December 2019 Events at the Fort Smith Public Library

December 2019 Events at the Fort Smith Public Library

Date:                December 2019

Type:                Community Outreach

Name:              Fort Smith Public Library Holiday Food Drive

Where:             All Fort Smith Public Library Locations

Time:               all hours

Cost:                Non-perishable food items

Description:      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, one in three rural Arkansas children live in food insecure homes.  Drop off your non-perishable food items at any Fort Smith library location through the end of December.  Donations will be accepted all hours that the library is open; all food collected will be given to the Community Clearing House to help the hungry in the Fort Smith area.

Contact #:         Diane Holwick – dholwick@fortsmithlibrary.orgor 783-0229

Web Add:         www.fortsmithlibrary.org

 

Date:                December 2019

Title:                Appreciate Arkansas: Photographic Alliance of Fort Smith

Where:            Fort Smith Public Library, 3201 Rogers Avenue, Fort Smith, AR  72903

Time:                 All hours that library is open.

Description:      Original photography from the Photographic Alliance of Fort Smith will be featured at the photo exhibit, Appreciate Arkansas, through the end of December in the Community Room of the Main Library.  The Photographic Alliance is a local organization for anyone interested in photography in the Fort Smith area. They offer members a wide variety of activities, photo competitions, workshops and photo outings. More information can be found on our Photographic Alliance Facebook Page.  Photography is available for viewing all library hours when meetings are not being held in the Community Room.

Audience:         Everyone

Contact #:         Diane Holwick dholwick@fortsmithlibrary.org  or 783-0229

 

Date:                December 2019

Type:                Art Display

Name:              Photography by Michael Leonard

Where:             Dewey’s Café at the Fort Smith Public Library, 3201 Rogers Avenue, Fort Smith, AR  72903

Time:               All hours that library is open

Cost:                Free

Description:      The award-winning photography of Michael Leonard will be on display at Dewey’s Cafe through the end of 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 infrared 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 café all hours that the library is open.

 

Contact #:         Sam Bradley sbradley@fortsmithlibrary.org  or 783-0229

Web Add:         www.fortsmithlibrary.org

 

Date:                December 2019

Title:                  Miller Branch Artists of the Month – Jim Anderson

Where:             Miller Branch Library

Time:                All hours

Description:      An exhibit of the photographic works of Jim Anderson will be on display at the Miller Branch during the month of December.  Jim is a retired school teacher and a photographer of the natural landscape. He has traveled and photographed in all 50 states always looking for natural settings and natural lighting. Jim’s award-winning photographs can be seen in local banks and law offices as well as at exhibits in several state parks in Arkansas and Oklahoma. This special library exhibit will showcase the Natural State throughout the year and other regions across America; be sure to check them out at the Miller Branch.  Artwork is available for viewing all hours that the library is open.

Audience:         Everyone

Contact #:         Tiffany DeVries – tdevries@fortsmithlibrary.org

 

Date:                December 2019

Type:                 Library Program

Name:                The Perfect Gift:  Library Books for Christmas!

Where:               Fort Smith Public Library, 3201 Rogers Avenue, Fort Smith, AR  72903

Time:                  All hours

Cost:                  $10 or $25 donation

Description:       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.  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.  Children’s books are a $10 donation; adult books are a $25 donation.  Proceeds from the Perfect Gift fundraiser will go to the library’s materials fund to be used for the purchase of new library materials.  For more information, call the library at 479-783-0229 or visit the library’s web site at www.fortsmithlibrary.org.

Contact #:           Diane Holwick – dholwick@fortsmithlibrary.org   or 783-0229

Web Add:           www.fortsmithlibrary.org

 

 

Date:                December 2 – 23

Title:                Christmas Card Craft

Where:             Dallas Street Branch of the Fort Smith Public Library, 8100 Dallas St., Fort Smith, AR 72903

Time:               During Regular Hours

Description:      The Dallas Branch Library will host a Christmas Card Craft event at the library during the month of December.  Stop by and make a card for your family, friends, or neighbors.  Use your creative talents to decorate a card with supplies provided.  This free activity is open to all ages.

Audience:         Everyone

Contact #:         479-484-5650

 

Date:                December 2 – 8, 2018

Type:                Library Program

Name:              Friends of the Library Vintage and Rare Book Sale

Where:               Computer Lab, Fort Smith Public Library, 3201 Rogers Avenue, Fort Smith, AR  72903

Times:                Monday (12/2) 12 PM – 8:30 PM

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday (12/3 – 12/6) 12 PM – 5 PM

Saturday (12/7) 10:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Sunday (12/8) 1 – 5 PM

Other times by appointment (after 12 p.m. on Monday 12/2)

Cost:                   Free

Description:      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 present.  Shoppers who can’t come during these hours can contact the Reference Desk at the Main Library to make an appointment to browse during other times.  A list of the books included in the sale will be available at the sale and on the library’s website at www.fortsmithlibrary.orgby November 30.  Proceeds from the sale benefit the Friends of the Library.

