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610 Quincy Street

Rapid City, SD  57701

(605) 394-4171


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


Mon-Th:     2:45  to 7 p.m.
Friday:       2:45  to 5 p.m.
Saturday:  9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday:    Noon to 5 p.m.


800 Mickelson Dr.
(at Western Dakota Tech) 

Rapid City, SD  57703

(605) 718-2904


M-Th: 7:30 a.m. - 7 p.m.  
Friday: 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. 
Saturday: 9 am. - 5 p.m. 
Sunday: Noon - 5 p.m. 

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National Library Week: April 14-20
Communities Matter @ Your Library

This month, the Rapid City Public Libraries will join in a nationwide celebration of National Library Week, a time to highlight the value of libraries, librarians and library workers. 


First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April.


Libraries today are often the heart of their communities, campuses or schools, and are committed to the places where their patrons live, work and study. Libraries are trusted places where everyone in the
community can gather to connect with each other to shape the place in which they live.


Librarians work to discover what their communities' needs are and meet them. Whether through offering e-books, programs for job seekers or support for early literacy, librarians listen to the community they serve and they respond.



grandopeningGrand Opening of RCPL East Branch

Saturday, April 20 grand opening party at RCPL East at WDT

11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.



We invite everyone to join us in celebrating the Grand Opening of our newest branch library at Western Dakota Tech!


If you haven't seen it yet, please stop by to tour the beautiful facility, enjoy some lunch and discover the new library in your community.


Events for Adults


drydaysCommunity Voices Series  learn how to help your garden survive dry days!  

Surviving Dry Days:
The Best Plants & Techniques to
Keep Them Alive   
Thursday, April 11 at 6:30 p.m.   
RCPL East (CCPLE at Western Dakota Tech)  

Presented by local expert Mary Roduner 


Worried about how you will keep your garden alive this season? Mary Roduner will teach you about hardy plants that survive dry years and techniques to keep them alive.




A National Library Week Special Event
sittingbullSitting Bull: His Life & Legacy
Presented by Ernie LaPointe, great grandson of Sitting Bull 
sitting bull  
Tuesday, April 16 at 6:00 p.m.
Ernie LaPointe, the great grand son of Sitting Bull, will present a program based on his own book, "Sitting Bull - His Life and Legacy."  LaPointe will discuss his great grandfather's life and share his traditional Lakota beliefs which includes following the rules of the sacred pipe and being a sun dancer. LaPointe will also sell and sign his book. 



Lunch & Learn Series lori armstrong - merciless
loriarmstrongAuthor Talk with Lori Armstrong
Wednesday, April 17   

Noon - 1:00 p.m. 

RCPL Downtown (Meeting Room B) 



Lunch & Learn features local mystery and erotic fiction author Lori Armstrong. She will discuss her latest book, Merciless, that features FBI agent Mercy Gunderson. This time the story is set on the Eagle River Reservation where the victim is the teenage niece of the recently elected tribal president. She will also discuss her writing and how she has arrived at this point in her successful career as an author.


For a lunch provided by the Friends of the Library, register by noon on April 15th; call 394-4171 or register online from our Events Calendar.


Rushmore Readers Book Discussion

Thursday, April 18 from 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.   

RCPL Downtown (Hoyt Room)


This book discussion is open to the public. 
Join us to discuss what you've been reading!


Followed by the monthly Friends of the Library meeting at 4:30 p.m.  

Join us and become a member of the Friends today!    



poetryPoets Coffeehouse & Poetry Contest
poets coffeehouse and contest  
Friday, April 19 at 7 p.m.    
RCPL Downtown (Solarium)

In conjunction with the 13th annual
High Plains Writers poetry contest.  


$100 in Cash & Prizes!



Join us to share your poetry! Writers may enter the contest or just sign up to read. Register for a spot from the Library's online events calendar or call 394-6139.
Registration the night of the event will also be accepted. 
Deadline for submission is 4 p.m. on Monday, April 15, 2013.


1. Submit one poem (50 lines or less) in any style to: Rapid City Public Library Attn: Jason Walker, 610 Quincy St. Rapid City, SD 57701
or submit by Email to: jwalker@rcplib.org.


2. Include name and contact information

  •  If emailing, put poem in the body of an email.
  •  Attachments that do not open or contain questionable file
     types will be excluded.
  •  Any entry over 50 lines will be discarded.
  •  Any poet who submits more than one poem will be disqualified.

Winners will be announced at this event. Participants are not required to be present to win. If not present, winning entries will be read by a member of HPW. Submissions become the property of High Plains
Writers and may be used in HPW promotions. Authors retain all rights.



salvage the bones
Off the Shelf Book Club 
"Salvage the Bones"
by Jesmyn Ward

Saturday, April 20
1:00 p.m. at RCPL East
(CCPLE at Western Dakota Tech) 



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. Monthly selections are also available for download from our website. For more info, visit RCPL-Off the Shelf on Goodreads.com.



It Came From the Library...Film Series


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


Join us for a big-screen movie night complete with refreshments! Check out this 1963 American Classic starring Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn.


Upcoming Features

May: Men in Black III

Events for Children and Families

norwegian day norwegiandayA National Library Week Event
Norwegian Day at the Library
Sunday, April 14 from 1-3 p.m.
RCPL Downtown

The Sons of Norway will celebrate "Norwegian Day at the Library" with a Viking theme. There will be crafts, storytelling, dancing, painting on hands, traditional treats and a woodcarver.  


Story Time at RCPL
Story Time Schedule

Book Buddies (preschool ages)  

Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m.
RCPL Downtown

Tiny Tales  (all ages)
Wednesdays at 9:00 a.m.RCPL East

(CCPLE in Western Dakota Tech)

Baby Bookworms (ages birth-3 yrs.)

Thursdays at 9:30 a.m.
RCPL Downtown




Arts & Crafts Afternoons

Wednesdays, April 10 & 24
1:30 - 3:00 - RCPL North (in General Beadle)
A great way to spend time on Early Release Wednesday afternoons! We always offers fun crafts and activities!

Events for Teens
createaclassicCreate a Classic
Adventures in Collaborative Writing 
Thursday, April 18 
3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
RCPL Downtown

Teens - Start a story with the
opening line from a classic
young adult book and work with other teens to create a unique story. Team members will take turns adding to different stories.
Light refreshments will be served. 


Gaming Days
Join us to play with Laptops, Wii & Xbox Kinect!

Gaming Days are held on the 1st & 3rd Tuesdays at RCPL East (in WDT) from 3:30 - 5 p.m. Gaming Days are also offered at RCPL North.   

(see our Event Calendar for a schedule)  



Tuesdays, April 2 & 16 from 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.

RCPL North (at General Beadle)
Wednesday, April 17 from 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.



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The Rapid City Public Libraries have served the Rapid City area since 1879 and now offers three library locations.  All 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."