“Building Communities”

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

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We’re Open Again!

Bonus for Members + Lapsed Members Who Renew by Oct. 31

On MONDAY, September 14, 2020, we began Phase 2 reopening.

Our staff are happily welcoming people back to our building for individual services: browsing the library stacks and checking out loans at the circulation desk; reading on site; and using our computer centre computers, printer and scanner.

Members, we’re extending your term by two months as partial compensation for the benefits you lost during the COVID-19 shutdown.

Lapsed members: If you renew by October 31, we’ll give you a bonus. If you pay for a one-year membership, you will get 14 months. If you pay for a half-year membership, you’ll get 7 months.

Everyone has to wear a mask and distance themselves, the same as in other public places in Quebec.

Our hours are Monday to Friday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. During Phase 2 we are NOT open on weekday evenings or Saturdays.

Our Book Sale Room is not yet ready for reopening because of ongoing renovations.

We won’t have In-person group classes, workshops or events until Phase 3.

Meantime, we are continuing our online offerings. See the EVENTS column on the right of your screen for the list.

We invite your suggestions and requests.

Our staff are always pleased to provide information and help by phone and email.



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Calling Seniors with a Story to Tell!

This summer we started a new year-long project to engage you in creatively documenting and sharing accounts of important life experiences.

Our tech-savvy team patiently guide you in using digital technology for text, still photos, art, audio and video. And we help find ways for participants to digitize and preserve old-format content.

Our project work is all online because of the pandemic.

We have wonderful partners, including Concordia University’s engAGEand Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling, the Montreal West Public Library and Suoni Per Il Popolo.

If you or your community organization would like to get involved or want more information, please contact our project coordinator, Eric Craven, at eric@atwaterlibrary.ca.

Financial Literacy Online

Go here for online resources for people during the COVID-19 confinement, especially seniors. The following topics are covered:

PERSONAL FINANCES in Times of Crisis
TFSA (Tax Free Savings Account) Vs. RRSP (Registered Retirement Savings Plan)
RRIF (Registered Retirement Income Fund)

Natalie Domingue, our Financial Literacy Program Coordinator, would love to get your suggestions for additional resources we might offer: natalie@atwaterlibrary.ca.


Our Building is 100!

On Thursday, January 30, 2020 we marked the 100th anniversary of the opening of our beautiful building with a special event which attracted a capacity audience of 130 people.

Attendees included City of Westmount Councillors Kathleen Kez and Jeff Shamie as well as leaders of partner groups and many other enthusiastic supporters.

Special guests were Dr. John Burgess and Lynn Burgess who have a family connection to William Rutherford, the president of our organization when the building was planned, constructed and opened. William Rutherford’s granddaughter Andrea Rutherford Burgess, now deceased, was Dr. Burgess’ wife and Lynn Burgess’ mother. Andrea Rutherford Burgess served as our president in the late 1990s.

Nancy Dunton gave a tremendous account of the history of our building and its value to the community. She commented on how architectural properties enhance visitors’ enjoyment — particularly the emphasis on light.

Click here to see a splendid 1921 booklet, referred to in the talk, about the history of our organization, then known as the Mechanics’ Institute of Montreal, and the “new” building.

Architect Nathan Bonneville showed illustrations of the plan for the elevator and new wheelchair entrance, now under construction and due to be completed by April 30, 2020.

For Montreal Gazette columnist Bill Brownstein’s take on our centenary, go here.

Click here to see CTV Montreal coverage of our 100th anniversary event.

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