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

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

Submitted by jbach.marigold 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 jwaugh.marigold 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

Community Wellness Information Workshops - Sleep

Submitted by Kerby on Tue, 2014/04/01 - 11:53am
Monday, June 9, 2014 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Having irregular sleep or sleep disturbance can affect all aspects in our lives. Handling these disturbances with poor coping techniques can magnify the cause of a bad sleep. Through this workshop you will learn healthy and effective techniques to try and get your sleep back in order. You will learn about sleep hygiene, sleep debt and causes of sleep loss.

Presenter:  The Claresholm Medical Center
Host:  Claresholm Public Library

Community Wellness Information Workshops - Goal Setting

Submitted by Kerby on Tue, 2014/04/01 - 11:49am
Monday, June 2, 2014 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Goal setting is a powerful process for thinking about our ideal future and for motivating ourselves in turning this vision of the future into reality. It is important to set realistic and achievable goals, but we can sometimes become overwhelmed with lists. This workshop will provide ideas around how to set and prioritize goals in the various aspects of our lives.

Presenter:  The Claresholm Medical Center
Host:  Claresholm Public Library

Community Wellness Information Workshops - Boundaries

Submitted by Kerby on Tue, 2014/04/01 - 11:46am
Monday, May 26, 2014 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Boundaries are the cornerstone of our emotional health and a balanced life. This workshop will provide a basic understanding of boundaries, and why setting guidelines, rules, and limits help provide safe environments. This session is designed to demonstrate to participants how multi-leveled and flexible boundaries can enhance all aspects of life.

Presenter:  The Claresholm Medical Center Presents
Location:  Claresholm Public Library

Monday, May 12, 2014 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Assertiveness is a style of communication that helps us stand up for our rights, while respecting the rights of others. Learn about awareness of our roles and beliefs, and also how our beliefs about ourselves and our place in the world are formed and expressed through our behaviors and life roles. Participants will learn proven techniques, while exploring the following: the need to say no, barriers to saying no, the skills involved in saying no, holding our no and some practice saying no.

Presenter:  The Claresholm Public Library
Host:  Claresholm Public Library

Community Wellness Information Workshops - Communication Styles

Submitted by Kerby on Tue, 2014/04/01 - 11:20am
Monday, May 5, 2014 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Communication is a vital aspect of our day to day interactions.  An understanding of the styles of communication can lessen frustration and strengthen your relationships both personally and professionally.  This workshop provides the individual an understanding of the four styles of communication and the differences between them.

Presenter:  The Claresholm Medical Center
Host:  Claresholm Public Library

Monday, April 28, 2014 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm

This workshop provides information on understanding stress, along with relaxation techniques and mindfulness strategies to change anxious thinking and help you get your stress under control.

Presenter:  The Claresholm Medical Center
Host:  Claresholm Public Library

“Listening Tails: man’s best friend loves listening”

Submitted by jwaugh.marigold on Mon, 2014/03/31 - 10:47am
Tuesday, May 13, 2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am

Interested in starting a therapy dog reading program in your library? Join Steve King, founder of "Learning Tails," a dog training company specializing in basic obedience and canine communication and behaviour and learn about the benefits of using therapy dogs in the library to promote early literacy. This session will overview:

  1. Using therapy dogs to help children read
  2. A history of how “Listening Tails” evolved
  3. How to launch a therapy dog reading program

Dewey Divas - Adult Titles

Submitted by jbach.marigold on Thu, 2014/03/20 - 1:45pm
Monday, April 28, 2014 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm

The marvelous Dewey Divas are back! The presentation and videoconference will take place on Monday, April 28 at Calgary Public Library and will be broadcast on the RISE Network so that we can spread the word to more Alberta public libraries, as well as to school librarians/ teachers.