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May 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.
Fri:    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. 
Sat: 9 am. to 5 p.m. 
Sun: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. 

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Library Holiday Hours

Rapid City Public Libraries locations will be closed
May 24, 25 & 26 in observance of Memorial Day.
summerreadingSummer Reading Kick-Off Party

Saturday, May 31
10 a.m. RCPL-Downtown
2 p.m.RCPL East (at WDT)
The Summer Reading Kick-Off is here with a Fizz and a Boom! Make juggling balls & noisemakers, enjoy snacks and more!

Children will have the opportunity to perform hands-on experiments with the School of Mines Chemistry Club led by Professor Justin Meyer. Rock out to the Peanut Butter and Jelly Jam Band featuring Scott Grote and Paul Peterson. Enjoy root beer floats. Pick up your summer reading log and a bookmark listing all the summer reading events. See you there!

Featured Resource: Book-a-Librarian
Need help downloading books to your eReader or tablet? You can get one-on-one help by scheduling a meeting with a librarian. Meetings can be scheduled to get assistance with setting up free email accounts or Facebook accounts, learning computer basics, researching a topic using the library's online resources, and for help using a template to create a cover letter or résumé. To schedule your appointment, visit our website (www.rapidcitylibrary.org). Select 'Contact Us', then 'Book-a-Librarian'.

for Adults
One Book South Dakota 2014 Book DiscussionOBSD  
Dakota: A Spiritual Geography
Sunday, May 4
1-3 p.m. at RCPL Downtown (Hoyt Room)
Dakota: A Spiritual Geography is the 2014 selection for both North
and South Dakota.
According to the SD Humanities Council website: The humanities councils in North and South Dakota will engage residents in literary programming based on Norris' New York Times bestselling book, in which she paints "a fine portrait of the High Plains and its people as well as a very personal memoir of a spiritual awakening," according to Publishers Weekly.

Enjoy a book discussion with Kathy Antonen prior to the visit by author Kathleen Norris. Ms. Norris will be at the Rapid City Public Libraries downtown location on Sunday, June 15 at 1:00 p.m. to read from "Dakota", speak a little bit about her work, take questions from the audience, and sign books afterwards.
Community Voices Seriescommunityvoices  

Have a Boat? Neither Do I.
Shore Fishing Opportunities in the Black Hills
Presented by Scott Olson 
Thursday, May 8     
6:00 p.m.
RCPL Downtown (upstairs) 

It's easy to see the advantage that having a fishing boat presents for anglers, but what about those of us who don't have a boat? Explore the many opportunities for shore fishing in the Black Hills as well as what rods, line and lures to use to maximize your chances of catching fish. Come check out the presentation and see the gear.
Friends of the Library
Book Discussion Group
Thursday, May 15
3:00 - 4:30 p.m.
RCPL Downtown (Hoyt Room)
Join others who love to read and talk about your favorite books, magazines, etc. Anyone who likes to read is encouraged to attend. Refreshments will be served.

A Friends of the Library meeting will follow at 4:30 p.m.
For more information, call Nick Lucas at 341-5866 or Pat Handel at 343-2792.
Poetry Reading & Book Signing
by Poet Christine Stewart-Nuñez
Sunday, May 18
1 p.m.
RCPL Downtown (Meeting Room B)

Christine Stewart-Nuñez is the author of "Snow, Salt, Honey" (2012); "Keeping Them Alive" (2011); "Postcard on Parchment" (2008); "Unbound & Branded" (2006); and "The Love of Unreal Things" (2005). Her piece "An Archeology of Secrets" was a Notable Essay in Best American Essays 2012. Her work has appeared in such magazines as Arts & Letters, North American Review, Prairie Schooner and Shenandoah. She teaches at South Dakota State University.

Nature Photography image copyright Ted Ayers
Presented by Ted Ayers

Monday, May 19
6:30 - 8 p.m.
RCPL East  (Community Room)
Ted has been involved in photography for over 65 years. It is one of his most passionate avocations along with hiking and backpacking. He has traveled to many parts of the world including Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Great Britain, Norway, Europe, and Asia including two trips to the Himalayas of Nepal.

image copyright Ted Ayers Ted's presentation will include a brief discussion of the challenges and rewards of wildlife and nature photography and his personal approach to the subject matter. A 40-minute audio visual presentation of some of his favorite images captured over the past few years will highlight his program. Ample time will be available for questions and answers.

Lunch and Learn Serieslunchandlearncathie
101 Ways to Water Wisely
Presented by local Master Gardener Cathie Draine
Wednesday, May 21
Noon - 1 p.m.
RCPL Downtown (meeting room B)

Find out how to capture and use rainwater, irrigate wisely and keep good levels of moisture in the soil - even in the heat of
summer. This program offers something for everyone with an emphasis on practicing inexpensive strategies and using items that are easy for homeowners to make.  
For a lunch provided by the Friends of the Library, registration is open from May 1 until noon on Monday, May 19; call 394-4171 or register online from the Events Calendar on our website.

Foundation Events
foundationbeesThe Mysterious Lives of Bees   
Presented by Jerry Owen 

Tuesday, May 6
7:00 p.m. RCPL Downtown

Local beekeeper Jerry Owens will present a talk on the mysterious lives of bees, their benefits to the garden, how to become a beekeeper, and proper use of insecticides. 

Wine and cheese reception at 7 pm. $10 suggested donation. Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP, to andrea@rcplfoundation.org.
Upcoming Foundation Event in June
The RCPL Foundation presents:
The Black Hills Celtic Society
Tuesday, June 3
7:00 p.m.
RCPL Downtown

Join us for an evening of Celtic history in the Black Hills, tartans, and bagpipes. $10 Suggested donation.Wine and cheese reception. Please RSVP by emailing andrea@rcplfoundation.org.

for Children and Families
Paws to Read @ the Librarypawstoread

Saturday, May 3
 paws to read
1 - 3 p.m.
RCPL Downtown  
Six children will have the opportunity to read with Rhett, a 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 Day Gaming at RCPL       

Wednesday, May 7
1:30 - 3 p.m.
RCPL North (General Beadle)

We offer many different types of games including an Xbox 360 with Kinect, Wiis and laptops!


Arts & Crafts Afternoons

Tuesdays, May 6 & 20 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
at RCPL East

Wednesday, May 14
1:30 - 3:00 p.m. at RCPL North

Join us for creative afternoons full of crafts and fun!  

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. *


Baby Bookworms (Birth-3 Yrs.)

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

* NOTE: Tiny Tales story time will move to Mondays at 9:30 from June 2nd to August 18th.  

for Teens

Learn to Knitteen
Tuesday, May 13
3:30-5:00 p.m. 
RCPL Downtown

One of our most popular programs is back! Learn to knit a simple garter-stitch scarf. Click on the Events Calendar link on our website to sign up. Supplies provided. Limit 15.





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."