“Building Communities”

Chaired by Richard W. Pound, this campaign aims to raise $2 million to restore and improve the Library’s elegant 1920 heritage building.
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Latest News

Holiday Schedule

The Atwater Library and Computer Centre closes for the holidays on Tuesday, December 23 at 6:00 pm and reopens on Friday, January 2, 2015 at 10:00 am. Loans that would otherwise expire during the holidays will be extended until January 2. It’s always possible to return borrowed materials while we’re closed by using the return slot in the Atwater door.

Annual Benefit Cocktail Party a Great Success

Our 2014 benefit event took place on November 5 and generated record-high net proceeds to fund our programs and services. This boost is well timed since we had a drop in rental income during our recent renovations.

Guest of honour Bob Gainey addressed the 250 attendees and paid tribute to the Library’s important role in the community. Richard Pound spoke about the value of our 1920 heritage building and the need to raise more funds to complete the upgrading needed. Guests enjoyed smoked meat and other refreshments while listening to the Dave Turner Jazz Trio and admiring attractive silent auction displays.  Emcee Dennis Trudeau thanked event sponsors and donors on behalf of the Library.

Group of Key Guys

Guests Anne Fitzpatrick and Christine St. John


Computer and Digital Device Training

The schedule is available in brochure format at the Library and online. Click here to see the lineup for January to April 2015.

We offer two-hour workshops on Computer SecurityDigital CamerasBuying a Computer, iPads and iPhonesScanning Photos and DocumentsSmartPhonesApps, and Skype.

We also offer private instruction at the Library or at your home or office – instruction that’s tailored to your individual needs.

For more information and to register, contact Kelley Rojas at kelley@atwaterlibrary.ca or 514 935-7344.

Digital Literacy Project
Serving Community Groups and Schools

The Digital Literacy Project is an initiative of the Atwater Library and Computer Centre through which we get community groups and schools using creative digital technologies. Over the past seven years we have worked with over 45 partner organizations and through them, more than 1,000 individuals ranging in age from 6 to 96.

Find out more about past initiatives on our blog.

This fall we have been partnering with Concordia University’s Theatre and Development program for the third time in three years. Students in a course called “The Neighbourhood Theatre” have been collaborating with two graduate studies seminars from different disciplines under the name “The Right to the City: Cross-disciplinary pedagogy and the politics of Montreal’s South-West.”  We have been supporting this initiative by connecting the students to our partners and helping them create an online “digital reflection” of the experience through social media, video and photography. On November 29, 2014, the students showed their work to the public in Pointe Saint-Charles. Click here for details of a neighbourhood audio tour, displays and short performances.

Digital Literacy Project Coordinator Eric Craven attended the European Communication Research and Education Association Conference (ECREA) in Lisbon in November 2014 with funding from the Atwater Library’s academic research partners. He gave a talk entitled “Digital Culture and Community” at the Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute (Madeira-ITI) and he and Dr. Line Grenier co-presented a paper about the 2013-14 Atwater Library seniors music project as part of a panel called “New Media and Older People – Age, Narratives and Normativities.”

We recently completed a ten-week digital skills course for Bienvenue à Notre-Dame-de-Grâce oriented to community event planning. The training covered general computer skills, elements of graphic design and social media marketing.

Recently, Digital Literacy Project representatives participated in Just Watch Me at Concordia University’s Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery.  Digital Literacy Project facilitators Rana Salah and Nina Pariser screened videos from our recent Youth Pluralism Video Project and conducted poetry and digital media workshops.

On September 21, 2014, we set up at Empire Exchange in Montreal’s Mile End neighbourhood and did a green video workshop as part of the POP Montreal International Music Festival’s Kids POP Crawl. Check out what the kids did.

For more information about the Atwater Library’s Digital Literacy Project, contact Project Coordinator Eric Craven at dlp@atwaterlibrary.ca or 514-935-7344 ext’n 207.

Our Heritage Building is Being Upgraded

The Atwater Library’s 1919 heritage building is now being upgraded so that we comply in full with fire and safety codes and are better equipped to serve the community. In late 2013 and the first half of 2014, most code compliance work was done, including the installation of a sprinkler system throughout. Fundraising continues for further rehabilitation to ensure preservation of the fine elements of our 95-year-old structure and to improve its suitability for community use. Click here for more information.

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