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Holiday Schedule

We CLOSE for the holidays on Friday, December 22, 2017 at 6 pm and REOPEN on Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at 10 am. Loans that would otherwise expire during the holidays will be extended until January 2. It’s always possible to return borrowed materials while we’re closed by using the return slot in the Atwater door.

Ideas for Holiday Gift Giving

We offer the following gifts of learning:

– A customized gift certificate for computer or digital device training – a course in our classroom and/or for private instruction at home.
– An Atwater Library membership with entitlement to borrow our books, eBooks, audio books and DVDs. $35 a year is the maximum cost and it’s only $20 for people aged 60 and over.
– Books from our Book Sale Room – novels, coffee-table books, art books, biographies, history books – all at bargain prices!

To make arrangements for a gift certificate, please contact Kelley Rojas or Kimberley Ryan at 514-935-7344.

Please also consider making a gift to our organization. We are a registered charity and rely on donations for our community educational and cultural programs. You can give online through Canada Helps or make a donation by post, by phone or in person – by cheque (payable to Atwater Library), Visa or MasterCard. To make a donation by phone, contact our Manager of Administration and Development, Tanya Mayhew, at 514-935-7344 ext’n 203.

Donations made during December qualify for a 2017 tax receipt.

2017 Benefit Cocktail Party

Over 250 people attended our annual gala on November 1 and it was a tremendous success. Guest of Honour is Michael St. B. Harrison paid tribute to our organization and spoke eloquently about the importance of volunteerism that’s such a big part of our success. Global Montreal anchor/reporter Amanda Jelowicki served as emcee and the Dave Turner Jazz Trio played. The event generated over $70,000 net to support our programs and services, which is a vital part of our lean budget. We are very grateful to everyone who contributed, especially our generous corporate sponsors and silent auction donors.

Below is a picture of Westmount Mayor Christina Smith deep in conversation with the Guest of Honour. Click on the picture to see more photos of the event.


From September 2017 through January 2018, in the spirit of nationwide reconciliation the Atwater Library is hosting Atwater Reads the TRC. This is a guided community reading of the Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada to help build meaningful and open relations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in the Montreal region.

The co-facilitators of the reading series are Mi’kmaq poet and critic Shannon Webb-Campbell and settler scholar Dr. Sarah Henzi (Université de Montréal). Click here for details.

The photo below shows (left to right) Abenaki filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin and reading series co-facilitator Dr. Sarah Henzi at the project launch on August 31, 2017. Photo credit Martin C. Barry, Westmount Independent.


Status of Women Canada Minister Announces Funding

On August 9, 2017 Status of Women Canada Minister Maryam Monsef made a major announcement in our building that included funding for our three-year project addressing the problem of rape culture on college campuses. Click here for the full text.

The photo below shows our project co-cordinators Dr. Shanly Dixon and Community Development Librarian Eric Craven with the Minister.

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