Looking for more than just a good book? Here’s how the Rapid City Public Library can help

RAPID CITY, S.D. – The Rapid City Public Library (RCPL) is a free resource that anyone in Pennington County can use, and it’s filled with plenty of stories to explore cover to cover.

While people tend to think of libraries as just a place to borrow books, they also provide other items that can be borrowed, like movies, or resources you can use while there.

Makerspace Art“Whether it’s Library Card Sign-Up Month or not, I just want to encourage people to come and check out the library because it’s really going to surprise you how much that we offer that are not just books,” Public Relations Coordinator Laurinda Tapper said.

One stop while at the library could be the Makerspace.

“We have numerous hardware and software in the Makerspace that we can train people how to use if they come into the library while we’re open,” RCPL Events Coordinator Aly Quinn said. “And then they can take those skills and apply them into real world situations, either for their own small businesses or for their own jobs as well,”

Activities and Resources at Rapid City Public Library:

  • Scheduled events 

    • Teen Crafternoon and Teen #FandomFriday
      • Alternate each Friday in the Community Room, 3:30 – 5 p.m.
    • Gentle Chair Yoga with Sol Yoga Collective
      • Oct. 3 and 17, 10:30 – 11:15 a.m. in the Community Room
    • Level Up! – Teen Gaming Night
      • Oct. 10 and 24, 4 – 6 p.m. in Youth Services
      • Schedule subject to change – visit the library’s website to stay updated
    • Little Owl Tuesday Story Time
      • Every Tuesday, 9:30 – 10 a.m. in the Community Room
    • Baby Bumblebee Thursday Story Time
      • Every Thursday, 9:30 – 10 a.m.
        • Designed for ages birth to three and families, but anyone can go.
    • A number of other activities in October are already scheduled and the schedule can change, so stay up to date by visiting the library’s website.

Books and Stories

You can search the library catalog on their website as well as look through the different categories set up. Some choices might include:

  • Featured
  • What’s Popular?
  • New Fiction
  • New Nonfiction
  • Download & Stream
  • Children
  • Teen
  • Book Clubs
  • New York Times Best Sellers

The library also offers digital reading-friendly options as well. Cardholders can send eBooks to a Kindle or Kindle-reading app along with the ability to download the Libby app for another way to access eBooks, audio books, and magazines.

Internet Access

    • Search the library catalog
    • Play online games
    • Pay bills
    • Apply for jobs
    • Work on documents like resumes and cover letters
    • Connect with family on social media platforms
  • For Kids

    • Kids book section – second floor
    • TumbleBooks, BookFLix, and ebooks
    • Dial-A Story
      • Call 605-574-7477 at anytime to hear a new story each week, which is read by the library’s story tellers
    • Homework help
    • Online Games
      • The library has links to websites such as Lego, NASA, PBS Kids, Seussville, and more.
    • Early Learning and Early Reading materials
    • Parenting Materials
      • Available for checkout
  • For Teens

    • RCPL teens Instagram page
    • Teens book section
      • Found on second floor next to kids’ section
    • Online Games and Some Events
      • Like #FandomFridays and Teen Crafternoon
    • Homework Help and Live Tutor
  • Makerspace

    • Open during normal library hours
      • Monday – Thursday, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
      • Friday – Sunday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    • Fees are charged for certain materials like 3D printer filament, adhesive vinyl, laminate based on the amount used
      • Machines themselves are free to use
    • Resources
      • 3D Printing
        • Creates models and prototypes with printed plastics
      • Laser Engraving
        • Cut or engrave wood, plexiglass and leather (You can bring in your own items)
      • Vinyl Cutting
        • Create logos, lettering and signs
      • Large Format Printing
        • Print Posters, maps and banners 36 inches wide
      • Lamination
        • Protect documents and signs up to 27 inches wide
      • Other Resources
        • Like design software, sewing machines, iron, soldering irons, knitting needles/crochet hooks, embroidery hoops, jewelry making tools, stamp making tools, leather working tools, and heat gun
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