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Photo Gallery: Yellowknife Public Library Events will appear here on the public site.

The library is happy to offer the following programs for adults, children, and teens.


Photo Gallery: YPL Programs will appear here on the public site.

The Science of the Sacred Book Launch 

In The Science of the Sacred: Bridging Global Indigenous Medicine Systems and Modern Scientific Priciples, naturopathic doctor and First Nations member Nicole Redvers, N.D., explores the ways in which modern medicial science is finally able to support traditional healing systems that have been practiced by Indigenous and traditional cultures for centuries. 


Join the author at the library to launch this exciting new book! 

Saturday, May 11 | 3pm - 4pm 

Library Meeting Room 


Dene Kede | Speak Dene Cafe 

The Yellowknife Public Library is excited to host the Speak Dene Cafe with Paul Andrew. 

The idea is simple. We get together to speak a Dene language. Open to everyone and anyone. 

First gathering on Monday, May 13 at Noon - 1pm in the Library Meeting Room. 

Bring your lunch and enjoy! 


Spring Cleaning: Tips & Tricks with A-List Organizing 

Join Alyssa Mosher, of A-list Organizing, and learn some great tips & tricks to get your home in order! 


Saturday, June 8 | 3pm - 4pm 

Library Meeting Room


Harry Potter Escape Room 

Harry Potter has fallen asleep at Hogwarts and found himself trapped back at the Durlseys! Test your wizarding knowledge & skills to break Harry out of his terrible dream. 

Sessions availalbe May 22 - 27.

Room takes approximately 1 hour. 

Teams of up to 5 permitted. 

Best suited for wizards ages 12+. 


Call, email or visit the library to book your session!


Speak English Cafe 

Join us at the library and pracitice speaking English in a friendly, relaxed environment. 

English speakers are also welcome to volunteer their time and conversation!

Every Thursday at 6:30pm - 8pm in the Library Meeting Room 

This program is presented in partnership with the NWT Literacy Council. 



Join us every Friday for a lunchhour meditation session. All are welcome. 

Every Friday

Noon - 1pm 

Library Meeting Room


Bag Lunch Book Club 

Join us in the library meeting room at the end of every month for the Bag Lunch Book Club! Bring your lunch and discuss a great title from our book club collection. 

Last Tuesday of Every Month 

Library Meeting Room 

Noon - 1pm 


April 23 | Seven Fallen Feathers by Tanya Talaga

May 28 | Becoming by Michelle Obama

June 25 | The Library Book by Susan Orlean 

July 30 | Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli 

Aug 27 | Moccasin Square Gardens by Richard Van Camp



Book a Librarian

Yellowknife Public Library offers a fast growing collection of online resources, including ebooks and audiobooks. We invite you to meet one-on-one with a librarian to learn how to download e-books, and Audiobooks from the library's collection onto your e-reader, mobile device, or laptop.

You can also learn how to use the library's other great digital resources including Rocket Languages and Freegal Music.

To book your session call the library at 920-5642.



Colour Me Happy

Colouring is a great way to de-stress and have fun! Check out our selection of colouring sheets and supplies for adults & teens in the magazine area. Plus, you can submit your masterpiece for a chance to win a great book bundle!



Children (birth to 12 years old)

Celebrity Storytime featuring Mayor Rebecca Alty

Join Mayor Alty at the library for songs, stories & snacks! 


Thursday, May 9 

5:30pm - 6:30pm 

Children's Area 


Une histoire sera lue en francais. 

Best suited for ages 3 - 6 but siblings are welcome.


Friendships in the North!

Living in a small town can be tough, especailly when your friends move away. Discover new ways to keep in touch with friends when they move, strenthen your friendships in town, and make new friends. 


Three workshops (no registration required):

Saturday, May 4

Saturday, May 25

Saturday, June 29


1pm - 2pm in the Library Meeting Room 


This program is best suited for ages 4 - 7. 

The program wil be led by Raven Mutford! 


Celebrity Story Time featuring Leela Gilday

Join celebrated singer/songwriter Leelay Gilday at the library for songs, stories & snacks! 


Saturday, June 8 

11am - Noon 

Children's Area 


Best suited for ages 3 -6 but all welcome! 


T.A.I.L.S. Program - Read to a Dog

Children between the ages of 6 - 12, who love dogs and want to practice reading, can book 20 minutes with a specially trained dog.

This program is offered in partnership with the St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog Program.

Sessions are available every Saturday (except holiday weekends) from January 19, 2019 - June 29, 2019.

Call or email the library to register your child for the TAILS program.

920-5642 |


Tuesday Toddler Time  18-36 months (Drop in: No registration required)

Let your toddler explore the world through stories, rhymes, finger plays and songs that reinforce language development and learning. This lively and interactive program offers special one-on-one time for children and their caregivers. Admission is free. The programming will be followed by a half hour of socialization time.

Tuesdays, 10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Library Meeting Room

January 15 - February 12

March 5 - April 9 (no program on March 19 & 26)

April 30 - June 4


Wednesday Pre-School Story Time 3 - 5 years (Drop in: No registration required)

Story Time is a fun way to introduce your child to the joys of books and learning. Join us for stories, fun, and crafts in the library meeting room. We ask that a parent or caregiver attend with the child. Admission is free.

Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Library Meeting Room

January 16 - February 13

March 6 - April 10 (no program on March 20)

May 1 - June 5


Thursday Baby Time 0 - 18 months (Drop in: No registration required)

Join us for a program that introduces you and your baby to the joy of music, rhyme, lap play, and more. This early childhood literacy program is for children aged 18 months and younger and their parent or caregiver. Siblings welcome. Admission is free. The program will be followed by a half hour of socialization time.

Thursdays, 12:00 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.  

Library Meeting Room

January 17 - February 14

March 7 - April 11 (no program on March 21)

May 2 - June 6

Draw your Own Pokémon Contest

Want a chance to win a Build a Bear Pokémon?

Contest Runs from June 15 to August 15, 2019

Drop by the library or visit to pick up an entry sheet. Enter as many times as you like!  Winning entry will be drawn on August 16 and the library will be displaying the wonderful Pokémon creations in the library.

Contest is open to all fans

Get out there and draw ‘em all!

Click here for contest entry form


Babies Create With Paints

Children ages 6 months to 2 years old are invited to drop in and create a masterpiece for the Library!

When: Friday, June 21 from 2-5 pm

             Saturday, June 22 from 10-1 pm

Where: Children’s Area of Library

Cost: Free

1 canvas per child will be provided.

The Library will exhibit the works of art from July to October.

Drop-in during the above times but please note that cutoff time for the last sitting to paint is ½ hr before the end time of the program.  This will be a very messy program, please dress accordingly. 


Teens (12-18 years old)

Teen Advisory Group (TAG)

Have your say! Yellowknife Public Library invites teens to join our Teen Advisory Group (TAG).

* Meet new people

* Gain community service hours

* Help with library programs

* Join a book club

* Get volunteer experience for your resume.


For more information & to get involved contact Megan (