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RCPL Downtown closing early for Friends of the Library Fall Book Sale

book-image-smallThe downtown library at 610 Quincy Street will be closing early at 3 p.m. on Thursday, October 23, 2014 to allow the Friends of the Library to prepare for their annual Fall Book Sale. The north library at 10 Van Buren Street will be open regular hours from 2:45 – 7 p.m. The east library at 300 Mickelson Drive will be open regular hours from 7:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.
The Friends of the Library Fall Book Sale will be held from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Friday, October 24 and Saturday, October 25. The 2 for 1 sale (buy 2 items for the price of one) is on Saturday from 2 – 4 p.m. Choose from thousands of books, DVDs, CDs and more. All proceeds of the book sale go to support the Rapid City Public Libraries.
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Superhero Halloween Party for Kids at the Downtown Library


artwork by Sebastian Tjeerdsma

Holy Kryptonite, Batman! Elementary-aged children are invited to put on their best Halloween costume and come to the downtown library (610 Quincy St.) on Saturday, October 18 from 2 – 4:00 p.m. for a Superhero Party! There will be superhero-themed games, crafts and treats.

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After Hours Teen Halloween Party at the Downtown Library

skull-219794It’s BACK! The popular after-hours Teen Halloween Party returns to the downtown library (610 Quincy St.) on Saturday, October 18 from 5:30 – 8 p.m. Wear your best costume to compete for a $25, $15, or $10 Best Buy gift card (provided by the Friends of the Library) awarded to the top three entries in our costume contest. Are you brave enough to survive the return of our crowd favorite gross food eating contest? Come play games, eat pizza, and marvel at the massive amounts of candy you and your friends can eat in one evening.

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PAWS to Read @ the Library

rhettRhett, the R.E.A.D. (Reading Education Assistance Dog) certified dog, and his handler, Madonna, are back with ‘PAWS to Read @ the Library.’ Six children can read to Rhett for 20 minutes each, on the third Saturday of the month beginning October 18, from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Helen Hoyt Room at the downtown library (610 Quincy Street). You can sign up for your child to read with Rhett on our Event Calendar. The goal of the program is to improve literacy by reading in a non-threatening environment to an attentive, nonjudgmental listener. The only requirement is that the child is able to read.

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AT THE LIBRARY: Reaching out to teens in a fun way

By Lisa DaSilva, Teen Services Associate
Originally published by the Rapid City Journal on October 12, 2014

Do you know someone between the ages of 12-18 who has many opinions and loves sharing them (Let’s pause a moment for laughter from everyone who knows a teen)? The Rapid City Public Libraries wants to hear from them. Our teen planning group meets at the Downtown Library (610 Quincy St.) once a month to talk about the teenager experience at the libraries.

At our meetings, teens collaborate and suggest ideas for monthly programs at the libraries. They help plan and make supplies for upcoming events. We also brainstorm ideas about what they would like to see in the young adult areas of the libraries.

With a teen lounge in the works at the downtown library, the library especially wants to know what teens think would make the area open, inviting and most of all fun! The teen lounge is also the future home to a maker/hackerspace for teens. This could include a 3D printer, art supplies, gaming computers and console gaming stations.

Based on feedback from the planning group, we are trying longer teen programs with new start times this fall. Unless otherwise noted, all programs are from 4-6 p.m. in Meeting Room B at the downtown library. Upcoming programs include Teen Planning Committee meetings on Tuesday, Oct. 14, Monday, Nov. 3, and Thursday, Dec. 4 (December in Conference Room A). So teens trying to meet community service goals should definitely join!

At the monthly Teen Gaming days, teens will get together to play the latest consoles, including an Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Wii U on Tuesday, Oct. 28, Nov. 25. and Dec. 23. We also have an Oculus Rift, a virtual reality headset that allows immersion in PC games like never before.

The Teen Halloween Party on Saturday, Oct. 18, is an after-hours bash just for teens from 5:30-8 p.m. We play games, eat pizza and candy, and the top three costumes win Best Buy gift cards provided by the Friends of the Library. My favorite event is a surprisingly popular gross food-eating challenge. Teams of teens plow through disgusting food combinations for fame, glory and even more candy prizes.

On Wednesday, Nov. 12, teen planning group members will be presenting the Bracelet Workshop for Teens. They will show participants how to make paracord survival bracelets, rubber band loom bracelets, and different styles of friendship bracelets. This is the first event proposed and organized by the planning group and they are very excited to lead events for their peers.

The planning group will also be helping with our Handmade Holiday Gifts program for teens on Tuesday, Dec. 9. We will be presenting handmade gift ideas for teens to make and give to loved ones just in time for the holiday season.

I’m most excited for a presentation by local author V.R. Janis. On Dec. 15 from 4-5:30 p.m., she will be at the downtown library teaching teens how to make a sketchbook. Tell your teens about all of the wonderful upcoming events at the Rapid City Public Libraries.

Lunch and Learn – Extreme Couponing

scissors-42801Are you wanting to start saving money by couponing but feeling overwhelmed at the prospect of setting up a couponing system? On Wednesday, October 15, from noon to 1:00 p.m. at the downtown library (610 Quincy Street), you are invited to a workshop on Extreme Couponing led by librarian and couponer, Jolie Hogencamp. Jolie will cover coupon facts, lingo and etiquette; where to find coupons; coupon organization; and the ‘Big 3’ – Walgreens, Target and Safeway. Participants can register to win a ready-made coupon kit.

For a lunch provided by the Friends of the Library, registration is open until noon on Monday, October 13; 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.

Sunday library programs feature local musicians

Originally Published by the Rapid City Journal on October 05, 2014

Written by Susan Braunstein, Rapid City Public Library
Looking for something wonderful to do on Sunday afternoons in October? Look no further than the Rapid City Public Library at 610 Quincy St. where musical events will be held at 2 p.m. each Sunday.

The performances begin today with Hank Harris, who has performed with the Red Willow Band, The Shades, Hank and Christy, DD and the Fayrohs, and the Hegg Brothers’ Holiday Jam.

His work with the Adams Museum Deadwood Songbook included two CDs and a South Dakota Public Broadcasting video that was nominated for a Midwest Emmy.

His most recent CD is “Peace” and many of his friends have collaborated on it with him. Harris will play songs from the CD and as well as other original tunes during his performance.

On Sunday, Oct. 12, Jami Lynn will perform her unique blend of folk, jazz and blues. Hailing from the Great Plains of eastern South Dakota, the singer/songwriter began performing folk and bluegrass music at the age of 13. After high school, she attended the University of South Dakota and majored in vocal performance.

It was during these years that she met with members of Sioux Falls folk-rock band Snakebeard Jackson and recorded her first album “Dreamer” as Jami Lynn & The Aquila Band. After a semester at Tennessee State University in Nashville, she returned to South Dakota to finish college.

She resumed performing with the Aquila Band and began work on her senior thesis, “Early American Folk Music of the Upper Midwest.” This thesis evolved into the recording of Sodbusters, her second full-length album.

Inspired by stories of her ancestors trek from the East Coast to Dakota Territory, the title track offers the perspective of Lynn’s great-great grandmother, Lydia Huff. In addition to six original songs, the album features five songs from South Dakota.

James Van Nuys, long acknowledged as the Black Hills premier acoustic finger picker, will perform on Sunday, Oct. 19. His repertoire covers folk, blues, Irish and ragtime.

Joining him will be Maya Van Nuys, who plays fiddle and bass and is a member of the Randy McAllister band, and Rob Dewan, who plays guitar and bass.

Completing the series will be Daniel Burnison and Stuart Jenner on Oct. 26. They have been playing music together for over ten years, bringing a fresh blend of folk, rock, and blues that include popular songs and several original works.

Jenner plays a handmade guitar and suitcase kick drum, while Burnison plays the vocal chords and occasionally an accordion or kazoo.

October is Family History Month – Who are the Skeletons in Your Closet?

skeleton-2-webOn Saturday, October 11, Pam Martin, president of the Rapid City Society for Genealogical Research will give a Family History Month presentation entitled ‘Who are the Skeletons in Your Closet?’ Pam will explain how to use, and laptops will be available for participants to follow along during and after her presentation. Members of the Germans from Russia Heritage Society, the Black Hills Celtic Society and the Sons of Norway will also be on hand to help answer your questions about researching your ancestors.

Having lived in Wyoming for 62 years before coming to South Dakota in 2012, Pam has taught genealogy at Casper College in Wyoming, served on the Natrona County Genealogical Society Board, and taught a beginning genealogy class in Sturgis last fall for Community Education of the Black Hills. She will teach a class this fall on “Genealogy and the Electronic Highway AKA the World Wide Web.”

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October Music Series at the Downtown Library – Part of the South Dakota 125th Anniversary Events

Music_fall tonesEnjoy some of the finest South Dakota musicians in concert at the library! The October Music Series will be from 2 – 3:00 p.m. on Sunday afternoons at the downtown library. This year’s series will begin with Hank Harris on October 5. Hank has worked with the Red Willow Band, The Shades, Hank and Christy, DD and the Fayrohs and the Hegg Brothers’ Holiday Jam. His performance will include music from his latest CD, Peace, and other original and authentic tunes.

On October 12, Jami Lynn returns to the library with her unique mix of roots music, jazz and blues. From singing blues and jazz standards to folk music featuring claw-picking banjo and fingerstyle guitar, Jami is a versatile and delightful performer.

The Black Hills’ premier acoustic finger picker James Van Nuys is being joined by Maya Van Nuys on fiddle and Rob Dewan on guitar and bass for the third Sunday concert on October 19. Listeners will enjoy a broad variety of music including folk, blues, Irish and ragtime tunes. Don’t miss this acclaimed local favorite.

Our fourth concert will be the band Starting Over, with Daniel Burnison and Stuart Jenner on October 26. They have been playing music together for over 10 years and have developed a fresh blend of folk, rock, blues, some popular songs and original compositions. Stuart plays his handmade guitar and suitcase kick drum. Daniel provides vocals and the occasional accordion or kazoo.
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Community Voices Presents: ‘Captured Moments’ Wildlife and Nature Photography by Ted Ayers

ted-ayers-webOn Thursday, October 9, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. upstairs at the downtown library (610 Quincy Street), renowned local photographer Ted Ayers will present a program on the challenges and rewards of wildlife and nature photography. Ted will give us his personal approach to the subject matter in a 40-minute audio visual presentation of some of his favorite images captured over the past few years.

Ted has been involved in photography for over 65 years. It is one of his most passionate avocations along with hiking and backpacking. He has traveled to many parts of the world including Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Great Britain, Norway, Europe, and Asia including two trips to the Himalayas of Nepal. This program should have something for novice and pro photographers, as well as people who just enjoy looking at amazing photography.

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