Welcome to Youth Services:
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.
Serving Children, Teens, Parents, Teachers and You!
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.
|Windsor|| Preschool Storytime||Mondays||10:00a.m.|
|Miller|| Laptime Storytime|
(Ages 0-24 months)
|Main|| Toddler Time|
(Ages 3 years and under)
|Dallas|| Storytime ||Wednesdays||10:30a.m.|
|Main|| Preschool Storytime|
(Ages 3 to 5 years)
|Miller|| Storytime ||Fridays||10:00a.m.|
Regularly scheduled storytimes for children at the Fort Smith Public 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.
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.
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!
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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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.
- World Book Kids -- A general reference Web site developed especially for young students with easy-to-read articles, thousands of illustrations, videos, comparison tools, and a wealth of engaging games and activities, including an atlas, interactive maps, flags, and over 200 game and activities.
- World Book Online Timelines -- A resource for accessing or creating timelines for projects in the arts, literature, notable people, science & technology, world history, geography and more.
- World Book Early World of Learning -- Developed with experts on early childhood education, the Early World of Learning is the premier online resource for preschoolers and children in the early elementary grades.
- World Book Student -- A research tool tailored for students in elementary & middle schools with over 40,000 encyclopedia and reference articles, 10,000 + biographies, multimedia, videos, animations and student activities.
- World Book Online Info Finder -- A resource for elementary & middle school students at the public library looking for help with their homework and research projects. This includes over 40,000 encyclopedia and reference articles, over 10,000 biographies, an atlas, interactive maps, outline maps, science projects and more.
- World Book Advanced -- World Book Advanced is a powerful reference tool that includes encyclopedia, multimedia, e-book, and primary source databases, fully integrated in a single search.
- World Book Online Reference Center -- A customizable interface tailored to the needs and skills of the public library users, high school age & above, providing a reference tool that has an encyclopedia, multimedia, e-book, and primary source databases in a fully integrated a single search.
- World Book Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos -- World Books Online encyclopedia for younger children is also available in Spanish!
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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2017 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:
Build a Better World
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. Just For Teens: Any item you check out (books, CDs, DVDs, eBooks, audiobooks, magazines, digital titles, etc.), enables you to enter into weekly prize drawings for the chance to win great gift cards.
Registration begins June 1st at all four Fort Smith Public Library locations! Build a Better World 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.
Check out the June Calendar.
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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.
2017 Newbery Awards
The Girl Who Drank the Moon, written by Kelly Barnhill, won the 2017 Newbery Award for most distinguished children's book published in 2016 and written by an American.
2017 Newbery Honor Award books include:
Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life by Ashley Bryan; written by Ashley Bryan;
The Inquisitor's Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog; written by Adam Gidwitz;
Wolf Hollow; written by Lauren Wolk.
2017 Caldecott Awards
Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, written and illustrated by Javaka Steptoe is the winner of the 2017 Caldcott Award for most distinguished American picture book written for children in 2016.
2017 Caldecott Honor Awards went to:
Leave Me Alone!, illustrated and written by Vera Brosgol;
Freedom in Congo Square illustrated by R. Gregory Christie and written by Carole Boston Weatherford;
Du Iz Tak?, illustrated and written by Carson Ellis;
They All Saw a Cat, illustrated and written by Brendan Wenzel.
2017 Coretta Scott King Awards
The Coretta Scott King Awards honor African American authors and illustrators of outstanding books for children and young adults.
The 2017 Coretta Scott King Author Award goes to March: Book Three written by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin and illustrated by Nate Powell.
Two Coretta Scott King Author Honor Books were awarded for 2017:
As Brave As You, written by Jason Reynolds ;
Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life by Ashley Bryan, written by Ashley Bryan;
Javaka Steptoe won the 2017 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award for Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat; this book was illustrated and written by Javaka Steptoe.
Three Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Books were awarded for 2017:
Freedom in Congo Square, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie and written by Carole Boston Weatherford;
Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life by Ashley Bryan, illustrated and written by Ashley Bryan;
In Plain Sight, illustrated by Jerry Pinkney and written by Richard Jackson.
2017 Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Awards
The Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Author Award was established to affirm new talent and to offer recognition for excellence in writing and/or illustration for works which otherwise might be formally unacknowledged.
The 2017 Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Author Award was presented to Nicola Yoon for The Sun is Also a Star.
2017 Michael L. Printz Awards
The Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature for young adults was given to John Lewis and Andrew Aydin for March: Book Three.
for Excellence in Young Adult Fiction
Four Printz Honor Awards were given this year to:
Asking For It, by Louise O'Neill;
Passion of Dolssa, by Julie Berry;
Scythe, by Neal Shusterman;
The Sun is Also a Star, by Nicola Yoon.
2017 Pura Belpré Awards
The Pura Belpré Author Award is 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.
The Author Award for 2017 goes to Juana Medina for Juana & Lucas.
