Social Events

Conferences are about more than sessions and trade shows – they’re your chance to mix, mingle and meet your colleagues from all over Alberta, and find out how they’re shaking it up at their libraries. Watch for some great events appearing later in the Fall.

Thursday April 28

7:45 p.m.-8:45 p.m.    First Timers’ Get Together

Kick off your first Alberta Library Conference with a bang! This is the place to meet other first-timers – trustees, library staff members, exhibitors.  Make new connections, learn how to make the most of your conference, enjoy a beverage, and enter to win terrific door prizes. 

Sponsored by Alberta's Regional Library Systems

9:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.    Exhibits Mix & Mingle

The Exhibit Hall will be open from 6:30 p.m., so do a tour through the displays before joining us for refreshments and socializing. Cash bar available.

Friday April 29

6:45 a.m.    Morning Yoga ($15:00, registration required)

8:00 p.m.    Author Talk: Robin Esrock

More evening events - Bucket List Activities

Be inspired by Robin Esrock, and get started on your bucket list, right here at ALC. Don’t miss this opportunity to:

9:00 – 11:00 p.m.               Paint a Masterpiece ($45.00, registration required, min. 20, max. 40) PLEASE NOTE, THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT.

In just about two hours, while you’re sipping on a cocktail, a Paint Nite artist, Rachelle Kuzyk, will guide you through painting so that you come up with your own unique masterpiece at the end of the night that you will be amazed YOU created. Everything’s provided: canvas, paints, brushes and even a smock. It's all simple and completely stress free! For more details, check out

9:00 – 11:00 p.m.                Meet a Star ($58, includes transportation to/from JPL & 1.5 hour program, max. 50) PLEASE NOTE, THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT.

Where better to get up close with the stars than in Jasper, a designated dark sky preserve? You’ll head to the Jasper Planetarium and join their astronomer for an interactive trip around the lakes, mountaintops, and glaciers of Jasper at night and the planets, moons, stars, and galaxies above. You’ll even get the chance to discover the “Canadian” constellations of the aboriginal First Nations, catch a meteor shower, and experience the Northern Lights. After the indoor show, you’ll head outside, to be guided around the skies above the world’s largest accessible dark sky preserve for LIVE views through the largest telescope in the Rockies.  PLUS, you’ll have the option to learn how to use your DSLR camera to take amazing photos of the night sky. Dress for the weather, and be prepared to be awed by the heavens!

9:00 – 11:00 p.m.               Star in a YouTube Video with Cyber Seniors (Free)

Cyber-Seniors is a comedic documentary that follows the extraordinary journey of several senior citizens as they discover the magic of the world-wide-web, through the guidance of teenaged mentors. Their exploration of cyber-space is catapulted to a whole new level when 89 year-old Shura decides to create a YouTube cooking tutorial. This sets the ball in motion for a spirited YouTube competition where hidden talents and competitive spirits are revealed. The film is heartwarming, candid and humorous, and provides insight into the wonderful things that can happen when generation gaps are bridged, and new ways of connecting are explored. See the film that inspired the program at Olds Library (session C8) and have an opportunity to film your own YouTube video.

Saturday April 30

6:45 a.m.    Morning Yoga ($15:00, registration required)

4:15 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Author Talk  – Sharon Butala

Sharon Butala has been a writer for nearly forty years, and she is beginning to trace the journey in a new memoir. Join Sharon as she talks about the writer’s life and shares her thoughts on the publishing world.

6:00 p.m.    Closing Dinner & Social: Shake it Wildly!

Take it to the wild side! From leopard to leather, python to peacock, antelope to zebra, animal prints rule tonight. Bonus points for movement – think fringe, bugle beads, tassels. Head to the photo booth at the dance, starting at 9 pm, to make sure your memorable look is captured forever!

8:00 p.m.   Write it Down: An Author Panel Featuring Emma Hooper, Jeff Bartlett and Julie Van Rosendaal.

Does your bucket list including getting your words out there – on paper or on the web? Blogging your memoirs, writing the next great novel, or becoming a beloved children’s author? Join multitalented first-time author Emma, graphic novelist blogger/photographer/adventurer Jeff and acclaimed cookbook author and blogger Julie as they share their paths to greatness, provide some hints & tips for breaking through the “I can’t write” barrier, and practical advice on the nuts and bolts of getting published. Then take their advice to heart and put your first words on paper in this same session. Mix and mingle with your fellow authors-to-be, step up to the cash bar for inspiration, nibble sweet & savoury snacks for sustenance.  Beautiful papers and pens provided… so there’s no excuse not to start writing!

8:00 p.m.    Beer Tasting ($25.00, registration required, max. 30) PLEASE NOTE, THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT.

Think you know chapter and verse about beer? Think again! Surprises are in store as you taste your way through the beer genres with Peter Bailey. From the romance of witbier to the dark mystery of porter, you’ll find new appreciation for the art and craft of ale and lager. Peter is CEO of St. Albert Public Library and beer columnist for The Tomato magazine.

9:00 p.m.    Dance! Shake it with Gale Cengage

Don’t be shy about attending the dance:  you don’t need a partner and you don’t even need to dance. Just plan to have some fun socializing and sharing with all the great people in our Alberta library community. Be sure to get your photo in the SAIT photo booth – bring your own props, or use ours.

Sponsored by Gale Cengage




If you are not staying at the Lodge you can buy all meal tickets, including those for the closing dinner, at the JPL Concierge Desk right up until dinner time. Extras are also sometimes available – check at the Registration Desk periodically. Tables are first come, first served (no reserved tables), but look for the New Friends table (marked with balloons) if you’re not with a group. Alcoholic beverages are available to order from the wait staff at the banquet, or to purchase at the bar in the dining room, but are not included in your meal ticket. 

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Conferences aren’t only about the sessions! ALC is a great opportunity to catch up with your friends and colleagues from across the province!

All delegates and their registered guests are welcome to attend the conference social events.
Plan to take in at least a few of these activities planned for your entertainment.

For guests not staying at the Lodge, all meal tickets, including those for the closing dinner, can be purchased at the Lodge’s concierge desk.

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