Search Online Catalog Site Index Upcoming Events Youth Sevices Return to the Main Page Upcoming Events at the Fort Smith Public Library

Fort Smith Public Library Activities


Upcoming Events

Printable Calendars-at-a-Glance: August 2017

Location

August Events

Date

Time

All Fort Smith Public Library Locations Bottled Water Drive for the Next Step Day Room August 1st-August 31stAll Open Hours
Main Library Toddler Time Tuesday, August 1st10:00a.m.
Dallas Branch Storytime and Summer Crafts Wednesday, August 2nd10:30a.m.
Main Library Chess Knight @ Dewey's Cafe' Wednesday, August 2nd6:30p.m.-8:30p.m.
Main Library Storytime Thursday, August 3rd10:00a.m.
Windsor Branch School Age Storytime Thursday, August 3rd10:00a.m.
Main Library BINGO for Books: Back to School Edition Thursday, August 3rd4:00p.m.-5:00p.m.
Miller Branch Storytime @ Miller Friday, August 4th10:00a.m.
Main Library First Friday Friends: Age of Champions Film Screening (for adults) Friday, August 4th10:30a.m.
Main Library Summer Games Days @ Dewey's Cafe' Saturday, August 5th10:00a.m.-4:00p.m.
Windsor Branch Storytime @ Windsor Monday, August 7th10:00a.m.
Miller Branch Laptime Storytime @ Miller Monday, August 7th10:00a.m.
Main Library Toddler Time Tuesday, August 8th10:00a.m.
Main Library The Book Lover's Club (for adults) Tuesday, August 8th10:15a.m.
Dallas Branch Storytime and Summer Crafts Wednesday, August 9th10:30a.m.
Main Library Chess Knight @ Dewey's Cafe' Wednesday, August 9th6:30a.m.-8:30a.m.
Main Library Storytime Thursday, August 10th10:00a.m.
Windsor Branch School Age Storytime Thursday, August 10th10:00a.m.
Main Library Back to School Nail Makeover for Kids and Teens Thursday, August 10th2:00p.m.-5:00p.m.
Main Library Magic: The Gathering Thursday, August 10th4:00p.m.-7:00p.m.
Windsor Branch Family Fun Movie Night: Sing (PG) Thursday, August 10th6:00p.m.-7:00p.m.
Miller Branch Touch-a-Truck Storytime Friday, August 11th10:00a.m.
Main Library Summer Games Days @ Dewey's Cafe' Saturday, August 12th10:00a.m.-4:00p.m.
Windsor Branch Storytime Monday, August 14th10:00a.m.
Miller Branch Laptime Storytime Monday, August 14th10:30a.m.
Main Library Healthy Living for Your Brain & Body Monday, August 14th1:00p.m.-2:00p.m.
Main Library Cuentos para Niños en Español: A Storytime in Spanish Monday, August 14th6:00p.m.
Main Library Toddler Time Tuesday, August 15th10:00a.m.
Dallas Branch Storytime and Summer Crafts Wednesday, August 16th10:30a.m.
Main Library Fort Smith Public Library Writing Club Wednesday, August 16th4:00p.m.-5:00p.m.
Main Library Doc Night: The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters (PG-13) Wednesday, August 16th5:00p.m.-7:00p.m.
Main Library Chess Knight @ Dewey's Cafe' Wednesday, August 16th6:30p.m.-8:30p.m.
Main Library Storytime Thursday, August 17th10:00a.m.
Main Library Open Mic Night @ Dewey's Cafe' Thursday, August 17th7:00p.m.
Miller Branch Storytime Friday, August 18th10:00a.m.
Main Library Summer Games Days @ Dewey's Cafe' Saturday, August 19th10:00a.m.-4:00p.m.
Windsor Branch Storytime @ Windsor Monday, August 21st10:00a.m.
Miller Branch Laptime Storytime @ Miller Monday, August 21st10:30a.m.
All Fort Smith Public Library Locations Eclipse Watch Party Monday, August 21stNoon- 2:00p.m.
Main Library LEGO Club Monday, August 21st5:00p.m.- 6:00p.m.
Main Library Toddler Time Tuesday, August 22nd10:00a.m.
Dallas Branch Storytime @ Dallas Wednesday, August 23rd10:30a.m.
Main Library Chess Knight @ Dewey's Cafe' Wednesday, August 23rd6:30p.m.-8:30p.m.
Main Library  Storytime Thursday, August 24th10:00a.m.
Main Library  Magic: The Gathering Thursday, August 24th4:00p.m.-7:00p.m.
Miller Branch   Short Story and Poetry Reading Thursday, August 24th7:00p.m.
Miller Branch   Storytime @ Miller Friday, August 25th10:00a.m.
Main Library  Summer Games Days @ Dewey's Cafe' Saturday, August 26th10:00a.m.-4:00p.m.
Main Library  Friends of the Library Annual Used Book Sale: Mostly Non-Fiction! Saturday, August 26th & Sunday, August 27thAll Open Hours
Windsor Branch  Storytime @ Windsor Monday, August 28th10:00a.m.
Miller Branch  Laptime Storytime @ Miller Monday, August 28th10:30a.m.
Main Library  Toddler Time Tuesday, August 29th10:00a.m.
Dallas Branch  Storytime @ Dallas Wednesday, August 30th10:30a.m.
Main Library  Chess Knight @ Dewey's Cafe' Wednesday, August 30th6:30p.m.-8:30p.m.
Main Library  Storytime Thursday, August 31st10:00a.m.

