"Thank you for being you."

Those words, designed to make someone's day a little brighter, are showing up on cards found in the stacks of books at the Rapid City Public Library.

Three of these randomly placed cards have been discovered at the library in the past few weeks, according to library employee Josey Sittig.

"I think it's pretty cool," Sittig said. "I like to put them back so someone else can have something nice said to them."

Sittig, who has worked at the library for seven years, says nice thoughts like this aren't unusual at the library. Every few months an anonymous donor buys some of the staff a coffee drink at the shop located at the library.

And a few years ago, someone left magnetic finger puppets in the shelves for readers to find.

"Whoever is doing it: Thanks, it's very nice."

A tasty pi day

March 14 is National Pi Day, since the date, 3.14, reflects the magic transcendental number whose digits never repeat.

Two local radio stations took a different route this year when they decided to participate in pi day by asking listeners to bring in actual pies.

Listeners of KICK 104 and 95.1 KSKY began bringing in the desserts at 6 a.m. and by 10 a.m. the stations had 14 pies from 14 people.

"We wanted to celebrate by making sure everyone had pie on pi day," disc jockey Rilee James said. "We were amazed at the outpouring of love we got from our listeners. It was a great day for us, and we hope we can do more things like this in the future."

The staff then donated the treats to the Cornerstone Rescue Mission.

Isis donations benefit children

Isis Hospitality donated $21,000 to local children's organizations in early March.

Grants from Isis Hospitality Gives Back were given to the Rapid City Club for Boys, the Rapid City Arts Council at the Dahl Arts Center, the Arete Morsching Scholarship fund, United Way of the Black Hills, the Rapid City BMX Fund and Soccer Rapid City.

Isis raised the funds on Jan. 12, when its affiliates — including WaTiki Indoor Waterpark Resort, the Fairfield Inn and Suites, LaQuinta Inn and Suites and Sliders Bar & Grill — allocated all gross sales to charity.

Shelter dogs trained as service dogs

Two high-energy dogs housed by the Humane Society of the Black Hills have found new roles working with the corrections system.

Jamal, a German shepherd mix, came to the shelter as a puppy. He was returned to the shelter after being adopted, so Humane Society Operations Manager Jacque Harvey contacted the Prison Trained K9 Companion Program based in Colorado.

Jamal is now enrolled in their program and is being trained by an inmate. Once training is complete and he passes qualifying tests, Jamal will become a service dog.

Harley, a German short-hair pointer, is another success story from the shelter.

Harley was also a high energy dog when he came to the shelter last November. The 3-year-old dog was sent to the South Dakota Canine Center to be trained as a drug sniffing dog.

He was a natural. "He was finding [drugs] in less than 10 minutes," trainer Kellee Matthews said. "He was off the radar in his training."

I am the online editor at the Rapid City Journal.

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