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Historical Collections Room Grand Opening Celebration

RCHCR_GrandOpeningThe public is invited to help us celebrate the grand opening of the new Historical Collections Room on Tuesday, December 1 from 7 – 8 p.m. at the downtown library (610 Quincy Street). The downtown library will close early at 4 p.m. on December 1 to get ready for the celebration. Doors will open at 7 p.m.
Live entertainment, food, fun, an old-time photo booth, crafts for the kids and more will be available to enjoy! Come explore this beautiful new space.
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Secrets to Success in Country Music: Nashville Record Producer Gabriel Farago at the Downtown Library

GabrielFarago_web2On Monday, November 30 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at RCPL Downtown (610 Quincy Street, upstairs), you can meet Nashville record producer and author Gabriel Farago. He will reveal eye-opening and entertaining tips from his book Secrets to Success in Country Music, gleaned from 30 years of experience in the music industry. Farago will provide individual artist evaluations towards the end of the program.
Guided by Nashville legend Harold Bradley in 1978, Farago saw several of his records hit Billboard’s charts during the 80s. Expanding into artist development and record production in the early 90s, he continues to help aspiring singers and songwriters. Future plans include developing new, contemporary Christian artists for NSD Records, his recently acquired label.

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AT THE LIBRARY: Room honors Black Hills’ rich history

Originally published by the Rapid City Journal on November 22, 2015
By Jim McShane,  Rapid City Public Library
The older we get the more we become a part of history. The evidence of this is in our being able to answer questions, such as: “Where were you when you heard that President Kennedy had been shot?” or “Where were you on 9/11 when you first saw pictures of the World Trade Center?”

Our answers to such questions put us as squarely into history as anyone recounting their experiences of World War II or Woodstock. And because history is so diverse, all of our experiences are relevant in determining the tenor of a time and place. All our voices are important. This is why Rapid City Public Library is proud to be hosting the grand opening our new Local History Room on Dec. 1 at 7 p.m.

The story of Rapid City does not go back very far, but the history of the area goes back eons. And it is because so many stories have been lost to time that we began collecting as many of them as we could; recording and transcribing living history in order to make those unique memories and experiences available for future generations.

It will be a singular collection, sitting down with individuals to hear and record their stories, so we wanted a place of distinction in which to house them. The Rapid City Library Foundation agreed with us and were generous enough to fund our vision: a room that does honor to our past with a façade echoing that of the original city library building and three stained-glass windows telling a small part of the story of the area.

Along with oral history, we also intend our new collection to help connect our patrons to their past, and to stories they may not be aware of, through genealogical research. By combining access to rare local sources with an exciting array of online resources, we hope to be able to guide users to a better understanding of their own histories and origins. Each person needs to judge the value of such research for themselves personally, but I believe that a deeper knowledge of one’s connections to the past is the only way to lead to a brighter future for everyone.

It is said that those who do not know history are doomed to repeat it. I may be paraphrasing, but the point is that it is only through learning, either through our own experiences or wisely through the experiences of others, that we can begin to make a difference in the world. Reading is the key. It helps make us more articulate, both in speech and in writing.

Reading nonfiction keeps us questioning. Reading fiction helps us empathize. They are all our stories, either individually or collectively. The Rapid City Public Library recognizes the value of both and invites anyone who has a story to come in and sit down with our historians. We will be glad to listen. Become a part of our collection, or find a small piece of yourself here in it.

Rapid City Public Library Announces Thanksgiving Closings

Thanksgiving_DayBoth 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 for the Thanksgiving holiday. The libraries will close at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 25, and be closed all day on Thursday, November 26.

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Rapid City Public Library Announces Early Closing

The downtown library at 610 Quincy Street will be closing early at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, December 1, 2015 to prepare for our Rapid City Historical Collections Room Grand Opening celebration. Please join us from 7 to 8:30 p.m. for historical-themed activities for the entire kit and caboodle including live entertainment, food, old time photo booth and more. The north library at 10 Van Buren Street will be open regular hours from 2:45 – 7 p.m.

