April is Busting with Gardening and Writers
With spring in the air the dream of digging in the dirt will become a reality soon. The library offers gardeners two opportunities to learn more about getting our plants off to healthy start.
Rhoda Burrows, Horticulture Specialist with the SDSU Cooperative Extension Service and an occasional panelist on the South Dakota Public Broadcasting program, “Gardenline,” will be the Community Voices presenter on Thursday, April 7 at 6:30 p.m. Her topic is, “Getting Your Garden Ready.”
Two local master gardeners, Cathie Draine and Doug Hesnard, will bring their expertise to the Lunch & Learn program on April 20 from noon to 1 p.m. Their presentation is titled, “Hit & Myth in the Garden.” This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Library and if you are interested in signing up for a free lunch, go online or call the library by Monday, April 18 at noon.
In celebration of National Library Week a “Writers Gathering” is planned at the General Beadle Elementary School commons area on April 16 with the theme of “Self-Publishing, Marketing and Printing.” It starts with a panel discussion at 1 p.m. followed by book signing and selling from 2-4 p.m.
Panelists include: Dianna Fuchs (Dee Dee Fox ) author and illustrator of Ruby Red Slippers; Paul Horsted, owner of Dakota Photographic LLC and the author of “Crossing the Plains with Custer,” a companion volume to his earlier book, “Exploring with Custer: the 1874 Black Hills Expeditions,”; “The Black Hills Yesterday & Today” and “Custer State Park: from the Mountains to the Plains”; Toby Brusseau, author and photographer of “I am South Dakota” covering the stories of 10 different South Dakotans; Dave Strain, the owner of Dakota West Books, an online source for books, videos and tapes about the history of Native Americans and the Old West. He also the author of “Black Hills Hay Camp: Images and Perspectives of Early Rapid City,” and J.C. Phelps (Jean Wise). Wise has her own publishing company and is the author of a three book young adult series, “Color Me Grey,” “Shades of Grey” and “Reflections of Grey.”
In addition to the panelists, other authors who have agreed to sell and sign their books include: Sandra Brannan, Mary Goulet, Ta’Mara Hanscom, Michael Foster, Mike Forrette, Margie Ladue, Mary Kopco, Peter Vodenka, Rick Mills, Michael Trump, Louise Hespen-Engelstad, Paul Higbee and members of the Black Hills Writing Group and the Black Hills Veterans Writing Group.
The downtown library will host the 10th Annual High Plains Writers Spring Poets Coffeehouse on Friday, April 22 at 7 p.m. Poets are invited to share their work and may enter the contest. Poets can sign up the night of the event or can call 394-4171 to pre-register. The deadline for contest entries is Monday, April 18 at 4:00 p.m. $100 in cash and prizes will be awarded. For more details about the poetry contest or information about the event contact Jason Walker at 394-4171 or email email@example.com