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Printable Calendars-at-a-Glance: April 2017

Location

April Events

Date

Time

ALL Locations Post-it Note Poetry April 1st-30thALL Open Hours
ALL Locations Fort Smith Public Library Pet Food & Supply Drive for the Sebastian County Humane Society April 1st-30thALL Open Hours
Main Library How Many Books? National Library Week Guessing Jar April 1st-13thALL Open Hours
Windsor Branch Storytime @ Windsor Monday, April 3rd10:00a.m.
Miller Branch Laptime Storytime @ Miller Monday, April 3rd10:30a.m.
Miller Branch Writing with Anita Paddock Monday, April 3rdNoon-2:00p.m.
Main Library Toddler Time Tuesday, April 4th10:00a.m.
Main Library Primetime Storytime: Hooray for Spring! Tuesday, April 4th6:00p.m.
Dallas Branch Storytime @ Dallas Wednesday, April 5th10:30a.m.
Main Library Storytime @ Main Thursday, April 6th10:00a.m.
Main Library Magic the Gathering Thursday, April 6th4:00p.m.-7:00p.m.
Miller Branch Storytime @ Miller Friday, April 7th10:00a.m.
Main Library First Friday Friends: Poetry Celebration! Friday, April 7th10:30a.m.
Windsor Branch Storytime @ Windsor Monday, April 10th10:00a.m.
Miller Branch Laptime Storytime @ Miller Monday, April 10th10:30a.m.
Miller Branch Writing with Anita Paddock Monday, April 10thNoon-2:00p.m.
Main Library Cuentos para Niños en Español: Storytime in Spanish Monday, April 10th6:00p.m.
Main Library Toddler Time Tuesday, April 11th10:00a.m.
Main Library Teen Swap Your Stuff Tuesday, April 11th3:30p.m.-5:00p.m.
Dallas Branch We Love Libraries! Storytime Wednesday, April 12th10:30a.m.
Main Library Storytime @ Main Thursday, April 13th10:00a.m.
Main Library Spring Make & Take Crafts Thursday, April 13th11:00a.m.-6:00p.m.
Windsor Branch Storytime @ Windsor Monday, April 17th10:00a.m.
Miller Branch Laptime Storytime @ Miller Monday, April 17th10:30a.m.
Miller Branch Writing with Anita Paddock Monday, April 17thNoon-2:00p.m.
Main Library LEGO Club Monday, April 17th5:00p.m.-6:00p.m.
Main Branch Storytime @ Main Tuesday, April 18th10:00a.m.
Dallas Branch Fun with Recycling! Storytime @ Dallas Wednesday, April 19th10:30a.m.
Main Library Fort Smith Public Library Writing Club Wednesday, April 19th4:00p.m.-5:00p.m.
Main Library Doc Night: The Eagle Huntress(G) Wednesday, April 19th5:00p.m.-7:00p.m.
Main Library Storytime @ Main Thursday, April 20th10:00a.m.
Windsor Branch Spanish Storytime @ Windsor Thursday, April 20th6:00p.m.
Main Library Open Mic Night @ Dewey's Café Thursday, April 20th7:00p.m.
Miller Branch Storytime @ Miller Friday, April 21st10:00a.m.
Main Library Community of School of the Arts Suessical the Musical Preview Show Friday, April 21st4:30p.m.
Windsor Library Storytime @ Windsor Monday, April 24th10:00a.m.
Miller Branch Laptime Storytime @ Miller Monday, April 24th10:30a.m.
Miller Branch Writing with Anita Paddock Monday, April 24thNoon-2:00p.m.
Main Library Toddler Time Tuesday, April 25th10:00a.m.
Main Library Authors in the Afternoon with Juneus Kendall Tuesday, April 25th4:00-6:00p.m.
Dallas Branch Storytime @ Dallas Wednesday, April 26th10:30a.m.
Main Library Toddler Time Thursday, April 27th10:00a.m.
Miller Branch Storytime @ Miller Friday, April 28th10:00a.m.
Main Library El Dia de los Niños/El Dia de los Libros - Children's Day/Book Day Sunday, April 30th2:00p.m.-3:30p.m.

Location

Artwork @ FSPL

Month

Hours

Main Library Photography by Mark Frantz Months of March/AprilALL Open Hours
Dewey's Café
@ Main
 Photography by Michael Leonard Month of AprilALL Open Hours
Dallas Branch Whimsical and Abstract by Penny Joyner Month of AprilALL Open Hours
Miller Branch Artist of the Month: Priscilla Myers Month of AprilALL 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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April 2017



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Post-it Note Poetry
SPECIAL April 2017 program: April 1st-30th; ALL Open Hours

Let your inner-poet shine during National Poetry Month at the Fort Smith Public Library!

Poetry is for all ages; drop by any Fort Smith Public Library during the month of April with your family and friends and share your poetry on a post-it note. Post-it note poetry will be displayed at FSPL libraries all month long; be sure to visit your neighborhood library and take a look at what others have written. Check out a few poetry books on your visit as well!

