Deep River Public Library

Library programs

Human Library

The Human Library is coming to Deep River! Join us for conversations and connections with human books from our community. 
The Human Library is designed to build a positive framework for conversations that can challenge stereotypes and prejudices through dialogue. The Human Library is a place where real people are on loan to readers. A place where difficult questions are expected, appreciated and answered.
Books are people who have a story to tell that could help to dispel assumptions or foster understanding. Human Libraries have offered “books” with titles such as “Trans-gendered”, “Wiccan”, “Bipolar”, “Living with an Addiction”, or “Refugee”, to name a few. 
How does it work?
Books are people who have a story to tell that could help dispel assumptions or foster understanding. A collection books will be available for people to check out on Thursday, October 12th. Each book will be available to check out in 15 minute time slots. There will be suggested questions to get the ball rolling, and a simple code of conduct to keep things respectful. Each book will be available during a 2 hour shift. Schedule and titles will be available for review closer to the event date.
Do You have a story to tell? Fill out our intake form to become a ‘human book’: Human Library In-take form Sep 2023

October 12

More Information or call us at 613-584-4244.

community memory vault

This project will engage with long-time residents to capture memories about the “early days” of Deep River and Area. It is a fun and easy way for our seniors and elders to “give back” to this community by sharing their knowledge / memories about this area and its unique history!

Here’s how it works: Each week, we will email participants a question about the “early days” in Deep River and area. Questions are designed to be fun and trigger memories! Participation is easy: all you have to do is hit “reply” to our emails and share your memories with us. This would be a great project for grandkids and grandparents or children and parents to work on together.

Your reply can be as short as a few sentences, or as long as you like If you don’t feel like answering a question, then you can simply choose not to reply that week. Also, you can unsubscribe from our emails at any time.

Memories will be compiled into a ‘living book’ of memories that grows with time. The library will make this ‘living book’ available to current and future generations to inform our collective understanding of our area’s early history. Please, help us add YOUR family’s chapter!

Sign up here: 


More Information or call us at 613-584-4244.

Historical Transitions Through ARt

An exhibit of art pieces that aims to interpret Deep River + area’s rich, diverse, long term history. This visual exhibit and art show hopes to expand understanding on our local history, bridging the gap between past and present, and connecting our yesterday with our tomorrow.

MAKERS NIGHT: Wednesday, September 13th 6:30-9pm. Join us for an evening of making: create, explore and have a blast. Consider entering your creation in the upcoming exhibit!


OPENING RECEPTION EVENT: Wednesday, October 11th 6:30-8pm featuring a welcome from Britt Gillman of the Deep River Library & partner’s Not Born From A Virgin Forest local history project as well as coffee, tea and light refreshments.

10-day exhibition open for viewing through October 11th-20th during library open hours.

OPEN CALL FOR ARTISTS: If you are interested in submitting your art pieces to this show, please complete the registration for here:

printed forms available at the library.

September October

More Information

For more info, contact: Britt Gillman, Project Research Analyst or call us at 613-584-4244.

Seminar Series for Inquiring Minds

The Deep River Library is pleased to present a Seminar Series for Inquiring Minds. Patterned after the traditional Deep River Science Association lecture series held throughout the 1960s, 70s and 80s, this series will focus on local residents who are doing interesting things, in order to provide a platform for them to disport their interests, and connect with like-minded individuals locally. 

Interested future speakers are encouraged to contact the library.

Join us the following Fridays at 7pm for:

September 29th, Steve D’Eon presents “Smoke and Science”

October 20th, Charles Packer presents “Monsters, Mysteries and Meanings: The Old English Poem Beowulf”

November 17th, Bill Diamond presents “Accelerator Production of Medical Isotopes”

January 19th, Dave Winfield presents “History and Development of the Slowpoke and Miniature Neutron Source Research Reactors”

February 16th, Alistair Miller presents “Hydrogen: The Colours, The Roles and the Issues”

March 22nd, Stephen Douglas presents “Mathematics and the Game of Backgammon”

April 26th, Reuben Marini presents “Residential Power Back Up System Without Using Fossil Fuel”


More Information

For more information call us at 613-584-4244 or

Winter Lending Hub

In partnership with The Town of Deep River, we offer a variety of winter equipment to borrow for a seven day loan period. Items available to borrow include snowshoes, GT racers, sliding saucers and red sleds. Items are available on a first come, first served basis and can be placed on reserved using your library card.

