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Printable Calendars-at-a-Glance:  December 2017

Location

December Events

Date

Time

All Library Locations  Fort Smith Public Library Holiday Food Drive Friday, December 1st- Sunday, December 31stAll Open Hours
All Library Locations  The Perfect Gift: Library Books for Christmas! Friday, December 1st- Sunday, December 31stAll Open Hours
Dallas Branch  Holiday Reading Challenge Friday, December 1st- Saturday, December 30thAll Open Hours
Miller Branch  Storytime @ Miller Friday, December 1st10:00a.m.
Main Library  First Friday Friends: Holiday Memories Show and Tell Friday, December 1st10:30a.m.
Windsor Branch  Storytime @ Windsor Monday, December 4th10:00a.m.
Miller Branch  Storytime @ Miller Monday, December 4th10:30a.m.
Main Library  Friends of the Library Vintage and Rare Book Sale Monday, December 4th- Sunday, December 10th12:00p.m.-5:00p.m. (Other times by appointment)
Main Library  Now What? The NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) Finale! Monday, December 4th3:00p.m.-6:00p.m.
Dallas Branch   Gingerbread Man Cookie Craft Monday, December 4th3:30p.m.-4:30p.m.
Main Library   Toddler Time Tuesday, December 5th 10:00a.m.
Main Library   Arkansas Beer: An Intoxicating History- Book Signing with Brian Sorenesen Tuesday, December 5th5:00p.m.-7:00p.m.
Dallas Branch   Storytime @ Dallas Wednesday, December 6th10:30a.m.
Main Library   Storytime Thursday, December 7th10:00a.m.
Miller Branch   Storytime @ Miller Friday, December 8th10:00a.m.
Main Library   15th Annual Fort Smith Public Library Holiday Open House Sunday, December 10th1:00p.m.-5:00p.m.
Windsor Branch   Storytime @ Windsor Monday, December 11th10:00a.m.
Miller Branch   Laptime Storytime @ Miller Monday, December 11th10:30a.m.
Main Library   Living with Alzheimer's for Middle-stage Caregivers Monday, December 11th1:00p.m.
Main Library   Toddler Time Tuesday, December 12th10:00a.m.
Main Library   The Book Lover's Club (for adults) Tuesday, December 12th10:15a.m.
Main Library   Tim Ernst Visit and Slide Presentation Arkansas Beauty Tuesday, December 12th7:00p.m.
Dallas Branch   Storytime @ Dallas Wednesday, December 13th10:30a.m.
Dallas Branch   Hot Chocolate at the Library Wednesday, December 13th3:30p.m.-5:30p.m.
Main Library  Storytime Thursday, December 14th10:00a.m.
Main Library  Authors in the Afternoon featuring Wayne Hancock Thursday, December 14th4:00p.m.-6:00p.m.
Miller Branch  That Thursday Night Thing- A Capote Christmas Thursday, December 14th7:00p.m.
Miller Branch  Storytime @ Miller Friday, December 15th10:00a.m.
Miller Branch Milk and Cookies with Santa Saturday, December 16th1:00p.m. and 3:00p.m.
Main Library Teen Reading Lottery Monday, December 18th- Wednesday, January 31stAll Open Hours
Windsor Branch Storytime @ Windsor Monday, December 18th10:00a.m.
Miller Branch Laptime Storytime @ Miller Monday, December 18th10:30a.m.
Main Library  Toddler Time Tuesday, December 19th10:00a.m.
Dallas Branch  Christmas Storytime Wednesday, December 20th10:30a.m.
Main Library  Storytime @ Main Thursday, December 21st10:00a.m.
Windsor Branch  DIY Christmas Craft Buffet Thursday, December 21st4:00p.m.-6:00p.m.
Windsor Branch  Spanish Storytime Thursday, December 21st6:00p.m.
Miller Branch  Storytime @ Miller Friday, December 22nd 10:00a.m.
Miller Branch  Holiday Crafternoon Friday, December 22nd 10:00a.m.
Main Library  Teen Winter Workshop/a> Friday, December 22nd 1:30p.m.- 3:00p.m.
Dallas Branch   Teen Winter Workshop/a> Friday, December 22nd 1:30p.m.- 3:00p.m.

