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

Beekeeping 101

Submitted by chaworth.marigold on Thu, 2018/11/01 - 7:58am
Saturday, January 19, 2019 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
In recent years, beekeeping has been receiving more and more attention. Many people are becoming interested in keeping honeybees. But where do you start?

Edible Gifts for the Season

Submitted by chaworth.marigold on Tue, 2018/09/04 - 3:13pm
Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Homemade gifts are valued by all, and especially if they are edible!

Everyone has their family traditions for baking and other tasty treats, but there is a world of edible gifts beyond tradition that can make the season special for your family and friends. This presentation will feature demonstrations where people can see techniques in action as well as finished products. 

Learn all about:

  • traditions of gifting with edibles;
  • ideas for 2018; tips for planning ahead;

Western Irrigation District and Irrigation in Southern Alberta: Past Present and Future

Submitted by chaworth.marigold on Wed, 2018/07/04 - 2:31pm
Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

This presentation will review the crucial role of irrigation in shaping the landscape of Southern Alberta in social and environmental as well as physical dimensions.  The presentation will place a particular focus on the Western Irrigation District and the significant ways in which it has formed and continues to shape the communities in which it provides service.

Backyard Chickens 101: Your Feathered Friends

Submitted by chaworth.marigold on Thu, 2018/06/14 - 2:36pm
Tuesday, July 10, 2018 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm

This presentation will get you thinking about what is involved in keeping backyard chickens and if it is right for you!

Topics covered include:

Grossology: Poop, Vomit, and Slime!

Submitted by chaworth.marigold on Tue, 2018/04/10 - 1:53pm
Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Poop, vomit, and slime make this class a guaranteed gross time!

We’ll investigate why animals do ‘gross’ stuff, how it helps them to survive, and meet some disgusting animals – and you might be surprised by who you’ll meet.

*recommended for ages 10+

Broadcast from the Saint Louis Zoo
*this session will not be recorded

Arctic Discoveries: Polar Bears and a Changing Climate

Submitted by chaworth.marigold on Tue, 2018/04/10 - 1:29pm
Wednesday, July 25, 2018 - 11:00am - 12:00pm

Discover why polar bears are facing challenges in their Arctic environment, and how polar bears at the Alaska Zoo provide important insight into wild polar bear research. This program provides participants with a greater understanding of how a changing climate affects the survivability of this iconic Arctic animal.

*recommended for ages 10 - adult

Broadcast from the Alaska Zoo
*this session will not be recorded

Seeds! Start Gardening from the Beginning

Submitted by chaworth.marigold on Thu, 2018/03/01 - 9:36am
Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm

While it is fun to shop the garden centres for ready to go plants the world of seeds from catalogues to in the ground is a whole other experience.  Then there is the whole other world of propagating from seed!

Janet Melrose, Calgary’s Cottage Gardener, will be talking soil and seeds as we learn about:  seed catalogues; some different techniques of seeding and growing on your seedlings; tips & tricks and pitfalls to avoid; And then how to give your new plants a successful launch come the growing season.

No Space, No Problem! Vertical Gardening with Donna Balzer

Submitted by chaworth.marigold on Tue, 2018/02/20 - 10:13am
Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Join renowned horticulturist, speaker, and author Donna Balzer as she explains how you can cultivate more food in vertical gardens.

Multiply your yields faster than breeding bunnies without expanding your space. Growing more food more efficiently by growing vertically lets you raise more edibles in a smaller space than you thought possible!

So, You Want to Be a Beekeeper?

Submitted by chaworth.marigold on Thu, 2018/02/01 - 9:12am
Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm

In recent years, beekeeping has been receiving more and more attention. Many people are becoming interested in keeping honeybees.Perhaps you would like to have your own hives.There is so much information out there, that beginners might not know where to start. 

This presentation will give you a basic idea of what information to look for and who to ask when you have questions. There will be an overview of equipment, challenges, expenses and potential legal requirements once you decide to start your own honeybee hive.

Winter Speaker Series – Scott Murphy

Submitted by robert.chinook on Fri, 2017/12/08 - 2:10pm
Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

The theme of the 2018 Winter Speaker Series is Fire. Scott Murphy, Fire Management Officer for Waterton Lakes National Park, will speak on his role in the park, the effect wildfire has had on the wildlife in the park, and the underlying positives that may come with a wildfire.

Hosted at Pincher Creek Library