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At your local library, all events are free.


At your local library, all events are free.

Fort Smith Public Libraries

It’s time again for the annual Summer Reading Program for kids. This year’s theme is Libraries Rock! Stop by any Fort Smith Public Library location to enjoy books, videos, magazines, computers, music and special library programs of all kinds this summer. The summer reading program 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. Small rewards such as book bags, cups, food coupons, Creekmore Park activity passes and the opportunity to get their name in a book will be given to each child for reaching specific goals.  Registration is open at all four Fort Smith Public Library locations.

Main Branch 3201 Rogers Avenue Fort Smith, Ark. 479-783-0229
9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday
9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday
1-5 p.m. Sunday
Toddler Time (3 and under): 10 a.m. Tuesdays
Story Time (4 and up): 10 a.m. Thursdays

Dallas Street Branch 8100 Dallas Street Fort Smith, Ark. 479-484-5650
9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday
9 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday
Noon-5 p.m. Saturday
Story Time: 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays

Miller Branch 8701 South 28th Street, Fort Smith, Ark. 479-646-3945
9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday, Wednesday-Friday
9 a.m.-9 p.m. Tuesday
Noon-5 p.m. Saturday
Laptime Story Time (up to 24 months): 10:30 a.m. Mondays
Story Time­­: 10 a.m Fridays

Windsor Branch 4701 Windsor Drive, 479-785-0405
9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, Friday
9 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday
Noon-5 p.m. Saturday
Preschool Story Time: 10 a.m. Mondays
School-Age Story Time: 10 a.m. Thursdays

 

FORT SMITH PUBLIC LIBRARY TERRIFIC TUESDAYS
at the WINDSOR BRANCH


Who:
All ages
What: A variety of free activities for all ages filled with summer fun!
When: 2 p.m. Tuesdays, June 12-July 31
Where: Windsor Branch Library, 4701 Windsor Drive, Fort Smith, 479-785-0405

June 5: Black Panther 2 p.m.
T'Challa, the King of Wakanda, rises to the throne in the isolated, technologically advanced African nation, but his claim is challenged by a vengeful outsider who was a childhood victim of T'Challa's father's mistake.  Take your friends or family and for this exciting action-adventure sci-fi movie, rated PG-13.
 

June 12, July 10: Music & Movement Story Time 2 p.m.
Shimmy and shake your way to a new kind of story time the whole family will enjoy.  Ages 0-99 are encouraged to stretch, sway  and sashay. Celebrate the fun of moving and grooving! Crafts and snacks included.
 

June 19: A Wrinkle in Time 2 p.m.
After the disappearance of her scientist father, three peculiar beings send Meg, her brother and her friend to space in order to find him. Take your friends or family for this adventure-fantasy, rated PG.

June 26: Robot Races 2 p.m.
See if you have what it takes to race robots on our obstacle course.  The person with the fastest time will win the ultimate library swag bag at this program for all ages.
 

July 3:  Wonder 2 p.m.
Based on the New York Times bestseller, “Wonder” tells the incredibly inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman, a boy with facial differences who enters fifth grade, attending a mainstream elementary school for the first time.  Take your friends for family drama, rated PG.

July 17: Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle 2 p.m.
When four teenagers are sucked into a magical video game, the only way they can escape is to work together to finish the game. This action-adventure comedy from 2017 is rated PG-13.

July 24: Dance Off 2 p.m.
Show off your best dance moves through video gaming for a chance at ultimate bragging rights.  Come “Dance it Off!” 

July 31: Happy Birthday, Harry Potter! 2 p.m.
Wizards unite for a magical afternoon to celebrate your favorite storybook character while enjoying a few fantastic treats.


WONDERFUL WEDNESDAYS
at the Main Library

Who: All ages
What: A variety of free activities filled with summer fun!
When: 2 p.m. Tuesdays, June 12-July 31
Where: Fort Smith Public Library, 3201 Rogers Avenue, 479-783-0229

June 6:  Don Bailey Jazz Ensemble Concert 2 p.m.
Special guests Don Bailey Jazz Ensemble will present a concert featuring a variety of jazz swing tunes and standards from all eras – also some rock, blues and Latin jazz!


June 27: Tommy Terrific’s Wacky Magic Presents Rockin’ Magic 2 p.m.
Show will feature magic tricks representing the top rock ‘n’ roll artists from the Golden Age of Rock ‘n’ Roll.  Artists such as Elvis, Chuck Berry, Little Richard and many others will each be featured in fun-filled, music-themed magic tricks.  The kids will then be inspired to explore their library to learn more about these pioneers of Rock and Roll.