Location

Artwork @ FSPL

Month

Hours

Main Library  Art Display: Photo Enchantment by Sara Galbach November 2017ALL Open Hours
Dewey's Cafe'  The Unstill Life: Paintings by Lisa Jan-Bohne' Clay November 2017ALL Open Hours
Miller Branch Artist of the Month- Jessica Graham November 2017ALL 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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December 2017



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Holiday Reading Challenge
December 1st- December 30th All Open Hours

Challenge yourself this holiday season with the Holiday Reading Challenge at the Dallas Street branch of the Fort Smith Public Library. Kids, teens, and adults are all invited to participate in the challenge; read the set number of books for your age during December to win prizes.

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


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First Friday Friends: Holiday Memories Show and Tell
December 1st 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. This month we will share holiday memories and "Show & Tell". Bring an item from home that holds a special holiday memory or meaning for you to share with the group. It could be a photograph, gift you received from someone, a Christmas ornament, or anything else that is meaningful to you. We will be excited to hear about it!

Coffee and light refreshments will be available. This library program is intended for adults.

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


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Friends of the Library Vintage and Rare Book Sale
December 4th- December 10th 12:00p.m.-5:00p.m. (and other times by appointment)

Just in time for the holidays, book lovers will find a broad assortment of books in this special sale including rare, vintage, and valuable titles. A range of topics are represented, cinluding art, religion, history, and much more with publication dates ranging from the 1800s to present.

Shoppers who can't come during these hours can contact the Reference Desk at the Main Library to make an appointment to browse during other times. A list of the books included in the sale will be available at the sale and on the library's website at www.fortsmithlibrary.org beginning December 1st. Proceeds from the sale benefit the Friends of the Library.

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


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Now What? The NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) Finale!
December 4th 3:00p.m.-6:00p.m.

NaNoWriMo participants are invited to celebrate the completion of their novels. Writers will be given resources to help with revision and publication, and are encouraged to chat with other novelists about their NaNoWriMo journey! Light refreshments will be provided.

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


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Gingerbread Man Cookie Craft
December 4th 3:30p.m.-4:30p.m.

Get into the holiday spirit with a tasty craft for all ages. Participants will decorate real gingerbread men cookies that they can take home and eat at this free, open-house style event at the Dallas Branch Library.

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


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Arkansas Beer: An Intoxicating History- Book signing with Brian Sorensen
December 5th 5:00p.m.-7:00p.m.

Brian Sorensen, a freelance writer based in Fayetteville, will make a special appearance at the Main Library to promote, sign, and sell his latest book, Arkansas Beer: An Intoxicating History.

Arkansas's booze scene had a promising start with America's biggest brewing families, Busch and Lemp, investing in Little Rock just prior to Prohibition. However, by 1915, the state had passed the Newberry Act, banning the manufacturing and selling of alcohol. It was not until sixty-nine years later that the state welcomed its first post-temperance brewery, Arkansas Brewery Company.

After a few false starts, brewpubs in Fayetteville, Fort Smith, and Little Rock found success. By 2000 the industry had regained momentum. An explosion of breweries around the state has since propelled Arkansas into the modern beer age.

The author's work has appeared in the Fayetteville Flyer, All About Beer magazine, and Southwest Brewing News. The University of Arkansas graduate is a human resources director for a Fortune 100 company based in Northwest Arkansas. His gateway beer was Sierra Nevada Stout, and he learned to brew by way of the Methodist Church.

Sorensen enjoys traveling to beer destinations across the United States with his wife, Megan. Copies of Arkansas Beer 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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15th Annual Holiday Open House
December 10th 1:00p.m.-5:00p.m.

Celebrate the holiday season when the entire Fort Smith Public Library staff opens the doors of the Main Library for a festive afternoon of music, crafts, games, stories, holiday displays, light refreshments, and other entertainment for children and adults. There will be musical entertainment throughout the entire afternoon along with special activities to delight al ages. This Holiday Open House is free to all. Don't forget to bring a non-perishable food item for the Holiday Food Drive!

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


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Living with Alzheimer's For Middle-stage Caregivers
December 11th 1:00p.m.

Join Shyfa Hooks with the Arkansas Alzheimer's Association as she presents an overview of how family and caregivers can learn to work with the symptoms and care needs associated with the middle-stages of Alzheimer's.

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


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The Book Lover's Club (for adults)
December 12th 10:15a.m.

Read a good book lately? Come tell us about it at The Book Lover's Club (for adults). The only requirement for this club is that you must love to read. Read whatever you like, fiction or non-fiction, and come give us a short report (on up to three titles). The Book Lover's Club meets the second Tuesday of every month at the Main Library. Come meet more people like you! Bring a friend and a good book and join us at The Book Lover's Club.