Snowshoe sizing:

19″ 50-95lbs

21″ 100-150lbs

28″ 150-190lbs

30″ 160-210lbs

36″ 265lbs

 Waivers must be signed at the Deep River Library when checking out HUB items.

Hub items are available to borrow by patrons of the Deep River Public Library who have a local address (Deep River, Laurentian Hills, and the Townships of Head, Clara and Maria). Don’t have a card? No problem. They are free and easy to sign up for: Bring ID and proof of local address to the library information desk.

Weekly, November-March

More Information

For more information or to request an item call us at 613-584-4244. To view or print  a copy of  the lending waiver visit

Writers Unite!

Are you a local writer or poet, beginner, aspirational or published, or someone who simply enjoys playing with words?

If so, we invite you to WRITER’S UNITE, a creative writing group to gather for an informal chat with other like-minded folk.

We are hoping to establish a community-based group that offers regular opportunities to share writing experiences, test ideas, get feedback, discuss competitions and submissions, and support each other in developing writing confidence & INSPIRATION!

Monthly meeting

More Information

For more information email or call us at 613-584-4244.

Check our events calendar for meeting dates and times!

Arts open Mic Night & Coffeehouse

Perform your art and explore the art of those in our community!
Open to poets, comedians, storytellers, writers, spoken word artists, visual artists, dancers, vocalists, musicians, and anyone who wants to perform their art for others to enjoy.
All genres & mediums are welcome.

Monthly Meeting

More Information

For more information email or call us at 613-584-4244.

Check our events calendar for meeting dates and times!

open mic

Non-fiction addiction book club

The Deep River Public Library’s newest book club for the non-fiction lovers!
From memoir to philosophy, historical, biography or how-to, we explore books with stories from the real world and learn new things together!
Non-Fiction Addiction meets at the library on or around the 15th of every month to discuss the book. Members who join our Facebook group, please comment on the pinned post OR email to ensure you are on the list for book ordering.
Members will have a book ordered for them every month through Interlibrary Loan, for pick-up at the library every mid-month (on or around the 15th). You just need a library card!


More Information

for more information email and join our Facebook group.

non-fiction addiction


Roads to book clubs are paved with best intentions! Read along (or don’t) and join us in person on the last Tuesday of each month to chat.
Books are circulated around the 1st of each month, and are available for a month-long loan period.

Last Friday of the Month

More Information

for more information email and join our Facebook group.

best intentions

Book Club Support Services

Are you a member of a local book club? Would you like the library to supply your books for your book club? If you answered yes, this service is for you! WE have been proudly supporting book clubs in town for many years. How does it work? We have a form for you to fill out that includes member’s information and your reading list for the year. The books are available on the 1st of the month, and due back the 1st of the following month, giving you ample time to read and discuss. To have the library supply books for your book club, please complete the following forms.

Deep River Library cards and an email address are required for participation.

Reading lists must be submitted a month prior to your desired start date in order for us to have time to source as many copies as needed (e.x.: If you want to read “Anne of Green Gables” in October, we need to know how many copies you need by the 1st of September.)


More Information

for more information email or call 613 584-4244

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Home delivery services

We deliver! Contact the library to place items on hold and to arrange for home delivery.


To learn more, or to place an order email

or call 613 584-4244

illustration of a teal station wagon with two large books strapped to the roof

Knit-a-long group

Join us by the fireplace as we work our way through a knitting project together! The pattern will be provided by the library, and help will be available if needed. Beginners are welcome and no registration is required. Starting October 11th @ 1pm.

2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month

To learn more, or to receive this months pattern email or join our Facebook group

knitting group

Coffee and Crafts

Connect with creative and inspiring members of the community; Share and learn from one another.

A in person coffee and crafts evening with a new project each month! Coffee, tea and supplies are provided. This is a free drop in program. 



To learn more see our Facebook group or email 

Check our events calendar for coffee and crafts meeting times and project description.

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