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Live Music at the Library: Cody Blackbird Band

Library_Teaser_codyblackbirdThe popular Cody Blackbird Band will be returning to the downtown library on Tuesday, July 5, from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. (610 Quincy Street, upstairs). One of the most successful Native American musicians on the current music scene, Cody Blackbird mixes Native flute with powerful, soulful blues vocals to create his unique brand of blues-rock. “Cody’s music, which he terms “AlterNative Fusion,” sits in a class by itself in the music world.” – Buffalo ArtVoice
For more information about library programs, including live music events, please visit our website at www.rapidcitylibrary.org.

In the News: Program helps autistic kids connect with music

Originally published by the Rapid City Journal on June 28, 2016
By Max B. O’Connell Journal staff

As the Chamber Music Festival of the Black Hills kicks off, its educational Teddy Bear Series returns with an added program for children with autism, both running today in the Rapid City Public Library.

Sensory Musical Story Time is geared toward children with autism, designed with assistance from a Speech-Language Pathologist to modify the popular musical storytelling series to be more sensory friendly.

“It’s designed in a manner that the narrator will have a lower voice and there will be illustrations with symbols the children will recognize,” said Michael Hill, executive director of the festival. “We also have environmental elements to make them more comfortable like lower lighting and lower instruments, and the melodies are more soothing.”

The first program, “The Ugly Duckling,” will begin at 11 a.m. with cello and harp as the musical instruments. The second, “The Gingerbread Man, Lost in the Black Hills,” will run at 7 p.m. The latter incorporates local attractions in the Black Hills into the story.

There will also be regular musical storytimes at 9:30 a.m. today at the Rapid City Public Library and at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at General Beadle Community School. Other musical storytimes will take place throughout the month of July at the Rapid City Public Library, General Beadle Community School, Sturgis Public Library, Hill City Boys and Girls Club, Northern Hills Alliance for Children and Lakota Immersion School on Pine Ridge. Two closed events will take place at foster care centers.

There will also be a pair of Family Concerts with Musical Petting Zoos, in which children get a chance to try out instruments, on July 6 at General Beadle Community School (9:30 a.m.) and the Handley Center in Lead (3 p.m.).

Musical storytime has been among the CMFBH’s most popular events, with music bringing characters and stories to life, but the Sensory Musical Story Times in particular will bring new opportunity to connect with children.

“Children with autism respond extremely well to music,” Hill said. “It opens a new door of communication between caregivers, families and children.”

For a full schedule of Musical Story Times and Family Concerts, visit cmfbh.org.

Contact Max B. O’Connell at 394-8427 or max.oconnell@rapidcityjournal.com

Rapid City Public Library Announces Independence Day Closings

Library_Teaser_4thofJulyBoth 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 on Monday, July 4, for the Independence Day holiday. Regular hours will resume on Tuesday, July 5.
Find out about library resources, services and events by visiting our website at www.rapidcitylibrary.org.

In the News: Professional storyteller encourages kids to read

Originally published on June 22, 2016 by KEVN Black Hills Fox 
By Taylar Perez

Stories are not just confined to the books Wednesday at Rapid City Public Libraries.

Nancy Avalon is a native of Rapid City and has spent her career telling stories.

Wednesday she performed at the North Library in General Beadle Elementary to a captive audience of local kids.

She used puppets and props to keep the kids engaged in the important art of imagination and storytelling.

Avalon says, “I think storytelling – whether it’s through oral tradition, which is what I’m doing, whether it’s through books or whether it’s through even just family storytelling – it draws people together. It’s a very connecting activity, and it helps us to honor the past.”

Avalon will stick around the Black Hills for the summer and will continue to host storytelling events at the local libraries.

Her next show will be next Thursday morning at the downtown library at 9:30.

Shelf Respect Teen Book Club

ARC-Teen_Shelf-Respect-Book-ClubDo your friends roll their eyes when you talk about your latest book obsession? Did you finish that great book and now you don’t know what to read next? On Tuesday, June 28 from 6 – 7 p.m. at the downtown library (610 Quincy Street, upstairs) gather with other readers of YA lit and graphic novels. 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.

Sensory Story Times with the Orlando Chamber Soloists and Black Hills Autism Society

OrlandoNewLogoNew this summer, the Orlando Chamber Soloists are offering Sensory Musical Story Times for children with autism. Working with a speech-language pathologist, the Soloists have modified their Teddy Bear Story Times to make them more sensory friendly. There will be two different performances on Tuesday, June 28 at the downtown library (610 Quincy Street, upstairs). From 11 a.m. – noon, they will present “The Ugly Duckling” on cello and harp, which is very calm and is geared towards individuals with low- and medium-functioning autism. From 7 – 8 p.m., the story will be “The Gingerbread Man, Lost in the Black Hills.” This presentation features violin and bass, includes train and motorcycle noises, and is best suited for individuals with high-functioning autism.
A take home sheet of what to expect will be available to parents/teachers ahead of time to help prepare the children for what they will experience and to minimize anxiety. And of course, a “musical petting zoo” will be available after the performance where children can try out child-sized instruments.

