Popular Resources and Links

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ABCmouse is a digital educational program for children ages 2-8. Subjects covered include reading and language arts, math, science, health, social studies, music, and art

Since ABCMouse is subscription-based, children must be inside the Fort Smith Public Library in order to access it.


If you enjoy listening to your books on your own digital media player (iPod, MP3 player, phone, etc.) OR if you would like to read books on your computer, tablet, phone, or electronic reader, you will really enjoy the Library’s downloadable audiobooks and ebooks from Overdrive. This quickly growing collection of audiobooks and ebooks (plus a few films) are part of Library2Go, a partnership of 17 Arkansas libraries of which Fort Smith Public Library is a founding member.

Mango Languages

With Mango, you can 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. Better still…it’s FUN!


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. TumbleBooks are created by taking existing story books, adding animation, sound, music and narration to produce an electronic (e-book) story book. TumbleBooks will help teach kids the joy of reading in a format they’ll love!

Our TumbleBook Library is a collection of:

  • Story Books – entertaining and amusing picture story books to listen to, or read on your own.
  • Tumble Readers – large print Read-On-Your-Own story, chapter and teen books.
  • Life Learning – books that teach kids about important social and health issues in a fun, educational manner.
  • Puzzles & Games – jigsaw puzzles, word fun, memory games and more to play after reading a book!
  • Language Learning – read a growing collection of Spanish, French, Russian and Chinese original story books, or translations of English story books.
  • Audio Books – listen to tales of Aesop’s, fairy tales, and classics such as Black Beauty, Winnie-the-Pooh, and more.
  • Index – A-Z listing of the all story books in the TumbleBook Library.

Check out our TumbleBooks today! The TumbleBooks Library at the Fort Smith Public Library is funded by the Friends of the Library. For more information, please call the Main Library at 479-783-0229.



Children’s Book Award Winners

Arkansas Diamond Award

“The Arkansas Diamond Primary Book Award was established by the Arkansas Elementary School Council in 1998 to encourage reading for students in Grades K-3.  The name of the award was chosen because Arkansas is the only diamond producing state. Like the Charlie May Simon Award, the Arkansas Diamond Award is selected by an annual vote. Children in Grades K-3 must have read at least three of the titles from the annual reading list and may vote for one title. Student voting is done in May each year.”- from the Arkansas State Library website

Charlie May Simon Award

“The Charlie May Simon Children’s Book Award for children’s literature has been presented annually since 1971 to an author whose book has been selected through a vote taken by Arkansas school children in grades four, five and six.  The purpose of the 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.

Charlie May Simon was born August 17, 1897, at Monticello, Arkansas, but moved to Memphis at an early age. She attended Memphis State University, Stanford University and the Chicago Art Institute. She returned to Arkansas after she married John Gould Fletcher in 1936. Throughout her lifetime, Mrs. Fletcher traveled extensively, gathering information for her many prize winning biographies.   She lived at Johnswood, her home in Little Rock, until her death in 1977.

During her distinguished career, Charlie May Simon wrote over 27 books for children and young adults. Her first work, ROBIN ON THE MOUNTAIN, was published in 1934 and is considered a classic in children’s literature. Other works include STRAW IN THE SUN, ALL MEN ARE BROTHERS, and FAITH HAS NEED OF ALL THE TRUTH.”- from the Arkansas State Library website