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toddlers and book
Wednesdays 

10 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
OR
Fridays
10 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
For ages three to five

Features age-appropriate stories, songs and crafts.


Lighthouse

Held the first Wednesday of each month.

2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. 
Snell Auditorium

Share some favourite travel anecdotes or get inspired by listening to others. Pictures and souveniers welcome. Admission is free.

For more information, contact Donna or Priscilla at 403-346-2100.


dogandworkerReading Tails is a four-week program for six to 12-year-olds who would like to practice their reading skills with a trained therapy dog and its handler.

Tuedays
7 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Children's Department


YRCA 2015 – Young Readers’ Choice Award

– the oldest children’s choice award in North America!

Kids in Grades 4-9 are invited to participate in the Junior and Intermediate Division in Red Deer. Read at least two titles from these divisions before March 2015 (or read them all), then cast your vote for your favourite.  Red Deer Public Library makes sure we have lots of copies of the YRCA titles. They will  be in a special display at your nearest branch. Sometimes some of them are hard to find because they’re so popular so visit our Bibliocommons catalogue to place a hold if you can’t find the one you’re looking for! Most school libraries should also have copies of the YRCA books.

Teachers!  If you teach Grades 4–12, then the Young Reader’s Choice Award 2015 is an excellent way to introduce your kids to a variety of novels and get them excited about reading. Your students will be encouraged to read for enjoyment and vote for their favourite titles in March to determine which authors will win an award. Book RDPL staff to come to your school to introduce nominated titles to your students with lively book talks. Call your local RDPL branch today to book a YRCA presentation.

For a list of the nominated books, visit your library branch, or check out the website at http://www.pnla.org/yrca  


Monday and Friday morningscoffeebookglasses
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Drop in at the Timberlands Branch on Monday and Friday mornings and enjoy a cup of coffee or tea while relaxing in our comfy chairs, reading the newspaper or a magazine, working on a puzzle, or looking for your next great read!


RDAClogoFirst Friday Red Deer 1
March 6 
6:30 p.m. -  8:30 pm.
Snell Auditorium 

Refreshments served.


Banned BooksFreedom to Read Challenge

Red Deer Public Library has joined forces with the ATA Red Deer City Local No. 60 Diversity, Equity, and Human Rights Committee to celebrate our intellectual freedom in Canada. Red Deer citizens and students attending Red Deer schools are eligible to enter our Freedom to Read poster contests. 

Submit posters to one of the three Red Deer Public Library Branches (Downtown, Dawe or Timberlands) on or before January 31, 2015.

Draws will be held on Monday, February 23, 2015. 
Prizes will be awarded at a special presentation on Saturday, February 28, 2015.

There will also be prizes for reading books that have been challenged in Canada. Lists will be available at all branches, as well as online.  Check our website, and drop in for more information.


toddlers and book
Wednesdays 

10 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
OR
Fridays
10 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
For ages three to five

Features age-appropriate stories, songs and crafts.


Ages birth to 19 months and their parent or caregiverbaby with glasses and book

 

Fridays 2 p.m. - 2:30 a.m.
(Downtown Thursday Babytimes continue all summer)



Violin

12:15 p.m. - 1 p.m. 
Snell Auditorium

Join us for free lunch hour concerts the first Thursday of each month. Coffee and tea are provided by Cafe Noir. Bring a bagged lunch.

March 5: Soprano Joyce Emms and pianist Vernon Murgatroyd.

 


Bear

NEW! Program runs all summer!
Ages two and up. Families are encouraged!

Thirty to 45 minutes of stories, songs, fingerplays, and activities.

Downtown Branch
Tuesdays 6:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.

 


Monday, April 6
7:30 p.m.

Red Deer College Art Centre, Main stage

One of Canada’s most prolific and varied writers, Margaret Atwood will be giving the 25th anniversary “Perspectives in the World” lecture at Red Deer College. Ms. Atwood has received many literary awards, including the Booker Prize and Governor General’s Awards and is a Companion of the Order of Canada.  Her extensive writings, including the recently published “Stone Mattress” are available at Red Deer Public Library, a long time supporter of the “Perspectives” series.

Tickets are available from the Black Knight Inn (403-755-6626).


A Super Fun Saturdays Program

Saturdays February 28, March 28,
April 25 and May 30
1 p.m. - 2 p.m.

All ages

Bring the whole family for a big surprise. Our Mystery Storytelling guest will take you on a journey to the world of games, crafts and more.


Mondays (ends June 15)carelogo

Dawe Branch
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. 

Downtown Branch
4 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Waskasoo Kiwanis Meeting Room

This is a special reading club for youth who are new English speakers. We will read an exciting book together and learn new English language skills!


chesslogoMondays - ends June 15
Children - 5 p.m. -  6 p.m. 
Adults - 6 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

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



NEW! Program runs all summer!

Tuesdays

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

Enjoy this active storytime program especially for toddlers! 


Monday to Friday logo
8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Saturday
9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Sundays
CLOSED


If you're planning a special event or meeting at the Downtown Library and wish refreshments outside of these hours, contact our friendly Café Noir staff at 403-342-9109 who will do their best to accommodate you.


Monday and Friday morningscoffeebookglasses
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Drop in at the Timberlands Branch on Monday and Friday mornings and enjoy a cup of coffee or tea while relaxing in our comfy chairs, reading the newspaper or a magazine, working on a puzzle, or looking for your next great read!


