The Red Deer Public Library: more than just a place to grab a new book. Through their numerous events and programs, they've become a great place to meet like-minded people and have done amazing things for our community over the years—two characteristics that the Kinsmen also hold in high regard.
We want to take a moment to give thanks to everyone at the Red Deer Public Library, as well as highlight some moments from their history that the Kinsmen were involved in.
The Red Deer Public Library was founded in 1914 as part of the Libraries Act of Alberta. After years of moving around the city, the future Downtown Branch, a one-story facility, was constructed in 1967 to celebrate Canada's Centennial. Over the years, the institution has added two additional locations in order to facilitate the needs of the entire city: the Dawe Branch and the Timberlands Branch.
In 1993, the Kinsmen gave $200,000 over 5 years to the Red Deer Public Library. This money was used to help begin the development for the Kinsmen Link, an area that is still being used today to connect the Children's Library with the Snell Auditorium, the Adult spaces and the library's own Technical Services area. While the Link and the Centennial Library were undergoing renovations, the Children's Library became a stand-alone area of almost a year! The Kinsmen also contributed to the library in 1996; to this day, it's become a favourite spot for some of our younger (and hopefully future) members and their parents.
For giving the people of Red Deer a place to learn about new topics and explore their interests, we cannot thank you enough! We hope to continue helping you out in the years to come whenever we can!
Let us know your favourite memory of the Red Deer Public Library on our Facebook and Twitter pages! For more information on the Red Deer Public Library, go to https://www.rdpl.org/ and learn how you can get involved with one of their activities!