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The Rapid City Library Foundation Presents: What’s in a Name? The Writer’s Career in the 21st Century

loreleijames-(1) lori-armstrongOn Tuesday, March 3 at 7 p.m. at the downtown library (610 Quincy Street, upstairs), The Rapid City Public Library Foundation continues its monthly lecture series with a presentation by Shamus Award-winning Black hills author Lori G. Armstrong. Lori writes under two pen names: as Lori G Armstrong for her mystery series and Lorelei James for her contemporary western erotic romances. Lori will share her experiences in the publishing world, how her writing evolved into two distinct voices, and offer tips of interest to the aspiring writer.
For a detailed bio on Lori check her web site:
Wine and cheese will be served. This event is open to the public with a $10 suggested donation. Please register by visiting the event calendar on our website: or call 605-394-6139. Refreshment 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.

The Rapid City Library Foundation Welcomes Laura Hovey Neubert, Development Director

The Rapid City Library Foundation is pleased to introduce Laura Hovey Neubert as their new Development Director. In her own words:
The Rapid City Public Libraries echo the drumbeat of our community. That said… let me explain this truism for what it really reflects: our people and their abiding commitment to supporting resource.
Some career and volunteer background on Laura includes:
• Executive Director of the Black Hills Heritage Festival
• Development Administration – Girl Scouts of the Black Hills Council
• Major Gifts Officer-Volunteers of America-Dakotas
• Owner/Agent – Pathfinder Employment Services and RPM Entertainment
• Director, Board of Directors, Zonta Club of the Black Hills
• Past-President, Black Hills Advertising Federation

Laura notes over the course of her career in the Black Hills, I have been privy to a unique perspective of Rapid Citians bettering their community…maybe not always in big ways, some very big ways, but always consistently with care and a sense of consequence.
The Rapid City Public Libraries reflect this perspicacious beat of our citizenry: a civilization is only as great as its people’s library.
Contact Laura for more information about the Rapid City Library Foundation at:
Founded in 1989, the Rapid City Library Foundation’s mission is to raise funds to 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..

In The News: Library overrun with chickens!

Originally published/aired on KOTA TV on February 16, 2015

Library overrun with chickens!
Poultry group puts on a show among the stacks

Can you shhhhuuuush! a rooster?

Mines Myth Busters showcases pizzazz of science experiments
Mom’s Money Saver breaks down recycling clothes
Dentention Center Escapee Remains at Large
Despite warm temperatures Terry Peak attendance high
Civic center debate more than money, also time involved
Judging by the goings on at the downtown Rapid City Public Library today, the answer is, “No!”

Things got plucky this morning at the library when the Black Hills Poultry Society came over with a whole barnyard full of chickens and roosters at their annual Poultry in Motion day.

Society members gave a presentation on chickens, showed a short movie and then walked around the room with all kinds of different chickens.

It was a great day for lots of little kids — and their moms and dads — who had the day off from school for president’s day.?

“We’re just like out there to help everybody learn about chickens,” said B.J. Lunde from the Black Hills Poultry Society. “We just enjoy coming down and watching all the children’s faces get excited.”

And here’s what we learned: You can tell a lot about what color eggs a chicken will lay by checking the color of her ear lobe!

Who knew?

AT THE LIBRARY: Learn about U.S. presidents

Originally published by the Rapid City Journal on February 15, 2015

Written by Laurinda Tapper, Rapid City Public Libraries
As a local resident, I imagine one becomes accustomed to driving around downtown passing bronze likenesses of our country’s presidents, signage pointing us in the direction of Mount Rushmore, and the famed faces on our vehicle’s license plates. Did you know in 2014, Mount Rushmore and the City of Presidents were voted No. 1 on USA Today’s Reader’s Choice list for Best Presidential Attraction? While living in The Rushmore State and The City of Presidents is commonplace for most of us, countless tourists visit South Dakota throughout the year for the attractions this state has to offer, including sights themed around our presidents.

This February, as our nation takes a day to honor our presidents, let’s look closer at the history of the leaders we see each day. At the library we have many resources available to learn more about the lives and accomplishments of those who have held this office.

The downtown library currently has a display of a variety of presidential print books in our collection including biographies, commentaries and satires; books about the first ladies, The White House and even a history of the swearing-in ceremonies from 1789 to 2001 in “Presidential Inaugurations” by Paul F. Boller Jr.

Our digital library, available 24/7 through the library’s website, also offers research databases, eBooks, audiobooks and video about our nation’s presidents.

Hoopla, which offers downloadable and/or streaming video, offers the National Geographic documentary “The President’s Photographer: Fifty Years Inside the Oval Office.” Narrated by Morgan Freeman. This documentary provides a look at the everyday life of the president and the efforts of those tasked to record history as it happens.

“First Dogs: American Presidents and Their Best Friends” by Brooke Janis and Roy Rowan, an eBook that can be downloaded through Overdrive, details the history of our presidents’ dogs through stories, drawings, paintings and photos.

“So You Want to Be President?” is a downloadable audiobook on Overdrive written by Judith St. George and read by Stockard Channing. It is an award-winning, humorous, informative commentary on the lives of our presidents, geared toward elementary and middle school students.

If a student is looking for information on a specific president, we have many research resources geared toward various age groups. The research database Student Resource Center provides access to a searchable collection of magazines, newspapers and biographies. Searchasaurus has articles about presidents for elementary-age kids. SIRS Discoverer features a collection of articles for the middle and high school student.

Another fascinating compilation of facts regarding our presidents is found in the “World Book Timelines,” also located in the research databases on our website. A detailed look at the personal and professional lives of our past presidential leaders is displayed in a concise format providing an outline for further research.

