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We Geek Teen Gaming at the Downtown Library

Gaming returns to the downtown library (610 Quincy Street, upstairs) on Tuesday, September 23 from 4 to 6:00 p.m. This event is for teens ages 12 – 18. We will play games on the Xbox One, PS4 and WiiU. Bring friends and get your game on!
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

Third Thursday Lunch Break @ WDT: Best Buy Tech Demo

Are you curious about the newest tech gadgets? Get your tech geek on at this hands-on event on Thursday, September 18, from 12 – 1 p.m. at the RCPL East Partner Library in Western Dakota Tech (800 Mickelson Drive). Best Buy will have representatives on hand with the best of the new devices and electronic toys including a curved-screen Ultra HD TV, an Xbox One and more!

For up-to-date information on activities and events available at the libraries, visit our website at

Lunch and Learn – Live Music at the Library: The Badger Sett Band

Badger-Sett-Band-webOn Wednesday, September 17, from noon to 1:00 p.m. at the downtown library (610 Quincy Street), you are invited to enjoy the Badger Sett Band. They will perform musical settings of the beautiful poetry of South Dakota’s first Poet Laureate, Badger Clark. Paying homage to his life, music and poetry, the songs include Cowboy’s Prayer, I Must Come Back and many more.
Band members include: Pegie Douglas, (vocals, guitar); Marcia Kenobbie (mandolin, vocals); Ned Westphal (guitar, narrator); Cheryl Jannsens (acoustic bass); and Vince Jannsens (dobro, clawhammer banjo). A CD of their music will be available for purchase after the program.
For a lunch provided by the Friends of the Library, registration is open until noon on Monday, September 15; 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.

Back-to-school resources for kids, parents

Originally published by the Rapid City Journal on September 9, 2014

By Lisa DaSilva Teen Services Associate

Now that school has been in session for a few weeks, kids are starting to visit the libraries for homework help. Most people know we have nonfiction books and DVDs for every topic, but we also have research databases to help students with assignments.

EBSCO’s Primary Search (K-5th grade) contains full text articles from elementary school level magazines and related images and maps for every topic imaginable.

For elementary and middle school students, the Gale database has several useful services. InfoTrac Kid’s Edition (K-6th grade) and Junior Edition (6th-8th grade) contain magazine and newspaper articles on current events, geography, history, science, health and sports topics. Parents will love the “Just for Fun” section in the Kid’s Edition, which contains sections with ideas for games, magic tricks, and arts and crafts.

Kids InfoBits (K-5th grade) brings together eBooks, images, magazine articles, and news stories on topics such as plants and animals, music, people and technology.

After clicking on a subject, users can pick from subtopics to browse different entries. The interface is easy to navigate and perfect inspiration when choosing your own topic for a paper. Each entry includes an audio pronunciation, so no more wondering how to pronounce “deinonychus” while writing a presentation on the dinosaur. Images include photographs, illustrations, graphs and infographics to make your project even better.

Gale’s Junior Reference Collection (6th-8th grade) includes primary source documents, images, video and audio clips, topic summaries, and critical essays for U.S. and world history, culture, science and literature research. Results are color coded to indicate basic, intermediate or advanced content levels. Topics include other relevant subjects to narrow a general search, which guides research and teaches students how to use these skills for future projects.

ProQuest SIRS Discoverer (1st-8th grade) contains interactive guides to improve research abilities, math, language and computer skills. Students can browse fact collections, learn about the pros and cons of issues that affect students, and the database takes research to the open web with lists of curated websites.

World Book, the popular encyclopedia, has an online section just for kids. In addition to articles, the kids section has educational games and activities. Use the science project guide to find out best practices for selecting a topic, experiment safety and creating a scientific report. There are even project ideas.

For parents, the kids section of our website has librarian recommended links to other resources. They include lists of accelerated reader books, websites with educational activities and games, pregnancy and parenting information, milestones, and advice.

To find these resources mentioned, visit the Rapid City Public Library website, and click on Research/Databases. While you can access all of these databases from home, they do require a library card. You can sign up for a card in person, over the phone, or on our website.

Kids (K-early elementary) can decompress after a long week of school with Yoga Story Times the second Saturday of the month at 10 a.m. The instructor will lead kids in yoga stretches and movements while she reads a story.

Teen Planning (Advisory Board) Meeting and Art Alley Open Paint at the Downtown Library

girl reading2Your voice matters! On Tuesday, September 16, help us plan teen activities and let us know what you would like to see in the teen space at the downtown library. Afterwards, join us in Art Alley for an Open Paint Session. We will meet for planning at 4:00 p.m. upstairs at the downtown library (610 Quincy Street). At 5:00 p.m., we will head to Art Alley and exercise our creativity. Join us and bring a friend!

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

After School is Cool! Early-release Wednesdays at RCPL North Partner Library in General Beadle Elementary

KidsCartoon-01When school releases early the library staff has fun activities planned! Kids of all ages are invited to join us on Wednesdays, September 10 and 24 from 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. at our Partner Library in General Beadle Elementary (10 Van Buren St.), for arts and crafts activities including making a paper bag dog puppet and a free drawing activity to create original masterpieces.

