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Upcoming Events at Red Deer Public Library


September 17 - 23, 2018
A week-long celebration of science in Canada

Red Deer Public Library has a week of science FUN programs for all ages! Check our calendar and discover the scientist in you and your family! 

September 24  - December 3 (no club October 8)

6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Waskasoo Kiwanis Meeting Room

Grades 5 to 9

*It’s a club, not a class!*  YAC is back for another year--come join us in our writers’ lounge to share ideas, play some games, and spend time working on your next story, poem, graphic novel, script or essay.


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.

Saturday, September 29
3 p.m. - 5 p.m.
All ages welcome (please bring your own cube if you have one)

How fast can you solve a Rubik's Cube? Have you heard of "Speed Cubing"? 

10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Stories, songs, activities and crafts for three to five-year-olds.

Four week series
September 18, 24, October 2, 9
October 30, November 6, 13, 20
3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m
in the mezz

Do you just find reading boring or frustrating? The mezz READ Masters coaches can help!
Book your one-on-one reading sessions with us and take your reading to the next level!

Monday, September 24 or Tuesday, September 25
Monday, October 29 or Tuesday, October 30 
Monday, November 26 or Tuesday, November 27
5:45 p.m. - 8:15 p.m.
Snell Auditorium

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

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!


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.

Tutoring is a great way to help a Canadian-born learner or a newcomer to Canada improve their literacy skills. Teaching experience or ESL training is not needed to assist these learners.

A two hour per week commitment is all we ask. Training and support provided.

Get back more than you give. We have the perfect opportunity for you. Call 403-346-2533 or email for more information.

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

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

Mondays (no class October 8)
September 10 to November 5
6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Program Room

This class will focus on everyday listening and speaking skills as well as vocabulary.

Every Sunday afternoon we will pull out tents and tunnels for families to crawl through or read inside!  
We might even have some materials for you to build your own reading fort!
Grown up participation and fun is required!


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.


New time! Meets Fridays and Saturdays! 
10 a.m. - 10:45 a.m
All ages

Enjoy family stories and activities for all ages! Note:Saturday, September 29's Family Fun will be at 11 a.m. and feature author and illustrator Ruth Ohi!



Downtown Early Literacy Programs begin September 5, 2018

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

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

September 8, 15, 22, 29
October 6, 13, 20, 27
10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Waskasoo Kiwanis Meeting Room

Bring your English school work, the Driver’s Guide or Citizenship book, or anything you would like to work on or practice. No registration needed- just come.

This database has a wide range of
current and intriging information! logo

Find extensive resources related to First Nations
and Indigenous peoples, the Archives of Human Sexuality and Gender, Associated Press Collections, Smithsonian Collection Online, Sabin Americana...
there are too many subjects to list!

It's easy! Go to: and enter your search terms. You will be amazed at what you will find: monographs, photographs, newspapers, poetry, original documents, records, and more.

The Alberta Research Portal, just one of many incredibly informative databases in the Red Deer Public Library Digital Collection. 

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: or at (403) 304-3622 or check the C.A.R.E. website here


Held the fourth Monday of each month

Monday, June 18
6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Dawe Branch Fireplace
Adults only

Join us and discuss a book of our favourite genre. 


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.

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.

September 6, 13, 20, 27
October 4, 11, 18, 25
November 1, 8, 15, 22

6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Level 2
Ages 15+

Learn about the development of 2D and 3D games at this intermediate 12 week series of video lectures from Harvard University. 

Monday, September 24 or Tuesday, September 25
Monday, October 29 or Tuesday, October 30 
Monday, November 26 or Tuesday, November 27
5:45 p.m. - 8:15 p.m.
Snell Auditorium

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

Saturday, September 29ruthohi
2 p.m. - 3:30 pm
Grade 3 and up 

This workshop is especially for those interested in writing and illustrating! Register by calling 403-346-4576 and asking for the Children’s Department, or email


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 for more information on the site, or go to the Apple Store or Google Play Store to download the app.


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

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

Dawe Early Literacy Programs begin September 10, 2018.

10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Ages 19 months – three-year-olds

Enjoy this active storytime program especially for toddlers!

