With the children out of school for the summer, countless activities are available to entertain, educate and provide lasting memories for them during this time. But what’s out there for the adults to enjoy? Look no further than the library! We offer new and interesting ways to keep adults happy this summer as well.
If you’re reading something interesting this summer, we invite you to join us for a Quick Pick Picnic on Wednesday, July 16 from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the downtown library in the Hoyt Room. We will discuss everyone’s summer reading picks and enjoy a lunch provided by the Friends of the Library. If you would like a lunch, register online from the Events Calendar on our website or by calling 394-4171. Registration is open from July 1 – 14 at noon.
Another event for the avid reader is our first ever Book Trivia Nights. We have a display at the downtown library featuring the 50 books we’ll be quizzing from as well as the list on our website. Whoever correctly answers the most questions can win a gift card from Mitzi’s Books: 1st place receives a $35 gift card, 2nd place $25 and 3rd place $15. Our first trivia night will be at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 23 at Seattle’s Best Coffee located in the Hotel Alex Johnson. We will have another trivia night at 7 p.m. on Friday, August 15 at the downtown library with refreshments provided.
On Thursday, July 24 at General Beadle Community School, the library will host a Community Summer BBQ and Concert featuring ‘The Lonely Rangers.’ At 5 p.m. we will serve free hamburgers, hot dogs, vegetables, chips and lemonade with the concert following at 6 p.m. ‘The Lonely Rangers’ set list includes favorites from the 50s through today, as well as some original material with a laid-back, country-rock style.
Want more summer concerts? Jerry Barlow, a Celtic Fingerstyle Guitarist & Storyteller will perform a concert on Sunday, July 27 at 2 p.m. upstairs at the downtown library. Barlow’s program features not only his skillful playing, but also the legend and humor behind the music.
Do you love ghost stories? Black Hills Paranormal Investigations will be presenting a RCPL Foundation program downtown on Tuesday, August 5 at 7 p.m. where they will speak about their most interesting and recent investigations. There will be a wine and cheese reception with a suggested $10 donation. Please RSVP by visiting our Event Calendar on our website.
Are you traveling this summer? Take the library with you! Downloadable eBooks, audiobooks and streaming video are available at your fingertips 24/7. Show us where you are traveling with your eReader by posting a photo on our Facebook page to be entered in a prize drawing from Roam’n Around, contest ends Sept. 1.
To access our digital library or to find out more about library programs, visit our website at www.rapidcitylibrary.org.