“Building Communities”

Co-Chaired by Richard W. Pound and W. David Angus, the second phase of the Capital Campaign aims to complete the renovation of our heritage building. Learn more

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Poet Laureate George Elliott Clarke at the Library

On January 28, 2016, George Elliott Clarke gave his first public reading since being appointed Canada’s Parliamentary Poet Laureate, at the Atwater Library. He and poet Armand Garnet Ruffo shared an Atwater Poetry Project program that drew a capacity audience of over 110 people. The picture below, taken by photographer Martin C. Barry for the Westmount Independent, shows George Elliott Clarke by the podium with Armand Garnet Ruffo and others in the audience applauding him.

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AWEsome Holiday Book Fair

The Atwater Library’s 2015 Holiday Pop-Up Book Fair, featuring Quebec-published and Quebec-written books in English, was a smash success. Held in our auditorium on the last weekend of November, it attracted throngs of book lovers who made purchases, got autographs and chatted with the 50 or so authors participating. Click here for elaboration and pictures.

The Atwater Writers Exhibition (AWE) launched on our main floor in May 2015 continues to attract visitors, including school groups. The exhibition continues through 2016 and is open to the public during our regular hours.

The focus in early 2016 will be on playwrighting, literary translation, spoken word and young-adult (YA) writers.

Click here for more information about AWE – the Exhibition and the activities.

Strengthening Girls’ and Young Women’s Economic Prosperity

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, 2014.

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.

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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 liz@atwaterlibrary.ca.

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.

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