Apr 172014
 
 April 17, 2014  Book Clubs, Lectures

Monday, May 5 at 7 pm

Join us for an author talk with Gillian Deacon. Deacon is host of Here and Now (Toronto) on CBC Radio One, regular guest host of Q with Jian Ghomeshi and one of Canada’s best-known environmental writers. Her new book, Naked Imperfection, is a memoir about Deacon’s experience battling breast cancer. A thought-provoking and inspirational talk awaits you.

Free

Apr 162014
 
 April 16, 2014  Film

The Book Thief

Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at 2 pm – Free

The Book Thief - DVD B7248Set in Germany during the horrors of World War II, The Book Thief is a wondrous, richly-textured, sometimes heartbreakingly effective movie about a remarkable little girl named Liesel (Sophie Nélisse) and the couple (Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson) who take her in and love her as their own daughter while risking everything to shelter a teenage Jewish boy living in their basement. As those who have read the book on which this movie is based know, this is also a story about the triumph of the human spirit and the almost unbearable joy of living a long life and knowing the true meaning of what it is to love and be loved. Screenwriter Michael Petroni and director Brian Percival have done a marvelous, respectful job of capturing the epic sadness and the moments of pure, soul-soaring bliss in the book. Clocking in at a little more than two hours, The Book Thief moves a little deliberately at times. Still, this is one of the best movies of the year, featuring one of the most perfect endings of any movie in recent memory. (Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times)

United States — 2013 — 131 mins.

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

Apr 142014
 
 April 14, 2014  Our World, Workshops

Tuesday from 6:30 to 7:30 pm
May 6, May 13, May 20, May 27, June 10 & June 17

*No class on June 3

¡Qué hermoso es su País! (Your country is beautiful!)
¿Dónde está el Museo? (Where is the museum?)
¿Conoce un buen restaurante? (Do you know a good restaurant?)

Are you planning a trip to a Spanish-speaking country? Would you like to know a little bit of Spanish? Join us at the library for one hour of Spanish conversation for beginners with María Luisa and get introduced to the language.

Registration required.
Library members $30/non-members $45

 

Apr 112014
 
 April 11, 2014  Concerts, Music, Performance

Thursday, May 8 at 7 pm

The Library, in collaboration with the Conseil des arts de Montréal en tournée will present the wind quintet Pentaèdre.  A unique musical ensemble in the Canadian landscape, Pentaèdre explores and presents to the public a diversified and original chamber music repertoire, developed in the tradition of music for winds. Founded in 1985 and under the artistic direction of Louis-Philippe Marsolais since 2005, the five artists-musicians forming the quintet are recognized for the talent, technique, precision and color they bring to their performances.

This concert will consist of a bandoneon, surrounded by five wind instrumentalists.  Come and discover the unique sounds from these various combinations of instrumentalists, as they perform works by Paquito D’Rivera, Miguel del Aguila and Astor Piazzolla.

Tickets $5 
In the Auditorium

Apr 102014
 
 April 10, 2014  Art, Community Art Space

Feng Wang

Feng Wang  presents his artworks in the exhibit titled Breeze

On show is a colourful collection of oil paintings.  In the exhibit, whimsical artworks depict a life lived abroad. Wang is a graduate of China’s Minzu University’s School of Art.

Until May 11, 2014

Apr 102014
 
 April 10, 2014  Book Clubs

Infatuations by Javier Marias

María Luisa’s Café con Medialunas Book Club
Thursday, April 24 at 10:30 am

Welcome back to the Spring edition of our Hispanic fiction book club. Join us for an entertaining hour-long book discussion of the novel: The infatuations written by the award-winning Spanish author Javier Marías.

This thought-provoking novel is driven by a seemingly random murder that we discover through Ms. Dolz’s imagination and infatuations.

“A woman might notice a couple meeting every day in the same café, discover later that the man has been stabbed to death by a demented beggar, and decide to speak to the widow the next time she sees her. Each of these events seems whimsical and arbitrary and yet, as Javier Marías shows in this masterly novel, chance is nothing but the result of our own negligent reading. Read in the proper order, from the first to the last chapter, everything we do and everything we witness, however unlikely or disconnected, fits into a story in which we are both narrators and protagonists.” — Alberto Manguel.

Free. Registration required. 
Program offered to library members.

Apr 092014
 
 April 9, 2014  Performance, Theatre

swinging on a starThursday, May 1 at 7 pm

Celebrated playwright Aviva Ravel’s  Swinging On a Star takes us on a journey in which a young man, portrayed by Stephen Orlov, attempts to overcome his handicap so he can live a normal life. He searches for meaning and with open-heartedness and humility, shares his discovery with us, one that will touch us all. Music by Bing Crosby. Hope to see you there!

Tickets $5

 

Apr 092014
 
 April 9, 2014  Film

Moguls – The Rise and Fall of the Brothers Warner

Tuesday, April 30 at 2 pm

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Join movie librarian Steven Tomlinson for a lecture, discussion and slide show on the four brothers behind Warner Brothers, one of the most pivotal and successful movie studios in the history of Hollywood. Including their roots, both poor and Jewish in Eastern Europe, it’s a fascinating story of chutzpah, hard work and visionary ideas commingling with greed, jealousy, betrayal and other myriad fractures in the family dynamic.

Free for Members (Registration Required)

$15 for Non-members/ for 3 sessions of Let’s Talk Movies

Location: Multi-purpose room of the library

Apr 082014
 
 April 8, 2014  Film, Our World, Science and Discovery

chasingiceWednesday, April 23 at 2 pm

Join us as we watch the award-winning documentary Chasing Ice on Wednesday April 23 at 2 pm. Chasing Ice is a visually-stunning documentary that follows a National Geographic photographer and his team, as they prove the extent of glacial retreat due to global warming. Features eye-popping time-lapse images that condense several years of melt into a few seconds, including the longest footage ever recorded of a glacial calving event.

“The case for climate change is mounted in visually breathtaking yet conventional fashion in Chasing Ice. Following the exhaustive efforts of photographer-scientist James Balog to capture irrefutable evidence of the world’s glaciers in retreat, first-time helmer Jeff Orlowski’s documentary supplies a heroic human-interest angle on global warming that’s ultimately less remarkable than the grandeur of its arctic imagery.”  Justin Chang, Variety. 

Free

Click here to watch the trailer for the film