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January 2014

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610 Quincy Street

Rapid City, SD  57701

(605) 394-4171


M-Th:  9 a.m. to 7 p.m.  
Fri-Sat: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sun: 1 p.m. to 5 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.:  1 p.m. to 5 p.m.


800 Mickelson Dr.  

Rapid City, SD  57703

(605) 718-2904


M-Th: 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.  
Fri.: 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
Saturday: 9 am. to 5 p.m. 
Sunday: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. 

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Holiday Hours in January

Wednesday, January 1, 2014
All locations closed

Rapid City Public Libraries  
2014 New Hours of Operation


Available 24/7

RCPL Downtown - 610 Quincy St. 
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 at WDT
- 800 Mickelson Dr. 
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) - 10 Van Buren St. 
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.

Digital Device Drop-In Week
January 5-11dropin
Did you get a new eReader, tablet or smartphone for Christmas?

Would you like assistance getting it set up so you can access the many digital resources available to you with your library card? Drop in any time during the week of January 5-11 and receive expert help from a librarian.

featuredresourcesFeatured Resources
The libraries are pleased to offer two new online resources in 2014:

Signing Savvy

Signing Savvy is a sign language dictionary containing several thousand high-resolution videos of American Sign Language (ASL) signs, fingerspelled words, and other common signs used within the United
States and Canada. Signing Savvy includes the ability to build custom wordlists and share them with others, create virtual flash cards and quizzes, print signs, build sign phrases, and much more!
Try Signing Savvy

Atomic Training


Atomic Training features on-demand video instruction on computer software and social networking including Microsoft Office, Adobe and Apple software, web design, Facebook, Wordpress and more. The user can take a complete course or find and access video snippets to learn a specific software function. Try Atomic Training
for Adults
Thursday, January 9  
6:00 p.m.
at RCPL Downtown (upstairs) 

In 2011 Tass Thacker and Bruce B. Junek bicycled for 3 months across China. The couple captured over 60,000 photographs, and created their Land of the Dragon slide program from the trip.

In just over a year it has already been shown to 35,000 students in 73 schools, and also at community events and festivals across the U.S. During the trip Bruce also shot 200 hours of video using a variety of cameras. Bruce is now editing the video and has just completed a short trailer for their upcoming feature length documentary, "Bruce & Tass Bicycle China."

Bruce and Tass will discuss the filming and editing of the documentary and show the trailer. "The documentary is completely different from our slide program in theme and content," says Bruce. "It is a behind the scenes view of our adventures. Much more gritty and intimate, and also humorous, inspiring, wacky and surprising - just like China."


Lunch & Learn Serieslunchandlearn

A Blessing Where it Falls

Wednesday, January 15
Noon - 1 p.m
at RCPL Downtown

"Like rain we can accept change as a blessing where it falls or we can fight it and try to make it go somewhere else." The most valuable resource in the world is not oil or gold. It's water. Yet we treat it in strange ways and act like it has little or no value. That's one of the unexpected conclusions writer Ken Steinken reached over the last decade as he did research for a book about plans to build a new coal train line through South Dakota.

Steinken will share some of his discoveries and how they influenced plans to build Trinity Eco Prayer Park. Park plans changed to allow rainwater runoff from adjacent properties into the park as a valuable resource instead of seeing it as a nuisance. The presentation is sponsored by the South Dakota Humanities Council.

For a lunch provided by the Friends of the Library, please register by noon on Monday, January 13 by calling 605-394-4171 or
register online.


Friends of the Library Book Discussion Group 
Thursday, January 16 books  
3 - 4:30 p.m. at RCPL Downtown (Hoyt Room)

Join us to discuss what you've been reading! 

Coming in Februaryfoundation
Presented by the Library Foundation

Shakuhachi Sounds 
Presented by RCPL Director, Jim McShane 

Tuesday, February 4
7:00 p.m. 
at RCPL-Downtown

"Libraries are about life, so librarians should be interested in everything."

Wise words from new Rapid City Public Libraries Director, Jim McShane. Self-described as an existential meliorist, Jim became interested in the Japanese shakuhachi flute. Come spend an evening with him as he talks about his life and his interest in the shakuhachi.

Wine and cheese reception at 7pm. $10 suggested donation. 
To RSVP, please email


for Children and Families

Paws to Read @ the Librarypaws

Saturday, January 4
1 - 3 p.m.

Six children will have the opportunity to read with Rhett, a R.E.A.D. (Reading Education Assistance Dog) and his handler Madonna Goodart at the downtown library. Please register your child on the library website from our Event Calendar. Children registered must be able to read.

Gaming Days Gaming at RCPL
January, 7 & 21   
3:30 - 5:00 p.m. 
RCPL East at WDT
(Joint Library at Western Dakota Tech)

January 29
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.


Arts & Crafts Afternoon
Wednesday, January 8 
1:30 - 3 p.m. at RCPL North 

Join us for a creative afternoon of crafts and fun!  


No School Discovery Days!discoverydays

Friday, January 17
Presented by the Black Hills Poultry Society

10 a.m. at RCPL Downtown
2 p.m. at RCPL North

The Black Hills Poultry Society will bring a variety of types of poultry for participants to check out. They will discuss how to raise and show poultry and there will be new baby chicks to meet and greet.

Monday, January 20
Humane Society of the Black Hills

10 a.m. at RCPL Downtown
2 p.m. at RCPL North

The Humane Society of the Black Hills will share information about their services and resources and a couple of owners who have adopted dogs from the shelter will bring them and tell their stories. We will also make a simple cat toy that will be taken back to the shelter. Those who attend are encouraged to bring items from the Humane Society's wish list. The wish list can be found online at:


Story Time ScheduleStory Time at RCPL

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 story time on January 1 


Baby Bookworms (Birth-3 Yrs.)

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


for Teens

Rubber Band Braceletsteen
Tuesday, January 14
3:30-5:00 p.m. 
RCPL Downtown

Teens are invited to get together at the Downtown Library to make rubber band bracelets, the newest craze in teen crafting! You will learn how to upcycle common items to avoid spending money on costly loom kits.
All supplies will be provided. 






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."