“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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Holiday Schedule

We are closed both Friday and Saturday for the St-Jean Baptiste Day and Canada Day holidays.

Creative Activities for Canada’s 150th

Our Canada in 150 Seconds: 150-second Videos by 150 Montrealers for Canada’s 150th project is running throughout the year. Coordinator Eric Craven is working with several community partners including Ageing + Communication + Technologies (ACT), Concordia University, James Lyng High School, Saint Columba House, Skateboards for Hope, and Trafalgar School for Girls. The video project is funded by the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th, a collaboration between Fondation du Grand Montréal, the Government of Canada, and extraordinary leaders from coast to coast.

Our 150 Words for 150 Years flash writing contest attracted almost 200 entries from all over Canada and outside of Canada. The winners were Cindy Zhang of White Rock, BC for “O The Maple Leaf” (Youth category — age 20 and younger), Mark Paterson of Montreal for “A Line Home” (Fiction), and Lois Manton of Montreal for “Wake Up, It’s Snowing!” and Carolyn Marie Souaid of Montreal for “Lizzie and Me” (Nonfiction). Click here to read entries by winners and runners-up. The writing contest was part of our 2016-2018 AWE III project funded by the Community Cultural Action Fund (CCAF) of Canadian Heritage.

Mark Paterson, Fiction winner, with prize sponsor Brian Campbell

Carolyn Marie Souaid and Lois Manton, Nonfiction winners

We had a wonderful 150th Day Party on Tuesday, May 30 celebrating creativity and showcasing videos and written compositions by participants in the two projects. One hundred attendees enjoyed the presentations and applauded the writing contest winners and runners-up.

Exhibition of Paintings by Traf Grade 11 Students

From May 25, 2017 through the end of June, our mezzanine is featuring a series of acrylic paintings by grade 11 students at Trafalgar School for Girls. The students explored colour and value in both abstracted imagery and the flower as subject. Traf art teacher Lori Litvak hung the paintings using the versatile hanging system generously donated by the St. Andrew’s Society of Montreal for the Scottish Diaspora Tapestry exhibition in late 2016. Click on the painting below to see more pictures.

16×16 Flowers by Crystal X.


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.

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