Contact #:      Jennifer Goodson jgoodson@fortsmithlibrary.orgor 783-0229

Web Add:      www.fortsmithlibrary.org

 

Date:                Monday, December 2, 2019

Title:                Storytime

Where:             Windsor Branch of the Fort Smith Public Library, 4701 Windsor Dr., Fort Smith, AR  72904

Time:               10:00 AM

Description:      Enjoy the magic of reading with Children’s Librarian Louise Turner, as she brings stories alive with storytime. Watch your child get excited about books and reading at this FREE story program for kids pre-K through age 5 and their caregivers featuring stories, songs, crafts, and other FUN.

Audience:         Children

Contact #:         Rachel Smith rsmith@fortsmithlibrary.orgor 785-0405

 

Date:                Monday, December 2, 2019

Title:                Laptime Storytime (0-24 months)

Where:             Miller Branch of the Fort Smith Public Library, 8701 S. 28 St., Fort Smith, AR  72908

Time:               10:30 AM

Description:      A love of reading starts early. Babies and their caregivers are invited to join the Miller Branch Library for this special storytime geared toward children 0 to 24 months old.  There will be rhymes, songs, simple stories, and lots of interactive fun! The storytime will last around twenty minutes, with time for casual interaction following the program.

Audience:         Babies & Toddlers

Contact #:         Tiffany DeVries tdevries@fortsmithlibrary.orgor 646-3945

 

Date:                Monday, December 2, 2019        

Title:                 STEAM Team

Where:              Main Library

Time:                3:30-6:00 PM

Description:      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, STEAM participants will learn about air pressure by creating a balloon hovercraft to construct, decorate, and take home.Event is drop-in and all supplies are provided.

Audience:        Children ages 8-12

Contact:          Leah Winelandlwineland@fortsmithlibrary.orgor (479) 783-0229

 

Date:                Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Title:                Toddler Time

Where:             Fort Smith Public Library, 3201 Rogers Avenue, Fort Smith, AR  72903

Time:               10 A.M.

Description:      Toddler Time at the Main Library is for babies, toddlers and their caregivers. This 30-minute storytime features stories, songs, puppetry, finger plays, manipulatives, and flannel stories. Special care is taken to select shorter, developmentally-appropriate stories and provide lots of opportunity for movement.

Audience:         Ages 2 – 3

Contact #:         Robin Benham – rbenham@fortsmithlibrary.org  or 783-0229

 

Date:                Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Title:                Storytime

Where:             Dallas Branch of the Fort Smith Public Library, 8100 Dallas St., Fort Smith AR  72903

Time:               10:30 A.M.

Description:      Enjoy stories, songs, snacks, and a different craft every week at storytime at the Dallas Branch Library.

Audience:         Preschool, elementary

Contact #          Mark Raymond – mraymond@fortsmithlibrary.orgor 484-5650

 

Date:                  Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Title:                   Discover Drawing

Where:               Miller Branch

Time:                 12:00 – 2:00 PM

Description:      Adults, please join us for this FREE drawing class lead by Anna Lewis.  Anna has been teaching drawing and art for over thirty years as a public-school teacher and as a private art teacher.  She will be covering a different drawing technique every first Wednesday of the month using various materials, including graphite, charcoal, and chalk. No registration is necessary for this free class for adults.

Audience:          Adults

Contact #:          Tiffany DeVri​es – tdevries@fortsmithlibrary.org

 

Date:                Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Title:                Decorate a Cookie!

Where:             Windsor Branch Library

Time:               3:30pm

Description:      It’s National Cookie Day!  Visit the Windsor Branch Library to celebrate and decorate a yummy treat!

                        All supplies will be provided at this free event for families.

Audience:         Everyone

Contact #:         Rachel Smith – rsmith@fortsmithlibrary.orgor 785-0405

 

Date:                Thursday, December 5, 2019

Title:                Storytime

Where:             Fort Smith Public Library, 3201 Rogers Avenue, Fort Smith, AR  72903

Time:               10 A.M.

Description:      Preschool Storytime at the Main Library is for children ages 3-5 and their caregivers. This 45-minute storytime features stories, songs, puppetry, finger plays, manipulatives, flannel stories, and crafts.

Audience:         Preschool

Contact #:         Robin Benham – rbenham@fortsmithlibrary.org  or 783-0229

 

Date:                  Thursday, December 5, 2019

Title:                    First Thursday Films: Babette’s Feast(1987) NR

Where:                Main Library-Community Room

Time:                   6:00 P.M.

Description:       This Danish film is based on a short story by Isak Dinesen about two unmarried sisters and their French housekeeper who live in a remote village on the western side of Jutland in 19thcentury Denmark.  The movie stars Stephane Audran, Birgitte Federspiel, and Bodil Kjer and directed by Gabriel Axel. This drama, with English subtitles, runs 102 minutes and is not rated.

