Upcoming Events

August 2018 Calendar

Bottled Water Drive for the Next Step Day Room 
August 1st-August 31st All Open Hours

A bottled water drive for the Day Room at Next Step Homeless Services will be held during the month of August at all Fort Smith Public Library locations. Bottled water is essential for homeless clients, especially those unsheltered. As we face much warmer weather, staying hydrated remains a daily challenge for the homeless. Cases of individual-sized bottles (16 ounces) are desired. Feel free to drop off your donations at your neighborhood library.

The Next Step Homeless Services opened in Fort Smith in 2002. They see 120-150 clients each day, either presently experiencing homelessness or on the cusp of homelessness. Next step case managers with backgrounds in social service work to help homeless clients seek solutions to homelessness through individual case management with direction toward self-sufficiency.

For more information, please call the Main Library at (479)783-0229

 


BINGO for Books 
Thursday, August 2nd 2PM-3PM

Bingo for Books is fun for everyone! Bring your family and friends, play BINGO and earn books as your prize. Winners will be able to select a book from a selection of children and teen titles.

For more information, please call the Main Library at (479)783-0229


Terrific Tuesday: I Vote, You Vote Storytime 
Tuesday, August 7th 2PM-3:30PM

Who said little people can’t vote? A person is a person, whether big or small. Bring the family to this special storytime about voting and elections. After the storytime, you can cast your vote for who you feel will be the next fear leader of our great city, Fort Smith, will be.

For more information, please call the Windsor Branch at (479)785-0405


 

Wanda J. Williams Theatre Company presents Little Mermaid 
Tuesday, August 7th 6PM

See the story you know and love performed by the talented actors of the Wanda J. Williams Theatre Company. The show will feature select songs and dances from the classic Disney Broadway show The Little Mermaid! Bring your friends and family and join the fun for this FREE 30-minute performance.

For more information, please call the Main Library at (479)783-0229


 

Touch-a-Truck Storytime: Ambulance! 
Friday, August 10th 10AM

Children are invited to participate in an extra-special storytime event at the Miller Branch Library. Participants will first learn about emergency medical technicians and ambulances with stories, activities, and other realted fun. Afterwards, children can visit the library parking lot to watch a demonstration and touch a real ambulance.

For more information, please call the Miller Branch at (479)646-3945


 

Drawing with Ryan Starkey 
Friday, August 10th 1PM-2PM

Have you always wanted to learn to draw? Local artist Ryan Starkey will lead free, interactive drawing classes for adults (ages 18 and up) at the Miller Branch library in August. He will be teaching techniques using pencil and charcoal. Ryan’s paintings have been on display at numerous locations in Fort Smith and the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C. No registration is required for this free class and materials will be provided. A second class will be held on Friday, August 24th.

For more information, please call the Miller Branch at (479)646-3945


 

Authors in the Afternoon featuring Cate Grace 
Saturday, August 11th 1PM-3PM

Author Cate Grace will make a special appearance at the Fort Smitih Public Library to promote and sign copies of her book Collateral Damage: the impacts of my mother’s mental illness on me. The book is the poignant, absorbing, and thought-provoking true story of a child who grew up with a demanding and destructive intruder in her home: her mother’s mental illness. Compelling, insightful, and powerful, Collateral Damange is a valuable resource for anyone who knows, works with, or loves a child of parental mental illness, including grown up children.

Cate grew up on a farm in the Midwest. She obtained a BA cum laude from the University of Iowa, as well as a Juris Doctorate cum laude and a Certificate IV in facilitration, training, and assessment. After practicing law for several years, she moved to Australia, where she worked in the public service and the non-profit sector, including public health. Her work in Australia focused on Aboriginal communities and disadvantaged populations. Cate recently returned to the Midwest, where she practices law, focusing on estate planning, guardianship, and conservatorship, elder law, and emergency immigration law. Copies of the book will be available for sale and signing at this open-house style event.

For more information, please call the Main Library at (479)783-0229


 

The Book Lover’s Club (for adults) 
Tuesday, August 14th 10:15AM

Read a good book lately? Come tell us about it at The Book Lover’s Club (for adults). The only requirement for this club is that you must love to read. Read whatever you like, fiction or non-fiction, and come give us a short report (on up to three titles). The Book Lover’s Club meets the second Tuesday of every month at the Main library. Come meet more people like you!

