Library Update

The Main Library is now open for brief visits, Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.  Appointments are required, and not all library resources are available.  Click here to request an appointment.  For more information on library reopening, including appointments, due dates, overdue fees, and new services such as curbside pickup and digital access-only library cards, click here.

Miller Branch

Branch Location, Contact, and Hours

Address:
8701 S. 28th Street
Fort Smith, AR 72908
 

Directions:
Google Maps

Phone:
(479) 646-3945

Fax:
(479) 646-3965

Hours:
Monday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Tuesday 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Wednesday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Thursday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday CLOSED

Holiday Closings

About the Miller Branch

The Miller Branch had its beginnings in June 1996 as the Market Trace Branch, located in a storefront at Market Trace Shopping Center at the base of Fianna Hills on the south side of Fort Smith.  On April 29, 2000, it relocated to a brand new 11,000 square foot building, the last of the three new branch buildings to open after Fort Smith voters approved a temporary sales tax to fund new public library buildings in Fort Smith.

The Miller Branch is named in honor of Robert and Joan Miller in appreciation for their generous support of the library.  The Millers were loyal customers, advocates, and financial supporters of the Market Trace Branch.  Mrs. Joan Miller passed away January 19, 2003.

Upcoming Events & Classes at the Miller Branch

This event is in the "Everyone" group.
Location: Virtual
Age Group: Everyone
Program Type: Special Events, STEAM
Custom Program Description:
Imagine your story through the eyes of live animals!  Join our friends from Animalogy/NHECM for a Facebook Live event. You will spend a "day in the life" of Animalogy animals, inspiring a lifetime of stories, fables, mythology and tall tale...
This event is in the "Teens" group.

Teen Virtual Escape Room

All Day 7/17 - 8/31
Virtual
Location: Virtual
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Games & Activities, Special Events
Custom Program Description:
Escape the labyrinth of locked doors to stop some of the most infamous YA antagonists from enslaving the human race. If you get stuck, some of your favorite literary characters are there to help! Find the link to the Escape room on our Facebook page,...
This event is in the "Everyone" group.

Aaron Acosta Magic Show - Online!

7/22 @ 9:00am - 8/31 @ 3:00pm
Virtual
Location: Virtual
Age Group: Everyone
Program Type: Performances, Special Events
Custom Program Description:
Get ready for high-energy magic, comedy, and lots of fun with the Aaron Acosta Magic Show online at Facebook!  Aaron Acosta is a multi-award-winning professional magician from Arkansas and Memphis that specializes in children and family entertai...
This event is in the "Teens" group.

Teen Pick Your Path Adventure

All Day 8/3 - 8/31
Virtual
Location: Virtual
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Games & Activities, Special Events
Custom Program Description:
This event is in your hands, teens! Miss Leah has set up a virtual adventure where you get to call the shots. All you have to do is choose, and your adventure awaits! Find the link on the Teen Blog beginning August 3rd! ...
This event is in the "Babies & Toddlers" group.
Location: Virtual
Age Group: Babies & Toddlers
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Storytimes
Custom Program Description:
Join Mrs. Tiffany every Monday morning for a laptime storytime!  Be sure and stay tuned until the end when, after she reads and acts silly, she'll share a simple craft that you can create at home. ...
This event is in the "Teens" group.
This event is in the "Adults" group.

Virtual Trivia Night!

6:30pm - 7:00pm
Virtual
Location: Virtual
Age Group: Teens, Adults
Program Type: Games & Activities
Custom Program Description:
Join us (virtually) for a few rounds of trivia fun! Test your knowledge variety of topics from books, popular culture, music, and more on Facebook LIVE! ...
This event is in the "Adults" group.

Off-the-Cuff Cooking: Potluck

10:00am - 10:15am
Virtual
Location: Virtual
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: How-To
Custom Program Description:
Watch Rachel and Jodie make everyone’s favorite southern potluck dish, Chicken Spaghetti!   You can watch "Off the Cuff Cooking" anytime on the Library's Facebook page or YouTube Channel. www.facebook.com/fortsmithlibrary &&nbs...
This event is in the "Preschool" group.

Ms. Robin’s Favorites (online!)

10:00am - 10:15am
Virtual
Location: Virtual
Age Group: Preschool
Program Type: Storytimes
Custom Program Description:
Help Ms. Robin open up the Library Surprise Bag every Thursday morning to see Fred--AND to see which favorite story you'll get to hear!  If YOU'VE got a favorite story, be sure to let Ms. Robin know! You can see "Ms. Robin's Favorites" anytime o...
This event is in the "Babies & Toddlers" group.
This event is in the "Preschool" group.
This event is in the "School Age" group.

Virtual Story Break with Mrs. Tiffany

10:00am - 10:15am
Virtual
Location: Virtual
Age Group: Babies & Toddlers, Preschool, School Age
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Storytimes
Custom Program Description:
Stop!  It's time for a story break!  Every Friday morning, Mrs. Tiffany will be reading to a different animal or showing you something interesting in nature.  What will she read to next? You can watch Story Break with Mrs. Tiffany anyt...

New Titles at the Miller Branch

Gardenia Sebastian

"One Dark Spring Night" Hog sculpture


In 2004, the City of Fort Smith’s Sculpture Fort Smith project selected the Miller Branch to be one of 12 locations to display a sculpture on loan.  The piece selected for the Miller Branch was a bronze sculpture by artist David Iles of Bolivar, Texas.  Titled “One Dark Spring Night,” the sculpture depicts a lassoed wild hog.  According to the artist, the sculpture was inspired by a childhood experience.  As children living in Texas, David Iles and his sister and brother tried to rope a wild hog who wandered up into their yard, “smack dab” between their house and his mother’s gardenia bush. Fortunately for them, they didn’t succeed, but their attempt became an often-told family story.

At the conclusion of the sculpture’s loan period, Miller Branch customer Carole Crockett purchased the sculpture and donated it to the Miller Branch in memory of her sister, Joan Crockett Short.  Shortly after, the Miller Branch hosted a “Name the Hog” contest.  The sculpture was named “Gardenia Sebastian” after the artist’s story of the inspiration of the statue and the name of the county in which the sculpture now resides.