Audience:           Adults

Contact #:           Ronny Phengsouvannavong – rphengsouvan@fortsmithlibrary.org  or 783-0229

 

Date:                Friday, December 6, 2019

Title:                Storytime

Where:             Miller Branch of the Fort Smith Public Library, 8701 S. 28 St., Fort Smith, AR 72908

Time:               10 AM

Description:      Children and their caregivers are invited to the Miller Branch Library to enjoy stories, songs, rhymes, and crafts.  No registration is necessary for this fun and FREE program.  Storytime is held every Friday at 10:00 AM.

Audience:         Children

Contact #:         Tiffany DeVries tdevries@fortsmithlibrary.org  or 646-3945

 

Date:               Friday, December 6, 2019

Title:                An Evening with the Author: Jan Brett

Where:             Fort Smith Public Library

Time:                5 pm

Description:      The Fort Smith Public Library is excited to host children’s author Jan Brett!  Jan Brett is the New York Times #1 bestselling artist/author of over 35 picture books which have sold over 42 million copies combined. Her books have been chosen as “Best Children’s Books of the Year” by The New Yorker, Parents, Redbook, and others.

 

This evening with Jan Brett will feature a discussion and drawing demonstration of her newest book, The Tale of the Tiger Slippers. Inspired by Brett’s tiger research trip to India, it is a gorgeous reimagining of the classic Persian folktale Abu Kassem’s Slippers featuring a poor tiger cub who is a very hard worker. The cub’s mother makes him sturdy slippers to protect his feet from stones and thorns while making bricks and building houses. Eventually his hard work makes him wealthy. He continues to wear his cherished slippers until one day he’s questioned why someone so prominent and successful would wear such tattered shoes. Feeling embarrassed, Tiger tries hard to get rid of the slippers. However, fate keeps bringing them back.

 

Registration is not required; however, seating is limited. Books will be available for sale and signing.  For more about Jan Brett and all her books, please visit: janbrett.com,  facebook.com/byjanbrett, and youtube.com/janbrettchannel.

Audience:         Everyone

Contact #:          Robin Benham – rbenham@fortsmithlibrary.org  or 783-0229

 

Date:                Saturday, December 7, 2019

Title:                  Donuts with Santa and the Grinch

Where:             Miller Branch

Time:                10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Description:      Santa Claus and The Grinch are coming to visit the Miller Branch for a morning of magic and wonder. Everyone is invited to attend this fun holiday festival.  Children can take pictures with The Grinch, tell Santa what they want for Christmas, enjoy some milk and donuts, and make a holiday craft.  Drop in between 10 a.m. and noon!

Audience:         Babies & Toddlers, Preschool, School Age

Contact #:         Tiffany DeVries – tdevries@fortsmithlibrary.org

 

Date:                  Saturday, December 7, 2019

Title:                    DIY Ugly Sweater

Where:                Fort Smith Public Library

Time:                   1:00-2:00 PM

Description:      You bring the sweater, we’ll provide 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 but you are welcome bring any additional supplies to ugly up that sweater. Free

Audience:           Adults/Teens

Contact #:           Ronny Phengsouvannavong – rphengsouvan@fortsmithlibrary.org  or 783-0229

 

Date:                Sunday, December 8, 2018

Type:                Holiday Event

Name:              17thAnnual Fort Smith Public Library Holiday Open House

Where:            Fort Smith Public Library, 3201 Rogers Avenue, Fort Smith, AR  72903

Time:               1 – 5 P.M.

Cost:                Free

Description:      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!

Contact #:         Diane Holwick – dholwick@fortsmithlibrary.org or 783-0229

Web Add:         www.fortsmithlibrary.org

 

Date:                Monday, December 9, 2019

Title:                Storytime

Where:             Windsor Branch of the Fort Smith Public Library, 4701 Windsor Dr., Fort Smith, AR  72904

Time:               10:00 AM

Description:      Enjoy the magic of reading with Children’s Librarian Louise Turner, as she brings stories alive with storytime. Watch your child get excited about books and reading at this FREE story program for kids pre-K through age 5 and their caregivers featuring stories, songs, crafts, and other FUN.

Audience:         Children

Contact #:         Rachel Smith rsmith@fortsmithlibrary.orgor 785-0405

 

Date:                Monday, December 9, 2019

Title:                Laptime Storytime (0-24 months)

Where:             Miller Branch of the Fort Smith Public Library, 8701 S. 28 St., Fort Smith, AR 72908

Time:               10:30 AM

Description:      A love of reading starts early.  Babies and their caregivers are invited to join the Miller Branch Library for this special storytime geared toward children 0 to 24 months old.  There will be rhymes, songs, simple stories, and lots of interactive fun!  The storytime will last around twenty minutes, with time for casual interaction following the program.

