“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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2018 Benefit Cocktail Party

The Atwater Library’s annual benefit event is set for Wednesday, November 7 and will include a celebration of our 190th anniversary.

Our Guests of Honour are Alan Hogg and Grace Hogg of The George Hogg Family Foundation. We are honouring the Hogg family for all they have contributed to Montreal and Westmount over many decades as prominent business owners and philanthropists. The benefit is an opportunity to thank them publicly for their Foundation’s longstanding support of our organization, as well as their support of many other worthwhile community endeavours.

Tickets priced at $150 are available online from CanadaHelps, which will immediately email your tax receipt for $125 per ticket. You can also purchase tickets at the Library and pay by credit card (Visa and MasterCard), cheque payable to “Atwater Library,” or cash.

Below is a picture of our 2017 gala showing Westmount Mayor Christina Smith deep in conversation with Guest of Honour Michael St. B. Harrison. Please click here to see more photos of the event.


Office for Lease — Suitable for a variety of uses

Available for lease in November is a 710-square-foot room on the ground floor of our centrally-located building.
Please click here for more information on this attractive and versatile space, or contact Liona Davies at
514-935-7344 or ldavies@atwaterlibrary.ca.

Recommendations by Members and Staff

Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer
“A poetic, meditative and disturbing novel, in the best way possible! It is told from the point of view of the biologist of a strange scientific mission who has a hidden agenda.”
 Daisy Winling, Library volunteer.

Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan
“Immigrant story, love story, crime story…a feisty and reckless young woman defies convention on many levels in New York during the War.”
— John Aylen, Library President.

Church of Spies: The Pope’s Secret War Against Hitler by Mark Riebling
“Enticing and suspenseful, the book brings much insight into the Church hierarchy’s role in the opposition to the Nazis. A must-read about a complex subject!”
— Marco De Petrillo, Library Weekend Manager.

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.

Living History Collection

Wanda Potrykus, a participant in our seniors-led Living History Collection project, has written a series of articles for WestmountMag.ca online: “Birth of a local living history collection” — part 1part 2, part 3, part 4 and part 5.

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