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


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Fort Smith Public Library Pet Food & Supply Drive for the Sebastian County Humane Society
April 2017 program: ALL Open Hours

All locations of the Fort Smith Public Library will hold a pet food and supply drive for the Sebastian County Humane Society during the month of April.

The shelter relies heavily on donations to better the care and treatment of all animals within their shelter. Items on their wish list include; dry or canned dog and cat food, dog and cat treats, clay cat litter, stainless steel dog food bowls, dog and cat toys, dog and cat beds, grooming supplies, blankets, towels, bleach, floor cleaners, laundry detergent, and paper towels. Bring your donations to any Fort Smith Public Library location during the month of April and help out a pet in need!

The Sebastian County Humane Society is the largest Humane Society in the State of Arkansas and receives no state or federal funding. It is a local organization dedicated to the humane treatment of animals in Sebastian County and the surrounding areas. The Humane Society is funded by contributions from area individuals and businesses, special fundraising events and the annual dues paid by its members.

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


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How Many Books? National Library Week Guessing Jar
April 2017 program: April 1st-April 13th; ALL Open Hours

Have you ever thought about how many books are in the Fort Smith Public Library?

In celebration of National Library Week, you are invited to guess how many books are in the entire Fort Smith Public Library collection. The person with the guess closest to the actual number will win a prize!

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


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Writing with Anita Paddock @ Miller
SPECIAL April 2017 program: Mondays, April 3rd-May 8th,2017

Serious writers who have not yet attained their dream of publishing their work won't want to miss this class taught by author and writing teacher Anita Paddock.

Paddock, author of Blind Rage and the forthcoming Closing Time, both true crime novels, will focus on the fundamentals of theme, setting, point of view, character description and development, plot, climax, and resolution as she helps participants channel their creativity toward a finished product.

Space is limited and there is a $50 fee for the six-week class. Pre-registration is required and the fee must be paid before the first class. This class meets over the lunch hour; participants are welcome to bring a sack lunch if they wish. Attendees are also asked to bring a copy of their favorite novel on the first day of class.

For more information or to reserve a spot in the class, call the Miller Branch Library at (479)646-3945.


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Magic: The Gathering
April 2017 program: Thursday, April 6th, 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: Poetry Celebration!
April 2017 program: Friday, April 17th, 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 celebrate National Poetry month with writer and poet Richard Cress. Richard is the author of Ozark Urchins, and is a talented and entertaining poet as well. After listening to some of Richard's delightful prose, attendees will have the opportunity to read one of their own poems, or share a verse from a favorite poet. 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, please call the Main Library at (479)783-0229.


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Teen Swap Your Stuff
April 2017 program: Tuesday, April 11th, 3:30p.m.-5:30p.m.

Teens, have some spring cleaning and decluttering to do? Out with the old and in with the new! This is your chance to trade stuff you no longer want or need (books, DVDs, CDs or games) for a one to one exchange for something that someone else brings. Items for trade will be in the Youth Services Department of the Fort Smith Main Library. Please make sure to bring something that someone else will want!

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


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Spring Make & Take Crafts@ Main
April 2017 program: Thursday, April 13th,11:00a.m.-6:00p.m.

Spring is in the air! Crafts are in the library! Kids, bring your friends and family to the library for an afternoon of crafting. A variety of spring-themed crafts will be available for making and taking at this open-house-style family event at the Main Library.

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


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LEGO Club
April 2017 program: Wednesday, April 17th, 5:00p.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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Fort Smith Public Library Writing Club
April 2017 program: Wednesday, April 19th, 4:00p.m.-5:00p.m.

Writers of all ages (from teens to seniors) and backgrounds are invited to attend the monthly meeting of the Fort Smith Public Library Writing Club. Discuss writing goals and ambitions, experience other member's works, and enjoy being among others that share the same passion for writing as you. Bring a laptop or a pad of paper along with your creativity and love for writing.

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


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Doc Night: The Eagle Huntress (G)
April 2017 program: Wednesday, April 19th, 5:00p.m.-7:00p.m.

Join the Fort Smith Public library for its monthly presentation of entertaining and informative documentaries; this special evening showing features The Eagle Huntress. For generations, the tradition of eagle hunting has been passed from father to son, but a Mongolian girl aims to break tradition by being the first female in twelve generations of her family to take part in the honored sport. All ages are welcome; this film is rated G.

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


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Open Mic Night @ Dewey's Café
April 2017 Program April 20th, 7:00p.m.

April is National Poetry month! 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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Community School of the Arts Suessical the Musical Preview Show
April 2017 Program Friday, April 21st, 4:30p.m.

The Community School of the Arts Children's Theatre will present a special preview of their upcoming show, Seussical the Musical.

A musical perfect for the entire family, Seussical takes us into the world of Dr. Seuss, where we revisit beloved characters including The Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant, Gertrude McFuzz, Lazy Mayzie, and JoJo. Be the first to see the talented Community School of the Arts actors perform Seussical the Musical during this special preview show; arrive early to ensure a good seat!

The Community School of the Arts offers after-school, evening and weekend activities in music, theater, dance and art for community youth. Performances, productions, and exhibits are family friendly and family focused.

