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. 

Subscribe to our RSS feed     

 ...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

author talk

Author Talk: Jennifer Hamblin, "Calgary's Stampede Queens"

Submitted by Anonymous on Thu, 2015/02/12 - 10:42am
Saturday, March 7, 2015 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

A trio of pretty cowgirls in white-hatted crowns is one of the most recognizable and enduring symbols of the Calgary Stampede, but did you know that the Queen tradition only began because of a chance encounter in 1946? And that early winners weren't required to prove their horsemanship, but instead earned their titles by selling tickets to a Stampede street dance? Come and hear author Jennifer Hamblin talk about these and many other fascinating details about the history of Calgary's Stampede Queens. 

Author Talk: British Home Children - "The Street Arab"

Submitted by Anonymous on Mon, 2014/06/30 - 11:33am
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Ranging in age from 1-18 years, these impoverished children came from all parts of the British Isles to Canada with hopes of a chance at a better life.   Known as the British Home Children, their stories are a huge part of Canadian history, which to this day largely remains unknown.  Hear how their stories have lay hidden for decades due to the stigma attached to them. Only now many Canadians are learning that their family member was a British Home Child. Join us as we give these children a voice and place in Canadian History. 

Author Visit: Fran L. Porter, When the Ship has no Stabilizers

Submitted by Anonymous on Mon, 2014/06/09 - 4:09pm
Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Author Visit: Fran L. Porter
When the Ship Has No Stabilizers

Author Talk: Lorraine Lohr Cathro "Roots and Adventures: A Prairie Childhhod"

Submitted by Anonymous on Thu, 2014/04/10 - 3:37pm
Monday, May 12, 2014 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Lorraine Cathro was raised on a farm southwest of Stettler, Alberta.  Now retired, Lorraine’s past careers include teaching and writing.  She currently resides with her husband, Doug, on an acreage in the M.D. of Foothills.  They have two grown children and two granddaughters.  

Author Talk: Tyler Trafford, author of "Almost a Great Escape"

Submitted by Anonymous on Tue, 2014/04/01 - 1:06pm
Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Meet Tyler Trafford author of "Almost a Great Escape: A Found Story."  Learn how Tyler turned his mother’s story into a creative non-fiction Best Seller. Get enthused about structuring and writing your own family story.
Top 10 Alberta Readers’ Choice
 “A family history full of loss, secrets and the famous wartime Great Escape.”
Eric Volmer, Calgary Herald