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Upcoming Events at Red Deer Public Library

A Super Fun Saturdays Program

Saturday, December 16
2 p.m. - 3 p.m.
All ages

Celebrate Christmas in Grinchly style as we play games and watch “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” while eating a cookie you decorated and drinking hot chocolate.



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.

Wednesdays, October 11 to December 13
6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.

An instructor will guide you through this 10 week course. 

The YRCA is coordinated by the Pacific Northwest Library Association (PNLA) and is the oldest children’s choice award in the US and Canada. Students in Grades 4 -12 from Alaska, British Columbia, Alberta, Washington, Montana and Idaho will determine which author will win this literary award by reading the books and voting for their favourite.  
Check out our displays at all branches, check out and read the books then vote by picking up a ballot at the Library or online any time before mid-April, 2018 at


The Elf on the Library Shelf is back at the Dawe Branch from December 1 to 23!

There are prizes every day in our Book Advent Calendar for people who spot him in the Dawe Branch and enter the draw. Ask at the Dawe Branch for more details.


Wednesdays December 13, January 17, 31,
February 14, 28
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Ages eight and up

Drop-in fun at a variety of stations such as painting, claywork, paper crafts, LEGO and much more!

baby with glasses and bookThursdays
10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Ages birth to 19 months with an adult 

Stories songs rhymes and activities designed specifically for babies. Program runs all year.                      

seniorsWhether you want to start using that new laptop you got as a present or check out an eBook onto your device, we provide individual consultations to suit your needs.

Call Tatiana at 403-346-4576, ext 2510 to arrange an appointment at the Dawe Branch.

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.

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 their handler. Registrations are presently being taken for the winter.

Contact Deb for more information at



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, December 16
Dawe Centre Gym
2:30 p.m – 3:30 p.m
Dawe Branch
3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m

Come and join us in the interactive New Year play! Добро пожаловать на нашу традиционную новогоднюю елку где вас ждут игры, веселье и подарки от Деда Мороза и Снегурочки!

Families welcome



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.

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.





Make fun Christmas ornaments

Monday, December 11 and Tuesday December 12 

5:45 p.m. - 8:15 p.m.
Snell Auditorium

An evening of guided painting with no experience required. 


December 18, January 29, February 26
7 p.m. - 8 p.m.

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

December 13, January 10, February 14
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. (Drop-In)
Ages 12-17

Collaborate with fellow tinkerers, artists, inventors- designers of all types- to tackle a new craft or bring a Maker projects in-progress to share with the group.  Maker supplies will be provided. 


11 a.m.

All ages

Enjoy family stories and activities for all ages!

Storytime with a twist - each week is a new adventure - dance parties, playdates, puppet shows, mega bloks, family stories and more!

Tuesday, December 12
6:30 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. 
All Ages

Wear jammies, bring stuffie, and celebrate the season with Christmas
stories, songs, treats and maybe even a puppet show or two!

Friday February 2 to Sunday February 11
Level 2
Downtown Branch

Come into the library for some ‘light’ reading. We have set aside a reading space on Level 2 for you to try therapy lighting, a treatment for Seasonal Affective Disorder. So if winter is bringing you down, come try this bright light for 30 minutes!

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.

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Borrow fun and educational toys,

puzzles and games for all ages!



Log onto the TumbleBooks site on your home computer 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, in a form that you can take anywhere! 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.

Friday, December 15
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Learn how to use Libby, the new one-touch digital reading app for libraries!


Can’t come to us? We’ll come to you!

Consider inviting Children’s Library staff to your preschool, daycare, agency or community group to talk about the resources and services Red Deer Public Library offers to children and families.

Call 403-346-4576 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. Program runs all year.


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

Did you get a new tech toy for Christmas and need help setting it up? Stumped by a question with your computer, tablet, eReader or other device? Drop in with your device and your questions for help.


These five nature-themed backpacks help your family explore the great outdoors. Each bag includes books and activities focusing on: Forests, Gardening, Hiking, Bugs, or Birds!


Books on the Bus connects Red Deer Transit riders with free reading material to enjoy during their commute, on their lunch break or anytime. Books for all ages and reading abilities are available including children’s books, graphic novels and fiction and non-fiction for adults.

Do you have books you would like to donate? (paperback only please) Donations are accepted at the Dawe Centre, Downtown Recreation Centre, Collicutt Centre, Sorenson Station, City Hall or COSMOS North.

Red Deer & District Family and Community Support Services (FCSS), Central Alberta Poverty Reduction Alliance (Capra) Cosmos, Red Deer Public Library and Red Deer Transit.


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. Program runs all year.

Ongoing program held the second Wednesday of each month.

2 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Snell Auditorium

View and discuss popular documentary films. For more information, contact Adult Services at 403-346-4576 ext. 1500


Club held the third Monday evening of each month
(*date changed because of holiday)

6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Dawe Branch Fireplace
Adults only


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! Program runs all year.

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 in two one-hour sessions each week for a three week period. For full details, call 403-346-4576 and ask for Reading Pals or email

Thursdays, December 14 and January 25
1 p.m. - 2 p.m.

Learn how to use Libby, the new one-touch digital reading app for libraries!

Wednesdays (new day!)coffeecup
3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
in the mezz
Ages 12-17 ONLY

Swing by the mezz - the only café in town reserved exclusively for teens.- for a free coffee, tea or hot chocolate. Stay for the free wi-fi, great company and chill atmosphere!

Held the second Thursday of every month
December 14, January 11, February 8

10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Toddlers up to 5

Join us for free snacks, stories, puppet shows, and songs the second Thursday of each month. 

Book a tour of any of our three Branches for your preschool, daycare,club, school class, homeschooling families.

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 at which you would like a tour.

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Meets the third Wednesday of every month
6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Waskasoo Kiwanis Meeting Room

We read a wide range of books, both fiction and non-fiction, from classics to current bestsellers.



Whether you want to start using that new laptop you got as a present or check out an eBook onto your device, we provide individual consultation to suit your needs.

Call Tatiana at 403-346-4576 ext: 2510 or email to arrange an appointment.

Tuesday, December 12
1:30 p.m. - 2 p.m.

Stories, Yoga and activities for ages three and up.


A Super Fun Saturdays Program

December 16, January 13, February 10
3 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Join us for fun Fablabs, a different project every month.