By Susan Braunstein, Programming Library Associate
The holiday season can be an especially nostalgic time for childhood memories. When my grandparents were still alive it was family tradition for those of us in Aberdeen and our relatives from Minnesota and Iowa to gather together and celebrate the season.
The smell of baking, the loud conversation, the card playing and all the incredible food that would come out of my grandmother’s tiny little kitchen are still visions alive and well to me.
As we got older, it was a different kind of holiday where some of us would visit from college or arrive from wherever we were working, but the gathering was still special.
We were big fans of books, newspapers and magazines in our household so gift giving would include something to read; we were unlike some of my friends or cousins who compared getting a book to socks and underwear. I was always thrilled to rip open the paper to find a shiny new story.
If you have a book lover in your family, it can be overwhelming trying to decide which book to give someone. If you look online you can find numerous opinions and lists of everything from all-time classics to contemporary favorites.
On www.goodreads.com there are extensive ‘Best Christmas Book Lists’ that include favorite books for children, seasonal romance, Christmas themed books/stories, stocking stuffers, and more. I noticed ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas’ made four different lists. If you have a Kindle there are 60 books in the Kindle Reads section.
Writer Sasha Emmons wrote an article on the Best Christmas and Holiday Books for Kids on www.parenting.com and she includes older and newer classics. Some of my choices would be ‘Olivia Helps with Christmas’ by Ian Falconer, ‘The Best Christmas Pageant Ever’ by Barbara Robinson, ‘Fancy Nancy Splendiferous Christmas’ by Jana O’Connor and ‘Olive, the other Reindeer ‘by Vivian Walsh and J. Otto Seibold. Two of my favorite books I have given as gifts are ‘The Velveteen Rabbit’ by Margery Williams and ‘One Snowy Night’ by M. Christina Butler.
Possible ideas for adults include ‘A Christmas Memory’ by Truman Capote, ‘A Redbird Christmas: a Novel’ by Fannie Flagg, ‘Skipping Christmas’ by John Grisham, ‘A Cup of Christmas Tea’ by Tom Hegg, ‘A Christmas Blizzard’ by Garrison Keillor, ‘The Gift of the Magi and Other Short Stories’ by O. Henry, and ‘Shepherds Abiding’ by Jan Karon.
With the recent release of the movie based on ‘The Book Thief’ by Markus Zusak, it would be a good choice for teens to read. For other Young Adult titles try ‘Stargirl’ by Jerry Spinelli or ‘The Giver’ and other titles by Lois Lowry; they are beautifully written.
All of the books mentioned can be found at the Rapid City Public Libraries, http://www.rapidcitypubliclibrary.org if you would like to peruse them.
In closing the words of author Marcel Proust, “There are perhaps no days of our childhood we lived so fully as those we spent with a favorite book.” This is definitely true for me.
By Victoria Wicks
A black standard poodle named Rhett is helping children to read in Rapid City. This new program allows children to read one-on-one to the dog, which decreases their anxiety about reading out loud in the classroom. SDPB’s Victoria Wicks went to the Rapid City Public Library this weekend to meet Rhett and talk with his handler.
Quentin joined Gunderson, Palmer, Nelson & Ashmore, LLP in August 2007 and became a partner with the firm in 2013. Quentin graduated from the University of South Dakota School of Law, Vermillion, South Dakota in 2006. While attending law school, Quentin was a member of the Client Counseling and Negotiations Board. He served as treasurer for one year. His undergraduate studies were completed at Northern State University, Aberdeen, South Dakota in 2002.
Quentin grew up in Philip, South Dakota where he was active in the Boy Scouts of America and FFA. He comes from a ranch family and enjoys helping farm/ranch clients with legal issues ranging from estate planning to the purchase of ag property.
Currently, Quentin is a member of the American Bar Association and the South Dakota Bar Association. In his spare time, Quentin enjoys hunting, fishing and watching sports, especially baseball and football.
To find out more about the Rapid City Public Libraries Foundation, go to http://www.rcgov.org/Library/library-foundation.html. For more information about Rapid City Public Libraries’ services and programs, please visit our website at http://www.rapidcitylibrary.org.
Join us on Monday, December 9 at 6:00 p.m. for a big-screen movie night complete with refreshments! This popular 2003 holiday movie stars Will Farrell as a human raised by elves after stowing away in Santa’s toy bag as a baby. After learning of his true identity, Buddy leaves for New York in search of his biological family, which turns out to be a “Scrooge”-like father and a cynical ten-year-old stepbrother who doesn’t believe in Santa. Worst of all, everyone seems to have forgotten the real meaning of the season. Buddy has his work cut out for him if he wants to win over his family and save Christmas.
There is no need to register for this event; just join us upstairs in Meeting Room ‘B’ at our Downtown location at 610 Quincy Street. For more information on activities and events available at the libraries, visit our website at www.rapidcitylibrary.org.
Enjoy beautiful harp music at the library! Fifteen-year-old Arjun and eleven-year-old Aparna Ayyangar will be performing a concert at the downtown library, 610 Quincy St., on December 2, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. in Meeting Room B. They will perform holiday music as well as other selections.
