John F. Kennedy said in his 1963 Thanksgiving Day Proclamation, “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words but to live by them.” Kennedy did not live to see Thanksgiving that year — he was assassinated in Dallas, Texas Friday, Nov. 22. Kennedy knew, however, that remembering individuals who came before us, particularly those who paid the ultimate price, help us move forward in gratitude and live in a manner that honors them. This November, Rapid City Public Library focuses on our veterans in honor of Veterans Day.

The PBS Point of View documentary “Almost Sunrise” screens from 6:30 to 8:15 p.m. Nov. 9. This compelling documentary follows friends Tom Voss and Anthony Anderson as they attempt to put haunting combat experiences behind them on an epic 2,700-mile walk across America. Stay for a brief discussion after the film. PBS’s premiere of “Almost Sunrise” is Nov. 13. This event is a collaboration with POV, the award-winning independent non-fiction film series on PBS.

Faith Burnett, Rapid City’s 2017 Outstanding Teen, will speak about her dyslexia diagnosis and Dreaming Your Destiny from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Nov. 12. Burnett invites girls ages 13-17 to a question and answer session about the Outstanding Teen Scholarship program following her presentation.

Attend our community yoga class and stay grounded during the holiday chaos from 6 to 7 p.m. Nov. 13. Teachers from Sōl Yoga Collective guide you as you stretch and grow.

Rapid City kids will be thankful to hear that MINECON Earth is going global this year. Watch interactive coverage live from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Nov. 18. Stay for the library’s MINECON extra awesomeness—everything Minecraft, everything fun!

South Dakota is home to nine American Indian tribes. Tribal traditions enrich our culture and play an influential role in our American heritage. We honor National Native American Heritage Month by screening “Neither Wolf Nor Dog” from 1:30 to 3:20 p.m. Nov. 19. Dave Bald Eagle, who was 95 years of age at the time of filming said, “It’s the only film I’ve been in about my people that told the truth.”

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Sophia Beatty performs from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 20 kicking off the holidays with beloved classic songs of the season and more. Beatty’s vocal talents range from jazz and Motown to original music.

Set the stage for the holiday season and start a new family tradition with a theatrical reading of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” where music and words take equal part. Flower & Flame is an international master-level string quartet that takes Scrooge on an emotional ride from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. Nov. 26. This program is supported in part by the South Dakota Arts Council.

Finally, American Songbook plays from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Nov. 30. Kim Plender and friends sing and play both original music and well-loved songs.

Rapid City Public Library is thankful for our wonderful patrons and wishes all of you a Happy Thanksgiving!

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