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 growing their networks and embracing social media.

Thursday April 30

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 complimentary beverage, and enter to win terrific door prizes. 

Sponsored by Alberta's Regional Library Systems

9:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.    Opening Reception

Join us in the Great Hall for a musical reception to open the conference. The adjoining Exhibit Hall will be open from 6:30 p.m., so do a tour through the displays before joining us for refreshments and socializing.


Friday May 1

6:45 a.m.    Morning Yoga ($15.00, registration required)

8:00 p.m.    Two Mayors, One Voice

Spend an hour with Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi and Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson as they discuss how libraries “cannot live on love alone” and why they strongly believe in and advocate on behalf of their library systems. Although this session is not a social event, registered Guests of delegates may attend. (Name tags should be worn at this event.)

Moderated by Derril Butler, Chair – Yellowhead Regional Library, who will also field questions from the audience.

9:15 p.m.    Author Talk: Miranda Hill, Project Bookmark

9:15 p.m.    Evening Yoga ($15.00, registration required)

Saturday May 2

6:45 a.m.    Morning Yoga ($15.00, registration required)

6:00 p.m.    Closing Banquet & Social: Ruby Red Celebration

Celebrate the Alberta Library Conference’s 40th year at Jasper Park Lodge – the Ruby Anniversary - by donning red, scarlet, crimson, cherry, cardinal… you get the idea! Then take a moment to document your look on the Red Carpet at the dance, starting at 9 p.m.


8:00 p.m.    Author Talk: Ruth Ohi

8:00 p.m.    Author Talk: Tyler Trafford

8:00 p.m.    Art of Mixology (Bartending demo) ($25.00, registration required, max. 30)

Shake things up with one of our many Fairmont bartenders. Create a new drink and experiment with different cocktail recipes until you’ve found something just for you. While sampling cocktails, learn what types of alcohol go together and how to ‘WOW’ your friends!

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 beer guys Peter Bailey and Jeff Narver. 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. Jeff is Library Productivity Specialist for 3M Canada and longtime CAMRA Vancouver member.

9:00 p.m.    Dance! Roll out the Red Carpet 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

Sunday May 3

8:00 a.m.    Morning Yoga ($15.00, registration required)






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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