Jan 272015
 January 27, 2015  Film

Tom at the Farm

Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at 2 pm – Free

Tom a la ferme - DVD T6515Tom, a young gay advertising copywriter from Montreal, travels to the country for a funeral, where he’s shocked to find out no one knows who he is, nor who he was to the deceased, whose brother soon sets the rules of a twisted game. In order to “protect” the family’s name and grieving mother, Tom has to play the peacekeeper in a household whose obscure past bodes an even greater darkness for the future. A suspenseful drama from Quebec filmmaker Xavier Dolan. Please be aware that this movie includes some blunt sexual language.

“It’s an improbably exciting match of knife-edge storytelling and a florid vintage aesthetic best represented by Gabriel Yared’s glorious orchestral score.” (Guy Lodge, Variety)

“It’s taut, creepy, compelling and sexy. And, apart from the location, it’s very much a Dolan film, focused on people testing the limits of their love for each other – and themselves.” (Ben Walters, Time Out London)

In French with English subtitles

Canada — 2013 — 103 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

Jan 272015
 January 27, 2015  Art

On Thursday, February 5th at 2pm, join librarian Alisa to discuss Tell the wolves I’m home, the debut novel by Carol Rifka Brunt.

There’s only one person who has ever truly understood fourteen-year-old June Elbus, and that’s her uncle, the renowned painter, Finn Weiss. Shy at school and distant from her once inseparable older sister, June can only be herself in Finn’s company; he is her godfather, confidant, and best friend. So when he dies far too young of a mysterious illness that June’s mother can barely bring herself to discuss, June’s world is turned upside down.

At the funeral, she notices a strange man lingering just beyond the crowd, and a few days later, June receives a package in the mail. Inside is a beautiful teapot she recognizes from Finn’s apartment, and a note from Toby, the stranger, asking for an opportunity to meet.

As the two begin to spend time together, June realises she’s not the only one who misses Finn, and if she can bring herself to trust this unexpected friend, he might just be the one she needs the most.

Tell the Wolves I’m Home is a tender story of love lost and found, an unforgettable portrait of the way compassion can make us whole again. (Source)

The Afternoon Book Circle is for registered members of the Library – drop by or call the reference desk to sign up. We will also be meeting on March 5th at 2pm.

Jan 192015
 January 19, 2015  Lectures, Science and Discovery

Passion-Reignited-Laurie-Betito_250pxDr. Laurie Betito, author and host of CJAD 800’s wildly popular radio show Passion, will speak at the Library on Thursday, February 12 at 7 pm. It’s free and open to the public!

Dr. Betito will discuss her career as a clinical psychologist, radio host, and writer in the sex and relationship field. She will also share tips and insights from her new book, The Sex Bible for People over 50. Copies of the book will be available for purchase.

Dr. Betito discusses various sex and relationship topics and takes questions from listeners on Passion, which airs weeknights at 10 pm. She has been a practicing psychotherapist in Montreal for over 25 years, and is currently the president of the Sexual Health Network of Quebec.

We hope to see you here on February 12!

Jan 082015
 January 8, 2015  Art, Community Art Space


Hebrew character playing violinJoss Bento presents La Ronde des Lettres

Jocelyne Bentolita, a self-taught artist from France, presents a series of works inspired by Jewish tradition. For the past seven years, she has been depicting letters from the Hebew alphabet on plexiglass panels that respect both the meaning and symbolism of each letter. An exhibit that demonstrates both enthusiasm and spontaneity.

 Until January 18, 2015
Jan 082015
 January 8, 2015  Film

Wednesday, January 21 at 2 pm

Woody-AllenBy means of a one-hour lecture/discussion format, librarian Steven Tomlinson explores the philosophical undertones in such Woody Allen movies as Annie Hall, Crimes and Misdemeanors, Manhattan, Match Point and Blue Jasmine, and reminds us that, hey, just because the universe is meaningless and life is pointless that’s no reason to commit suicide!

Free for library members; non-members $15. Registration required.

