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Upcoming Events at Red Deer Public Library


Video Lecture Series

Wednesdays
January 9 - February 27
12:30 p.m. - 1 p.m.
Adults

Become an expert over lunch at this introductory class designed for managers, product managers, founders, and decision-makers.


reading

Fridays
10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Ages 19 months to three years with an adult

Stories, songs rhymes and activities for active toddlers!


Tuesdays (four week series)
30 minutes session per reader
Series 2:
February 5 - February 26
3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
in the mezz

Do you find reading boring or frustrating? Need some help working through a book assigned for class?
Our mezz READ Masters coaches can help!


Monday, January 28 or Tuesday, January 29 - Guest artist
Monday, February 25 or Tuesday, February 26 - Penguins Frolicking
5:45 p.m. - 8:15 p.m.

Become an artist at this program which offers instruction on how to paint and create! No experience required.


Mondays
January 14  - March 25 (no club February 18)
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Grades 5 - 9
Waskasoo Kwanis Meeting Room
Registration required

It’s a club, not a class! 


Thursdays
6 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Adults

An introductory class designed for those who work with technology every day but don’t necessarily understand how it all works underneath the hood or how to solve problems when something goes wrong.


Kids learn best by doing and creating!

We’re going to provide all the Loose Parts they need to kick their imaginations into gear!  
There will be no adult-made examples, no rules, no critiques, just encouragement to build, manipulate, discover and investigate! Our Loose Parts bins are the latest addition to our popular Firehall Fun Factory!

 


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5 p.m. - 6 p.m.
All Ages

All levels of players are welcome.
Cosponsored with the Alberta Chess Association.


Visit the Kiwanis Gallery at the Downtown
Branch and browse amazing 
artworks created by artists with
The Red Deer Arts Council. 

February 20 to April 22
Baby, It’s Cold Out Here!
A Red Deer Arts Council Visual Arts Members Juried Exhibition

Artists offer their interpretations of winter activities and thoughts with wintery themed exhibit to celebrate the Canada Winter Games.
*First Fridays: March 1 and April 5

April 24 to May 20
The 34th Middle Schools Awesome Art Show

This annual exhibit delights its audience with a variety of works expressing these young students’ talents as they experiment with different subject matter and media.

*First Friday meet the students: May 3

May 22 to June 15
Hang-ups and Insights: The 11th Annual IB and AP Art Show with Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School and Hunting Hills High School

View artwork of the 2019 graduating students of the Advanced Placement and the International Baccalaureate Art Programs.

*First Friday: June 7

*First Friday Red Deer Openings are held in the Snell Auditorium from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. and feature visits from the artist(s) or entertainment/activities and refreshments. First Fridays are reserved for Red Deer Arts Council members and affiliates and library members.

 


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Reading is the best way to prepare kids for school! Children aged birth to five years (up to entering kindergarten) can join this self-paced literacy program to prepare them to be lifelong readers and learners! Register at any branch.


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2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.   

in the mezz
Ages 12 - 17

Throw down on our Nintendo Switch or kick it old-school with one of our awesome board games (Exploding Kittens, Catan, King of New York, Apples 2 Apples, and more). Snacks are on us!

 


Settlement Support in Libraries at the Downtown and Dawe Branches is a partner project between Red Deer Public Library, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, and the Central Alberta Refugee Effort (C.A.R.E.).

Settlement Support helps newcomers with their settlement needs, connecting newly arrived families with services and resources in the community. 

Our program is offered at the Downtown and Dawe branches and provides support with:

  • Canadian culture
  • Language acquisition and improvement
  • Citizenship & Immigration
  • Employment, School & Volunteering
  • Housing & Transportation
  • Government programs and forms,
  • Taxes
  • Legal rights

Contact: lissette.velasquez@care2centre.ca or at 403-304-3622 or check the C.A.R.E. website here.


Tuesdays
6:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.
All ages 

Enjoy this evening family storytime with fun activities. 
Dress in your pajamas, bring your favourite stuffie and listen to stories before bedtime.


The nominees have been announced for the 2019
Young Reader’s Choice Awards, and are at Red Deer Publiclogo Library!
Students in Grades 4-9 will decide which author will win this award by reading the nominated books and voting for their favourite.   Voting begins in the spring of 2019 for this longest running “children’s choice” award, so start reading now! Check out the Pacific Northwest Library Association (PNLA) website for more details at
https://pnla.org/young-readers-choice-award/and pick up a list of the nominees when you pick up your books from the branches!


WATCH FOR IT!
Watch RDPL's social media for locations of the book popping up in parks and along sidewalks around Red Deer this spring. What could be better than a walk and a snowy story with your family?


Settlement Support in Libraries at the
Downtown and Dawe Branches, is a partner project between Red Deer Public Library, Immigration, Refugees and Ctitizenship Canada
and the Central Alberta Refugee Effort (C.A.R.E.)

Settlement Support helps newcomers with their settlement needs, connecting newly arrived families with services and resources in the community. 

