tuesday, November 4th @ 5:00-6:00p.m. -- Registration Required!

Teens, celebrate National Novel Writing Month by getting creative and having fun in a supportive atmosphere for young adult writers. Young writers will learn how they can participate in a unique national writing challenge and set a word count goal for the month to complete their very own novel! The class will be taught by Candise Montemayor, award-winning journalist. The class is free, but pre-registration is required.

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


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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.


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The Dallas Branch Book Club @ Dallas
November 2014 program: Wednesday, November 12th @ 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.


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Graced by the Light, The Cherokee Prairies: A visit and slide presentation with Steven Hunter
SPECIAL November 2014 program: Thursday, November 13th @ 7:00p.m.

Graced by the Light, The Cherokee Prairies is a testament to the beauty and healing power of nature found in the tallgrass prairie, a place full of life and infused with light. It is a land few Arkansans know about, a relatively undiscovered gem. Graced by the Light, The Cherokee Prairies reveals an overlapping ten year journey to some of the last tallgrass prairies surviving in western Arkansas. While taking the photographs for this book there were times when Hunter felt that he had been singled out to be blessed by God's grace and light, as he walked through the grass, amongst the flowers. It is his desire to pass His blessings on to others through these pictures. Over one hundred twenty photographs detail the prairie in all of its moods: bright and cheerful, soft and beguiling, dark and menacing. These photographs include grand landscapes, as well as intimate details. Please join us for this slide presentation featuring images from the book set to inspiring music and be "Graced by the Light." Copies of the book will be available for sale and signing at the event.

Steven Hunter grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma and Fort Smith, Arkansas. He graduated from Southside High School in Fort Smith, earned two degrees from the University of Arkansas and one from the University of Central Arkansas. His photography schooling has been limited to the School of Hard Knocks, and Trial and Error. Steven's parents gave him his first camera when he was twelve years old, and his grandmother fostered a love of photographs by poring over the family photos with him. His passion for nature photography became intense while living for a time in the Northwoods of Wisconsin as he raised his own growing family. He continued to hone his nature photography skills as his jobs took the family from Wisconsin back to Arkansas, then to Missouri, and then again to Arkansas. Steven has lived in Fort Smith with his family for the past thirteen years. He is still taking nature photographs as often as he can, primarily in Arkansas and Oklahoma. His photography hangs in private homes and businesses, and is on display in the lodge and cabins of Mt. Magazine State Park, Arkansas.

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


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International GAMES Day @ ALL FSPL Locations!
SPECIAL November 2014 program: Saturday, November 15th (times listed below

Get your game on!!! It's a family affair!!! Join us all four Fort Smith Public Library locations as we join with thousands of libraries across the world to celebrate the American Library Association's 7th annual International Games Day @ Your Library. Children & children at heart are invited to drop by to check out a book and play a board game.

International GAMES Day hours:  

  • Main Library, 10:00a.m--5:00p.m.  
  • Library Branches: 12:00 (Noon)--5:00p.m.

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


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    LEGO Club!
    November 2014 program: Monday, November 17th @ 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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    Page Turner's Teen Book Club @ Dewey's Café
    November 2014 program: Thursday, November 18th @ 5:00-6:00p.m.

    Tweens and teens (ages 9 - 17) are invited to the monthly Page Turner's Teen Book Club at Dewey's Café in the Main Library. Bring a book or books you've already read to share with the group, hang out, and have fun discussing what you've been reading. 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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    JEOPARDY: Mockingjay Edition @ Windsor
    SPECIAL November 2014 program: Thursday, November 20th @ 4:00-5:00p.m.

    Are you the ultimate Hunger Games fan? Come and test your knowledge in a round of Mockingjay Jeopardy and trivia before you go see the new Hunger Games movie. Cool prizes for one lucky winner!!!

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


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    Food For Thought: The U.S. Marshals
    November 2014 program: Friday, November 21st @ Noon

    Discover what's going on at the U.S. Marshals Museum as Leslie Higgins, Director of Education, discusses their future plans. The museum will be a national center of heritage and legacy, which will disseminate knowledge and inspire appreciation for the accomplishments of the U.S. Marshals Service. Plans include 20,000 square feet of exhibit space, presented in three main galleries, which highlight pivotal times in our national history. The museum is being designed to provide the richest of visitor experiences. Every facet will support learners of all ages in ways that are engaging, hands-on, fun and inspiring. It will bring together the most current of ideas from museum designers, architects and educators to assure that the total experience is one that will evoke conversation and memories that will last.

    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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    N'Quad Book Club @ Windsor
    November 2014 program: Monday, November 24th @ 3:30p.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.


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    SYS: Swap Your Stuff!
    SPECIAL November 2014 program: Monday, November 24th @ 5:00-6:00p.m.

