Closed on Good Friday, Open Easter Monday

The Atwater Library and Computer Centre is closed on Good Friday, April 18, 2014 but we are open as usual on Saturday, April 19 and Monday, April 21.

Construction Going Well; Programs and Services Continuing

The Atwater Library's 1919 heritage building is now being upgraded so that we comply in full with fire and safety codes and are equipped to serve the community better. The construction will be completed by spring 2014 and all our programs and services are flourishing in the meantime. Click here for more information.

Computer and Digital Device Training

The computer course schedule up to August 2014 is available in brochure format at the Library and here.

We offer two-hour workshops on Digital Cameras, iPads and iPhones, Scanning photos and documents, SmartPhones, Apps, Skype, and eBooks and eReaders.

We also offer 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.

Alzheimer Café – Hosted by the Atwater Library and the Alzheimer Society of Montreal

The Atwater Library is partnering with the Alzheimer Society of Montreal to provide a monthly Alzheimer Café for Montrealers in the Library's elegant Reading Room. At each session there is socializing, refreshments, live music, and talks about aspects of life with dementia. Here are details of the next session:

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm
Dr. N.P. Vasavan Nair gives a talk on "What's new (and old) in Alzheimer's disease?: Towards a better quality of life."

Admission is free and everyone is welcome. For more information, contact Zile Ozols at 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.

Click here to see everything now scheduled. Below is information about upcoming sessions:

WEDNESDAY, April 16, 2014 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm
WEDNESDAY, April 23, 2014 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm
Two-Part Seminar on the Fundamentals of Investing
Facilitated by André Morris and Carlo De Rose

WEDNESDAY, May 7, 2014 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm
Housing Options for Seniors

Facilitated by Kate Coulter, BSW and France Caron

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.

With funding from the federal government's New Horizons for Seniors program, during the winter of 2014 we have been offering a series of workshops aimed at empowering musically-oriented seniors to use computers and then teach others to use computers to record and create music. On March 21 the participants conducted a showcase event at the Library, demonstrating what they accomplished.

With support from the Inspirit Foundation, in the winter of 2014 we kicked off a youth video project on the theme of pluralism called "Pluralism: Tell it; See it; Hear it." This is bringing groups of diverse youth together to express themselves through video. We are working with poet and community activist Trisha Islam on this initiative. On March 25, in collaboration with The Couchiching Institute, we hosted a public conversation, moderated by Trisha Islam, that asked the question, "Do you express your spirituality through art?"

In early March 2014, Concordia University featured the Atwater Library in their Spotlight on Community Engagement video series. Check out the video here.

For more information, click here and/or contact Digital Literacy Project Coordinator Eric Craven at

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 is leading this exciting project with the help of volunteers. For more information, please contact her at

“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) to achieve their economic potential.

Current activities include:

• a series of workshops focusing on entrepreneurial skills and financial literacy to support a fundraising initiative for a girls' group at the Pte St-Charles Y's Teenzone and for the girls at Saint Columba House

• a series of workshops on business development and entrepreneurship at the Head & Hands Young Parents Program

• a series of workshops on community networking and presentation skills for the students of Trafalgar School for Girls. This will be followed by a girl-led media project on economic barriers for young women.

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

2013 Benefit Cocktail Party a Huge Success

Some 300 people attended the eighth Annual Atwater Library Benefit Cocktail Party on November 6, including Guests of Honour Laurence G. Pathy and Constance V. Pathy. Acclaimed journalist Dennis Trudeau generously served master of ceremonies and the sensational Dave Turner Jazz Trio played as in past years. The gala event generated over $81,000 net for the Library's community educational and cultural programs.

We Loan eBooks and Offer Help With eReader Devices

Atwater Library members using your Library card number and a compatible eReader* can use any computer with internet access to borrow our eBooks - any computer, anywhere in the world. (*The Kindle is not yet compatible with Canadian libraries.) For detailed instructions and how-to guides, click the headline or the Download eBooks icon in the left sidebar.

EVERY TUESDAY from 1:00 to 3:00 pm
eBooks Drop-In Sessions - Free advice about eReaders and eBooks plus help downloading eBooks

For information about our eBooks and other Library services, contact Library Manager Aude McDermott at or 514-935-7344 ext'n 205.