Fort Smith Library August Events Announced!

In-person library programming is contingent on safe community COVID-19 Levels.  The library uses data from the CDC to determine public health measures in our facilities.

August 2022, all month
Miller Branch Artist of the Month: Kerrie Taber
Miller Branch Library, 8701 South 28th Street, Fort Smith (479-646-3945)
The photography of Dr. Kerrie Taber will be featured at the Miller Branch Library during the month of August. The artist’s interest in photography was born during the years she lived in Austin, exploring different areas of the hill country of Texas, capturing sunrises and sunsets over the lakes and hills of the area, as well as capturing wildflowers and vistas. Also interested in history, some of her photography depicts historic forts, monuments, and locations that she travels to on extended road trips. A recent resident of the Fort Smith area, Kerrie Taber relocated for employment with the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith. Be sure to stop by and enjoy her work during the month of August; artwork is available for viewing all hours that the library is open.

August 2022, all month
Tiny Art Show: Wooden Peg Dolls
All Fort Smith Public Library Locations
Thank you to everyone who picked up our tiny art kits in July, made book characters out of wooden peg dolls, and brought them back to the library for us to show off!  Come view the masterpieces during our tiny art shows at all FSPL locations during the month of August.

Monday, August 1, 2022
Free SEEDS – Spinach Seeds
Fort Smith Public Library, 3201 Rogers Avenue, Fort Smith (479-783-0229)
Pick up a free seed packet and grow your own spinach. Limited supply! For Library hours and location, visit www.fortsmithlibrary.org.

Monday, August 1, 2022
Seed Catalog: Spinach
Miller Branch Library, 8701 South 28th Street, Fort Smith (479-646-3945)
Whether you are a seasoned gardener or just beginning to dabble in gardening, stop by the Miller Branch and grab a seed packet!  In August, we will be handing out spinach seeds that you can plant outdoors for your fall garden.

Monday, August 1, 2022
Colorful Magnetic Clothespins
Fort Smith Public Library, 3201 Rogers Avenue, Fort Smith (479-783-0229)
Miller Branch Library, 8701 South 28th Street, Fort Smith (479-646-3945)
Pick up a craft bag from the Main Library or Miller Branch!  Inside, you’ll find everything you need in it to make several colorful magnetic clothespins, while supplies last.  For Library hours and location, visit www.fortsmithlibrary.org.

Monday, August 1, 2022
Season Ticket: Featured Spice Blend- Suya Yaji
Expand your taste buds with our Season Ticket kit. This month’s featured spice blend is Suya Yaji. The kit, which will be available at the beginning of the month at the library, will feature a sample of the featured spice, a fact sheet, and a recipe using the featured spice. Pick up your Season Ticket kit beginning August 1 at the Main Library. Limited supplies. For Library hours and location, visit www.fortsmithlibrary.org.

August 2022, all month
Bottled Water Drive for the Next Step Day Room
All Fort Smith Public Library Locations
A bottled water drive for the Day Room at Next Step Homeless Services will be held during the month of August at all Fort Smith Public Library locations.  Bottled water is essential for homeless clients, especially those unsheltered. As we face much warmer weather, staying hydrated remains a daily challenge for the homeless.  Cases of individual-sized bottles (16 ounces) are desired; feel free to drop off your donations at your neighborhood library.  The Next Step Homeless Services opened in Fort Smith in 2002, and remains a leader in homeless services in the community providing supportive housing, a Day Room and a resource center for homeless individuals. Next step cases managers with backgrounds in social service work help homeless clients seek solutions to homelessness through individual case management with direction toward self-sufficiency.  For Library hours and location, visit www.fortsmithlibrary.org.

Monday, August 1, 10 AM
Storytime – Windsor Branch Library
Windsor Branch Library, 4701 Windsor Drive, Fort Smith (479-785-0405)
Enjoy the magic of reading with Children’s Librarian, Louise Turner, as she brings books to life with storytime. Children and their caregivers are invited to the Windsor Drive Branch to enjoy books, songs, movement, and more. Storytime is held at the Windsor Branch Library every Monday at 10 AM.

Tuesday, August 2, 2 – 4 PM
National Coloring Book Day
Fort Smith Public Library, 3201 Rogers Avenue, Fort Smith (479-783-0229)
Come celebrate National Coloring Book Day! Teens in grades 6th through 12th are invited to come by, grab a page or bring your own, and get coloring. Supplies and snacks will be provided.

