Apr 232015

Gluten-related health issues posterThursday, May 7 at 2 pm

The media is full of stories about gluten, celiac disease, and the gluten-free diet these days. What is myth and what is fact?

To give you an introduction to these topics, we’ve invited Margaret W. Duthie of the Canadian Celiac Association to speak at the library. She will discuss gluten-related disorders and the facts and myths surrounding the gluten-free diet. Join us for this free and informative event!

Apr 222015

Resilience posterResilience: An Inspirational Evening with Susan Wener
Wednesday, April 29 at 7 pm

Susan Wener’s training as a naturopath and therapist helps her comfort patients coping with the physical and emotional devastation of a cancer diagnosis. However, as a two-time cancer survivor, she knows first-hand what it is to deal with a life-threatening disease. In her gripping memoir, Resilience, using prose that is both funny and profoundly moving, Wener takes us on her extraordinary journey to wellness and wisdom.

Critics have praised Wener’s memoir as “a ‘must read’ for everyone but especially for those who have had cancer affect their lives or the lives of their friends or family.”

We hope to see you at this very special event!

Apr 212015
 April 21, 2015  Film


Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at 2 pm – Free

Gloria-Poster-MovitIn this superb Chilean comedy-drama, the title character, Gloria (Paulina Garcia), is a Santiago divorcee looking for love in the city’s swank nightspots but finding only sex (if that); she’s old enough to have a grandson, but she hasn’t yet given up on life or the idea that someone might share it with her. To her great satisfaction she finds Rodolfo (Sergio Hernandez), who’s middle-aged and divorced like herself, but their good times are hampered by his family baggage and peevish, unpredictable behaviour. Director Sebastian Lelio is admirably even-handed in his treatment of Gloria; for all her joie de vivre, she can be impetuous and self-destructive, a victim of her own drunken, dance-floor bravado.

Gloria is a work of maturity, depth and emotional insight. There’s not a single false note here.” (David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter)

“There is that feeling you get inside when a movie suddenly starts to push your every button, creating an emotional connection that goes beyond pure reason and mere emotion. It elevates your mood to such a point that you wish you could hug the screen out of sheer joy and recognition. That is what Gloria did to me.” (Susan Wloszczyna, RogerEbert.com)

In Spanish with English subtitles

Chile — 2013 — 110 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

Apr 172015
 April 17, 2015  Art, Art Gallery

01_annis_small  blogVernissage Event with Fiona Annis
Thursday, April 30 at 7 pm
The After-Image (Swan Songs) by Fiona Annis

Meet Montreal-based artist Fiona Annis and gain more insight into her work. Light refreshments will be served.

More about the exhibit: The expression “swan song” derives from the Greek myth that swans are mute, but burst into song just before they die. Over the ages the legend was embraced by poets and came to mean a person’s last eloquent words or performance: a final farewell appearance.

More about the artist: Fiona Annis is a Montréal-based visual artist and researcher whose interdisciplinary practice includes photography, installation, and various forms of mark-making.  In 2008 she received her Master’s degree of Research in Creative Practices from the Glasgow School of Art, and she is currently pursuing a practice-led PhD in the Interdisciplinary Humanities program at Concordia University. Fiona has exhibited and lectured in national and international contexts.

Apr 152015
 April 15, 2015  Book Clubs

MatadoraCome join the Côte Saint-Luc Women’s Social Club at the ACC and hear CSL librarian Melissa talk about  Matadora by Elizabeth Ruth. It will be held on Wednesday, April 22nd at 1:45pm.  This book is the author’s third novel. 

Ruth’s story  is about an inspirational tale of one woman’s fight to succeed in the bullring of 1930’s Spain.  It spans five years of the orphan Luna, who wishes to be a bull fighter during times of civil unrest and live her dream to be a matadora on foot, which was prohibited for a woman at that time.  In a sexist and unsettling environment, Luna must try to accomplish her goal and acknowledge her internal struggles.

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 March’s title, A Well-Tempered Heart, Melissa will be happy to answer them.

The library has one copy circulating of the current book to be discussed.  Put yourself on the list – it is an intriguing read indeed.

