Memorable May events at the Rapid City Library
May is loaded with some great events from the Rapid City Public Library.
May 5th at 6:30 we will be featuring author and photographer, Paul Horsted at our Downtown location for this month’s Community Voices series. Mr. Horsted is the owner of Dakota Photographic LLC and author of “Crossing the Plains with Custer” a companion volume to his earlier book, “Exploring with Custer: The 1874 Black Hills Expedition” as well as “The Black Hills Yesterday and Today” and “Custer State Park: From the Mountains to the Plains.” He will talk about his research about the Black Hills and Custer’s expedition as well as answer questions about his books.
On Saturday, May 7th from 1:00-2:30 the library will be hosting a very special talk by author Bruce Smith. Mr. Smith will be discussing his book “Wildlife on the Wind.” Bruce is a wildlife biologist who spent most of his 30-year career managing wildlife populations on the Wind River Indian Reservation and the National Elk Refuge in Wyoming. His research includes over 40 papers and book chapters. He focuses on large mammal population dynamics, habitat ecology, diseases, migratory behavior, and predator-prey relationships.
If author talks aren’t your thing then help celebrate Children’s Book Week on May 7th from 1-2 in Youth Services (upstairs at our Downtown location) by having your children aged 5-12 dress up like their favorite book characters. The celebration will include prizes and snacks and the best costume will be voted on by the attendees.
On May 18th from 12:00 to 1:00 Lee Alley, president of the Wannabee Hobby Beekeepers, will present “How and Why Bees Communicate” at our Lunch and Learn program. Lee will demonstrate and explain fours surprising methods of complex communication required for a colony to manage its food collection, leadership transitions and military defenses. It seems that the bees may be able to provide some interesting insight into our own work and family lives. Call 394-4171 by noon on May 16th to RSVP for a lunch provided by the Friends of the Rapid City Public Library.
May is also Historic Preservation Month and we are celebrating by providing to awesomely informative programs. First, on May 21st at 1-5 pm at the Downtown Library, June Beason from the Rapid City Society for Genealogical Research will do a beginning genealogy workshop. Second, on May 26th from 6:30-7:30 pm, the Rapid City Public Library’s own Emerging Technologies Librarian Stephanie Bents and local historian Jene Kesselhoff will present on digital archives and historic buildings of Rapid City.
Last but not least, stop by our North location in General Beadle Community School on May 7th at 10:30 for an all-ages story time with storyteller Sandy Swift Eagle as she presents some of her favorite childhood stories. On May 21st at 10:30 we will feature another storyteller at the North library but this time Jennifer Chrest will get everyone up and moving with an energetic and lively storytime.