Upcoming Events

December Calendar

Photography by Tim Ernst

Fort Smith Public Library Holiday Food Drive
November 1st-December 31st

Help out local families in need by donating to this year’s Fort Smith Public Library Holiday Food Drive. One in five people in our area are struggling and one in three rural Arkansas children live in food insecure homes. Drop off your non-perishable food items at any Fort Smith library location from November 1st- December 31st. Donations will be accepted all hours that the library is open. All food collected will be given to the Community Clearing House.

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

Photography by Deanna Cagle
December 2018

The stunning photography of Deanna Cagle will be on display in the community room at the Main Library during the months of November and December.

Deanna, who is from Greenwood, has been involved with photography for about thirteen years and finds inspiration in mountainous landscapes and wildlife. This special exhibit will feature breathtaking images from Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, along with other locations out west, and Canada.

Deanna is a member of the Fort Smith Photographic Alliance and has won awards at the Lawn & Garden Show, the Arklahoma State Fair, and the Stewart, BC, Bear Festival. Artwork is available for viewing all library hours when meetings are not being held in the Community Room. You can preview Deanna’s work at http://fineartamerica.com/art/all/deanna+cagle/all

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

Photography by Michael Leonard
December 2018

The award-winning photography of Michael Leonard will be on display at Dewey’s Cafe’ during the months of November and December. Well known as an innovative and highly skilled photographer, his photographic interests and styles are multifaceted and he has photographed many different subjects.

Well recognized for unique printing and presentation techniques, he has inspired and trained many other photographers to learn his dramatic style of both color and infared photography. He spends every free minute he can exploring and photographing our country.

Michael Leonard has won numerous local and regional photography competitions, toured with the Arkansas Arts Council’s “Small Works on Paper” exhibit and shown his work in Missouri, Texas, and Arkansas. Michael has lived in Fort Smith since retiring from the U. S. Navy in 1994. Artwork is available for viewing in the cafe’ all hours that the library is open.

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

The Perfect Gift: Library Books for Christmas!
November 26th- December 31st All Open Hours

Honor someone special while sharing your love of reading by donating to the Fort Smith Public Library’s The Perfect Gift: Library Books for Christmas fundraiser. From November 26th through December 31st, individuals may visit any Fort Smith Public Library location to choose a book to add to the library’s collection in honor or memory of someone special. Childrens books are a $10 donation and adult books are a $25 donation. Proceeds from The Perfect Gift will go to the library’s materials fund to be used for the purchase of new library materials.

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

Miller Branch Artist of the Month: Tanya Bateman
December 2018

The artwork of Tanya Bateman will be on display at the Miller Branch Library during the month of December.

Inspired by traveling, Tanya began painting five years ago. Her oil and acrylic paintings offer a wide variety of subjects with her favorites being scenery and landscapes. Artwork is available for viewing all hours the library is open.

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

Holiday Library Challenge
December 2018

Are you up for a challenge? Work together as a family or go solo to be successful at the Holiday Library Challenge. Pick up a Bingo card at any library location and have fun marking off all the ways you use your library. Attend a library program, use a library resource, and tell us what you think about it, or play a board game then mark it on your Bingo card. You’ll receive a small prize and be entered to win a variety of larger prizes.

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

Lights, Camera, Action! A Creative Storytime!
Saturday, December 1st 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 We’re Going on a Bear Hunt and Bearrobics. 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! Shannon has a great passion for teaching students about theater and loves watching them grow, not only as performers, but also growing their 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

Adult Recess: Vision 2019
Saturday, December 1st 2PM-3:30PM

Join us for this month’s Adult Recess, where we will be creating our own Vision Boards of personal goals to reach during the year of 2019. Please call the Windsor Branch at 479-785-0405 to register for this event.

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

Sunday Funday: DIY Ugly Sweater
Sunday, December 2nd 2PM-4PM (drop-in)

You bring the sweater, we’ll bring the ugly! Adults and teens are invited to the Main Library to customize their own ugly sweater in this DIY, drop-in event! Here’s your chance to create something to wear to your next Ugly Christmas or Holiday Sweater Party. Attendees must bring their own sweater. All other supplies will be provided. (Ages 13+)

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

Friends of the Library Vintage and Rare Book Sale
December 3rd-December 9th

2018 Rare & Vintage Booksale List

Just in time for the holidays, book lovers will find a broad assortment of books in this special sale including rare, vintage, and valuable titles. A range of topics are represented, including art, religion, history, and much more with publication dates ranging from the 1800s to the present.

Shoppers who can’t come during regular sale hours can contact the Reference Desk at the Main Library to make an appointment to browse other times. A list of books included in the sale will be available at the sale and on the library’s website www.fortsmithlibrary.org beginning December 1st. Proceeds from the sale benefit the Friends of the Library.

