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The Rapid City Library Foundation Presents: “Martial Arts: A Full-Circle Approach” Presented by Naomi Even-Aberle

The Rapid City Public Library Foundation presents its monthly lecture series with a presentation by Naomi Even-Aberle, on Tuesday, September 1st, 7p.m., Rapid City Public Library, upstairs at 610 Quincy St. in Rapid City.
Explore Korean martial arts, Taekwondo, Hapkido and Kumdo in a contemporary setting. Master Instructor Naomi Even-Aberle will explain just what Korean based martial arts are, and how being a black belt in today’s society works.
Wine and cheese reception. 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.

2015 One Book SD Author William Kent Krueger at Rapid City Public Libraries

William-Kent-Krueger_revised-webThis year’s One Book SD 2015 author,  will be at the downtown library (610 Quincy Street, main floor) for an author talk and book signing on Wednesday, August 26 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Krueger’s book, “Ordinary Grace” is set in southern Minnesota in the early sixties. At once a mystery and a coming-of-age story, it chronicles a summer in the life of a boy on the threshold of young manhood, trying to understand a world that seems to be falling apart around him. “Ordinary Grace” is about experiencing the heartbreaking price of adulthood and the enduring grace of God.
Krueger lives in St. Paul, Minnesota. “Ordinary Grace” is a New York Times bestseller and received the 2014 Edgar Award, given by the Mystery Writers of America based in New York City, in recognition for the best novel published that year.
Copies of “Ordinary Grace” will be available for sale by Mitzi’s Books
This program was made possible with a grant from the South Dakota Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
For more information about guest authors and literary events at the libraries, please visit our website at


Back to School / End of Summer Bash for Kids at the Downtown Library

SchoolOur hot summer days are changing to cool school days. On Friday, August 21 from 1 – 3 p.m. upstairs at the downtown library (610 Quincy Street), plan to join us as we celebrate an excellent summer of reading and welcome the first day of school! Children will enjoy fun activities, crafts and popsicles. Win a Back to School Piñata full of school supplies (Must be present to win)!
For more information about library programs for all ages, please visit our website at

Teen Superhero Prom at the Downtown Library

superheroprom-webAs the Teen Summer Reading program draws to an end for this year, teens can celebrate their hard work and the end of summer at the Rapid City Public Libraries’ Superhero Prom. On Friday, August 21 from 5 – 7 p.m., come dressed as your favorite superhero (or villain!) and party with your friends after hours at the downtown library. Enjoy crafts, snacks, and games as we say goodbye to summer and flex our superhero muscles one last time.
For more information about library programs, including just-for-teen activities, please visit our website at

AT THE LIBRARY: One Book program brings community together

Originally published by the Rapid City Journal on August 16, 2015. Written by Janet Parr, Rapid City Public Libraries

What if an entire state read the same book at the same time? Imagine how much we’d have to talk about! Founded in 2002, the South Dakota Center for the Book coordinates the One Book South Dakota program with the intention of providing a shared community experience across the state every year.

Many of us spend our days speaking with only our immediate family members and co-workers. Busy schedules allow few opportunities to connect with others in our community.

The One Book South Dakota program provides the opportunity to go outside our boundaries and engage with people of different ages, economic levels and ethnic backgrounds through the shared experience of reading and discussing ideas that are important to all of us.

The capstone event where discussion ultimately comes together occurs during the appearance of the One Book author at the annual Festival of Books, held in September in Deadwood. This year’s One Book South Dakota author is William Kent Krueger, author of the 2015 One Book, “Ordinary Grace.”

Through a grant made possible by the South Dakota Humanities Council, the Rapid City Public Libraries are pleased to host Krueger for an author talk and book signing at the downtown library from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 26.

Krueger lives in St. Paul, Minnesota. “Ordinary Grace” is a New York Times best-seller and received the 2014 Edgar Award, bestowed by the Mystery Writers of America based in New York City in recognition of the best novel published that year.

Set in southern Minnesota, “Ordinary Grace” is the story of a boy on the threshold of manhood trying to understand a world that seems to be falling apart around him. The book engenders nostalgia for life in a small town in 1961 where the narrator is growing up, yet touches on many different issues society continues to struggle with today.

South Dakota children are also encouraged to participate in a One Book read this year. The South Dakota Humanities Council distributed more than 3,000 books this spring to second graders throughout the Black Hills and on the Pine Ridge and Rosebud reservations.

The book chosen for the second annual Young Readers One Book South Dakota is “Stink: Twice as Incredible” by author Megan McDonald. McDonald will visit Rapid City schools in September and appear at the Festival of Books as well.

McDonald was the youngest of five girls growing up in Pittsburgh. Her childhood serves as inspiration for much of her writing. She began her career as a children’s librarian in Pennsylvania and Minnesota, and wrote her first book because library patrons kept asking her where to find the story she had told at the library.

