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Upcoming Events at Red Deer Public Library

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.

Summer Trail Tales
At Kerry Wood Nature Centre
Dr George Trail

Trail Tales returns in July with a great new title, Stella, Fairy of the Forest by Marie-Louise Gay.
Follow the book pages along the Dr. George Trail (One km loop) at Kerry Wood Nature Centre with your family this summer!



Saturdays in July and August
10 a.m. -  11:30 a.m.
Downtown Branch
Waskasoo Kiwanis Meeting Room

Join this drop in conversation group for all skill levels.

This database has a wide range of
current and intriging information! logo

Find extensive resources related to First Nations
and Indigenous peoples, the Archives of Human Sexuality and Gender, Associated Press Collections, Smithsonian Collection Online, Sabin Americana...
there are too many subjects to list!

It's easy! Go to: and enter your search terms. You will be amazed at what you will find: monographs, photographs, newspapers, poetry, original documents, records, and more.

The Alberta Research Portal, just one of many incredibly informative databases in the Red Deer Public Library Digital Collection. 

Trail Tales continues until Thanksgiving
at Kerry Wood Nature Centre!
Dr. George Trail

Follow the book pages of Stella, Fairy of the Forest by Marie-Louise Gay along the Dr. George Trail (One km loop) at Kerry Wood Nature Centre with your family! 



Wednesday, August 22
12 p.m.-1 p.m.

New program! Quilling is an easy paper craft that requires minimal tools. 

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.

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 for six one-hour sessions over a two-week period in a group setting. Training, support and resources are provided. For full details, email


11 a.m. - 11:45 a.m
All ages

Enjoy family stories and activities for all ages!

The nominees have been announced for the 2019 Young Reader’s Choice Awards, and they have arrived at Red Deer Public 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 see the nominees below.

Junior Division (Grades 4-6)

Dog Man by Dav Pilkey

Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

It Ain’t so Awful Falafel by Firoozeh Dumas The Key to Extraordinary by Natalie Lloyd

Ms. Bixby’s Last Day by John David Anderson

Pax by Sara Pennypacker

The Wild Robot by Peter Brown The Inn Between by Marina Cohen


Intermediate Division (Grades 7-9)

Booked by Kwame Alexander

Heartless by Marissa Meyer

Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan

The Skeleton Tree by Iain Lawrence

Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman

Replica by Lauren Oliver

Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

OCDaniel by Wesley King

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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!

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.

June 13, 27, July 11, 25, August 8, 22
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Ages five and up 


Drop-in and get together with Pokémon Trading Card and video game fans and have some fun!


September 17 - 23, 2018
A week-long celebration of science in Canada

Red Deer Public Library has a week of science FUN programs for all ages! Check our calendar and discover the scientist in you and your family! 


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.

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!


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August 21 to October 14
Abundance: Works by the Collective Devenir

This collective of five Francophone artists living and working in Edmonton and Calgary includes Daniele Petit, Doris Charest, Karen Blanchet, Patricia Lorie and Sabine Lecorre-Moore.

First Fridays: September 7 and a special event October 5
featuring ACFA (Association canadienne-française de l'Alberta) Régionale de Red Deer presenting a program of music and literature 

October 16 to November 18        
Passages: Paintings by Lana Michelin

This series of acrylic paintings are of Lana's children throughout their growing years and in the landscapes they inhabit. This is Lana's first solo show and she is excited to share her works with you.

First Friday: November 2 from 6 8 p.m.

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.



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.

musicgraphicMondays: June 4, 11, 18 and 25
Thursdays: August 9, 16, 23, and 30
10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Ages three to five

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

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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 about fall sessions at



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.


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


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: or at (403) 304-3622 or check the C.A.R.E. website here