Hours:

Monday and Tuesday (December 3th and 4th) 12PM-8:30PM

Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday (December 5th-7th) 12PM-5PM

Saturday (December 8th) 10:30AM-4:30PM

Sunday (December 9th) 1PM-5PM

Other times by appointment

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

Christmas Cards & Cookies Day
Monday, December 3rd 3:30PM-5:30PM

Stop by the Dallas Branch Library and make a Christmas card for your family or friends. Enjoy a free cookie while you decorate your card (while supplies last). This activity is is open to all ages.

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

STEAM Team
Monday, December 3rd 3:30PM-6:30PM (drop-in)

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 December, STEAMers will join the country in celebrating Hour of Code at the Main Library. Children will learn how algorithms work with an obstacle course, make Binary Bracelets to wear home, and play with Ozobots. All supples are provided.

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

Authors in the Afternoon featuring Rachel Snider
Thursday, December 4th 4PM-6PM

Author Rachel Snider will make a special appearance at the Fort Smith Public Library to promote and sign copies of her book, Rivertown Crooner, the final book in the River series.

The roaring twenties are in full swing. Robert is Chicago’s hottest up-and-coming jazz musician. Daniella, a Fort Smith native, is creating a new life in wholesome Kerry Patch. When their paths cross after a two-year estrangement, will their past secrets destroy everything they’ve worked to build?

R.M. Snider comes from a family of writers and storytellers. As a child, she made up stories each night to tell her little sister. Years later, while pursuing a career in commercial interior design,  R.M. discovered her love for writing. In 2013, she and her husband were blessed to adopt three children, whom they first fostered. The five of them live in the country near Fort Smith, Arkansas. When she’s not writing or spending time with family, R.M. enjoys running, playing the piano, operating a clothes-closet for foster families, dabbling in interior design, and making up new stories for her own children.

Copies of Rivertown Crooner, along with Bordertown Gypsy and Lynchtown Wolf (all set in Fort Smith) will be for sale and signing at this open-house style event.

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

Authors in the Afternoon featuring Amanda Heim & Cathy Mason
Thursday, December 6th 4PM-6PM

Children’s book author Amanda Heim and illustrator Cathy Mason will make a special appearance at the Fort Smith Public Library to promote and sign copies of their books Henry’s Search Begins, The Penguin the Dolphin and the Pelican, and Poppa’s Very Special Sunflower. 

Amanda Heim lives in Fort Smith, Arkansas. She owns a cattle ranch and is a mother of six, a GiGi to ten grandchildren, and hopefully more to come. Henry’s Search Begins is her first book.

Cathy Mason is a mixed medium artist. Painting, illustrations, writing, and teaching art are her passions. Mason earned a double BA in Studio Art and Psychology from UAFS and a MS in Rehab Counseling from U of A. Her art is held in private and public collections in the US and Canada. Mason is also a teaching artist and works with several charitable organizations.

Copies of Amanda’s and Cathy’s books 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

First Thursday Films: Ensemble, c’est tout (Hunting & Gathering)
Thursday, December 6th 6PM

This 2007 French comedy drama directed by Claude Berri stars Audrey Tatou, Guillaume Canet, and Laurent Stocker. Camille (Tatou) is an artist who works as a cleaning lady in the evenings. Philibert (Stocker) is a postcard salesman who is temporarily living in his grandmother’s grand Parisian apartment. He has rented part of it out to the gruff and womanizing Franck (Canet), who is also an up and coming cook. This trio manages to live together and learn from each other. This film is 97 minutes long and has English subtitles. It is not rated but has some adult content that may be unsuitable for younger viewers.

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

Cutting the Cord! Cable-free Options for TV Entertainment
Thursday, December 6th 6PM

“Cutting the cord” or “cord cutting” refers to cancelling cable or satellite subscriptions in favor of alternatives like streaming video services. Do you want to join the growing number of Americans who are “cutting the cord” but are overwhelmed by the numerous options available? Join us for this program that will tackle the subject at the Miller Branch Library.

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

Milk and Cookies with Santa
Saturday, December 8th  10AM

Santa Claus is coming to visit the Miller Branch Library for a morning of magic and wonder. Children of all ages are invited to attend and tell Santa what they want for Christmas, enjoy delicious milk, cookies, and donuts, and make a fun craft. The Grinch will also be making an appearance! Seating is limited; please register your children by Thursday, December 6th at 6PM.

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

15th Annual Fort Smith Public Library Holiday Open House
Sunday, December 9th 1PM-5PM

Celebrate the holiday season when the entire Fort Smith Public Library staff opens the doors of the Main Library for a festive afternoon of music, crafts, games, stories, holiday displays, light refreshments, and other entertainment for children and adults.There will be musical entertainment throughout the entire afternoon, along with special activities to delight all ages. This Holiday Open House is free to all. Don’t forget to bring a non-perishable food item for the Holiday Food Drive!

