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Welcome to Youth Services:
Serving Children, Teens, Parents, Teachers and You!

Youth Services is designed to meet the needs of young people from infants through young adult as well as their parents, caregivers and teachers. In addition to an excellent book collection, the department offers an extensive selection of DVDs, books on CD, online databases and magazines for children, teens, families and teachers.

Teens

The Fort Smith Public Library offers programs and services for teens in middle school, junior high, and high school. The Young Adult collection includes Fiction, Non-Fiction (including Anime and Manga), Reference Materials as well as a New Teen Releases Book Display. There is a comfortable place for teens to hang out and study or read. Teen and tween-geared programming is scheduled on a regular basis.

Watch for the library calendar or visit the library events page or Facebook page for listings and updates.

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Storytimes @ FSPL


Each location of the Fort Smith Public Library offers an opportunity for young children and their caregivers to experience an interactive, literacy-based storytime. Storytimes feature stories, songs, puppetry, finger plays, manipulatives, flannel stories, and crafts. Not only is it fun, it's an excellent way for parents to interact with their children while helping them to build early literacy skills which lay the foundation for preparing children to learn to read.

Location

Storytime Programs

Day

Time

Windsor  Preschool StorytimeMondays10:00a.m.
Miller  Laptime Storytime
  (Ages 0-24 months)
Mondays10:30a.m.
Main  Toddler Time
  (Ages 3 years and under)
Tuesdays10:00a.m.
Dallas  Storytime Wednesdays10:30a.m.
Main  Preschool Storytime
  (Ages 3 to 5 years)
Thursdays10:00a.m.
Miller  Storytime Fridays10:00a.m.

Regularly scheduled storytimes for children at the Fort Smith Public Library:

Main Library:

  • Toddler Time @ Main is for babies, toddlers and their caregivers. This 30 minute storytime features stories, songs, puppetry, finger plays, manipulatives, and flannel stories. Special care is taken to select shorter, developmentally-appropriate stories and provide lots of opportunity for movement.
  • Preschool Storytime @ Main is for children ages 3-5 and their caregivers. This 35 minute storytime features stories, songs, puppetry, finger plays, manipulatives, flannel stories, and crafts.

    Dallas Branch:

  • Preschool Storytime @ Dallas, held every Wednesday morning at the Dallas Branch, is a FREE program full of fun for preschoolers and their caregivers -- a great place to encourage your child's love of reading from an early age.

    Miller Branch:

  • Laptime Storytime @ Miller is held each Monday at the Miller Branch Library and is perfect for children 0-24 months old and their caregivers. This 20 minute storytime includes rhymes, songs, simple stories and lots of interactive fun.
  • Storytime @ Miller is held every Friday morning at the Miller Branch and is intended for preschool age children and their caregivers. Come join us for stories, songs, crafts, and fun for all!

    Windsor Branch:

  • Preschool Storytime @ Windsor, held each Monday morning at the Windsor Branch, is for kids ages 3-6 and their caregivers and features stories, songs, crafts, and other FUN. Enjoy the magic of reading with Children's Librarian Louise Turner, as she brings stories alive with storytime @ Windsor.
  • School Aged Storytime @ Windsor is held each Thursday mornings in the summertime at the Windsor Branch; it is for school age kids while they are out of school! Come enjoy stories, songs, crafts, and other FUN. _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

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    Online Extras
    The Fort Smith Public Library offers many online services and databases. From books, magazines and audiobooks to music downloads and language tutorials, each program service is available at no cost to FSPL card holders. Here are some of our favorites (with links):

  • ABCmouse.com -- Over 7,000 learning activies (videos, coloring ativities, learning games, poems, puzzles, and songs)and 500 lessons in a preschool through first grade curriculum covering reading and writing, math, art, music, social studies and science.

  • CultureGrams -- Kids Edition -- Primary source material in a kid-friendly format providing photos, videos, slideshows, interviews, recipes, flags, graphs and tables covering the countries of the world, the 50 states, & the provinces of Canada.
    Paid for with LSTA funds administered by the Arkansas State Library.

  • Freegal is a music service that works with your FSPL library card. Freegal offers thousands of songs from over 100 genres and you may download 5 songs per week, free and legal.

