Rapid City Public Library February 2011

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(605) 394-4171 
610 Quincy St.
Rapid City, SD  57701
Hours (Year Round)
Mon-Th:  9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Fri-Sat.:  9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday:  Noon to 6 p.m.
(605) 716-4098
10 Van Buren St.
(at General Beadle Elem. School)
Rapid City, SD  57701
Hours (School Year)
Mon-Th:   2:45 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday:     2:45 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday:   Noon to 6 p.m.

Hours (Summer)
Mon-Th:   9  a.m. to 7 p.m.
Fri-Sat:     9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday:   Noon to 6 p.m.

Teen Video Challenge

TeensYou Are Here! So why not put it on film?

This year's teen summer reading program theme is "You Are Here!" The idea behind the theme is that everyone, especially teens, plays a part in the diverse world we live in. To celebrate the unique perspective of teens and the important role you play in our community we are asking you to make a 30-90 second public service announcement, using the theme "You Are Here."


You could win:

  • $250 cash - All entries will be submitted to a state-wide contest for a chance to win $250! The state-wide winner will be announced in April.

The Rapid City Public Library will be awarding 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes at the local level on Saturday, March 12 at the Teen Video Challenge Film Premiere:

  • Digital Camera - 1st Place
  • MP3 Player - 2nd Place
  • $50 Best Buy Gift Card - 3rd Place

Pick up or download an entry packet!

Entry packets are available at both libraries and online at www.rapidcitylibrary.org/teentechweek. The packet contains all the information (eligibility, video criteria, terms and conditions, etc.) you need to film your way to $250!  Hurry, the deadline to submit your film is Sunday, February 27 at 6 p.m.


Prizes sponsored by the Friends of the Library, the South Dakota State Library and the Collaborative Summer Reading Program.


Have suggestions on other teen events the library should hold? Join TAB!

TAB is the library's teen advisory board. As a member, you'll meet once a month to help plan library events, teen groups, and other services for Rapid City teens. If you're interested, check out the teen page or email sbents@rcplib.org.



Library Director Greta ChapmanClassesA Note from the Director

Whether receiving questions via texts, librarians with iPads in the stacks or downloading eBooks online, the Rapid City Public Libraries represent part of a significant national trend.


An 11-year study on public library use conducted by the Institute of Museum and Library Studies (IMLS) found that both rural and urban public libraries have been experiencing large growth due in part to the acceptance of emerging technologies and providing public internet access.


Between the years 2000 and 2007 the IMLS has shown that the availability of internet access has had an increase of over 90 percent on a per capita basis in public libraries. Combined with an increase in library use this means that over the past decade libraries thrived when they adapted to and met evolving patron and community needs. More than just a place to find books; libraries function as a wellspring of information, community resources and emerging technologies.


RCPL public wireless use has increased 234 percent this last year. Steady increases have also been shown in electronic resource use (e-books, MP3 audiobooks and online research). The data from both the nationwide study by IMLS coupled with  use at the Rapid City Public Libraries demonstrate that changes in services towards more online access is having a positive impact on library use. The bottom line is that more technology at a public library leads to more people using it and that means both traditional and evolving services make a difference.


A public library is a vital resource that grows and evolves with the community. As community and patron needs change, so do we. It is good news to see that the same trends are being noticed nationwide.


LogonOne Logon for All Services Coming Soon

Starting in late February, library patrons will be able to access their accounts, databases and the computers at either library using one password. For those who have not already set up a password, this can be done by clicking the "My Account" link on the library's website and following these steps: 1) Type your library card number in the box. Leave the second box (Password) blank. 2) Hit Enter. 3) You will be prompted to enter a new password. It should be more than 6 characters long with at least one letter and one number.


News from the Rapid City Library Foundation

Click here to check out the Winter 2011 newsletter from the Rapid City Library Foundation. Read about how the North Library is serving the community and how the Foundation helped purchase new books for the library's youngest patrons.

