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

August 2014


Genius of the Week @ Windsor (June 1st-August 31st)
Storytime @ Miller (August 1st)
Storytime @ Windsor (August 4th)
Primetime Storytime: A Day at the Beach (August 4th)
Library Election Town Hall Meeting (August 4th)
Toddler Time: Storytime for ages 3 and under (August 5th)
Storytime @ Dallas (August 6th)
Back-to-School Nail Makeover -- In Memory of Leslie Creekmore (August 6th)
Library BINGO! (for adults) @ Windsor (August 6th)
Storytime (Main Library) (August 7th)
Alice in Wonderland Tea Party @ Miller (August 7th)
Library Blood Drive (August 7th)
Library Election Town Hall Meeting @ Windsor (August 7th)
Storytime @ Miller (August 8th)
Library Election Town Hall Meeting (August 8th)
The Dallas Branch Book Club @ Dallas (August 8th)
Storytime at the Farmer's Market (August 9th)
Storytime @ Windsor (August 11th)
Laptime Storytime @ Miller (August 11th)
Cuentos para Niños en Español: A Storytime in Spanish (August 11th)
Toddler Time: Storytime for ages 3 and under (August 12th)
Knit, Stitch, and Crochet Today! (August 12th)
Storytime @ Dallas (August 13th)
SYS: Swap Your Stuff! (August 13th)
Storytime (Main Library) (August 14thth)
Family Fun Night Movie: The Lego Movie (PG) @ Windsor (August 14th)
Storytime @ Miller (August 15th)
Food for Thought: Author Visit and Book Signing with Quinn Loftis (August 15th)
Storytime @ Windsor (August 18th)
LEGO Club (August 18th)
Toddler Time: Storytime for ages 3 and under (August 19th)
Storytime @ Dallas (August 20th)
Storytime (Main Library) (August 21st)
Tween & Teen Book Lovers' Club (August 21st)
Storytime @ Miller (August 22nd)
Friends of the Library Annual Used Book Sale: Mostly Non-Fiction (August 23rd)
Storytime @ Windsor (August 25th)
Laptime Storytime @ Miller (August 25th)
N'Quad Book Club @ Windsor (August 25th)
Toddler Time: Storytime for ages 3 and under (August 26th)
Storytime @ Dallas (August 27th)
Storytime (Main Library) (August 28th)
Storytime @ Miller (August 29th)

Summertime 2014


Genius of the Week @ Windsor (June 1st thru August 31st)
Storytime at the Farmer's Market (June 14th, 28th; July 12th, 26th; August 9th)
Library Election Town Hall Meetings (July 21st & 29th; August 4th, 7th, & 8th)

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 Photography Exhibit featuring David Gillson (August 1st-15th)
Artwork @ Dewey's Café Photography Exhibit featuring Michael Leonard (August)
Artwork @ Miller Miller Branch Artists of the Month: Dennis Russell and Janet Black (August)


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August 2014



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Library Election Town Hall Meetings
SPECIAL Summertime 2014 program: Dates and time below

Do you have questions about the Fort Smith Public Library's upcoming millage election? How will the money be used? What is a millage? Where will I vote? These questions and more will be answered at these town hall meetings hosted by the library's Board of Trustees. All sessions are identical, so attend the one that's most convenient for you.

Location

Date

Time

Dallas Branch
Monday,
July 21st
6:30p.m.
Miller Branch
Tuesday,
July 29th
6:30p.m.
Main Library
Monday,
August 4th
6:30p.m.
Windsor Branch
Thursday,
August 7th
6:30p.m.
Main Library
Friday,
August 8th
Noon

If you can't make any of these sessions or you want to read up before the meetings, visit the millage information website at www.LibrariesChangeLives.us. You may also check out the Libraries Change Lives Facebook page.

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


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Genius of the Week @ Windsor
Summertime 2014 program: All open hours during months of June/July/August

The Windsor Branch Library invites you to test your scientific knowledge with their Genius of the Week Contest. While you're at the Library, pick up a scientific trivia sheet to complete. Once a week, there will be a drawing to see who the genius of the week is! You could have bragging rights for all your friends and family to see. Don't forget to check out a book while you are here. This program is intended for adults over the age of 18.