    The Fort Smith Public Library invites children and teens to Swap Your Stuff! This is your chance to bring stuff you no longer need, like books, DVDs, CDs, or games, and trade them for a one to one exchange for something that someone else brings. Items for trade will be in the Youth Services Department of the Main Library. Please be sure that what you bring is something that another kid or teen would want!

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


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    UAFS Academy of the Arts Academy Playerz present Peter Pan, Jr.
    SPECIAL November 2014 program: Tuesday, November 25th @ 4:30p.m.

    The UA Fort Smith Academy of the Arts Academy Playerz will present a special preview of their production, Peter Pan, Jr., at the Main Library. Based on the Disney film, Peter Pan Jr. is a timeless tale about a boy who wouldn't grow up. Wendy Darling loves to tell stories to her brothers; but when her father announces she must move out of the nursery, Peter Pan comes to visit the children and whisks them away to Never Land. Their adventure introduces them to the Lost Boys, Mermaids, Indians and even the infamous pirate, Captain Hook! The musical score includes "Following the Leader", "Yo Ho, A Pirates Life for Me" and many more. Audiences young and old will love this classic adventure story!

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


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    The Perfect Gift - Library Books for Christmas
    SPECIAL December 2014 program: November 29th -- December 31st

    Honor someone special while sharing your love of reading by donating to the Fort Smith Public Library's The Perfect Gift: Library Books for Christmas. From November 29th through December 31st, individuals may visit any Fort Smith Public Library location to choose a book to add to the library's collection in honor or memory of someone special. Children's books are a $10.00 donation; adult books are a $25.00 donation.

    Proceeds from the Perfect Gift will go to the library's material fund to be used for the purchase of new library materials. Say "Happy Holidays" with The Perfect Gift from the Fort Smith Public Library. Cash, check or MC/VISA accepted.

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


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    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


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    Primetime Storytime: Happy Thanksgiving!
    November 2014 program: Monday, November 3rd @ 6:00p.m.

    We have so many things to be thankful for … join us for our November primetime stortyime program featuring stories, crafts, refreshments, and other Thanksgiving FUN. 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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    Laptime Storytime (0-24 months) @ Miller
    November 2014 program: Second/Fourth Mondays, November 10th/24th @ 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
    November 2014 program: Monday, November 10th @ 6:00p.m.

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

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

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


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    Friends of the Library Events


    Fort Smith Public Library's (Twice) Annual Friends of the Library Booksale
    Annual program: 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:
    November/December 2014 Exhibit: Photography by Michael Leonard

    The award winning photography of Michael Leonard will be on display in the Community Room at the Main Library during the months of November and December. Works in this show are award-winning entries from many of the photo competitions the photographer has entered over the last ten years, with some of his very best works represented. Subjects include architecture, landscapes, machinery and more. Some are displayed as standard photo prints framed under glass and some are gallery wraps in floating frames.

    Originally from Missouri, Michael has lived in Fort Smith since retiring from the U.S. Navy in 1994. He is well known as an innovative and highly skilled photographer. Well-recognized for unique printing and presentation techniques, he has inspired and trained many other photographers to learn his dramatic style of both color and infrared photography. Michael Leonard spends every free minute he can exploring and photographing our country. You can preview his photographs at www.photovariations.com.

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


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    Artwork @ Dewey's Café
    November/December 2014 Exhibit: Paintings by Kay Aclin

    The original paintings of Kay Aclin will be on display at Dewey's Café at the Main Library during the months of November and December. Kay is a versatile artist whose subject matter covers a wide variety. She has worked in many mediums, but watercolor captures her heart; its "unexpected nature" bringing joy and challenge to her work. Aclin has had solo watercolor shows and hangs in many private and corporate collections. She has earned several honors--the 2004 MSW Founders Purchase Award and in 2005, the mayor of Fort Smith presented her with the Visual Arts Award. She has been a successful participant in many juried shows and is a member of the Hoover Watercolor Society, as well as a signature member of the MidSouthern Watercolorists. Kay also serves as Regional Advisor for the MSW.

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


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    Artwork @ Miller
    September 2014 Exhibit: Miller Branch Artist of the Month -- Barbara Loftin

    The original paintings of Barbara Loftin will be on exhibit at the Miller Branch Library during the month of November. Loftin, a mostly self-taught artist, has taken some classes over the years. Her subject matter ranges from landscapes and portraits in oils and acrylics to mixed media abstracts. Pursuit of the visual form has always been exciting to Loftin; she is process-oriented and loves the tactile concerns involved with painting. Whether it's exploring line, shape, or color, she totally loses herself in the investigative process and concerns of visual form. Barbara Loftin has had several solo exhibits and has received numerous awards.

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


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