Audience:         Babies & Toddlers

Contact #:         Tiffany DeVries tdevries@fortsmithlibrary.orgor 646-3945

 

Date:                Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Title:                Toddler Time

Where:            Fort Smith Public Library, 3201 Rogers Avenue, Fort Smith, AR 72903

Time:               10 A.M.

Description:      Toddler Time at the Main Library is for babies, toddlers and their caregivers. This 30-minute storytime features stories, songs, puppetry, finger plays, manipulatives, and flannel stories. Special care is taken to select shorter, developmentally-appropriate stories and provide lots of opportunity for movement.

Audience:         Ages 2 – 3

Contact #:         Robin Benham –rbenham@fortsmithlibrary.org  or 783-0229

 

Date:                Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Title:                The Book Lover’s Club

Where:             Fort Smith Public Library, 3201 Rogers Avenue, Fort Smith, AR  72903

Time:               10:15 A.M.

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

Audience:         Adults

Contact #:         Diane Holwick – dholwick@fortsmithlibrary.org  or 783-0229

 

Date:                December 10, 2019

Title:                  Polar ExpressStorytime & Movie (PG)

Where:             Miller Branch Library

Time:                6 PM

Description:      Children are invited to wear their pajamas to a very special evening storytime at the Miller Branch Library. We’ll start the night with a reading of The Polar Expressby Chris Van Allsburg, followed by a fun craft. Those who want to stay after storytime can watch the movie, The Polar Express(PG), while enjoying delicious hot chocolate.

Audience:         Children

Contact #:         Tiffany DeVries – tdevries@fortsmithlibrary.org

 

Date:                Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Type:                Library Program

Name:              Tim Ernst Visit and Slide Presentation: Arkansas Splendor

Where:            Fort Smith Public Library, 3201 Rogers Avenue, Fort Smith, AR 72903

Time:               7 P.M.

Cost:                Free

Description:      Take a break from your hectic life to enjoy scenic photography and inspirational words as Tim Ernst shares images from his latest picture book, Arkansas Splendor.  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 wilderness 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, 2020 Arkansas scenic calendars, and a selection of special black mat prints will be available for sale and signing before and after the program.

Contact #:         Diane Holwick – dholwick@fortsmithlibrary.orgor 783-0229

Web Add:         www.fortsmithlibrary.org

 

Date:                Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Title:                Storytime

Where:             Dallas Branch of the Fort Smith Public Library, 8100 Dallas St., Fort Smith AR 72903

Time:               10:30 A.M.

Description:      Enjoy stories, songs, snacks, and a different craft every week at storytime at the Dallas Branch Library.

Audience:         Preschool, elementary

Contact #          Mark Raymond – mraymond@fortsmithlibrary.orgor 484-5650

 

Date:                Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Title:                Gingerbread House Workshop for Families

Where:             Windsor Branch Library

Time:               4pm

Description:      Get in the holiday spirit by decorating a gingerbread house with your family!  We provide frosting and cardboard house forms to decorate, and you bring the candy!  Families may bring whatever candies and other decorations they wish.  Your whole family is invited to join the fun!

                        Registration is not required, but supplies are limited and families are encouraged to call the Windsor Drive Branch at 785-0405 to reserve a house.  Each family will receive one cardboard form, and the houses will be displayed in the library.  Decorated houses may be picked up beginning Friday, December 20th.

Audience:         Everyone

Contact #:         Rachel Smith – rsmith@fortsmithlibrary.orgor 785-0405

 

Date:                Thursday-Saturday, December 12-14, 2019

Title:                Windsor Branch Library Used Book Sale

Where:             Windsor Branch Library

Time:               All Operating Hours

Description:      Get your holiday shopping done at the library! Hardcover books will be $0.50 and paperbacks will be $0.25.  Fill a bag for $5.  Fiction, Non-fiction, children’s books, teen books, and more!

Audience:         Everyone

Contact #:         Rachel Smith – rsmith@fortsmithlibrary.orgor 785-0405

 

Date:                Thursday, December 12, 2019

Title:               Storytime

Where:             Main

Time:               10 am

Description:      Preschool Storytime at the Main Library is for children ages 3-5 and their caregivers. This 45-minute storytime features stories, songs, puppetry, finger plays, manipulatives, flannel stories, and crafts.

Audience:         Preschool, School age

Contact #:          Robin Benham – rbenham@fortsmithlibrary.org  or 783-0229

 

Date:                Thursday, December 12, 2019

Title:                Gingerbread House Workshop for Teens

Where:             Windsor Branch Library

Time:               3:30pm

Description:      Decorate a gingerbread house with your friends!  Each teen will receive a cardboard house form and frosting to decorate with.  The library will provide lots of candy, but teens can also bring their own candy to decorate with (or just to eat.  We won’t tell Santa.)  All supplies will be provided at this free event for teens.