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


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Primetime Storytime: A Day at the Beach
August 2014 program: Monday, August 4th @ 6:00p.m.

It's August, and time to head to the beach! This primetime story program will feature stories, crafts, refreshments, and other FUN about the ocean and the beach. 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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Back-to-School Nail Makeover In Memory of Leslie Creekmore
SPECIAL August 2014 program: Wednesday, August 6th @ 1:00-5:00p.m.

Paint, pamper and polish your nails at the Back-to-School Nail Makeover in the Youth Services Department at the Main Library. Materials will be provided, or feel free to 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 Windsor Branch at (479)785-0405.


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Library BINGO! (for adults) @ Windsor
SPECIAL August 2014 program: Wednesday, August 6th @ 4:00p.m.

Did you miss out on BINGO last time? Well it's back again!!!! Come on out to the Windsor Branch Library for a couple of rousing rounds of BINGO! There will be fun and excitement in the air, plus prizes too. While you're there, don't forget to check out a book or explore the many FREE resources at the library. This program is intended for adults over the age of 18.

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


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Alice in Wonderland Tea Party @ Miller
SPECIAL August 2014 program: Thursday, August 7th @ 10:00a.m. and 11:30a.m.

Children and their caregivers are invited to the Miller Branch Library's Third Annual Alice in Wonderland Tea Party. Pink lemonade and cookies will be served at this "fancy" party and the cartoon movie Alice in Wonderland (G) will be shown afterwards.

Seating is limited; please call to reserve a spot. For more information and reservations, please call the Miller Branch at (479)646-3945.


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Library Blood Drive
SPECIAL August 2014 program: Thursday, August 7th @ 12:30-5:30p.m.

The Arkansas Blood Institute (ABI) in partnership with the Fort Smith Public Library will hold a community 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.


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The Dallas Branch Book Club @ Dallas
August 2014 program: Friday, August 8th @ 2:00p.m.

The Dallas Branch Book Club offers a fun, relaxed discussion about your favorite reads! There is no required reading for this club; read whatever you like and share your opinions about what you have read. Come on out and bring a book and a friend!

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


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Storytime at the Farmer's Market
SPECIAL Summertime 2014 program: Every other Saturday in June/July/August
June 14th, 28th; July 12th, 26th; August 9th from 7:00a.m.--Noon
Storytimes @ 8:00, 9:30, & 11:00a.m.

The Fort Smith Public Library is bringing Storytime to the Farmer's Market this summer! Your favorite storytellers from the Library will be at the Market every-other Saturday beginning June 14th with storytimes at 8:00, 9:30, & 11:00a.m. Programs will feature stories, songs, and more FREE fun focusing on farms, food, growing things for kids of all ages. In between programs, we will have puppets, puzzles, books, and more for kids to enjoy. Be sure to come say hello while you're picking up your tomatoes, eggs, and peaches!

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


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Laptime Storytime (0-24 months) @ Miller
August 2014 program: Mondays, August 11th and 25th @ 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 Niños en Español: A Storytime in Spanish
August 2014 program: Monday, August 11th @ 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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Knit, Stitch, and Crochet Today!
August 2014 program: Tuesday, August 12th @ 4:00-6:00p.m.

If you knit, stitch, or crochet--or want to learn, bring your needles, hooks and projects and join this all-ages group for an afternoon of crafting. Yarn, extra supplies, and plenty of help will be available for anyone who wants to learn.

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


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SYS: Swap Your Stuff!
SPECIAL August 2014 program: Wednesday, August 13th @ 1:00-5:00p.m.

Children and Teens are invited to bring stuff they no longer need (books, DVDs, CDs, or games,) and trade it for a 1-to-1 exchange for something that someone else brings. Items for trade will be in the Youth Services Department of the Main Library. Please be sure that what you bring is something that another child or teen would want!

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


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Family Fun Movie Night: The Lego Movie (PG) @ Windsor
August 2014 program: Thursday, August 14th @ 6:00p.m.