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Book to Film Movie Night at the Downtown Library

BigFish-webJoin us for an adventure as big as life itself. Enjoy Big Fish on our big screen, Friday, November 20, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., upstairs at the downtown library (610 Quincy Street). Popcorn and beverages will be served.
Tim Burton directed this 2003 film based on the novel by Daniel Wallace. The star-studded cast includes Ewan McGregor, Billy Crudup and Albert Finney (rated PG-13).
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Lunch & Learn: Mt. Kilimanjaro – “Do It While You Can”

RodPettigrew_webSeasoned travelers and armchair travelers alike, plan to join us on Wednesday, November 18 from noon to 1 p.m. at the downtown library (610 Quincy Street, Meeting Room B). Enjoy a delicious lunch while you hear the story of Rod Pettigrew’s climb to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro, the world’s tallest free-standing mountain & Africa’s highest peak.
Please visit the Event Calendar from our website to sign-up by noon on Monday, November 16. Lunch is provided by the Friends of the Library and Hippo Steve Pastiche.

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Hands-On Adult Coloring Returns! Color Yourself Calm

AdultColoring-webBack by popular demand – this time for 2 hours! Take a break from your busy, hectic schedule, de-stress and calm down! On Thursday, November 19 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the downtown library (610 Quincy Street, upstairs), color yourself calm with our adult coloring pages.
Visit our website at and click on the Event Calendar to find out about and register for each month’s hands-on event. Limit 20.

Project H3LP! Event Canceled

Due to a family emergency, the Project H3LP! event scheduled for Saturday, November 14 from 1 – 2 p.m. at RCPL Downtown (610 Quincy Street, upstairs), has been canceled.

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AT THE LIBRARY: Library offers plenty of events to be thankful for in November

Originally published by the Rapid City Journal on November 08, 2015.
by Janet Parr, Rapid City Public Library
November is the month we remember the many wonderful things in life we have to be thankful for. I am thankful for you — our interesting, varied and kind patrons who have kept me going this year while providing programming at the library. Here is what Rapid City Public Library offers for November.

Today from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m., children’s author Miriam Jones Bradley visits the library to discuss her latest Double Cousins Mystery Series, “The Mystery of Custer’s Gold.” The book takes place at the Old Sawmill Guest Ranch in Nemo, South Dakota. Appealing to adults and children alike, Bradley will speak on her path to becoming an author and the writing process.

Veteran public radio reporter and author Lisa Napoli visits Rapid City from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 10 to hear your stories and talk about our city’s role in the McDonald’s fast food fortune that became Joan Kroc’s $3 billion philanthropy. Napoli’s book, “Ray and Joan: The Untold Story of the Man Who Made a Fast Food Fortune and the Woman Who Gave It All Away,” is set to release in November 2016.

Napoli will provide a lively conversation about Rapid City in the 1960s, philanthropy, fast food, Ray, Joan, and Joan’s first husband, Rollie Smith. Napoli will share many wonderful stories and surprising ties the three had to Rapid City. Possibly you have stories to share as well? Don’t miss what is sure to be an exceptional evening of conversation.

Another conversation that is sure to spark interest with many is the horse programs that are being taught through Project H3LP! The riding programs are taught at the DX Ranch in Eagle Butte. Project H3LP! will host 4-H or other groups where youth are encouraged to ride. Project H3LP! also offers ranch vacations, internships and clinics.

Proceeds support Project H3LP!’s work with tribal youth through their Lifemanship Program that teaches the behavioral similarities between horses and humans and uses horses as a catalyst to affect change in human behavior. Meet Executive Director Guthrie Ducheneaux, Project Director Kelsey Ducheneaux and Lifemanship Instructor Zach Ducheneaux from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 14.
Rod Pettigrew wants us to “Do It While You Can” when he speaks at our next Lunch and Learn event from noon to 1 p.m. Nov. 18. Pettigrew and his daughter climbed to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, the world’s tallest free-standing mountain and Africa’s highest peak.

And finally, Nashville record producer Gabriel Farago reveals eye-opening and entertaining tips from his book “Secrets to Success in Country Music,” from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 30. Whether you are interested in the music business as a singing career or hobby, learn from Farago’s 30 years of experience in the industry and find out if you have what it takes.

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