The Young Readers One Book program promotes the incredible value and benefit of reading early and often to children. Similar to the adult program, families and our community are able to come together through shared reading experiences. These programs promote the possibilities for great conversations this year across the state of South Dakota.

The Rapid City Library Foundation Welcomes New Board Member

The Rapid City Public Library Foundation Board is pleased to welcome Marty Garwood to the Foundation Board.
Marty Garwood is a life-long resident of the Black Hills. She grew up in both Lead and Rapid City. After graduating from Steven’s High School, she attended South Dakota State University and earned a BA in Child Development Welfare.
Marty was ordained as a deacon in the Episcopal Church in 1992. Since then she has served the congregation at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Rapid City. Areas of ministry have included pastoral visits, youth ministry, preaching and hospitality. Marty also serves as the mentor for the local Education for Ministry class which is an extension course offered through the University of the South in Sewanee, TN.
Marty is employed by the Rapid Valley Sanitary District – Water Service. She has been with them since 1981 as Office Operations. Her responsibilities include payroll, accounts payable, day to day scheduling of work orders, and customer service. Marty considers herself fortunate to have been able to travel extensively. She has visited 41 of the 59 states as well as traveling in Canada, Europe, and Australia. The call of the horizon is always beckoning to her.
Currently Marty is a member of The Women of the Moose, The Order of the Daughters of the King, and PEO International.
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.

Children’s performer rocks Rapid City Public Libraries

Originally published by KEVN Black Hills FOX on August 11, 2015. 

Written by Jaclyn Seymour

A South Dakota native, who has traveled all over the world performing music, returned to his home state to rock the Rapid City Public Libraries Tuesday.

Children’s Performer Phil Baker lives in Sioux Falls and has been performing to children’s groups for nearly three decades.

Baker had children at the downtown library Tuesday morning and the north–side location Tuesday afternoon moving and grooving during his interactive, family concerts.

He says he began his career as a jazz guitar player after studying jazz music at the University of Miami in Florida.

But once he returned to South Dakota, he found his niche playing for kids by performing in classrooms.

Baker says, “Well, kids are really a terrific audience because they like to get involved in the show, and so I really like that aspect of performing. I do a lot of educational programs for kids. I’m working on a project with WebMD right now where I write music based on themes they’re trying to teach the kids. So I do a lot of that kind of education as well.”

Baker says he loves coming to Rapid City.

The Rapid City Public Libraries will wrap up summer with a bang, hosting a Back to School End of Summer Bash at the downtown library from 1 to 3 p.m. on Friday, August 21st.

Rapid City gets a hands-on art experience

Originally published on August 8, 2015 by KEVN Black Hills Fox

Written by Robert Grant

Artistic chaos was unleashed on the streets of Rapid City, Saturday.

The first annual CHAOS Maker Fair brought in vendors to give people a hands–on experience in science, technology and art.

Attendees learned about their family history, wood working, and 3–D printing just to name a few.

The Maker Fair is part of a national movement.

If you missed it – the Rapid City Public Library is opening a section where you can participate in activities year–round.

Laurinda Tapper, with the Rapid City Public Library, said “It’s just to gather and let people know that they can make something. They are here to get their hands dirty and try something new whether it’s doing origami or trying 3–D printing. So, basically we want people to be able to try things.”

The library is already making plans for next year, with the fair set for July 30th.

Causing CHAOS with art

Originally published by the Rapid City Journal on August 9, 2015

Written by Josh Morgan, Journal staff

Children of all ages had an opportunity to explore their creativity Saturday afternoon during the CHAOS Maker Fair outside of the Rapid City Public Library and Dahl Arts Center. Armed with crayons, chalk and super glue, participants at the hands-on crafts fair participated in classes and activities to create artwork.

CHAOS, which stands for Creative Hands-on Artistic Original Space, is part of the Rapid City Public Library’s expansion into creating an arts and crafts section for children in the area. The hands-on activities during the day included traditional arts and crafts, such as coloring, and other interactive showcases utilizing technology, such as a green-screen booth for making movies.

The fair also included a small selection of performances. Local musicians played live music in the middle of the fair and local members of the Society for Creative Anachronism, an organization dedicated to medieval re-enactments, put on sword-fighting demonstrations while dressed in authentic medieval armor.

Superhero Saturdays Film Series at the Downtown Library

captain_america__the_winter_soldierYou are invited to the conclusion of our Superhero Saturdays Film Series. Enjoy Captain America: The Winter Soldier on our big screen, Saturday, August 15 from 1 to 3 p.m., upstairs at the downtown library (610 Quincy Street). Bring something comfortable to sit on – if desired. We will provide the popcorn and beverage.
For more information about library programs, including fun summer events for the entire family, please visit our website at

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