Audience:         Teens

Contact #:         Rachel Smith – rsmith@fortsmithlibrary.orgor 785-0405

 

Date:                Thursday, December 12, 2019

Type:                Library Program

Name:              Authors in the Afternoonfeaturing Tommy B. Smith

Where:            Fort Smith Public Library, 3201 Rogers Avenue, Fort Smith, AR 72903

Time:               4 – 6 PM

Cost:                Free

Description:      Fort Smith author Tommy B. Smith will make a special appearance at the Fort Smith Public Library to promote and sign copies his latest book Anyone Want to Play WAR? Brutal injuries can leave scars.As the teenage survivor of a savage dog’s rampage, it’s a lesson Bryce Gallo will never forget.Struggling to cope with his damaged appearance, along with a newfound fear of dogs and mounting anxieties at home and school, he flees his suburban home into the moonlit streets of St. Charles. His new life is not without obstacles or enemies, he learns. The future is a battlefield, and his dangerous course may see the lives of his family and friends forever changed.

 

Tommy B. Smith is a writer of dark fiction, award-winning author of The Mourner’s Cradle, Poisonous, the short story collection Pieces of Chaos, and the new coming of age novel, Anybody Want to Play WAR?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.

Contact #:         Diane Holwick – dholwick@fortsmithlibrary.org  or 783-0229

Web Add:         www.fortsmithlibrary.org

 

Date:                Friday, December 13, 2019

Title:                Storytime

Where:             Miller Branch of the Fort Smith Public Library, 8701 S. 28 St., Fort Smith, AR 72908

Time:               10 AM

Description:      Children and their caregivers are invited to the Miller Branch Library to enjoy stories, songs, rhymes, and crafts.  No registration is necessary for this fun and FREE program.  Storytime is held every Friday at 10:00 AM.

Audience:         Children

Contact #:         Tiffany DeVries tdevries@fortsmithlibrary.org  or 646-3945

 

Date:                December 13, 2019

Title:                Hot Chocolate at the Library

Where:             Dallas Street Branch of the Fort Smith Public Library, 8100 Dallas St., Fort Smith, AR 72903

Time:               3:30-4:30 p.m.

Description:      Celebrate National Cocoa Day at the Dallas Street branch library.  Stop by from 3:30-4:30 p.m. and receive a free cup of hot chocolate!

Audience:         Everyone

Contact #:         479-484-5650

 

Date:                  Friday, December 13, 2019

Title:                    DIY Friday: Christmas Drink Coasters

Where:                Main Library-Community Room

Time:                   2:00-3:00 PM

Description:       Join us for our DIY Friday event where we will get your hands dirty with an easy craft. We will be getting in the holiday spirit by making Christmas scrapbook paper drink coasters! All supplies will be provided at this free program for adults.

Audience:           Adults

Contact #:           Ronny Phengsouvannavong – rphengsouvan@fortsmithlibrary.org  or 783-0229

 

Date:                Monday, December 16, 2019

Title:                Storytime

Where:             Windsor Branch of the Fort Smith Public Library, 4701 Windsor Dr., Fort Smith, AR 72904

Time:               10:00 AM

Description:      Enjoy the magic of reading with Children’s Librarian Louise Turner, as she brings stories alive with storytime. Watch your child get excited about books and reading at this FREE story program for kids pre-K through age 5 and their caregivers featuring stories, songs, crafts, and other FUN.

Audience:         Children

Contact #:         Rachel Smith rsmith@fortsmithlibrary.orgor 785-0405

 

Date:                Monday, December 16, 2019

Title:                Laptime Storytime (0-24 months)

Where:             Miller Branch of the Fort Smith Public Library, 8701 S. 28 St., Fort Smith, AR 72908

Time:               10:30 AM

Description:      A love of reading starts early.  Babies and their caregivers are invited to join the Miller Branch Library for this special storytime geared toward children 0 to 24 months old.  There will be rhymes, songs, simple stories, and lots of interactive fun!  The storytime will last around twenty minutes, with time for casual interaction following the program.

Audience:         Babies & Toddlers

Contact #:         Tiffany DeVries tdevries@fortsmithlibrary.orgor 646-3945

 

Date:                Monday, December 16, 2019

Title:                LEGO Club: Castles

Where:            Fort Smith Public Library, 3201 Rogers Avenue, Fort Smith, AR 72903

Time:               5 – 6 PM

Cost:                Free

Description:      Kids, Tweens, and Teens are invited to the Main Library to design, create, and build unique creations with the LEGO Club!  Everyone loves LEGOs; this event is free, and supplies are provided – just bring your imagination!

Audience:         Kids and Teens

Contact #:         Robin Benham – rbenham@fortsmithlibrary.org  or 783-0229

 

Date:                Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Title:                Toddler Time

Where:            Fort Smith Public Library, 3201 Rogers Avenue, Fort Smith, AR 72903

Time:               10 A.M.

