Skip to content

See what is going on at your Rapid City Public Library. Read our news releases, download our newsletter and events calendar and find information about new and emerging services straight from us.

Book to Film Movie Night: “Remember the Titans”

remember-the-titans-600x600Celebrate Black History Month with a screening of “Remember the Titans” on Friday, February 12 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the downtown library (610 Quincy Street, upstairs). Starring Denzel Washington and Will Patton, the screenplay depicts the struggles of a newly appointed African American coach and his high school football team in racially charged Alexandria, Virginia, in 1972. The film is based on “The Bill Yoast Story” by Steve Sullivan. Popcorn and beverages will be served. (Rated PG)

For more information about library programs for adults, including movie series and live music, please visit our website at

“Hearts & Flowers? Humbug!” Teen Anti-Valentine’s Day Party

TeenAntiVDayPartyTired of hearts and roses, love ballads and sappy greeting cards? Teens are invited to attend an Anti-Valentine’s Day party upstairs at the downtown library on Saturday, February 13 from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. Enjoy DIY coffee cozies, conversation heart cookie decorating contest, jelly bean guessing game, piñata and more! Bring your friends and join the fun!

Visit the Teen Blog at 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

Adult Yoga Continues at the Downtown Library

yoga-matDue to an overwhelmingly positive response, the community yoga class at the downtown library (610 Quincy Street, upstairs) will be a monthly program through the end of 2016! Whatever your fitness level, plan to join us on Monday, February 8 from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. as an instructor from Sōl Yoga will help you experience the mind/body connection that is yoga. Mats are available or bring your own. Wear comfortable clothing that allows you to move easily.

For more information about library programs for adults, including hands-on events, movie series and live music, please visit our website at

AT THE LIBRARY: Wide array of programs planned for February

Originally published by the Rapid City Journal on January 31, 2016

Janet Parr Rapid City Public Libraries

The Rapid City Public Library has a diverse lineup of programs scheduled for this month. Our community yoga class received such a warm welcome from you last month, we added it as a monthly class for the year. Whether you are a yogi or a newbie join us from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8 with experienced yoga teachers from Sōl Yoga Collective.

In February we also celebrate Black History Month by acknowledging generations of African-Americans who struggled with adversity to gain civil rights. On Feb. 12 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., our Book to Film Movie Night features “Remember the Titans.” Starring Denzel Washington, the film tells the true story of a newly appointed African-American coach and his high school football team as they struggle in racially charged Alexandria, Va., in 1972.

If you know teens ranging from sixth to 12th grade, send them to our Anti-Valentine’s Day Party from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 13. We have do-it-yourself coffee cozies planned, as well as a conversation heart cookie decorating contest and jelly bean guessing game.

After your children come down from the sugar high of Valentine’s Day, bring them to our Discovery Day for Kids from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Feb. 15. Award-winning Native American Flute Player Darren Thompson offers a one-of-a-kind opportunity to learn about the Native American flute, one of the oldest and rarest instruments in the world. After Thompson’s performance and instruction, children will make their own musical instrument to take home, as well as receive his CD, “Between Earth and Sky: Native American Flute Music Recorded in the Black Hills.”


Thompson joins us again from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Feb. 20 for a live concert featuring the sights, sounds and history of the magnificent Native American flute. To learn more about Thompson, visit his website at

February’s Lunch & Learn features Project H3LP! Listen as Project Director Kelsey Ducheneaux and Executive Director Guthrie Ducheneaux present Horses, Humans, Honesty — H3lping People See Life Through a Horse’s Eyes from noon to 1 p.m. Feb. 17. Project H3LP! uses thoughtful human/horse interaction to promote, teach and develop physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being of tribal youth. Project H3LP! also offers company retreats, internships and clinics. Registration is required for this program.

(Somewhat) Subversive Cross Stitch is our Hands-on program from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 18. These are not your granny’s stitches. Registration is required.

Finally, we honor musician and the king of reinvention David Bowie by showing “Labyrinth” during our Bowie Movie Day from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 21. Find something you like in our diverse line up of programs for the month of February. Like Bowie’s 1971 song “Changes,” you may find “strange fascination, fascinating me … .”

