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AT THE LIBRARY: Library celebrates poetry month

Originally published by the Rapid City Journal on March 29, 2015

Written by Janet Parr, Rapid City Public Libraries

“A mighty creature is the germ,

Though smaller than the pachyderm.

His customary dwelling place

Is deep within the human race.

His childish pride he often pleases

By giving people strange diseases.

Do you, my poppet, feel infirm?

You probably contain a germ.”

This poem by Ogden Nash perfectly sums up my household in March. But now that my son’s illness has moved on, let’s discuss April. Two wonderful events are planned for National Poetry Month.

When given the opportunity, children love to write poems. Our RCPL Kids’ Great Outdoors Poetry Contest begins April 1, no fooling. We are asking children grades kindergarten to fifth to write a poem about what being outside and in nature means to them. What gets you out of the house? Where do you go to enjoy our great outdoors? Please keep poems to 20 lines or less.

Rapid City Public Libraries’ first Community Poetry Read is 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, April 16. Local leaders of our community join together for an entertaining night of poetry reading and music. Join us to celebrate poetry’s importance in our culture and the impact it has on the lives of its readers.

“Lord of the Rings” fans are invited to unite Saturday, April 11, for a film trilogy marathon. All three films have a total run time of 11.37 hours and will begin at 9 a.m. Come in middle-earth attire from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. “Lord of the Rings” board games will be played, popcorn and beverages will be served and prizes will be competed for. If desired, bring something comfortable to sit on.

Impress your favorite someone with a beautiful bouquet of flowers arranged by you, all because you attended our latest Hands-On program. Join Dianna Holloway from Flowers by LeRoy 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 14, to learn simple flower arranging design. The program is limited to 15 participants. A vase, greens and flowers will be provided. Sign up on our online events calendar.

Catherine Greseth, executive director for Workforce Diversity Network of the Black Hills, will speak at Lunch and Learn from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 15. The network serves as a link between employers and individuals with disabilities who have the desire and qualifications to work.

Attend our Live Music event with singer/songwriter Tom Knowlton 6:30 p.m. to7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 23. Knowlton plays guitar and was recently featured in Haggerty’s Artist Spotlight.

Finally, sculptor and author John Lopez will talk about his new book, “Sculpture: Grand River Series,” 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 25. Lopez has sculpted Kennedy, Roosevelt, Grant and many other presidents on street corners throughout downtown Rapid City. His hybrid metal art fascinates, especially when you hear the touching story of how he began his one-of-a-kind welded sculptures and where he obtains the scrap iron materials. These pieces can be seen throughout the United States including the Pronghorn at the South Dakota Game Fish & Parks Outdoor West Campus.

Rapid City Public Libraries to End Partnership with Western Dakota Technical Institute

After over two years of collaboration, the Rapid City Public Libraries board of trustees has voted to end its partnership with Western Dakota Technical Institute starting in May. Low county usage of the libraries’ second branch and a better alternative means of serving the residents of Pennington County have been cited as reasons for the pullout. Library Director Jim McShane stated that the library has a fiscal responsibility to the residents of Pennington County to get the most out of the funds they give to the library; the library can better serve county residents by bringing the library to them. A mobile branch, traditionally known as a ‘book mobile,’ would be able to serve multiple sites in the county on a regular schedule. The library is pursuing implementation of this mobile service sometime this fall and is looking forward to reimagining a ‘retro’ means of library service as a means to bring modern programs and technology to a wider patron base.

Teen Poster Design Workshop at the Downtown Library

Banner-Teen-Poster-Design-Workshop-2015On Tuesday, March 31 from 4 to 7 p.m., teens are invited to attend a poster design workshop with local graffiti artist, Tyler Read, and Dan Satterfield with Projex. Beginning with the workshop upstairs at the downtown library, Tyler will then accompany participants to the Dahl Arts Center to see the Jay Ryan exhibit. This event is in collaboration with the Dahl and visiting screen printer/artist Jay Ryan, known for his screen printed gig posters since 1995. A limited edition screen printed mini poster by local artist Michael Two Bulls will be given away as a door prize. Any teen who submits a finished poster will receive free admission to the Jay Ryan movie screening event on April 21 at the Dahl.
For more information about library programs, please visit our website at www.rapidcitylibrary.org.

RCPL Kids Movie Theater Presents: Frozen

ElsaPromo_1_smallIf you have a small child at home, you are probably aware of the Disney movie sensation, Frozen. On Saturday, March 21 from 12:30 – 4 p.m. at the downtown library (610 Quincy Street, upstairs), don’t miss the chance to see it on our big screen as well as the opportunity for your child to have a photo taken with the Snow Queen, Bridgett Hill of Seraphim Theatrical Entertainment. Photos and Frozen-themed crafts will be from 12:30 to 2 p.m. with the movie screening from 2 to 4 p.m. Bring a camera and a comfortable seat and spend an enchanted Frozen afternoon at the library.

For more information about library programs, please visit our website at www.rapidcitylibrary.org.

AT THE LIBRARY: From fiddles to yaks and everything in between

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

Written by Janet Parr,  Rapid City Public Libraries

The month of March may be half over, but Rapid City Public Libraries is just getting started with a great line-up of programs at the downtown library for all to enjoy.

Whether you are of actual Irish heritage or become Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, you’ll be charmed with the Irish fiddle music of Brian Hemen. Hemen is a member of the River Liffey Boys, a SouthDakIrish band specializing in traditional Irish, bluegrass and original music. This live music event is from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m Tuesday.