Wednesday, August 3, 10 AM
Storytime & Crafts – Dallas Branch Library
Dallas Branch Library, 8100 Dallas Street, Fort Smith (479-484-5650)
Bring the kids to enjoy stories and crafts every Wednesday morning at 10 AM.  Each storytime will feature a different fun theme!

Thursday, August 4, 10 AM
Storytime – Main Library
Fort Smith Public Library, 3201 Rogers Avenue, Fort Smith (479-783-0229)
Children and their caregivers are invited to the Main Library for storytime every Thursday at 10:00 AM.  Lasting about 35 minutes, storytimes feature stories, songs, puppetry, finger plays, manipulatives, and crafts. Not only is storytime fun, it’s an excellent way for adults and caregivers to interact with their children while helping them build early literacy skills and laying the foundation for preparing children to learn to read.

Thursday, August 4, 3 – 6 PM
CB to You Mobile Art Lab: Welcome Celebration
Fort Smith Public Library, 3201 Rogers Avenue, Fort Smith (479-783-0229)
Fort Smith, the CB to You Mobile Art Lab is coming back to our neighborhood!
Join us at our Welcome Celebration as Crystal Bridges kicks off their visit to the Fort Smith area! Partner artist and local educator Lynette Thrower will be at the Main Library from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. leading a poetry-inspired painting art activity. Each guest will take home their own acrylic on canvas artwork. You’ll get to meet Lynette and learn about her art practice, as well as her experiences with community, belonging, and resilience. Guests can also check out an art tote packed with creative supplies, meet with artist and tote designer Tram Colwin, and enjoy live music presented by Music Moves. Music Moves develops curriculum, programs, and performances to share the stories of these individuals and their influence on American culture. Our mission is to make Black music accessible to students and to our communities through performance and education. Free, no tickets required. Drop by anytime from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Thursday, August 4, 6 PM
First Thursday Films: Make Way for Tomorrow (1937) NR
Fort Smith Public Library, 3201 Rogers Avenue, Fort Smith (479-783-0229)
This month’s feature will be Make Way for Tomorrow (1937) starring Beulah Bondi and Victor Moore and directed by Leo McCarey. This movie is about an elderly couple who are forced to live hundreds of miles apart when they lose their house and none of their five children will take both parents in. This film is not rated, and runs 92 minutes.

Friday, August 5, 10 AM
Storytime – Miller Branch Library
Miller Branch Library, 8701 South 28th Street, Fort Smith (479-646-3945)
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.

Saturday, August 6, 10 AM – 2 PM
Game Day Saturday!
Miller Branch Library, 8701 South 28th Street, Fort Smith (479-646-3945)
Come hang out, relax, and play a board game or two at the Miller Branch every Saturday during the month of August.  All ages are welcome to play while the library is open: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Monday, August 8, 10 AM
Storytime – Windsor Branch Library
Windsor Branch Library, 4701 Windsor Drive, Fort Smith (479-785-0405)
Enjoy the magic of reading with Children’s Librarian, Louise Turner, as she brings books to life with storytime. Children and their caregivers are invited to the Windsor Drive Branch to enjoy books, songs, movement, and more. Storytime is held at the Windsor Branch Library every Monday at 10 AM.

Tuesday, August 9, 7 PM
Virtual Trivia Night!
Facebook LIVE
Join us (virtually) for a few rounds of trivia fun! Test your knowledge variety of topics from books, popular culture, music, and more on Facebook LIVE!
www.facebook.com/fortsmithlibrary

Wednesday, August 10, 10 AM
Storytime with the Fort Smith Fire Department – Dallas Branch Library
Dallas Branch Library, 8100 Dallas Street, Fort Smith (479-484-5650)
Bring the kids to enjoy stories and a visit from the Fort Smith Fire Department.

Thursday, August 11, 10 AM
Storytime – Main Library
Fort Smith Public Library, 3201 Rogers Avenue, Fort Smith (479-783-0229)
Children and their caregivers are invited to the Main Library for storytime every Thursday at 10:00 AM.  Lasting about 35 minutes, storytimes feature stories, songs, puppetry, finger plays, manipulatives, and crafts. Not only is storytime fun, it’s an excellent way for adults and caregivers to interact with their children while helping them build early literacy skills and laying the foundation for preparing children to learn to read.