Lastly, the Black Hills Knowledge Network has an online exhibit about Calvin Coolidge’s visit to the Black Hills in 1927. Visit to view photos and read about this presidential event and how it impacted our local history.

Lunch & Learn: Joyce Jefferson as Sarah Campbell (‘Aunt Sally’)

Joyce as Sarah CampbellHistory lovers will enjoy the Lunch & Learn on Wednesday, February 18 from noon to 1:00 p.m. at the downtown library (610 Quincy Street). Joyce Jefferson, local independent scholar, speaker for the SD Humanities Council and member of the National Association for Interpretation, will portray Sarah Campbell, also known as ‘Aunt Sally.’ Born in 1823 to an African American slave named Marianne, Sarah Campbell was the first non-Native American woman to come into the Black Hills, accompanying Colonel George Armstrong Custer’s 1874 expedition as a cook. She prospected for gold and silver and was co-founder of the Custer Park Mining Company. After listening to her stories, you will have a chance to talk to Aunt Sally and Joyce Jefferson.
This program was made possible with a grant from the South Dakota Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
For a lunch provided by the Friends of the Library, registration is open from Sunday, February 1 until noon on Monday, February 16; call 394-4171 or register online from the Events Calendar on our website.

Gaming for Grown-ups 101: Board Game Night for Adults

game_pieces-webThe libraries offer many fun, hands-on programs for kids; now here’s a new one just for adults: Gaming for Grown-ups 101. Beginning Thursday, February 19 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the downtown library (610 Quincy Street, upstairs), this recurring evening event is designed to give avid players and newcomers alike a chance to come in and play board games. Each month one game will be highlighted and taught. February’s featured game is “Ticket to Ride.” The simple mechanics (draw a card or play matched cards to form a route) mask the strategic and tactical decisions of the game.

Teens Celebrate Anti-Valentine’s Day at the Library!

955002_heartandwormTired of hearts and roses, love ballads and sappy greeting cards? Teens are invited to attend an Anti-Valentine’s Day party upstairs at the downtown library on Friday, February 13 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. This event will feature crafts, snacks and the annual mocking of Valentine’s traditions. Bring your friends and join the fun!
Visit the Teen Blog at for more details and for information on everything the libraries have for teens. Find out about library resources, services and events by visiting our website at

Fine Forgiveness Event at the Rapid City Public Libraries

Do you have fines from overdue materials lingering on your library account? The libraries are offering an opportunity for fines to be forgiven from February 8 – 21! During this time, adults can bring donations of food to the downtown library. For every pound of donated food, $5 in public library fines* will be waived. All food donations will go to the Church Response Food Pantry. Children aged 15 and younger can read down their fines at either the downtown library or the north partner library in General Beadle School after checking in with a staff member. $1 in fines will be waived for every 20 minutes of reading, and there is no time limit. *Does not apply to WDT fines.

Community Voices: Keeping Your Online Information Safe

lock-33491_150In this age of internet communication, social networking and commerce, online security is a major concern. On Thursday, February 12 from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the downtown library (610 Quincy Street, upstairs), Amanda Kennedy will present Community Voices: Keeping Your Online Information Safe. Get timely tips on internet safety while shopping, filling out forms, using email and downloading items to your computer or devices.
Learn how to keep your information private on public computers and on social networking sites, and how to download programs so you don’t get unwanted toolbars and extras. Amanda will share examples of scam emails which can harm your computer or device, and/or make it possible for your information to be stolen. She will also provide participants with a page of useful links and programs to help you find out more.

AT THE LIBRARY: Celebrate Valentine’s Day with the library

Originally published on February 01, 2015 by the Rapid City Journal

Written by Janet Parr Rapid City Public Libraries

February brings thoughts of valentine’s cards and our favorite sweethearts to mind, but Rapid City Public Libraries offer more than just sweet thoughts for this month of valentines.

Help your valentine stay secure online with the Our Community Voices program Keeping Your Information Safe presented by Amanda Kennedy. She will give timely tips on Internet safety while online shopping, filling out forms, using email and downloading programs to your computer or other devices during the event, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12.

Keep your valentine warm with the Learn to Knit for Adults class on Tuesday, Feb. 10 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The class will teach the building blocks for future knitters with the long-tail cast on and the basic knit and purl stitches. The program is limited to 10 participants with knitting supplies provided. Sign up on our online events calendar.

Then bring those newly-honed knitting skills the following week to our Knitting Circle for Adults at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 17 and meet fellow knitters. Please bring your own yarn and needles for this one.

They don’t knit, but we love them all the same. The chickens are back with our Discovery Days for Kids program at 2 p.m., Monday, Feb. 16. The Black Hills Poultry Society will feature a wide variety of feathered friends and children can learn about raising and showing exotic poultry.

Chickens are hard to top but we are betting on a new recurring program starting this month with Gaming for Grown-ups 101. The program is designed to give avid players and newcomers alike a chance to come in and play games. February’s featured game is Ticket to Ride. The first board game night is from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 19.

On Wednesday, Feb. 18 from noon to 1 p.m. our Lunch and Learn series features Sarah Campbell as portrayed by Joyce Jefferson. Jefferson is a local independent scholar and speaker for the South Dakota Humanities Council. She is portraying Sarah “Aunt Sally” Campbell who was the first non-Native American woman to come into the Black Hills accompanying Col. George Armstrong Custer’s 1874 expedition as a cook. Listen to her many stories and have a chance to speak with Aunt Sally.

And finally, we would be remiss not to celebrate Valentine’s Day at RCPL without at least one program. Our Anti-Valentine’s Day Party for teens will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13. Love stinks and this event designed just for teens provides crafts, snacks and the annual mocking of favorite Valentine’s Day traditions.

Remember, all events take place at our downtown location unless noted otherwise. We extend a happy February to all and hope to see you at Rapid City Public Libraries.

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