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See Magician Cody Landstrom at the Libraries

SR_2015_MagicShowOn Wednesday, July 29, the libraries are excited to host a Magic Show & Workshop with Cody Landstrom. At 9 a.m. at the downtown library (610 Quincy Street) or 1 p.m. at the north library (10 Van Buren Street, inside General Beadle School), budding magicians 9 and older can enjoy a magic workshop. Registration on our Event Calendar is necessary for the workshop. The magic show will take place at 10:30 a.m. at the downtown library or 2:30 p.m. at the north library. There is no registration or age limit necessary for the magic show.

For more information about the Summer Reading program and special events for the entire family, please visit our website at

The Rapid City Library Foundation Presents: “Women & Motorcycles”. Presented by Pepper Massey.

PepperBikeThe Rapid City Public Library Foundation presents its monthly lecture series with a presentation by Pepper Massey, on Tuesday, August 4th, 7pm, Rapid City Public Library, upstairs at 610 Quincy St. in Rapid City.
Pepper has been riding motorcycles for 30 years, and spent 25 years of her career as a motorcycle industry professional. She attended her first Sturgis Rally in 1985, moved to Sturgis in 1998, and served as Director of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally for the City of Sturgis for two years (2007-2008).
Many people are under the misapprehension that motorcycling is, and always has been, a man’s sport – but this presentation will turn that theory on its head! Learn about the amazing women who rode before mobile phones, AAA and paved roads, and come full circle to some of today’s modern pioneers. These spirited women will inspire you and make you see motorcyclists, and the machines they ride, in a whole new light!
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.

Superhero Saturdays Film Series Continues at the Downtown Library

IronMan_smallSummer is a great time to enjoy free superhero movies on the big screen! Plan to join us on Saturday, July 25 from 1 to 3 p.m. upstairs at the downtown library (610 Quincy Street) for the second of our Superhero Saturdays Film Series: Iron Man 3. 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

Hands-On 3D Printing at the Downtown Library

MakerBot-3D-Printer-webIf you’ve wondered about 3D printing and want to try it for yourself, here is your chance. On Thursday, July 23 from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., the downtown library (610 Quincy Street, upstairs) is offering a 3D Printing Workshop for Adults. Starting from a digital model through the finished piece, learn how to create and modify 3D objects. This event is currently full.

Visit our website at and click on the Event Calendar to find out what next month’s hands-on event will be. Registration is required. Limit 15.

AT THE LIBRARY: The Internet won’t make libraries obsolete

Originally published by the Rapid City Journal on July 19, 2015
Written by Laurinda Tapper, Rapid City Public Libraries

While working at the library, it is inevitable that we hear comments that libraries are becoming obsolete because of the Internet. I am here to tell you that I don’t have enough space to explain why this is not the case. However, here are just a few of the reasons:

• This may be obvious to some, but we cannot say enough about how essential early childhood literacy is for educational success. Besides the reading level children now have to attain prior to starting school, our educational systems have limited funding for libraries during the school year. Children don’t have access to school libraries in the summer, resulting in learning loss.

Libraries offering summer reading incentives, year-round programs and story times help supplement our children’s education. Would it surprise you that during my visits to local elementary schools this spring to talk about summer reading, I was repeatedly asked how could they participate and read since they didn’t own any books?

• Another reason is resource sharing equals costs savings when people check out books and DVDs, browse magazines online or in the library or even use one of our many online research databases you would normally have to pay for outside of the library like Consumer Report and

• Google doesn’t focus on your communities’ local history like your library does. One momentous time in our local history comes to mind: the 1972 Flood. Google it, and you will see two short blurbs on various national sites; then you will see the comprehensive Flood resource our library has put together, including photos, biographies, news stories, oral histories and interviews.

We are also cataloging oral histories of our local citizens outside of the Flood in order to preserve our communities’ perspectives and memories. Then there is the Black Hills Knowledge Network: an online community information service that is a resource for local information, ideas and history.

• What about the Internet as an information source? Not all websites are reliable. That’s why you can’t go wrong asking a reference librarian — whether in person, by phone, email, online chat, text or a 1:1 Book-a-Librarian session.

I think think English author Neil Gaiman said it best: “In a world where Google can bring you back 100,000 answers, a librarian can bring you back the right one.”

• Computers and the Internet are integral parts of modern life; yet so many individuals lack access to this technology and experience barriers when seeking employment or housing. If you drive by the library before it opens or after it closes you will observe people using the library’s Wi-Fi outside of the building because it is such a need.

• Where else is there community space that is free to use for group gatherings? And speaking of community space, our Maker Space gives the community hands-on access to tools and technology.

As our Library Director Jim McShane says: “If you think the Internet has made libraries obsolete, just ask yourself: ‘Has it made schools obsolete?’ Schools just impart information and serve a small part of the populace. Libraries serve everyone and do a whole lot more than educate.”

