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September Events

Photo Exhibition- Hope Campus Profiles by Ashley Lewis and Brittney Owns
September 4th-October 20th

A photo exhibit featuring profile of Hope Campus clients will be on display in the community room of the Main Library during the months of September and October.

Photographers Ashley Lewis and Brittney Owens tell the stories of Hope Campus residents through pictures and interviews at this important exhibit. The photographers feel that everyone’s story is important, even people who tend to be looked at as the lower end of society, even if the story makes other people uncomfortable. Ashley and Brittney feel that it is imperative that the public understands the services that are available at Hope Campus, and that many times it’s just a temporary situations for the ones seeking help there.  This exhibit allows them to have a voice. The photographers hope their stories will make an impact on those viewing the exhibit. Artwork is available for viewing all open 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 Jim Barber
September and October 2018

The original photography of Jim Barber will be on display at Dewey’s Cafe at the Main Library during the months of September and October. Jim Barber, along with his family, moved to Fort Smith from Texas in 1996. Educated at Kansas State University, he has worked as a petroleum geologist for the last forty years, but he has always been drawn towards photography. This led him to join the Photographic Alliance of Fort Smith where he learned technique, composition, and photo post-processing from numerous local, exceptional photographers. He began photographing landscapes, nature, and still life. His hobby has continued to grow in earnest and he has exhibited his work in Fort Smith and Van Buren. His work is available in various sizes and mediums, such as classic prints, stretched canvas, or metal prints, and his photography can be seen at JimBarberFineArt.com. Artwork is available for viewing all hours that the library is open.

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

 

Miller Branch Library Artist of the Month- Priscilla Myers
September 2018

The Miller Branch Library will feature original paintings by Priscilla Myers during the month of September. Originally from Arizona, the artist uses acrylic and oil paints to create what speaks to her, including portraits, abstracts, and landscapes. Recently she has also begun experimenting with pet portraits. Priscilla describes herself as a wife, month, and grandmother who enjoys the creative process. Artwork is available for viewing all hours the library is open.

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

 

Artwork by Penny Joyner
September 2018

Enjoy the original artwork of Penny Joyner during the month of September at the Windsor Branch Library. Joyner uses a variety of art techniques using various mediums to create her art work. You can meet artist Penny Joyner on Thursday, September 6th, from 5PM-7PM. Learn about her inspiration for the work she creates. Artwork will be available for viewing all hours that the library is open.

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

National Library Card Sign-up Month
September 2018

September is National Library Card Sign-up Month. Libraries play an important role in the education and development of children. Studies show that children who are read to in the home and who use the library perform better in school and are more likely to use the library as a source of lifetime learning. Visit your library today! If you don’t have a library card, this is the perfect time to apply.

All children who sign up for their first library card during Library Card Sign-up Month will receive a free paperback book, provided by the Friends of the Library. Teens and adults will receive a library goodie bag. Library cards are available free of charge to Fort Smith city residents ages five and older. A parent or legal guardian must apply in person for children ages 5-15. Please bring identification with current street address, such as a driver’s license, bank check, or utility bill.

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

 

Ice Cream Wednesday!
Wednesday, September 5th 3:30PM

Enjoy an ice cream sundae at the Dallas Branch Library as the warm weather winds down. This free, tasty event will begin at 3:30PM and will continue until the library closes (6PM) or until we run out of ice cream! Residents of Fort Smith may also apply for a FREE library card while you enjoy your ice cream.

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

 

Lights, Camera, Action! A Creative Storytime
Wednesday, September 5th 4PM

Children and their families are invited to explore literature through creative drama in this special afternoon 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. 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 holds her B.A. in Theatre from Centenary College of Shreveport, LA and her M.A. in Theatre Education from New York University. Shannon has a great passion for teaching students about theater and loves watching them grow not only as performers but also watching them grow in self-confidence! She looks forward to working with many new students in the future! She currently teaches a variety of classes with the Community School of the Arts for a variety of ages!

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

 

National Read a Book Day!
Thursday, September 6th 9AM-6PM

Stop by the Windsor Branch Library, pick a book, sit back and relax and read for National Read a Book Day! Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are. Special treats will be given out to those who are “caught” reading by library staff. All ages are welcome at the Windsor Branch Library!

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

 

Meet the Artist: Penny Joyner
Thursday, September 6th 5PM-7PM

Meet the artist Penny Joyner at this artist “meet & greet” at the Windsor Branch Library. Joyner employs a variety of art techniques using various mediums to create her art work. Learn about her inspiration for the work she creates. Peggy Joyner’s artwork will be on display at the library through the end of September.