  • LearnaTest is a resource that offers practice exams with instant scoring, individual analysis and personalized recommendations. Perfect for AP test preparation as well ACT practice!
    Paid for with LSTA funds administered by the Arkansas State Library (beginning in mid-2015).

  • Library2Go offers downloadable audiobooks and eBooks to listen, read and enjoy.

  • Mango Languages You can to learn to speak 40 different languages (and English from 15 languages) through conversation -- listening and speaking, with pronunciation assistance! Learn things you'll actually put to use in your new language...with insight into how things are said differently in other languages and with memory building exercises to retain new words and phrases.

  • Novelist K-8 is EBSCO's search database for bookloving kids with over 35,000 titles of fiction for students from Kindergarten through 8th grade. Need a good book to pass the time away? Novelist K-8 can help you find one!

  • The TumbleBook Library is a fun and interactive library of animated, talking story books for preschoolers, beginner readers and older independent readers. Read along and listen, or read on your own. There are also many fun and educational games on TumbleBooks.

  • World Book Portal -- A gateway to ALL the World Book databases listed individually below. Check out these excellent reference materials for students:
    Paid for with LSTA funds administered by the Arkansas State Library.

    In addition to these resources, the library has collected some Internet tips for kids or you may want to check out the library's Internet links for book lovers. Our reference staff has created book lists of your favorite genres that we put in the Reader's Corner. You may read, print or save these lists on your own computer and we also have them available at the Reference Desk on the second floor of the Main Library.

    Check out Reading Rants -- Out of the Ordinary Teen Booklists for some good suggestions -- or take a look at the Children's Literature Web Guide, where you'll find lots of information and resources about reading. You may also want to check out the American Library Association's Great Web Sites for Kids, which contains lots of links to educational and fun Internet sites for kids.

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    2018 Summer Reading Program

    It's time again for the annual Summer Reading Program at the Fort Smith Public Library!

    The theme this year for readers of all ages will be:
    Libraries Rock!

    2018 Summer Reading Program Theme for all ages: Libraries rock!

    Stop by any Fort Smith Public Library location to enjoy books, videos, magazines, computers, music, and special library programs of all kinds this summer. The summer reading program is designed to encourage reading for pleasure; it will help young people who are able to read independently retain the valuable reading skills they developed over this past school year. Preschool children too young to read may also participate and will receive credit for the books read to them.

    The summer reading program is designed to encourage reading for pleasure; it will help young people who are able to read independently retain the valuable reading skills they developed over this past school year. Preschool children too young to read may also participate and will receive credit for the books read to them. Small rewards such as book bags, pencils, door hangers, cups, food coupons, and the opportunity to get their name in a book are given to each child for reaching specific goals.

    2018 Summer Reading Details
  • Early Literacy is important. Children who are too young to read will receive prizes for every 5 books read to them, up to 25 books.

  • Children who are independent readers will earn a food coupon or small prize for every five hours they read up to 25 hours. However, we don’t want them to stop at 25 hours! The more hours they read the better chance they have of winning a grand-prize at the end of the summer reading program.

  • Teens and adults are eligible to win weekly gift cards and a grand-prize by using and reviewing library resources, including books, magazines, databases, DVDs, eBooks, books on CD and more.

    Registration begins June 1st at all four Fort Smith Public Library locations! Libraries Rock! at your Library this summer!

    For more information, please call (479)783-0229, ext. 1131 or check out our Upcoming Events page as summer reading time approaches.
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    Award-Winning Books
    Newbery Medal Caldecott Medal

    The movies have "Oscar," Broadway its "Tony," and the recording industry has the "Grammy." but, in the field of children's literature, no prize is more prestigious than the Newbery and Caldecott awards. These prizes are announced each January at the Mid-Winter Conference of the American Library Association, often with additional books designated as Newbery and Caldecott "Honor" Awards. The Newbery Award is for the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children and has been awarded since 1923. The Caldecott is for the most distinguished picture book for children published in the United States; it has been given since 1938. The 2013 awards were given to the children's books published in 2012 that were judged the most distinguished.