Description:      Toddler Time at the Main Library is for babies, toddlers and their caregivers. This 30-minute storytime features stories, songs, puppetry, finger plays, manipulatives, and flannel stories. Special care is taken to select shorter, developmentally-appropriate stories and provide lots of opportunity for movement.

Audience:         Ages 2 – 3

Contact #:         Robin Benham –rbenham@fortsmithlibrary.org  or 783-0229

 

Date:                Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Title:                Authors in the Afternoon with Tabitha Embree and Jessica Meredith

Where:             Fort Smith Public Library, 3201 Rogers Avenue, Fort Smith, AR  72903

Time:               4 – 6 PM

Description:      Local authors Jessica Meredith and Tabitha Embree will make a special appearance to promote and sign copies of their children’s books, Scooter Steals the Ball and The Lost Dragon. Written under the pen name TJ Trumar, The Lost Dragon is a part of the Truett’s Dreamtime Adventures series, while Scooter Steals the Ballvisits the opening day of baseball season and a mischievous who causes chaos. Copies of these picture books, as well as new release Little Racerwill be available for sale and signing at the event.

 

Jessica Meredith is a lifelong resident of Lavaca, where she resides with her husband, Chris. She has worked for BancorpSouth since 2004. Writing has been her hobby and passion since she was five years old.  Tabitha Embree’s favorite thing to do is family movie night. This is where everyone piles into the living room to watch a movie, eat popcorn, chocolate chips, and marshmallows. Tabitha’s family is her writing inspiration.

Audience:         Adults and children

Contact #:         Diane Holwick – dholwick@fortsmithlibrary.org  or 783-0229

 

Date:                Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Title:                Christmas Storytime

Where:             Dallas Branch of the Fort Smith Public Library, 8100 Dallas St., Fort Smith AR 72903

Time:               10:30 A.M.

Description:      Children are invited to join us for this seasonal storytime featuring Christmas-themed stories and a craft.  Stortyime meets every Wednesday at 10:30 AM at the Dallas Branch Library.

Audience:         Preschool, elementary

Contact #          Mark Raymond – mraymond@fortsmithlibrary.orgor 484-5650

 

Date:                Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Title:                Authors in the Afternoon: Fort Smith Treasures with Wayne Bledsoe and Jim Kreuz

Where:             Fort Smith Public Library, 3201 Rogers Avenue, Fort Smith, AR  72903

Time:               4 – 6 PM

Description:      Local authors Wayne Bledsoe and Jim Kreuz will make a special appearance to promote and sign copies of their new book, Treasures of Fort SmithTreasures of Fort Smithis filled with color photos and interesting stories of 150 century-old homes that grace our city, along with several that are no longer standing. The dwellings of many of Fort Smith’s prominent citizens from the early 1900’s are featured here – names you’ll recognize – including the founders of William, Weldon and Lick, Sparks Hospital, Cooper Clinic, The Boston Store, First National Bank, Wortz Biscuit, along with past mayors, numerous educators, Judge Parker’s hangman, a world-renowned jazz musician, and a pioneer ophthalmologist. The book also includes several scandals have taken place over the years! Copies of Treasures of Fort Smith will be available for sale and signing at the event ($20 for soft cover, $50 for hard cover).  All profits will be directed to the Fort Smith Historical Society.

 

Wayne Bledsoe, a retired high school educator from Fort Smith, has owned two homes in the Belle Grove Historical District, as well as being past chairman of Belle Grove Historic District, past commissioner & coordinator of the Historic District, past president of the Fort Smith Historic Preservation Society (Clayton House), and past president of the Belle Fort Smith Tour for ten years. Wayne is a life member of the local Historical Society, having served on the board.  Jim Kreuz is a chemical engineer who retired to Fort Smith with his wife, Kelle, in 2017. They both stay occupied restoring old homes here.

Audience:         Adults

Contact #:         Diane Holwick – dholwick@fortsmithlibrary.org  or 783-0229

 

Date:                Thursday, December 19, 2019

Title:                Storytime

Where:            Fort Smith Public Library, 3201 Rogers Avenue, Fort Smith, AR 72903

Time:               10 A.M.

Description:      Preschool Storytime at the Main Library is for children ages 3-5 and their caregivers. This 45-minute storytime features stories, songs, puppetry, finger plays, manipulatives, flannel stories, and crafts.

Audience:         Preschool

Contact #:         Robin Benham –rbenham@fortsmithlibrary.org  or 783-0229

 

Date:                Thursday, December 19, 2019

Title:                  Holiday Crafternoon

Where:             Miller Branch

Time:                3 – 6 PM

Description:      Children of all ages and their families are invited to swing by the Miller Branch Library for some seasonal crafting fun! Pop in anytime between 3 and 6 PM to make a holiday craft (or a bunch) to take home. Tasty treats will also be provided at this FREE open-house style family event.