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

 

First Friday Films: Alice Adams (1935)
Friday, September 7th 6PM

Join us for our very first film of the First Thursday Films series at the library featuring this adaption of Booth Tarkington’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel, Alice Adams. This classic Oscar nominated romance stars Katherine Hepburn, Fred MacMurray, and Fred Stone. The film is one hour and thirty-nine minutes long and is not rated.

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

 

Fruit and Vegetable Carving Workshop
Saturday, September 8th 1PM-2PM

Any fruit or vegetable can be turned in to a masterpiece! Join us for this hands-on class for beginners led by Mrs. Thuan Tran and learn the basics to this fun art. All supplies will be provided. Pre-registration is required for this free class for teens and adults ages 13 and up.

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

 

Adult Recess: Bistro 4701
Saturday, September 8th 2PM-3:30PM

Who said that kids get to have all the fun? Summer is over, the kids have gone back to school, and it is time for you to RELAX. Come and enjoy an experience like never before at Bistro 4701. The mood will be set for you to enjoy yourself while exploring new things. Reservation is required.

Please call the Windsor Branch at (479)785-0405

 

Authors in the Afternoon featuring Wanda Louise Newbury
Monday, September 10th 4PM-6PM

Sprio, Oklahoma author Wanda Louise Newbury will make a special appearance at the Fort Smith Public Library to promote and sign copies her book Survival for the Everyday Woman: Daily Walk with God. Christian women have lives of great joy and depth. But they face everyday challenges and obstacles that block the satisfaction they get from service to God and mankind. This book is a journal of 70 poems given to the author through God’s inspiration. She hopes you find solace and meaning in these works; rejoice in the simple settings and formal worship that broaden your impact as a true believer, and broaden your understanding of how the people described overcame daily challenges. 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, September 11th 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! Bring a friend and a good book.

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

“Talk Like a Pirate” with the Fort Smith Public Library
September 16th-22nd All Open Hours

Ahoy Mateys! Avast and cast  yer eyes upon the FREE* Mango Languages Pirate Language Course! In celebration of Talk Like a Pirate Day, the Fort Smith Public Library invites you to try out this online course, free at the library or at home with your *Fort Smith Public Library card in good standing. Learn how to “parley” in perfect Pirate. In just a few minutes, you’ll learn:

  • The appropriate way to hail your fellow gentlemen o’fortune
  • A few choice names for your lazy excuse of a crew.
  • The finer points of swashbuckling.
  • A bit about Pirate history and the part it played in forming modern democracy.
  • All sorts of practical Pirate lingo!

Ask at any library location to get started. Complete the first online lesson and turn in the requested pirate phrase for your chance to win some “booty” from Mango languages. You can learn over 70 languages with Mango; this course is recommended for adults and teens.

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

 

Lego Club: Boats and Oceans
Monday, September 17th 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 boats and oceans. This event is free and supplies are provided- just bring your imagination.

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

 

Authors in the Afternoon featuring Hayleigh Worgan
Thursday, September 20th 4PM-6PM

Author Hayleigh Worgan will make a special appearance at the Fort Smith Public Library to promote and sign copies of her book, The Huntsman: A Modern Retelling of Red Riding Hood. A battle is raging between good and evil for the power of love, and the wolf is evil’s best weapon. After making his home within the huntsman for nearly a decade, the wolf has his sights set on Red Riding Hood.

Hayleigh Worgan is an independent author, freelance writer, and writing consultant. In addition to The Huntsman, she has published two poetry collections and is currently working on her second novel. Visit www.hayleighworgan.com to view samples of her work.

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

 

Open Mic Night @ Dewey’s Cafe’
Thursday, September 20th 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

 

Pirate Party and Storytime
Friday, September 21st 10AM

Come walk the plank at the Miller Branch library! Join us for this very special pirate storytime featuring exciting pirate stories and silly pirate songs, followed by pirate-themed crafts, games, and snacks. No registration is necessary for this fun and free program. Storytime is held every Friday at 10AM at the Miller Branch library.

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

 

Banned Books Bingo for Teens
Tuesday, September 25 4PM

In recognition of Banned Books Week, teens are invited to play Banned Books Bingo for a chance to win free YA books! Celebrate your right to read and learn about banned books and censorship. Snacks and supplies will be provided at this free program for ages 13 and up.

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

 

Roald Dahl Fall Festival
Tuesday, September 25 5PM-7PM

Come celebrate the fabulous children’s author Roald Dalh, author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, and other classic favorites, at the Miller Branch Fall Festival! This free, open-house style event will feature fun games, face painting, and crafts for young ones, ages 0-8.