For more information, please call the Main Library at (479)783-0229


 

Back to School Nail Makeover for Kids and Teens 
Tuesday, August 14th 2PM-5PM

Kids and teens are invited to stop by the Main library anytime between 2 and 5PM to paint, pamper, and polish their nails at the Back-to-School Nail Makeover. Materials will be provided, or you may bring your own. Enjoy chatting about your favorite books while getting creative with nail colors and designs. This event is held in memory of Leslie Creekmore.

For more information, please call the Main Library at (479)783-0229

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Open Mic Night @ Dewey’s Cafe’
Thursday, August 16th 7PM

Join us for a fun, casual open mic night at Dewey’s Cafe’. Musicians, poets, and other talented folks are invited to perform. Sign up at the door; arrive early to ensure a spot on the list. Showcase your talent or just come and listen. Music or poetry does not have to be original work- come and share a favorite poen or musical piece with us! Acoustic music only please; we look forward to seeing you!

For more information, please call the Main Library at (479)783-0229

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Lego Club
Monday, August 20th 5PM-6PM

Kids, tweens, and teens are invited to the Main library to design, create, and build unique creations with the Lego Club! This event is free and supplies are provided-just bring your imagination!

For more information, please call the Main Library at (479)783-0229

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Baby Yoga
Tuesday, August 21st 10AM

Children aged three months to two years and their caregivers are invited to enjoy a beginner’s yoga class at the Miller Branch Library, led by Sha Johnson. Yoga is a unique activity you can enjoy with your baby that utilizes touch, stretching, cradling, and movement. Baby yoga can encourage healthy development of your baby’s body systems and is a practice that you can continue at home. Bring a yoga mat if you wish. 

For more information, please call the Miller Branch at (479)646-3945

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Drawing with Ryan Starkey
Friday, August 24th  1PM-2PM

Have you always wanted to learn to draw? Local artist Ryan Starkey will lead free, interactive drawing classes for adults (ages 18 and up) at the Miller Branch Library in August. He will be teaching techniques using pencil and charcoal. Ryan’s paintings have been on display at numerous locations in Fort Smith and at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C. No registration is required for this free class and materials will be provided. 

For more information, please call the Miller Branch at (479)646-3945

 

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Friends of the Library Annual Used Book Sale: Non-Fiction
Saturday, August 25th and Sunday, August 26th  All Open Hours

The Friends of the Library used book sale is bigger and better than ever! Shop thousands of non-fiction selections for adults, including hardbacks and paperbacks from your favorite authors and on your favorite topics.  Most paperbacks are 50 cents and most hardback books are $1. The sale will continue Sunday with all remaining titles 1/2 price, then book clearance begins Monday, August 27th with remaining items priced by the bag!

Proceeds from the sale are used to buy library materials and fund library special events and projects. Members of the Friends of the Fort Smith Public Library  may come to the exclusive Friends-only Preview Sale on Friday, August 24th, from 4-7PM. There will be a 25 book limit at the preview sale. Friends of the Library memberships start at $10 and will be for sale at the preview sale. 

For more information, please call the Main Library at (479)783-0229

 

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Adult Crafty Corner
Thursday, August 30th  2PM-3PM

Adults can be crafty, too! Rediscover your creative spark by joining the Miller Branch Library for an easy craft that you’ll be able to take home. This month participants will be experimenting with decoupage.  

For more information, please call the Miller Branch at (479)646-3945

 

 

 

 

 

Location

Storytime Programs

Day

Time

Windsor   Storytime
with Louise Turner
Mondays 10AM
Miller   Laptime Storytime (Ages 0-24 months)
with Tiffany Nelson
Mondays 10:30AM
Main   Toddler Time (Ages 3 and under) Tuesdays 10AM
Dallas   Storytime Wednesdays 10:30AM
Main   Preschool Storytime (Ages 3 to 5) Thursdays 10AM
Windsor   School Age Storytime Thursdays
(June-August)
10AM
Miller   Storytime with Tiffany Nelson Fridays 10AM