Book Drive 2015

  • Problem:

Children's Books Needed to Build Literacy in Western South Dakota
The 2015 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 Base. Donated books will also be used for the children's library at Storybook Island sponsored by the Rapid City Rotarians.

  • 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, collected books to Readiatrics


Readiatrics has raised over 110,000 books in the past 14 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
Book Drop Locations:

Black Hills Federal Credit Union
(All Black Hills Locations)

Rapid City Public Library

Our Lady of Perpetual Help

Dahl Arts Center

The Journey Museum

Books a Million

Ellsworth  AFB Family Child Care Office  Bldg. 7812
phone number 385-4270



Project Partners:

Black Hills Federal Credit Union

Creative Industries Committee of the Rapid City Area Chamber

Rapid City Arts Council at the Dahl

Books A Million

Current Events Club of Rapid City

Rapid City Public Library

Midcontinent Communications

Rapid City Rotary Club

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Cathedral

New Rushmore Radio WORKS!

KEVN Black Hills Fox

Vucurevich Foundation








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 from the John T. Vucurevich Foundation 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