From Back Porches to the Library: Folk Songs 101

Bright colorful bouquet of garden and wild natural flowers

On Friday, January 22 from 3 – 4 p.m., come and experience a musical “show and tell” of folk instruments and music that will be fun for the whole family. Tracy Heeter and friends will be introducing a whole range of musical instruments and the music that regular folks have played on their back porches for over a hundred years. Their instruments will include: guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, bass, ukulele and autoharp. Musicians will be playing and showing off their folk instruments, while playing along with songs all can enjoy.

Folk music is the basis of today’s pop, blues, jazz, bluegrass, and rock music, so if you’ve ever wondered about playing one of these instruments or if you just love music, Folk Music 101 is for you.

For more information about library programs, including live music events, please visit our website at

Book to Film Movie Night: Moneyball

moneyballWhat do you need to do to craft a winning baseball team on a small budget? Visionary baseball manager Billy Beane has an unconventional plan. Baseball fans and those who just appreciate rooting for the underdog in a fascinating tale can join us on Friday, January 22 from 6:30 to 8:45 p.m. at the downtown library (610 Quincy Street, upstairs). This 2003 film features a star-studded cast including Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Robin Wright. The screenplay is based on the 2004 book of the same name by Michael Lewis. Popcorn and beverages will be served.
For more information about library programs for adults, including movie series and live music, please visit our website at

Hands-On Adult Coloring: Color Yourself Calm at the Downtown Library

AdultColoring-webTake a 2-hour break from your busy schedule and free your creative inner child. On Thursday, January 21 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the downtown library (610 Quincy Street, upstairs), color yourself calm with our adult coloring pages. This event is currently full.
Visit our website at and click on the Event Calendar to find out about and register for each month’s hands-on event.

Lunch & Learn: Battlefield Forensics – Iraq & Afghanistan Theaters

Soldiers in Phase I of the 31B Military Police Transition Course taught by the Fort Pickett-based 3rd Battalion, 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute conduct a practical exercise in tactical site exploitation, part of the battlefield forensics instruction, April 12, 2013, at Fort Pickett. During the exercise, Soldiers capture photos and gather items from a simulated suspected IED workshop that could contain forensic evidence for evaluation and analysis at a forensics crime lab. Approximately 12 Guard and Reserve Soldiers from across the country are enrolled in the course and will advance to the two-week Phase II of the course. (Photo by Cotton Puryear, Virginia National Guard Public Affairs)

CSI and true crime aficionados, plan to join us on Wednesday, January 20 from noon to 1 p.m. at the downtown library (610 Quincy Street, Meeting Room B). Program presenter Jon Eizinger worked as a forensic specialist as part of the NATO International Assistance Security Force in Afghanistan and the Joint Prosecution Exploitation Center (JPEC) at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq. He provided forensic training to the Ministry of Interior in support of Afghanistan’s National Justice Sector Strategy providing the first ever national fingerprint lab of its kind and prototype for future laboratories throughout the country. Eizinger will discuss his last mission working for the Ministry of Interior where he lived in downtown Kabul, Afghanistan.

Please visit the Event Calendar from our website to sign-up by noon on Monday, January 18. Lunch is provided by the Friends of the Library and Hippo Steve Pastiche.

For more information about library programs please visit our website at

Discovery Day for Kids: Bruce Junek & Tass Thacker present: Blue Zones® – Kid Power!

20140922-_MG_8175-Edit-2-EditNo school? Too cold to play outside? Let us help beat the boredom with a Discovery Day for Kids at the libraries. On Monday, January 18 at 11:00 a.m. at the downtown library (610 Quincy Street, upstairs) and again at 2:00 p.m. at our north partner library in General Beadle Elementary (10 Van Buren Street), Bruce Junek and Tass Thacker present Blue Zones® – Kid Power! Blue Zones® are pockets around the world where people live measurably longer better lives. Bruce and Tass use a fast-moving humorous adventure story and stunning photography to teach kids and their families how to make healthy lifestyle choices and achieve their goals. This program is sponsored by the South Dakota Humanities Council.

Be sure to keep an eye on our event calendar for more fun activities for children of all ages.

Live Music at the Downtown Library: The Davis Sisters

On Saturday, January 16 from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m., visit the downtown library (610 Quincy Street, upstairs) and enjoy the sweet harmonies of The Davis Sisters. With music ranging from gospel and soul to Broadway and country, LaDreeva, Delorise and Shapeera have been singing together since they were young girls. Their trademark sound was developed during late-night song fests when they sang each other to sleep.
For more information about library programs, including live music events, please visit our website at

%d bloggers like this: