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2017 Benefit Cocktail Party

Over 250 people attended our annual gala on November 1 and it was a tremendous success. Guest of Honour is Michael St. B. Harrison paid tribute to our organization and spoke eloquently about the importance of volunteerism that’s such a big part of our success. Global Montreal anchor/reporter Amanda Jelowicki served as emcee and the Dave Turner Jazz Trio played. The event generated over $70,000 net to support our programs and services, which is a vital part of our lean budget. We are very grateful to everyone who contributed, especially our generous corporate sponsors and silent auction donors.

Below is a picture of Westmount Mayor Christina Smith deep in conversation with the Guest of Honour. Click on the picture to see more photos of the event.

Our 189th Birthday


Our organization was established on November 21, 1828 by visionary Montrealers who wanted to expand educational opportunities to the population. You can see the handwritten minutes of the founding meeting — and the meetings that ensued up to 1890 — 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.

Everyone is invited to a celebratory reception on THURSDAY, November 30 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm when Concordia University History students will be displaying the results of their research about our long history. Concordia Professor Steven High is conducting a class in our building during the Fall 2017 semester focused on the history of our organization.


From September 2017 through January 2018, in the spirit of nationwide reconciliation the Atwater Library is hosting Atwater Reads the TRC. This is a guided community reading of the Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada to help build meaningful and open relations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in the Montreal region.

The co-facilitators of the reading series are Mi’kmaq poet and critic Shannon Webb-Campbell and settler scholar Dr. Sarah Henzi (Université de Montréal). Click here for details.

The photo below shows (left to right) Abenaki filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin and reading series co-facilitator Dr. Sarah Henzi at the project launch on August 31, 2017. Photo credit Martin C. Barry, Westmount Independent.


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. Some videos were screened at our 150th Day Party. Others will be presented on November 1, 2017 at Age 3.0: Aging in the City at Concordia University. And later in the year, there will be a public showcase event at the Library. Close to 100 videos have been completed and you can view most of them on our online gallery.

Our 150 Words for 150 Years flash writing contest attracted almost 200 entries from all over Canada and outside of Canada, and culminated with public readings and presentation of prizes at our 150th Day Party on May 30.

Status of Women Canada Minister Announces Funding

On August 9, 2017 Status of Women Canada Minister Maryam Monsef made a major announcement in our building that included funding for our three-year project addressing the problem of rape culture on college campuses. Click here for the full text.

The photo below shows our project co-cordinators Dr. Shanly Dixon and Community Development Librarian Eric Craven with the Minister.

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