Anecdote: News from the Library Foundation
News from the Rapid City Library FoundationFall 2010

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The Past and the Future
Homebound Program
Amy Dickinson
Knowledge Network
Nancy GowenI am happy to share the first newsletter from the Rapid City Library Foundation with you. An anecdote is a short story about a real incident or person often interesting in nature. We hope to share many anecdotes about the Rapid City Public Library and the people it serves as well as the work of the Foundation to support the Library.


The Foundation is dedicated to making the Library a place that stirs the imagination of children, ignites the creativity of adults, and keeps vibrant the minds of community elders. One way the Foundation does this is through supporting services such as the Homebound Delivery Program.  As part of its fundraising efforts, the Foundation plans to purchase a new van for the Homebound Delivery Program. This will ensure the viability of the service for years to come.


Thank you for your support. I look forward to sharing many anecdotes with you.


Nancy Gowen, President

Rapid City Library Foundation

The Past and the Future

The Past

A year ago, the Rapid City Library Foundation set out to raise $445,000 to add to its endowment fund. Thanks to the generous donations of community members, the foundation reached this goal. The endowment fund assures support of the library for years to come.


And the Future

The board members are available to discuss the work of the foundation, giving opportunities, and openings to serve on the foundation board. 


Nancy Gowen, President



Gretchen Keefe-Palmer, VP



James Speirs, Treasurer



Rapid City Library Foundation

610 Quincy St. ~ PO Box 1015

Rapid City, SD 57709

605.394.6139 ext. 2214

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Reaching Out and Touching Lives with Books

Library's Homebound Program Delivers Happiness

Homebound DeliveryThe Rapid City Public Library serves as a community gathering place for people young and old. It provides access to books, DVDs, CDs, computers, programming, and information to thousands of people each day. Some people, however, are not able to come to the library. Whether it is due to inability to drive, lack of transportation, or personal circumstances many people in our community are homebound. Several years ago, this barrier between information access and the homebound population was removed with the establishment of the Homebound Delivery Program at the Rapid City Public Library. 


The Homebound Delivery Program currently serves approximately 100 people every month and continues to grow. The program is available to Pennington County residents who are temporarily injured or ill, do not have reliable transportation, or are living in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, or retirement homes. The program also makes deliveries to six institutions including Hospice House.


Participants can choose which books, DVDs, and books on CD they would like delivered. This is part of the service Laree Adkins particularly likes. Laree is wheelchair bound. Although she does go down to the library in the summer, in the winter it's not as easy for her to get around.  Laree goes online to the library's website, picks out which books she wants delivered each month, and emails her selections to the program coordinator.


"It's a wonderful service," said Laree. "It's convenient and everyone you talk to is so nice and accommodating."


Jean Fricke describes the Homebound Delivery Program as a blessing. She moved into assisted living several years ago and had to give up driving. Jean started receiving deliveries in 2005. She likes that the library will send her the books she wants. Jean goes through the best seller lists and picks the books that are delivered to her.


 "Reading is my first love," said Jean. "And the homebound selectors go the extra mile to make sure I have books to read."


Eight dedicated volunteers make the program possible. Five of these volunteers call participants to find out what books or DVDs they want and select the materials from the library. "These volunteers are amazing," said Stephanie Jenner, program coordinator. "They truly work to get to know participants and their needs on a personal level. They pride themselves in selecting the perfect materials for each person."

Three volunteers serve as drivers and deliver material to people at home. Bill Boylan is one of these volunteers. He has been a library user since he was four years old and appreciates all the services it offers. Bill has volunteered many places for many years and decided a few years ago it was time to give back to the library. He keeps volunteering because people are so thankful for the service and are always happy to see him.

"This is a great service," said Bill. "The homebound patrons are really grateful and thankful."

If you or a loved one are interested in learning more or think you may be eligible for services please contact Stephanie, the program coordinator at 394-6139 ext. 2230.

New Ann Landers Brings Advice to Rapid
Foundation Features Best-Selling Author and Columnist Amy Dickinson

Amy DickinsonSeven years ago, after an exhaustive countrywide search, The Chicago Tribune announced Amy Dickinson as the next Ann Landers. They wanted a contemporary voice and they found it.


Bracingly witty and honest, Amy's voice is more Nora Ephron than Dear Abby. Readers love her for her brutal honesty, her small-town values, and for the fact that her motto is "I make the mistakes so you don't have to."


Her advice column, "Ask Amy," appears daily in more than 150 newspapers nationwide, read by more than 22 million readers, including the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, Newsday, and The Washington Post.


Amy has written a column on family life for TIME magazine and her radio stories have been heard for the last 10 years on NPR's All Things Considered. She has also had stories published in Esquire, Allure, O magazine, The New York Times and The Washington Post, and is a regular panelist on the popular NPR current events quiz show, Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me. She has been a guest on The Today Show, The Rachael Ray Show, and CNN's American Morning.


Her New York Times bestselling memoir, The Mighty Queens of Freeville: A Mother, A Daughter and the People Who Raised Them, was released in February 2009.


In 2011, the Foundation will be hosting "An Evening with Amy Dickinson." Guests will learn how and why Amy was chosen to replace Ann Landers; how Amy knows how to answer the hundreds of questions that come in to her "Ask Amy" column; where she gets her ideas; and how she knows what to say to people in distress. Amy will also talk about the techniques she learned as a reporter, why she seeks expert opinions, and how she relies heavily on her own life and experiences.

Foundation Supports Knowledge Network
The Rapid City Library Foundation's three goals encompass information access, learning, and outreach. These three goals are at the heart of the work it does to support the library. Recently, the foundation was given the opportunity to support a project that embodies these goals-the Black Hills Knowledge Network-an online network being developed to   connect people with local information and resources.


The Black Hills Knowledge Network expands the Rapid City Public Library's role in the community by identifying events that have left a lasting and important mark upon the Black Hills as well as serving as a clearinghouse of current topics. This resource aims to collect local memories into one central gateway where citizens of the  Black Hills can experience information that educates, inspires, and enriches while  encouraging community participation and input. Information is presented to the public  in a manner that accommodates ease of research and reflects local need. 


"The Knowledge Network is an incredible opportunity for the Rapid City community to collect memories, share information, and communicate about current topics," saidNancy Gowen, foundation president. "The foundation is happy to support a project with so much growth potential and the ability to provide essential access to local information."


You can access the Knowledge Network online at

Knowledge Network

Foundation Information