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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RISE Is a great example of community development and efforts to build a resilient, trusted and accessible network of learning opportunity for rural Alberta. Bow Valley College would be pleased to continue utilizing the RISE Network to support and align with needs of rural learners, increase access to post-secondary opportunities and strengthen cross-generational learning through technology

— Teri McKinnon Bow Valley College

Gardening & Nature

Back to the Basics: Using Natural Treatments and Food as Medicine for an Optimal You

Submitted by ntalsma.marigold on Fri, 2016/05/13 - 3:51pm
Monday, June 27, 2016 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Hippocrates: "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food."

Modern-day society has presented some astonishing new inventions and discoveries, enriching our lives but also posing new challenges. This lecture will discuss how modern-day influences have impacted our health and well-being, specifically weight management and mood.

Have a green thumb? Work in health care? Love plants? Read on!

Submitted by jfisher.marigold on Tue, 2016/05/03 - 2:34pm
Wednesday, June 15, 2016 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Do you work in health care, or are you interested in working in health care, AND have a green thumb? Maybe you just want an excuse to get your hands dirty? Becoming a Horticultural Therapist would allow you to connect to diverse populations in a wide variety of settings. Horticultural Therapy programs use plants and gardening to enhance emotional, physical, and mental well being. Come have some fun in the dirt with us! Presented by the Royal Botancial Gardens in Ontario, suitable for ages 14-99, and beyond!

Proper Tree and Shrub Pruning for Homeowners

Submitted by ntalsma.marigold on Mon, 2016/04/25 - 3:17pm
Saturday, May 7, 2016 - 9:00am - 12:00pm

This workshop will cover the what, where, when, why, and how (you are the who!) of pruning trees and shrubs. We will start with three hours of classroom instruction, suitable for both new pruners and those with a solid foundation looking to improve their skills. Local attendees will have the opportunity for some hands on practice in the community in the afternoon.

Hosted by Drumheller Public Library
Presenter Maureen Sexsmith-West, ISA Certified Arborist, owner of Ladybug Arborists

‘Artists’ Gardens: Nature Inspiring Art’ from the Royal Botanical Gardens

Submitted by robert.chinook on Mon, 2016/04/25 - 8:53am
Tuesday, June 21, 2016 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm

 ‘Artists’ Gardens: Nature Inspiring Art’ from the Royal Botanical Gardens

Arctic Discoveries - Gray Wolves of Alaska

Submitted by jfisher.marigold on Tue, 2016/04/19 - 12:20pm
Wednesday, July 13, 2016 - 11:30am - 12:30pm

With this year's TD Summer Reading Program theme being "Wild," it is the perfect opportunity to invite your young patrons ages 5-11 into your library to meet a real live wolf! Okay, so they will be meeting them on screen, but your young patrons are sure to be mesmerized by this educational, 45 minute videconference opportunity hosted by the Alaska Zoo and their wolf pack. 

Promotional poster attached below.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

This session will be presented by four local groups sharing practices and tips for growing food in Southwest Alberta. Topics explored will include sustainability, affordability, small space gardens, and growing in alternative spaces like school classrooms.

Thursday, April 28, 2016 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

‘Things With Sharp Teeth: Living with Wolves and Grizzlies’, presented by Kevin Van Tighem – Our relationships with wolves and grizzly bears are often based more on fear and distrust than on respect and coexistence. This talk will explore some of the ways in which some hunters, ranchers and recreationists are starting to re-think our relationship with large carnivores and the remarkable possibilities that could result. Presented by the Waterton Natural History Association in partnership with Lethbridge Public Library.

Friday, April 22, 2016 - 11:00am - 12:30pm

Reducing Food Waste and Organic Materials in our Landfills
This interactive session will discuss the topic of household food waste and how we all can play a part in reversing this trend. Question and answer period will follow presentation.
Heather Gowland, Waste & Recycling Services, City of Lethbridge
Cory Armfelt, Director of Planning, Town of Taber
Don Francis, EnviroCan

Thursday, April 21, 2016 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

‘Little Burrows on the Prairie: Life and Times of Yellow-Bellied Marmots in Southern Alberta’, presented by Berna-Dean Holland – Come learn about the biology, behaviour and life history of the Yellow-Bellied Marmots. Comparing populations found in different habitats, latitudes and elevations can shed light on our understanding of the limits of adaptive plasticity within species and show us how Yellow-Bellied Marmots may fare in the face of rising global temperatures and environmental change.

Thursday, April 14, 2016 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Living in Mutual Respect with our Environment and its Inhabitants’, presented by Ryan Heavy Head – Our increased access and intrusion into wildlife habitat adds increasing barriers to the normal movement, feeding, reproduction and survival of many species who share our common fragile landscape. This talk details how snakes and other wildlife have been responding to these changes, and explores the application of traditional Blackfoot concepts in current approaches to human-wildlife relationships and species conservation.