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Summer reading programs in local libraries

Fort Smith Main Library Branch
3201 Rogers Avenue
1-5 p.m. Sunday
9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday
9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday
Dallas Library Branch
8100 Dallas Street
9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday
9 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday
Noon-5 p.m. Saturday
Miller Branch Library
8701 South 28th Street
9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday, Wednesday-Friday
9 a.m.-9 p.m. Tuesday
Noon-5 p.m. Saturday
Windsor Branch Library
4701 Windsor Drive
9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Wednesday
9 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday
Noon-5 p.m. Saturday


Fort Smith Public Library Summer Reading Overview
Who: All ages
What: A Universe of Stories
When: June 1-July 31
This year’s theme is A Universe of Stories. Stop by any Fort Smith Public Library location to enjoy books, movies, computers, magazines, music, and special library programs of all kinds this summer. For teens, any item you check out (books, CD, DVD, eBooks, audiobooks, magazines, digital titles, etc.), enables you to receive scratch-off tickets with chances to win instant prizes and candy, or entries into weekly gift card drawings. A grand prize drawing will be held at the end of the program for a $50 gift card. The summer reading program for younger children is designed to encourage reading for pleasure; it will help young people who are able to read independently retain the valuable reading skills they developed over this past school year. Preschool children too young to read may also participate and will receive credit for the books read to them. Younger children can earn reading awards, such as book bags, food coupons, small prizes, and Creekmore Park activity passes, for every five hours they read (independent readers) or every five books they listen to (pre-readers). Independent readers who read 25 (or more!) hours will be able to select a library book to have dedicated in their name. Children of all ages will be eligible to win one of several grand prizes at the end of the program. Registration begins June 1 at all four Fort Smith Public Library locations.

Who: All ages Where: Dallas Branch Library When: 2 p.m. 

June 17: Tower Building Contest
Use your design skills to build the tallest tower with the materials provided. The tallest tower that can structurally support an orange will win $20 . Basic construction materials and construction-themed coloring activities will be available for younger children who don’t wish to participate in the contest.

July 1: DIY Airplanes & Gliders
Use your creativity to decorate and then assemble a simple “do-it-yourself” model airplane or glider kit.  All materials will be provided.  A parent or other adult should be present to assist younger children with the assembly of the models.

July 15: DIY Boats
Use your creativity to decorate and then assemble a simple ‘do-it-yourself’ model boat kit.  Test your boat in a pool of water to see if it floats.  All materials will be provided.  A parent or other adult should be present to assist younger children with the assembly of the models.  Please note that permanent markers will be used in this activity, therefore, please dress appropriately.


Who: All ages
Where: Windsor Branch Library
When: 2 p.m. 
June 4: “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” (PG). Take the family out for some afternoon fun while enjoying some free popcorn and a movie.  Teen Miles Morales becomes the Spider-Man of his reality, crossing his path with five counterparts from other dimensions to stop a threat for all realities. Take your own drink if you want one.

June 11: Outer Space Make & Take
Make your own space-themed wreath to take home.  Don’t forget to check out a book before you leave.

June 18: Outer Space Story Time
This interactive outer space story time will include some Space Yoga, songs and games.

June 25:  “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” (PG).
When Hiccup discovers Toothless isn't the only Night Fury, he must seek "The Hidden World", a secret Dragon Utopia before a hired tyrant named Grimmel finds it first. Free popcorn but take your own drink.

July 2: Outer Space Make & Take
Make a foil printed moon art to take home with you.  Don’t forget to check out a book before you leave.

July 9: Outer Space Story Time
Join this interactive, outer space story time where you will explore the planets, along with Space Yoga, songs and games, that will end with everyone having a Solar System Snack.

July 16: “A Dog's Way Home” (PG)
As a puppy, Bella finds her way into the arms of Lucas, a young man who gives her a good home. When Bella becomes separated from Lucas, she soon finds herself on an epic, 400-mile journey to reunite with her beloved owner. Along the way, the lost but spirited dog touches the lives of an orphaned mountain lion, a down-on-his-luck veteran and some friendly strangers who happen to cross her path.  Free popcorn but take your own drink.

Who: All ages
Where: Fort Smith Public Library
When: 2 p.m. 
Take your own refreshments or pick something up from Dewey's Café!

June 6: “Ralph Breaks the Internet” (PG)
This hilarious adventure come from Walt Disney animation studios where Ralph and fellow misfit Vanellope risk it all by traveling to the Internet in search of a part to save her game. When Vanellope embraces this thrilling new world, Ralph realizes he may lose the only friend he's ever had.  1 hour, 51 minutes  

June 13: “Incredibles 2” (PG)
Helen is called on to help bring Supers back, and Bob must juggle the daily heroics of home life. But when a new villain arises with a sinister plot, the Parrs meet the challenge together! 1 hour, 58 minutes

June 20: Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (PG)
Join Drac, Mavis and all your favorite monsters for fun and adventure on the high seas as they embark on a monster cruise vacation! 1 hour, 31 minutes  