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Featured Resources

Consumer Reports by the Rapid City Public Library


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Diigo for Social Bookmarking

The Library is now on Diigo. Diigo is social bookmarking site that allows users to store and share information. The library uses Diigo to group links so you can easily find information on topics such as music or current events. Check out the library's Diigo page at www.diigo.com/user/rcplib

Programs for Adults
Community Voices: Malcom Chapman on Community and Leadership

RCPL Downtown: Thursday, Feb. 3 at 6:30 p.m. (Meeting Room B)
Motivational speaker, consultant and former Rapid City alderman Malcom Chapman will discuss building healthy communities and why leaderships skills are important 


Friends of the Library Book Discussion  

RCPL Downtown: Thursday, Feb. 10 at 2:30 p.m. (Hoyt Room)
Discuss what you have been reading with other book lovers. Refreshments provided. 


Lunch & Learn: Wind Cave National Park

RCPL Downtown: Wednesday, Feb. 16 at noon (Meeting Room B)

Chief of Interpretation, Tom Farrell,  will give an in-depth look at what is happening at Wind Cave National Park including their mountain pine beetle response plan. Register online by noon on Mon., Feb. 14 if you would like lunch. Lunch is provided by the Friends of the Library.

Don't Miss Two for Tuesdays!

Every Tuesday, buy two books from the Friends of the Library Book Sale area at the Downtown Library for the price of one.

Programs for Children & Families

Saturday Story Time Downtown

RCPL Downtown: Saturday, Feb. 12 at 10:30 a.m. (Meeting Room B)

Join guest storytellers Crissy and Nikki from SHE 106.3 for a fun story time filled with reading, songs, and more.


Saturday Story Time North (Located at 10 Van Buren St. in General Beadle Elementary School)

RCPL North: Saturdays, Feb. 6 & 19 at 10:30 a.m. (in the Library)

February is Black History Month. In celebration, Dr. Dennis and

Shirley Edwards will share their favorite children's stories.


Families and Jammies Story Time  

RCPL Dowtnwon: Tuesday, Feb. 8 at 6:30 p.m. (Meeting Room B)
RCPL North: Tuesday, Feb. 15 at 6:30 p.m. (Commons Area)

Family Story Times are now Families and Jammies! Come to the library for stories, music and fun topped off with a snack.


No School Discovery Day: Tracks Galore 
RCPL Dowtnwon: Monday, Feb. 21 at 10:30 a.m. (Meeting Room B)
RCPL North: Monday, Feb. 21 at 2:30 p.m. (Commons Area)

Julie Brazell, park naturalist at Custer State Park, will teach children how to identify different animal tracks, what an animal's tracks tell you, and about different animal habitats. Children will get to see animal furs, make animal tracks and receive a state park giveaway.


Weekly Story Times in February at the Downtown library

Book Buddies: Preschool ages
Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. (February 1, 8, 15, 22)

Baby Bookworms: Ages Birth - 3
Thursdays at 9:30 (February 3, 10, 17, 24)


To see photos and videos of storytimes, visit our website www.rapidcitylibrary.org

Programs for Young Adults
Gaming Days
RCPL Downtown: (Meeting Room B)
 Wednesdays, Feb. 2 & 16, from 3:30-5 p.m.


RCPL North: (General Beadle Elementary Commons Area)

Tuesdays, Feb. 1 & 15, from 3:30-5 p.m.


Enter the Teen Video Challenge! Entries due Feb. 27. Click here to learn more. 


Have suggestions on other events the library should hold? Join TAB!

TAB is the library's teen advisory board. As a member, you'll meet once a month to help plan library events, teen groups, and other services for Rapid City teens. If you're interested, click here to fill out an application.  Return your application to either location of the Rapid City Public Library.

Email sbents@rcplib.org or call Stephanie 394-6139 ext. 2222 for more information.
Drop-In Programs
All drop-in programs take place in the downtown library's lobby. Stop by anytime during the listed time.


Humane Society of the Black HIlls
, Feb. 12 from 10 a.m. - noon


Hope Center

Thursday, Feb. 24 from 1-3 p.m.

The Rapid City Public Library has served the Rapid City area since 1879 and now offers two library locations.  Both offer print and electronic resources for adults, young adults and children as well as computers and internet access and a variety of programs and events.  In early 2008, USA Today selected the Rapid City Public Library downtown as one of the nations 10 great places to "Find a Nook and Read a Book."

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