    In addition to these awards for wonderful books for children, the American Library Association also sponsors the Coretta Scott King Awards and and the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Awards for New Talent, for books which promote an understanding and appreciation of the "American Dream". The Pura Belpré Award, established in 1996 and named for the first Latina librarian at the New York Public Library, is presented to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth. Since 2000, ALA's Young Adult Division has awarded its Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature for young adults.

    For more information about the history and mission of these other ALA children's book awards, as well as previous winners, visit the Awards Page for the Association for Library Service to Children.

    2018 Newbery Awards

    The Newbery Medal is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

    2018 Newbery award winner: Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly 2018 Newbery Award Winner:

  • Hello, Universe, written by Erin Entrada Kelly.

    2018 Newbery Honor Awards:

  • Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut, written by Derrick Barnes.

  • Long Way Down, written by Jason Reynolds.

  • Piecing Me Together, written by Renée Watson.


    2018 Caldecott Awards

    The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.

    2018 Caldecott award winner: Wolf in the Snow written & illustrated by Matthew Cordell. 2018 Caldecott Award Winner:

  • Wolf in the Snow, written and illustrated by Matthew Cordell.

    2018 Caldecott Honor Awards:

  • A Different Pond, illustrated by Thi Bui and written by Bao Phi.
  • Big Cat, Little Cat, illustrated and written by Elisha Cooper.
  • Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut, illustrated by Gordon C. James and written by Derrick Barnes.
  • Grand Canyon, illustrated and written by Jason Chin.


    2018 Coretta Scott King Awards

    The Coretta Scott King Awards honor African American authors and illustrators of outstanding books for children and young adults.


    2018 Coretta Scott King Author Award winner:

  • Piecing Me Together, written by Renée Watson.

    2018 Coretta Scott King Author award winner: Piecing MeTogether, written by Renee Watson


    2018 Coretta Scott King Author Honor Books:

  • Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut, written by Derrick Barnes.
  • The Hate U Give, written by Angie Thomas.
  • Long Way Down, written by Jason Reynolds.

    2018 Caldecott award winner: Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets written & illustrated by Ekua Holmes and written by Kwame Alexander with Chris Colderly and Marjory Wentworth. 2018 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award Winner:

  • Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets, illustrated by Ekua Holmes and written by Kwame Alexander with Chris Colderly and Marjory Wentworth.

    2018 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Awards:

  • Before She was Harriet: The Story of Harriet Tubman, illustrated by James E. Ransome and written by Lesa Cline-Ransome.
  • Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut, illustrated by Gordon C. James and written by Derrick Barnes.


    2018 Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Awards

    2018 John Steptoe Author award winner: The Stars Beneath Our Feet by David Barclay Moore

    2018 John Steptoe Illustrator award winner:Mama Africa! How Miriam Makeba Spread Hope with Her Song, written by Kathryn Erskine and illustrated by Charly Palmer. hspace=20 border=

    The Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Author and Illustrator Awards were established to affirm new talent and to offer recognition for excellence in writing and/or illustration for works which otherwise might be formally unacknowledged.



    2018 Coretta Scott/John Steptoe New Talent Author Award winner:
  • David Barclay Moore for The Stars Beneath Our Feet.

    2018 Coretta Scott/John Steptoe New Talent Illustrator Award winner:

  • Charly Palmer for Mama Africa! How Miriam Makeba Spread Hope with Her Song, written by Kathryn Erskine.


  • 2018 Michael L. Printz Awards
    for Excellence in Young Adult Fiction

    2018 Printz Award winner: 2018 Michael L. Printz award: We are okay written by Nina LaCour

  • We Are Okay,, written by Nina LaCour.

    2018 Printz Honor Awards:

  • The Hate U Give, written by Angie Thomas.
  • Long Way Down, written by Jason Reynolds.
  • Strange the Dreamer, written by Laini Taylor.
  • Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers, written by Deborah Heiligman.



    2018 Pura Belpré Awards

    The Pura Belpré Author and Illustrator Awards are presented annually to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth.
    2018 Pura Belpré author award: Lucky Broken Girl written by Ruth Behar

    2018 Pura Belpré Author Award winner:

  • Lucky Broken Girl, written by Ruth Behar.