June 27: “Smallfoot” (PG)
An animated adventure for all ages, with original music and an all-star cast, “Smallfoot” turns the Bigfoot legend upside down when a bright young Yeti (Channing Tatum) finds something he thought didn’t exist – a human. News of this “smallfoot” (James Corden) brings him fame and a chance with the girl of his dreams. It also throws the simple Yeti community into an uproar over what else might be out there in the big world beyond their snowy village, in a rollicking story about friendship, courage and the joy of discovery. 1 hour, 36 minutes

July 11: “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”
Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the creative minds behind “The Lego Movie” and “21 Jump Street,” bring their unique talents to a fresh vision of a different Spider-Man Universe, with a groundbreaking visual style that’s the first of its kind. “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” introduces Brooklyn teen Miles Morales, and the limitless possibilities of the Spider-Verse, where more than one can wear the mask. 1 hour, 57 minutes

Who: All ages
Where: Fort Smith Public Library
When: 2 p.m. Wednesdays
Cost: Free

June 5: mömandpöp 
The mömandpöp show is a musical comedy variety show. Their CD “mömandpöp” was recently awarded the Parent’s Choice Silver Honor Award. Support is provided, in part, by the Arkansas Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, and the National Endowment for the Arts. 

June 19: Super Scientist Stephen Cox
It’s everyone’s favorite way to learn science! Mark your calendar to join Stephen Cox, former national science presenter and founder of Super Science, for an afternoon of science discovery and fun.

June 26: Didgeridoo Down Under
This high-energy, Australia-themed show combines music, culture, puppetry, comedy, character building, storytelling and audience participation. The didgeridoo has been played by Aboriginal Australians for at least 1,500 years and is known for its otherworldly sound. But Didgeridoo Down Under is more than music. It’s interactive, educational, motivational and super fun for all ages!

July 10: Tommy Terrific’s Wacky Magic Show
Tommy Terrific is back with Space Magic! Don’t miss this exciting afternoon filled with magic, fun and learning all about space through magic! 

July 17: Brian Kinder & Ms. Terri
Brian and Terri Kinder’s concerts for kids are lively and interactive. Combining his guitar and banjo playing talents and his whimsical song writing skills, they amuse and entertain children of all ages. He has the ability through his songs to bring both young and old together as they laugh and sing, dance and clap along with the music. Brian’s wife, Ms. Terri, is his performance partner. 

July 24: Community School of the Arts
Don't miss out on this performance by our friends at the Community School of the Arts! 

July 31:  Young Actors Guild: Curious George, The Golden Meatball
The talented members of Young Actors Guild will perform a preview show of their new production, “Curious George, The Golden Meatball.” Everyone’s favorite curious little monkey and his friend in the yellow hat are coming to the stage in a delightful musical for all ages, and you get to see it first! All-You-Can-Eat Meatball Day comes just once a year, and George always helps his friend, Chef Pisghetti, cook delicious meatballs and serve them to the hungry crowd. But this year, the crowd has vanished!! Determined to help his friend, George leads the audience through a fun-filled adventure where he learns about Rome, friendship and the “secret ingredient” to cooking!

Crawford County Library System
Summer R
eading Program Launch Parties
Who: All ages
When: May 31-June 1
What: Summer reading “A Universe of Stories” summer reading program will blast off June 1 at all Crawford County Library System units. Highlights will include many space-based activities, computer coding, Science with Mr. Jeff, Kinder Concerts and Clyde Chicainery Magic Shows and end of summer parties at all libraries. Ongoing programs for kids by age group from Story Times to teen times offer other activities such as Wii games, board games, book clubs, nature events and special visitors. 


Alma Public Library: 11 a.m. June 1
624 Fayetteville Avenue, Alma, Ark.

Cedarville Public Library
737 Pirates Way,  479-410-1853
10:30 a.m. June 1, 1 p.m. Wednesdays
Mountainburg Public Library
225 U.S. 71 North, 479-369-1600
Noon-2 p.m. June 1
Mulberry Public Library
11 a.m. May 31
Marvin Primary School, 319 North Main Street


Van Buren Public Library
1409 Main Street, 479-474-6045
9-11 a.m. June 1


Scott-Sebastian Regional Library
Who: Readers of all ages
What: Explore All Things Space this summer through the The Universe of Stories summer reading program.  Activities will include unique performances by special guests, space-related art projects, science and engineering experiments and more.  The summer reading program is open to young people, preschool through young adult with programs, prize drawings, story times, a reading club, and more.  Stop by one of five library branches, pick up a reading log, and have a great summer at the library!
When: Beginning May 28
Cost: Free

Sebastian County Library
18 North Adair Street, Greenwood  
Story Time and Summer Club:
10 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays
Tweens & Teens: 2 p.m. Wednesdays
Toddler & Preschool Story Time: 10a.m. Fridays
Lavaca Public Library
100 South Davis, Lavaca
Summer Club: 10 a.m. Thursdays
Scott County Library
141 West 2nd Street, Waldron
Summer Club: 2 p.m. Wednesdays
Hartford Public Library
Hartford, Ark. 
Summer Club: 10 a.m. Wednesdays
Mansfield Public Library
200 North Sebascott Avenue, Mansfield
Summer Club: 10:30 a.m. Mondays

This information appears in the May 2019 issue of Entertainment Fort Smith magazine.

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