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Upcoming Events at Red Deer Public Library


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

Stories, songs, rhymes and activities designed specifically for babies.
Note: the last week of Early Literacy Programs is December 10 - 15. 
Storytimes will resume January 7 at all branches. 

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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!

Make sure to visit us on January 27, Family Literacy Day, and read with your family in our tents!


Sundays starting January 6sign
2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.   

in the mezz
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!

 


Tuesdays
January 8 - February 12techgraphic
4 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Grades 4 and up

Join us every week for fun coding games and challenges.


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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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CLASS HAS BEEN CANCELLED.
We apologize for any inconvenience. 

Join Central Alberta Refugee Effort (C.A.R.E.) for preparation classes that will help you learn everything you need to know to pass the Canadian Citizenship test.


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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.


Fridays 
January 4, 11, 18, 25
February 1, 8, 22
11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Level 2
Ages 15 +

Just getting started with computers? Try these classes to gain important skills for digital life and feel more comfortable online.


chesslogoMondays (returns January 7)
5 p.m. - 6 p.m.
All Ages

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


Friday, January 25logo
10 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
Children's Department
Ages 3 to 5

Celebrate Family Literacy Day and Read for 15 with a Preschool Fun storytime and Kimmotion Family Day Home’s free picture book giveaway.


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Saturdays
10 a.m. - 10:45 a.m
All ages

Enjoy family stories and activities for all ages!

 


Family Literacy Day Read for 15 Challenge!

Friday, January 25, 2019

Midnight to Midnight

Read for 15 trophy

#Readfor15 is a literacy project created by the NWT Literacy Council, and adopted by Libraries in Alberta to promote Family Literacy Day. The goal of #Readfor15 is to promote the importance of literacy, and encourage families and community members to read! Red Deer Public Library always participates, and in 2018 we won the "Readerpalooza" trophy for the second year in a row, meaning we had the highest number of readers overall (15,803 to be exact)! Go Red Deer!! 

The #Readfor15 challenge is happening again on Friday January 25, 2019. 
To participate, all you have to do is read anything for 15 minutes and then report it to us on January 25 (midnight to midnight)! Help Red Deer become Alberta's most "readerly" community! 

How to report your reading to us: 
- Use #readfor15rdpl on Twitter or Instagram
- Brag to us and everyone on our Facebook page
- Fill out our web form at www.rdpl.org (available January 25)
- Tell us in person at any branch
- Call 403-346-4576


Tuesdays
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.


December 1, 2018
until January 30, 2019gameslogo
For artists up to 18 years old

We are looking for your artistic
talents to help us celebrate the
2019 Canada Games at Timberlands!
Draw us a picture showing your favourite Canada Games sport, welcoming visitors to our city, or depicting what you love about Red Deer on an 11 X 17 page (can be picked up at Timberlands Branch).
Winners will be on display starting February 4, 2019.
Contest opens December 1, 2018, and runs until January 30, 2019.


Saturdayssunshine
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!


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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.


For nurses, physicians, pharmacists, engineers, accountants, teachers, lawyers etc.

Thursdays,
January 10 - February 14, 2019
6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Build on vocabulary, pronunciation and idioms in this eight-week course. 


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!


Thursdays
6 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Adults

An introductory class designed for those who work with technology every day but don’t necessarily understand how it all works underneath the hood or how to solve problems when something goes wrong.


Wednesdays, 
December 12, 19, 
January 9, 23
February 6, 20
2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Ages 55 and up

Drop-in for crafting, reading, or even just a lovely conversation about anything under the sun.
If you’re looking for a program that’s flexible and tailored to your own interests, this is it!


Mondays
December 17, January 21, February 11
5 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Have a Legal Question? Volunteer lawyers from the Central Alberta Community Legal Clinic will provide a half an hour of free legal advice in civil, family and criminal law.


Tuesdays and Thursdays,
January 15 - January 31, 2019
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Dawe Centre Room 

Join us to improve your pronunciation skills and overcome common problems with English pronunciation.
Gain confidence in your ability to communicate in English. Cost is $30 per person.

 


Tuesdays
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.


GirlWednesdays
11 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Ages 19 months to three years

Enjoy this active storytime for toddlers!


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.


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Fridays
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.


Watch RDPL’s social media pages for locations for our
newest Trail Tales book, Perfect Snow by Barbara Reid,
popping up in parks and along sidewalks around Red Deer over the winter.
What could be better than a winter walk and a snowy story?!


Tuesdays and Thursdays,
January 15 - January 31, 2019
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Dawe Centre Room 

Join us to improve your pronunciation skills and overcome common problems with English pronunciation.
Gain confidence in your ability to communicate in English. Cost is $30 per person.

 


Video Lecture Series

Wednesdays
January 9 - February 27
12:30 p.m. - 1 p.m.
Adults

Become an expert over lunch at this introductory class designed for managers, product managers, founders, and decision-makers.


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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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.


KidsMondays 
10 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

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


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!

 


Dawe Early Literacy Programs resume the week of January 7, 2019.

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

Enjoy this active storytime program especially for toddlers!


seniors

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

 


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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.


Tuesdays (four week series)
30 minutes session per reader

Series 1: January 8 - January 29
3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
in the mezz

Do you find reading boring or frustrating? Need some help working through a book assigned for class?
Our mezz READ Masters coaches can help!


Thursdays
January 24,
 February 28
6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Dawe Branch fireplace
Adults

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


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

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.

December 29 to February 18
Through the Window: Mixed Media by Margriet Hogue

A series of mixed media works based on photographs of flora and fauna the artist observed while travelling through nature.
*First Friday: January 4

*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.

 


Celebrate Family Literacy Day!

Friday, January 25
Readfor15graphicMidnight to Midnight

Read anything for 15 minutes,
report it to us on January 25 and
help Red Deer become Canada’s most
“readerly” community!


Mondays,
January 14 - March 11, 2019
6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Dawe Library Program Room

This class will focus on everyday listening and speaking skills as well as vocabulary. Cost is $30 per person.


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


Fridays
December (TBA), January 25, February 22
3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Waskasoo Kiwanis Meeting Room
Ages 12 - 21 ONLY

Find your PRIDE in the mezz at this drop-in monthly event open to all LGBTQ+ young adults and rainbow allies.


Saturday, January 26logo
3 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Families welcome

Celebrate reading and learning together
as a family on Family Literacy Day and
play fun reading games together in the library!


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.


Mondays
January 14  - March 25 (no club February 18)
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Grades 5 - 9
Waskasoo Kwanis Meeting Room
Registration required

It’s a club, not a class! 


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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!


Fridaysbaby
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.


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Held the fourth Saturday of each month

January 26, February 23
1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Ages three and up (under eight with an adult)

Free play allows children to use their creativity while developing their imagination, dexterity, and physical, cognitive, and emotional strength.