“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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Creative Activities for Canada’s 150th

During 2017 we’re celebrating the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation by engaging people in writing 150-word fiction and non-fiction pieces, and making 150-second videos about aspects of being Canadian.

Our “150 Words for 150 Years” flash writing contest is being launched this winter. It’s part of our 2016-2018 AWE III project funded by the Community Cultural Action Fund (CCAF) of Canadian Heritage.

Our “Canada in 150 Seconds: 150-second Videos by 150 Montrealers for Canada’s 150th” project, funded by Fondation du Grand Montréal (FGM), is already underway. Coordinator Eric Craven is working with several community partners including Saint Columba House, James Lyng High School, Trafalgar School for Girls, Concordia University and Ageing + Communication + Technologies (ACT).

On the 150th day of the year, which is Tuesday, May 30, we’re hosting an event for participants in both projects at which prizes will be presented to the winners of the writing contest.

Seed Sowing Season is Here!

Our Seed Library has an assortment of resources for gardeners. We have an extensive collection of books on cultivating food and flowers, and starting seeds indoors. An example is Starting Seeds: How to Grow Healthy, Productive Vegetables, Herbs, and Flowers from Seed by Barbara W. Ellis. We also offer packets of seeds — beans, peas, lettuce and other vegetables.

Library’s Big Arched Windows are being Conserved

A generous anonymous donor and Parks Canada are providing funding for the conservation of the exterior of our main-floor arched windows on the facades facing Atwater Avenue and Tupper Street. These large windows are a key architectural feature of our heritage building.

Click here to see an announcement made by our Member of Parliament, Hon. Marc Garneau, on October 14, 2016.

More funds are required to complete the conservation of our windows and to do masonry repairs and cleaning.

We Need Your Support

Please consider making a gift to our organization. We are a registered charity and rely on donations for our community educational and cultural programs. You can give online through Canada Helps or make a donation by cheque (payable to Atwater Library), Visa or MasterCard.

Our 188th Birthday

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Our organization was established on November 21, 1828. In our vault we have the handwritten minutes of the first meeting, held on that date, and the digitized version is on the Archives page of this website. Moving with the times, we’ve changed our name, adopted new technologies, and responded to emerging needs. But all these years we’ve remained true to our founders’ vision of a well-educated and prosperous Montreal community.

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