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On the first day of May my mother would cut daffodils from her early spring garden and include them in the sweetest May Day baskets for her sisters and neighbors. As a child, it was great fun leaving these pretty baskets as a surprise at their doorstep, ringing the doorbell and running away.

Rapid City Public Library celebrates Children’s Book Week the first week of May. Like my childhood May Days, our world is full of many stories. Award-winning illustrator Christian Robinson designed this year’s “One World Many Stories” Children’s Book Week poster. Children can read Robinson’s books available at the library and give our fun quiz sheet a try. Quiz sheets with correct answers will be entered into a drawing to take home the books. Established in 1919, Children’s Book Week is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the United States, celebrating books for young people and the joy of telling a story through reading.

The first Tuesday story time of every month from 9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. features Rapid City Fire Department’s Life Safety Division member Lisa Saunders. The fire-themed story time will reflect games, songs and stories related to fire safety for children.

May means summer is just around the corner. From yoga to fishing to a newly transformed main floor, we have everything you need to prepare your body, mind, health and life for summer. Yoga at the Library taught by teachers from Sōl Yoga Collective is from 6 to 7 p.m. May 8. Local fishing enthusiast Scott Olson returns to discuss bait and lure usage and great summer fishing spots from 6 to 7 p.m. May 11. Our May 11 Grand Reopening will feature refreshments, a ribbon cutting at 1:30 followed by the multi-layered lyrics and distinct guitar sounds of Hank Harris.

Those looking for even more summer inspiration may find it at our May Lunch & Learn. Listen as Dennis Hill presents “800 Kilometers on an 80th Birthday” from noon to 1 p.m. May 17. Hill walked for 33 days on the ancient pilgrim route known as the Camino de Santiago. Many follow this route as a form of spiritual retreat to remove themselves from modern life and find greater meaning. Registration is required.

Summer means lighter meals often outside on the patio with friends. Why not try out one new recipe but sample and take home several? Our Cook the Book program from 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. features the cookbook “Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat” by Samin Nosrat. Nosrat’s beautiful, approachable book demonstrates how these four are the only elements necessary to make delicious meals anywhere, any time. Registration is required.

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Finally, we wrap up May with an important and timely read. “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas is May’s Evening Book Café pick. Meet us at Harriet & Oak from 6 to 7 p.m. May 25 to discuss.

Happy May Day, everyone! May spring flowers grace your doorstep the first day of May.

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