Upcoming Events

April Events

The Layered Journey: Works by Sally Braswell  O’Dwyer   April 2019

The creative works of Sally Braswell O’Dwyer will be on display in the Community Room of the Main library during the month of April.

Entitled “The Layered Journey”, the artist has had the privilege to travel a creative journey all her life. As with all journeys, there have been stops, starts, ups and downs, with plenty of turbulence. Art is the center of Sally’s being. The pieces in this show represent some of her early works, a more traditional period, and new experimental works incorporating nontraditional mediums.

Sally Braswell O’Dwyer is a lifelong pursuer of color, shapes, and design. She hopes the variety of pieces in this show will take you on your own journey of thought, beauty, and questions. Artwork is available for viewing during all library hours when meetings are not being held in the Community Room.

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

Photography by Dianna Elkins
April 2019

The photographic works of Dianna Elkins will be featured at Dewey’s Cafe’ at the Fort Smith Public Library during the months of March and April.

Ms. Dianna is the retired Founder/Director of the First Place Academy and began photography in her early school days when she worked for a newspaper and developed pictures in the dark room.

In retirement, she and her husband love to camp and travel to various places in the U.S. and Canadian Rockies. Her favorite place is still at home in the River Valley. She loves to photograph her grandchildren, landscapes, seasonal changes, waterfalls, churches, old barns, and unexpected places that have long been forgotten. Ms. Dianna’s photography has been showcased in Arkansas Businesses, featured on tourist advertisements, and featured on commercial websites. Artwork is available for viewing all hours that the library is open.

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

Fort Smith Public Library Pet Food & Supply Drive for HOPE Humane Society
April 2019

All locations of the Fort Smith Public Library will hold a pet food and supply drive for HOPE Humane Society during the month of April. The shelter relies heavily on donations to better the care and treatment of all animals within their shelter. Items on their wish list include dry or canned dog and cat food, dogs and cat treats, clay cat litter, stainless steel dog bowls, dog and cat toys, dog and cat beds, grooming supplies, blankets, towels, bleach, floor cleaners, laundry detergent, and paper towels. Bring your donations to any Fort Smith Public Library location during the month of April and help out a pet in need.

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

Miller Branch Library Artist of the Month- Priscilla Myers
April 2019

The Miller Branch Library will feature original paintings by Priscilla Myers during the month of April.

Originally from Arizona, the artist uses acrylic and oil paints to create what speaks to her, including portraits, abstracts, and landscapes. She has also begun experimenting with pet portraits. Priscilla describes herself as a wife, mother, and grandmother who enjoys the creative process. Be sure to check out her work at the library during the month of April. Artwork is available for viewing all hours that the library is open.

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

Adults Color, Too!
April 1st-April 13th

Who said coloring is just for kids? Coloring helps promote relaxation and stress relief. Join us for a break from your day and unwind while engaging in the creative process in our fun, friendly, and casual atmosphere. Coloring pages for adults and colored pencils will be provided by the library and are available all hours that the library is open.

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

Monday, April 1st 3:30PM-6PM

STEAM Team is a monthly program for children ages 8-12 who have an interest in science, technology, engineering, arts, and math. Every first Monday, the STEAM Team will have a chance to build fun stuff, be active, make art, and even make a mess! In April, STEAMers will learn about solar energy during this drop-in program at the Main Library. Children will make Solar Ovens to take home. All supplies will be provided at this free, open-house style event.

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

Fiction Writing with Anita Paddock
Thursdays, April 4th-May 9th Noon-2PM

Write with Anita Paddock! This fiction writing course will be held at the Miller Branch Library during April and May. Sessions will be held on Thursdays from noon-2PM. Serious writers who have not yet attained their dream of publishing their work won’t want to miss this opportunity. Paddock, author of “Blind Rage” and “Closing Time”, both true crime novels, will focus on the fundamentals of theme, setting, point of view, character description and development, plot, climax, and resolution as she helps participants channel their creativity toward a finished product.

Pre-registration is required and there is a $50 fee for this six week class.

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

First Thursday Films: The Lost Weekend
Thursday, April 4th 6PM

The Lost Weekend, the fourth film in the First Thursday Films, is based on a best-selling novel of the same title. The film is directed by Billy Wilder and stars Ray Milland and Jane Wyman. According to the National Film Registry, this film is a “powerful and remarkably prescient film that provides an unflinchingly honest look at the effects of alcoholism.” Black and white, this film runs 99 minutes and is not rated.

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

Villain Day
Saturday, April 6th 1PM-3PM

Calling all superheroes and princesses! Villains are invading the Miller Branch Library and we need your help! Join us for fun games, crafts, and face painting at this FREE event. Expect to see Maleficent, Captain Hook, Cruella DeVille, and a few other familiar faces at this drop-in event!

