Friday, July 4 
All Rapid City Public Library locations will be closed for Independence Day.




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610 Quincy Street

Rapid City, SD  57701

(605) 394-6139


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 7p.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. 
July 2014

Everyone has a story and their own unique expertise! The Community Knowledge Project aims to bring together a searchable collection of local community members with various expertise. Once in place, you'll be able to find local
community resources in the library catalog in the same way you currently search for books and movies.

To contact the mentor, click the link in the catalog record for the mentor, fill out the short form, and library staff will notify the mentor to contact you.

To launch this project, the Rapid City Public Libraries are seeking mentors on everything from banjo music to romance novels. If you are knowledgeable about a subject and interested in becoming a mentor, please visit our website and fill out the survey for community mentors. When people want to meet with you, library staff will notify you to contact the person who is requesting the meeting.


Summer BBQ & Concert by The Lonely Rangers
Thursday, July 24 
5 p.m. Cookout 
6 p.m. Concert

at RCPL North
Like BBQ's, music and good company? The Rapid City Public Libraries will host a BBQ and musical event.
We will serve hot dogs, burgers, chips, veggies & lemonade.

After the barbecue, stay for a concert by The Lonely Rangers featuring Johnny Sundby and Scott Grote. With a songlist including favorites from the 50s to today, and some original material, The Lonely Rangers' laid back country-rock style is
sure to please. 

Quick Pick Picnic 
Wednesday, July 16
12 - 1:30 p.m.
RCPL Downtown (Hoyt Room)

What have you been reading this summer? Discuss your summer picks with others who love to read.

For a lunch provided by the Friends of the Library, call 394-4171 or register online from the Events Calendar on our website. Registration is open from Tuesday, July 1 until noon on Monday, July 14.




Jerry Barlow Concert
Celtic Fingerstyle Guitarist and Storyteller Performance
Sunday, July 27
2 p.m.
RCPL Downtown (meeting room B)

Jerry's program showcases not only his virtuoso guitar skills, but also his outstanding storytelling ability, as he relates the history, legend and humor behind the music he plays. He also sings a bit, sometimes in Gaelic, further immersing the audience in this wonderful tradition. His expressive arrangements of lively jigs, spirited reels, and haunting airs is described as music to soothe the soul, warm the
heart and lift the spirit. Watch a clip from his website for a preview! (
The RCPL Foundation presents:

foundation1South Dakota's Population is Changing!
Presented by Sid Goss, Professor Emeritus, SDSM&T

Tuesday, July 1
7 p.m.
RCPL Downtown (meeting room B)

Sid Goss, Professor Emeritus, SDSM&T will lead us in an examination of South Dakota's past and present, and take a look at projections for future population changes. How do birth and death rates, migration, race, gender and age factors affect us?
$10 Suggested donation. Wine and cheese reception.
Please RSVP by visiting the Event Calendar on our website.


Upcoming Foundation Event in August

foundation2Paranormal Investigating in the Black Hills 
Presented by the Black Hills Paranormal Group
Tuesday, August 5 
7 p.m.
RCPL Downtown (meeting room B)

Come and listen to authentic firsthand accounts of paranormal activity throughout the Black Hills and surrounding communities by those who actually conduct the investigations. They will be discussing a few of their more "interesting" experiences as well as a few recent investigations and their findings.

$10 Suggested donation. Wine and cheese reception. Please RSVP by visiting the Event Calendar on our website. 

Summer Reading Events
Book Walk
"Hedgie Blasts Off" by Jan Brett

Saturday, July 26 
9 a.m. - noon at the Bike Path by Founder's Park

As a part of Summer Reading
2014, stroll along the path and
read "Hedgie Blasts Off" by Jan
Brett as you go.


Steve Weeks Concert 
Thursday, July 31
10 a.m. at RCPL Downtown 
2 p.m.
at RCPL North
Enjoy a 45-minute to an hour interactive show filled with music, humor and games for young kids and their families. Although music was a childhood passion, Steve says his career in independent kids (or Kindie) music was forged through happenstance. A self-taught musician, he found himself composing a series of songs for his own children's pre-school curriculum a few years ago. The songs were well-received, and his reputation grew from a network of friends outward, eventually making Weeks' music a staple on the national children's music scene: "The whole thing grew very organically."

