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Live Music at the Downtown Library: Tom Knowlton

Tom-Knowlton-webIt is always a treat to welcome local musicians to the libraries! On Thursday, April 23 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., enjoy a performance by singer/songwriter Tom Knowlton at the downtown library (610 Quincy Street upstairs). Tom was recently featured in Haggerty’s Artist Spotlight.

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Meet Sculptor & Author John Lopez at the Downtown Library

artist+John+Lopez+South+DakotaRapid City Public Libraries are pleased to welcome South Dakota sculptor & author John Lopez on Saturday, April 25 from 1 – 2 p.m. at the downtown library (610 Quincy Street upstairs). His one-of-a-kind pieces are installed throughout the United States, and his T-Rex was installed last year in a museum in Amsterdam. For the past 10 years, he has been working on the City of Presidents project in Rapid City. Lopez will talk about his newly-released book ”Sculpture: Grand River Series,” what inspires him to create, and where he finds the scrap iron materials for his work. He makes his home in Lemmon, SD. See photos of his work and more at
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Teen Nerdy Paper Crafts

Star Wars Origami at RCPL

Yoda by Fumiaki Kawahata. Photo © Atilla

Origami meets fandom in this creative mashup! Teens are invited to join us for Nerdy Paper Crafts upstairs at the downtown library (610 Quincy Street) on Tuesday, April 21 from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Fold paper art tributes to Doctor Who, Lord of the Rings, Star Wars and Minecraft! Bring a friend. All supplies are provided.
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National Poetry Month: Community Poetry Read

microphone-webCelebrate National Poetry Month at the library! Thursday evening, April 16, from 6:30 – 8 p.m. at the downtown library (610 Quincy Street, upstairs), you can listen as members of our community read their favorite poems. Experience firsthand the importance of poetry in our culture, and its impact on the lives of readers.
Readers: Sen. Stan Adelstein, Mayor Sam Kooiker, Dr. Nancy Babbitt, Malcom Chapman, Elizabeth Cook-Lynn, Wilbur Holz, Jim McShane, Pat Meyers, Julie Oberlander, Ashley Parr, Jim Shaw, and musical guest Randy McAllister.
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AT THE LIBRARY: A community makerspace in the making

Originally published by the Rapid City Journal on April 12, 2015

Written by Danielle Wood, Rapid City Public Libraries

An exciting new service has come to Rapid City Public Libraries. This month, a bit of mini-CHAOS was launched at the downtown library.

What exactly is CHAOS? It is a fun way to describe the Libraries’ expansion into the realm of makerspace which is a hands-on participatory area for all ages. CHAOS stands for a Creative Hands-on Artistic Original Space.

While our CHAOS Makerspace will be fully launched Aug. 8, coinciding with a community Maker Fair in partnership with the Rapid City Arts Council, we couldn’t wait to let everyone try out these fun new technologies. Beginning in April, the downtown library will feature services from CHAOS on the main floor, including 3-D printing, a green screen, photo-editing software, video cameras, a die cutter, Raspberry Pi, Arduino, LED light kits, Lil Bits, Occulus Rift and more.

The role of the public library is to support lifelong learning for people of all ages. Libraries have traditionally been a repository for learning tools, usually books. But books are only one source of learning. Adapting to new learning models and mediums is something we continuously work at.

Makerspaces can be almost anything. They provide a work space and necessary tools for hands-on participatory learning. Projects can range from elementary to highly skilled technical endeavors, and even artistic activities. In today’s world, science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics re increasingly important for the 21st century skill set. Schools have been focusing on training children to use these new technologies and tools and with a local makerspace available, children can now come and explore their passion for technology, families can come together to build and create, and entrepreneurs can get a jump start on creating their ideas and plans.

Funded by the Rapid City Public Libraries’ Foundation, CHAOS is more than just 3-D printers. Once our makerspace facility opens later this summer, CHAOS will also offer a recording studio, photo/video equipment, design software, large format printing, breadboards, building kits, sewing machines, art supplies and more. Come in and dive in to the world of CHAOS.

Lunch & Learn: Workforce Diversity Network of the Black Hills

wheelchair-webOn Wednesday, April 15 from noon to 1 p.m. at the downtown library (610 Quincy Street, upstairs), presenter Catherine Greseth will speak about Workforce Diversity Network of the Black Hills. Comprised of business and human resource individuals, they serve as a link between employers and individuals with disabilities who desire and are qualified to work. Catherine will also share her thoughts on the Americans With Disabilities Act. Dakota Link will present the work they do in providing technological solutions for those with work limitations.
For a lunch provided by the Friends of the Library, registration is open from Wednesday, April 1 until noon on Monday, April 13; call 394-4171 or register online from the Events Calendar on our website.

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Hands-On Flower Arranging at the Library

miWEvlQ-webLearn to create lovely, simple flower arrangements in this hands-on workshop on Tuesday, April 14 from 6 – 7 p.m. at the downtown library (610 Quincy Street, upstairs). Diana Holloway of Flowers by Leroy will be our instructor. Participants will be provided with a vase, greens and flowers (class limit 15).

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Lord of the Rings Film Marathon & Costume Contest

One_Ring-webChannel your inner hobbit, wizard, elf, orc, or other Middle-earth dweller. Join us on Saturday, April 11 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., at the downtown library (610 Quincy, upstairs) for an all-day Lord of the Rings Film Marathon. We will watch the Extended Edition (11.37 hours total) of all three films. There will be Lord of the Rings board games and a costume contest. Judging for the contest will start at 4 p.m. First place prize for the best costume will be the Lord of the Rings trilogy on Blu-ray, second place is a Lord of the Rings board game, and third place receives film posters.

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Community Voices: Women’s Bicycle Basics

girl-on-bike-webWhether you are new to bicycling or getting back in after a time away, the downtown library (610 Quincy, upstairs) has a program for you! Women can join us Thursday, April 9 from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. to explore some basic cycling questions: Which bike for me? How do I ride safely? How do I change a flat tire (basic bike maintenance)? What’s in your bike bag? Local cycling enthusiasts Sarah Eggleton-Dessel and Jaralei Tufte will be on hand for this fun event, answering beginning questions you might be hesitant to bring to your local bike shop. The Black Hills is a beautiful area for all types of bicycling. Let us help you get out there!
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Rapid City Public Libraries Announce Holiday Closings

All locations of the Rapid City Public Libraries, the downtown library at 610 Quincy Street, the north library at 10 Van Buren Street and the east library at 800 Mickelson Drive will be will be closed all day Sunday, April 5 for the Easter holiday.
The holiday hours at RCPL East Partner Library at Western Dakota Tech are as follows: Friday, April 3, open from 1 to 5 p.m. (the rest of WDT is closed); Saturday, April 4, open regular hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, April 5, the library will be closed.
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