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Printable Calendars-at-a-Glance:  February 2016

Location

February Events

Date

Time

ALL LOCATIONS Blind Date with a Book Month of FebruaryAll Open Hours
Windsor Branch Know Thyself: Black History Month Trivia February 1st-29thAll Open Hours
Windsor Branch Storytime @ Windsor Monday, February 1st10:00a.m.
Main Library Primetime Storytime: Groundhog Day! Monday, February 1st6:00p.m.
Main Library Toddler Time Tuesday, February 2nd10:00a.m.
Dallas Branch Storytime @ Dallas Wednesday, February 3rd10:30a.m.
Main Library Storytime @ Main Thursday, February 4th10:00a.m.
Miller Branch Storytime @ Miller Friday, February 5th10:00a.m.
Windsor Branch Storytime @ Windsor Monday, February 8th10:00a.m.
Miller Branch Laptime Storytime @ Miller Monday, February 8th10:30a.m.
Main Library Cuentos para Nińos en Espańol: Storytime in Spanish Monday, February 8th6:00p.m.
Main Library Toddler Time Tuesday, February 9th10:00a.m.
Dallas Branch Storytime @ Dallas Wednesday, February 10th10:30a.m.
Main Library Storytime @ Main Thursday, February 11th10:00a.m.
Main Library Leslie Creekmore Memorial Blood Drive Thursday, February 11thNoon--4:00p.m.
Main Library Chinese New Year Make & Take Crafts Thursday, February 11th3:00-6:00p.m.
Miller Branch Storytime @ Miller Friday, February 12th10:00a.m.
Miller Branch Valentine Make & Take Crafts @ Miller Friday, February 12th1:00-6:00p.m.
ALL Fort Smith Public Library is CLOSED
for Presidents Day!
Monday,
February 15th
ALL DAY
Main Library Toddler Time Tuesday, February 16th10:00a.m.
Dallas Branch Storytime @ Dallas Wednesday, February 17th10:30a.m.
Main Library Storytime @ Main Thursday, February 18th10:00a.m.
Windsor Branch Spanish Storytime @ Windsor Thursday, February 18th6:00p.m.
Miller Branch That Thursday Night Thing @ Miller with Marla Cantrell Thursday, February 18th6:30p.m.
Dewey's Café
@ Main
 Open Mic Night @ Dewey's Thursday, February 18th7:00p.m.
Miller Branch Storytime @ Miller Friday, February 19th10:00a.m.
Main Library Food for Thought: Master Your Credit Friday, February 19thNoon
Dewey's Café
@ Main
 Coloring Break for Adults @ Dewey's Saturday, February 20th
Sunday, February 21st
Monday, February 22nd
2:00-4:00p.m.
2:00-4:00p.m.
6:00-8:00p.m.
Windsor Branch Storytime @ Windsor Monday, February 22nd10:00a.m.
Miller Branch Laptime Storytime @ Miller Monday, February 22nd10:30a.m.
Main Library LEGO Club Monday, February 22nd5:00-6:00p.m.
Main Library Toddler Time Tuesday, February 23rd10:00a.m.
Dallas Branch Storytime @ Dallas Wednesday, January 24th10:30a.m.
Main Library Storytime @ Main Thursday, January 25th10:00a.m.
Miller Branch Storytime @ Miller Friday, January 26th10:00a.m.
Main Library Black Heritage Celebration featuring Tommy Terrific's Wacky Magic Show Saturday, February 27th2:00p.m.
Windsor Branch Storytime @ Windsor Monday, February 29th10:00a.m.

Location

March Events

Date

Time

Main Library Bingo for Books: Dr. Seuss Edition Monday, March 2nd6:00-7:00p.m.

Location

Artwork @ FSPL

Month

Hours

Main Library Art Exhibition: Grace Academy Students February 1st-29thALL Open Hours
Dewey's Café
@ Main
 Paintings by Lisa Jan-Bohné Clay January 1st-February 29thALL Open Hours
Miller Branch Artist of the Month: Priscilla Myers Month of FebruaryALL Open Hours

Location On-Going Events @ FSPL Dates Hours
Main Library Friends of the Library
(Twice!) Annual Book Sales
2016 Dates:
  Fiction: May 7th
  NonFiction: August 27th
ALL Open Hours
Main Library FSPL Storytimes regular weekly dates
(See Below)
regular weekly times
(See Below)


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February 2016



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Blind Date with a Book
SPECIAL February 2016 program: February 1st-29th: All Open Hours

Teens (ages 13-17), are invited to stop by any Fort Smith Public Library location between February 1st and 29th to pick up your Blind Date with a Book. As your date will be dressed in paper wrapping, you won't know the genre, author or title of the book until you take it home and unwrap it. How did the date go? Was there a "Love Connection"? Would you two go out again? We want to hear all about it. Write a book review to tell us if you liked it and be entered into a prize drawing.

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


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Know Thyself: Black History Month Trivia @ Windsor
SPECIAL February 2016 program: February 1st-29th: All Open Hours

Adults and teens are invited to drop by the Windsor Branch of the Fort Smith Public Library during Black History Month and test their Black Heritage knowledge. Pick up a Know Thyself: Black History Month Trivia sheet. Complete it and turn in at the front desk for a chance to win a $10.00 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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Leslie Creekmore Memorial Blood Drive
SPECIAL February 2016 program: Thursday, February 11th @ Noon- 4:00p.m.

The Arkansas Blood Institute (ABI) in partnership with The Fort Smith Public Library will hold the Leslie Creekmore Memorial Blood Drive to help save lives of those in area hospitals. The event will be held in the parking lot at the Main Library.

