Red Deer Public Library (RDPL) serves the city of just over 90,000 and surrounding area in Central Alberta from the main branch in the downtown area and the Dawe Library in the north which is in a newly renovated elementary school, recreation centre and library complex.
The library's first home in 1914 was the Board of Trade and fire hall building and the fire hall is a part of the downtown branch - including the pole the firemen slid down!
About the Fireside Readers
In modern history, the most current Red Deer Public Library Book Club began in 1995. Over that time many library staff members have been in charge of the book club and, as with many book clubs, the membership ebbs and flows.
At present, we have 30 members on our email list - they receive the book lists, schedules for the year and copies of the discussion notes following the meeting. Some members are happy to read along with us and send in comments from time to time, but don't attend meetings. Others are snowbirds who flee south to escape the harsh Alberta winters and so only attend for part of the year. Young mothers may drop out for a year or two through the toddler stages and then return.
We range in age from mid-twenties to our seventies. Some are stay-at-home mothers, others work full time or part-time in business or in government and some are retired. Our list does include some men, but....