Location

Artwork @ FSPL

Month

Hours

Main Library Paintings by Carolyn Nally August 1st-August 20th, 2017ALL Open Hours
Dewey's Café
@ Main
 Photo Exhibition: Scott Smith August 2017ALL Open Hours
Miller Branch Artist of the Month- Cindy Sugg August 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)

Return to top of page

August 2017



Return to top of page

Bottled Water Drive for the Next Step Day Room
August 1st-31st All Open Hours

A bottled water drive for the Day Room at Next Step Homeless Services will be held during the month of August at all Fort Smith Public Library locations.

Bottled water is essential for homeless clients, especially those unsheltered. As we face much warmer weather, staying hydrated remains a daily challenge for the homeless. Cases of individual-sized bottles (16 ounces) are desired; feel free to drop off your donations at your neighbhorhood library.

The Next Step Homeless Services opened in Fort Smith in 2002. They see 120-150 clients each day, either presently experiencing homelessness or on the cusp of homelessness. Next step case mangers with backgrounds in social service work help homeless clients seek solutions to homelessness through individual case management with direction toward self-sufficiency.

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


Return to top of page

Chess Knight @ Dewey's Cafe'
Wednesday, August 2nd 6:30p.m.-8:30p.m.

Dewey's Cafe' welcomes chess players of all ages and skill levels for a get together on Wednesday evenings in August. Cafe' customers can play and discuss the game of chess in a laid back, casual atmosphere. Everyone is invited, from beginners to Chess Grand Masters. Bring your own chess set if you wish; the cafe' will have a couple on hand for those who don't.

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


Return to top of page

BINGO for Books: Back to School Edition
Thursday, August 3rd 4:00p.m.-5:00p.m.

Bingo for Books is fun for everyone! Bring your family and friends, 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 Main Library at (479)783-0229


Return to top of page

First Friday Friends: Age of Champions Film Screening (for adults)
Friday, August 4th 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 be viewing Age of Champions, an award-winning PBS documentary following five competitors who sprint, leap, and swim for gold at the National Senior Olympics. This powerful story may just inspire you to be healthier, happier, and more active. 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


Return to top of page

Summer Games Days
Saturday, August 5th 10:00a.m.-4:00p.m.

Looking to sharpen your checkers skills? Is your bridge group looking for a new place to play? Want to ruin friendships over a game of Monopoly? Looking to test out your new Pokémon or Magic decks? Tabletop gamers are welcome to join us at Dewey's Cafe' every Saturday from 10:00a.m.-4:00p.m. for our Summer Games Days. Tables will be set up for board and card games so bring some of your favorites to play (family friendly please!) or try something new from our selection.

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


Return to top of page

The Book Lover's Club (for adults)
Tuesday, August 8th 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.

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


Return to top of page

Chess Knight @ Dewey's Cafe'
Wednesday, August 9th 6:30p.m.-8:30p.m.

Dewey's Cafe' welcomes chess players of all ages and skill levels for a get together on Wednesday evenings in August. Cafe' customers can play and discuss the game of chess in a laid back, casual atmosphere. Everyone is invited, from beginners to Chess Grand Masters. Bring your own chess set if you wish; the cafe' will have a couple on hand for those who don't.

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


Return to top of page

Back to School Nail Makeover for Kids and Teens
Thursday, August 10th 2:00p.m.-5:00p.m.

Paint, pamper, and polish your nails at the Back-to-School Nail Makeover in the Youth Services Department at the Main Library. Materials are provided or you may bring your own. Enjoy chatting about your favorite books while getting creative with nail colors and designs. This event is held in memory of Leslie Creekmore.

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


Return to top of page

Magic: The Gathering
Thursday, August 10th 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 a 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


Return to top of page

Family Fun Movie Night: Sing (PG)
Thursday, August 10th 6:00p.m.-7:00p.m.

