Annual Benefit Cocktail Party

The Atwater Library's 2014 Benefit Cocktail Party takes place on Wednesday, November 5. We're thrilled that hockey great Bob Gainey is our guest of honour and journalist Dennis Trudeau is emceeing with the Dave Turner Jazz Trio playing. Tickets priced at $125 (tax receipt for $100) are available from Melaine Campbell at 514-935-7344 ext'n 203. We depend on the proceeds for our community programs and services.

Computer and Digital Device Training

The schedule is available in brochure format at the Library and online. Click here to see the lineup to the end of August and here for September to December 2014.

We offer two-hour workshops on Computer Security, Digital Cameras, Buying a Computer, iPads and iPhones, Scanning photos and documents, Smartphones, Apps,Skype, and eBooks and eReaders.

We also do private instruction at the Library or at your home or office – instruction that's tailored to your individual needs.

For more information and to register, contact Kelley Rojas at or 514-935-7344.

Free Financial Literacy Sessions – Advance Registration Required

Thanks to funding from the Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF), over the next year we are offering free sessions on financial literacy for seniors. 

Free admission but the number of places is limited and advance registration is required.

For information and to register, please contact Zile Ozols at 514-935-7344 ext'n 206 or

Click here to see everything now scheduled. Below is what's coming up next.

WEDNESDAY, October 29, 2014 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm
Funeral Planning
Facilitated by Laurie Cornay

FRIDAY, November 14, 2014 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm
The Informed Consumer: Online Research
Facilitated by Elizabeth Perrin

Digital Literacy Project – Serving Community Groups and Schools

The Digital Literacy Project is an initiative of the Atwater Library and Computer Centre through which we get community groups and schools using creative digital technologies. Over the past seven years we have worked with over 35 partner organizations and through them, more than 1,000 individuals ranging in age from 6 to 96.

Find out more about past initiatives on our blog.

This semester we are partnering with Concordia University's Theatre and Development program for the third time in three years. Students in a course called "The Neighbourhood Theatre" are collaborating with two graduate studies seminars from different disciplines under the name "The Right to the City: Cross-disciplinary pedagogy and the politics of Montreal's South-West."  We are supporting this initiative by connecting the students to our partners and helping them create an online "digital reflection" of the experience through social media, video and photography.

We're also now conducting a ten-week digital skills course for Bienvenue à Notre-Dame-de-Grâce oriented to community event planning. The training covers general computer skills, elements of graphic design and social media marketing.

Recently, Digital Literacy Project representatives participated in Just Watch Me at Concordia University's Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery.  Digital Literacy Project facilitators Rana Salah and Nina Pariser screened videos from our recent Youth Pluralism Video Project and conducted poetry and digital media workshops.

On September 21, 2014, we set up at Empire Exchange in Montreal's Mile End neighbourhood and did a green video workshop as part of the POP Montreal International Music Festival's Kids POP Crawl. Check out what the kids did.

For more information about the Atwater Library's Digital Literacy Project, contact Project Coordinator Eric Craven at or 514-935-7344 ext'n 207.

Our Heritage Building is Being Upgraded

The Atwater Library's 1919 heritage building is now being upgraded so that we comply in full with fire and safety codes and are better equipped to serve the community. In late 2013 and the first half of 2014, most code compliance work was done, including the installation of a sprinkler system throughout. Fundraising continues for further rehabilitation to ensure preservation of the fine elements of our 95-year-old structure and to improve its suitability for community use. Click here for more information.

“Strengthening Girls’ and Young Women’s Economic Prosperity” – Programming for girls and young women

With funding from Status of Women Canada, we are partnering with schools and community groups to help girls and young women (under 25) achieve their economic potential. A highlight of the project we have been conducting for the past several months was the very successful "Girls of the Hood" conference that attracted some 100 young women to the Library on Saturday, May 17.

Organized by participating girls for girls, the conference showcased neighbourhood projects with the goal of helping girls and young women overcome barriers to economic prosperity. Mélanie Joly gave the keynote address on "Dare to be yourself" and there were panel discussions on entrepreneurial women, re-envisioning the world through activism and art, community groups fostering economic empowerment, and women in alternative or non-traditional careers.

During the conference Dawson College student Nicola Sibthorpe, our event day social media manager, "live" tweeted highlights and took snap shots for the conference's instagram feed.

Mélanie Joly with conference participants.

Virtual Memory Box Project

During the winter of 2014 we worked with people with memory loss to make a digital record of significant things in their life. The end product was a CD or "virtual memory box" celebrating each client's life. The hope is that the CD will later trigger memories and stimulate conversation.

Popular computer instructor Liz Perrin led this exciting project with the help of volunteers. For more information, please contact her at

Human Library a Tremendous Success!

The Atwater Library's Human Library was a tremendous success and attracted more than 200 people. Held on Saturday, January 26, 2013 in partnership with CBC Montreal and the Inspirit Foundation, the event gave Library members and visitors a unique opportunity for one-on-one conversations with 13 "human books."

Here's a link for CBC Montreal TV news coverage:

A team of interns supervised by Eric Craven and Robin Kelley helped plan, market and host the event, and they're now at work on a documentary video about the whole experience.

Gazette Feature on the Atwater Library - Drawings by Aislin and Text by Marian Scott

The Saturday, October 8, 2011 issue of The Gazette featured a major spread on the Atwater Library with ten drawings by Aislin, the award-winning political cartoonist and author, and text by award-winning reporter Marian Scott. Click to see Montreal Gazette A1 and Montreal Gazette B4, B5.