Red Deerians are avid readers and movie watchers

Red Deer is a city of movie watchers; at least that’s what data from Red Deer Public Library (RDPL) indicates. According to RDPL, DVDs are the most popular item the library lends, with more than 11,000 titles available at the Downtown Branch alone, Red Deerians checked out more than 17,000 movies in August 2017 alone.

In addition to DVDs, one of the most popular items checked out this year at the Dawe branch is a book titled Accent on Canadian English: A Pronunciation Program for Speakers of English as a Second Language.

This is likely due to the thriving Adult Literacy program based out of the Dawe branch – only the second of its kind in Alberta.

At the Timberlands Branch (which opened in the fall of 2014), top circulating items include: People Magazine, The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, and Game of Thrones: Season 2. In 2017, Fishbowl by Bradley Somer and the DVD Arrival were also at the top of the charts.

In terms of books, big name authors are always popular with Red Deerians. This includes: James Patterson, Danielle Steel, Nora Roberts, Janet Evanovich, and Louis L’Amour, five of the most checked out authors at Red Deer Public Library since 2003.

As for the most sought-after items this summer? That would be the DVD Guardians of the Galaxy, which has 39 holds. Glass Houses by Louise Penney is currently the most requested adult fiction book with 21 holds.

To borrow items from the library’s collection of books, CDs, DVDs, videogames, and so much more, all you need is a library card. Library cards are free for all City of Red Deer residents until the end of 2017. Get one by visiting any Red Deer Public Library branch, or visit www.rdpl.org for more information.

Curious what other items made the list? Check out Red Deer’s most popular items below:

Red Deer’s most popular library items

1) CSI: Miami Season 1 (DVD) – 624 checkouts

2) Memoirs of a Geisha (DVD) – 557 checkouts

3) Mission Impossible III (DVD) – 532 checkouts

4) My Big Fat Greek Wedding (DVD) – 526 checkouts

5) In Her Shoes (DVD) – 514 checkouts

Red Deer’s favourite picture books

1) The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss – 561 checkouts

2) On the Moon by Stan Berenstain – 497 checkouts

3) Are You My Mother by P.D. Eastman – 478 checkouts

Top 5 items of 2017

1) We’re All in This Together by Amy Jones(Book) – 475 checkouts

2) Sully (DVD) – 155 checkouts

3) Snowden (DVD) – 105 checkouts

4) Hacksaw Ridge (DVD) – 105 checkouts

5) The Girl on the Train (DVD) – 105 checkouts

Most popular eBooks (OverDrive)

1) Gone Girl: A Novel by Gillian Flynn – 367 checkouts

2) The Next Always by Nora Roberts – 366 checkouts

3) The Racketeer by John Grisham – 318 checkouts

4) A Wanted Man by Lee Child – 276 checkouts

5) Fifty Shades of Grey: Book 1 by E. L. James – 275 checkouts

(All data is according to checkouts as of Sept. 25, 2017)

Just Posted

WATCH: Property taxes in Red Deer will go up 2.02 per cent in 2018

City council passes a “tough” budget that maintains most service levels

Red Deer councillor balks at city getting stuck with more funding responsibilities

Volunteer Central seeks municipal funding after being cut off by government

Olds chicken barn burns to the ground, no livestock harmed

More than 100,000 chickens were saved as fire crews prevent the blaze from spreading

Bear video meant to promote conservation: zoo owner

Discovery Wildlife Park says it will look at other ways to promote its conservation message

Red Deer’s Soundhouse closing its doors on Record Store Day

The owners of The Soundhouse want to shut down their store on… Continue reading

NorAm Western Canadian Cross Country Ski Championships begin in Red Deer

The biggest cross-country skiing competition in Red Deer’s history is underway. Nearly… Continue reading

In photos: Get ready for Western Canadian Championships

Haywood NorAm Western Canadian Championships and Peavey Mart Alberta Cup 5/6 start… Continue reading

WATCH: Red Deer city council debates cost-savings versus quality of life

Majority of councillors decide certain services are worth preserving

Got milk? Highway reopened near Millet

A southbound truck hauling milk and cartons collided with a bridge

Stettler’s newest residents overcame fear, bloodshed to come here

Daniel Kwizera, Diane Mukasine and kids now permanent residents

Giddy up: Red Deer to host Canadian Finals Rodeo in 2018

The CFR is expected to bring $20-30 million annually to Red Deer and region

Ice dancers Virtue and Moir to carry flag at Pyeongchang Olympics

Not since Kurt Browning at the 1994 Lillehammer Games has a figure… Continue reading

Beer Canada calls on feds to axe increasing beer tax as consumption trends down

OTTAWA — A trade association for Canada’s beer industry wants the federal… Continue reading

Most Read


Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $185 for 260 issues (must live in delivery area to qualify) Unlimited Digital Access 99 cents for the first four weeks and then only $15 per month Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $15 a month