Bring the family out for some free popcorn and enjoy the movie Sing! When an eternally optimistic koala puts on a singing competition to save his failing theater, animals across the city gather to step into the spotlight and chase their dreams in this animated family comedy. Check out some books or other library materials while you are here, too!

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


Return to top of page

Summer Games Days @ Dewey's Cafe'
Saturday, August 12th 10:00a.m.-4:00p.m.

Looking to sharpen your checkers skills? Is your bridge group looking for a new place to play? Want to ruin friendships over a game of Monopoly? Looking to test out your new Pokémon or Magic decks? Tabletop gamers are welcome to join us at Dewey's Cafe' every Saturday from 10:00am.-4:00p.m. for our Summer Games Days. Tables will be set up for board and card games so bring some of your favorites to play (family friendly please!) or try something new from our selection.

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


Return to top of page

Healthy Living for Your Brain & Body
Monday, August 14th 1:00p.m.-2:00p.m.

Join the Alzheimer's Association to learn about research in the areas of diet and nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity and social engagement, and use hands-on tools to help you incorporate these recommendations into a plan for healthy aging.

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


Return to top of page

Fort Smith Public Library Writing Club
Wednesday, August 16th 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


Return to top of page

Doc Night: The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters (PG-13)
Wednesday, August 16th 5:00p.m.-7:00p.m.

Billy Mitchell is a master Donkey Kong player holding the top-score record since the 1980s. That record soon comes into jeopardy when a mild-mannered teacher attempts to beat it. Barbs, mind-games, and hurt feelings culminate into a face-to-face competition to see who truly is the King of Kong. This film is rated PG-13.

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


Return to top of page

Chess Knight @ Dewey's Cafe'
Wednesday, August 16th 6:30p.m.-8:30p.m.

Dewey's Cafe' welcomes chess players of all ages and skill levels for a get together on Wednesday evenings in August. Cafe' customers can play and discuss the game of chess in a laid back, casual atomosphere. Everyone is invited, from beginners to Chess Grand Masters. Bring your own chess set if you wish; the cafe' will have a couple on hand for those who don't.

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


Return to top of page

Open Mic Night @ Dewey's Cafe'
Thursday, August 17th 7:00p.m.

Join us for a fun, casual open mic night at Dewey's Cafe' 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


Return to top of page

Summer Games Days @ Dewey's Cafe'
Saturday, August 19th 10:00a.m.-4:00p.m.

Looking to sharpen your checkers skills? Is your bridge group looking for a new place to play? Want to ruin friendships over a game of Monopoly? Looking to test out your new Pokémon or Magic decks? Tabletop gamers are welcome to join us at Dewey's Cafe' every Saturday from 10-4 for our Summer Games Days. Tables will be set up for board and card games so bring some of your favorites to play (family friendly please!) or try something new from our selection.

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


Return to top of page

Eclipse Watch Party
Monday, August 21st Noon-2:00p.m.

On Monday, August 21st, 2017, the United States will experience its first coast-to-coast solar eclipse in 99 years. This spectacular event takes place when the moon blocks the sun, turning daylight into twilight and leaving the sun's atmosphere, or corona, visible for a brief moment. The eclipse is predicted to happen in our community between 1:00-1:30p.m. with almost 90% coverage.

The Fort Smith Public Library will be holding Eclipse Watch Parties at all library locations; bring your friends, family, and lawn chair or blanket and join the celebration. A limited number of eclipse glasses will be provided on a first-come-first-serve basis. NEVER look directly at the sun without proper solar filers.

This event is weather dependent and will be best viewed on a cloudless day; hope for clear skies!

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


Return to top of page

LEGO Club
Monday, August 21st 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


Return to top of page

Chess Knight @ Dewey's Cafe'
Wednesday, August 23rd 6:30p.m.-8:30p.m.

Dewey's Cafe' welcomes chess players of all ages and skill levels for a get together on Wednesday evenings in August. Cafe' customers can play and discuss the game of chess in a laid back, casual atmosphere. Everyone is invited, from beginners to Chess Grand Masters. Bring your own chess set if you wish; the cafe' will have a couple on hand for those who don't.

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


Return to top of page

Magic: The Gathering
Thursday, August 24th 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 a 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


Return to top of page

Short Story and Poetry Reading
Thursday, August 24th 7:00p.m.

Join us at the Miller Branch for an evening spotlighting the talent of local poets and writers. Participants from author Anita Paddock's writing workshops will read from short stories and poems they created at classes held at the Miller Branch Library.

Enjoy this entertaining evening focusing on the arts; light refreshments will be served at the event.