Thursday, August 11, 2 – 3 PM
Game On!
Windsor Branch Library, 4701 Windsor Drive, Fort Smith (479-785-0405)
Let’s play some games! Add some FUN to your summer with Game On! Team games, board games, old games, new games, which will YOU choose?

Friday, August 12, 10 AM
Storytime – Miller Branch Library
Miller Branch Library, 8701 South 28th Street, Fort Smith (479-646-3945)
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.

Saturday, August 13, 10 AM – 2 PM
Game Day Saturday!
Miller Branch Library, 8701 South 28th Street, Fort Smith (479-646-3945)
Come hang out, relax, and play a board game or two at the Miller Branch every Saturday during the month of August.  All ages are welcome to play while the library is open: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Saturday, August 13, 1:30 PM
Author Visit with Gayla McBride Edwards
Frankie, Nancy, and Rose on the Mountain
Fort Smith Public Library, 3201 Rogers Avenue, Fort Smith (479-783-0229)
The Genealogy and Arkansas History Department welcome author Gayla McBride Edwards to the Fort Smith Public Library.  Gayla, author of Frankie, Nancy, and Rose on the Mountain, will read a chapter from the book and discuss her writing process.  Refreshments and a fun activity will follow the presentation.  Please join us as Gayla shares her interview process, as well as her desire to write about her family living on Mount Magazine in the 1940s.  Both children and adults alike will enjoy this free family program for all ages.

Monday, August 15, 10 AM
Storytime – Windsor Branch Library
Windsor Branch Library, 4701 Windsor Drive, Fort Smith (479-785-0405)
Enjoy the magic of reading with Children’s Librarian, Louise Turner, as she brings books to life with storytime. Children and their caregivers are invited to the Windsor Drive Branch to enjoy books, songs, movement, and more. Storytime is held at the Windsor Branch Library every Monday at 10 AM.

Tuesday, August 16, 2 – 3 PM
Block Party!
Windsor Branch Library, 4701 Windsor Drive, Fort Smith (479-785-0405)
Join us for a building bonanza! Accept our challenge or build your own design. Choose from a variety of blocks. Fun for all ages!  For Library hours and location, visit www.fortsmithlibrary.org.

Wednesday, August 17, 10 AM
Storytime & Crafts – Dallas Branch Library
Dallas Branch Library, 8100 Dallas Street, Fort Smith (479-484-5650)
Bring the kids to enjoy stories and crafts every Wednesday morning at 10 AM.  Each storytime will feature a different fun theme!

Thursday, August 18, 10 AM
Storytime – Main Library
Fort Smith Public Library, 3201 Rogers Avenue, Fort Smith (479-783-0229)
Children and their caregivers are invited to the Main Library for storytime every Thursday at 10:00 AM.  Lasting about 35 minutes, storytimes feature stories, songs, puppetry, finger plays, manipulatives, and crafts. Not only is storytime fun, it’s an excellent way for adults and caregivers to interact with their children while helping them build early literacy skills and laying the foundation for preparing children to learn to read.

Thursday, August 18, 10 AM
The Book Lover’s Club
Fort Smith Public Library, 3201 Rogers Avenue, Fort Smith, AR  72903
Read a good book lately?  Come tell us about it at The Book Lover’s Club! The only requirement for this club is that you must love to read.  Read whatever you like, fiction or non-fiction, and come give us a short report (on up to three titles).  The Book Lover’s Club meets the third Thursday of every month at the Main library.

Thursday, August 18, 2 – 3 PM
Crochet and Tell
Fort Smith Public Library, 3201 Rogers Avenue, Fort Smith, AR  72903
Have you finished a crochet project?  Show it off during our Crochet & Tell! This fun, mostly social gathering is a great time for showing off your latest creation, getting inspiration for your next one, or seeking help when you have crocheter’s block.

Friday, August 19, 10 AM
Storytime – Miller Branch Library
Miller Branch Library, 8701 South 28th Street, Fort Smith (479-646-3945)
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.

Saturday, August 19, 10 AM – 2 Pm
Game Day Saturday!
Miller Branch Library, 8701 South 28th Street, Fort Smith (479-646-3945)
Come hang out, relax, and play a board game or two at the Miller Branch every Saturday during the month of August.  All ages are welcome to play while the library is open: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Monday, August 22, 10 AM
Storytime – Windsor Branch Library
Windsor Branch Library, 4701 Windsor Drive, Fort Smith (479-785-0405)
Enjoy the magic of reading with Children’s Librarian, Louise Turner, as she brings books to life with storytime. Children and their caregivers are invited to the Windsor Drive Branch to enjoy books, songs, movement, and more.

