Did you ever make mud pies as a child? Spring in the Black Hills meant plenty of wet, muddy days. My mother would supply my sister and me with pie tins and shoo us outside. That feeling of squishing mud between my hands was glorious. Our favorite ingredients included rocks, sticks, dandelions and, if we were lucky, the occasional worm.
Playing with different textures and objects provides a way for children to examine and explore the world around them. Stimulating a child’s senses helps them develop new ways to understand their world. Children will touch, feel and guess what is inside our spring sensory guess bags during our Bring on Spring Sensory Story Time, from 1:30 to 2:15 p.m. April 4. While we won’t be making mud pies, children will make their own edible dirt and worm cups.
Enjoy a visual feast when you attend the screening of “Faces Places” from 6:30 to 8 p.m. April 6. The film is a 2018 Academy Award nominee for Best Documentary Feature. Legendary filmmaker Agnès Varda joins photographer and muralist J.R. on a trip across the French countryside. Sharing a passion for the power of images, they travel in a special box truck equipped as a photo booth and printing facility, meeting local residents who become the subjects of their large-scale public art installations.
The library will have its own gallery wall during National Library Week’s 60th anniversary beginning April 8. Join the celebration by telling us what the library means to you and have your photo displayed on the wall. Take your photo at the library, upload your photo to our Facebook page, or share it on Instagram using the hashtag #RCPLNLW2018.
Test your skills in a friendly contest with fellow crossword puzzle lovers at our first Crossword Puzzle Tournament from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. April 15. Each participant will solve three unpublished, New York Times crossword puzzles provided by New York Times crossword editor Will Shortz. The top three scorers will advance to a final playoff puzzle in a nail-biting sudden-death round. Our tournament is open to everyone regardless of skill level. Coffee and doughnuts will be provided to boost your brain power.
The Black Hills State University Concert Choir and Chamber Singers present their 2018 Spring Tour Concert Series at 2 p.m. April 21. Music features choral works by composers Sweelinck, Finzi, Fissinger, Brahms; and “Mass,” a new work by Dr. Symeon Waseen, associate professor of music at BHSU. The Concert Choir and Chamber Singers are directed by Jon Nero.
Beginning April 23, our Poem in Your Pocket Prep Station gets teens ready to express their inner selves during National Poem in Your Pocket Day. Poetry has many forms worthy of expression whether it’s designing your own blackout poem, haiku or blitz.
Finally, April is National Autism Awareness Month. The Autism Society of the Black Hills in partnership with the Chamber Music Festival of the Black Hills presents a sensory musical story time for children with autism from 6:30 to 8 p.m. April 25.