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

Horticulture – Before Pesticides

Submitted by Anonymous on Wed, 2013/02/13 - 3:27pm
Wednesday, April 3, 2013 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Follow Ken on a historical journey through pest management methods used by our grandparents and see what we have learned, how we have progressed over the years, and in some ways, what we have returned to in our efforts to control the “unwanted” in our yards and gardens.

Hosted: Dr. Ken Fry
Presented: Olds Municipal Library

Horticulture – More than Just Tomatoes – Heritage Varieties for Albertans

Submitted by Anonymous on Wed, 2013/02/13 - 12:26pm
Wednesday, March 6, 2013 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Learn the value of heritage varieties of edibles (and other plants) for home gardens today as Janet shares the history and characteristics of some of the plants that were grown in Alberta from the early 1900s.

Hosted: Janet Melrose
Presented: Olds Municipal Library

Pincher Creek Speaker - Larry Frith

Submitted by Anonymous on Tue, 2013/02/12 - 5:06pm
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Larry Frith, professional agrologist and local rancher for 42 years, raising certified organic beef since 1997, will be chatting with us about “Sustainable Ranching.”

Hosted:  Pincher Creek
Presented: Larry Frith

Planting Our Past, Preserving Our Future

Submitted by Anonymous on Tue, 2013/01/08 - 2:57pm
Monday, February 25, 2013 - 7:30pm - 9:00pm

June Flanagan is a professional botanist, environmental horticulturist and author, as well as the designer of the award-winning Garden of Native Prairie Plants at the Galt Museum & Archives. This program “Planting Our Past, Preserving Our Future” highlights the story behind this garden of truly local species, which was planted by the Society to commemorate its 2009 centennial.

Horticulture - Permaculture Basics

Submitted by Anonymous on Tue, 2013/01/08 - 2:01pm
Wednesday, February 6, 2013 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Get an overview of this holistic approach to the design and maintenance of sustainable residential living. A solid mix of old practice meeting new science, there is much to learn about this philosophy of harmonious integration of landscape and people providing food, energy and shelter, sustainably!

Host: Olds Municipal Library
Presenter: Angela Sommers

Wildlife Lecture - The Magical Landscapes of Writing-on-Stone

Submitted by Anonymous on Thu, 2013/01/03 - 4:12pm
Wednesday, March 13, 2013 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Wednesday, March 6, 2013 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Harvesting of animals by humans can result in selection of particular behavioural traits. A satellite telemetry study in the Canadian Rockies of elk whose individual personalities had been characterized as “bold runners” or “shy hiders” indicates that human hunters are more likely to take out bold individuals, with the potential to evoke evolutionary change. 

Wildlife Lecture - On the Wolverine Trail

Submitted by Anonymous on Thu, 2013/01/03 - 4:07pm
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Wildlife Lecture - Hummingbirds: Small Brains and Big Memories

Submitted by Anonymous on Thu, 2013/01/03 - 4:04pm
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Wildlife Lecture - Sexual Selection and the Spider

Submitted by Anonymous on Thu, 2013/01/03 - 4:00pm
Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Darwin suggested that sexual selection follows a different path to that of Natural Se-lection. Here on the day before Valentine's Day, John will illustrate different behaviors of male spiders to stay alive, and leave many spiderlings. Almost every species of spider has developed its own courtship display, thereby sexually isolating the species from its nearest cousins.