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610 Quincy Street

Rapid City, SD  57701

(605) 394-4171


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.



10 Van Buren Street

(at General Beadle Elem.School)

Rapid City, SD  57701
(605) 716-4098

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.


Hours (School Year)
Mon-Th:     2:45  to 7 p.m.
Friday:       2:45  to 7 p.m.
Saturday:  9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday:    Noon to 6 p.m.

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The Rapid City Public Libraries will be close early on Saturday, October 27 at 2:30 p.m. for the Richard Paul Evans event.
New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music
A Smithsonian Exhibit
New Harmonies Exhibit coming to RCPL
photo by Jim Herrington



Available at RCPL Downtown through November 7


This exhibit has it all! New Harmonies offers exploration and interaction for everyone and covers the history of a wide range of musical styles.    

New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music  


New Harmonies is the story of people in a New World, places they have left behind and ideas they have brought with them. It is the story of people who were already here, but whose world is remade. Their music tracks the unique history of many peoples reshaping each other into one incredibly diverse and complex people -- Americans. Don't miss this special exhibit! 


Our monthly Lunch & Learn and Community Voices programs for October have been designed as a way to connect locally with this exhibit. More info on those programs can be found below in the "Events for Adults" section below.


sundaymusicSunday Music Series   


October 7 | James Van Nuys Family Band  | 2 p.m.     

October 1
4 | Hilands Family | 2 p.m. 

October 21 | Six Mile Road | 2 p.m.

October 28 | Layne Putnam & Siri Palm | 2 p.m.  

November 4
| Tabor White Buffalo Family & Friends | 2 p.m.


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New Harmonies: Celebrating American  Roots Music has been made possible in Rapid City by the South Dakota Humanities Council. New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music is part of Museum on Humanities CouncilMain Street, a collaboration between the Smithsonian
Institute and State Humanities Councils
nationwide. Support for Museum on Main Street has been provided by the United States Congress.

fotlbsFriends of the Library Fall Book Sale
Friday & Saturday, October 19 & 20 
9 a.m. - 6 p.m. at RCPL Downtown   
Thousand of books priced to sell! Plus DVDs, CDs, tapes
and more. All purchases support the libraries.

Book Sale

Saturday from 3 - 6 p.m. 
get 2 for 1!

Sale books are donated by the public. Thank You! Donations are always welcome.

Events for Adults


Rushmore Readers Book Discussion

Saturday, October 13 from 10-11:30 a.m.   

RCPL Downtown (Meeting Room B)


This book discussion is open to the public.
Join us to discuss what you've been reading!
Sponsored by Friends of the Library



Lunch & Learn Series  
Bob Fahey & James Van Nuys Blues Music

Wednesday, October 10 bob fahey and james van nuys

from noon - 1:00 p.m. 

RCPL Downtown (Meeting Room B)


Lunch is available to the first 50 to register. Please do so by Monday, noon on October 8. Call 394-4171 or register online from our events calendar. Feel free to bring a bagged lunch if you
This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Library  

hank harris and kenny putnam
Community Voices  Series 
Hank Harris & Kenny Putnam
Deadwood Songbook Music 
Thursday, October 11 at 6:30 p.m. 

RCPL Downtown (Meeting Room B)

The Deadwood Songbooks are the result of research by Hank Harris in cooperation with the Adams Museum through a grant from the South Dakota Arts Council. Harris extensively researched music from Deadwood's gold camp days, capturing the music of an era in A Deadwood Songbook I and A Deadwood Songbook II -- compilations of the music researched
and performed by Harris and Kenny Putnam. (text from website)



super sad true love story   Off the Shelf Book Club
"Super Sad True Love Story"
by Gary Shteyngart
Saturday, October 20  
1:00 p.m. at Bully Blends Coffee and Tea



This discussion group meets on the 3rd Saturday each month. We read one book (or featured author) a month and have an informal, casual discussion over drinks at the Bully Blends Coffee and Tea shop. For more info,
RCPL-Off the Shelf on 




It Came From the Library...Film Series  horror express
"Horror Express"


Thursday, October 25 
6:00 p.m. at RCPL Downtown


Join us for a movie, popcorn and refreshments!


Films in this Series
November 29 | "Hunger Games"
December  27 | "Santa Claus Conquers the Martians"


coffee fpchFall Poets Coffeehouse
Friday, October 26 
7 p.m. at RCPL Downtown 


Join us for an evening of poetry reading! The High Plains Writers will hold their Fall Poets Coffeehouse in the Solarium at RCPL Downtown.

Poets - sign up to present your work and share your talent. Pre-register on the events calendar on the library website or sign up to read on the evening of the event. 

Richard Paul Evans richard paul evans
Pre-Event Reception
Saturday, October 27 
5:30 - 6:30 p.m. at RCPL Downtown


The Rapid City Libraries Foundation has invited Evans to present at The Dahl Fine Arts Center on Saturday, October 27 at 7 p.m. There will be a Wine and Tapas Reception with the author starting at 4 p.m. at the Vertex Skybar,
followed by a catered pre-event reception at the Downtown Rapid City Public Library at 5:30. Immediately following the author talk, there will
be a dessert reception at The Dahl at 8 p.m.


Ticket packages are for sale through the Rapid City Public Libraries Business Office.

Prices are as follows:
Author Talk - $30 ($15 for students)
Author Talk & Dessert - $40 ($25 for students)
Wine & Tapas, Author Talk, Dessert - $75.


Call 394-4171 or email for more information  

and to order your tickets. Seating is limited.  RSVP  

There is no cost for the pre-event reception at the library.


Events for Children and Families
Story Time at RCPL
Story Time Schedule 

Book Buddies (preschool ages)  

Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m.
RCPL Downtown
*Halloween Parade for the October 30th Book Buddies. Wear your costumes!

Baby Bookworms (ages birth-3 yrs.)
Thursdays at 9:30 a.m.
RCPL Downtown


nsddNo School Discovery Day: Beading  beading
with Valerie Janis 

Monday, October 8    

10 a.m. at RCPL Downtown


2 p.m. at RCPL North


Arts & Crafts Afternoons

Wednesday, October 24
1:30 - 3:00 - RCPL North
Events for Teens
Gaming Daysgaming
Playstation 2, Laptops, Guitar Hero, Wii & more!    
RCPL Downtown (1st and 3rd Tuesdays)
October 2 & 16 from 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.

RCPL North (1st and 3rd Wednesdays)
October 3 & 17 from 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
t shirt
Bleached T-Shirt Workshop 
for Teens
Monday, October 15
3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
RCPL Downtown

Join us for a creative workshop in celebration of Teen Read Week. Free T-Shirts for first 20 teens (13+)! Feel free to bring your own black or vividly colored shirt. Other supplies will be provided.

Teen Halloween Party  ghost
Saturday, October 27
7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
RCPL Downtown

The Halloween Party will be an after hours bash for teens only! Come in your costume. We'll have games, a photo booth, refreshments and a costume contest.


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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 greatest places to "Find a Nook and Read a Book."