610 Quincy Street
Rapid City, SD 57701
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
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.
CCPLE at WDT
800 Mickelson Dr.
(at Western Dakota Tech)
Rapid City, SD 57703
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.
RCPL is now on Pinterest!
Some of our boards include Staff Picks, Graphic Novels, and Crafts, and some are just for fun!
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.
Grand Opening of RCPL East Branch
Saturday, April 20
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
RCPL East (CCPLE at WDT)
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
Community Voices Series
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
Sitting Bull: His Life & Legacy
Presented by Ernie LaPointe, great grandson of 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
Author 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!
Poets Coffeehouse & Poetry Contest
Friday, April 19 at 7 p.m.
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.Deadline for submission is 4 p.m. on Monday, April 15, 2013.
Registration the night of the event will also be accepted.
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: email@example.com.
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.
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.
May: Men in Black III
Events for Children and Families
A National Library Week Event
Norwegian Day at the Library
Sunday, April 14 from 1-3 p.m.
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 Schedule
Book Buddies (preschool ages)
Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m.
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.
Wednesdays, April 10 & 24
Arts & Crafts Afternoons
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
Create a Classic
Adventures in Collaborative Writing
Thursday, April 18
3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
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.
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.
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.