Location: Multi-purpose room of the library

Jan 072015
 January 7, 2015  Book Clubs

Me Before YouCome join the Côte Saint-Luc Women’s Social Club at the ACC and hear CSL librarian, Melissa talk about Me Before You by Jojo Moyes.  It will be held on Wednesday,  January 14th at 1:45pm.   

In a quiet town of Britain, Louisa Clark is twenty-six and has just found out that she is out of a job.  She still lives with her parents, as she is the main person who is supporting them.  Finding a new job is quite vital but her skills and qualifications are close to nil.  After a trip to the job bank, Lou gets an interview to be a caregiver for a wealthy thirty-five year old quadriplegic, named Will.  Since the money is good, there is no way for Lou to reject it.  What follows is a new stage in her life which will change everything she knows about quadriplegics, but most importantly, herself.

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 November’s title, The First Rule of Swimming, Melissa will be happy to answer them.

Now is the time to take advantage of getting a copy of Moyes’ popular book—we actually have a few copies available.

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

Dec 312014
 December 31, 2014  Film


Wedneday, January 7, 2014 at 2 pm – Free

dfsfdsAdapted from the 2006 Tony Winner for Best Musical, this bittersweet saga dramatizes the rise and fall of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons—one of the key pop groups of the early ’60s, responsible for such iconic hits as “Sherry,” “Walk Like a Man” and “Big Girls Don’t Cry.”

The story opens in New Jersey, where young Francesco Castelluccio (John Lloyd Young) and his buddies begin to nurture dreams of becoming musical stars, goals that seem far out of reach until they invite Francesco to perform with them in their band, then rename him Frankie Valli; his unique falsetto vocals captivate the girls in the audience, which provides a sign of success to come….

Clint Eastwood directs, from a screenplay by the co-authors of the original musical, Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice

‘This is a universal “anyone can make it” story that has uplifting appeal, and in Mr. Eastwood’s capable hands, the joy spreads like apple butter.’ (Rex Reed, New York Observer)

United States — 2014 — 134 mins.

Click here to see the latest PDF of the Wednesday Afternoon at the Movies pamphlet

Dec 152014
 December 15, 2014  Workshops

French-Conversation_Wint2015Our popular French Conversation course is back for another 12-week session in early 2015.

On Mondays at 4 pm from January 12–March 30, 2015, Maurice Elia will be back to lead conversation for beginners who have a basic level of French already in a relaxed setting. This class will give you the confidence to express yourself in French by enriching your vocabulary and improving your conversational skills.

This class is open to Library members and costs $25 for the session.


Please call the Programs Department at 514-485-6900, ext. 4205 for more information and to register. We require a short French assessment before registration.

Dec 032014
 December 3, 2014  Art, Art Gallery

Smash, acrylic on linen, 58 x 58 inchesAbstract paintings of Montreal-based visual artist Antonietta Grassi are on display at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library Art Gallery.

Grassi says her exhibit features a questioning of both our physical and mental surroundings. This idea is reinforced in her following statement. ”My current series of paintings operates at the conjunction of abstraction and representation, furthering my ongoing investigations into the instabilities of compositional structure and architectural form as metaphors for psychological states, such as instability and loss,“ Grassi writes in her artist’s statement.

Grassi is a professional artist and professor in the Visual Arts Department at Dawson College in Montreal. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Concordia University and a Master’s of Fine Arts from l’Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). Her work can be found in public and private collections, including the Musée du Québec. She has been the recipient of several grants and awards, including from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec. She has had numerous solo and group exhibitions across Canada and Europe and has participated in notable shows on contemporary abstract painting.

Her current artworks can be viewed at www.antoniettagrassi.com.

The Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library is located at 5851 Cavendish Blvd. and is open from 10 am to 10 pm except statutory holidays. For more information, call the library at 514-485-6900 or visit csllibrary.org.

This exhibit runs until January 25, 2015.

Dec 032014
 December 3, 2014  Lectures

year-in-review-Housefather_2014_500pxCôte Saint-Luc mayor Anthony Housefather returns for his annual Year in Review event on Friday, December 12 at 2 pm.

Come hear him discuss the past year’s biggest new headlines, whether local or global.

Join us for this free event in the council chamber of the Côte Saint-Luc City Hall.