Our program is offered at the Downtown and Dawe branches and provides support with:

  • Canadian culture

  • Language acquisition and improvement

  • Citizenship & Immigration

  • Employment, School & Volunteering

  • Housing & Transportation

  • Government programs and forms,

  • Taxes

  • Legal rights

Contact: lissette.velasquez@care2centre.ca or at (403) 304-3622 or check the C.A.R.E. website here


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Can’t come to us?  We’ll come to you! Invite Children’s Library staff to your preschool, daycare, agency or community group to talk about resources and services Red Deer Public Library offers to children, families and groups.  Call 403-346-4576 and ask for the Children’s Department for more information or to book a visit.


toddler

Saturdays
10 a.m. - 10:45 a.m
All ages

Enjoy family stories and activities for all ages!

 


seniors

Start using that new laptop, check out an eBook onto your device, learn all about apps and more. We provide individual consultation o suit your needs.
Call Tatiana at 403-346-4576 ext. 2510 to arrange an appointment

 


Tuesdays
10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Ages three to five with an adult

Stories, songs, rhymes and activities designed specifically for this age group.


Tuesdays
10 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Ages 19 months to three years

Enjoy this active storytime program especially for toddlers!


stories

Wednesdays and Fridays
10 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
Ages three to five with an adult

Join us for fun stories, games and songs for preschoolers.


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11 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Birth to 19 months
with an adult

Stories, songs, rhymes and activities designed specifically
for each age group.


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2 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Children’s Department
All ages (under eight with an adult)

Join us every Saturday for these awesome afternoon activities!


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Held the fourth Monday of each month

Mondays
*December 10, January 28, February 25
6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Dawe Branch Fireplace
Adults only

Join us and discuss a book of our favourite genre. 


stories

Wednesdays and Fridays
10 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
Ages three to five with an adult

Join us for fun stories, games and songs for preschoolers.


reading dog

Reading Tails is a three or four-week program for six to 12-year olds who would like to practice their reading skills with a Central Alberta Humane Society-trained therapy dog and its handler. 

The program is designed to not only improve reading ability,
but also increase a child’s confidence, communication and social skills! Registrations are now being taken.
Contact Deb for more information at 
disbister@rdpl.org


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Watch RDPL’s social media pages for locations for our
newest Trail Tales book, Perfect Snow by Barbara Reid,
popping up in parks and along sidewalks around Red Deer over the winter.
What could be better than a winter walk and a snowy story?!


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Thursdays
10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Ages birth to 19 months with an adult

Stories, songs, rhymes and activities designed specifically for babies.


GirlWednesdays
11 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Ages 19 months to three years

Enjoy this active storytime for toddlers!


Thursdays 
2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Level 2 - Downtown Branch

Stumped by a question with your computer, tablet, eReader or other device? Drop in with your device and your questions for help.


Wednesdays
December 5, 19
January 2, 16, 30
pokemonlogoFebruary 13, 27
3:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Ages eight and up (under eight with an adult)

Play Pokémon with other fans! Bring your own Pokémon cards to play and trade. 

 


Fridays
December (TBA), January 25, February 22
3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Waskasoo Kiwanis Meeting Room
Ages 12 - 21 ONLY

Find your PRIDE in the mezz at this drop-in monthly event open to all LGBTQ+ young adults and rainbow allies.


Reader's Theatre resumes September 20. 
 
First and third Thursday of each month
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
 

Join the Red Deer Reader’s Theatre Group for fun and informal acting opportunities!


KidsMondays 
10 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
Ages 3 to 5

Sing, dance and jump your way through Monday morning! Join us for an adventure!


Mondays,
January 14 - March 11, 2019
6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Dawe Library Program Room

This class will focus on everyday listening and speaking skills as well as vocabulary. Cost is $30 per person.


Monday, January 28 or Tuesday, January 29 - Guest artist
Monday, February 25 or Tuesday, February 26 - Penguins Frolicking
5:45 p.m. - 8:15 p.m.

Become an artist at this program which offers instruction on how to paint and create! No experience required.


Book a tour for your preschool, daycare, club, school class, homeschooling families in to any branch.  We can customize your tour to include general library services for children, highlights of the buildings, storytime, research help, and more!  Call 403-346-4576 and ask for the branch you would like to visit.


Every Sunday afternoon we will pull out tents and tunnels for families to crawl through or read inside!
Grown up participation and sock feet are required!


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Borrow fun and educational toys, puzzles and games for all ages! Remember to check out the adult puzzles on Level 2 as well!


sunshine

Held the fourth Saturday of each month

January 26, February 23
1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Ages three and up (under eight with an adult)

Free play allows children to use their creativity while developing their imagination, dexterity, and physical, cognitive, and emotional strength.


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December 5, 19
January 2, 16, 30
February 13, 27
6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Ages 12 and up 

It’s time to duel! Bring your own Yu-Gi-Oh cards to play and trade.


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Log onto the TumbleBooks site with your library membership to read along with high quality digital children’s picture and chapter books.

Want to access Tumblebooks from your Android or iOS devices? There’s an app for that! It’s free with an RDPL card and gives you full access. Visit any of our branches or https://www.rdpl.org/digital-content/ebooks for more information on the site, or go to the Apple Store or Google Play Store to download the app.


Fridays 
January 4, 11, 18, 25
February 1, 8, 22
11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Level 2

Just getting started with computers? Try these classes to gain important skills for digital life and feel more comfortable online.