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Summer Story Time Begins at the Rapid City Public Libraries

boy-superhero-and-superhero-dogThe Summer Story Time Schedule begins on May 26 and runs through August 13. The times and locations are as follows:
• Book Buddies at RCPL-Downtown (610 Quincy Street, upstairs) on Mondays at 9:30 a.m. (preschool ages) Note: This will not occur on May 25 due to Memorial Day Holiday.
• Tiny Tales at RCPL-Downtown on Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. (all ages)
• Summer Story Time at RCPL-North (10 Van Buren Street, inside General Beadle Elementary) on Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. (all ages)
• Baby Bookworms at RCPL Downtown Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. (ages 0-3)
For information on these and all the other fun summer events at the libraries, check out the Event Calendar on our website.

Rapid City Public Libraries Announce Memorial Day Closings

Both locations of the Rapid City Public Libraries, the downtown library at 610 Quincy Street and the north library at 10 Van Buren Street, will be will be closed from Saturday, May 23 through Monday, May 25 in observance of Memorial Day. The libraries will resume regular hours on Tuesday, May 26.
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The Rapid City Library Foundation Presents: Deadwood Historic Preservation – Deadwood, a National Historic Landmark

Grabill_-_Part_of_Deadwood_as_seen_from_big_flume-webThe Rapid City Public Library Foundation presents its monthly lecture series with a presentation by Kevin Kuchenbecker, Deadwood Historic Preservation Officer on Tuesday, June 2nd, 7 pm, Rapid City Public Library, upstairs at 610 Quincy St. in Rapid City.
We have a national treasure in our own backyard. Join us to learn more about the fascinating and dedicated efforts to reserve, promote and protect Deadwood’s rich history and its status as a National Historic Landmark. Highlights will include: ongoing archaeological efforts, interpretation updates; and current and future programs and projects undertaken by the Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission and the City of Deadwood.
Wine and cheese will be served. Complimentary admittance ($10 suggested donation). Please register by visiting the event calendar on our website: or call 605-394-6139. Refreshments supported by Smith’s Liquor Gallery.
Founded in 1989, the Rapid City Library Foundation’s aim is to raise funds and provide a margin of excellence for the Rapid City Public Libraries. The Foundation envisions the Libraries as a cornerstone of our community’s high quality of life.

Local fisherman shares angling secrets in seminar

Originally published by the Rapid City Journal on May 14, 2015
Written by Scott Feldman, Journal staff
Scott Olson has been fishing lakes throughout South Dakota for a more than quarter-century, but the veteran angler isn’t just satisfied with just catching fish for himself, he wants to get more people interesting in the sport.

He feels the best way to get people hooked on fishing is to give them a taste of success.

That’s why Olson, 33, of Lemmon will be hosting a fishing seminar tonight at 5:30 p.m. in the Rapid City Public Library. During the seminar Olson, who said he started fishing when he 5, will be sharing some of wisdom he’s picked up along the way to help aspiring fisherman, and maybe some veteran anglers, catch more fish. The event is open to the public; no admission or advance notice is required to attend.

“There’s such an abundance of different species here in the Black Hills and I think it’s important as outsdoorman to try and share my love of fishing with the public and show them some of the best ways to be successful,” Olson said. “Especially you know if it can get the kids involved. If I can show them where to go and what to use, it can help them be more successful and make the kids and beginning fisherman want to go out more.”

Olson said his program is geared toward novice fisherman, but he believes there are some tips that even veteran fisherman could take away from the seminar.

“This is aimed toward pretty much any fisherman looking for a few tips on fishing in the Black Hills,” Olson said. “There’s always new things to learn out there, I think even a seasoned fisherman can learn a few things here.”

Olson, a public services associate at the library and a former fishing department employee at the Rapid City Cabela’s store, said the program will specifically cover targeting trout and perch, which are the most abundant species of fish in the Black Hills. It will also focus on reading lake maps, along with tips on different gear and techniques to use. The seminar will include demonstrations.

