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Shelf Respect Teen Book Club

Teen_Shelf-Respect-Book-Club_600x600There has never been a better time to enjoy YA lit and graphic novels. With so many great authors and new books, how do you find out what to read next? On Tuesday, May 31 from 6 – 7 p.m. at the downtown library (610 Quincy Street, upstairs) enjoy snacks and beverages while you discuss all things YA and watch funny YouTube videos.

Visit the Teen Blog at http://rcplteens.tumblr.com/ for more details and for information on everything the library has for teens. Find out about library resources, services and events by visiting our website at www.rapidcitylibrary.org.

In the News: SIX PICKS: Events too good to pass up

Originally published by the Rapid City Journal on May 24, 2016

1. Showcasing local artists

The 11th annual Artists of the Black Hills Show and Sale will have an opening reception from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at the Dahl Arts Center, 713 Seventh St. The exhibition will showcase the work of 35 individual members whose works includes numerous different mediums and styles of painting, sculpting, printmaking, jewelry, assemblage and glasswork. Participating artists include Sarah Rogers, Mick Harrison, Steve Babbitt, Ray Tysdal, Kathy Sigle, Carol Lee Hilgemann and more. The event is free. For more information, call 394-4101.

2. Get down with the blues

Grab some wine and kick back to some of the best music in the Black Hills at 7 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Firehouse Wine Cellars’ Vinote Sessions series. Friday will see songwriter Jami Lynn’s soulful mixture of jazz, folk and blues and her skillful clawhammer picking style for songs both new and traditional. Saturday will see the acoustic stylings of local favorite Emily Lloyd. Sunday will see a performance of Nashville-based indie folk-rock duo You Knew Me When. All performances are free. For more information, call 716-9463.

3. Release your inner imagination

Noted Oglala Lakota writer and poet Ronya Hoblit will conduct a storytelling workshop from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Racing Magpie, 406 Fifth St. Hoblit’s writing has been published in Tribal College Journal, the Laramie County Community College High Plains Journal and Authentic Voices, V2. Hoblit will demonstrate how to capture stories and imagination in written form by encouraging participants to think about their life events and dig deep to bring emotion, description and passion to their own storytelling. The workshop is for anyone over 18 and of all skill levels. Registration is $30 per person. For more information, call 646-3321 or peter@racingmagpie.com.

4. Party like a secret agent

Attend a secret agent dance party from 8:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Friday at Gotta Dance Studio, 412 Oshkosh St. The Motion Accomplished Dance Party is an action-packed thrill ride that asks you to pick your favorite secret agent from the movies, history, or your own imagination. The music will highlight the mystery, allure and intrigue of the high-tech world of covert intelligence. Admission is $5, or $10 for the pre-party dance lesson at 7:30 p.m., which will teach the triple two-step. For more information, call 355-5118.

5. Now you see Reza, now you don’t

See Reza, hailed by critics as the nation’s top touring illusionist, at 3:30 p.m. Friday at Rapid City Public Library, 610 Quincy St. Originally from Brookings, Reza left his hometown at age 15 to perform a six-week run in Branson, Mo. He now performs soldout venues from New York to Los Angeles entertaining millions and will give a brief free performance, followed by hands-on teaching style workshop and question-and-answer session. For more information, call 394-6139.

6. Paying tribute to fallen warriors

The fourth annual Fallen Warriors Poker Run, an event in honor of veterans, will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday with registration at the Circle Lounge, 508 State St., Belle Fourche. This year’s event is in honor of Lewis Rhoden (1944-2012), Vietnam veteran, and Fred Carlson (1923-2015), World War II veteran. Benefits will go to the Fourth of July fireworks. Donations are welcome, and the poker hands are $20 each. There will be a rain date of June 4. For more information, call 605-723-9123.

The Rapid City Library Foundation Welcomes New Board Member

The Rapid City Public Library Foundation Board is pleased to welcome Sharon Hasvold to the Foundation Board. Sharon was appointed in April 2016 and will serve a three-year term.
Sharon grew up in Watertown, South Dakota. She graduated from South Dakota State University in 1978 with a B.S. degree in Microbiology. She moved to Rapid City with her husband Mark in 1984, and spent most of her career as a Virologist for USD School of Medicine.

Sharon serves as a volunteer for CASA, Rapid City Regional Hospital, and Chapel in the Hills. She serves on the Board of Church Response and is active at Calvary Lutheran Church. Sharon has two children and two grandchildren. Her hobbies include biking, hiking, 4-wheeling, reading, and spending time with family.