Exciting Volunteer Opportunity for College/High School Students!

Red Deer Public Library is seeking enthusiastic college or high school students to volunteer their time to be a Reading Pal with elementary school children (grades 1-6) who are struggling with reading and/or writing. You will work with one or two students in two hour-long sessions each week for a three-week period. For full details, call 403-309-3488.


FridaysBaby

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

Thirty minutes of stories, songs, and rhymes for babies and their caregivers. Ages birth to 24 months. (Ends May 29)

 


Ages birth to 19 months and their parent or caregiverbaby with glasses and book

 

Thursdays 10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
(Downtown Thursday Babytimes continue all summer)



Drop-in Tuesdaysmanwithlaptop
3 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Level 2

Bring your own device and get help using library resources from RDPL’s Digital Literacy Coordinator!



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 403-318-9312 to arrange an appointment at the Dawe Branch.


Are you super tech-savvy?  
Do you need to complete volunteer hours for school? Looking to add a shiny gold star to your resume?  We want to talk to YOU!

We are seeking young adult volunteers (age 12-24) , excited about technology, to teach adults and seniors the ropes on their iPads, smart phones, eReaders, etc.  

For more info, contact Briana (Digital Literacy Coordinator) at :behnes@rdpl.org or 403-755-1130


NEW! Program runs all summer!

Wednesdays

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!


KidsMondays
10 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
Ages: Three to five-year-olds

Have fun with stories, songs, and activities.      

                                                          


Interested in helping an adult with literacy skills logo
or a newcomer to Canada improve their English
language skills?

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

Call 403 346- 2533 for more information.


Wednesday, March 4beads

4 p.m. - 5 p.m.

the mezz (3rd floor Downtown Branch)

Ages 12-18 ONLY

We have BEADS coming out of our ears!  


toddlers and book
Wednesdays 

10 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
OR
Fridays
10 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
For ages three to five

Features age-appropriate stories, songs and crafts.


MondaysCARE logo

Dawe Branch
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Downtown Branch
4 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Waskasoo Kiwanis Meeting Room

This is a special reading club for youth who are new English speakers. We will read an exciting book together and learn new English language skills!


(Alternates with Pop Goes the Teen Club)
Thursdays
lego
April 2, 16, 30
May 14, 28
June 11

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Ages Seven and up

Join in Lego 'free-play' and building stuff. Bring your own pieces to work with or use our Lego.


Monday and Friday morningscoffeebookglasses
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Drop in at the Timberlands Branch on Monday and Friday mornings and enjoy a cup of coffee or tea while relaxing in our comfy chairs, reading the newspaper or a magazine, working on a puzzle, or looking for your next great read!


Saturdays at 11 a.m. (program runs all summer)reading
Ages two and up

Thirty to 45 minutes of stories, songs, finger plays and crafts. Families are encouraged!


FridaysBaby

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

Thirty minutes of stories, songs, and rhymes for babies and their caregivers. Ages birth to 24 months. (Ends May 29)

 


Have you heard about the ME card? MElogo
It's now available for Red Deer Public Library members!

With a simple online registration process, RDPL card holders in good standing can access materials at other participating public libraries in Alberta!

To register your card, please access http://www.melibraries.ca/

A ME card does require an email account so be sure to set yours up today through yourBibliocommons account!

For a list of participating ME libraries:https://melibraries.ca/participating.php


TD Summer Reading Club 2015TDLOGO

a joint initiative with Library and Archives Canada

Ages two to 11 years

Come “Play!” at Red Deer Public Library

Online registration begins June 1st - check website for details

In-person registration begins at all branches on June 20

Your very own reading kit includes stickers, activity notebooks,

a web access code and great ideas for books this summer!  

Play with new friends, play with reading, play in programs,

get cool prizes for reading, and JUST HAVE FUN!  And it’s all free!

Watch www.rdpl.org, and check us out on Facebook and Twitter

for details on the dates and locations of all of our summer reading events.


 

Beginning May 41000logo

Reading to children is the best way to prepare them for school This free program encourages families to spend quality time together and promote pre-literacy and learning by reading 1000 books before the child starts Kindergarten. Any child from birth to entering kindergarten can participate in this self-paced early literacy program.


Come to any of our branches starting May 4 to register and pick up your reading log. Any book read by anybody counts. Bring your reading log back at predetermined spots to get small prizes. The concept is simple, the rewards are priceless!

 

 

 


Tuesday, March 3stone mattress: nine tales
6:45 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Downtown Branch
Snell Auditorium

The Friends of the Red Deer Public Library present the first lecture in a series featuring Dr. Laura Davis, Red Deer College faculty member, speaking on Margaret Atwood’s recently published book, Stone Mattress:
Nine Tales.

 


Thursdays until 4 p.m.
Grades 4 and 5

 

Whether it’s board games, watching cartoons, playing video games or coloring, you’ll have fun with friends old and new!


Bear

NEW! Program runs all summer!
Ages two and up. Families are encouraged!

Thirty to 45 minutes of stories, songs, fingerplays, and activities.

Timberlands Branch
Wednesdays 6:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.

 


Saturday, February 28ribbon

2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Snell Auditorium

Come and find out who the lucky winners are.
Celebrate  your freedom to read with games, contests and good cheer. Check here for contest details. https://www.rdpl.org/node/475