Connecting Libraries, Connecting People

The RISE Network works with public libraries to provide Albertans with opportunities to communicate with health care professionals, participate in distance education, attend meetings, learn new skills and more – all by videoconference from their local library. 

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 ...the potential for transforming public libraries, especially in rural areas, is enormous. This is a [network] that brings people together, strengthens our communities and creates another service niche for public libraries in Alberta.

— Michelle Toombs, Director Marigold Library System

LIVE INTERACTIVE PUPPET SHOW! The Adventures of Captain Healthy & Safety Dog

Submitted by Anonymous on Mon, 2013/03/11 - 12:51pm
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Learn basic health and safety tips from two intergalactic characters from the planet Relatively Fit — Captain Healthy & Safety Dog! Through this live, interactive performance students will engage with puppeteers as they learn about hygiene, sun protection, nutrition and healthy eating habits (MyFoodPlate), active play & safety outdoors, and general household safety tips! Sound effects and original music get students up on their feet and moving during the program. Don’t miss this out of world experience!

Dewey Divas

Submitted by Anonymous on Fri, 2013/03/08 - 2:27pm
Tuesday, April 23, 2013 - 9:00am - 12:00pm

The marvelous Dewey Divas are coming back to Alberta.  RISE is committed to providing library videoconference sites in Alberta with this engaging and enticing presentation of upcoming publications.  The presentation and videoconference will take place on Tuesday, April 23 at Calgary Public Library; RISE will broadcast from Calgary Public Library again this year. This is an opportunity to build your ‘can hardly wait’ reading list.

The Science Behind Investigating a Crime

Submitted by Anonymous on Wed, 2013/02/27 - 2:56pm
Thursday, March 14, 2013 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Sure, you may have watch endless episodes of Law and Order, CSI, NCIS, Perry Mason, Murder, She Wrote, and any number of either police procedural or whodunit TV programs, but what’s it really like to be a professional crime scene investigator? Find out as you and your students help solve a burglary as you ask questions of, and interact with, St. Louis County Police detectives and crime scene investigators.

How to Get Started Gardening in Southern Alberta

Submitted by Anonymous on Wed, 2013/02/27 - 9:51am
Tuesday, March 26, 2013 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Are you new to Southern Alberta?  New to gardening? Or do you have a new space, and aren’t sure where to start?  We’ll help you get direction and inspiration through a review of foundational principles, a discussion of our region’s particular considerations, and tips for organizing your time, ideas, and budget.

Mental Wellness Workshop

Submitted by Anonymous on Wed, 2013/02/27 - 9:47am
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm

The Claresholm Mental Health Clinic has put together an interactive and informative workshop, to aid people caring for those with Dementia. There will be information handouts as well as activities for the group to get a better understading of caring for Dementia patients.

Host: Claresholm Public Library
Presenter: TBA

Introduction to the Great Barrier Reef

Submitted by Anonymous on Tue, 2013/02/26 - 5:23pm
Thursday, June 13, 2013 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Reef HQ is the Education Centre for the Great Barrier Reef. The Introduction to the Great barrier Reef program gives students of all ages and learning abilities a unique environment to experience and learn about the Great Barrier Reef. This innovative education program is age-specific and allows students to work towards objectives outlined in school curriculum. All Reef Videoconferencing Programs are supported by our Reef Education web site

Presented by: Reef HQ Aquarium (Australia)
Hosted by: Marigold Library System

Knights, Castles, and Kings

Submitted by Anonymous on Tue, 2013/02/26 - 12:48pm
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Knights in shining armor, legendary queens, towering castles and fantastic beasts populate the pages of fairy tales and capture our imagination. But where does the fantasy merge with fact? In this program, students will be introduced to noble life in the Middle Ages through arms and armor, courtly and religious objects in the collection of The Cleveland Museum of Art. They will be asked to observe, comment on what they see, question, and draw conclusions about the role of castles, knights and kings in medieval society.

Presented by: The Cleveland Museum of Art

Train Robbers of the Old West

Submitted by Anonymous on Mon, 2013/02/25 - 3:07pm
Wednesday, May 29, 2013 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm

With great expansion and settlement of the West also came something a little more undesirable; the Outlaws. As soon as the tracks were laid bad guys began turning their attention from robbing banks to the railroads crossing vast open country carrying money, goods and passengers, with only the train’s crew as defense.

In this session we will explore the following robberies out of the many that took place in the old west.

Gardening and Horticulture - Container Gardening

Submitted by Anonymous on Thu, 2013/02/21 - 1:33pm
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Learn how to create containers that can transition through the seasons. Zoo container fanatics will share the best plants to use, planting tips, benefits of different types of containers. This program includes a demonstration.

Presented by: The Calgary Zoo
Hosted by: Marigold, Chinook Arch, and Shortgrass Library Systems

Gardening and Horticulture - Gardens that Heal

Submitted by Anonymous on Thu, 2013/02/21 - 1:32pm
Tuesday, April 23, 2013 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

We all know that gardening is good for our souls and for keeping our bodies moving, but did you know that gardening is being used by health care practitioners that work with patients?  Horticultural therapy allows people with physical and mental disabilities to benefit from the healing powers of gardens and gardening.  Maybe it can help someone in your life, or perhaps you might have something to offer this fascinating blending of gardening and therapy.

Presented by: The Calgary Zoo
Hosted by: Marigold, Chinook Arch, and Shortgrass Library Systems