“Building Communities”

Co-Chaired by Richard W. Pound and W. David Angus, the second phase of the Capital Campaign aims to complete the renovation of our heritage building. Learn more

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New Digital Literacy Activities

Our exciting plans for 2019 include a new digital literacy thrust with a variety of activities to get people using computers and digital devices for useful and fun activities.

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Library’s Windows are being Conserved

We are partway through the process of conserving the windows in our 1919 heritage building. In late 2016 and 2017 the exterior of our main-floor arched windows and upstairs windows on three facades were done. The $400,000 cost was covered half by generous private donors and half by Parks Canada’s National cost-sharing program for heritage places.

Once the exterior windows are completed, we hope to tackle repairs to the masonry. The necessary funding has yet to be raised.

Celebrating Our 190th!

On November 21, 2018 we celebrated the 190th anniversary of our organization’s founding with a reception in our main lobby. President John Aylen spoke to the gathering about our remarkable longevity. “When you turn 190, you can’t expect many of your contemporaries to come to your birthday party. But you hope that some of your great, great, great, great, great, great, great grandchildren do. And that is who we are. Figuratively, we are their descendants and the keepers of the great legacy they created.” Please click here for his full text. Find out more about our history here.

The photos below show John Aylen speaking and Lynn Verge, Executive Director, and Susan McGuire, historian and former Executive Director, cutting the birthday cake

2018 Benefit Cocktail Party

The Atwater Library’s annual benefit event, held on November 7, was a resounding success. Over 200 people came to support our cause and help celebrate our 190th anniversary. The net proceeds – after expenses – are $85,000, which is a vital part of our lean budget. We thank all our sponsors, donors, attendees, silent auction bidders, and volunteers!

Below are photos of our Guests of Honour, Alan Hogg and Grace Hogg of The George Hogg Family Foundation. We honoured the Hogg family for all they have contributed to Montreal and Westmount over many decades as prominent business owners and philanthropists. Their Foundation has supported the Atwater Library for a great many years, helping ensure our survival and fostering our resurgence.

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