Audience:         Kids and Families

Contact #:         Tiffany DeVries – tdevries@fortsmithlibrary.org

 

Date:                Thursday, December 19, 2019

Title:                Teen Time: DIY Gifts – Jewelry Making

Where:             Windsor Branch Library

Time:               3:30 pm

Description:      Make the perfect gift for friends and family!  You will learn how to make several different kinds of jewelry, so cute you may just have to make some for yourself!  The library will also have gift-wrapping and tags available to wrap up your finished presents.

                        All supplies will be provided at this free event for teens.

Audience:         Everyone

Contact #:         Rachel Smith – rsmith@fortsmithlibrary.orgor 785-0405

 

Date:                  Thursday, December 19, 2019

Title:                    Holiday Movie Trivia

Where:                Main Library-Deweys Café

Time:                   6:00-7:00PM

Description:       Let us test your holiday movie knowledge with several rounds of holiday movie-themed trivia. Prizes will be given for top two teams/individuals. Come as a team (up to four) or solo to this free holiday program for teens and adults.

Audience:           Adults

Contact #:           Ronny Phengsouvannavong – rphengsouvan@fortsmithlibrary.org  or 783-0229

 

Date:                Thursday, December 19, 2019

Title:                  A Capote Christmas

Where:             Miller Branch

Time:                7 PM

Description:      The Miller Branch Library invites you to an enchanting evening with their annual holiday program, A Capote Christmas. Longtime performer with the Fort Smith Little Theatre, Brad Kidder, will share the classical seasonal story One Christmas, and light refreshments will be served.  Brad, who has been married for 64 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.

Audience:         Kids and Families

Contact #:         Tiffany DeVries – tdevries@fortsmithlibrary.org

 

Date:                Friday, December 20, 2019

Title:                Storytime

Where:             Miller Branch of the Fort Smith Public Library, 8701 S. 28 St., Fort Smith, AR 72908

Time:               10 AM

Description:      Children and their caregivers are invited to the Miller Branch Library to enjoy stories, songs, rhymes, and crafts.  No registration is necessary for this fun and FREE program.  Storytime is held every Friday at 10:00 AM.

Audience:         Children

Contact #:         Tiffany DeVries tdevries@fortsmithlibrary.org  or 646-3945

 

Date:                Friday, December 20th, 2019

Title:               Microsoft Word Basics

Where:             Main Library

Time:                10:30-11:30

Description:      Join us as we share some of the basics of Microsoft Word at this demonstration-style program for adutls. We will be sticking close to the basics, demonstrating features like alignment, bullets and spacing, along with some alternative methods for simple tasks.  Please feel free to bring a device with Microsoft Word installed with you to follow along.  If you have any questions involving Microsoft Word, this is a great time to ask!

Audience:        Adults

Contact #:        Galen Webb – gwebb@fortsmithlibrary.orgor 783-0229

 

Date:                Monday, December 23, 2019

Title:                Storytime

Where:             Windsor Branch of the Fort Smith Public Library, 4701 Windsor Dr., Fort Smith, AR  72904

Time:               10:00 AM

Description:      Enjoy the magic of reading with Children’s Librarian Louise Turner, as she brings stories alive with storytime. Watch your child get excited about books and reading at this FREE story program for kids pre-K through age 5 and their caregivers featuring stories, songs, crafts, and other FUN.

Audience:         Children

Contact #:         Rachel Smith rsmith@fortsmithlibrary.orgor 785-0405

 

Date:                Monday, December 23, 2019

Title:                Laptime Storytime (0-24 months)

Where:             Miller Branch of the Fort Smith Public Library, 8701 S. 28 St., Fort Smith, AR 72908

Time:               10:30 AM

Description:      A love of reading starts early.  Babies and their caregivers are invited to join the Miller Branch Library for this special storytime geared toward children 0 to 24 months old.  There will be rhymes, songs, simple stories, and lots of interactive fun!  The storytime will last around twenty minutes, with time for casual interaction following the program.

Audience:         Babies & Toddlers

Contact #:         Tiffany DeVries tdevries@fortsmithlibrary.orgor 646-3945

 

Date:                Thursday, December 26, 2019

Title:                Storytime

Where:             Fort Smith Public Library, 3201 Rogers Avenue, Fort Smith, AR  72903

Time:               10 A.M.

Description:      Preschool Storytime at the Main Library is for children ages 3-5 and their caregivers. This 45-minute storytime features stories, songs, puppetry, finger plays, manipulatives, flannel stories, and crafts.

Audience:         Preschool

Contact #:         Robin Benham –rbenham@fortsmithlibrary.org  or 783-0229

 

Date:                Thursday, December 26, 2019

Title:                  Adult Crafty Corner

Where:             Miller Branch

Time:                2:00 – 3:00 PM

Description:      Adults can be crafty, also!  Rediscover your creative spark by joining the Miller Branch Library for an easy craft that you’ll be able to take home.  This month we will be making bath bombs for luxurious tub soaking. All supplies will be provided at this free program for adults.

