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. The more connections you make, the stronger we are together! This year, we’ve expanded our social events to include morning yoga, art and cooking classes, and a collaborative art project – opportunities to strengthen your mind and body – as well as our traditional Saturday banquet and First-Timer’s reception. Delegates and guests are welcome. Read on and register early!

NOTE: For guests not staying at the Lodge, all meal tickets, including those for the closing dinner, can be purchased at the JPL Concierge Desk.

Scavenger Hunt

We'll be repeating the popular QR code contest! Keep your eyes peeled for the QR codes, hidden throughout the Jasper Park Lodge. (Hint: The first one will be at the Registration Desk – same as last year! See how easy this is?) Scan each one with your smartphone, answer the not-so-skill-testing question, and fill out your entry (in the daily Info-to-Go) to win a great prize. Drop it in the contest box at the Registration Desk by 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 27th. The winner will be announced at Saturday night’s dinner. Good luck and happy hunting!

Collaborative Art Project

Artist Janet Cole will be coordinating and creating an exciting art project at ALC – and you can be part of it! Together, we’ll create a visual representation of the strength, vitality and diversity of Alberta’s library community. We will be creating a two dimensional wall sculpture of a tree – and everyone is invited to create a leaf. At the Conference Closing Banquet, the finished piece will be presented to the Slave Lake Library, to hang in their reconstructed library, which will open in 2013.

Click below for full details, but here are the basics!

Create a leaf for the tree! Submit one leaf or submit many, but please keep these parameters in mind:

Your leaf can be made from paper, fabric, yarn, clay, foil, metal, acetate, glass, felt, beads, paint, wood or wire.

Leaves need to be roughly 2 inches by 2 inches, but can be any colour or texture.

Leaves can be abstracted or life-like.

All leaves need to have a place where a thin silver wire can be looped through, to facilitate hanging.

Feel free to include your name and library affiliation on the verso of your leaf.

Send your leaves BY APRIL 1st to: Lisa Wakefield,  Red Deer College Library, 100 College Boulevard, PO Box 5005, Red Deer, Alberta  T4N 5H5

Questions? E-mail Lisa Wakefield, ALC Social Convenor, or call (403) 342-3352.

Click here for a PDF with all the Art Project details!

Thursday, April 25

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, exhbitors.  Be sure to attend this reception in your honour. . 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 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.

Sponsored by University of Alberta Learning Services

Friday, April 26

6:45 a.m.     Morning Yoga (pre-registration required, $15 per person. The session will be indoors and mats are available.)
8:00 p.m.    Author Talk: Lev Grossman
9:00 p.m.    Learn a Little Something! (Ticketed events, costs vary.)

Expand your horizons, and try something new on Friday night. Learn to mix a fabulous cocktail, make a delicious appetizer, or draw beyond a stick figure. Registration is required for these special classes, and space is limited, so don’t hesitate – register early. All sessions run approximately one hour, unless stated otherwise. (NOTE: classes require minimum registrations to run.)

Class #1: Mixology Class in Tent City

Shake things up with one of the Fairmont bartenders. Create a new drink and experiment with different cocktail recipes until you’ve found something just for you. Learn what types of alcohol go together and how to ‘WOW’ your friends.  $30.00/person; minimum 12, maximum 24 people.

Class #2: Adult Cooking Class (Cooking Demo)

Connect with your inner chef to create exquisite appetizers with one of JPL’s own Sous Chefs. Taste your creation and take home the recipe so you can share it with your friends and family. The Chefs will customize the appetizer based on seasonal offerings and current trends. $38.00/person; minimum 12, maximum 24 people.

Class #3: Kitchen Magicians (Cooking Demo)

Join the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge’s culinary team to discover secrets to exquisite cuisine prepared the easy way.  An experienced instructor from the kitchen will dazzle you with practical and easy to use recipes.  Approximately 1.5 hours. $50.00/person, minimum 12, maximum 24 people

Class #4: Introduction to Drawing Class with artist Janet Cole        (Please note, the Drawing Class is currently sold out, but please enquire at the conference if you are interested in attending.)

Think you can’t draw? Think again! Join Janet Cole as she shares some secrets to overcoming your fear of drawing, and frees you to set pen to paper and let the creative juices flow. $20.00/person; minimum 10, maximum 24 people.

Saturday, April 27

6:45 a.m.     Morning Yoga (pre-registration required, $15 per person. The session will be indoors and mats are available.)
6:00 p.m.    Closing Dinner and Social: Celebrating Edmonton Public Library's Centennial

Celebrate the Centennial of the Edmonton Public Library at our Closing Banquet. Dress in black AND/OR white, perhaps accessorized with one of the colours from the EPL logo (see above). Enjoy an evening of fine food, fellowship and the chance to win fabulous door prizes – including a gift certificate from the Jasper Park Lodge.

Sponsored by Edmonton Public Library

8:00 p.m.    Author Talk: Todd Babiak
8:00 p.m.    Wine Tasting (Ticketed event, $25:00.) Please note, the Wine Tasting is currently sold out.

Richard Harvey from Metrovino in Calgary will have some vintages to tempt your palate! Register early if you want to attend the Wine Tasting! It sells out VERY quickly!

9:00 p.m.    Dance!

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.

Sponsored by Gale Cengage and Nelson Education.


For guests not staying at the Lodge, all meal tickets, including those for the closing dinner, can be purchased 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 if you’re not with a group. Wine is available to order from the wait staff at the banquet, or to purchase at the bar in the dining room, but is not included in your meal ticket.