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Upcoming Events at Red Deer Public Library

Every Friday afternoon
2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Lab Area (on Level 2)

Come put your feet up and enjoy a movie projected on the big screen. 

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We LOVE summer! Come to our patio at the Dawe
Branch to read or just relax in tranquility, have some refreshing cold drinks and get a variety of herbs for your home meals from our community herb garden.


Book a tour of any branch this summer for your preschool, daycare, dayhome or children's club.

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. Tours are free of charge. 

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


10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
All ages under nine with an adult

Join us every Saturday morning for an hour of family fun! All ages welcome. Watch our website for details on weekly activities. 


June 8 Teddy Bear Picnic

June 15 Mini Golf

June 22 SRC Kick Off: Amazing Race (note: the Downtown Amazing Race starts at 10 a.m.)

June 29 Marble Maze

July 6 Yoga Storytime

July 13 Community Playdate

July 20 Robots!

July 27 Tape Town

August 3  Rocket Launchers

August 10 Cardboard Kingdom

August 17 Craftapalooza!

August 24 Birthday Party Fun ('cuz our Timberlands Branch is turning 5!)

August 31 Back to School Crafting


Can’t come to us? We’ll come to you!

Invite Children’s Library staff  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.

Outreach presentations are free of charge. 

July 15, 22, 29 and August 12, 19, 26
7 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.
Ages 9 - 13

Work on stories, poems, journals, graphic novels or all of the above! Supplies, activities and prompts will be offered. 

June 24 and August 26
7 p.m. - 8 p.m.

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


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


July 17 and August 21
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Ages 6 - 12 with an adult

This book club is for the whole family! Kids can pick any book but parents must read the same book.

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!

Every Tuesday night
6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Digital Lab Area on Level 2

Bring your friends and play from our selection of board games, or bring your own!

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

August 19 to October 14
Alberta Bound: Works by Lynn LeCorre

Exploring the Alberta landscape has kept Lynn continually striving to capture the natural light and changing colours that radiate the fields, hills and all its varying forms. She has been a 'en plein air’ artist for over 15 years. She strives to capture the relationship of colour through various compositions and formats while maintaining a painterly approach. She strives to capture the essence of the land and how the light enhances colour and form.
*First Fridays: September 6 and October 4

October 16 to November 17
Artist Proof: Cyanotype Prints by Robin Byrnes

 Cyanotype Prints by Robin Byrnes

This collection of artworks illustrate the depth and diversity of artists practicing in Red Deer and Central Alberta.  Inspired by monthly social gatherings of artists from multiple disciplines, this exhibit is descriptive of the artists, their media and working environments. Using cyanotype photographic process to interpret digital and hand-drawn images, the exhibit consists of close-up and in situ portraits of skilled artists who practice a variety of visual, performing, literary and other arts. Robin's exhibit is representative of the unique one-of-a-kind nature of the cyanotype prints.
*First Friday: November 1

November 19 to December 22
Out of the Kitchen:Works by Susan Barker and Issy Covey 

These two artists have been creating their artwork in the kitchen, the heart of the home, in the midst of the hustle and bustle. Working from their kitchens has inspired both artists to create 'kitchen' art about the place they work. The work is immediately available to walk past and check on the clay or add a few brush loads of paint, then carry on with daily life or continue to work on their pieces throughout the day. What would your kitchen produce if you were an artist?
*First Friday: December 6

*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.


Watch our Facebook page for locations of our new title How Do You Wokka-Wokka? by Elizabeth Bluemle popping up at parks this summer--and then wokka-wokka along the trail as your family reads along with the book!

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!

Wednesday, August 21
2 p.m.-3 p.m.

Experiment with a variety of art materials such as clay, fibers, painting, drawing, collage and more at this free, fun art class for adults. 

Saturday, August 24
2 p.m. - 3 p.m.
All ages

The Timberlands Branch is turning five and you’re invited to join in the celebration! Come for cake, refreshments, and activities for all ages!

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.

Check out our newly expanded Firehall Fun Factory at the Downtown Branch!

This is a creative space for children and their adults to learn and create together to invite curiosity, inspire wonder, and encourage playfulness.

The Firehall Fun Factory is always available, and includes “Loose Parts” (bins of things to kick the imagination in gear!), Lego, Magformers, puzzles, games, art supplies, a doll house, a play kitchen and more!

Stop by any time we’re open to explore the space!


Thursday, August 22
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Join us for free pizza from our Friends at Famoso Neapolitan Pizzeria and find out which of our top three
titles has been selected as this year's Red Deer Reads winner!


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.

June 5 - August 28

10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Bring your toddler to play with our toys and provided materials. Come meet new friends!


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.