“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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ATWATER READS THE TRC

From September 2017 through January 2018, in the spirit of nationwide reconciliation the Atwater Library is hosting Atwater Reads the TRC. This is 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). Click here for details.

The photo below shows (left to right) Abenaki filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin and reading series co-facilitator Dr. Sarah Henzi at the project launch on August 31, 2017. Photo credit Martin C. Barry, Westmount Independent.

 

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.

2017 Benefit Cocktail Party

Over 250 people attended our annual gala on November 1 and it was a tremendous success. Guest of Honour is Michael St. B. Harrison paid tribute to our organization and spoke eloquently about the importance of volunteerism that’s such a big part of our success. Global Montreal anchor/reporter Amanda Jelowicki served as emcee and the Dave Turner Jazz Trio played. The event generated over $70,000 net to support our programs and services, which is a vital part of our lean budget. We are very grateful to everyone who contributed, especially our generous corporate sponsors and silent auction donors.

Below is a picture of Westmount Mayor Christina Smith deep in conversation with the Guest of Honour. Click on the picture to see more photos of the event.

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.

Digital Literacy Project – Community Outreach

The Digital Literacy Project is an initiative of the Atwater Library and Computer Centre through which we foster positive digital citizenship and engage people in creative new media production. Since 2007 we have worked with over 50 partner organizations and schools and through them, more than 3,100 individuals of all ages and stages.

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