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Upcoming Events at Red Deer Public Library


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!


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. 


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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!


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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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.

 


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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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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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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.

 


Registration required! 

Wednesdays 
May 22, May 29 and June 5

6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Grades 5 - 12

Improv veterans and rookies are invited to explore improv games--and have more fun than is usually allowed on a Wednesday night!  


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. 


Wednesdays
March 13, 27, April 10, 24, 
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3:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Ages 8 and up (under eight with an adult)

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


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!

 


All branches of Red Deer Public Library are closed today for Victoria Day.


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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.


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.


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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!


Saturdays starting April 6
12 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Adults

Players of all skill levels are welcome. 
Bring your own board and meet other players by the fireplace.


Saturdays March 23, May 25
1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
All ages 
under 8 with an adult

Drop-in fun at a variety of stations such as painting, clay-work, paper crafts, Lego, free play and so much more!


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2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. 
except June 30
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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!

 


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.


Tuesdays,
May 7 to June 11
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Dawe Library Program Room
for students at English Level 5 and above

This six-week learning opportunity will focus on the basics of academic writing for adult students who are interested in developing their essay writing skills in preparation for post-secondary education.


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March 13, 27
April 10, 24
May 8, 22
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.


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!


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!

 


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!