Fort Smith Public Library Activities


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Printable Calendars-at-a-Glance:   September 2014   |   October 2014

September 2014


National Library Card Sign-up (September 1st-30th)
Golden Tickets at the Library! (September 1st-30th)
Library Closed for Labor Day (September 1st)
Toddler Time: Storytime for ages 3 and under (September 2nd)
Storytime @ Dallas (September 3rd)
Storytime (Main Library) (September 4th)
Storytime @ Miller (September 5th)
Storytime @ Windsor (September 8th)
Laptime Storytime @ Miller (September 8th)
Primetime Storytime: Back to School (September 8th)
Toddler Time: Storytime for ages 3 and under (September 9th)
Storytime @ Dallas (September 10th)
Storytime (Main Library) (September 11th)
Touch-a-Truck Storytime @ Miller (September 12th)
Storytime @ Windsor (September 15th)
Cuentos para Niños en Español: A Storytime in Spanish (September 15th)
Toddler Time: Storytime for ages 3 and under (September 16th)
Bunco Fun Night! @ Miller (September 16th)
Book Signing: Cherokee Blue: The Life of Blue Hothouse by Sherry Laymon (September 16th)
Storytime @ Dallas (September 17th)
Storytime (Main Library) (September 18th)
Page Turners' Teen Book Club @ Dewey's Café (September 18th)
Talk Like a Pirate Day @ Windsor (September 18th)
Storytime @ Miller (September 19th)
Food for Thought: Your E-Waste Has More to Give (September 19th)
Storytime @ Windsor (September 22nd)
Laptime Storytime @ Miller (September 22nd)
LEGO Club (September 22nd)
Toddler Time: Storytime for ages 3 and under (September 23rd)
Storytime @ Dallas (September 24th)
Storytime (Main Library) (September 25th)
Storytime @ Miller (September 26th)
Friends of the Fort Smith Public Library Chocolate Festival (September 28th)
Storytime @ Windsor (September 29th)
N'Quad Book Club @ Windsor (September 29th)
Toddler Time: Storytime for ages 3 and under (September 30th)

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: Priscilla Myers (September)


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September 2014



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National Library Card Sign-up Month
SPECIAL September 2014 program: September 1st-30th; ALL Open Hours, ALL Locations

September is National Library Card Sign-up Month. Visit your library today; it is a hub of community activity! In tough economic times, a library card gives you free access to books and computers, a place to create your resume and do a job search, checkout or download music, movies, magazines, and much more. If you don't have a library card, this is the perfect time to apply. If you do have one, come and see what your library card can do! There's no better place than the library to have fun . . . a place the whole family can enjoy. Visit your neighborhood library today and get a library card!!

Free bookmarks will be given away at all Fort Smith Public Library locations during September! All children who sign up for their first library card will receive a free paperback book provided by the Friends of the Library.

Library cards are available free of charge to Fort Smith city residents age five and older. A parent or legal guardian must apply in person for children ages 5-15. Please bring identification with current street address, such as a driver's license, bank check, or utility bill. Come check out your neighborhood library today!

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


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Golden Tickets at the Library!
SPECIAL September 2014 program: September 1st-30th; All Open Hours, ALL Locations

September is Library Card Sign-Up Month, and also the birthday of the author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl (September 13th). In celebration, all Fort Smith Public Library Locations will be hiding golden tickets in randomly selected audiovisual materials (audiobooks, CDs, and DVDs) during the month of September...check out an audiovisual item to find out if you are a winner! Golden tickets can then be redeemed for a scrumptious treat at the library's front desk. Come celebrate September and "check out" our library materials!

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


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Laptime Storytime (0-24 months) @ Miller
September 2014 program: Second/Fourth Mondays, September 8th/22nd @ 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: A Day at the Beach
September 2014 program: Monday, September 8th @ 6:00p.m.

It's September, and back to school time! This primetime story program will feature stories, crafts, refreshments, and other FUN about school. 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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Touch-a-Truck Storytime @ Miller
SPECIAL September 2014 program: Friday, September 12th @ 10:00a.m.

