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Teen Planning (Advisory Board) Meeting

TAB_Nov_2014The Teen Advisory Board is up and running and we have planned our first event from start to finish. On Monday, November 3 from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m., we will meet at the downtown library (610 Quincy Street) to create samples for the Teen Bracelet Workshop to be held at 4:00 p.m. on November 12. Teens from 12 to 18 are welcome to join this fun planning/workgroup and to have a voice in teen programming at the libraries!

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.

The Rapid City Library Foundation Presents: Lakota Star Knowledge Presented by Dr. Craig Howe and Sam Hurst

Lakota-Star-Knowledge-webOn Tuesday, November 4 at 7:00 p.m. at the downtown library (610 Quincy Street, Main Floor), the short film Lakota Star Knowledge will be shown, followed by discussion and questions. The film was produced by the speakers in collaboration with the Journey Museum. Dr. Craig Howe is the director of the Center for American Indian Research and Native Studies, a nonprofit research center committed to advancing knowledge and understanding of American Indian communities. Sam Hurst is a documentary filmmaker and buffalo rancher.

Wine and cheese reception. $10 suggested donation. Please RSVP by visiting the Event Calendar on the Rapid City Public Library website at www.rapdicitylibrary.org.

AT THE LIBRARY: Library offering unique events for entire family

Originally published by the Rapid City Journal on October 26, 2014

written by Susan Braunstein, Rapid City Public Libraries

Entertaining events and opportunities to learn abound this fall at the Rapid City Public Libraries — costumes, story times, treats for the kids, gaming and crafts for teens and families, or film series and programs for adults. Why not stop by and see what we have to offer?

Are you looking for a place to show off your cute little ones in their costumes? Bring them to the 9:30 a.m. Preschool Story Times at the downtown library on Oct. 28 and Oct. 30 for ages up to three. They will hear fantastic stories and they can receive sweet treats from library staff.

A new addition to our story time series is the Chapter Book Story Time led by storyteller Scott Hall. Early elementary-age children are invited to hear Newbery Award-winning books read over several weeks. Currently, Hall is reading “Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH” written by Robert C. O’Brien. Join him on Thursdays at 3:30 p.m. at the downtown library.

Teens are invited to play the latest and greatest games on new gaming equipment during Teen Gaming Day, which will be held at the downtown library from 4-6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 28.

Halloween-related crafts for elementary kids will be featured during After School is Cool at General Beadle Elementary from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Oct. 28.

Adults are invited to a Zombie Film Extravaganza on Friday, Oct. 31, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the downtown library. “I Walked with a Zombie,” “Zombie-American” and “Plan 9 from Outer Space” are the featured films. Popcorn, lemonade and candy will be available.

As we move into November, the library will continue to celebrate South Dakota’s 125th Statehood Anniversary with a Friday Night SD Film Series with movies that feature South Dakota.

The series begins on Nov. 7 with “National Treasure: Book of Secrets,” followed by “Thunderheart” on Nov. 14; “North by Northwest” on Nov. 2; and “Pow-Wow Highway” on Nov. 28. The films start at 7 p.m. Popcorn and lemonade will be provided.

A family fun event will take place at 1 p.m. Nov. 8 when Julie Johndreau from Badlands National Park will present a puppet show featuring Beamer, an aspiring junior ranger.

Jace DeCory will present “The Lakota: 1889-2014” during the Community Voices program on Nov. 13 from 5:30-7 p.m. DeCory, a Black Hills State University professor, will explore the Lakota perspective of events surrounding the achievement of statehood in 1889 and continuing to the present. This program is co-sponsored by the S.D. Humanities Council.

A discussion about self-sufficiency will be presented by Nick Livermont of the Pine Ridge Reservation for the Lunch & Learn program from noon to 1 p.m. on Nov. 19. Livermont, who works for the South Dakota Department of Agriculture, will discuss sustainable lifestyles, raising food, building community and cultivating personal sovereignty.

Look for additional programming details at www.rapidcitylibrary.org.

Zombie Film Extravaganza at the Downtown Library

skull-219794If you are a fan of Zombie flicks, we have a triple-header for you at the downtown library on Friday night, October 31 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. We will be screening Plan 9 from Outer Space, I Walked with a Zombie and Zombie-American. Lemonade, popcorn and candy will be served.
To find out about upcoming library events for all ages, including films, live music and more, visit our website at www.rapidcitylibrary.org.

Trick-or-Treat Story Times at the Downtown Library

Are you looking for a place to show off how cute your little ones are in their costumes? Bring them to the 9:30 a.m. story times at the downtown library on October 28 for preschoolers and 30 for ages birth to three. They will hear some fantastic stories and they can walk to different library stations to receive a sweet treat.

For more information about special events for children at the Rapid City Public Libraries, please visit our website at http://www.rapidcitylibrary.org.

Teen Gaming at the Downtown Library Goes 3D!

Try out the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset at the teen gaming afternoon! We will meet at the downtown library (610 Quincy Street, upstairs) on Tuesday, October 28 from 4 to 6:00 p.m. This event is for teens ages 12 – 18. Along with experiencing the Oculus Rift, there will be gaming available on the Xbox One, PS4 and WiiU.
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.

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.
Find out about library resources, services and events by visiting our website at http://www.rapidcitylibrary.org.

Superhero Halloween Party for Kids at the Downtown Library

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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.

For more information about special events for children at the Rapid City Public Libraries, please visit our website at http://www.rapidcitylibrary.org.

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.

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.

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.

For more information about special events for children at the Rapid City Public Libraries, please visit our website at http://www.rapidcitylibrary.org.

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