To view more events for children at the library, including special summer reading story times and performers, visit our website at www.rapidcitylibrary.org.

In The News: Kids try yoga at RC Public Library

Originally published by KEVN Black Hills Fox on Monday, June 20, 2016. By Robert Grant

Kids got away from the stress of summer – during a yoga class at the Rapid City Public Library, Monday.

Children ages 7 to 12 learned the skills during Yoga and Story Time.

Instructors started the activity last week for 4 to 6 year-olds and will alternate ages every Monday and for free.

They say it helps the kids focus in the classroom.

Pam Bonar, a yoga instructor, said, “Mostly I would say the focus – being able to just be in the present without the pressure of what children are exposed to these days. Just as yoga benefits adults, it truly benefits children.”

The instructor says yoga also builds self esteem and improves energy.

More than 20 kids made it out Monday.

Teddy Bear Story Times and Family Concert with the Orlando Chamber Soloists

OrlandoNewLogoThe Rapid City Public Library is pleased to welcome back the Orlando Chamber Soloists and their popular Teddy Bear Story Times. At 9:30 a.m. on June 28, July 12 and 19 at the downtown library (610 Quincy St., upstairs) and on June 29, July 13, and 20 at the north library in General Beadle Elementary (10 Van Buren St.), children will enjoy stories set to classical music. The story will be followed by a “Musical Petting Zoo” — an opportunity to try out a violin, viola, cello, bass or harp with guidance from the musicians.

Orlando Chamber Soloists Family Concert, “Big City Nights,” will be on Wednesday, July 6, from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. at the north library. This will be an interactive and informative concert where the children can participate in the performance. The concert will also be followed by the “Musical Petting Zoo.”

To view more events for children at the library, including special summer reading story times and performers, visit our website at www.rapidcitylibrary.org.

Teen DIY: Mix & Match Terrarium

teenterrariumEnjoy gardening in miniature. Upcycle an old coffeepot as you learn to make and care for a terrarium on Saturday, June 25 from 1 – 3 p.m. at the downtown library (610 Quincy Street, upstairs). Register on our online Events Calendar by noon Friday, June 24. All supplies are provided. Limit 8 participants.

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.

AT THE LIBRARY: Summer fun for adults

Originally published by the Rapid City Journal on June 19, 2016
Janet Parr Rapid City Public Library

Every summer, Rapid City Public Library offers numerous enticing programs for children to encourage summer-long reading and learning. This year we asked ourselves, “Why should kids have all the fun this summer?”

From this question came our first ever Adult Summer Book Bingo card. Fill in a bingo card with books you read, library events attended and activity boxes. We have fabulous prizes for blackout participants and bingo participants.

Here’s a suggestion to begin your Book Bingo card: Listen as author Isabella Oehry discusses her new book “Under a Blue Moon” from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. June 20. Her story is full of insights, adventure and laughter and offers glimpses into the potential and richness of the human experience.

Promoting their debut full-length album “All In” released internationally this month, The Cody Blackbird Band returns from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. July 5. One of the most successful Native American musicians on the scene, Cody mixes native flute with powerful, soulful blues vocals to create his unique brand of blues-rock that is in a class by itself in the music world.

Often called the happiest instrument of all, we are offering four-part ukulele lessons from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. every Saturday beginning July 9. Learn how to play music with this big-hearted little instrument and become a happy music maker. Lessons are geared towards beginning ukulele players. Registration is required and is limited to those 11 years or older.

Reap the physical and mental benefits of our adult community yoga class from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. July 11 and Aug. 8. Teachers from Sol Yoga Collective will guide you as you stretch and grow.

Our Summer Movie Nights offer light-hearted films beginning with “Dear Eleanor” from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. July 15 and “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2” from 6:30 p.m. to 8:05 p.m. Aug. 19.

Chicago-based singer-songwriter Laura Joy sings “folk music so pretty you’ll have to stop your ears from floating away.” Joy performs from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. July 18.

Vermont-based Strangled Darlings draws their band name inspiration from southern author William Faulkner, who would tell his writing students that “sometimes in writing you must strangle your darlings.” Jess is a trained classical violinist but picked up cello and discovered she was actually a bass player. George found his degree in English Lit pays better as an indie musician, so he learned the mandolin. They tour the U.S. full time with a little dog in a 20-foot RV. Strangled Darlings plays from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 8.

Finally, we end our adult summer program lineup with author Sam Hurst who will speak on his book “Rattlesnake Under His Hat: The Life & Times of Earl Brockelsby” from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 22. Brockelsby is the founder of the Black Hills tourist attraction Reptile Gardens. Sam Hurst is an Emmy Award-winning journalist who moved to the Black Hills after retiring from NBC News.

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