Sep 152014
 September 15, 2014  Performance, Theatre

Eddie-Cantor-Vaudeville-Playreading_150pxTuesday, October 7 at 7 pm
Tickets $5 – on sale now!

Set in New York City in the 1940s, The Eddie Cantor Vaudeville Show is a mash-up of jokes, skits and songs from yesteryear that tells the life and times of this popular singer and comedian.

The playreading is written and directed by Aviva Ravel. It stars Nat Rabinovitch as Eddie Cantor and features a variety of musical pieces composed by various artists between 1900 – 1950.

It’s going to be a great evening. Hope to see you there!


Sep 112014
 September 11, 2014  Technology, Workshops

Tech Talks posterOur popular series of Tech Talks workshops continues this fall! Learn how to use the latest tech tools in these informal classes. Space is limited so you can get the most from the instructor’s knowledge!

September 17 Intro to Android Tablets
Get the most out of your new Samsung or other Android tablet.

September 24 What’s New in Tech at the Library
Our Reference librarians will guide you through the latest technology and online services available to you as library members.

October 29 French eBooks at the Library
Presented in French. Learn about the library’s new Prêt numérique service for accessing eBooks in French.

Registration is now open for these workshops. They are free for library members and $5 for non-members.

Sep 102014
 September 10, 2014  Book Clubs

The HelpWednesday, September 17, 2014 at 7 pm (This session is Full.  You must be registered and a library member to attend.)

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

It is Jackson, Mississippi, 1962.  The civil rights movement is becoming very heated and the colored help listen in on the sidelines of their employer’s kitchens (during social gatherings), about the nuisance of changes to segregation laws.  When a white journalist in the neighborhood decides to find out what the help really think about the situation and allows their voices to be heard in a book, all hell breaks loose.  The novel was Stockett’s debut and was made into a Hollywood motion picture.

Topics with regards to racial issues and segregation will be discussed, as well as other themes that come up in the book.  We will look at the relationships between certain characters and how only one person can create a chain of events that will affect a whole community.

Bring your comments and questions.  This talk will be thought-provoking.

Sep 092014
 September 9, 2014  Film

The Lunchbox

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 2 pm – Free

The Lunchbox - DVD FOR L9615 - BRD FOR L9615This debut movie by writer/director Ritesh Batra is a gentle romantic comedy in the vein of Nora Ephron (“You’ve Got Mail” / “Sleepless in Seattle”). Set in Mumbai, it tells the story of a neglected young housewife and mother named Ila (Nimrat Kaur) who begins an epistolary affair with a widowed older accountant named Saajan (Irrfan Khan) after a messenger mistakenly delivers to him the lunches that she has prepared for her husband. The comedy is more wry than uproarious, the melodrama gently poignant rather than operatic, and the sentimentality just sweet enough to be entirely satisfying.

“A wonderfully fresh and affecting fable from India.” (Joe Morgenstern, The Wall Street Journal)

“It’s an intimate, quiet and slow-paced romance, a simple, richly rewarding movie in the classic style of India’s greatest filmmaker, the late Satyajit Ray.” (Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service)

In Hindi & English with English subtitles

India — 2013 — 104 mins.

Introduced by Gayle Cohen with a post-screening discussion lead by her.

Click here to download a PDF of the latest Bright Lights Film Club pamphlet

Sep 042014
 September 4, 2014  Concerts, Music

noZen chante posterThursday, September 18 at 7 pm – Free
For our first concert of the fall season, we’re excited to present noZen chante!, a special presentation by the group noZen of Malasartes Productions.

Led by Damian Nisenson, noZen performs original music inspired by South American folk traditions and Eastern European Jewish music.

Learn more about the group noZen and listen to some of their music at their website.

This concert is presented in collaboration with the Conseil des arts de Montréal en tournée. 

Sep 032014
 September 3, 2014  Book Clubs

The Painted GirlsYou are welcome to join the Côte Saint-Luc Women’s Social Club at the ACC and hear CSL librarian, Melissa talk about The Painted Girls by Cathy Marie Buchanan.  It will take place on Wednesday, September 10th at 1:45pm.  See how the author was inspired by a famous controversial bronze statue, created by a well known French artist. 

It is Paris in the 1870′s and three sisters from the working class have always dreamed to be ballet dancers.  Antoinette, who is the eldest, must make money to keep her sisters fed because their mother spends most of her time with a bottle.  The middle sister, Marie, gets the opportunity to enter the ballet in the Paris Opera—but not without a little support from an older man.  Meanwhile, Charlotte (the youngest and most ambitious), fights for attention to become a popular ballerina.  Chapters rotate between three voices: Marie, Antoinette and headlines from Le Figaro.  The novel is about societal views at the time, what the working class is willing to do to survive and how the bond between sisters is uncompromising.

You are encouraged to share your thoughts with others and to ask any questions you may have about the book—except for the ending!

If you have any questions about last month’s title, The Rosie Project, Melissa will be happy to answer them.

There are still one or two copies available to take out from the library, if you haven’t read it yet.

Coffee, tea and goodies will be provided after the talk, for some friendly socializing.  Feel free to bring a friend.

Cost at the door for CSL Women’s Club Members: $3

Cost for Non-members: $4

Sep 022014
 September 2, 2014  Community Art Space

Carol Rabinovitch Ballerinas

Carol Rabinovitch presents her lovely monoprints and multimedia collages in an exhibit titled Imagine.

Carol’s interest in the Arts sparked 17 years ago on a trip to the Charlevoix region of Quebec, starting with painting in both acrylics and oils. Over the years she started to discover or mediums, including collage, mixed-media, print-making, assemblage and recycled objects.

Imagine showcases some of her never-before-seen works and is sure to fill your day with a little bit of colour, happiness, and a touch on whimsy.

Until September 28, 2014

Sep 022014
 September 2, 2014  Lectures

Personal Finance talk posterDo you want to know more about how to stay financially savvy in your retirement? Curious about how to invest your money in a smart and tax-efficient way?

Lynn MacNeil, a financial planner with almost twenty years of experience working with retirees and seniors, so she’s an expert on these topics and more. She’ll be at the library on Wednesday, September 17 at 2 pm to share her expertise and take your questions about personal finance in your retirement. This event is free!

Ms. MacNeil holds the designation of Financial Planner, and is part of Investors Group Executive & Senior Consultant Group. She also writes a regular personal finance column the The Montrealer.

Aug 282014
 August 28, 2014  Book Clubs

Thursday, September 4 at 10:30 am

Seeking a book with romance, adventure and a little bit of intrigue in it? Search no further. Daughter of Fortune written by the famous Chilean author Isabel Allende fits the bill. The author introduces readers to independent characters with a thirst for adventure and equality at the time when the gold rush of 1849 made headlines.

Travelling from Chile to California, Allende’s characters cross geographical and cultural boundaries. In a sweeping portrait of an era, Eliza (the spirited heroine) has the courage to reinvent herself and to create her own destiny in a new country.

If you are a member of the library and would like to join us in the upcoming book discussion of Daughter of Fortune, please, call us at 514-485-6900 or e-mail us at

Aug 282014
 August 28, 2014  Workshops

French conversation posterThis informal class will give you the confidence to express yourself in French by enriching your vocabulary and improving your conversational skills. The classes will be led by teacher and writer Maurice Elia. Choose from two sessions:

Session 1: Mondays at 6:30 pm
September 8 – December 1 (except on October 13)

Session 2: Tuesdays at 2 pm
September 9 – December 2 (except on October 14)

Program is offered to Library members. $25 for the session. Registration is now open!