The last month of the year is here. Rapid City Public Library has great books, intriguing activities and many entertaining programs in December as a great finale to 2017.

Get ready for the latest “Star Wars” film release and test your fandom knowledge with other well-versed humans in a showdown for the ages. Do you know how many languages C-3PO speaks fluently? If you answered six million, then we’ll see you at That’s No Moon — It’s A Star Wars Trivia Night from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12. First and second place winners take home “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” movie tickets.

If you need a laugh this holiday season, Bill Murray will bring you cheer during our Book to Film Movie Night from 6:30 to 8:15 p.m. Dec. 15. Murray is haunted by three spirits in “Scrooged” who bear lessons on the true meaning of Christmas. The spirits provide a glimpse into how Frank Cross (Murray) became so thoroughly rotten and remind us “That’s the one good thing about regret. It’s never too late. You can always change tomorrow if you want to.”

It’s the most wonderful time of the year to hear lovely holiday music. The Buffalo Grass Band entertains with classic songs of the season from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Dec. 16. Kim Plender and friends perform classic country, gospel and doo wop. Plender recently won 2017’s Classic Country Female CD of the Year award.

Our popular December Lunch & Learn, from noon to 1 p.m. Dec. 20, features the beautiful holiday harmonies of The Nesters. Jami Lynn and Eliza Blue are a folk duo based out of western South Dakota sharing a unique affinity for prairie history and culture. Both are accomplished singers, songwriters and multi-instrumentalists who decided to perform together after discovering each was a big fan of the other’s music. Registration for lunch is full for this event, but light refreshments are provided for everyone.

Folks have been playing music on their back porches for over a hundred years. The musicians that make up American Songbook perform from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Dec. 29 playing original music and well-loved songs from different genres of American music. Come and sing along.

Finally, we can’t wait to celebrate the New Year with you during our Happy Noon Year event from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Dec. 30. Our massive balloon drop and fancy Noon Year’s ball drop takes place in the lobby. Sing along to “Auld Lang Syne” accompanied by bagpipes while we bid a fond farewell to the old and toast to a bright New Year. Fun crafts and games for the kids abound upstairs. This is one of the best library events of the year so naturally we leave it until the last. Join us, won’t you?

We hope you enjoyed spending 2017 with us and we look forward to serving you in the New Year. Happy New Year, everyone!