Library Programs


For instructions on placing holds with our online catalogue, check out our step-by-step guide HOW TO place a hold or renew online.pdf.

Staff will contact you to make arrangements for pick-up.


Let us pick your books and movies for you!

Mix and Match from the categories provided and we will create a custom surprise pack for you.

Phone 613 584-4244 or email to place your requests and arrange for curbside pick up. Please specify if you require large print or audio books when ordering.

An example request might look like: 1 adult fiction book from 'It's Magic', two non-fiction books form 'live your best life' and one DVD from 'award winners'


The DRPL Bookmaker Challenge

Join the Deep River Library’s Bookmaker Challenge!
Calling all children, adults, and everyone in between: The Deep River Library would like you to make your own library book! We’re asking you to create an original book (picture book, graphic novel, journal, chapter book, poetry collection, short story, even the next great Canadian novel). The theme of your book is up to you: anything goes! But if you need some inspiration, how about “My Imaginary Friend” (for kids) or “Once In A Lifetime Experiences” (for adults)?
When our library re-opens, please drop off your creation at the front desk. All submissions will be “processed” with a library spine label and a custom-made library card! Books will be put on display in the library for the public to view for 6 weeks before being returned to the author. Please spread the word to teachers, students, friends, and colleagues! You’ll be joining a national movement that encourages everyone to stay home and write more.

The DRPL Craftbox 

The goal of The Deep River Library Craftbox is to connect all of you, creative and inspiring members of the community, to share and learn from one another.
The Craftbox will challenge you to try something new with regular projects, beginner’s tutorials and a Weekly 'show and tell Tuesday' post to show off and cheer each other on.

 Free Streaming Services

Looking for options to stream great Canadian films for free? Check out:

  • Watch Hot Docs at Home on CBC, a multiplatform festival-at-home experience providing Canadians with front-row access to titles from the 2020 Hot Docs Festival premiering Thursday nights starting today, April 16.
  • The Banff Centre for the Arts is bringing the epic adventure of the Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival to your home! Check out their website for a curated program of free short films that are available online, and updated often. 
  • The National Film Board hosts a smorgasbord of great Canadian films, documentaries and animations. Many are available for free!


Virtual Culture Club

Meet the last Thursday of the month via Zoom to discuss great books and films around a theme. Contact the library at 613-584-4244 or for the link to our meeting, or for title recommendations.

We’ll be discussing:

  • Asian Heritage: Thursday, May 28th at 2:00pm
  • Indigenous History in Canada: Thursday, June 25th at 2:00pm
  • Local Works: Thursday, July 30th at 2:00pm

 Reading suggestions for May:

Viewing suggestions for May:

  • The National Film Board’s curated selection for Asian Heritage Month.
  • The CBC’s GEM has a great selection of films, tv series, short documentaries and Hot Docs to celebrate Canada’s Asian Heritage. Check out their trailer here. A few examples:
    • A-Yi is the story of an elderly Chinese can collector who strikes up an unexpected friendship with a house full of friends in East Vancouver.
    • In the Shadow of the Pines, filmmaker Anne Koizumi explores the childhood shame she felt about her Japanese immigrant father, who worked as a janitor at her school.
    • Bollywood: The world’s biggest film industry Anita Rani has exclusive access to the largest Bollywood films and stars to reveal the extraordinary stories and secrets behind the biggest film industry on earth
  • Check out the NFB’s Talespinners collection, which uses vibrant animation to bring popular children’s stories from a wide range of cultural communities to the screen, like:
    • Jaime Lo, Small and Shy. In this animated short, Jaime Lo's father is sent to Hong Kong for a year-long work assignment. A shy Chinese-Canadian girl, Jaime Lo must use her creativity to cope with his absence. This story offers us a lighthearted glimpse into a common dilemma that many immigrant families face, where one parent must work overseas in order to provide for the rest of the family back home.
    • The Chinese Violin. In this animated short, a young girl and her father move from China to Canada, bringing only their Chinese violin along for the journey. As they face the challenge of starting fresh in a new place, the music of the violin connects them to the life they left behind and guides the girl towards a musical future.

Interested in the conversation, but at a different time? We want to hear from you. Contact us at or 613-584-4244.

We look forward to meeting in-person as soon as we can.



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