On Wednesday, September 17 (also from 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.), the focus is on gaming, with an opportunity to play Wii and X-Box games and use the library’s laptops to play games. There will also be art supplies available for students to enjoy exercising their creativity.

For more information about upcoming kids programs and events, please visit our website at

Community Voices Presents: Return to the Bridge at Remagen

remagen1On Thursday, September 11 at 6:00 p.m., upstairs at the downtown library (610 Quincy Street), WWII Veteran Paul Priest will give a presentation on his biography, Return to the Bridge at Remagen: A 9th Armored Division Soldier’s Retracing his World War II Combat, written by Lt. Colonel George A. Larson.
Paul E. Priest was born on December 25, 1925 in Flint, Michigan. In the spring of 1942 he graduated from high school and in June, 1944 he received a draft letter from the US Army. Upon completion of basic training, he was assigned to the 9th Armored Division as an infantryman. He landed in France on December 25, 1944. A member of the reconnaissance force, he fought for the bridge at Remagan. On March 8, 1945, two months to the day after the 9th Armored Division captured the Ludendorff Railway Bridge, the German forces surrendered at Rheims.
Priest has received service and recognition awards including the Bronze Star Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign medal with three bronze service stars, World War II Victory Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, and Marksman Badge with Carbine Bar & Rifle Bar.
For more information on activities and events available at the libraries, visit our website at

College Preparedness Evening at the Downtown Library

graduation-cap-vectorDo you have questions about the college admission process? On September 8 at 6 p.m. upstairs at the downtown library (610 Quincy Street), Dr. Sharon Alexander, professional college admissions coach, will walk teens and parents through the process, from early testing to acceptance. The program will cover such questions as: Which tests should you take? How can you improve your test scores? What do tests measure? How do you choose the right college? How do you write a strong application essay? How do you apply for and receive financial aid? Attendees are encouraged to bring their own questions!

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

At the Library: Our community of geeks

Originally published by the Rapid City Journal on August 25, 2014


For the past several months, Rapid City Public Libraries has been asking the community “What do You Geek?”

Maybe you’ve seen our digital “I Geek Libraries” billboard on West Main Street or bumper stickers while driving around town or visited our information table and photo booth at community events.

Perhaps earlier this summer you saw the “I Geek Street Art” mural (or related media coverage) in Art Alley done by local artist Tyler (Siamese) Read with the Rapid City Arts Council?

With this question asked simply in black, red and white, we’re making the community aware that the libraries want to know what people are passionate about and what interests them. As a library, we are here to support individuals and what they geek.

For the month of September, the libraries are moving the Geek the Library campaign outside of the library, with the purpose of engaging the community and highlighting what several of our community members geek.

At the downtown library, there will be an array of geek posters featuring city officials, library board members, some of our partners in the arts, and some local business owners who are eager to show their support for their local library and have donated prizes for our month-long promotion.

We have posters at the downtown library displaying what some of our city council members geek, as well as Mayor Sam Kooiker, Fire Chief Mike Maltaverne and Police Chief Karl Jegeris. Our downtown neighbor and partner in the arts, The Dahl, has a geek poster. So does local food and wine expert and KOTA Territory News’ Eric Gardner.

As for local businesses, not only can you find out what they geek by visiting the downtown library, but you have an opportunity to win a prize drawing by visiting the participating business and entering at their establishment for their donated prize. In order to be eligible to win, you must have an active library card or be eligible to sign up for one.

The following businesses are showing what they geek and offering a donated prize: Alternative Fuel, a $10 gift certificate; Cranky Jeff’s, a basket of bike goodies; Dakota Yogi, one private yoga therapy session (enter at the downtown library); the Elks Theater, free movie passes; Mitzi’s Books, (3) Kobo Arc 32GB HD tablets/eReaders; Paws Pet Bakery & Gifts, a gift basket of dog treats; Perk it Up, a $25 gift certificate; Philly Ted’s, free sandwiches; Roam’n Around, a free pair of Patagonia shoes selected by the winner (valued up to $150); The Silver Lining Creamery, a $10 gift certificate; Who’s Game House, a $50 gift certificate; Who’s Toys, a $50 gift certificate; and Zoom Candy, a basket of soda and candy with a $10 gift certificate.

So this September tell us “What you Geek,” find out what others in the community geek, and enter for a chance to win one of these great prizes.

The Rapid City Library Foundation Presents: Specialty Coffee: Not All Coffee is Created Equal

At 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 2, Dale Fewson, Co-owner of Essence of Coffee, will be showcasing the very best that specialty coffee has to offer with a side-by-side tasting upstairs at the downtown library located at 610 Quincy Street. See how easy it is to make great coffee at home and get tips on how to spot coffee shops that offer great coffee. The Essence of Coffee roasters are award-winning Australian artisan roasters, dedicated to unlocking the very essence from the world’s finest coffees.

Coffee and cookies will be served. Please RSVP by visiting the Event Calendar on the Rapid City Public Libraries’ website at Seating is limited. There is a $10 suggested donation.

Founded in 1989, the Rapid City Public Library Foundation’s aim is to raise funds and provide a margin of excellence for the Rapid City Public Libraries.
The Foundation envisions the Libraries as a cornerstone of our community’s high quality of life.

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