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December 2013

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610 Quincy Street

Rapid City, SD  57701

(605) 394-4171


M-Th:  9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Fri-Sat: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sun.: Noon to 6 p.m.



10 Van Buren Street

(in Gen. Beadle School)

Rapid City, SD  57701
(605) 716-4098


Mon-Th:  2:45  to 7 p.m.
Friday:    2:45  to 5 p.m.
Sat.:  9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sun.:  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.  
Fri.: 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 December/January

Tuesday, December 24
RCPL North & East | Closed
RCPL Downtown closes early at 3 p.m.

Wednesday, December 25
All locations closed

Tuesday, December 31
RCPL North & East | Closed
RCPL Downtown closes early at 3 p.m.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014
All locations closed

Rapid City Public Libraries  
2014 New Hours of Operation
RCPL Online at 
(available wherever you are) 24/7

RCPL Downtown
Monday-Thursday | 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Friday & Saturday | 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday | 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

RCPL East (in WDT)
Monday-Thursday | 7:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Friday | 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
Saturday | 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
Sunday | 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

RCPL North
(in General Beadle School)
Monday-Thursday | 2:45 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 
Friday | 2:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
Saturday | 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
Sunday | 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Nominate your favorite book for a
Patron's Choice Award 

If you've ever wanted to share your favorite reads with other library patrons, here's your chance. To nominate a book, tag your favorite books in the catalog. To browse nominated books, search for books tagged "Patron's Choice Award." If browsing the stacks is more your style, just look for books on the shelves with this award sticker.
for Adults


harpHarp Concert
with Arjun & Aparna Ayyangar

December 2
6:30 p.m.

RCPL Downtown

Fifteen-year-old Arjun and eleven-year-old Aparna Ayyangar will perform a holiday concert. Both have won many awards for their musical skills and have performed at national and international venues. Arjun is currently a student at SDSM&T; Aparna attends Southwest Middle School.

Arjun and Aparna perform frequently at Atlanticare Regional Medical Center in Pomona, NJ as part of the hospital's Creative Arts Healing Program. 

Foundation Event  
foundationWood that Sings: Playable Art  
Dr. David Lang

Tuesday, December 3 
7 p.m. at RCPL Downtown

Beautifully-built instruments bring joy to both the player and the listener. Rapid City surgeon David Lang has a passion for building beautiful guitars. You are invited to an informative evening on the art of guitar-making: its history, science and building process. Don't miss this inside view into Wood that Sings: Playable Art.

Wine and cheese reception at 7 p.m.
$10 suggested donation

To RSVP, please email 
It Came from the Library Film Series
Monday, December 9   
6 p.m.
 at RCPL Downtown
(meeting room B)
This popular 2003 holiday movie stars Will Farrell as one of Santa's elves who learns of his true identity as a human and goes to New York City to meet his biological father, spreading Christmas cheer in a world of cynics as he goes.  




Community Voices Series  
Thursday, December 12 
6:30 p.m.
at RCPL Downtown (upstairs) 

Custer resident, retired pastor and balloon enthusiast Arley Fadness has written a new book, "Balloons Aloft: Flying South Dakota Skies." Arley will share with us the fascinating history of ballooning in South Dakota.
Hear eyewitness accounts of the launches, crashes and landings of Explorer I and II out of the Stratobowl, as well as the SkyLab I and SkyLab II, Manhigh and Excelsior flights which helped prepare the U.S. for space travel.


concertLunch & Learn Series

Concert with Kenny Putnam, Boyd Bristow
and Paul Larson

Monday, December 16
Noon - 1 p.m
at RCPL Downtown

Back by popular demand, musicians Kenny Putnam and Boyd Bristow will perform their annual holiday concert at the downtown library. This year they will be joined by cowboy musician Paul Larson. Paul is a native of southern Minnesota who now makes his home near Rochford. He is known for his baritone voice and cowboy yodel. Kenny and Boyd recently appeared on his newest CD, "Home." Look for selections from the CD as well as cowboy and holiday favorites. Don't miss this special appearance by these three talented friends!  

For a lunch provided by the Friends of the Library, please register by noon on Friday, December 13 by calling 605-394-4171 or
register online
.This event will be held upstairs in the Youth Services area instead of Meeting Room B. Even if you don't register for a lunch, there will be cookies and coffee available for everyone, as well as plenty of seating. 


for Children and Families

petstorytimePaws to Read @ the Library
Reading with Rhett the Pet Partners Dog
Saturday, December 7 
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

Gaming Days Gaming at RCPL
December 10 & 17  
3:30 - 5:00 p.m. 

December 18 
1:30 - 3 p.m.
RCPL North (General Beadle)
Need something to do after school or on an Early Release Wednesday? We offer many different types of games.
Check our Event Calendar for a list of dates.


crafts Arts & Crafts Afternoon 
Wednesday, December 11 
1:30 - 3 p.m. 
RCPL North 

Join us for a creative afternoon of crafts and fun.



Story Time Schedule

Book Buddies (Preschool Ages)
Tuesdays at RCPL Downtown at 9:30 a.m.
Tiny Tales (All Ages)

Wednesdays at RCPL East at 9:00 a.m.

(no Tiny Tales story times on December 25 or January 1) 


Baby Bookworms (Birth-3 Yrs.)

Thursdays at RCPL Downtown at 9:30 a.m.  






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."