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August 21 to October 14
Abundance: Works by the Collective Devenir

This collective of five Francophone artists living and working in Edmonton and Calgary includes Daniele Petit, Doris Charest, Karen Blanchet, Patricia Lorie and Sabine Lecorre-Moore.

First Fridays: September 7 and a special event October 5
featuring ACFA (Association canadienne-française de l'Alberta) Régionale de Red Deer presenting a program of music and literature 

October 16 to November 18        
Passages: Paintings by Lana Michelin

This series of acrylic paintings are of Lana's children throughout their growing years and in the landscapes they inhabit. This is Lana's first solo show and she is excited to share her works with you.

First Friday: November 2 from 6 8 p.m.

November 20 to December 22
Everyday Wonderments: Paintings by Corinne Anderton

Through her explorations of colour, Corinne will demonstrate the interaction of colour and the behaviour of watercolour pigments on paper.

First Friday: December 7 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.


September 12 to October 31
6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Program Room

This class will focus on exam preparation through multiple listening and speaking activities.

Tuesdays and Thursdays
September 11 to October 4
6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Adult Literacy Office

This eight-session learning opportunity will teach you computer basics, Internet safety, ways to search for information and how to format documents.

toy robot

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

Red Deer Public Library is seeking enthusiastic adults or college/high school students to volunteer their time as a Reading Pal with elementary school children (Grades 1-5) who are struggling with reading and/or writing. You will work with one student for six one-hour sessions over a two-week period in a group setting. Training, support and resources are provided. For full details, email

Saturday, September 29ruthohi
11 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
All ages

RDPL and the Olson Memorial Celebration of Books present Ruth Ohi, children's author-illustator of 20 children's books illustrator of more than 60!
(click here for details about the afternoon session for Grades 3 and up) 

Trail Tales continues until Thanksgiving
at Kerry Wood Nature Centre!
Dr. George Trail

Follow the book pages of Stella, Fairy of the Forest by Marie-Louise Gay along the Dr. George Trail (One km loop) at Kerry Wood Nature Centre with your family! 



September 28, October 26, November 30
3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Waskasoo Kiwanis Meeting Room
Ages 12 - 21 ONLY

Our monthly social is open to ALL youth  who want to make friends, connect with adult mentors, find support, network and have fun in an official Safe Space!

11 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Ages 19 months to three years of age and their parent or caregiver. Enjoy this active storytime for toddlers!

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 about fall sessions at


August 27, September 24, October 29, November 26
7 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Love to read romance? Come talk about your favourite genre!

The nominees have been announced for the 2019 Young Reader’s Choice Awards, and they have arrived at Red Deer Public 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 see the nominees below.

Junior Division (Grades 4-6)

Dog Man by Dav Pilkey

Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

It Ain’t so Awful Falafel by Firoozeh Dumas The Key to Extraordinary by Natalie Lloyd

Ms. Bixby’s Last Day by John David Anderson

Pax by Sara Pennypacker

The Wild Robot by Peter Brown The Inn Between by Marina Cohen


Intermediate Division (Grades 7-9)

Booked by Kwame Alexander

Heartless by Marissa Meyer

Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan

The Skeleton Tree by Iain Lawrence

Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman

Replica by Lauren Oliver

Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

OCDaniel by Wesley King

Sunday, September 23
2 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
Snell Auditorium
Free admission 
(donations welcome)

This new program features play readings of upcoming productions by Red Deer Players.

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.

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!

baby with glasses and book

Downtown Branch Early Literacy Programs resume starting September 5, 2018.

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

Stories songs rhymes and activities designed specifically for babies.

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.

Tuesdays and Thursdays
September 11 to October 4
6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Adult Literacy Office

This eight-session learning opportunity will teach you computer basics, Internet safety, ways to search for information and how to format documents.

September 27, October 25, November 22
6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Dawe Branch fireplace

Join this book club for adults who read Junior and YA fiction - New members are always welcome!

September 12, 26, October 10, 24,
November 7, 21
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Ages five and up (under eight with an adult)


Drop-in and get together with Pokémon Trading Card and video game fans and have some fun!


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