Library Update

The Main Library is now open for brief visits.  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.

Library Closed For Independence Day

All four locations of the Fort Smith Public Library will be closed on Friday, July 3rd and Saturday, July 4th for Independence Day.

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YA Virtual Escape Room

President Snow (Hunger Games), Bellatrix Lestrange (Harry Potter), and Jeanine Matthews (Divergent) have banded together to form one master plan to take over and make captives of their subjects, controlling their minds and stealing their wills. Never backing down from a fight, you vow to stop them and restore freedom. However, Simon (One of Us is Lying), secretly working for Snow, sneaks out one night to gather intel on your plan and rats you out. Snow sends out his Great Kami Dragon to capture you, locking you deep inside a maze of five doors. There is no escape. Or is there?

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Library Open By Appointment Only


Appointment-Based Library Visits

The Fort Smith Public Library is excited to welcome library customers back to the library buildings.  The library will re-open in phases, following the guidance of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, Gov. Asa Hutchinson, and the Arkansas Department of Health.  The focus during Phase 1 of reopening is on short visits to the Main Library by appointment only.  Appointments are available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Each appointment is for a maximum of 30 minutes.

During phase 1, masks are... Read Full Blog

Virtual Summer Events for Kids & Teens

We have some great virtual programs for kids and teens this summer.  Here are a few of our featured online events ... for more virtual programming of all kinds, please checkout our events calendar, Facebook page, and YouTube Channel. 

Animalogy: A Day in the Life of Animalogy Animals!

Wednesday, June 3, 2 PM, Facebook LIVE - Available for viewing on the library's Facebook page through August 31

Imagine your story through the eyes of live animals!  Join our friends from Animaloyg/NHECM for a Facebook Live event.  You will spend a "day in... Read Full Blog

Imagine Your Story -- Summer Reading for Teens!

Hey guys! Miss Leah here. Hopefully, all of you are doing well and hanging in there these days. I really miss hosting Teen Lounge every month and getting to see all of you. I look forward to the day that life can return back to normal! I bet you do, too. Until then, there are still plenty of ways for you to get involved with us at the Fort Smith Public Library. In fact, it’s time for our Summer Reading Program!

The theme this year is Imagine Your Story. In light of current events, the summer reading program and all other programming will be online this summer. Piece of cake for yo... Read Full Blog

Imagine Your Story - - Summer Reading Program!

Are YOU ready to read for fun and prizes?  

I hope so because the summer reading program is ready for you! The theme of our program is Imagine Your Story. This year, it's all online beginning on June 1 and ending on August 14!  We have a really neat program called READsquared, and all you have to do is go to the READsquared website, register, and start reading (or listening!).   For every minute you spend reading or listening, you will earn one point.  Before you know it, you will have 1,000 points!  When that happens, you will have earne... Read Full Blog

The library is not the same without you.

Hey all you cool cats and kittens!  We are busy working on various projects while we are closed, but we miss you all tremendously.  Here are just a few of the things I ( Mrs. Tiffany :) miss the most: Laptime storytime.  I miss sitting in the floor with everyone, singing and reading books.  I miss Hudson’s excitement for bubbles.  I miss Ellie and Grace sitting beside me, helping with the closing songs.  I miss sweet Audrey’s smiles and Calder’s serious face.  I miss everyone. Friday storytime.  I miss listening to Mrs. Melanie’s stories and... Read Full Blog

We Miss You!

Hi Friends!

Rachel from the Windsor Branch here.  We sure miss seeing you at the library!  Since the library closed in March due to COVID-19, we’ve started doing some really cool new things to continue serving you.  The library started offering curbside holds pickup at the Main Library (yay!) and we are so glad to see how much you are enjoying it!  We also added hoopla as one of our eContent providers - a move I was super excited about because I love listening to audiobooks.  And, we’ve started creating virtual story times for your kiddos to watch from hom... Read Full Blog

Virtual Book Tasting

Hey guys! Leah here. Hopefully everyone is staying safe and healthy out there. This is certainly a time of adjustment, isn’t it? For us at the library, it has meant postponing events. But then we thought, “Just because we aren't able to host these events in person, that doesn’t mean they cannot happen at all.” As many of you have seen, the Fort Smith Public Library now has a YouTube channel with all kinds of fun Storytimes with Ms. Robin, Ms. Tiffany, and Ms. Rachel. If you check us out on Facebook, you’ll see the STEAM projects I’ve prepared, along with other helpful resources and act... Read Full Blog

Come Together (well, virtually)!

This is an interesting time, isn’t it? With the COVID-19 issue being so prevalent in the world, safety is the first priority. With that said, it’s also important to maintain some degree of normalcy.  To all the teens out there, here are some ideas to host your own virtual Teen Lounge while maintaining your social distance:

First things first, you’ll need snacks. That goes without saying.

Next, come up with something you all can do “together” via FaceTime, Skype, Zoom, etc. It could be anything- get creative! Many crafts can be made out of stuff you already have at h... Read Full Blog


Welcome to hoopla, a digital media service that allows you to borrow movies, music, audiobooks, ebooks, comics, and TV shows to enjoy on your computer, tablet, or phone – and even your TV! With no waiting, titles can be streamed immediately, or downloaded to phones or tablets for offline enjoyment later. There are hundreds of thousands of titles to choose from, with more being added daily. Hoopla is like having your public library at your fingertips. Anytime. Anywhere.

Fort Smith Public Library customers will need their library card (in good standing; no fines of $2... Read Full Blog

Curbside Pickup

Curbside Pickup for library materials is now available at the Main Library Monday - Friday, from 1 - 5 PM, for library customers with cards in good standing. Materials may be requested using the library's online catalog or by phone at 479-783-0229 (choose "zero") between 9 AM - 6 PM, Monday through Friday. Holds will be filled as soon as possible (within a day or two) depending on availability. Once notified that materials are ready for check out, customers can call the staff from the library parking lot during the specified hours for delivery of materials to their car. Please pull up curbs... Read Full Blog

Library Closed

The safety of our library customers, staff, and community is our top priority.  To support efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19, all four locations of the Fort Smith Public Library will close at the end of the day Monday, March 16, and remain closed until further notice.  Please check our Facebook page or the library website for updates.

Due dates for all materials currently checked out will be extended, and no overdue charges will accrue while the library is closed.  Library staff will be available by phone and email to assist with family history and general r... Read Full Blog

Money Smart Week

April 4-11, 2020 is Money Smart Week!  Eight years ago, the American Library Association and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago teamed up to create Money Smart Week – a national public education program that promotes financial literacy.   Last year, libraries in all 50 states participated by providing information and programming designed to help people learn how best to save, spend, and invest.  Financial education is important at every age.

There are several programs being offered at the Fort Smith Public Library during Money Smart Week, that a... Read Full Blog

UAMS Coronavirus Resource Guide

The Education & Research Services team at UAMS (University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences) has put together a resource guide with information about Coronavirus Disease 19 (2019-nCoV). The pages provide authoritative, up-to-date information for clinicians, laboratories, researchers and the public. 

Included in the resource guide is the Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases by Johns Hopkins CSSE, an interactive web-based dashboard hosted by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University, to visualize and track reported cases of 201... Read Full Blog

How Do New Books Get on the Library Shelf?

New Books are Ordered Throughout the Year!

Ordering books for kids and teens is a constant responsibility of the Youth Services Librarian. Have you ever wondered how new books get ready to be checked out?  The first step is to decide which new books to order.  The budget for children's and teen books is funded through the Fort Smith Public Library Endowment Trust, and there are many, many more books available to buy than what the budget allows. Some new books are an immediate “Yes!”  For example, the latest Dog Man book or the newest Diary of a Wimpy Ki... Read Full Blog