Rapid City summer pop-up library an important resource through the season

RAPID CITY, S.D. – When you can’t make it to the Rapid City Public Library, one might just pop up in your neck of the woods.

Not even the strong winds could stop the pop-up library from making an appearance in the Robbinsdale neighborhood near the bike park Sunday afternoon. From 12-4 p.m., they set up their station for passers-by interested in any of the services that they offered.

“We will take returns back to the library so they will not have to go all the way downtown to return books,” Rapid City Public Library Bookmobile and Outreach Associate Brady Jones explained. “Checkout services, we do tech help, we have a mobile hotspot that we take with us so people can access wi-fi and the internet if they need to. And most of the time we also have a public notary that we take with us as well.”

From May through September, the library has five locations in Rapid City they frequent during the warm weather:

Pop Up Library Locations

  • Rapid Valley Common Cents, 3501 E Highway 44 (first and third Sunday)
  • Black Hills Farmers Market, 245 E Omaha Street (Saturdays)
  • Robbinsdale Bicycle Playground, 631 E Oakland St. (second and fourth Sunday)
  • Goodwill, 611 Lindbergh Avenue (second and fourth Monday)
  • Family Food Truck Night at Canyon Lake Park, 4181 Jackson Blvd. (Tuesdays)

The Common Cents, Robbinsdale, and Goodwill locations are open from 12-4 p.m. The Black Hills Farmers Market pop-up is open from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. and the Canyon Lake pop-up from 5-8 p.m.

The library also has a location in New Underwood at the New Underwood Community Center every first and third Monday from 12-4:00 p.m.

Library RegistraionThe pop-up also lets residents sign up for library cards, with parental permission if users are under 18-years-old. The process takes minutes and the cards are ready to use right away. The library is giving away three Kindle devices, which library users can be entered to win for signing-up or renewing their cards through the month of September, which is National Library Card Sign-up Month.

And plans for expanding the pop-up are already underway due to increasing popularity.

“Ever since we started a couple of years ago, it has only gotten more and more popular with more and more positive outreach from the community,” Jones said. “And it has allowed us to consider and finally order a bookmobile which will be coming to Rapid City in the future as well. And so this is kind of a proof-of-concept for the upcoming bookmobile.”

According to Jones, residents only need a photo ID and proof of residence to get a library card. The photo ID can also count as proof of residence if it has a current address on it.

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