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

Apr 142015
 April 14, 2015  Film


Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at 2 pm – Free

My Old Lady - DVD M9956Israel Horovitz directs this comedy-drama about a New Yorker (Kevin Kline) who travels to France to sell a house he inherited, only to find a refined elderly woman (Maggie Smith) and her protective daughter (Kristin Scott Thomas) living there. This begins with upbeat music and what appears to be a comedy-of-errors setup, but it becomes so much more, bringing us through dark territory with wit, anger and grace, becoming in the end a much fuller tale for it.

“Fun to watch for the sheer over-the-topness of the performances.” (Geoff Pevere, The Glove & Mail)

My Old Lady is pretty compelling viewing, mostly thanks to Kline, who gives a career-high performance.” (Glenn Kenny, RogerEbert.com)

In English only

United Kingdom — 2014 — 107 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

Apr 132015
 April 13, 2015  Book Clubs

Thursday, April 16 at 10:30 am

Spring has arrived and it is the time to register for this book club. Let’s get together to discuss a good book with other reading enthusiasts of Hispanic authors in translation over a cup of coffee and croissants.

Join us for an entertaining hour-long book discussion of the novel: Delirium written by the talented Colombian author Laura Restrepo.

This is Laura Restrepo’s sixth novel which won the 2004 Premio Alfaguara and the 2006 Grinzane Cavour Prize in Italy. In exploring how madness affects many levels of society, from government to family, Restrepo offers an intriguing, superbly written (and translated), and psychologically rich novel that reads like a mystery unraveled backward. In brief, Agustina is mentally ill, but some unknown event has triggered this latest and more serious lapse into delirium. That Agustina is a symbolic stand-in for Colombia’s ills bothered a few, as did the ambiguous nature of her breakdown. — From Bookmarks Magazine

The next book club meeting is scheduled for May 21 in the MPR at the library, and the book is: The man who loved dogs. In order to get copies of the book, please contact María Luisa.

Apr 102015
 April 10, 2015  Gardening, Special Events

Seedy-Sunday_500pxDon’t miss Seedy Sunday, the first ever Côte Saint-Luc Seed Exchange! This event is free and open to the public.

Sunday April 19 from noon to 3 pm at the Eco-Café

Get more from your seeds and exchange them for new varieties of your favorite vegetables! Mingle with other gardeners from your community and be sure to attend a unique seed-saving presentation by Aaron Lyons from Hawthorn Farm. Mr. Lyons will explain basic seed-saving techniques and principles and will advise us on how to maintain our own seed collection at the Eleanor London Seed Library.

What a great way to start the gardening season! Don’t forget to bring your personal seeds for the exchange…

Apr 102015
 April 10, 2015  Gardening, Workshops

home-grown_Spring2015_500pxHome Grown Gardening Workshops start April 14th!
Tuesdays at 7 pm – April 14, 21, and 28

Are you interested in starting your own vegetable gardening project but don’t know when to start? Do you want to start learning more about the basics of vegetable gardening? If so, then this workshops series is for you!

Join Laurence Fauteux on Tuesdays as we explore basic plant needs, garden design, fertilization and pest-management. This series is specifically designed for beginner gardeners who want to develop their gardening skills and meet other community members who are starting similar projects!

Register today! The workshops are free for CSL Library members and $15 for non-members. Go to the main circulation desk to register or contact Laurence at 514-485-6900, ext. 4201 for more information.

See you next Tuesday!

Apr 082015
 April 8, 2015  Book Clubs

Morning Book Talk posterMorning Book Talk with Kathy Diamond
Mondays at 10:30 am

Please note: This program now costs $3 at the door

In her monthly book talk, Kathy Diamond brings her experienced reader’s eye to review recent novels and hidden gems. Join her for coffee and treats on Monday mornings. The books she will cover in the upcoming months are as follows:

April 13 The Lighthouse by P.D. James
May 11 Adult Onset by Ann-Marie MacDonald
June 8 The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson
July 13 Sweetland by Michael Crummey
August 10 The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy by Rachel Joyce

For book synopses, download a copy of the Spring-Summer 2015 MBT flyer.