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

Gift Wrapping
Monday, December 10th 5PM-6PM

The talented Thuan Tran will present unique and imaginative ways to wrap your holiday presents! Whether you’ll be piling them under the tree or handing them to a friend, creatively wrapped presents set the tone for a memorable gift exchange. Please join us for this fun and free event!

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

The Book Lover’s Club
Tuesday, December 11th 10:15AM

Read a good book lately? Come tell us about it at The Book Lover’s Club! The only requirement 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 friend 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

Tim Ernst Visit and Slide Presentation: Arkansas: Ten Years of Wilderness Photography from the Natural State
Tuesday, December 11th 7PM

Take a break from your hectic life to enjoy scenic photography and inspirational words as Tim Ernst shares images of nature seen through his lens. The program will include stunning images set to relaxing music to take you away from all the holiday rush. A short Q&A session will follow the show.

Tim Ernst has been hiking, driving, and crawling around the wonderful Ozark Mountains for most of his life, preserving the images he sees on film for everyone to enjoy. His photographs have appeared in hundreds of national, regional, and local publications. Much of his time these days is spent teaching digital photography workshops from his cabin in the Buffalo River Wilderness. You can enjoy the program and get some Christmas shopping done as well. A large selection of picture books, guidebooks, 2019 Arkansas scenic calendars, and a selection of special black mat prints will be available for sale and signing before and after the program.

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

Hot Chocolate at the Library
Thursday, December 13th 3:30PM-5:30PM

Celebrate National Cocoa Day at the Dallas Branch library. Enjoy a free cup of hot chocolate with us any time between 3:30PM-5:30PM.

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

That Thursday Night Thing- A Capote Christmas
Thursday, December 11th 7PM

The Miller Branch Library invites you to an enchanting evening with their annual holiday program: That Thursday Night Thing featuring two of Truman Capote’s Christmas stories. Retired Miller Branch Library Manager Anita Paddock will get the evening started with her reading of A Christmas Memory. After a brief intermission featuring refreshments, longtime performer with the Fort Smith Little Theatre, Brad Kidder, will follow up with One Christmas.

Anita is not only a mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, she is also the author of the true crime books Blind Rage and Closing Time. Brad, who has been married for 63 years, is a father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He is also an army veteran, served on the first Fort Smith Board of Directors, and was delegate to the 1969-70 Arkansas Constitutional Convention. Please join us for this special evening to get you in the mood for the holiday season.

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

Christmas Crafternoon Buffet
Friday, December 14th 3:30PM-5:30PM

Celebrate the joy of Christmas by indulging in a variety of Christmas crafts at our drop-in crafternoon buffet. There will also be a Selfie Booth set up. Don’t forget to check out a book while you’re here! All materials will be provided for this free program for all ages.

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

Grinchfest!
Saturday, December 15th 1:30PM-3:30PM

Come one, come all, to the Windsor Branch library to celebrate Grinchfest! Discover if you are the Ultimate Grinch or the one who saves Whoville through various fun and exciting games and activities. Don’t forget to get some hot reads for the cold nights.

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

Lego Club: Anti-gravity Lego Building
Monday, December 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 Anti-gravity Lego building. This event is free and supplies are provided- just bring your imagination!

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

Escape from Wonderland (Escape Room)
Tuesday, December 18th 5:30PM-6:30PM

Do you have what it takes to escape from Wonderland? Children, families, and teens can show off their sleuthing skills in the Alice in Wonderland themed escape room. Bring your friends. Bring your brain. Play the game. (Recommended ages 10+). Pre-registration is required, but walk-ins will be welcome if there are available spots. Each session has 10 spots and will 45 minutes. Sign up by phone or in person at the Youth Services desk at the Main Library.

Time and dates are as followed:

December 18th- 5:30PM-6:30PM

December 19th- 5:30PM-6:30PM

December 20th- 5:30PM-6:30PM

December 21st- 5:30PM-6:30PM

December 22nd- 1PM-2PM, 2:30PM-3:30PM

December 26th- 1PM-2PM, 5:30PM-6:30PM

December 27th- 1PM-2PM, 5:30PM-6:30PM

December 28th- 1PM-2PM

January 2nd- 1PM-2PM, 5:30PM-6:30PM

January 3rd- 1PM-2PM, 5:30PM-6:30PM

January 4th- 1PM-2PM

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

Holiday Crafternoon
Friday, December 21st 1PM-6PM

The Miller Branch Library invites children of all ages and their families to swing by on December 21st and celebrate the holidays! Pop in anytime between 1PM and 6PM to make a craft (or three!) to take home with you. We will also be having some tasty treats in case the crafting makes you hungry.

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

Adult Crafty Corner: Wall Art
Thursday, December 27th 2PM-3PM

Adults can be crafty, too! Rediscover your creative spark by joining the Miller Branch library for an easy craft you’ll be able to take home. This month, participants will be making wall art with yarn.

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