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August 2009, Volume 1, Issue 8

Check Your Fall Calendars

September is
Library Card Sign-Up Month

Banned Books Week
Sept. 26 - Oct. 3

Indian Education Summit
Sept. 27-29

Festival of Books
Oct. 2-4 in Deadwood

SDLA Annual Conference
Oct. 7-9 in Aberdeen

Teen Read Week
Oct. 18-24

Why didn't I think of that?

Rapid City Public Library engages total community in National Library Card Sign-Up Month

by John Pappas
Rapid City Public Library

Each September, the Rapid City Public Library does a READ poster promotion in conjunction with the local businesses and non-profits of Rapid City. During that time, we display READ posters in both of our libraries (RCPL-Downtown and RCPL-North) to help promote the businesses and non-profits that work with us on a daily basis to encourage library card registration.

Each business we feature agrees to provide a special benefit or incentive (like a price discount or “Buy One Get One Free” offer) to customers that show their RCPL library card when making any purchases. Participants then get a READ poster to display at their location as well. We can tailor their special offer to something that makes sense for their business and needs.

“The Library’s READ poster campaign provides us with the opportunity to interact with and engage the community from outside the Library doors” states Library Director, Greta Chapman “as well as develop relationships with area businesses and non-profit organizations.”

READ posters are photographed, designed and framed by our Publications Department. This year, along with past participants, we are happy to include the Museum of Geology at South Dakota School of Mines, Girls Incorporated at Youth and Family Services as well as Boy’s Club.

The READ poster project is only one part of what the Rapid City Public Library does to promote community engagement during National Library Card Sign-Up Month. Outreach events to area schools, interaction through our social networking sites as well as library-wide prize drawings encourage community interaction and interest in new and ever-expanding library services.


Mystery Room offers quiet, adult space

by Amber Wilde
Grace Balloch Memorial Library

Mystery Room in the Grace Ballock Memorial Library

In May 2008, the Grace Balloch Memorial Library in Spearfish celebrated the dedication of the Kathy Follette and Mattie McVey Mystery Room. The room, created in memory of two members of the Spearfish library community – Kathy, a beloved reference librarian lost to cancer in 2007, and Mattie, an educator and patron – has become a source of pride and comfort to library patrons.

The Mystery Room houses the mystery collection, Kathy’s favorite, as well as a single cup coffee machine, cozy chairs, reading lamps, and an electric fireplace in a quiet, inviting space. The room solved a number of practical problems: what to do with a collection that has outgrown the available shelving, how to deal with patrons who complain the library is not the quiet place it once was, and how to appropriately honor two special people.

The room was made possible with memorial donations in honor of both women and the cooperation of city employees and a local decorator who donated their time as well as several local businesses that sold furnishings at cost. The space that was formerly a storage room took months to clean out, paint, and decorate, but since its opening the overwhelmingly positive response has made all the work worthwhile.

Concern about moving the mystery collection away from the other adult fiction was overcome by the fact that patrons were welcomed into a quiet, adult space where they could get away from the normal chaos of everyday library functions and settle in with a cup of coffee and a good book. And the patrons who for years had been asking that children be quieted and confined didn’t complain a bit when the library elected to confine the adults instead.


Read Around the Clock

Clock Bulletin Board from Beresford Elementary

Here’s a bulletin board idea to encourage your readers with a bit of old time rock’n roll. Deb Bonte, third grader teacher at Beresford Elementary, and her Vermillion Valley Reading Council committee used the theme and display for their awards night and also to decorate at the 2009 SD Reading Council Conference held in July.


Homemade pies motivate
summer readers

basket of apples marketing homemade pies

Danielle Wilkinson, community librarian at the Elk Point-Jefferson School/Community Library, loves to bake pies. The high school and adult readers in her community love to eat them. So, for every book read during June, July and August readers enter their names in a drawing for a free pie. Every two weeks a reader wins a homemade pie of their choice. All books in the “Graveyard” (the back stacks where the old books live) are worth two chances.




Beresford, community, Elk Point, library card, marketing, mystery, Rapid City, Spearfish

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