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

 

Adult Crafty Corner
Thursday, September 27 2PM-3PM

Adults can be crafty, too! Rediscover your creative spark by joining the Miller Branch Library for an easy craft that you’l be able to take home. This month, participants will be decorating library tote bags!

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

 

Teen Chocolate Olympics
Thursday, September 27 3:30PM

Calling all teen chocolate lovers! You’re invited to participate in the library’s Teen Chocolate Olympics! Show us that you are the ultimate chocolate lover. One lucky winner will receive two tickets to the Fort Smith Public Library’s Chocolate Festival on Sunday, September 30th at the Dallas Branch Library.

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

 

Friends of the Fort Smith Public Library Chocolate Festival
Sunday, September 30th 2:30PM-4:30PM

Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate! The Friends of the Fort Smith Library will turn the Dallas Branch into a Willy Wonka Chocolate Factory of sorts as an abundance of chocolate drips throughout the building. Local clubs, businesses, and individuals will offer their favorite chocolate samplings to the chocoholics of Fort Smith. Tickets to the festival are $7 for six tastes of chocolate; price includes a to-go box. All proceeds from the Chocolate Festival will be used by the Friends of the Library for special materials and programs at the library.

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

 

October Events

Miller Branch Library Artist of the Month- Cindy Sugg
October 2018

The Miller Branch Library will feature the artwork of Cindy Sugg during the month of October. Cindy is a lover of nature and is inspired to paint by many subjects in the Fort Smith area. Oils and pastels are her media of choice in her artwork; her focus is on landscapes and clouds. Cindy hopes the viewer will be able to relax, take themselves into the paintings, and forget the world for a while. Artwork is available for viewing all hours the library is open.

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

Getting to Know Ancestry.com
Thursday, October 4th 2:30PM

Ancestry.com, the leading genealogy database, has added more than 17 billion records to their site over the past 20 years. With at least 12 billion of those records covering the United States, this massive amount of information at your fingertips can be overwhelming to navigate. Join Genealogy Specialist Diana Curry for hints and tips to help utilize all the tools on the site. Ancestry.com can be accessed for FREE at all Fort Smith Public Library locations.

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

 

Hispanic Heritage Month Spanish Storytime
Thursday, October 4th 6PM

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage month at the Windsor Branch library with Spanish Storytime! Join Miss Maria and enjoy the magic of stories through reading, singing, and activities. Children of all ages and their families are welcome.

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

 

Lights, Camera, Action! A Creative Storytime
Saturday, October 6th 10:30AM

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

Shannon Stoddard began her love for 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 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

 

Bookmark Decorating Contest
October 8th-13th

Celebrate Teen Read Week with the Dallas Branch library’s Bookmark Decorating Contest. Select a bookmark pattern and decorate it any way you wish. The Dallas Branch library staff and customers will vote on their favorite designs. The top three winners will receive gift cards and prize bags. This event is open to all library customers under the age of 18.

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

 

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

Read a good book lately? Come tell us about it at The Book Lover’s Club (for adults)! The only requirement is that you must love to read. Read whatever you like, fiction or nonfiction, 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 friend and a good book to The Book Lover’s Club!

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

 

Teen Lounge: Astrology 101
Tuesday, October 9th 4PM

Learn the basics of Astrology and discover what the Zodiac signs mean during this interactive program for ages 13 and up. Teens will also make a galaxy jar to take with them! All snacks and supplies are provided.

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

 

Teen Read Week: Murder in the Library
Thursday, October 11th 3:30PM

Celebrate Teen Read Week with us at the Windsor Branch library for an after school Whodunnit.  Fort Smith Police Department Officer Watkins needs your help. Something happened to the Kimmons Jr. High School librarian, Mrs. Buccella.  She visited the Windsor Branch, but never returned to school.  Help Officer Watkins by examining clues to see if you can solve this mystery.

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

 

Fall Fun Storytime
Thursday, October 11th 4PM

Are you ready for some fall fun? This family-friendly storytime will feature books, songs, finger plays, and more. This fun afternoon will also feature crafts and a snack. This free library program is a  collaborative event with the Fort Smith Public Schools Preschool Program.

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

 

Adult Recess: Escape the Library
Saturday, October 13th 2PM-3:30PM

Adults! Who said that kids get to have all the fun? Grab some friends and see if you have the super sleuth skills to Escape the Library.

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

 

Lego Club: Goosebumps!
Monday, October 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 Goosebumps! Everyone loves Legos! This event is free and supplies are provided.

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

 

Authors in the Afternoon featuring Tommy B. Smith
Thursday, October 18th 4PM-6PM

Author Tommy B. Smith will make a special appearance at the Fort Smith Public Library to promote and sign copies of his latest book,  The Mourner’s Cradle.

