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

Literary Arts

BookLook West

Submitted by Anonymous on Tue, 2015/05/12 - 9:19am
Wednesday, June 24, 2015 - 1:00pm - 3:30pm

Please join us for a fun and informative BookLook West session as some of the foremost publisher reps in Canada's West share their picks from their independent publishers. This session offers the opportunity to increase your knowledge-base of Western Canadian books, increase the diversity of Alberta-relevant content in your collection, and strengthen your connection to local authors and publishing initiatives. They will cover the newest adult and children books, especially those most relevant to Alberta libraries and their communities.

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. 

Charles Dickens: One of History’s Greatest Writers and Reformers

Submitted by Anonymous on Wed, 2014/11/05 - 10:19am
Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Does an author have the power to change society? Using his gift for storytelling, Charles Dickens did exactly that. With the help of her latest book, Charles Dickens and the Street Children of London, award-winning author Andrea Warren introduces students grades five and up to Dickens as both an author and social reformer.

Author Talk: Susan Raby-Dunne "Bonfire: The Chestnut Gentleman"

Submitted by Anonymous on Tue, 2014/10/21 - 11:09am
Monday, November 10, 2014 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Join author, historian, writer and composer Susan Raby-Dunne to hear about her 7 year journey of researching this book, a short reading, and a Q&A session about John McCrae and WWI.

About the Book

Dewey Divas – Reader’s Advisory

Submitted by Anonymous on Mon, 2014/07/28 - 3:16pm
Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 9:30am - 12:30pm
The marvelous Dewey Divas are back! This year, representatives from Ontario will present this delightful reader’s advisory videoconference. Check out their favorite picks for what’s new and hot in the fall and winter publishing season in books for adults, children and teens. Bios on the Dewey Divas can be found here:  Build your must-have book lists for fall and winter!

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

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.