    2018 Pura Belpré Author Honor Award:

  • The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora, written by Pablo Cartaya.
  • The First Rule of Punk, written by Ceclia C Perez.

    2018 Pura Belpré illustrator award: La Princesa and the Pea


    2018 Pura Belpré Illustrator Award winner:

  • La Princesa and the Pea, illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal and written by Susan Middleton Elya.

    2018 Pura Belpré Illustrator Honor Awards:

  • All Around Us, illustrated by Adriana M. Garcia and written by Xelena Gonzalez.
  • Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos, illustrated by John Parra and written by Monica Brown.



    2018 Robert F. Sibert Informational Book award: Twelve Days in May: Freedom Ride 1961 written by Larry Dane Brimer

    2018 Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award

    The Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award is presented annually to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished informational book published in the United States in English during the preceding year.

    2018 Sibert Book Award winner:

  • Twelve Days in May: Freedom Ride 1961, written by Larry Dane Brimer.

    2018 Sibert Book Award Honor Awards:

  • Chef Roy Choi and the Street Food Remix, written by Jacqueline Briggs Martin and June Jo Lee, and illustrated by Man One.
  • Grand Canyon, written and illustrated by Jason Chin.
  • Not So Different: What You Really Want to Ask about Having a Disability , written by Shane Burcaw and illustrated by Matt Carr.
  • Sea Otter Heroes: The Predators That Saved an Ecosystem, written by Patricia Newman.

    2018 Stonewall Children and Young adult's award: The 57 bus written by Dashka Slater 2018 Stonewall Children and Young Adult award: Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert

    2018 Stonewall Book Award

    The Stonewall Book Award--Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children's & Young Adult Literature are given annually to English-language children's and young adult books of exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience.

    2018 Stonewall Children's & Young Adult Book Award winners:

  • The 57 Bus, written by Dashka Slater.
  • Little & Lion, written by Brandy Colbert.

    2018 Stonewall Children's & Young Adult Honor Books:

  • As the Crow Flies, written by Melanie Gillman.
  • The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue, written by Mackenzi Lee.


    2018 Theodor Seuss Geisel Award: Charlie & Mouse written by Laurel Snyder and illustrated by Emily Hughes

    2018 Theodor Seuss Geisel Award

    The Theodor Seuss Geisel Award is presented annually to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished American book for beginning readers published in English in the United States during the preceding year.

    2018 Geisel Award winner:

  • Charlie & Mouse, written by Laurel Snyder and illustrated by Emily Hughes.

    2018 Geisel Honor Book:

  • I See a Cat, written and illustrated by Paul Meisel.
  • King & Kayla and the Case of the Missing Dog Treats, written by Dori Hillestad Butler, illustrated by Nancy Meyers.
  • My Kite Is Stuck! And Other Stories, written and illustrated by Salina Yoon.
  • Noodleheads See the Future, written by Tedd Arnold, Martha Hamilton and Mitch Weiss, illustrated by Tedd Arnold.
  • Snail & Worm Again, written and illustrated by Tina Kügler.


    2018 Odyssey award: The Hate U Give, produced by HarperAudio

    2018 Odyssey Award

    The Odyssey Award is presented annually to the producer of the best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults, available in English in the United States.

    2018 Odyssey Award winner:

  • The Hate U Give, produced by HarperAudio, written by Angie Thomas and narrated by Bahni Turpin.

    2018 Odyssey Honors:

  • The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage, produced by Listening Library, written by Philip Pullman, narrated by Michael Sheen.
  • A Boy Called Christmas, produced by Listening Library, written by Matt Haig, narrated by Stephen Fry.
  • Long Way Down, produced by Simon & Schuster Audio, written and narrated by Jason Reynolds.
  • Trombone Shorty, produced by Live Oak Media, written by Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews, narrated by Dion Graham.
  • The Wizards of Once, produced by Hachette Audio, written by Cressida Cowell, narrated by David Tennant.



    2018 YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction

    2018 YALSA Award (Nonfiction): Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers written by Deborah Heiligman. YALSA's Award for Excellence in Nonfiction honors the best nonfiction book published for young adults (ages 12-18) during the previous publishing year.

