Rapid City Public Library

Victoria Wicks

The author of South Dakota's One Book selection stopped at the Rapid City Public Library on Sunday, June 9. Kent Nerburn spoke to an audience about the selected book, Neither Wolf Nor Dog, and about his life as a writer and artist. The book was made into a 2016 movie filmed on the Pine Ridge Reservation. Nerburn has written 14 books, and he tells SDPB's Victoria Wicks about his writing process.

Nerburn will be back in the Black Hills in October for the Festival of Books in Deadwood, where he'll give the keynote address.


Al Gore's documentary An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power came out in January 2017, but it was all but impossible to find a showing in South Dakota. An online search shows only the Sierra Club sponsored a screening in Vermillion in September that year.

Gore's first documentary, An Inconvenient Truth, made a much bigger splash. It won an Academy Award for Best Documentary and was part of a body of work that earned Gore, along with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a Nobel Peace Prize.

Victoria Wicks

A family of juggling unicyclists got a roomful of children all fired up at the Rapid City Public Library on Monday, July 23. The free event gave families an opportunity to see a rare form of entertainment. But beyond that, the children received a lesson in the payoffs of persistence. SDPB's Victoria Wicks reports.

Hank Harris

The story of Ebenezer Scrooge and his hard heart has endured through time since December 1843. That's when Charles Dickens' novella A Christmas Carol was first published. It has been acted out year after year on stage and on screen. And this weekend, it was performed at the Rapid City Public Library by Flower and Flame, a South Dakota troupe of one actor and four musicians.

For more information about Flower and Flame and its touring schedule, click on this link:


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

Recently there has been a national push to get more girls and women involved in the field of technology. One of those efforts is Girls Who Code.

In South Dakota, the club is found at Patrick Henry Middle School in Sioux Falls and the public library in Rapid City.

SDPB's Victoria Wicks visits the small Rapid City gathering for this report.

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."

Victoria Wicks

A group of philosophical thinkers gathered at the Rapid City Public Library on Sunday, Nov. 13, to ponder the big questions. What is the meaning of being? What does it mean to be conscious? What is responsibility? How are we different from machines?

This session was led by Black Hills State professor Timothy Martinez. He spoke with SDPB's Victoria Wicks about the importance of hearing other people's ideas when forming your own.

Victoria Wicks

This weekend in Rapid City, a one-block stretch of Seventh Street was closed to traffic and open to the CHAOS Maker Fair. Simply stated, the event featured things people make, whether high-tech, like holograms and musical bananas, or low-tech, like wooden block bridges. Vendors offered food and goods for sale, musicians took to a small stage under a huge tent, and tables displayed technology in a fun way.

Jill Cohn

Jul 22, 2016
Jill Cohn

A full-time musician since 1996, Jill Cohn is on her 11th independently released CD, Heartstrings Touching Ground.  Michael Sikorsky of Country Music News International Magazine wrote, "Heartstrings Touching Ground could easily be subtitled Textures or Tapestry.  With melodies steeped in Seattle coffee house folk, lyrics as caressing as the melodies, and Jill Cohn vocals making you think Joni Mitchell meets Emmylou Harris, put this CD in your player and let it repeat over and over again."

Sarah McQuaid - Part 2

Jan 15, 2016

Sarah McQuaid's second set from her October, 2015 performance at the Rapid City Public Library included songs from her first three CDs, "When Two Lovers Meet," "I Won't Go Home 'Til Morning," and "The Plum Tree and the Rose."  A champion of DADGAD guitar tuning (she has even written The Irish DADGAD Guitar Book), McQuaid's voice is the perfect partner for her many numbers that delve into the Celtic, medeival and Appalachian folk sounds.  McQuaid was a tourning member of the Chicago Children's Choir

Sarah McQuaid - Part 1

Jan 8, 2016

Cornwall, England, based singer/songwriter Sarah McQuaid is a captivating performer.  Her echoing voice and artful guitar ring out between stories of her life, places and experiences.  McQuaid was born in Spain and raised in Chicago.  At the age of 12 she was already touring with the Chicago Children's Choir.  Her most recent U.S.

Dakota Midday: Sarah McQuaid

Oct 1, 2015

Sarah McQuaid's most recent album, "Walking Into White," is her most adventurous work to date.  With a voice that's been likened to malt whiskey, melted chocolate and "honey poured into wine," McQuaid can smoothly segue from Celtic and medieval numbers into Appalachian folk and popular music.  Her current U.S. tour brings her to the Rapid City Public Library for a free concert on Monday, October 5, at 6:30 p.m.  McQuaid, who lives in Cornwall, England, joined SDPB's Steve Zwemke to discuss her music and her concert tour.

Chynna Lockett

Many schools are back in session this week in South Dakota. The Rapid City Arts Council and Rapid City Public Library joined a group called Seventh Direction to help students kick off the year with A Block Party.

The event included live music and spray painting activities. Organizers also gave free school supplies to children.

Children spray painted posters and watched as local musicians performed in Rapid City’s College Park on Sunday afternoon. Tyler Read is the Arts Engagement Coordinator for the Rapid City Arts Council.

Dr. Sally Roesch Wagner Announces Plans For A New Book

Jul 8, 2015
Chynna Lockett

Dr. Sally Roesch Wagner is an historian and author and is also the founding director of the Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation. She announced plans for an upcoming book at a recent presentation about the Enterprising Spirit of South Dakota Women.

Dr. Sally Roesch Wagner received a round of applause as she stepped up to the podium for her presentation. Wagner shares stories of South Dakota Pioneers and Native American women from history. She explains that both cultures influenced each other.

Victoria Wicks

Rapid City Public Library Director Jim McShane interviewed for his job at the beginning of October, when a vicious blizzard tied up the city for a week and left him stranded at the Minneapolis airport for days. In spite of that, he accepted the position, and now it’s summer time and he’s all settled in. When SDPB’s Victoria Wicks interviewed McShane, she found a placid, intellectual man whose varied interests appropriately reflect what a library has to offer.

Victoria Wicks

The Rapid City Hens is a group determined to realize the dream of allowing chickens in back yards within city limits. It’s trendy in other cities, including Seattle and Minneapolis. Sioux Falls allows it. Pierre is considering it. But the Rapid City Council has said that city ordinance won’t change unless the Hens first convince other urban residents that it is okay to live next door to a chicken coop.

Victoria Wicks

A black standard poodle named Rhett is helping children to read in Rapid City. This new program allows children to read one-on-one to the dog, which decreases their anxiety about reading out loud in the classroom. SDPB’s Victoria Wicks went to the Rapid City Public Library this weekend to meet Rhett and talk with his handler.