Damon Sharpe had, in part, found victory in his battle to unearth a truth obscured by time. By autumn, he was dead, leaving to his wife, Anne, a house of unfulfilled wishes, remnants, and the key to his obsession, the Mourner’s Cradle. A journey through grief and peril delivers Anne Sharpe from her home in St. Charles to the faraway skeletons of a long-dead civilization where she will find the answers she desperately seeks… or die trying.

Copies of the book, as well as others written by Tommy B. Smith, 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

 

Open Mic Night @ Dewey’s Cafe’
Thursday, October 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 doesn’t have to be original- 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

The History of Fairview Cemetery with  Randy Smith
Thursday, October 18th 7PM

Join local historian Randy Smith to hear the interesting story of Van Buren’s Fairview Cemetery and how it came to be on the National Historic Registry. The Confederate Section of Van Buren’s historic Fairview Cemetery contains the graves of many Confederate soldiers that died from wounds or disease in the Civil War in the Arkansas River Valley and Northwest Arkansas.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the plot is located on the northern side of Fairview Cemetery, which overlooks historic downtown Van Buren from a sloping ridge that once played a key war in a civil war battle.

Fairview Cemetery is also the location of an odd “mystery grave” that Arkansas folklore says contains the remains of a soldier from the Hernando de Soto expedition. The story may be unlikely but has long been a popular local legend.

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

 

Authors in the Afternoon featuring April Rios
Thursday, October 23rd 4PM-6PM

Author April Rios will make a special appearance at the Fort Smith Public Library to promote and sign copies of her book, My Journal: Letters to God. 

The book is one woman’s journey with God, detailing how he transformed her whole life. She became a woman who loves God, other, and herself. Her expressions are her heart to Jesus in her love and her fears.

April Rios lives happily with her family in Arkansas and is a servant, writer, teacher, and encourages the word.  Copies of her book will be for sale and signing at this open-house style event.

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

 

Adult Crafty Corner
Thursday, October 25th 2PM-3PM

Adults can be crafty, too! Rediscover your creative spark by joining the Miller Branch library for an easy craft that you will be able to take home. This month, participants will be painting pumpkins!

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

 

Friends of the Library Annual Used Book Sale: Children and Young Adults!
Friday, October 26th-Monday, October 29th

Educators, home schoolers, and anyone who loves sharing books with children and teens  won’t want to miss the Friends of the Library used book sale featuring ONLY books and media for children and young adults.

Thousands of fiction and non-fiction books for children and young adults will be available at bargain prices. Videos and other non-print media will be for sale, too. Come stock up for your home or classroom library. Proceeds benefit the Friends of the Fort Smith Public Library which provides supplemental funding for library materials, programs, and much more.

Hours are as follows:

Friday, October 26th 3:30PM-7PM

Saturday, October 27th 10AM-5PM

Sunday, October 28th 1PM-5PM

Monday, October 29th 9AM-6PM

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

 

Ancestor Artifacts Show and Tell
Saturday, October 27th 2PM-4PM

Ancestor stories are as varied and colorful as our ancestors were. Would you like to display the artifacts that belonged to your ancestor? Now is your chance to talk about your ancestors and show interesting photos and articles related to them. Your ancestors do not have to be famous to be interesting. Perhaps you have a photo of Great Uncle Fred with his jumping mule or a story about Aunt Sally winning a blue ribbon at the World’s Fair. Whatever your story, we would love to hear it.

We will have a limited number of tables for display and you will be responsible for keeping an eye on your belongings.

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

 

Teen Lounge: Special Effects Makeup Workshop
Tuesday, October 30th 4PM

What will you be this Halloween? Learn the basics of applying special effects makeup to  create your own scary look! Local makeup artists will lead this FREE teen workshop. Spots are limited and will be filled on a first come, first serve basis. All supplies will be provided at this event for teens ages 13-18.

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

 

Halloween Crafternoon
Wednesday, October 31st 1PM-6PM

Connect with your craft side at the Miller Branch library. Children of all ages can pop in anytime between 1PM and 6PM to make a fun Halloween craft (or three!) to take home. Be sure to stop by the front desk and trick or treat the staff before you leave!

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

Halloween Bingo
Wednesday, October 31st 3:30PM

Come and enjoy a trick or treat at the Windsor Branch library by playing Halloween Bingo after school. Be sure to check out a book while you’re here!

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

Trick or Treat at the Library
Wednesday, October 31st 3:30PM

Kick off an evening of Halloween fun at the Dallas Branch library. Stop by for free popcorn, candy, and a Halloween-themed make and take craft. We can’t wait to see your costumes!

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

 

 

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