Meet Engine 23

Calgary Public Library’s first play and learning experience for ages 0 – 12

The new adventures of Engine 23

Sound the alarm! Engine 23 will open at Fish Creek Library in 2024. 

The decommissioned fire truck will help children play together, learn life-saving fire safety tips, and create their very own Engine 23 adventures. Engine 23 is a partnership between Calgary Public Library and the Calgary Fire Department, and generously supported by the Calgary Public Library Foundation. 

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What is Engine 23?

Engine 23 is a decommissioned Calgary Fire Department pumper truck that was part of the Early Learning Centre at the old Central Library. Since the opening of the new Central Library in 2018, Engine 23 has been waiting to find its new home.  

Lifecycle renovations of Fish Creek Library will allow for installation on the second floor between the existing Early Learning Centre and Questionarium.   

This is an exciting opportunity to reimagine the Engine 23 play and learning experience that is unique to Fish Creek Library and able to be enjoyed by all ages. 

The Engine 23 experience

Kids ages 0 – 12 will find age-appropriate and fun ways to engage in imaginative play and learning, with a hands-on approach to literacy skill-building and safety education. 

You can learn more about the plans behind this play and learning experience and help Calgary Public Library get a ladder up on literacy by visiting the Calgary Public Library Foundation online.

Fire safety starts with you

Learn about home safety and the life of a firefighter with colouring sheets, puzzles, and games in the Fire Safety Activity Book.

Pick up your copy at any Calgary fire hall or Calgary Public Library location.

Download your Fire Safety Activity Book

Firefighter Storytime and Storytime with the Fire Chief

Stop, drop, and roll to join Library staff and a Calgary Fire Department firefighter for a special family storytime with books and rhymes about firefighting and fire safety. Firefighter subject to availability.

Register for free programs