See our Summer Reading Website for details on all our summer reading programs for kids, teens and adults as well as downloads and videos!

Don't forget to turn in your 50-day reading logs on July 19th! If you need another reading log, pick one up at any library location or download one from our website! The last day to turn in reading logs is August 25th.

Don't miss our special story times this month!

Weekly Story Time Schedule
Story Time at RCPL

Tiny Tales (All Ages) 
Mondays at RCPL East at 9:30 a.m.

Book Buddies
(Preschool Ages)
Tuesdays at RCPL Downtown at 9:30 a.m.  
Summer Story Time (All Ages) 
Wednesdays at RCPL North at 9:30 a.m.


Baby Bookworms (Birth-3 Yrs.)

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



Image courtesy of
İLesley DeSantis


Yoga Story Time
Friday, July 11

10 a.m. RCPL Downtown 


This is an active story time for children in kindergarten through early elementary grades. We will explore yoga stretches and movement as we listen to a story. 





Teddy Bear Story Times 

Teddy Bear Story Times are special story times hosted by the Orlando Chamber Soloists. Children will have the unique opportunity to enjoy a classic children's story accompanied by live classical music and are invited to bring a teddy bear. Children will also have the opportunity to experience a musical petting zoo.

(OCS website)

July 1, 8 & 15
9:30 a.m.
at RCPL Downtown 


July 2, 9 & 16
9:30 a.m.
RCPL North



familyconcertFamily Concert 

Tuesday, July 22

9:30 a.m.

RCPL North  




Farmer Minor Story Time 
Wednesday, July 23  Farmer Minor
9:30 a.m.
RCPL North 
(in General Beadle School)

Don't miss this special story time with Farmer Minor, two pugs and a pot-bellied pig! Farmer Minor has charmed audiences with his story times across the U.S. for years.  






Family Adventure Scavenger Hunts

Scout the Rapid City Public Libraries in search of answers to 10 questions. There is a scavenger hunt at each of our three locations. Do one hunt, or all three! Return your completed Family Adventure Booklet(s) to any Rapi

d City Public Library location for a prize! Completed booklets go into a drawing for prizes at the end of the summer. The last day to turn in Family Adventure Scavenger Hunt booklets is August 25th.


Download Scavenger Hunt Booklets

RCPL North 


for Teens


Teen Summer Reading Program



All Teen Summer Reading activities are open to participants between the ages of 12-17. Those ages 18 and up are encouraged to participate in the Adult Summer Reading Program.


This summer, reading = prizes for teens! Teens earn one entry in the end of the summer prize drawing for every 250 pages read. Participants must submit one entry form every time he/she reads 250 pages of any book or combination of books. Entry forms can be turned in at any of our three locations in exchange for a series of small prizes and one grand prize entry. Teens can earn a total of eight entries in the end of the summer prize drawing by reading 1,250 pages and completing all three activities. Pick up Teen Reading Logs at any RCPL location or download them from our Summer Reading Website.


readinRead-In @ the Library (June & July) 
Teens can earn one entry in the Teen Summer Reading drawing by reading for an hour at the library from June 1-July 31, 2014.
Teens must check in at the Youth Services desk at the Downtown Library when they arrive, read at the library for one hour, and check out with the librarian at the Youth Services desk to earn completion credit.

Participants must complete the entire hour at one time and the last day to do so is July 31.Teens may only complete this activity one time to earn a summer reading drawing entry. Winners will be contacted during the week of August 25, 2014 and will be randomly chosen from all entries for $25, $50, and $75 Best Buy gift cards provided by the
Friends of the Library.

QRhuntQR Code Library Scavenger Hunt (July) 

Teens can earn one entry in the Teen Summer Reading prize drawing by completing a QR code scavenger hunt at the Downtown Library.

The scavenger hunt can be completed any time from July 1-31, 2014. Each participant must provide his or her own tablet, smartphone, or other
device capable of reading QR codes for the scavenger hunt.

Completed entry forms must be turned in at the Youth Services desk by the end of the day on July 31.





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."