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Learn the Basics of Origami at the Downtown Library


OrigamiRapid City, SD – July 28, 2014 – On Saturday, August 2 from 2 – 3 p.m., upstairs at the downtown library (610 Quincy Street), Japanese students from the Miwa English Conversation School English training program will demonstrate the basics of origami. The students are visiting the United States and would like to invite you to join them for this special event where you can create your own origami. This activity is suitable for the entire family. All supplies will be provided.

For more information about special events for all ages at the Rapid City Public Libraries, please visit our website at

Steve Weeks (‘Kindie Music’) Concert at the Libraries!


Steve Weeks Music
Rapid City, SD – July 28, 2014 – Enjoy an interactive show filled with music, humor and games for young kids and their families. Steve Weeks will perform on Thursday, July 31 at 10:00 a.m. upstairs at the downtown library (610 Quincy Street) and 2:00 p.m. at our North Partner Library in General Beadle School (10 Van Buren Street).

Although music was a childhood passion, Steve says his career in independent kids (or Kindie) music was forged through happenstance. A self-taught musician, he found himself composing a series of songs for his own children’s pre-school curriculum a few years ago. The songs were well-received, and his reputation grew from a network of friends outward, eventually making Weeks’ music a staple on the national children’s music scene.

For more information about the Summer Reading program and events, please visit our website at

Jerry Barlow, Celtic Fingerstyle Guitarist and Storyteller at the Downtown Library

Jerry-Barlow-webEnjoy virtuoso finger-style guitar as well as Celtic history and legends upstairs at the Rapid City Public Libraries downtown library (610 Quincy Street) on Sunday, July 27 at 2:00 p.m. Jerry Barlow is a warm, accessible performer and storyteller. His unique and skillfully delivered repertoire incorporates favorite traditional pieces as well as his own Celtic-inspired compositions. His expressive arrangements of lively jigs, spirited reels, and haunting airs is described as music to soothe the soul, warm the heart and lift the spirit.
Music from Barlow’s recordings can be heard regularly on NPR stations. He has been featured in Fingerstyle Guitar magazine, and was profiled in the February 2011 issue of Celtic Connection.
Find out more about upcoming live music, speakers and events by visiting the Rapid City Public Libraries’ website at

Surprises Abound at Public Library

Originally published by the Rapid City Journal on Sunday, July 20, 2014

by Sally-Adrina Taylor, Rapid City Public Library

While working at Rapid City Public Libraries I often hear, “I haven’t been in the library in a while; I didn’t know you had that!” As a librarian, I really enjoy these opportunities to let people know we have these services as well as others they might be unaware of. Even frequent visitors might not realize the wealth of resources available from the libraries’ website. I’ve listed some that could help users learn new skills, fix their vehicles, or advance their careers. Here’s a brief introduction to the services and their possible benefits to you.

Databases are online computer programs or websites that allow you to research information quickly. At the library, feel free to use our catalog computers to access our databases — no library card or guest pass is necessary. Away from the library, you will need a library card and a PIN set up for your account. All of the libraries’ listed databases can be accessed online while not in the library with the exception of Ancestry Library, a genealogy website that can help you fill in your family tree.

For kids, I recommend Tumblebooks. It has hundreds of animated picture books, as well as puzzles and games (read the book, no cheating). It is available from the children’s website

You can use our Consumer Reports database to look up product reviews. We also offer Chilton’s Automotive Repair for car repair manuals.

Whether you are looking for a way to improve your resume, learn a new language or simply to learn a new skill, the library has online resources for you. The Learning Express Library offers tutorials for improving your math, writing, grammar and job skills. Here you will find e-books and practice tests for the tests such as the GED, college placement, graduate placement, occupation (post office, civil service, police), and more.

If you need more structure, Universal Class offers classes in a typical college course format. Allowing you six months to complete the course with a real person grading your assignments, this is a great opportunity to work on personal or work skills. It is also a valuable resource for homeschoolers. With your library card you can take up to five classes at a time earning CEU’s (Continuing Education Credits) which can be added to your resume.

I recently introduced Mango Languages to a person who wanted to learn Spanish to speak with her co-workers. Mango Languages provides a visual and audio interactive website as well as a downloadable mobile app. If you know someone who needs to work on English as a second language, there are 15 courses available. Spanish is only one of over 60 languages offered here.

Feel free to browse our databases at Select Research/Databases from the list on the left.

If you need assistance, call or stop by any of Rapid City Public Libraries’ locations to have staff show you how to use the databases.

Book Walk at Founders Park: Hedgie Blasts Off!

Hedgie Blasts Off! by Jan Brett, copyright © 2006 by Jan Brett. Used by permission of G.P. Putnam’s Sons, a division of Penguin Group (USA) LLC.

Hedgie Blasts Off! by Jan Brett, copyright © 2006 by Jan Brett. Used by permission of G.P. Putnam’s Sons, a division of Penguin Group (USA) LLC.

