Books for Area Children In Need

Gently used and new books for South Dakota

  • Problem:

Children’s Books Needed to Build Literacy in Western South Dakota
The 2017 Readiatrics Book Drive is collecting new and gently used books
for children receiving services from the SD Dept of Health with offices in
Rapid City, Pine Ridge, Porcupine, Kyle and Ellsworth Air Force

  • Answer:

Readiatrics Book Drive

  • How can you help?



1. Donate books – new or used in good condition in
March 5 through May 7
2. Collect books through your neighborhood school, church or other organization.
3. Join us as an organization project partner
4. Buy a new children’s book at the Books A Million or your favorite book store, drop at our drop locations.

Readiatrics has raised
over 150,000 books in the past 18 years, for children in family or medical crisis.
Collected new and used books leave with the children to build
literacy in the home.  


Rapid City
Drop Locations:

Black Hills Federal Credit Union
(All Black Hills Locations)

Dahl Arts Center

Rapid City Public Library

Books a Million


Project Partners:

Black Hills Federal Credit Union

Rapid City Arts Council at the Dahl

Books A Million

Current Events Club of Rapid City

Rapid City Public Library

John T. Vucurevich Foundation Awards $1500 to Readiatrics Book Drive

The Readiatrics Book Drive providing new and gently used children’s
books for children experiencing crisis in family or health
circumstances, recently announced a donation of $1500 from the John T.
Vucurevich Foundation in support of the local drive. Financial support
will be used to buy books of cultural relevance highlighting Hispanic, American
Indian, African American, Asian, or developmentally-challenged children.
Books about children in single parent homes, grandparents as primary caregivers
and foster families are also purchased for the drive with the grant funds.

“There is a high demand for books of cultural relevance from the
organizations served by Readiatrics,” said Darla Drew Lerdal, founder
and yearly coordinator for the book drive. “We don’t get many books
about children from diverse backgrounds donated to the drive; the
specialized books must be purchased. The John T. Vurcurevich Foundation
certainly helps fill the need.”

Readiatrics generates a source of books for children in need to take
home and keep. Due to the generous nature of individuals and
organizations in Rapid City and the surrounding area, Readiatrics has
collected approximately 80,000 books for children since 2001. In 2011,
the drive will collect books in March and April to donate to SD Dept of
Health with 5 clinics in Western South Dakota. Donated books will also
help supply books for the Storybook Island Children’s Library sponsored
by the Rapid City Rotarians.
For more information or to donate to the Readiatrics book drive, call
Darla Drew Lerdal at 605-341-5940 or visit


Readiatrics has
raised thousands of books for kids, teens and adults. Children’s literacy is
the reason Readiatrics was established, however new and used books for all
reading levels find a good home.
Click here to
find out where the
books were donated.

For more information or to make a donation
call Darla Drew Lerdal at 605-341-5940 or