“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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Library’s Windows are being Conserved

We are partway through the process of conserving the windows in our 1919 heritage building. In late 2016 and early 2017 the exterior of the main-floor arched windows facing Atwater Avenue and Tupper Street were done. The cost was covered by an anonymous private donor with a matching grant from Parks Canada. Click here to see an announcement made by our Member of Parliament, Hon. Marc Garneau, on October 14, 2016.

In the summer of fall of 2017 we will be doing an additional $200,000 worth of windows conservation, starting with the exterior of the big arched windows on our north facade.

Once the exterior windows are completed, we hope to tackle repairs to the masonry. The necessary funding has yet to be raised.

Our 188th Birthday

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Our organization was established on November 21, 1828. In our vault we have the handwritten minutes of the first meeting, held on that date, and the digitized version is on the Archives page of this website. Moving with the times, we’ve changed our name, adopted new technologies, and responded to emerging needs. But all these years we’ve remained true to our founders’ vision of a well-educated and prosperous Montreal community.

Digital Literacy Project – Community Outreach

The Digital Literacy Project is an initiative of the Atwater Library and Computer Centre through which we foster positive digital citizenship and engage people in creative new media production. Since 2007 we have worked with over 50 partner organizations and schools and through them, more than 3,100 individuals of all ages and stages.

Nuit blanche à Montréal at the Atwater Library

On Saturday, February 27, 2016 from 5:00 pm to 1:00 am, for Nuit blanche, we welcomed over 200 people to the Library for exciting new-media showcase events, the products of two of our community-based projects – one led by seniors and the other by youth. Eric Craven, our Digital Literacy Project Coordinator, was thrilled with the results and commented, “The night was a great success – wonderful collaborative project that was much more than the sum of its parts!”
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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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