Magician/Illusionist/Entertainer – REZA at the Downtown Library

Library_Teaser_REZA_May2016Prepare to be amazed with the fresh, cutting-edge magic of REZA! Bring the entire family to the downtown library on Friday, May 27 from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. (610 Quincy Street, main floor).
Hailed by critics as the Nation’s Top Touring Illusionist, here’s your chance to see one of the fastest rising stars in the industry. Originally from Brookings, SD Reza left his hometown at age 15 to perform a six-week run in Branson, MO. Now he performs to sold-out venues from New York to Los Angeles entertaining millions.

Reza’s short performance will be followed by a hands-on teaching style workshop and Q&A session.

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

Rapid City Public Library Announces Memorial Day Closings

Both locations of the Rapid City Public Library, the downtown library at 610 Quincy Street and the north library at 10 Van Buren Street, will be will be closed from Saturday, May 28 through Monday, May 30 in observance of Memorial Day. Regular hours will resume on Tuesday, May 31.

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

From Back Porches to the Library: Folk Songs 101

Music_wall-600x600If you’ve been in the downtown library on the last Friday of the month, chances are you’ve heard the toe-tapping music coming from upstairs. Here’s your chance to find out more. On Friday, May 27 from 3 – 4:30 p.m. at the downtown library (610 Quincy), experience a musical “show and tell” of folk instruments and music that will be fun for the entire family. Tracy Heeter and friends will introduce you to a whole range of musical instruments including guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, bass, ukulele and autoharp.

For more information about library programs, including live music events, please visit our website at http://www.rapidcitylibrary.org.

Game On! Teen Gaming @ the Downtown Library

ARC-GamingYou made it to summer vacation! LEVEL UP! Bring a friend and join us for Teen Gaming on Thursday, May 26 from 5 – 7 p.m. at the downtown library (610 Quincy Street, upstairs). We’ll play HALO 5, Agar.io, Minecraft and more! Snacks and soft drinks provided.

Visit the Teen Blog at http://rcplteens.tumblr.com/ for more details and for information on everything the library has for teens. Find out about library resources, services and events by visiting our website at www.rapidcitylibrary.org.

Live Music at the Library: Arjun & Aparna Ayyangar

ARC_Ayyangar_May_2016-600The Ayyangars return to the downtown library on Monday, May 23 from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. (610 Quincy Street, upstairs) for an evening of instrumental music. With selections sure to please the entire family, you won’t want to miss these talented young performers!

Multi-instrumentalist Arjun Ayyangar appeared at age four in NBC’s America’s Most Talented Kids. Now at age 17 Ayyangar has performed in concert halls throughout New York City, Philadelphia and Austria. He is a junior at SDSMT.

Thirteen-year-old Aparna Ayyangar excels in piano and harp winning many music competitions and performing in venues in New York City and Philadelphia. She attends Southwest Middle School.

For more information about library programs for adults, including hands-on events and live music, please visit our website at www.rapidcitylibrary.org.

Book to Film Movie Night: “The 33”

ARC_B2FMN_May_2016-600Watch a real-life drama unfold on Friday, May 20 from 6:30 – 8:40 p.m. at the downtown library (610 Quincy Street, upstairs). Antonio Banderas, Rodrigo Santoro and Martin Sheen star in this compelling account of the 2010 mining disaster in which 33 Chilean miners were trapped inside the San José mine for more than two months. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Héctor Tobar, author of Deep Down Dark, received exclusive access to the miners and their tales from which the film was adapted.
Popcorn and beverages will be served. (Rated PG-13)

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

In the News: Preserve your family treasures in an easy way

Originally published by the KEVN Black Hills Fox on May 12, 2016

If you have found boxes of photos, slides, or any other documents during your spring cleaning efforts, there is a place where you can get those back into pristine condition.

You can stop by the Historical Collections Room in the downtown Rapid City Public Library where they will digitize a copy of your possession. Library Associate Kathryn Kuntz says they can digitize a variety of personal archives.

Kuntz says, “We will be doing our Memory Lab, and so that encourages people to come in and do digitization of their personal archives, so that means photos, letters from any time period, anything related to Rapid City or South Dakota history.”

The Memory Lab will offer this free service though Saturday, May 14th during regular library hours. The library is also accepting donations of the physical and digital items, if desired.

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