Both Arjun and Aparna have won many awards for their musical skills and have performed at national and international venues including frequent performances at Atlanticare Regional Medical Center in Pomona, NJ as a part of the hospital’s Creative Arts Healing Program.
Arjun is currently a student at SDSM&T; Aparna attends Southwest Middle School. Don’t miss this special evening of music by these talented local siblings.
For more information about this series or any other library events, please visit our website at http://www.rapidcitylibrary.org.
By: Leanna Bussell, Library Associate I
The National Day of Thanksgiving is just four days away. The guest list has been completed, the menu planned, the grocery shopping almost done, and there will be enough seating and place settings for all. The remaining challenge: how to entertain the guests while they wait for dinner to be served. Here are ideas for keeping the tykes and adults occupied while that lovely roast turkey scent is wafting through the house.
Crafts: Many Thanksgiving crafts can be done on a TV tray or coffee table and not interfere with the pre-set dinner table. “Crafts for Thanksgiving” and “All New Crafts for Thanksgiving” both by Kathy Ross are two books at the Rapid City Public Library that feature kid-friendly crafts that are inexpensive, easy, and fun for kids and adults alike. Directions for placemats, place cards, table favors, decorations and more are included. A favorite table favor is the nylon net turkey. Directions may be found online at http://www.thepartyanimal-blog.org/mm-turkey-favors/.
Games: board games and card games are the traditional go-to time occupiers. What about creating a more personalized game for your family and friends? A great site for creating free word search and cross-word puzzles is http://www.toolsforeducators.com. Create a word search using your families’ names, hobbies, sports teams, etc. This site also has a Thanksgiving list of words and pictures for a quick creation. Print the puzzle and have plenty of pencils or highlighters for gamers. A site called The Crafty Crow has a cute bean bag turkey: http://www.thecraftycrow.net/2010/11/12-turkey-crafts-for-kids.html. I suggest foregoing the stand, and playing Turkey beanbag!
Before those decks of cards are commandeered for games of War, Slap Jack, Hand and Food, or Texas Hold’em, learn an easy card trick to impress the guests. At the library, “Amazing card tricks” by Kirk Charles will appeal to the younger set and “The little giant book of card tricks” by Bob Longe will match the interest of the more mature sleight of hander.
“The Rain or Shine Activity Book : fun things to make and do” by Joanna Cole and Stephanie Calmenson is a great all-purpose activity book with a variety of activities including tongue-twisters (Ten tricky tantalizing turkeys trotted to the table.), riddles (What did the Turkey say before it was roasted? Boy, I’m stuffed.), and string games! Learn to make a cat’s cradle with a single piece of string or yarn. That will keep them tied up for a while! Or, how about a couple games of Hide the Thimble? Don’t be discouraged when the youngsters ask, “What’s a thimble?” Should your house be thimble-less, re-purpose what’s at hand; a wine cork makes a fine substitute!
Still got time to fill? An extra can of ripe olives is all you need. Is there anything more traditional on Thanksgiving than a child’s fingers tipped in black olives? It’s a great hors d’oeuvre that won’t spoil their appetite.
Wishing you a happy and fun-filled Thanksgiving Day from the staff at Rapid City Libraries!
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 closing early Wednesday, November 27 at 5 p.m. and will be closed all day Thursday, November 28 for the Thanksgiving holiday. RCPL-East at will not reopen until 1:00 p.m. on Friday, November 29. RCPL-Downtown and RCPL-North will have regular hours on Friday.
Find out about library resources, services and events by visiting our website at www.rapidcitylibrary.org.
NewsCenter1 Local News by Kirsten Swanson, Tuesday, November 19, 2013 – Libraries across South Dakota adapt to the growing popularity of tablets, many by providing services that let you check out books from the comfort of your own home. “I can’t imagine it ever going back to a book print world,” said Stephanie Bents of the Rapid City Public Library. Neither can many Americans and many South Dakotas, as demand for ebooks from libraries increases. Those libraries are responding. “We had 21 libraries that signed up initially,” said state librarian Daria Bossman. “Now we have 71 public libraries and out of 111 libraries in the state, that’s pretty phenomenal. We’ve covered 78 percent of the state has access to ebooks now.” That’s because of the program South Dakota Titles To-Go, which allows smaller libraries to purchase ebooks that they otherwise couldn’t afford. “It’s just a wonderful service,” Bossman said. “It has allowed small public libraries to reawaken because they have not had the money to buy this many popular fiction and non fiction books” As tablets become an increasing presence in our lives, South Dakota libraries realize many of us are on a tablet and not flipping through a book. “We want to be wherever the public is so we’re part of this too,” Bents said. “We spend an increasing amount on buying the materials so people can use their devices.” The Rapid City Public Library uses a service called “OverDrive.” Using your tablet and your library card number, you can check out books, magazines and even movies. The ebooks have perks that extend far past regular book browsing. “For one thing you can check out up to 35 items at a time and you can do it from wherever you are,” Bents said. “So if you’re in Florida for the winter, you log into our website with your library card and check them out, all winter long, we don’t have to see you.” You can find specifics on what devices are compatible with OverDrive and how to download the app on the Rapid City Public Libraries website, listed here: http://www.rcgov.org/Library/
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