Saving the Ozark Big-Eared Bat
Saving the Ozark Big-Eared Bat

Saving the Ozark Big-Eared Bat

Saving the Ozark Big-Eared Bat

In May, a mostly unnoticed but mighty team of nature protectors worked together here to help secure the survival of the Ozark Big-eared Bat, Corynorhinus townsendii ingens. Deep in the wild, hardwood forest around Lee Creek Reservoir in Crawford County, the team worked as unobtrusively as possible, even hand-carrying tools and materials through the woods. They assisted one of only two experts in the U.S. who can weld special “bat gates” over the entrances to crevasses and caves where this endangered species is known to raise a single “pup” each spring. The barriers keep out humans – yes, we are the problem – while a specific design poses no obstacle to the natural flight of the bats. Invited to see the work in progress, This reporter spent an afternoon in a dense, green Ozark forest, within 30 minutes of downtown Fort Smith, with a crew of people dedicated to preserving this imperiled species. Only about 2,000 of these bats are currently know to exist. The care being taken to protect them is difficult, but encouraging.

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05/03/21 - 09/21/21
Art Camp Sign-Up
This year’s Art Camp, provided by the Center for Art and Education, will be split into two sessions with 12 children in each session. This means that the library will have 24 total available spaces. These will go quickly so they encourage you to sign-up as soon as possible. They cannot do sign-ups or save spaces over the phone. You must come into the Cedarville Library and pay the $20.00 fee to sign your child up. Th...
06/01/21 - 09/30/21
Pottery Summer Classes
Beginners will learn to center a ball of clay on the potters wheel and shape it into various objects The first 5 sessions will be instruction and working on the wheels. Skip a week to make sure all pieces are dry enough to fire The 6th session will be glazing on the wheel. The class fees includes: Aprons, clay, firings, glaze, tools, towels. For an additional fee we offer extra wheel time before each session. Ages 16...
06/02/21 - 06/30/21
A Slate Full of Victorian Tales
Each Wednesday in June at 2:00pm, join us at the Fort Smith Museum of History for "A Slate Full of Victorian Tales". There will be thrills, and frills, and tales from the hills during the “Slate Full of Victorian Tales” reading event at the Fort Smith Museum of History. Join us in the Victorian classroom to hear special stories read to youngsters by Nancy Ahlert beginning at 2pm each Wednesday in June. The stories wi...
06/14/21 - 06/18/21
Broadway Intensive Camp (Grades 3-6)
Do you love Musical Theatre? Are you a fan of singing, dancing and acting? If you've answered yes to any of the above - then we have the PERFECT Summer Camp for you! BROADWAY INTENSIVE CAMP! In this fun summer camp students will get an in-depth insight into the world of auditioning and can workshop those audition skills to culminate in a fun Musical Theatre Revue Showcase at the end of the week! Instructors: Shannon ...
06/01/21 - 07/31/21
Tails and Tales: Summer Reading Program – Online! (for kids)
Hey kids! Are you ready to read (and listen!) for fun, points, and prizes? Sign up online, and read, read, READ! You will earn one point for every minute you spend reading or listening. EARN 1000 points and win A LIBRARY PRIZE BAG filled with goodies! Readers and listeners will also be entered to win an end-of-summer GRAND PRIZE! The more you read, the more chances you'll have to win! Track your reading prog...
06/01/21 - 07/31/21
Tails and Tales: Summer Reading Program – Online! (for teens)
Hey Teens! If you like to read (books, ebooks, and/or audio books) AND like to win stuff, the Teen Summer Reading Program is for you! For every 100 points you earn, you'll be entered into a weekly drawing for a $10 gift card AND earn an entry into the end-of-summer GRAND PRIZE DRAWING! The more you read, the more chances you'll have to win! Track your reading progress and post book reviews online or download the R...
04/01/21 - 10/02/21
"Close To Home"
Running from April 1-October 2, "Close To Home" is Fort Smith Museum of History's newest exhibition, a series of watercolor sketches by local artist, Galen Hunter. Wish you were able to view the exhibiton online? You're in luck! Go to galenhunter.com and click on "Boyd Gallery" to view the works displayed in "Close To Home", online. Close to Home is a series of watercolor and pen and ink drawings that captures the mu...
04/09/21 - 08/06/21
CALL FOR WORKS - Creative Forces: Honoring Heroes

Veterans and active servicemen and women in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Texas are encouraged to submit artwork for this paramount exhibit featuring art by servicemen and women from across the South-Central United States.

04/13/21 - 08/22/21
Quarantine Art by South Side Art Students

'Quarantine Art' showcases the sculptures and 2D printings created during the pandemic by Southside Art Students. In the past school year, these students have had many obstacles and challenges, but they stayed the course, creating inspiring artwork that embodies their experiences of the current times. 

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