From fiddles to yaks, our monthly Lunch and Learn series features Julie Smoragiewicz of Yak Ridge Cabins and Farmstead. When I first spoke with Julie about presenting at the series, she was attending a yak convention in Denver. Come hear Julie speak on the growing interest of this high-producing animal and learn how she, along with her husband, Jim, raise Himalayan yaks for fiber, pack animals, meat and milk. They even use yak milk for soap and cheese, raise chickens and heritage turkeys.

Registered attendees will enjoy a delicious lunch featuring South Dakota yak and other Himalayan specialties prepared by Everest Cuisine. Lunch and Learn is from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday. While all lunch slots are filled, please feel free to attend the program and bring your own lunch along.

I ran into the Snow Queen one weekend while ice skating with my son and promptly invited her to our kids’ movie event, “Frozen,” Saturday. Bridgett Hill with Seraphim Theatrical Entertainment will portray the Snow Queen to the delight of adults and youngsters alike from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. Children can have their photo taken with the queen and participate in some fun crafts. “Frozen” begins at 2 p.m.

This month’s Gaming for Grown-ups 101 featured game is Carcassonne. It is a tile-placing game where players create a medieval landscape and choose where to place their meeples, little wooden people. Quick turns are matched with strategic decisions in this award-winning game. Gaming for Grown-ups 101 is 5 p.m. to 7 p.m Thursday.

And finally, help send March out like a nice woolly lamb by attending our Knitting Circle for Adults from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. Knitters are invited to bring what they are working on and get help as needed.

March on into Rapid City Public Libraries and enjoy the many programs we have to offer this month.

Lunch & Learn: The View from ‘Yak Ridge’

On Wednesday, March 18 from noon to 1 p.m. at the downtown library (610 Quincy Street, upstairs) enjoy something a little different as Julie Smoragiewicz of Yak Ridge Cabins and Farmstead speaks on the growing interest in this high-producing animal. Julie and her husband, Jim, raise Himalayan yak for fiber, pack animals, meat and milk. They even use yak milk for soap and cheese, raise chickens and heritage turkeys. Bees pollinate their vegetable and flower gardens as well as fruit and berry trees. Julie will be sharing images and plans for Yak Ridge where they work hard to protect the environment and the health of their guests. Registered attendees will enjoy a delicious lunch featuring South Dakota yak and other Himalayan specialties prepared by local restaurant, Everest Cuisine. While all lunch slots are filled, please feel free to attend the program and bring your own lunch along!

For more information about library programs, please visit our website at www.rapidcitylibrary.org.

Rapid City Public Libraries to End Partnership with Western Dakota Technical Institute

After over two years of collaboration, the Rapid City Public Libraries board of trustees has voted to end its partnership with Western Dakota Technical Institute starting in May. Low county usage of the libraries’ second branch and a better alternative means of serving the residents of Pennington County have been cited as reasons for the pullout. Library Director Jim McShane stated that the library has a fiscal responsibility to the residents of Pennington County to get the most out of the funds they give to the library; the library can better serve county residents by bringing the library to them. A mobile branch, traditionally known as a ‘book mobile,’ would be able to serve multiple sites in the county on a regular schedule. The library is pursuing implementation of this mobile service sometime this fall and is looking forward to reimagining a ‘retro’ means of library service as a means to bring modern programs and technology to a wider patron base.

St. Patrick’s Day Irish Fiddle Music at the Downtown Library

Whether you are of actual Irish heritage or become Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, we think you’ll be charmed with the Irish fiddle music of Brian Hemen. This live music event is Tuesday, March 17 from 2 to 3 p.m. upstairs at the downtown library (610 Quincy Street). Hemen is a member of the River Liffey Boys, a SouthDakIrish band specializing in traditional Irish, bluegrass and original music.
For more information about library programs, please visit our website at www.rapidcitylibrary.org.

Rapid City Public Libraries Release 2014 Annual Report

Rapid City Public Libraries released their annual report for 2014 and the library has once again surpassed 1 million circulations for the 6th consecutive year. The popularity of the 24/7 availability of the libraries’ digital resources and collections continues to show gains with a 50% increase in research database usage and 34% rise in digital downloads. RCPL is catering to the digital demands of the community and now has approximately 265,000 downloadable eBooks, audiobooks, music albums, movies, TV episodes and magazines available to checkout.
The libraries served an average of 37,621 patrons per month with many innovative services and programs implemented to better meet the needs of the community. Programming saw a 22% attendance surge, featuring different offerings such as Yoga Story Time, the Summer Community BBQ & Concert Series and Knitting Programs. New types of materials were added such as Great Courses, Hoopla & IndieFlix downloadable and streaming movie services, and the Lucky Day Collection, featuring new releases.
The libraries also expanded services by establishing partnerships with community organizations producing the Books for Babies program and the Oral History Project.
To view the 2014 Annual Report in its entirety, please visit http://www.rcgov.org/pdfs/Library/2015_Mar_Board_AnnualReport_2014.pdf

Community Voices: Surviving in the Wild

survival-webEver wonder if you have what it takes to survive in the wild? Find out from Stuart Brooks on Thursday, March 12 from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. at the downtown library (610 Quincy).

Brooks has extensive outdoor experience in all terrains & climates and will discuss shelters, fire, water, signaling, survival kits, mindset and navigation. Participants will learn what it takes to survive for 3 days in the wild. Join us to learn these great skills from a pro.

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