“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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Calling Gardeners!

Our Seed Library has resources to get you started this season. We have an extensive collection of books on gardening and seed saving. One example is Starting Seeds: How To Grow Healthy, Productive Vegetables, Herbs and Flowers From Seed by Barbara W. Ellis. We’re also offering packets of seeds — beans, peas, lettuce and other vegetables.

We Salute Our Volunteers

Volunteers are vital to our organization’s success in providing community educational and social programs. During National Volunteer Week, on Thursday, April 14, 2016, we feted them with a reception.

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.

Write, Share, Speak: Spoken Word Performance

On the weekend of March 19-20, 2016, creative writing and spoken-word performance flowered at the Atwater Library. Following an intensive Saturday workshop for teens and seniors, there was exciting public performance on Sunday afternoon attended by 70 people. Leading Montreal spoken-word artists Chris Masson, Moe Clark, Tanya Evanson, Jason “Blackbird” Selman and Cat Kidd shared our auditorium stage with seniors and youth they had mentored earlier in the weekend… and magic resulted! This was a co-production of the Library’s Atwater Writers Exhibition (AWE) and the Quebec Writers’ Federation (QWF).

Nuit blanche à Montréal at the Atwater Library

On Saturday, February 27, 2016 from 5:00 pm to 1:00 am, for Nuit blanche, we welcomed over 200 people to the Library for exciting new-media showcase events, the products of two of our community-based projects – one led by seniors and the other by youth. Eric Craven, our Digital Literacy Project Coordinator, was thrilled with the results and commented, “The night was a great success – wonderful collaborative project that was much more than the sum of its parts!”


Poet Laureate George Elliott Clarke at the Library

On January 28, 2016, George Elliott Clarke gave his first public reading since being appointed Canada’s Parliamentary Poet Laureate, at the Atwater Library. He and poet Armand Garnet Ruffo shared an Atwater Poetry Project program that drew a capacity audience of over 110 people. The picture below, taken by photographer Martin C. Barry for the Westmount Independent, shows George Elliott Clarke by the podium with Armand Garnet Ruffo and others in the audience applauding him.


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