All healthy adults, 16 and older,* are encouraged to donate blood to help out the community. Giving blood only takes about an hour, and one single donation can save as many as three lives. To reserve your donation time, visit the Arkansas Blood Institute website at www.arkbi.org or call 479-652-2362.
* 16 year olds must weigh at least 125 and provide signed parental permission, 17 year olds must weigh at least 125 pounds, 18+ year olds must weigh at least 110 pounds.

For more information, please call the Main Library at (479)783-0229 or Casey McKinley @ 479-652-2362.


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Chinese New Year Make & Take Crafts
February 2016 program: Thursday, February 11th @ 3:00-6:00p.m.

Happy Chinese New Year! Children and their families are invited to celebrate the Year of the Monkey by dropping by the Youth Services department anytime between 3:00-6:00p.m. to make (and take!) a craft or two or three! Everyone who attends will have a chance to win a door prize.

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


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That Thursday Night Thing with Marla Cantrell @ Miller
SPECIAL February 2016 program: Thursday, February 18th @ 6:30p.m.

Join us at the Miller Branch for a night of southern hospitality and stories. The evening will feature Marla Cantrell, who will share some of her southern short stories. Marla has been the managing editor and lead writer for Do South Magazine for the past five years. She was awarded the Arkansas Art Fellowship in Short Fiction in 2014.

Light refreshments will be available at 6:30p.m. and Marla will begin her readings shortly after at 7:00p.m. For more information, please call the Miller Branch at (479)646-3945.


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Open Mic Night @ Dewey's Café
February 2016 program: Thursday, February 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 Dewey's Café @ the Main Library at (479)783-0229, ext. 1126.


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Food For Thought: Master Your Credits
February 2016 program: Friday, February 19th @ Noon

Bill Gentry with non-profit Credit Counseling of Arkansas (CCOA), Inc. will help you master your personal finances through free budget, credit and housing counseling, credit report reviews, and a Debt Management Program that can reduce interest rates, stop late fees, and end collection calls.

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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Coloring Break for Adults @ Dewey's Café
February 2016 program:
 
  • Saturday, February 20th @ 2:00-4:00p.m.  
  • Sunday, February 21st @ 2:00-4:00p.m.  
  • Monday, February 22nd @ 6:00-8:00p.m.
  • Come take a Coloring Break with Dewey's Cafe. Coloring helps promote relaxation and stress relief, and it's not just for kids. 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 and colored pencils will be provided by the Café.

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


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    LEGO Club!
    February 2016 program: Monday, February 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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    Black Heritage Celebration featuring Tommy Terrific's Wacky Magic Show
    SPECIAL February 2016 program: Saturday, February 22nd @ 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 Black Cowboys of the Old West. The show will be filled with cowboy-themed magic tricks, and it will explore the life of African American Cowboys.

    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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    March 2016



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    BINGO for Books: Dr. Seuss Edition!
    SPECIAL March 2016 program: Wednesday, March 2nd @ 4:00p.m

    It's Dr. Seuss' birthday! Help us celebrate with Bingo for Books: the Dr. Seuss edition!! Bring your family and join the fun in this after school event (please note the 4:00p.m. start time!) Play BINGO and earn books as your prize. Winners will be able to select a book from a selection of children and teen titles.

    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  Preschool Storytime
      with Louise Turner
    Mondays10:00a.m.
    Miller  Laptime Storytime (Ages 0-24 months)
      with Tiffany Nelson
    2nd & 4th Mondays10:30a.m.
    Main  Primetime Storytime1st Monday6:00p.m.
    Main  Spanish Storytime2nd 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.
    Miller  Storytime with Tiffany NelsonFridays10:00a.m.


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    Primetime Storytime: Groundhog Day
    February 2016 program: Monday, February 1st @ 6:00p.m.

    Is spring just around the corner? Join us for our February Primetime Stortyime program featuring stories, crafts, refreshments, and other Groundhog Day 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
    February 2016 program: Second/Fourth Mondays: February 8th and 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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    Cuentos para Nińos en Espańol: A Storytime in Spanish
    February 2016 program: Monday, February 8th @ 6:00p.m.

    Nińos 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 espańol. 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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    Valentine's Day Storytime @ Dallas
    February 2016 program: Wednesday, February 10th @ 10:30a.m.

    The Dallas Branch Library invites preschoolers to a special Valentine's Day Storytime just for them! Join us at this special themed storytime where kids will enjoy seasonal stories, crafts, and snacks. No registration is necessary for this FREE program full of fun. Preschool Stoytime is held every Wednesday at the Dallas Branch Library.

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


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    Spanish Storytime @ Windsor
    February 2016 program: Thursday, February 18th @ 6:00p.m.

    The Windsor Branch Library invites you and your family to Spanish-language Storytime. Join Mrs. Norma and enjoy the magic of stories through reading, singing and other fun activities in Spanish.

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


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    Friends of the Library Events


    Fort Smith Public Library's (Twice) Annual Friends of the Library Booksale
    Annual program: 2015 Dates:
  • Fiction: May 2nd -- All OPEN Hours
  • Mostly Non-Fiction: Saturday, August 29th and Sunday, August 30th -- All OPEN Hours
  • 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? 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 31st 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 2016 Exhibit: Art Exhibition: 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 printmaking 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 2nd, 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, 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, call the Main Library at (479)783-0229.


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    Artwork @ Dewey's Café
    January/February 2016 Exhibit: Paintings by Lisa Jan-Bohné Clay

    The artwork of Lisa Jan-Bohné Clay will be featured 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 2016 Exhibit: Miller Branch Artist of the Month -- Priscilla Myers

    The Miller Branch Library will feature original paintings by Priscilla Myers during the month of February. 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 wife, mother, and grandmother who enjoys the creative process.

    Be sure to check out the work of Priscilla Myers at the Miller Branch Library during the month of February. For more information, please call the Miller Branch Library at (479)646-3945.


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