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

Gardening & Nature

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Sustainable Cultural Tourism; Susan Guyette, PhD.

Video Conferencing from Santa Fe New Mexico, Susan Guyette speaks of sustainability being possible through a worldview that respects cultural values and natural cycles, rather than a lineal, profit-based economic perspective. This approach emphasizes a cyclical process of community-based evaluation and redirection. Indigenous methodology shows the way!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Cougars in The Cypress Hills: reconciling recreation and wildlife; Peter Swain, District Manager, Cypress Hills Provincial Park

Join Peter Swain, video conferencing in from the Medicine Hat Library, for this amazing presentation.   Elkwater has incredible winter recreation facilities, but are these helping or hindering the cougars?  Join us for an entertaining walk through cougar biology, conflict and adaptive park management.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

How To Create Green Communities; Godo Stoyke, President, Green Consultant and Carbon Buster
   
Video Conferencing from Edmonton join Godo to find out how our communities can reduce their carbon footprint, save money and create a sustainable future! In this lively, humorous and informative presentation, Godo will provide numerous examples of exciting green systems from around the world that work.

Prairie Species at Risk - 2015 Winter Speaker Series – Community and Land

Submitted by Anonymous on Wed, 2014/12/10 - 3:07pm
Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Prairie Species at Risk; Joel Nicholson,
Species at Risk, Senior Biologist ESRD

Video Conferencing from the Medicine Hat Library, Joel Nicholson presents a glimpse  into wildlife species dependent on prairie grassland.  The mixed grass prairie of southern Alberta is an amazing natural landscape, providing habitat for many unique species.

Royal Tyrrell Museum Virtual Visit

Submitted by jbach.marigold on Fri, 2014/10/31 - 9:54am
Friday, November 28, 2014 - 10:00am - 11:00am

Take a tour of the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology without leaving the library! During this interactive virtual visit, we'll guide you through our world-renowned galleries and exhibits. Marvel at creatures from ancient seas, explore Dinosaur Hall, and discover how life carried on after the asteroid impact that marked the end of the Age of Dinosaurs.

Participants will:

  • gain a stronger understanding of the history of life on Earth

Royal Tyrrell Museum Virtual Visit

Submitted by jbach.marigold on Wed, 2014/10/15 - 11:32am
Friday, November 28, 2014 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Take a tour of the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology without leaving the library! During this interactive virtual visit, we'll guide you through our world-renowned galleries and exhibits. Marvel at creatures from ancient seas, explore Dinosaur Hall, and discover how life carreid on after the asteroid impact that marked the end of the Age of Dinosaurs.

Participants will:  

  • gain a stronger understanding of the history of life on Earth

Introduction to the Great Barrier Reef - Repeat Performance!

Submitted by jbach.marigold on Fri, 2014/09/12 - 2:23pm
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Join a scuba diver on a virtual dive to the Great Barrier Reef! This program will give patrons of all ages and learning abilities a unique environment to experience and learn about the Great Barrier Reef. Patrons will:

Spiders and Bats and Rats, OH MY!

Submitted by jwaugh.marigold on Fri, 2014/09/05 - 8:47am
Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 2:30pm - 3:30pm

Join The Toledo Zoo, live, to learn about the stereotypes and myths about "unloved" animals like bats and rats. Explore why people have these negative feelings and learn some true facts about the species. Learn about "Old Wives Tales," superstition and develop an appreciation for three species of animals that are traditionally "unloved!"

Participants will do experiments and see live animals!

Audience: Grade K-6.

Introduction to the Great Barrier Reef

Submitted by jbach.marigold on Tue, 2014/07/22 - 3:16pm
Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Join a scuba diver on a virtual dive to the Great Barrier Reef! This program will give patrons of all ages and learning abilities a unique environment to experience and learn about the Great Barrier Reef. Patrons will:

  • Observe more than 5000 live sea creatures
  • Experience the habitats, ecosystems and behaviour of reef creatures
  • Analyse the interactions that exist between reef creatures
  • Appreciate the requirements for a healthy ecosystem
  • Discover the latest in Great Barrier Reef research

Dive in with Dolphins!

Submitted by jbach.marigold on Mon, 2014/07/21 - 10:28am
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 2:30pm - 3:30pm

Repeat showing!

Meet the residents of Dolphin Bay, the Texas State Aquarium dolphin exhibit! View two real time cameras of the dolphin's aquatic home, and participate in hands-on activities. Learn how to talk like a dolphin, how the dolphin's anatomy is built for speed, and how humans can affect these beautiful mammals.

  • Learn about the anatomy of dolphins
  • Learn about the importance of protecting dolphin habitats
  • Learn how to "talk" like a dolphin
  • Learn how blubber works