“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

Latest News

Status of Women Canada Minister Announces Funding

On August 9, 2017 Status of Women Canada Minister Maryam Monsef made a major announcement in our building that included funding for our three-year project addressing the problem of rape culture on college campuses. Click here for the full text.

The photo below shows our project co-cordinators Dr. Shanly Dixon and Community Development Librarian Eric Craven with the Minister.


In the spirit of nationwide reconciliation, the Atwater Library is hosting Atwater Reads the TRC, a guided community reading of the Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, to help build meaningful and open relations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in the Montreal region.

The co-facilitators of the reading series are Mi’kmaq poet and critic Shannon Webb-Campbell and settler scholar Dr. Sarah Henzi (Université de Montréal).

Funding is from the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th (a collaboration between Fondation du Grand Montréal and the Government of Canada) and the Cole Foundation.

Click here for details and registration information.

2017 Benefit Cocktail Party

Our 2017 benefit event takes place on Wednesday, November 1 in our beautiful heritage building. As in previous years, the party will include a fabulous silent auction and tasty smoked meat. Global Montreal anchor/reporter Amanda Jelowicki is emceeing and, as in previous years, the fabulous Dave Turner Jazz Trio are playing.

This year’s Guest of Honour is Michael St. B. Harrison in recognition of his generous and effective community service as a volunteer, advocate and donor, as well as his important contributions to the economy of Montreal.

Tickets priced at $150 are now available online through CanadaHelps ($125 tax receipt).

For more information, please email tmayhew@atwaterlibrary.ca.

Creative Activities for Canada’s 150th

Our 150 Words for 150 Years flash writing contest attracted almost 200 entries from all over Canada and outside of Canada, and culminated with public readings and presentation of prizes at our 150th Day Party on May 30.

Our Canada in 150 Seconds: 150-second Videos by 150 Montrealers for Canada’s 150th project is running throughout the year. Some videos were screened at our 150th Day Party and others will be presented to the public at showcase events later in the year.

History and Art Exhibitions at the Library

“The Artistic Mr. Wilson” exhibition in our main-floor reading room opened on June 20, 2017 when curator Edward McCann gave a talk, and continues until the end of August 2017. George Washington Wilson was a pioneering photographer in Scotland, who famously photographed Queen Victoria and is also remembered for his innovations in landscape photography. The exhibition includes important photographs as well as historic apparatus from Edward McCann’s collection.

The permanent Atwater Writers Exhibition, also on our main floor, tells the history of English-language writing in Quebec from the 1760s to today. New displays are planned for Fall 2017.

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