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

Adult Recess: Savvy Shopping
Saturday, April 6th 2PM-3:30PM

Help us celebrate Money Smart Week by empowering yourself with savvy shopping skills, bargain hunting ability, and beginning couponing expertise at this free program for adults. Registration is required for this event.

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

National Library Week Book Guessing Jar Contest
April 8th-April 13th

Let’s celebrate National Library Week together with a book guessing jar. Examine the words from a classic, well-known novel to see if you can guess the title and submit your entry for a chance to win a library swag bag.

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

The Book Lover’s Club
Tuesday, April 9th 10:15AM

Read a good book lately? Come tell us about it at The Book Lover’s Club. 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. Bring a friends and a good book and join us at The Book Lover’s Club!

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

Lunch Pail Tales
Tuesday, April 9th Noon-1PM

Take an adulting break, pack your lunch, and head out to the Windsor Branch Library for an interactive storytime just for adults. This month, we will be celebrating National Library Week and National Poetry Month. We’ll also have a poetry creation station. No registration is required for this free event.

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

Beginning Bridge Classes
Thursday, April 11 and Thursday, April 25th 9:30AM-11:30AM

Two bridge classes for beginners will be held at the Miller Branch on Thursday, April 11th, and Thursday, April 25th. Bridge offers many opportunities to play socially and competitively while stimulating your mind. Those interested in learning to play bridge are encouraged to attend this free, two class beginner course led by Dan Swink. Registration is requested for this free program.

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

Lights, Camera, Action! A Creative Storytime
Saturday, April 13th 10:30AM

Children and their families are invited to explore literature through creative drama in this special Saturday storytime. Get ready to have some fun with Shannon Stoddard, a teacher at the Community School of the Arts. Shannon holds her B.A. in theatre from Centenary College of Shreveport, LA and her M.A. in Theatre Education from New York University. This month’s program will feature the books The Rainbow Fish and Rub-a-Dub Sub. Don’t miss this action-packed storytime!

Shannon Stoddard began her love of all things performing at an early age when she began dance lessons at age 6 and has been performing ever since! She has a great passion for teaching students about theater and loves watching them grow, not only as performers, but also grow in self-confidence! She looks forward to working with many new students in the future!

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

DIY Afternoon for Adults & Teens: Mason Jar Terrariums
Saturday, April 13th 1PM-2:30PM

Bring the outside in! Come join us at this fun workshop on making Mason Jar Terrariums. Learn how to make one with us and take it home! All materials will be provided for this free program. Please call 479-783-0229 or email lharms@fortsmithlibrary.org to register by April 11th. This program is for adults and teens ages 13 and up.

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

Lego Club: Tornadoes and Storm Shelters
Monday, April 15th 5PM-6PM

Kids, tweens, and teens are invited to the Main library to design, create, and build unique creations with the Lego Club! This month’s theme is Tornadoes and Storm Shelters. Everyone loves Legos! This event is free and supplies are provided. Just bring your imagination!

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

BINGO for Adults!
Tuesday, April 16th 4PM-5PM

Bring your lucky daubers or lucky troll for this fun hour of bingo! We will have prizes for all bingo winners and refreshments will be provided at this free, fun program!

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

Community School of the Arts: Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Jr. Preview Show
Thursday, April 18th 4:30PM

Join Community School of the Arts Children’s Musical Theatre Company for the beloved story of Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Jr.  featuring 35 local students in grades 3-6.

Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved stories and the classic animated films, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Jr. is a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages. With music by eight-time Academy Award winner, Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater, and a compelling book by Doug Wright, this fishy fable will capture your heart with irresistible songs, including “Under the Sea”, “Kiss the Girl”, and “Part of Your World”.

Ariel, King Triton’s youngest daughter, wishes to pursue the human Prince Eric in the world above, bargaining with the evil sea witch, Ursula, to trade her tail for legs. But the bargain is not what it seems and Ariel needs the help of her colorful friends, Flounder the fish, Scuttle the seagull, and Sebastian the crab to restore order under the sea.

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

Open Mic Night @ Dewey’s Cafe’
Thursday, April 18th 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 poem 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

DIY Superhero Art
April 22nd-27th, 2019

Get ready for the release of Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame with a DIY Superhero Art activity at the Dallas Street Branch Library. This drop-in “Do It Yourself” program will allow participants to use their creativity to create their own superhero art using optional stencils or tracing paper. Superhero graphic art coloring will also be available.

For more information, please call the Dallas Branch at (479) 484-5650


Storytime Programs



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
Miller   Storytime with Tiffany Nelson Fridays 10AM