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The Rapid City Library Foundation Presents: Holiday Wine Basics Presented by Eric Gardner and Andy Schneider

wine-35326On Tuesday, December 2 at 7:00 p.m., upstairs at the downtown library, the Rapid City Library Foundation is excited to host another fabulous wine tasting event with sommelier Andy Schneider of Canyon Lake Liquors and wine connoisseur Eric Gardner of KOTA TV. Come and taste holiday champagne and sparkling wines, learn the dos and don’ts of enjoying wine, and listen to some wine industry fun facts.

Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served. $25 donation. Registration required. Limited seating. Please RSVP by visiting our website:

Pinterest makes holiday planning easier, fun

Orginially published by the Rapid City Journal on Sunday, November 23, 2014
written by Sally-Adrina Taylor, Library Associate
Whether it’s your first year hosting a holiday get-together or you’re a holiday planning pro, Pinterest is a great place to find inspiration. Pinterest is a virtual pin board, with millions of people pinning ideas for their favorite crafts, decorations, recipes, and more. You can browse thousands of pictures to pique your interest, then click on an image to find the original recipe or craft instructions. Don’t feel overwhelmed, the ideas are as simple or complicated as you choose—from crockpot items to seven course meals, and everything in between.
In order to start searching for ideas on Pinterest, you will need to create an account, or you can login through your Facebook profile. Then you can begin searching for ideas by typing keywords such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, St. Lucia Day or Yule.
Did you promise to bring a great dessert to a gathering but you have to find something gluten, soy, dairy, or nut free? Rest assured that Pinterest will have it! To make things even easier for you, Pinterest provides suggestions, called “guides,” to quickly refine your search to categories such as dinner, printables, traditions, games, and of course recipes and food. Pinterest also allows you to save all of your favorite ideas in one location so they can be easily found again. You can even choose to follow your favorite pinners (companies or people), such as Food Network, Betty Crocker, the Pioneer Woman, Paula Deen and more, so that you can be alerted when new ideas are pinned.
If food ideas aren’t what you are looking to find, just scroll through the many pictures and find yourself motivated by the DIY (Do-it-Yourself) crafts. Do you have an old green rake that no longer works? Turn it upside down and add buttons to make a decorated tree. Have some mason jars just lying around? Make a snow globe with a lamp that actually lights up. For inexpensive gifts that will wow your friends and family, show a personal touch by creating your own cards or wrapping paper.
Handmade crafts, cards and gift paper are only the beginning of money-saving ideas. Search for “no debt holiday” or “holiday savings” for suggestions to budget for holiday shopping or creative ways to turn dollar store items into cherished gifts. If you like creating lists, there are several for savings plans, holiday planners, entertaining checklists, and other aids.
Check out the library’s Pinterest pages too, for lots of reading ideas when you’re taking a break from your holiday crafting and cooking: And of course, you can visit any of our library locations to find books and magazines with crafting and cooking ideas as well.
Whether you want ideas to decorate your table, follow old traditions or start new ones, Pinterest has a lot to offer. Just be warned— Pinterest can become an obsession. It is so much fun; you might not realize how much time has gotten away from you!

Rapid City Public Libraries Announce Holiday Closings

All locations of the Rapid City Public Libraries will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday. The libraries will close at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 26, and be closed all day on Thursday, November 27. The holiday closing includes the downtown library, the partner library at General Beadle Community School, and the partner library at Western Dakota Tech. The downtown and General Beadle libraries will resume regular hours on Friday; the WDT library will reopen at 1:00 Friday afternoon. If you have questions about the holiday schedule, call the downtown library at 394-4171.

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News Coverage of 3 Little Pigs Performance

KEVN News Coverage of our November 14, 2014 program: The 3 Little Pigs, performed by the Well Done Players

How exactly would the Big Bad Wolf huff and puff if he were a character created by William Shakespeare?

Members of the Well Done Players Community Theatre outreach program offered their interpretation at the Rapid City Public Library Friday afternoon, performing “The Three Little Pigs” as though the classic fairytale had been written by the famous bard. And their young audience ate it up.