Beat the Heat!!! Come to the library for our last Family Fun Night before School starts. We'll be showing The LEGO Movie (PG), the animated adventure comedy featuring Emmet, who is on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant from gluing the universe together, a journey for which he is hopelessly and hilariously underprepared. We'll also enjoy a special treat! Grab a friend or bring your family out to enjoy the movie on the big-screen in air-conditioned comfort.

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


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Food For Thought: Author Visit and Book Signing with Quinn Loftis
August 2014 program: Friday, August 15th @ Noon

Join USA Today Bestselling Young Adult and New Adult author Quinn Loftis and hear her recipe for Indie writing success. Loftis writes paranormal romance books and has been the #1 Bestseller on Amazon. She is the author of 12 novels including The Grey Wolves, Gypsy Healers, and the Elfin series, and a stand-alone book Call Me Crazy about a young woman with bipolar disease. She is winner of the UtopYA 2013 Author of the Year and UtopYA 2013 - Most Innovative Marketing award. Free Quinn Loftis Books tote bags will be given away to all attendees, and there will be prize drawings for other author books and merchandise. Copies of the authors books will also be available for sale and signing.

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!
August 2014 program: Monday, August 18th @ 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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Tween & Teen Book Lovers' Club
August 2014 program: Thursday, August 21st @ 4:00p.m.

Tweens and teens (ages 9 - 17) are invited to the monthly Book Lover's 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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N'Quad Book Club @ Windsor
August 2014 program: Monday, August 25th @ 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:
August 2014 Exhibit: Photography Exhibit featuring David Gillson

An exhibit of original photographs by Fort Smith native David Gillson will be on display at the Library during the months of June/July through August 15th. This talented photographer has turned his lifelong passion for the Arkansas outdoors into breathtaking works of photographic art. His award winning portfolio includes serene images of waterfalls and native wildflowers, as well as action shots of horse racing and kayaking. Gillson enjoys traveling the state to capture the beauty of the Arkansas wilderness. He is an active member of the Arkansas Outdoor Photographers club, and has given numerous photography presentations in several states. He currently lives in Sherwood, with his wife and two sons.

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


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Artwork @ Dewey's Café
August 2014 Exhibit: Photography Exhibit featuring Michael Leonard

The photographic works of Michael Leonard will be featured at Dewey's Café in the Main Library through the end of August. Since moving to Arkansas, Michael's life has centered around the art of photography and it is reflected in his inspiring work. The photographer has learned to see the world around him in a completely different way; light becomes paint on a canvas and commonly found objects are transformed into graphic sculpture. Photography has deepened his fascination with the beauty and diversity of the great outdoors. He finds the spiritual and aesthetic value of nature priceless, but also loves learning about earth science and biology that explains the natural world. Studying and observing animal behavior results in better wildlife pictures; weather watching provides dramatic skies while watching the sun tells him when to be there.

Exploring new places has been an exciting part of Michael Leonard's life since childhood. When people ask him where his favorite place is, his answer is always, "Any place I haven't been to yet." Traveling to new photo locations appeals to his spirit of adventure and discovery; he hopes to share that feeling with those who see his work. Stop by and share his spirit of adventure at Dewey's Café through the end of July

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


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Artwork @ Miller
August 2014 Exhibit: Miller Branch Artists of the Month -- Dennis Russell and Janet Black

The Miller Branch Library will feature two photographers during the month of August. Retired school teacher, Janet Black, has lived in the Fort Smith area for several years. She and her husband enjoy spending their time traveling which allows Janet the perfect opportunity to make use of her photography talent.

Dennis Russell, a Huntington photographer, began looking for ways to enhance his life after becoming affected by a life-changing disability. Photography seemed to fit his love of the outdoors, and the ability to share it with others. Russell began taking photos seriously after taking a class taught by Carroll Copeland; he then joined the Fort Smith Photographic Alliance.

Stop by the library during August to see twice the talent with our Artists of the Month. For more information, please call the Miller Branch Library at (479)646-3945.


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