Join us for the 3rd annual Touch-a-Truck Storytime at the Miller Branch Library. We will learn all about trucks of all kinds at this very special storytime full of stories, activities, and other truck-related fun. Afterwards, children are invited to join us in the library parking lot to touch a real OG&E Bucket Truck!

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
September 2014 program: Monday, September 15th @ 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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Bunco Fun Night! @ Miller
SPECIAL September 2014 program: Tuesday, September 16th @ 6:00p.m.

Could you use a night out or just some laughter with adults? Join us at the Miller Branch for a game of Bunco, a fast moving dice game, and some light refreshments. Bunco is easy to learn and no experience is necessary. Let the good times roll! This program is intended for participants 18 and over.

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


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Book Signing: Cherokee Blue: The Life of Blue Hothouse by Sherry Laymon
SPECIAL September 2014 program: Tuesday, September 16th @ 6:30p.m.

Please join us for an author visit and book signing with Sherry Laymon, a native Arkansan, whose books focus on Arkansas, Southern, and American history. Cherokee Blue is the biography of Blue Hothouse, one of a diminishing number of full-blood Cherokee Indians whose ancestors walked the Trail of Tears from Cherokee, North Carolina to Oklahoma during the winter of 1838-39. Blue's story is one of trials, heartache, and multiple betrayals by the United States government. The narrative, told from the Cherokee perspective, depicts Blue's difficulty throughout his life as he struggled to conform to and abide by the "white man's laws." From childhood until adulthood, he encountered racism, discrimination, mistreatment, hardship, and extreme poverty. Yet, his faith in Christ guided him to overcome his struggles, and focus upon helping other Native Americans who are less fortunate. Copies of Cherokee Blue will be available for purchase and signing, and light refreshments will be served at the event.

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


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Page Turner's Teen Book Club @ Dewey's Café
September 2014 program: Thursday, September 18th @ 4:00p.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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Talk Like a Pirate Day @ Windsor
SPECIAL September 2014 program: Thursday, September 18th @ 6:00p.m.

Avast me hearties!!! Find yer inner pirate at the Windsor Branch Library as we share stories, songs, and walk de plank. We will search around the library for booty and make pirate crafts. Come dressed like a pirate if you like!!!

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


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Food For Thought: Your E-Waste Has More to Give
September 2014 program: Friday, September 19th @ Noon

Learn how your cell phones, televisions, desktop and laptop computers, monitors, printers, copiers, scanners, FAX machines and typewriters can be recycled for materials recovery at the Library's popular Food for Thought program. Join Jan Tate with the Sebastian County Solid Waste District and hear how to take advantage of this free and easy one-stop recycling solution, and protect yourself from data and identity theft! Look ahead. Don't leave it behind.

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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LEGO Club!
September 2014 program: Monday, September 22nd @ 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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Friends of the Fort Smith Public Library Chocolate Festival @ Dallas
SPECIAL September 2014 program: Sunday, September 28th @ 2:30-4:30p.m.

Chocolate - Chocolate - Chocolate! The Friends of the Fort Smith Library will turn the Dallas Branch Library into a Willy Wonka Chocolate Factory of sorts as an abundance of chocolate drips throughout the building. Local clubs, businesses and individuals will offer their favorite chocolate samplings to the chocoholics of Fort Smith.

Tickets to the festival are $7.00 for six tastes of chocolate; price includes a to-go box. All proceeds from the Chocolate Festival will be used by the Friends of the Library for special materials and programs at the Library. Helping out never tasted so good!

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


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N'Quad Book Club @ Windsor
September 2014 program: Monday, September 29th @ 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.


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Storytime @ the Library


Day

Time

Storytime Programs

Location

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


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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:
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.


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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.


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Artwork @ Miller
September 2014 Exhibit: Miller Branch Artist of the Month -- Priscilla Myers

The Miller Branch Library will feature original paintings by Priscilla Myers during the month of September. Originally from Arizona, the artist uses acrylic and oil paints to create what speaks to her, including portraits, abstracts and landscapes. Recently, she has also begun experimenting with pet portraits. Priscilla likes to describe herself as a mother and grandmother who enjoys the creative process.

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


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