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


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Authors in the Afternoon with Juneus Kendall
April 2017 program: Thursday, April 25th, 4:00p.m.-6:00p.m.

Paris (Arkansas) author Juneus F. Kendall, M.D., will appear at the Fort Smith Public Library to promote and sign copies of his books, including Up on the Ridge (volumes 1 & 2), The Ferryman, Wattsville, and Hawks Nest.

Known as "Ted" to his friends, the author grew up in rural West Virginia. Following the Second WW and in the early part of the Korean Conflict, he served in the Army in the ski troops. After the service he received his M.D. Degree from The Medical College of Virginia. He has been a family doctor for more than 50 years, retiring from practice in early 2010. As an avid runner, Ted has completed over 50 Marathons, 10 Fifty-Milers, and numerous other races. He completed the prestigious Western States 100 mile race in less than 24 hours, 3 days before his 56th birthday. He still runs 2 to 4 miles three or four mornings a week.

Kendall has completed three novels and a two volume book of short stories: The Ferryman, a novel about freedom whose protagonist is a German Mennonite born in Siberia during the last days of Czar Nicholas II; Wattsville, the story of a family physician in a small coal mining village in West Virginia, and Hawks Nest, a novel about an industrial disaster set in the Great Depression in West Virginia. His short stories recall growing up during the Great Depression and venturing out of a mostly rural setting in West Virginia during the 1940's and 50's. Copies of his books 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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El Dia de los Niños/El Dia de los Libros - Children's Day/Book Day
April 2017 program: Sunday, April 30th, 2:00p.m.-3:30p.m.

Children and their families from the community are invited to join our día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children's Day/Book Day) celebration!

Activities will include bilingual stories, crafts, snacks, and door prizes. Día is a nationally recognized initiative that emphasizes the importance of literacy for all children from all backgrounds; this year is the 20th anniversary of Día! It is a daily commitment to linking children and their families to diverse books, languages and cultures. Sharing good books with children should take place every day; Dia is a special time to celebrate books, children and the adults that that read to the children in their lives. Join us on April 30th when libraries, community partners, and families have extra special celebrations to mark the Día year.

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


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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 Monday6:00p.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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Primetime Storytime: Hooray for Spring!
April 2017 program: Tuesday, April 4th, 6:00p.m.

Join us for our April primetime storytime program featuring stories, crafts, refreshments, and other springtime FUN! 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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Cuentos para Niños en Español: A Storytime in Spanish
April 2017 program: Monday, April 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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We Love Libraries! Storytime @ Dallas
April 2017 program: Wednesday, April 12th @ 10:30a.m.

Help us celebrate National Library Week at this storytime about libraries and why we love them at this program featuring 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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Fun With Recycling! Storytime @ Dallas
April 2017 program: Wednesday, April 19th @ 10:30a.m.

Celebrate Earth Day with this special storytime for preschool age children featuring seasonal stories, a craft made of recycled materials, 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
April 2017 program: Thursday, April 20th @ 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: 2016 Dates:
  • Fiction: Saturday, May 7th and Sunday, May 8th -- All OPEN Hours
  • Mostly Non-Fiction: Saturday, August 27th and Sunday, August 28th -- 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 29th 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:
    March/April 2017 Exhibit: Photography by Mark Frantz

    The original photography of Mark Frantz will be on display in the Community Room of the Main Library during the months of March and April. Interested in photography from a very young age, Mark's work has evolved from a hobby to a serious passion. The photographer's day job takes him on travels throughout the region weekly, and his camera always comes along for the ride. Mark loves working in black and white, and is also drawn to anything with a lot of color. There is not a subject that he does not like, especially if it is old and rusty! 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 about the exhibit, please call the Main Library at (479)783-0229.


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    Artwork @ Dewey's Café
    March/April 2017 Exhibit: Photography by Michael Leonard

    An exhibit of the photographic works of Michael Leonard will be on display in Dewey's Café in the Main Library during the months of March and April. Landscapes and wildlife are featured in many of his works. Photography has deepened his fascination with the beauty and diversity of the great outdoors. Leonard says that exploring new places has been an exciting part of his life since childhood. When people ask me where his favorite place is, his answer is always, "Any place I haven't been to yet." Traveling to new photo locations appeals to the spirit of adventure and discovery in him, and he hopes to share that feeling with people who see his work.

    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
    April 2017 Exhibit: Miller Branch Artist of the Month: Priscilla Myers

    The Miller Branch Library will feature original paintings by Priscilla Myers during the month of April. 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 describes herself as a wife, mother, and grandmother who enjoys the creative process; be sure to check out her work at the Library during the month of April.

    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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    Artwork @ Dallas
    April 2017 Exhibit: Whimsical and Abstract by Penny Joyner

    Artist Penny Joyner, who signs her work "PEN JOY," will display paintings in both oil and acrylics at the Dallas Branch of the Fort Smith Public Library during the month of April. This showing will feature the more farcical and abstract side of her art. "Not all art needs to be serious. It's nice to have fun along the way," states the artist. Penny Joyner's work has been featured at the Windsor Branch Library several times; this will be her first exhibit at the Dallas 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 Dallas Branch Library at (479)484-5650.


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