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.

Invitation to Consultation

Atwater Library and Computer Centre
cordially invites you

to a public consultation
regarding activities to celebrate Quebec's English-language writers, past and present, culminating in the launch of an exhibition at the Library in the Spring of 2015.

The Library's long-term goal is to establish a
Montreal Writers Museum.

Time and Place:
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
6:00 to 7:30 pm
Atwater Library auditorium
1200 Atwater Avenue

Consultation moderator:
Guy Rodgers, Executive Director
English-Language Arts Network

Everyone is welcome. Refreshments served.

With support from Community Cultural Action Fund, Canadian Heritage.

For more information:
Zile Ozols, Project Coordinator

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, 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

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 the fall of 2014 and admission is free.

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.

Digital Literacy Project facilitators Rana Salah and Nina Pariser are conducting two poetry and digital media workshops as part of Just Watch Me at the Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery at Concordia University on the ground floor of the McConnell Library Building at 1400 de Maisonneuve West. Click here to see pictures of the first workshop, conducted on Poetry and Digital Photography. SATURDAY, September 20, 2014 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm they're giving a workshop on Poetry and Digital Video. Participation is free and everyone is welcome. Advance registration is not required.

SUNDAY, September 21, 2014 from 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm, we are doing a green screen video workshop as part of the POP Montreal International Music Festival's Kids POP Crawl at Espace POP, 5587 du Parc. All are welcome to pop in during the afternoon, especially kids aged 6 to 12, and use green screen techniques to make a creative video of themselves. Participation is free.

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

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.

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.