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
(in Gen. Beadle School)
Rapid City, SD 57701
Mon-Th: 2:45 to 7 p.m.
Friday: 2:45 to 5 p.m.
Sat.: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday: Noon to 5 p.m.
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 on Pinterest! Our boards include Staff Picks, Graphic Novels, Crafts, and ones just for fun!
RCPL Downtown will close early at 3 p.m. on
Thursday, October 17 in preparation for the
Friends of the Library book sale.
Policy Change: Unattended Children
The Rapid City Public Libraries' Board and staff hope that children and parents find the libraries inviting and enjoyable and will visit often.
Sunday Concert Series
Effective October 1, 2013, children 8 and under must be under the direct supervision of a responsible party age 16 or older.
At RCPL North, the policy is in effect on weekends and after 5:30 p.m. on weekdays. This policy was adopted in the interest of children's safety as well as for the benefit of other library patrons.
Fall Book Sale
Friday & Saturday,
October 18 & 19
9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
RCPL Downtown (upstairs)
Don't miss this huge annual sale! Available for purchase will be a large selection of books, CDs, DVDs and more! Get 2 for 1 on Saturday from 3-6 p.m. Proceeds from this sale benefit the Rapid City Public Libraries. If you are interested in being a member of the Friends of the Library, visit our website
October is Family History Month Saturday, October 12 from 1-4 p.m.
Representatives of different heritage related groups such as the Black Hills Celtic Society and the Germans from Russia will be available upstairs at the downtown library. Stop in and ask questions that might help you on your journey to find those family clues.
Sunday, October 6
Van Nuys Family Band
2 - 3 p.m. at RCPL Downtown
Descendants of the Bower Family Band, a pioneer band in the mid-1880s, The Van Nuys Family Band performs a variety of American Roots Music.
Sunday, October 13
Jami Lynn & Dylan James
2 - 3 p.m. at RCPL Downtown
Black Hills duo Jami Lynn & Dylan James combine Jami's vocals and finger picking with Dylan's flat-picking skills, old-time fiddling and tenor voice to bring you their unique mix of traditional American folk songs, bluegrass and jazz.
Sunday, October 20
Classical Guitarist Peter Fletcher
2 - 3:30 p.m. at RCPL Downtown
Peter Fletcher began his guitar studies at age 9. He has studied at the University of Georgia and the Eastman School of Music. Rapid City is one stop on a nationwide tour to promote his new Edvard Grieg CD in which he wrote the guitar transcriptions. He will perform works from this CD as well as works from other composers.
Sunday, October 27
Mike Lemay & Michaelia Kendall
2 - 3 p.m. at RCPL Downtown
Mike has been playing mandolin for almost 30 years with various groups. Mike and Michaelia have been playing music together since the summer of 2012. They play everything from traditional Celtic to Coldplay and quite a bit in between at venues all around the surrounding area.
Called Again: A Story of Love and Triumph
Presented by Jennifer Pharr Davis
Thursday, October 10
6:30 p.m. at RCPL East
(WDT - 800 Mickelson Dr.)
Jennifer Pharr Davis is an author, speaker, and three-time Appalachian Trail thru-hiker. Her latest book, Called Again, chronicles her 2011 record-breaking trek, completing the Appalachian Trail in 46 days. Join us for this world-class athlete's inspiring story of adventure, hardship, pain and triumph.
Lunch & Learn
A Tour of Ancestry.com
Presented by June Beason
Wednesday, October 9
at RCPL Downtown (meeting room B)
A member of the Rapid City Genealogical Research, June Beason will walk attendees through the process of using the ancestry.com resource available on our website. Here you can access US Census records, birth, marriage and death records, helpful forms and more. If you are just beginning to investigate your family roots or would like to get some excellent tips, this Lunch & learn program may be just what you've been looking for.
For a lunch provided by the Friends of the Library, please register by noon on Monday, October 7 by calling 605-394-4171 or register online
It Came from the Library Film Series
Monday, October 14
6 p.m. at RCPL Downtown (meeting room B)
Join us for a big-screen movie night complete with refreshments! See this 1993 Halloween favorite in which three outlandishly wild witches return from 17th -century Salem after they're accidentally conjured up by some unsuspecting kids!
This program takes place the 2nd Monday of each month from September through May at 6:00 p.m. at our downtown location in meeting room B upstairs. The line-up for the second half of the season is a surprise!
Stay tuned in December to find out about upcoming films.
November: Warm Bodies
for Children and Families
Arts and Crafts Afternoon
October 9 & 23
1:30 - 3:00 p.m. at RCPL North
Join us on some Early Release Wednesdays for arts, crafts and fun at RCPL North in General Beadle Elementary! See our Event Calendar for a list of dates.
at RCPL East
October 1 & 15from 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
at RCPL North
October 2 & 30
from 1:30 - 3 p.m.
A great way to spend some time after school on Early Release Wednesdays. We offer many different types of games. Check our Event Calendar for a list of dates.
No School Discovery Day
Monday, October 1410 - 11 a.m. at RCPL Downtown
2 - 3 p.m. at RCPL North
West Middle School students Michael Butterfield and Martin Christofferson will present this Discovery Day program doing an amazing display of yo-yo tricks. They are excited about sharing their skills with other young people.
Bring your own yo-yo if you have one so you can try out some new moves with Michael and Martin.
Paws to Read @ the Library
Reading with Rhett the Pet Partners Dog
Saturday, October 5
1 - 3 p.m. at RCPL Downtown
Would your child like to read with a handsome standard poodle named Rhett? 6 Children will have the opportunity to read with this R.E.A.D (Reading Education Assistance Dog) Certified dog and his handler, Madonna Goodart.
Rhett has been trained and tested for health, safety, skills and temperament. His mission is to help children improve their reading skills in a fun and relaxing therapeutic setting. The only requirement is that the child must be able to read.
Parents can register their child on the library website from the Event Calendar. Rhett will join us again on November 2 and December 7.
Story Time Schedule
On Tuesday, October 29 and Thursday, October 31, children attending story times are invited to dress in Halloween costumes and participate in a Trick-or-Treat parade after story time!
Tuesdays at RCPL Downtown at 9:30 a.m.
Wednesdays at RCPL East at 9:00 a.m.
Thursdays at RCPL Downtown at 9:30 a.m.
| for Teens
Teen Read Week: October 13-19
Seek the Unknown @ Your Library
Read a Book, Get a Book
During Teen Read Week, October 13-19, read a book, write a paragraph or two reviewing it, and turn it in at the Youth Services desk at the Downtown Library to get a young adult book in exchange! We will share your review on the library's teen blog. Teen librarian Lisa has been collecting some great books for prizes, so expand your own library and celebrate Teen Read Week with the Rapid City Public Libraries.
Teen Halloween Party!
Tuesday, October 25
6-8 p.m. at RCPL Downtown
Join us upstairs after the library closes for the day. We will feature spooky games, snacks and more candy than you can eat. Compete against other teens (ages 12-17) in a Halloween costume contest for your chance to win prizes provided by the Friends of the Library.