“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

Latest News

An Exciting Year Ahead

The Atwater Library team is now preparing to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the opening of our beautiful building, which took place on January 30, 1920. Our organization, then known as The Mechanics’ Institute of Montreal, moved from our first building at 360 St. James Street, now 360 St-Jacques O. in Old Montreal.

We’re also eagerly looking forward to the completion of renovations to make our building accessible to people with physical disabilities. An elevator is about to be installed and this spring, we will have an operating elevator and a new wheelchair entrance!

On THURSDAY, January 30, 2020 at 12:30 pm, you’re all invited to a centenary event in our auditorium. Consultant, teacher and author Nancy Dunton is going to trace the building’s history and comment on its architectural significance. And architect Nathan Bonneville is giving a presentation on the current elevator-accessibility project and answering questions. Please save the date!

Low-Cost Computer and Device Training

Have our patient instructors help you keep your New Year’s resolution to improve your computer skills and get the most out of your digital devices.

Our Winter 2020 session schedule is here and prints are available at the Library. For more information or to register for a course or private instruction, contact Brandon Spray at brandon@atwaterlibary.ca or 514-935-7344.

Great Lineup of Activities

Through our exciting CONNECT project, we’re offering a variety of activities to help people make better use of the Internet and cell phones. Monday afternoons there are INTERNET PEER CAFÉ gatherings of seniors and young people working on digital media projects. Thursday afternoons we’re giving DIGITAL HELP HUB service by appointment. For information and to register, please contact Richard Cassidy: 514-935-7344 or richard@atwaterlibrary.ca.

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Our Book Sale Room is relocated to the main floor inside the Computer Centre for the duration of our elevator construction project.

Our 2019 Gala

Our Annual Benefit Cocktail Party was a great success and raised funds that are a key component of our lean budget for operations and programs. Held on November 6 in our own building, the gala evening featured live music by the Dave Turner Jazz Trio, a sensational silent auction, tasty hors d’oeuvres and smoked meat, wine and beer. We are grateful to our generous sponsors and donors as well as all who purchased tickets.

Our Guest of Honour was Paul K. Marchand, a leader in the life insurance business who has contributed generously to our organization for many years. In his remarks, he said our organization and similar institutions are particularly important to immigrants. After World War II, his father came from England to make a new life in Montreal and used the Atwater Library to study for exams to become a licenced professional engineer here.

Elevator-Accessibility Funding Announced

By the spring of 2020, the Atwater Library’s 100-year old heritage building will have an elevator and be accessible to people with physical disabilities.

On May 30, 2019, Public Services and Accessibility Minister Carla Qualtrough visited and announced that the Government of Canada has awarded $608,000 for our accessibility project, which is two-thirds of the estimated total cost. For the Government news release, go here.

The Eric T. Webster Foundation is providing the other one-third of the estimated cost and Foundation director Derek Webster spoke at the ceremony for the Minister’s announcement.

Executive Director Lynn Verge said, “This is a dream come true! … We are thrilled at the prospect of being able to serve comfortably the many people who now struggle with our long steep stairs, and relieved that we will finally be able to offer access to those with more serious physical disabilities.”

With funds raised through our Building Communities Capital Campaign since 2010, many necessary renovations have been completed, including all code-compliance work, new and expanded washrooms, and entrance doors.

Capital Campaign Co-Chairs Richard W. Pound and David W. Angus are continuing to raise funds for urgently needed masonry repairs, bricks repointing, skylight replacement, and interior upgrades.

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