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


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Tim Ernst Visit and Slide Presentation: Arkansas Beauty
December 12th 7:00p.m.

Take a break from your hectic life to enjoy scenic photography and inspirational words as Tim Ernst shares images from his latest picture book, Arkansas Beauty.

The program will include stunning images set to relaxing music to take you away from all the holiday rush. A short Q & A session will follow the show.

Tim Ernst has been hiking, driving, and crawling around the wonderful Ozark Mountains for most of his life, preserving the images he sees on film for everyone to enjoy. His photographs have appeared in hundreds of national, regional, and local publications. Much of his time these days is spent teaching digital photography workshops from his wilderness cabin in the Buffalo River Wilderness.

You can enjoy the program and get some Christmas shopping done as well; a large selection of picture books, guidebooks, 2018 Arkansas scenic calendars, and a selection of special black mat prints will be available for sale and signing before and after the program.

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


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Hot Chocolate at the Library
December 13th3:30p.m.-5:30p.m.

Celebrate National Cocoa Day at the Dallas Branch library. Stop by the library anytime from 3:30p.m.-5:30p.m. and enjoy a free cup of hot chocolate.

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


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Authors in the Afternoon featuring Wayne Hancock
December 14th 4:00p.m.-6:00p.m.

Fort Smith author Wayne Hancock will make a special appearance at the Fort Smith Public Library to promote and sign copies of his recently released book; The History of Retailing. Retailing has changed dramatically since the first F.W. Woolworth store opened in New York in 1879. Read about how Walmart evolved from a small Ben Franklin store to the largest retailer in the world, as well as the history of hundreds of other retail companies in this comprehensive history.

A native of Missouri, Wayne Hancock now lives in Arkansas where the 90-year-old author writes and publishes books. He is a WWII veteran, and a 30-year veteran of the retail business. He is also founder and president of two book publishing companies, Hancock Press and Papertown Publishing, which are now actively managed by his daughter, K.C. Shay.

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


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That Thursday Night Thing- A Capote Christmas
December 14th 7:00p.m.

The Miller Branch Library invites you to an enchanting evening with their annual holiday program; That Thursday Night Thing featuring two of Truman Capote's Christmas stories.

Retired Miller Branch Library Manager Anita Paddock will get the evening started with her reading of A Christmas Memory. After a brief intermission featuring refreshments, longtime performer with the Fort Smith Little Theater Brad Kidder will follow up with One Christmas.

Anita is not only a mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, she is also the author of the true crime books Blind Rage amd Closing Time. Brad, who has been married for 61 years, is a father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. His also an army veteran, served on the first Fort Smith Board of Directoes, and was delegate to the 1969-1970 Arkansas Constitutional Convention.

Please join us for this special evening to get you in the mood for the holiday season.

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  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 @ Main
    November 2017 Photo Enchantment by Sara Galbach

    Original artwork by artist Sara Galbach will be on exhibit in the Community Room at the Main Library during the months of November and December.

    Sara, a Fort Smith native, gained commercial art experience with pencils and colored pencils during high school, then moved on to acrylic and mixed media during her college years before taking a break from art during some harder times in her life.

    Today her oil paints and photography are colliding together in what she calls photo-enchantment. She photographs her oil paintings and creates an entirely new piece of art from the image on a computer photo-shop program.

    Sara's display at the library will be themed by landscapes and their enchantments, crazy cats, bright psychedelic flowers, and Fiji.

    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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    Artwork @ Dewey's Cafe'
    November 2017 The Unstill Life: Paintings by Lisa Jan-Bohne' Clay

    The Unstill Life, a new series of paintings by Lisa Jan-Bohne' Clay will be on exhibit at Dewey's Cafe' at the Fort Smith Public Library during the months of November and December.

    Lisa brings still lives to life with her vibrant brush strokes, bold use of color, and bold perspective, creating a dramatic effect that is most engaging. Some additional modern impressionist landscapes will also be included at the exhibit.

    Artwork is available for viewing all hours that the library is open.

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


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    Artwork @ Miller
    November 2017 Miller Branch Artist of the Month: Jessica Graham

    The photographs of Jessica Graham will be featured at the Miller Branch Library during the month of November.

    The photographer gained a lot of experience in photojournalism while working as a reporter for an Oklahoma newspaper for five years. This library exhibit will feature predominantly landscapes and nature.

    Artwork is available for viewing all hours that the library is open.

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


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