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


Return to top of page

Summer Games Days
Saturday, August 26th 10:00a.m.-4:00p.m.

Looking to sharpen your checkers skills? Is your bridge group looking for a new place to play? Want to ruin friendships over a game of Monopoly? Looking to test out your new Pokémon or Magic decks? Tabletop gamers are welcome to join us at Dewey's Cafe' every Saturday from 10-4 for our Summer Games Days. Tables will be set up for board and card games so bring some of your favorites to play (family friendly please!) or try something from our selection.

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


Return to top of page

Friends of the Library Annual Used Book Sale: Mostly Non-Fiction!
Saturday, August 26th & Sunday, August 27th All Open Hours

The Friends of the Library used book sale is bigger and better than ever! Shop thousands of non-fiction selections for adults, including hardbacks and paperbacks from your favorite authors and on your favorite topics.

New this year: the sale will continue Sunday with all remaining titles 1/2 price, then book clearance beings 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 Friday, August 25th, from 4-7 p.m. There will be a 25 book limit at the preview sale.

Friends of the library membership starts at $10 and will be for sale at the Preview Sale.

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


Return to top of page

Chess Knight @ Dewey's Cafe'
Wednesday, August 30th 6:30p.m.-8:30p.m.

Dewey's Cafe' welcomes chess players of all ages and skill levels for a get together on Wednesday evenings in August. Cafe' customers can play and discuss the game of chess in a laid back, casual atmosphere. Everyone is invited, from beginners to Chess Grand Masters. Bring your own chess set if you wish; the cafe' will have a couple on hand for those who don't.

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

__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________


Return to top of page

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  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.


Return to top of page

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.


    Return to top of page

    Artwork @ Main
    August 1- August 20, 2017: Paintings by Carolyn Nally

    The paintings of Fort Smith artist Carolyn Nally will be on display at the Main Library from July through mid-August.

    Carolyn paints from the heart. All of her work has an emotional connection featuring places she has visted and special family times. She finds joy in painting water, as each brush stroke takes on a life of its own, twisting and turning into happy surprises. The theme of blue doors and windows is present in her work as well, including old structures from Old Toas, Santa Fe, the Bahamas, and the Caribbean; she hopes to be able to tell their story and spark curiosity in the viewer's eyes.

    Carolyn began painting in the 1970s while living in Oklahoma. Her work has been in juried art shows around the area. She has studied through the years with various instructors, taking along something from each one has she continues to create. 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, please call the Main Library at (479)783-0229.


    Return to top of page

    Artwork @ Dewey's Cafe
    August 2017 Photography by Scott Smith

    Concert photographs shot by local photographer/writer Scott Smith will be on display at Dewey's Cafe' inside the Main Library during the months of July and August.

    Since the summer of 2000, Smith has taken photographs of numerous rock, blues, country, pop, and R&B concerts for Real Rock News (www.realrocknews.com), American Songwriter, The Magazine of Country Music, and the Times Record newspaper.

    Smith, an Alma resident and Oklahoma State University graduate who plays bass in the local band Goodluck Slim, has photographed Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, The Who, Elton John, Stevie Nicks, Foo Fighters, Billy Joel, The Eagles, Paul Simon, Garth Brooks, Gregg Allman, Jeff Beck, Pink Floyd's Roger Waters, Aerosmith, Robert Plant, Rush, Journey, Kiss, Coldplay, Grace Potter, Bad Company, Guns N' Roses, Brian Wilson, Blues Traveler, Santana, Gary Clark Jr., Kid Rock, Cheap Trick, Styx, and others.

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

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


    Return to top of page

    Artwork @ Miller
    July 2017: Miller Branch Artist of the Month: Cindy Sugg

    The artwork of Cindy Sugg will be featured at the Miller Branch library during the month of August. Cindy is a lover of nature and is inspired to paint by many subjects in the Fort Smith area. Oils and pastels are her media of choice in her artwork; her focus is on landscapes and flowers. Cindy hopes that the viewer will be able to relax, take themselves into her paintings, and forget the world for a while.

    Her art may also be viewed at Michael's Mansion, the Fort Smith Regional Art Museum, and online at www.artwanted.com/CindySugg. Be sure to stop by and enjoy her work during the month of August.

    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.


    Library Home | Bookmobile Stops | Branch Libraries | Genealogy | Internet Tools | Library Information | New Titles
    Online Databases | Reference | Online Catalog | Site Index | Upcoming Events | Youth Services

    This Page Last Updated: June 2017

    Return to the Main Page Bookmobile Stops and Announcements Branch Hours and Locations Genealogy Department Internet Tools Information About the Library New Titles at FSPL Online Databases Reference Department