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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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Creative Activities for Canada’s 150th

During 2017 we’re celebrating the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation by engaging people in writing 150-word fiction and non-fiction pieces, and making 150-second videos about aspects of being Canadian.

150 Words for 150 Years is a fun flash writing contest with three categories — Youth (20 and under), 21-and-up Fiction, and 21-and-up Nonfiction. The deadline is March 30, 2017. Click here for details and the link for online entries. The writing contest is part of our 2016-2018 AWE III project funded by the Community Cultural Action Fund (CCAF) of Canadian Heritage.

Our Canada in 150 Seconds: 150-second Videos by 150 Montrealers for Canada’s 150th project is running throughout the year. Coordinator Eric Craven is working with several community partners including Saint Columba House, James Lyng High School, Trafalgar School for Girls, Concordia University and Ageing + Communication + Technologies (ACT). The video project is funded by Fondation du Grand Montréal (FGM).

On the 150th day of the year, which is Tuesday, May 30, we’re hosting an event for participants in both projects at which prizes will be presented to the winners of the writing contest.

Seed Sowing Season is Here!

Our Seed Library has an assortment of resources for gardeners. We have an extensive collection of books on cultivating food and flowers, and starting seeds indoors. An example is Starting Seeds: How to Grow Healthy, Productive Vegetables, Herbs, and Flowers from Seed by Barbara W. Ellis. We also offer packets of seeds — beans, peas, lettuce and other vegetables.

Library’s Big Arched Windows are being Conserved

A generous anonymous donor and Parks Canada are providing funding for the conservation of the exterior of our main-floor arched windows on the facades facing Atwater Avenue and Tupper Street. These large windows are a key architectural feature of our heritage building.

Click here to see an announcement made by our Member of Parliament, Hon. Marc Garneau, on October 14, 2016.

More funds are required to complete the conservation of our windows and to do masonry repairs and cleaning.

We Need Your Support

Please 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 cheque (payable to Atwater Library), Visa or MasterCard.

Reception to Salute Our Volunteers

Volunteers are vital to our organization’s success in providing community educational and social programs. On Wednesday, April 19, 2017 from 4:30 to 6:00 pm we will fete our volunteers with a reception and present thank-you certificates for those who have passed five-year milestones. This is in the lead-up to National Volunteer Week.

Over 175 volunteers supplement the work of our nine full-time-equivalent paid staff. Volunteers serve our clients at our circulation desk and Computer Centre help desk, run our Book Sale Room, help host events, share digital media expertise, repair furniture, beautify our grounds, and raise funds to ensure our financial viability.

We welcome more volunteers. Click here to find out how you can become involved.

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