For example, he said he will teach people how to use fishing jigs for catching deep-water perch and show interested fisherman how to use trout spoons.

Olson also said he would reveal a few other secrets, but declined to specify because he didn’t want to give everything away in the seminar.

This will be the fifth fishing seminar Olson has hosted since he starting working at the library in 2010. His most recent seminar was held in December and was heavily focused on ice fishing, which he said is actually his favorite style of fishing, although it’s not exactly in season right now.

Olson said people might want to bring a notepad to jot down some of his tips, but nothing is required. Olson said will bring all of his lures, jigs and other fishing equipment to the seminar.

Anti-Bullying Presentation at the Downtown Library

hands_volunteerBullying and its consequences have frequently been a recent media topic. Please join us for this informative presentation on Wednesday, May 20 from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. upstairs at the downtown library (610 Quincy Street). The guest speaker, Faith Ireland, is a 16-year old student at Rapid City Stevens High School who experienced bullying when she was younger. Named Miss Northern Hills Outstanding Teen 2015, Faith now uses that platform to speak out against bullying and help other children know they are not alone. Her presentation will teach the three forms of bullying, what to do if you find yourself a victim, and will also include interactive projects and skits. Snacks will be provided by The Downtown Lions Club. Please register for this event on our online Events Calendar.
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Lunch & Learn: Community Supported Agriculture and Permaculture Farming

gardening1Enjoy lunch while learning about Community Supported Agriculture – an alternative, locally based economic model of agriculture and food distribution. Owner/Operators of Bear Butte Gardens near Sturgis, SD, Michelle & Rick Grosek will speak on Wednesday, May 20 from noon to 1 p.m. at the downtown library (610 Quincy Street upstairs). Hear how their farm provides local fresh, certified organic produce through Community Supported Agriculture to local customers throughout the Hills area. Michelle provides educational classes and workshops covering topics ranging from planting seeds in soil blocks to food education with local schools; from honey bee education to greenhouse building. Rick is well-versed in permaculture, a holistic way of looking at the earth, plants, animals, rainwater, etc. to achieve sustainable agriculture and a healthy planet. Visit their website and blog at
For a lunch provided by the Friends of the Library, registration is open from Friday, May 1 until noon on Monday, May 18; call 394-4171 or register online from the Events Calendar on our website.
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Upcycled Teen Crafts

From trash to treasure! On Tuesday, May 19 from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. upstairs at the downtown library (610 Quincy Street), teens can create bracelets, flowers and other crafts from such common items as plastic grocery bags and pop tabs. All supplies will be provided. Bring a friend and exercise your creativity at the library!
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Hands-On Woodworking at the Downtown Library

Woodworking doesn’t have to be difficult if you learn good basic skills. On Tuesday, May 19 from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. at the downtown library (610 Quincy Street upstairs), join us for a Hands-On Woodworking workshop with cabinetmaker David Riedlinger of Bickett Construction. Learn how to use basic hand tools and power tools, safety rules every woodworker should know, and work on your first take-home project. Riedlinger has a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Technology and worked in Southern California as a cabinetmaker for 10 years before relocating to the Black Hills. Limit 15 participants. Please sign up on our online Events Calendar.
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Teen Minecraft Party at the Downtown Library

Minecraft is a popular pastime for our young patrons here at the libraries! On Saturday, May 16 from 1 to 3 p.m., teens and tweens (12 – 18) are invited to a Minecraft Party upstairs at the downtown library (610 Quincy Street). Bring friends, play Minecraft, make Minecraft-themed crafts and enjoy Minecraft-inspired snacks.
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Community Voices: Shore Fishing for Trout and Perch

shore-fishing-webThe lakes of the Black Hills are loaded with fish. For two of the most sought-after species, trout and perch, choosing among the wide range of available gear options can be confusing. On Thursday evening, May 14 from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the downtown library (610 Quincy Street upstairs), local expert fisherman Scott Olson will demonstrate his best fish-catching gear and give you tips on some of the most successful fishing locations, conservation and where to find information online.
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