All locations of the Rapid City Public Libraries, the downtown library at 610 Quincy Street, the north library at 10 Van Buren Street and the east library at 800 Mickelson Drive will be will be closed all day Sunday, April 20 for the Easter holiday.
Due to spring break, the hours at RCPL East Partner Library at Western Dakota Tech are as follows: Friday, April 18, open from 1 to 5 p.m. (the rest of WDT is closed); Saturday, April 19, open regular hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, April 20, the library will be closed; Monday, April 21, open regular hours, 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Tuesday, April 22, open noon to 7 p.m.
Find out about library resources, services and events by visiting our website at www.rapidcitylibrary.org.
Talented guitarist, entertainer and stand-up comic Gordy Pratt has been performing his one-man shows across the country since 1990. A local favorite is his living history show about Deadwood’s most famous sheriff, ‘Seth Bullock: The Spirit of the West,’ which was written by Gordy and includes four original songs. Join us as Gordy performs ‘Seth Bullock’ at the downtown library (610 Quincy Street, Meeting Room B) on Wednesday April 16 from noon to 1:00 p.m.
To reserve a lunch provided by the Friends of the Library, please contact the library at 394-4171 or go on our website, www.rapidcitylibrary.org by noon on Monday, April 14. You are also welcome to bring your own lunch or just attend.
Teens and tweens are invited to join us for an afternoon of new and classic board game fun on Monday, April 14 from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. at the downtown library (610 Quincy Street, Meeting Room B).
Bring a friend and discover a new favorite game.
Visit the Teen Blog at teenblog.rapidcitypubliclibrary.com 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 www.rapidcitylibrary.org.
This article originally published by the Rapid City Journal on 3/21/14 and was written by Journal Staff
You could use duct tape to fix a tarp or even seal a duct. Or you could make a wallet, a smartphone case or a flower.
That’s what the parents and kids who attended last week’s duct tape workshop at the Rapid City Public Library did.
“We’ve been wanting to make things with duct tape,”said Julia Hiben of Rapid City, whose daughters made wallets at the workshop. “It was easy, yet it allowed you to be creative.”
Angi Jung of Rapid City brought her 11-year-old son, Colton, to the workshop, where he whipped out three duct tape wallets.
“We’re new to it, so we’re not as fast as the rest of them,” she said. “Definitely we would do it again.”
It seems there’s almost nothing you can’t make with duct tape.
On its website, Duck Brand tape has directions to make waterproof aprons, calla lilies, lamps, totes, mirror frames, bracelets, gift bows, flip-flops, belts and holiday decorations.
On Pinterest, you’ll find projects ranging from a night stand to a rug, a hammock, beads, headboards and boots — all made out of duct tape. According to pinners, you can recover furniture in it or substitute duct tape for the worn-out webbing in your lawn chair.
The library says its duct tape workshop for teens and tweens is its most popular. The library supplied all the tape and directions, making it easy for newcomers to test it out.
Among the techniques Cindy Smith of Rapid City learned was to put the tape on paper before fashioning it into objects.
“Sometimes when you put duct tape on duct tape, it gets wrinkled,” said Smith, who brought her home-schooled kids to the library for an art lesson.
Smith’s daughter, Hannah, 11, has made wallets, purses, flowers and a giant pocket with tape. It’s a portable craft, and she often packs up her duct tape when her mom has a meeting and she’s waiting for her.
“She was in ‘The Nutcracker’ and all the kids were making duct tape bows while they were waiting,” Smith said.
These days, duct tape has branched out from its original gray color. It now comes in neon brights, a variety of patterns, Barbie and Mickey Mouse prints and sports logos licensed by colleges, the National Football League, Major League Baseball and the National Hockey League.
“I think they had fun just using something different,” said Christina Dehn, who brought her children to the workshop. “And duct tape is so colorful these days; it’s just a different type of medium.”
In celebration of Women’s History Month, on Sunday, March 23 from 2 – 3 p.m., the Rapid City Public Libraries downtown location will be showing the film ‘Feminist: Stories from Women’s Liberation 1963-1970’ by filmmaker Jennifer Lee. This one-hour film was released in 2013 and has been shown in film festivals, on college campuses, for non-profit organizations, in middle-schools and globally. It won “Best of the Fest” for documentary at the Los Angeles Women’s International Film Festival.
Viewers will recognize some of the more familiar names such as Betty Friedan, Gloria Steinem, Eleanor Holmes Norton and Eleanor Smeal, but there are many others featured from different walks of life that helped change the world in their own way. Jennifer was motivated to make this film when she realized how little we know about these women. In her words:
Indeed, as you listen to the stories from these women and watch the work that was done during the feminist revolution, you realize how deep the “empty space” is in our memories where this information should be. It’s time to change this.