Wednesday, August 24, 10 AM
Storytime – Dallas Branch Library
Dallas Branch Library, 8100 Dallas Street, Fort Smith (479-484-5650)
Storytime at the Dallas Street Branch is for children and their adults.  Lasting about 30 minutes, children and their families will enjoy stories, books, music, snacks, and crafts.   Storytime will often have themes reflecting the seasons, holidays, and will occasionally host visitors who will speak with the kids about various topics.

Thursday, August 25, 10 AM
Storytime – Main Library
Fort Smith Public Library, 3201 Rogers Avenue, Fort Smith (479-783-0229)
Children and their caregivers are invited to the Main Library for storytime every Thursday at 10:00 AM.  Lasting about 35 minutes, storytimes feature stories, songs, puppetry, finger plays, manipulatives, and crafts. Not only is storytime fun, it’s an excellent way for adults and caregivers to interact with their children while helping them build early literacy skills and laying the foundation for preparing children to learn to read.

Thursday, August 25, 11 AM – 12:30 PM
Adult Recess: Index Card Art
Windsor Branch Library, 4701 Windsor Drive, Fort Smith (479-785-0405)
Stretch your creative muscles with index card art! Use a variety of supplies and techniques to practice your skills or learn new ones in this non-intimidating format.

Friday, August 26, 10 AM
Storytime – Miller Branch Library
Miller Branch Library, 8701 South 28th Street, Fort Smith (479-646-3945)
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.

Saturday, August 27, 10 AM – 2 Pm
Game Day Saturday!
Miller Branch Library, 8701 South 28th Street, Fort Smith (479-646-3945)
Come hang out, relax, and play a board game or two at the Miller Branch every Saturday during the month of August.  All ages are welcome to play while the library is open: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Saturday, August 27 (10 AM – 5 PM) & Sunday, August 28 (1 – 5 PM)
Friends of the Library Annual Used Book Sale: Non-Fiction!
3201 Rogers Avenue, Fort Smith, AR  72903
|The Friends of the Library used book sale is bigger and better than ever!  Shop thousands of non-fiction selections for adults including hardbacks and paperbacks from your favorite authors and on your favorite topics.  Most paperbacks are 50 cents and most hardback books are $1.  The sale will continue Sunday with all remaining titles ½ price, then book clearance begins Monday, August 29 with remaining items priced by the bag!

Proceeds from the sale are used to buy library materials and fund library special events and projects. Members of the Friends of the Fort Smith Public Library may come to the exclusive Friends-only Preview Sale on Friday, August 26, from 4 – 7 p.m.  There will be a 25-book limit at the preview sale.  Friends of the Library memberships start at $10 and will be for sale at the Preview Sale.

Monday, August 29, 10 AM
Storytime – Windsor Branch Library
Windsor Branch Library, 4701 Windsor Drive, Fort Smith (479-785-0405)
Enjoy the magic of reading with Children’s Librarian, Louise Turner, as she brings books to life with storytime. Children and their caregivers are invited to the Windsor Drive Branch to enjoy books, songs, movement, and more.

Tuesday, August 30, 3 – 6 PM
CB to You Mobile Art Lab: Thank You Celebration
Fort Smith Public Library, 3201 Rogers Avenue, Fort Smith (479-783-0229)
As part of Crystal Bridges’ way of saying “Thank you” to the community, we invite you to join us for a farewell celebration packed with art and music! Partner artist and local educator Lynette Thrower will be at the Main Library from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and will help guests create and design a decorative time capsule for guests to take home! You’ll get to meet Lynette and learn about her art practice, as well as her experiences with community, belonging, and resilience. Guests can also check out an art tote packed with creative supplies. We hope to see you there! Free, no tickets required. Drop by anytime from 3 to 6 p.m.

Wednesday, August 31, 10 AM
Storytime – Dallas Branch Library
Dallas Branch Library, 8100 Dallas Street, Fort Smith (479-484-5650)
Bring the kids to enjoy stories every Wednesday morning at 10 AM.  Each storytime will feature a different fun theme!

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