Thursday, June 7, 2018

Children, Teens, Adults,  the 2018 Summer Reading Program, Has Begun! "Libraries Rock" runs from June 4 through July 14 here at the Belle Fourche Public Library. Just check in at the front counter to get signed up. Prizes are awarded along the way. Read for 10 days, at least 30 minutes per day (you can read more, and we hope you do, but the minimum amount is 30 minutes to get credit), then bring in your reading log and claim your prizes. 20 days of reading, will earn more prizes and 30 days of reading earns the final group of prizes, along with a brand new book of your choice from our book cart, and the chance to put your name in the drawing for one of several big prizes in your age group - kids, teens or adults.

 Call 892-4407 to SIGN-UP for Summer Story Hour for kids going into K -1st grade and Story Time for 3-4 year-olds. Our morning sessions are pretty full, but there is still room in the afternoon session at 1 p.m. for Story Hour and at 1:30 p.m. for  Story TimeSummer Story Hour and Story Time is held each Tuesday, beginning Tues. June 5 through Tues. July 10. Come join Miss Wanda and Miss Betty, as they read some of the new story books we have here at the library from our kids corner. We will also do a cutting and a drawing story, and the library puppets will perform a different show each week.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Author Book Talk Monday Evening, May 7, From 5 – 7 P.M. Crazy Horse family members Floyd Clown and Doug War Eagle along with author William Matson will be at the Belle Fourche Public Library to discuss and sign their book "Crazy Horse: The Lakota Warrior's Life and Legacy" based on the family's oral history.
The Edward Clown family, nearest living relatives to the Lakota war leader, presents the family tales and memories told to them about their famous grandfather. In many ways the oral history differs from what has become the standard and widely accepted biography of Crazy Horse. The family clarifies the inaccuracies and shares their story about the past, including what it means to them to be Lakota, the family genealogy, the life of Crazy Horse and his motivations, his death, and why they chose to keep quiet with their knowledge for so long before finally deciding to tell the truth as they know it.
Books will be available for purchase and the author will be happy to sign it!

99th Anniversary of Children’s Book Week April 30 – May 6. 
Hey Kids! Stop in and see us and pick up some fun gifts from our gift table to celebrate the week! 
Children’s Book Week originated in the belief that children’s books and literacy are life-changers. In 1913, Franklin K. Matthiews, the librarian of the Boy Scouts of America, began touring the country to promote higher standards in children’s books. He proposed creating a Children’s Book Week, which would be supported by all interested groups: publishers, booksellers, and librarians.
Through these efforts, the American Booksellers Association and the American Library Association sponsored a Good Book Week with the Boy Scouts of America in 1916. Then, in 1944, the newly-established 
Children’s Book Council assumed responsibility for administering Children’s Book Week. In 2008, the administration of Children’s Book Week was transferred to Every Child a Reader (Children's Book Council charitable arm).

CALLING 3 and 4 YEAR OLDS FOR STORYTIME! Tuesday, May 8, at 10:30 a.m. - Come explore words, sounds, books and stories with Miss Wanda and Miss Betty as we do finger plays, cutting and drawing stories, read a special story book together and see a performance by the Library Puppets. 

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

CALLING 3 and 4 YEAR OLDS FOR STORYTIME! Tuesday, April 10 at 10:30 a.m. - Come explore words, sounds, books and stories with Miss Wanda and Miss Betty as we do finger plays, cutting and drawing stories, and read a special story book together. The Library Puppets are excited about springtime and will be performing a springtime show for you! Storytime is held the 2nd Tuesday each month. 

APRIL 15-21 IS COWBOY POETRY WEEK. We invite you to come and check out the Cowboy Poetry display of South Dakota cowboy poets' books that we have available. Some of these poets are closer to home than you might think! Cowboy Poetry records the heartbeat of the real working west, in a tradition that spans three centuries. Ranchers, cowboys and western writers represent the voices of this vital - yet endangered - rural culture. For more information, go to

Monday, March 26, 2018

READ poster: Misty Copeland holding "We Were Eight Years in Power"april 8-14 National Library Week celebrates its 60th Anniversary! American Ballet Theatre principal dancer and bestselling author Misty Copeland has been selected to serve as honorary chair. This year’s theme is “Libraries Lead,” which emphasizes the leadership of libraries and library workers in their communities and the role of libraries in helping patrons develop their own leadership skills.
The idea that cultivated National Library Week began in the mid-1950s when research showed that Americans were spending less on books and more on radios, televisions and musical instruments. Concerned that Americans were reading less, the American Library Association (ALA) and the American Book Publishers formed a nonprofit citizens organization called the National Book Committee in 1954. The committee's goals were ambitious.  They ranged from "encouraging people to read in their increasing leisure time" to "improving incomes and health" and "developing strong and happy family life." 
In 1957, the committee developed a plan for National Library Week based on the idea that once people were motivated to read, they would support and use libraries. With the cooperation of ALA and with help from the Advertising Council, the first National Library Week was observed in 1958 with the theme "Wake Up and Read!"
Read more about the 60-year history of National Library Week (click on this link) at American Libraries magazine, and check out the list of past National Library Week themes.

APRIL IS NATIONAL POETRY MONTH - Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month has become the largest literary celebration in the world with schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets celebrating poetry’s vital place in our culture.
Part of National Poetry Month is Poem in Your Pocket Day which will be April 26 this year. It is celebrated throughout the U.S. as well as Canada. On this day, select a poem, carry it with you, and share it with others at schools, bookstores, libraries, parks, workplaces, street corners, and on social media using the hashtag #pocketpoem. 
IT'S BEEN A LONG WINTER but we're almost there! Soon we will have more warm days than cold. NOW is the time to start making your list of projects for the warmer weather that's coming. We have a LOT of books to help you plan and give you guidance on how to get those projects done. From gardening and soil preparation, starting your own egg supply with a flock of chickens, landscaping a backyard get-a-way, building your own yard furniture . . . lots of ideas for when that warm weather hits!

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

THIS SATURDAY, MARCH 3, from 1-2 p.m. we are celebrating Dr. Seuss's Birthday. Join us along with some special guests that are coming to read some of our favorite Dr. Seuss books. There will be cake and gifts to take home, too! So, don't miss out on the fun!

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Monday, January 15, the Library Will Be Closed in recognition of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. We will be open Tuesday at the regular time, 10 am - 6 pm.

It's Become Quite Apparent That Winter Has Arrived! What better way to spend the time than snuggled up with a good book? It's a great time to catch up on some of that reading you've got on your book list. And while you're thinking about it, come browse through our soup cookbooks and simmer up some homemade soup.  Now that's the way to spend a snowy day!

Thursday, December 21, 2017

The Library Will Be Closed for Christmas Saturday, Dec. 23; Monday, Dec. 25; Tuesday, Dec. 26. We will reopen Wednesday with our regular scheduled hours.
We Will Also Be Closed New Year's Day, Monday, Jan. 1. We hope all of you have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and will visit us often during 2018!

Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and we are better throughout the year because we became children again during Christmas time – Laura Wilder

There are three stages of man: he believes in Santa Claus; he does not believe in Santa Claus; he is Santa Claus -Bob Phillips