Young readers and their families are invited to enjoy the colorful illustrations and exciting, comic adventures of one of author/illustrator Jan Brett’s best-known children’s book characters, Hedgie. He has always wanted to be an astronaut and explore outer space and this is his big chance! The story will unfold for you as you stroll along the bike path at Founders Park on Saturday, July 26 from 9:00 a.m. to noon. The Geek the Library table will also be there, so stop by, visit our photo booth, and let us know what you geek.
Hedgie Blasts Off! by Jan Brett, copyright © 2006 by Jan Brett. Used by permission of G.P. Putnam’s Sons, a division of Penguin Group (USA) LLC.
For more information about the Summer Reading program and events, please visit our website at

Summer Barbecue and Family Concert at the Libraries

Lonely-Rangers-webYou are invited to be our guest at the Summer Barbecue and Concert at General Beadle School on Thursday evening, July 24. We will be serving hot dogs, burgers, chips, veggies and lemonade at 5:00 p.m. After supper, relax to the country-rock sounds of the Lonely Rangers, local musicians Johnny Sundby and Scott Grote. Their song list includes favorites from the 50s to today.

For more information about the Summer Reading program and events, please visit our website at

Book Trivia Night at Seattle’s Best Coffee

book-image-smallGet your book geek on, Wednesday, July 23 at 6:30 p.m. at Seattle’s Best Coffee (located inside the Hotel Alex Johnson). Bring friends and test your knowledge of books with this trivia contest night. The books we will be using for the trivia questions are listed on the library’s website, also have a display of many of the titles and a list of the books on a kiosk at the downtown library.
Whoever correctly answers the most questions can win a gift card from Mitzi’s Books with a first place prize of $35, second place of $25 and third place of $15.
Find out more about library events for adults by visiting the Rapid City Public Libraries website at

Quick Pick Picnic: Summer Reading On the Go

Picnic_basket_01-webJoin us at the Rapid City Public Library downtown location (610 Quincy Street) on Wednesday, July 16 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Helen Hoyt Room. Last month, participants discussed everything from nonfiction and history, to novels, magazines and young adult books. Whether you read on an electronic device or tablet, or enjoy sitting in your lawn chair with a printed book, come and share what you enjoy at our Quick Pick Picnic.
There is no charge to attend and all are welcome. For a lunch provided by Friends of the Library, please register online at through our events calendar or call 394-4171 by noon on Monday, July 14. Lunch is limited to the first 50 registered. Attendees are welcome to bring their own lunch or attend without having lunch.
Find out more about library resources and events by visiting the Rapid City Public Libraries website at

AT THE LIBRARY: Library events for adults abound

July 06, 2014 4:00 am  •  

With the children out of school for the summer, countless activities are available to entertain, educate and provide lasting memories for them during this time. But what’s out there for the adults to enjoy? Look no further than the library! We offer new and interesting ways to keep adults happy this summer as well.

If you’re reading something interesting this summer, we invite you to join us for a Quick Pick Picnic on Wednesday, July 16 from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the downtown library in the Hoyt Room. We will discuss everyone’s summer reading picks and enjoy a lunch provided by the Friends of the Library. If you would like a lunch, register online from the Events Calendar on our website or by calling 394-4171. Registration is open from July 1 – 14 at noon.

Another event for the avid reader is our first ever Book Trivia Nights. We have a display at the downtown library featuring the 50 books we’ll be quizzing from as well as the list on our website. Whoever correctly answers the most questions can win a gift card from Mitzi’s Books: 1st place receives a $35 gift card, 2nd place $25 and 3rd place $15. Our first trivia night will be at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 23 at Seattle’s Best Coffee located in the Hotel Alex Johnson. We will have another trivia night at 7 p.m. on Friday, August 15 at the downtown library with refreshments provided.

On Thursday, July 24 at General Beadle Community School, the library will host a Community Summer BBQ and Concert featuring ‘The Lonely Rangers.’ At 5 p.m. we will serve free hamburgers, hot dogs, vegetables, chips and lemonade with the concert following at 6 p.m. ‘The Lonely Rangers’ set list includes favorites from the 50s through today, as well as some original material with a laid-back, country-rock style.

Want more summer concerts? Jerry Barlow, a Celtic Fingerstyle Guitarist & Storyteller will perform a concert on Sunday, July 27 at 2 p.m. upstairs at the downtown library. Barlow’s program features not only his skillful playing, but also the legend and humor behind the music.

Do you love ghost stories? Black Hills Paranormal Investigations will be presenting a RCPL Foundation program downtown on Tuesday, August 5 at 7 p.m. where they will speak about their most interesting and recent investigations. There will be a wine and cheese reception with a suggested $10 donation. Please RSVP by visiting our Event Calendar on our website.

Are you traveling this summer? Take the library with you! Downloadable eBooks, audiobooks and streaming video are available at your fingertips 24/7. Show us where you are traveling with your eReader by posting a photo on our Facebook page to be entered in a prize drawing from Roam’n Around, contest ends Sept. 1.

To access our digital library or to find out more about library programs, visit our website at

Library and Artist’s Art Alley Collaboration Promotes National Campaign

Custom Street Art for Geek the LibraryRapid City Public Libraries is currently involved in a yearlong national “Geek the Library” campaign. Sponsored by OCLC and The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the purpose of the campaign is to find out what the public is passionate about, such as “things they geek.” Regardless of what people “geek” the library wants the community to know that there is support for an individual’s passion. It is also the hope of the campaign to turn that passion into support for libraries and the ongoing need for awareness about library issues such as funding.
In collaboration with the Rapid City Arts Council, artist Tyler “Siamese” Read has painted an 8’ x 4’ mural in Art Alley promoting passion for art with “Igeek streetart.” has said that as far as they know, this is the first Geek the Library outdoor mural.

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