One actress playing a “Little Pig” said, “They seemed to like it.”
The actress playing the Big Bad Wolf said, “One little girl was afraid of me when I went up to her. She backed away.”
The first actress said, “They told us afterwards they liked it.”

The troupe will perform the show again next Friday starting at 4 p.m. at the downtown library.

View the video here:

Self-Sufficiency and the Sustainable Lifestyle

Nick and Toby-webAs part of our celebration of South Dakota’s 125th birthday, Nick Livermont of the Pine Ridge Reservation will be our speaker at Lunch & Learn, Wednesday, November 19, from noon to 1:00 p.m. at the downtown library (610 Quincy Street). Nick will host a discussion about self-sufficiency as it pertains to sustainable lifestyles, raising food, building community, and cultivating personal sovereignty.

For a lunch provided by the Friends of the Library, registration is open until noon on Monday, November 17; call 394-4171 or register online from the Events Calendar on our website. You are also welcome to bring your own lunch or just attend.

The Well Done Players Present: The Three Little Pigs


well-done-playersRapid City, SD – November 7, 2014 – The Well Done Players, a Black Hills Community Theatre outreach program since 2006, will visit the downtown library (610 Quincy Street, upstairs) twice in November – once on Friday, November 14 at 4:00 p.m. and again on November 21 at 4:00 p.m. They will perform the classic Three Little Pigs story as if it were written by William Shakespeare. This family-friendly theater event is sure to be a hit with all ages!
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Tim Slessor, Author and BBC Documentary Filmmaker, Visits the Downtown Library


Tim SlessorRapid City, SD – November 6, 2014 – You are in for a treat on Saturday, November 15 at 2:00 p.m. at the downtown library (601 Quincy Street, upstairs) as Tim Slessor, renowned author and documentary filmmaker for the BBC presents ‘Oh, you lucky, lucky people! A much-traveled Brit explains his abiding fascination with our corner of the world.’ Tim comes to us via the Mari Sandoz High Plains Heritage Center at Chadron State College, where he is currently serving as Practitioner in Residence through a private donation to the Chadron State Foundation.

After serving in Britain’s Green Berets, Tim attended Cambridge. Upon graduation he set out with five friends to drive Land Rovers from the English Channel to Singapore. They shot three documentaries and Tim wrote a book, ‘First Overland,’ chronicling their historic journey.

In 1957, Tim joined the BBC. Within a few years he was making films all over the world — in Australia, India, Africa, Europe and the US. His growing fascination with the American west led him to take a year’s time out to teach English at Chadron State College in 1965.

He then returned to the BBC and worked on more documentaries around the world. His most recent book, ‘More Than Cowboys’ is his homage to the West and to its people.

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Community Voices Presents: The Lakota – 1889 to 2014

Jace_DeCory_smYou are invited to join us on Thursday, November 13, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. upstairs at the downtown library (610 Quincy Street) for a presentation by Jace DeCory, Asst. Professor of American Indian Studies at Black Hills State University. Jace will explore the events surrounding the achievement of statehood from the Lakota perspective, from 1889 to the present. This program is part of the South Dakota 125th Anniversary events and is co-sponsored by the SD Humanities Council.
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Teen Bracelet Workshop at the Downtown Library

rubberbandbraceletTeens are invited to exercise their creativity at this fun workshop, which is the first event proposed, planned and led by the Teen Advisory Board. Teens can join us to make rubber band loom bracelets, paracord survival bracelets, and other various styles of friendship bracelets on Wednesday, November 12 from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m., at the downtown library (610 Quincy Street). All supplies and instructions will be provided.

Visit the Teen Blog at for more details and for information on everything the libraries have for teens. Find out about library resources, services and events by visiting our website at

Rapid City Public Libraries Announce Veterans Day Closings

All locations of the Rapid City Public Libraries, the downtown library at 610 Quincy Street, the partner library at General Beadle Community School located at 10 Van Buren Street and the partner library at Western Dakota Tech located 800 Mickelson Drive will be closed Tuesday, November 11, in observance of Veterans Day.

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