Orlando Chamber Soloists present “Music of the Big Screen” Family Concert at the North Library in General Beadle Elementary

harpMusic lovers should plan to join us for the Orlando Chamber Soloists Family Concert on Wednesday, July 22, from 9:30 – 10:15 a.m. at the north library in General Beadle Elementary (10 Van Buren St.). The Orlando Chamber Soloists will perform “Music of the Big Screen.” Following the program, each child will have the opportunity to play a child-sized violin, viola, cello, bass or harp with guidance from the musicians.
For more information about the Summer Reading program and special events for the entire family, please visit our website at

Summer Reading Event: Puppet Show by Dragons are too Seldom

SR_2015_PuppetShowOn Saturday, July 18, the Rapid City Public Libraries invite you to join us for Bob and Millie Save the World, another great puppet show by Markie Scholz of Dragons are too Seldom Puppets. Markie will perform the show twice on Saturday, including a 10:00 a.m. performance at RCPL Downtown (610 Quincy Street) and a 2:00 p.m. performance at RCPL North (located within General Beadle Elementary School at 10 Van Buren St.).
This event is sponsored in part by the South Dakota Arts Council. South Dakota Arts Council support is provided with funds from the State of South Dakota through the Department of Tourism, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
For more information about the Summer Reading program and other Summer Reading events for the entire family, please visit our website at

Quick Pick Picnic Book Discussion Group at the Downtown Library

Picnic_basket_01-webDo you love to read? Love to talk about the book you’re reading or the one you just finished? Want to get recommendations from other avid readers? Quick Pick Picnic – our informal summer book group – is back! Join us on Wednesday, July 15 from noon to 1 p.m. at the downtown library (610 Quincy Street, Conference Room A). Treats and beverages will be served.

Check out our Summer Reading website so you don’t miss a minute of this summer’s fun at the libraries!

County will make good on rural library payments; talk on new opt-out expected Friday

Originally published by the Rapid City Journal on July 8, 2015. Written by John Lee McLaughlin, Journal staff

The Pennington County Commission will make good, at least in part, on late contract payments to four area libraries to provide access for rural residents.

On Tuesday, the commission voted unanimously to dip into roughly $96,000 in available library funding to make its third-quarter July payment to the libraries. In June, the commissioners warned that the county probably wouldn’t be able to send checks until after Oct. 31.

That’s when, according to a letter from the commission to the libraries in Wall, Rapid City, Keystone and Hill City, sufficient tax revenue would be in place to make the payments in full.

Meanwhile, the commission will pick up discussion Friday on whether an increase in property taxes is needed to avoid insufficient funding for rural library services in the coming years.

The commission will meet at 9 a.m. Friday at the County Administration Building, 130 Kansas City St., Rapid City.

Libraries in Wall, Keystone and Hill City will receive their late July payment in full by mid-month, though Rapid City will receive only a partial payment of about $83,000, according to Commissioner Deb Hadcock.

“We do have some money in (the library fund),” said Hadcock, who pushed to make good on the late payments. “The smaller libraries need this as well as Rapid City Public Libraries.”

She added, “If we do have funding to pay people, at least a portion of it, I think we should.”

Rapid City Public Libraries, which receives the lion’s share of county funding, about 90 percent, was expecting a nearly $110,000 payment in July, Library Trustee Rod Pettigrew said recently.

Hadcock said making the late payments with available funding, which would be reimbursed when property tax revenue is received in October, offers the county a short-term solution for a long-term problem.

Costs have been consistently outpacing county library funds. For example, in 2015, the library contracts cost the county roughly $490,000, with budgeted funding hovering at about $472,000.

The county uses a recurring opt-out, or increase in property tax above the state-imposed limit, to pay for library services. Voters approved the opt-out, which started in 1998.

To remedy the deficit, the county could impose a second opt-out to raise revenue or cut funding to the the libraries.

Additional county funding and cash reserves have been covering the remainder of the county library bill. County funding to the four libraries will be made in full through 2016 to ensure rural residents have access to the services, according to the commission.

In 2017, however, cash reserves that have been making up a library funding shortfall will be entirely depleted. The contracts for Wall, Keystone and Hill City are set to expire at the end of the year. Rapid City’s contract is ongoing.

Hadcock said she doubts that an answer will be found by the close of the Friday work session.

“We’re just going through some of the things that we need to do,” she said, later adding: “The solution is how all that fits together in order for us to be able to give county patrons, if I can speak for this commission, some solution in what they need for services.”

Commissioner Ron Buskerud said decisions need to be made, though Friday may be too early.

“We’ve got to actually make some decisions pretty darn quick because we have to decide how much money we’re going to have and need for next year, and that’s kind of critical to know what the mill levy is going to be, what taxes we pay,” Buskerud said.

Library funding crisis looming? Pennington County says it can’t meet its funding obligation

Originally published on July 2, 2015 by KOTA Territory News

There might be a problem looming with the Rapid City library’s books — the financial books that is — according to library officials.

Rapid City Public Library board chair Rod Pettigrew went before the city council’s legal and finance committee this week with some stark news: Pennington County says it can’t make a $100,000 quarterly payment due the library.

“You have before you a letter dated June 16th from the county commission basically telling us that they are broke,” said Rapid City Public Library Board Chair Rod Pettigrew. “They don’t have any money to fund us. And you have a letter from the Rapid City Library Board of Trustees signed by me to the county commissioners requesting that they step up to the plate and meet their obligation to us.”

Pettigrew said if the county funds do not materialize that five or six library jobs might be jeopardized.

The county commission meets on Monday and is scheduled to address library funding that also affects the libraries in Wall and Hill City.

Rapid City council members expressed optimism that something could be worked out with the county to keep the library funded at agreed upon levels.

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