One Belpré Author Honor Book was given to:
The Only Road, written by Alexandra Diaz.
The 2017 Pura Belpré Illustrator Award goes to illustrator Raul Gonzalez for Lowriders to the Center of the Earth, written by Cathy Camper.
Two Belpré Illustrator Honor Books were selected this year:
Esquivel!: Space-Age Sound Artist, illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh and written by Susan Wood;
The Princess and the Warrior: A Tale of Two Volcanoes, illustrated and written by Duncan Tonatiuh.
2017 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. The Sibert Award for 2017 goes to March: Book Three, written by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin and illustrated by Nate Powell.
Three Sibert Honor Books were given to:
Giant Squid, written by Candace Fleming and illustrated by Eric Rohmann;
Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor's Story written by Caren Stelson;
Uprooted: The Japanese American Experience During World War II, written by Albert Marrin;
We Will Not Be Silent: The White Rose Student Resistance Movement That Defied Adolf Hitler, written by Russell Freedman.
2017 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.
The 2017 Stonewall Children's Book Award goes to Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Hammer of Thor, written by Rick Riordan.
The 2017 Stonewall Young Adult Book Award goes to The Porcupine of Truth, written by Bill Konigsberg.
Three Stonewall Honor Books were selected:
When the Moon Was Ours, written by Anne-Marie McLemore;
Unbecoming, written by Jenny Downham;
Pride: Celebrating Diversity & Community written by Robin Stevenson.
2017 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. The Geisel Award for 2017 goes to We Are Growing: A Mo Willems' Elephant & Piggie Like Reading! Book, written by Laurie Keller.
Four Geisel Honor Books were awarded to:
Good Night Owl, written and illustrated by Greg Pizzoli;
Oops, Pounce, Quick, Run! An Alphabet Caper, written and illustrated by Mike Twohy;
Go Otto Go!, written and illustrated by David Milgrim;
The Infamous Ratsos, written by Kara LaReauand illustrated by Matt Myers.
2017 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. The Odyssey Award for 2017 was awarded to Listening Library, producer of the audiobook, Anna and the Swallow Man, book written by Gavriel Savit and narrated by Allan Corduner.
Three Odyssey Honor Books were awarded to:
Ghost, produced by Simon and Schuster Audio, written by Jason Reynolds, and narrated by Guy Lockard;
Dream On, Amber, produced by Recorded Books, written by Emma Shevah, and narrated by Laura Kirman
Nimona, produced by HarperAudio, written by Noelle Stevenson and narrated by Rebecca Soler, Jonathan Davis, Marc Thompson, January LaVoy, Natalie Gold, Peter Bradbury, and David Pittu.
2017 YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction
YALSA's Award for Excellence in Nonfiction honors the best nonfiction book published for young adults (ages 12-18) during the previous publishing year. The 2017 YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction was awarded to the graphic novel March: Book Three, written by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, and illustrated by Nate Powell.
Four other books were finalists for the award:
Hillary Rodham Clinton: A Woman Living History by Karen Blumenthal;
In the Shadow of History: The Hidden History of Slavery, Four Presidents, and Five Black Lives by Kenneth C. Davis;
Samarai Rising: The Epic Life of Minamoto Yoshitsune by Pamela S. Turner;
This Land is Our Land: A History of American Immigration by Linda Barrett Osborne.
2017 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 2017 include:
The Passion of Dolssa written by Julie Berry;
The Reader written by Traci Chee;
The Lie Tree written by Frances Hardinge;
The Female of the Species written by Mindy McGinnis;
Burn Baby Burn written by Meg Medina;
Ghost written by Jason Reynolds;
Salt to the Sea written by Ruta Sepetys;
Scythe written by Neal Shusterman;
The Sun is Also a Star written by Nicola Yoon;
The Serpent King written by Jeff Zentner.
2017 William C. Morris Award
The William C. Morris Award is given annually for a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens. The 2017 William C. Morris Award goes to The Serpent King, written by Jeff Zentner.
Four other books were finalists for the award:
Girl Mans Up, written by M-E Girard;
Rani Patel in Full Effect, written by Sonia Patel;
The Smell of Other People's Houses, written by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock;
Tell Me Something Real, written by Calla Devlin.
2017 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. The Alex Awards for 2017 were awarded to:
The Queen of Blood written by Sarah Beth Durst;
The Regional Office is Under Attack written by Manuel Gonzales;
In the Country We Love: My Family Divided written by Diane Guerrero with Michelle Burford;
Buffering: Unshared Tales of a Life Fully Loaded written by Hannah Hart;
Arena written by Holly Jennings;
Every Heart a Doorway written by Seanan McGuire;
Romeo and/or Juliet: A Choosable-Path Adventure written by Ryan North;
Die Young with Me: A Memoir written by Rob Rufus;
The Wasp that Brainwashed the Caterpillar written by Matt Simon;
The Invisible Life of Ivan Isaenko written by Scott Starnbach.
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.
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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