Audience:         Adults

Contact #:         Tiffany DeVries – tdevries@fortsmithlibrary.org

 

Date:                Friday, December 27, 2019

Title:                Storytime

Where:             Miller Branch of the Fort Smith Public Library, 8701 S. 28 St., Fort Smith, AR 72908

Time:               10 AM

Description:      Children and their caregivers are invited to the Miller Branch Library to enjoy stories, songs, rhymes, and crafts.  No registration is necessary for this fun and FREE program.  Storytime is held every Friday at 10:00 AM.

Audience:         Children

Contact #:         Tiffany DeVries tdevries@fortsmithlibrary.org  or 646-3945

 

Date:                Monday, December 30, 2019

Title:                Storytime

Where:             Windsor Branch of the Fort Smith Public Library, 4701 Windsor Dr., Fort Smith, AR  72904

Time:               10:00 AM

Description:      Enjoy the magic of reading with Children’s Librarian Louise Turner, as she brings stories alive with storytime. Watch your child get excited about books and reading at this FREE story program for kids pre-K through age 5 and their caregivers featuring stories, songs, crafts, and other FUN.

Audience:         Children

Contact #:         Rachel Smith rsmith@fortsmithlibrary.orgor 785-0405

 

Date:                Monday, December 30, 2019

Title:                Laptime Storytime (0-24 months)

Where:             Miller Branch of the Fort Smith Public Library, 8701 S. 28 St., Fort Smith, AR 72908

Time:               10:30 AM

Description:      A love of reading starts early.  Babies and their caregivers are invited to join the Miller Branch Library for this special storytime geared toward children 0 to 24 months old.  There will be rhymes, songs, simple stories, and lots of interactive fun!  The storytime will last around twenty minutes, with time for casual interaction following the program.

Audience:         Babies & Toddlers

Contact #:         Tiffany DeVries tdevries@fortsmithlibrary.orgor 646-3945

 

Date:                 Monday December 30th, 2019

Title:                   Teen Lounge: Mug and Cookie Decorating

Where:               Main Library

Time:                 4:00-5:30pm

Description:       To capture the spirit of the season, teens will tap into their creative side by designing their own mugs and decorating gingerbread cookies. Teens will also have the opportunity to create resolutions for the upcoming New Year at this free program for grades 7 – 12.

Audience:         Teens grades 7-12

Contact:            Leah Wineland lwineland@fortsmithlibrary.org, (479)783-0229

 

Date:                Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Title:                Toddler Time

Where:             Fort Smith Public Library, 3201 Rogers Avenue, Fort Smith, AR  72903

Time:               10 A.M.

Description:      Toddler Time at the Main Library is for babies, toddlers and their caregivers. This 30-minute storytime features stories, songs, puppetry, finger plays, manipulatives, and flannel stories. Special care is taken to select shorter, developmentally-appropriate stories and provide lots of opportunity for movement.

Audience:         Ages 2 – 3

Contact #:         Robin Benham –rbenham@fortsmithlibrary.org  or 783-0229

 

Date:                Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Title:                Noon Year’s Eve

Where:             Miller Branch of the Fort Smith Public Library, 8701 S. 28 St., Fort Smith, AR 72908

Time:               11 AM

Description:      Can’t stay awake until midnight to ring in the New Year?  At the Miller Branch, we are celebrating early!  Join us as we dance, make fun party hats, take silly pictures, and countdown to NOON!

Audience:         Children

Contact #:         Tiffany DeVries tdevries@fortsmithlibrary.orgor 646-3945

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Library Locations, Hours, and Storytimes:

 

Main Library:  3201 Rogers Ave., Fort Smith, AR  72903.  479-783-0229

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thur: 9AM-9 PM, Fri. 9AM-6PM, Sat. 10AM-5PM and Sun. 1-5PM.

Storytimes:       Toddler Time (ages 3 and under), Tuesdays 10 AM.

Storytime (ages 4 and up), Thursdays, 10 AM.

 

Dallas Street Branch:  8100 Dallas St., Fort Smith, AR  72903.  479-484-5650

Mon. 9AM-9PM, Tue., Wed, Thur, Fri. 9AM-6PM, Sat. 12-5PM.

Storytime:         Wednesdays, 10:30 AM

 

Miller Branch:  8701 South 28 St., Fort Smith, AR  72908.  479-646-3945

Mon, Wed, Thur, Fri. 9AM-6PM, Tue. 9AM-9PM, Sat. 12-5PM.

Laptime Storytime:       Mondays at 10:30 AM

Storytime:        Fridays at 10 AM

 

Windsor Drive Branch:  4701 Windsor Dr., Fort Smith, AR  72904.  479-785-0405

Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri. 9AM-6PM, Thurs. 9AM-9PM, Sat. 12-5PM.

Storytime:        Preschool (ages 5 and under) Mondays at 10:00 AM

 

 

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