    2018 YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction Award winner:

  • Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers, written by Deborah Heiligman.

    2018 YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction Award finalists:

  • The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives, written by Dashka Slater.
  • Eyes of the World: Robert Capa, Gerda Taro, and the Invention of Modern Photojournalism , written by Marc Aronson and Marina Budhos.
  • #NotYourPrincess: Voices of Native American Women, edited by Mary Beth Leatherdale and Lisa Charleyboy.
  • The Whydah: A Pirate Ship Feared, Wrecked, and Found, written by Martin W. Sandler.

    2018 YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults

    YALSA’s Best Fiction for Young Adults Committee presents fiction titles published for young adults in the past 16 months that are recommended reading for ages 12 to 18.

    The Top Ten List of Best Fiction for Young Adults for 2018include:

  • What Girls Are Made Of , written by Elana Arnold.
  • The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic , written by Leigh Bardugo.
  • The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue , written by Mackenzi Lee.
  • Sparrow, written by Sarah Moon.
  • Long Way Down , written by Jason Reynolds.
  • Strange the Dreamer, written by Laini Taylor.
  • The Hate U Give, written by Angie Thomas.
  • Piecing Me Together, written by Renee Watson.
  • Eliza and Her Monsters , written by Francesca Zappia.
  • Goodbye Days, written by Jeff Zentner.

    2018 William C. Morris Award

    2018 William C. Morris Award: The Hate U Give written by Angie Thomas The William C. Morris Award is given annually for a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens.

    2018 Morris Award winner:

  • The Hate U Give, written by Angie Thomas.



    2018 Morris Award finalists:

  • Dear Martin, written by Nic Stone.
  • Devils Within, written by S.F. Henson.
  • Saints and Misfits, written by S. K. Ali
  • Starfish, written by Akemi Dawn Bowman.

    2018 Alex Awards

    The Alex Awards are given to ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults, ages 12 through 18. The winning titles are selected from the previous year's publishing.

    2018 Alex Awards:

  • All Systems Red , written by Sarah Beth Durst.
  • The Clockwork Dynasty , written by Daniel H. Wilson.
  • Down Among the Sticks and Bones , written by Seanan McGuire.
  • Electric Arches , written by Eve L. Ewing.
  • A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea, written by Melissa Fleming.
  • Malagash, written by Joey Comeau.
  • Roughneck, written by Jeff Lemire.
  • Things We Have in Common, written by Tasha Kavanagh.
  • An Unkindness of Magicians, written by Kat Howard.

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    Ivan: The remarkable true story of the shopping mall gorilla -- 2017 Arkansas Diamond Award Winner My teacher is a monster! -- 2017 Arkansas Diamond Honor Book

    2017 Arkansas Diamond Primary Award Winners

    The Arkansas Diamond Primary Book Award began in 1998 to encourage reading for students in Grades K-3. Winners are selected by the votes of Arkansas students (grades K-3) who have read at least three of the titles from the annual reading list. It is sponsored by Arkansas Department of Education, the Arkansas State Library, and the Arkansas Reading Association and is awarded at the Arkansas Library Association (ArLA) Conference in the autumn.

    The 2017 Arkansas Diamond Primary Book Award was given to Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla , written by Katherine Applegate and illustrated by G. Brian Karas.

    The 2017 Arkansas Diamond Primary Honor Book was My Teacher is a Monster! (No, I Am Not.), written and illustrated by Peter Brown.


    The Crossover -- 2017 Charlie May Simon Award Winner El Deafo -- 2017 Charlie May Simon Honor Book

    2017 Charlie May Simon Award Winners

    The Charlie May Simon Award for children's literature has been presented annually since 1971 to an author whose book has been selected by votes of Arkansas school children in grades 4-6. The purpose of this award is to promote better reading for children and to recognize Mrs. John Gould Fletcher, an outstanding Arkansas author who wrote under the pen name, Charlie May Simon.

    The 2017 Charlie May Simon Award was given to The Crossover by Kwame Alexander.

    The 2017 Charlie May Simon Honor Book was El Deafo by Cece Bell.



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