The Fort Smith Public Library held its annual Back To School Nail Makeover on Thursday as it remembered a former employee.

The event began in 2014 to honor the late Leslie Creekmore, who worked at the library. Creekmore died in early 2014 at age 29 after battling the flu virus H1N1.

The library staff created the nail makeover because it was a program that Creekmore had wanted to start. Anywhere from 30-60 kids usually attend the event. The Youth Services staff from the library painted nails, and Friends of the Library provided the funding to buy nail polish.

“When we had a 'Harry Potter' event, (Creekmore) would paint her nails like she was in the Gryffindor house using those colors,” said Robin Benham, staff member at the library. “That was just something she really enjoyed.”

Creekmore also had a knack for working with kids, especially teens. She was described as innovative and kind by her aunt, Donna Watson, who also worked at the library.

“Leslie was the kindest person. She never had anything bad to say about people,” Watson said.

She worked to develop teen programs and other programs to bring families into the library. She enjoyed helping kids learn; at one point, she created a young adult literature blog, where she would review and recommend books to teens and “tweenagers,” said Say Phimbongsa, a friend of Creekmore's.

“She gave them (teenagers) attention and encouragement,” Phimbongsa said.

Watson and Phimbongsa both painted nails at the event.

“After she died, this is one thing we wanted to do in her memory to honor her and her legacy here at the library,” Benham said.

The library also created a teen reading area in Creekmore's honor. The staff also wore purple “Love for Leslie” shirts because purple was her favorite color.