July 11:  Bright Star Touring Presents American Songbook
Celebrate American history through a timeline of music. Professional performers will carry you on a melodic journey through American History. From tribal songs of the early Native Americans, to influential anthems of the civil rights movement, this show leaves few songs unsung. Audience interaction abounds with sing-alongs in this original Bright Star musical concert.

July 18: Concert with Sugar Free Allstars 2 p.m.
This Grammy-featured, family funk super duo from Oklahoma City has been listed as one of Time magazine's top 12 family music acts in the U.S. They blend elements of soul, rhythm & blues, disco, gospel and New Orleans street parade music for a high-energy rock show dance party.


July 25: Young Actors Guild Preview Show “Awesome Allie: First Kid Astronaut” 2 p.m.
Yesterday, Allie was just a normal kid, but today she’s headed into outer space! With the help of her trusty talking dog Captain Chaos and Rover the Dancing Robot from Mars, Allie’s on a mission across the solar system to save Earth, and maybe learn some things about science along the way. But she’d better be home in time for dinner! Based on the book by Scott Elmegreen.  


Other DAILY events can be found in this magazine's Calendar of Events.


SEBASTIAN COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY
18 North Adair, Greenwood, Ark. 479-996-2856

Who: Ages 4 years and older
What: Rock and Roll to the Library for a fun story hour that will include books, crafts and activities. In addition, the library will offer an independent reading achievement program for children to keep track of books read during the summer. They will earn prizes and incentives, as well as qualify for a party to be held at the end of summer. Preregistration is required due to space limitations.
When: 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays June 5-July 26
Where: 18 North Adair, Greenwood, Ark. 479-996-2856

Who: Ages 6 and older
What:
Reading to the Beat is the theme for a weekly Make and Take Craft Time that will include stories, crafts and activities. Registration is required for each session. Free.
When:  9:30 a.m., 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Wednesdays June 6-July 25
Where: 18 North Adair, Greenwood, Ark. 479-996-2856



HARTFORD PUBLIC LIBRARY

Who: Ages 4 years and older

What: Get In the Groove with Books story hour will include books, crafts and activities. The library will offer an independent reading achievement program for older children to keep track of books read during the summer, earn prizes, incentives and qualify for a party at the end of summer.

When: 10 a.m. Thursdays, June 7-July 25

Where: 109 South Broadway, Hartford, Ark.


LAVACA PUBLIC LIBRARY

Who: Ages 4 years and older

What: Reading Is Music to Our Minds story hour will include books, crafts and activities. The library will offer an independent reading achievement program for older children to keep track of books read during the summer, earn prizes, incentives and qualify for a party at the end of summer.

When: 10 a.m. Thursdays, June 7-July 26

Where: 102 South Davis, Lavaca, Ark.


MANSFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY

Who: Ages 4 years and older

What: Tap Your Toes to the Beat of a Good Book during story hour. The period will include books, crafts and activities. The library also will offer an independent reading achievement program for children to keep track of books read during the summer, earn prizes and incentives and qualify for a party at the end of summer.

When: 10:30 a.m. Mondays June 11-July 26

Where: 200 Sebascott Avenue, Mansfield, Ark.


 

CRAWFORD COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARIES

All branches of the Crawford County Library System will participate in the summer reading program “Libraries Rock,” celebrating readers young and old with prizes. Special programs and activities  will be held throughout the summer. Pick up a personal reading log and check out some books! 

 

Alma Public Library 624 Fayetteville Road, Alma, Ark. 479-632-4140
Movie Mondays: 4 p.m. Mondays
Story Time: 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays
Tweens & Teens: 4 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays

Cedarville Public Library 737 Pirates Way, Cedarville, Ark. 479-410-1853
Tweens & Teens: 1 p.m. Thursdays
Toddlers: 1 p.m.  Wednesdays

Mountainburg Public Library 225 U.S. 71 North, Mountainburg, Ark. 479-369-1600
Summer Story Time: 10 a.m. Wednesdays
Teen Wii Hours: 4 p.m. Wednesdays

Mulberry Public Library 220 North Main Street, Mulberry, Ark. 479-997-1226
Movie Day: 2 p.m. Fridays
Preschool Story Time: 10 a.m. Thursdays
Mommie & Me (babies/toddlers): 10 a.m. Wednesdays

Van Buren Public Library 1409 Main Street, Van Buren, Ark. 479-474-6045
Baby & Me (birth to 3 years) 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays
Story Time (all ages) 9:30 and 11 a.m. Wednesdays
Teen Time: 1:30 p.m. Fridays
Movie Mondays 1:30 p.m. Mondays
Family Days 1:30 p.m. Thursdays

Other DAILY events can be found in this magazine's Calendar of Events.


This article appears in the June 2018 issue of Entertainment Fort Smith. 


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