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 this year and, as before, eminent journalist Dennis Trudeau is emceeing with the Dave Turner Jazz Trio playing. Tickets will be on sale in September. 

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.

Exhibition on Tourism in Montreal

The Atwater Library reading room features a fascinating exhibition on Tourism in Montreal. Curated by Edward McCann, retired museum curator, it includes pictures, artifacts and rare books portraying different aspects of Montreal tourism from the mid-19th century through the 20th century. There are wood cuts of our organization's former building at 360 St. James Street, now 360 St-Jacques West in Old Montreal, that was a tourist attraction for several years after it opened in 1854. Click here for more information on our remarkable 185-year-long history as a mechanics' institute now called Atwater Library and Computer Centre.

The exhibition continues until late September 2014 and admission is free.

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.

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

THURSDAY, September 4, 2014 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
For the Atwater Library Lunchtime Series, a talk on Radical Resthomes by Janet Torge

WEDNESDAY, September 17, 2014 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm
WEDNESDAY, September 24, 2014 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm
Two-Part Seminar on the Fundamentals of Investing
Facilitated by André Morris and Carlo De Rose

TUESDAY, September 23, 2014 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm
Living with Disability: available tax relief and supports
Facilitated by Brenda Shanahan

MONDAY, September 29, 2014 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm
Online Government Services for Seniors
Facilitated by Elizabeth Perrin

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

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 30 partner organizations and through them, some 900 individuals ranging in age from 10 to 90.

We have just wrapped up a ten-week digital skills course for Bienvenue à Notre-Dame-de-Grâce that was oriented to community event planning. The training covered general computer skills, elements of graphic design and social media marketing. We will be receiving the next group from Bienvenue à NDG on August 28.

With support from the Inspirit Foundation, we have a youth video project underway on the theme of pluralism. Called "Pluralism: Tell it; See it; Hear it," the project brings groups of diverse youth together to express themselves through video. Rana Salah is replacing Trisha Islam on this initiative because Trisha was accepted to Oxford for a Masters of Science in Comparative Social Policy.

As part of the pluralism project, we have hosted or are about to host the following events. Everyone is welcome and admission is free.

SATURDAY, August 9, 2014 at 3:00 pm at Church of the Epiphany, Verdun (métro de l'Église) We went out of the Library for this event.
The Fast(ing) and the Furious
: a video screening and conversation

Everything you wanted to know about Ramadan and fasting in other traditions. Moderated by Rana Salah

THURSDAY, August 21, 2014 at 6:00 pm at the Atwater Library
Expression of Pluralism: Comedy to Heavy Metal: a video screening and conversation
An evening of videos and conversations on the project themes.

THURSDAY, September 4, 2014 at 6:00 pm at the Atwater Library
"Pluralism: Tell it; See it; Hear it" project video screening and panel discussion.

On June 19 we hosted a very successful event to observe World Elder Abuse Awareness Day in partnership with RECAA (Respecting Elders: Communities Against Abuse), the Contactivity Centre and Concordia University's ACT (Ageing, Communications, Technology). There were performances and multimedia presentations by elders for elders, designed to build awareness about elder abuse. We also showcased the Library's seniors programming.

For more information, contact Digital Literacy Project Coordinator Eric Craven at

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.