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May 2013


4 Reasons to Love Bugs in your Garden


Teen Duct Tape Workshop


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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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Holiday Hours in May
The Rapid City Public Libraries will close May 25, 26 & 27 in honor of Memorial Day. Regular hours of operation will resume on Tuesday, May 28.

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Summer Reading Program 2013 



This May, children will bring home a Reading Log and Summer Reading Bookmark from school and can begin reading on June 8th. Have your child color in a picture on the Reading Log foreach day they reador someone reads to them for at least 15 minutes. Completed Reading Logs should be signed and returned to any RCPL location so that the child can collect
prizes. Bookmarks list all summer reading events. 


The Summer Reading Program runs from June to July, so participants will have the opportunity to complete two Reading Logs - a 25 day log and a 50 day log.  The first day to turn in 25 day logs is July 2 and the first day to turn in 50 day logs is July 27. Participants who complete 50 days of reading will be entered into drawings for bigger prizes at the end of July!


Beginning in June, details about all of our Summer Reading events will be available online from our website. Reading Logs and Family Adventure Booklets will also be available from our website as downloads. Thanks to the Friends of the Library and local businesses for their support!


Special Events
Saturday, June 8 - Kick-Off Day Party
10 am at RCPL Downtown and 2 pm at RCPL East
Join us for crafts & treats! Rush mascots Digger and Nugget will be here too!


Wednesday, June 19
Indiana Bones Zombie Program & Costume Contest

6 pm Downtown - Costume Contest  l 7 pm Downtown
Zombie Program  Fun events for Teens    


Saturday, June 22
Puppet Show  "Dragon Digs: A Search for Underground Treasure"
10 am Downtownl2 pm East  Presented by Dragons are too Seldom   


Monday, July 15  - Miss "V" The Gypsy Cowbelle
10 am at RCPL Downtown l 2 pm at RCPL North
Silly music, homemade instruments & songs  


Wednesday, July 24  - Orlando Chamber Orchestra Family Concert
2 pm at RCPL North
Interactive concert for families  


Saturday, July 27 -The Magic of Reading
10 am at RCPL Downtown l 2 pm at RCPL East 
Magic Show by David Lloyd


Weekly Summer Story Time Schedule
Tiny Tales: RCPL East on Mondays at 9:30 a.m.

Book Buddies: RCPL Downtown on Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. 

Summer Story Time: RCPL North on Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m.

Baby Bookworms: RCPL Downtown on Thursdays at 9:30 a.m.


Orlando Chamber Orchestra Teddy Bear Story Times
Story times set to live classical music
RCPL Downtown: June 25, July 9 & 16 @ 9:30 am
RCPL North: June 26, July 10 & 17 @ 9:30 am
RCPL East: July 1st at 9:30 am


Family Adventure Scavenger Hunt
Family fun all summer! Pick up a Family Adventure Booklet at any RCPL Location or download one from our website beginning in June.  Families that complete the scavenger hunt will be entered into drawings for great prizes!

Events for Adults



Community Voices Series  civil war    


Civil War Battlefield Preservation
Presented by Don Balyeat    
Thursday, May 9 at 6:30 p.m.   
RCPL East (CCPLE at Western Dakota Tech)  


Don Balyeat, a Civil War battlefield conservationist, will share stories and memorabilia from his trips to battlefields and efforts to save them.


Lunch & Learn Series  ladybug
bugs4 Great Reasons to Love Bugs
in Your Garden 
Presented by Master Gardener Cathie Draine

Wednesday, May 15    

Noon - 1:00 p.m. 

RCPL Downtown (Meeting Room B)


Local expert and master gardener Cathie Draine will discuss four major advantages of bugs in your garden.For a lunch provided by the Friends of the Library, register by noon on May 13; call 394-4171 or register online from our Events Calendar.


Rushmore Readers Book Discussion

Thursday, May 16 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!    



Off the Shelf Book Club  the sojourn
"The Sojourn"
by Andrew Krivak
Saturday, May 18
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
"Men in Black III"   men in black 111


Thursday,  May 23
6:00 p.m. at RCPL Downtown


Join us for a big-screen movie night complete
with refreshments! 

 In Men in Black III, Agents J (Will Smith) and K (Tommy Lee Jones) are back...in time. When K's life and the fate of the planet are put at stake, Agent J will have to travel back in time to put things right. J discovers that there are secrets to the universe that K never told him - secrets that will reveal themselves as he teams up with the young Agent K (Josh Brolin) to save his partner, the agency and the future of humankind.


Events for Children and Families

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.

(CCPLE in Western Dakota Tech)   


Baby Bookworms (ages birth-3 yrs.)

Thursdays at 9:30 a.m.
RCPL Downtown




Arts & Crafts Afternoons
Wednesdays, May 8 & 22
1:30 - 3:00 - RCPL North (in General Beadle)
A great way to spend time on Early Release Wednesday afternoons! We always offer fun crafts and activities!

Events for Teens
ducttapeDuct Tape Workshop for Teens  

 duct tape
Tuesday, May 14  
3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
RCPL Downtown
Back by popular demand, it's the Teen Duct Tape Workshop! Join us for our most popular teen program. Teen librarian Lisa will demonstrate several crafts, or use your imagination and make your own duct tape masterpieces. All supplies will be provided. 



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)  



Tuesday, May 7 from 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.

RCPL North (at General Beadle)
Wednesdays, May 1 & 15 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."