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Upcoming Events at Red Deer Public Library

Reading Tails is a three or four-week program dogwithbook
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


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

Enjoy this active storytime for toddlers!


10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Ages 19 months to three years with an adult

Stories, songs rhymes and activities for active toddlers!

December 2, 16, January 13, 27, February 10, 24
2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Interested in writing a children’s story? Family history? Short stories, rants, articles? The novel bubbling inside of you?

Registration required! 

Saturday, December 14 
10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Wednesday, December 18
4 p.m. - 8 p.m.
For ages eight and up
(if under 13, at least one adult must be on the team)

Enter with your team of up to six players.

Mondays except Stat holidays
2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Did you get a new tech toy for Christmas or are you stumped by a question with your computer, tablet, eReader or other device? Drop in with your device and your questions for help.

December 16, January 20, February 10
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.

1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
For ages three to five with an adult

Drop in and play! Toys and self-guided activities provided.

December 12, January 9, February 6
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

This free program series, designed to provide access to quality and accessible legal information to the Red Deer community, is cosponsored by Central Alberta Community Legal Clinic and Red Deer Public Library.

7 p.m. - 8 p.m.

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

December 12, December 19
3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Ages 3+ under 9 with an adult

What is the best gift to give? A book of course!

10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
All ages under nine with an adult

Something different every week, from stories and songs to crafts and activity stations. 

Tuesday, December 17
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Children's Department
All Ages

Come in your pajamas for holiday stories, crafts and treats with special guest volunteers and their therapy dogs from the Central Alberta Humane Society!

booksDecember 12, January 9, February 13
6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Love to read? Want to share your latest great read or find great recommendations? This is the book club for you!

Drop in Conversation Club for English Language Learners

Mondays, October 28 - December 16
3:30 p.m - 4:30 p.m.
Grades 5 to 9

Practicing your English language skills doesn’t have to be boring!


Freedom to Read Week
February 23 - 29, 2020

Freedom to Read Week is an annual event that encourages Canadians to think about and reaffirm their commitment to intellectual freedom, which is guaranteed them under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Come celebrate this important literary week at RDPL by exercising your freedom to read - browse our collections and check out our Freedom to Read displays to find your next great read. 

For more information, please visit


December 4, 18, January 15, 29, February 12, 26
3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.
All ages

Do you want to be the very best, like no one ever was? Then come out and join other trainers for a fun afternoon of trading and battling!

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

November 19 to December 22 
Out of the Kitchen:Works by Susan Barker and Issy Covey 

These two artists have been creating their artwork in the kitchen, the heart of the home, in the midst of the hustle and bustle. Working from their kitchens has inspired both artists to create 'kitchen' art about the place they work. The work is immediately available to walk past and check on the clay or add a few brush loads of paint, then carry on with daily life or continue to work on their pieces throughout the day. What would your kitchen produce if you were an artist?
*First Friday: December 6

December 31 to February 17
Shadow Man Works by Paul Boultbee

This series of mixed media works combines Paul’s memories and experiences of his travels but through his shadow as an autobiographical form that relies on symbols and materials to convey meaning. Through these haunting images, Paul hopes to encourage the viewer to reflect on their own place in the world, however fleeting that may be.
*First Fridays: January 3 and February 7

February 19 to April 19
2020 Vision: A Red Deer Arts Council Visual Arts Members Juried Exhibition

The Red Deer Arts Council invited its visual arts members to submit work for its annual members’ exhibition. We can’t help but draw a connection between the year 2020 and visual art. This exhibition theme is open to many interpretations and we can’t wait to see what direction members will take with this idea and their own artwork. They may choose to explore their personal world view, the process of sight itself, represent literally what you see, a way of seeing or a more conceptual view or vision – it was up to them to decide.
This should be a very exciting exhibition with many layers of interest.
*First Fridays: March 6 and April 3 

*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.


1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
All ages

Self-guided stations for the whole family including stories, songs and sensory stuff! 


1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Ages 7 - 12  under nine with an adult

Take in our annual building extravaganza!  Supplies and space are limited to the first 30 kids.

Interactive Library held all weekdays and Sundays.

Our Interactive Library Weekdays and Sundays offers time to explore, play and win prizes!

December Interactive Sundays
The Elf on the Library Shelf is back from December 1 to 23.

There are prizes every day in our Book Advent Calendar for anyone who spots him in the Dawe Branch and enters the draw. Ask at the Dawe Branch for more details.

January Interactive Sundays
Happy Families Have Fun Together!

Complete these fun literacy challenges and enter a draw for a chance to win the new Kobo eReader with an instant access to Overdrive, your source of free digital books from your library!

February Interactive Sundays
I Spy Battleship
Dust off your spyglass and play I Spy Battleship all February long. Challenge yourself to find all the hidden items and enter our draw to win your own treasure box! Ask us for more details.

3:15 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Grades 3 to 9

SNAP (Settlement for Newcomers through Activities and Programs) provides programs for immigrant and refugee youth.

Sunday, December 15
1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
All ages (under nine with an adult)

All aboard! Come in your PJs and board the train as we enjoy activities, crafts, and a yummy snack.

December 8, 15, 29, January 5, 12, 26, February 2, 9, 23
1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Ages 12 -17

Put your game face on and get ready to throw down with some of our awesome games. Snacks are on us!

Thursdays except Stat holidays
2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Level 2 - Downtown Branch

Did you get a new tech toy for Christmas or are you stumped by a question with your computer, tablet, eReader or other device? Drop in with your device and your questions for help.

10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
All ages

Every Sunday morning we’ll pull out tents and tunnels for families to crawl through or read inside!

Saturday, December 14
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Families welcome!

Free minute-long holiday-themed games with prizes for all ages.

1 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Birth to 19 months
with an adult

Stories, songs, rhymes and activities designed specifically for each age group.


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.

Santa has heard about RDPL’s PenPal program
with New Jersey’s Middletown Public Library
and he is sending his special helpers, Gerald & Piggie, to help write Pen Pal letters in December. Find them in the Children’s Department and get a festive letter template. 

Show our friends in New Jersey you found Gerald and Piggie!
Take a picture and tag RDPL on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram!


Held the fourth Monday of each month
*date changed for stat holidays
6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.
For adults

New members always welcome. Read a good book and come talk about it with us!

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

Stories, songs, rhymes and activities designed specifically for babies.

Beginning in January 2020, pick up your Red Deer Choosewell Bingo sheet
at any branch and complete it by visiting free programs around Red Deer which promote healthy eating and active living. Keep your family active and happy throughout the winter and win great prizes.

2:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.
All ages under nine with an adult

It's family time! Join us Friday afternoons for an all ages family storytime with fun activities.

Join our adult reading challenge in 2020! Read a book a week or 52 in the year. This is an ongoing self-led challenge. Keep track yourself, or pick up a tracking sheet from any branch.
Watch for reader meet-ups every quarter! More info: or



Start using that new laptop, check out an eBook onto your device, learn all about apps and more. We provide individual consultation to suit your needs.
Call Tatiana at 403-346-4576 ext. 2510 to arrange an appointment


Registration required! 

Saturday, December 14 
10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Wednesday, December 18
4 p.m. - 8 p.m.
For ages eight and up
(if under 13, at least one adult must be on the team)

Enter with your team of up to six players.

malllogoSecond Thursday of each month 
December 12, January 9, February 13

10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Food Court Fireplace

Enjoy outstanding stories, puppet shows and songs!