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Holiday Schedule

We CLOSE for the holidays on Saturday, December 22, 2018 at 5:00 pm and REOPEN on Wednesday, January 2, 2019 at 10:00 am. Loans that would otherwise expire during the holidays are extended until January 4. It’s always possible to return borrowed materials while we’re closed by using the return slot in our Atwater Avenue doors.

Ideas for Holiday Gift Giving

We offer the following gifts of learning:

A customized gift certificate for computer or digital device training – a course in our classroom and/or private instruction at home.
– An Atwater Library membership with entitlement to borrow our books, eBooks, audio books and DVDs. $35 a year is the maximum cost and it’s only $20 for people aged 60 and over.
– Books from our Book Sale Room – novels, coffee-table books, art books, biographies, history books – all at bargain prices!

To make arrangements for a gift certificate, please contact Brandon Spray or Kimberley Ryan at 514-935-7344 by no later than Friday, December 21.


Please also consider making a gift to our organization. We are a registered charity and rely on donations for our community educational and cultural programs. You can give online through Canada Helps or make a donation by post, by phone or in person – by cheque (payable to Atwater Library), Visa or MasterCard. To make a donation by phone, contact our Manager of Administration and Development, Tanya Mayhew, at 514-935-7344 ext’n 203.

Donations made during December qualify for a 2018 tax receipt.

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.

Office for Lease — Suitable for a variety of uses

Available for lease in November is a 710-square-foot room on the ground floor of our centrally-located building.
Please click here for more information on this attractive and versatile space, or contact Brandon Spray at
514-935-7344 or brandon@atwaterlibrary.ca.

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