Janet Parr

The art of Maurice Sendak is on display at the Rapid City Public Library through Sept. 1. Sendak is known for rather dark children's stories, illustrated with finely detailed drawings of fantastical beasts. The artist and writer has appealed to children and adults for generations. He died in 2012 at the age of 83, after a 65-year career. SDPB's Victoria Wicks has this story from the kickoff party this weekend.

Victoria Wicks

The shoebox full of old letters threatens to become a thing of the past. With email, texting, and cell phones offering unlimited long-distance calling, communication comes more easily these days.

But letter writing still has its advocates. And those advocates have their own month. April is National Letter Writing Month, an event started by the U.S. Postal Service and picked up by stationers. One of them is Egg Press, who donated correspondence kits to the Rapid City Public Library.

Victoria Wicks

Children at the Rapid City Public Library celebrated the new year a day and a half early. The "half" day comes about because they rang in the NOON year, counting down to 12 noon on Friday instead of 12 midnight on Saturday.

Children gathered on the second floor to make masks and crowns and then moved to the first-floor lobby for bagpipes, balloons, and a ball drop.

As SDPB's Victoria Wicks reports, the reviews were a rave: the first-time event was "awesome."