Nov 262014
 November 26, 2014  Book Clubs

The Light Between OceansWednesday, December 3, 2014 at 7 pm (This session is full. You must be registered and a library member to attend.)

The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman

Tom Sherbourne has just come back from serving in the first World War and although he has survived, there are things he lived through and witnessed that he wouldn’t wish on anyone.  Estranged from his brother and father, Tom is offered the post of a lighthouse keeper on isolated Janus Rock, Australia.  After being on the island for six months, Tom goes back inland to the town of Partaguese, where he meets his future wife (Isabel Graysmark).

It is not long before he returns to Janus Rock, taking on the lighthouse keeper’s role permanently, with Isabel as his wife.  It is their efforts of trying to become parents without success that starts to take the wind out of Isabel’s sails.  Shortly after they lose another child by a late miscarriage, a miracle washes upon the shores of Janus Rock: in a small fishing boat, the couple discover a baby girl, who is barely two months old.  Isabel convinces Tom to keep the child as their own, which leads to loyalties being broken, lies to be spread and heartache all around.

This will be another meaty discussion with the group, as there are many issues to tackle.  Melissa is looking forward to the opinions of the club, closing the year with an interesting debate.


Nov 262014
 November 26, 2014  Film


Wedneday, December 3, 2014 at 2 pm – Free

Chef - DVD 5153 - BRD 5153Food, glorious food! Very funny and insightful, Chef is the perfect antidote to Hollywood junk food. And like the best meals, this irresistible, big-hearted culinary-comedy feels good for the soul. Writer-director Jon Favreau is great as the gruff, roly-poly Los Angeles chef of the title, Carl Casper, whose ascent to gastronomic stardom is abruptly ended by a snooty restaurant critic. Forced to re-examine his priorities, he starts up a food truck in an effort to reclaim his creative promise while attempting to piece back together his estranged family. Through it all, Favreau’s chef never loses his enthusiasm for cooking, eating and living.

While there’s nothing terribly profound about Chef, its message—that relationships, like cooking, require a hands-on approach—is a sweet and sustaining one. This is comfort comedy, pure and simple, buoyed by a Latin-flavored score and Favreau’s knack for improvisational inspiration. It’s also stuffed with stars, including Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson and Dustin Hoffman all in cameo roles.

United States — 2014 — 114 mins.

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Nov 252014
 November 25, 2014  Film

THE JEWISH CARDINAL – Additional Screening

Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 2 pm – Free

downloaddsdfNo, its title is not an oxymoron. Rather, The Jewish Cardinal refers to Jean-Marie Lustiger, the son of Polish-Jewish immigrants, who converted to Catholicism at a young age and, after joining the priesthood, quickly rose up the ranks to become Archbishop of Paris and a chief advisor to Pope Jean Paul II. Ilan Duran Cohen’s revelatory biopic recounts this fascinating tale in thoughtful and compelling fashion, aided by the superb lead performance by Laurent Lucas. The story’s chief dramatic element revolves around a dispute concerning the controversial installation of a convent by Carmelite nuns on the Auschwitz grounds, prompting Lustiger, whose mother was murdered there, to question his religious allegiances. Although it will appeal to religious audiences—it has already played in nearly a dozen Jewish film festivals—The Jewish Cardinal features uncommon depth and a rare nuance that should interest the non-faithful as well. (Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter)

In French with English subtitles

France — 2013 — 90 mins.

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Nov 212014
 November 21, 2014  Workshops

Your-Opinion-Please_500pxWe’re happy to be offering a new discussion group open to all library members called Your Opinion Please!

Led by library volunteer Beverley Rath, this group meets on the first Thursday of each month for casual conversation, current events, and coffee.

Join us for the next meeting on Thursday, December 4 at 10:30 am. It’s free, though you must be a Library member and register for the group at the front desk.

Nov 192014
 November 19, 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.


Nov 182014
 November 18, 2014  Film


Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at 2 pm – Free


Waad Mohammed plays the girl of the title, aged ten or eleven, who lives in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia with her mother and father, although he is seldom at home, and we realize, as the mother’s anxiety deepens, that he is seeking a second wife. Their daughter, perhaps in response to this tension, seeks what freedom she can; time and again, she bumps against its limits, whether at school, under the scalding gaze of the principal, or on the streets, where her hopes of buying and riding a bicycle, through a world of men, seem forlorn. There is no burst of fury in the film, and the moments of rebellion are subtle and few, yet our sense of society as a cage—or as a never-ending school, where grown women are ruled and restricted like children—is unstinting. Without the heroine’s cheer and charm, it might have proved too much to endure. Nevertheless this is a simple, solid, and deeply affecting drama.  (Anthony Lane, The New Yorker)

In Arabic with English subtitles

Saudi Arabia/Germany — 2012 — 98 mins.

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

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Nov 142014
 November 14, 2014  Community Art Space

Annette image 1Annette Wolfstein-Joseph presents her collection of etchings in an exhibition titled Quest for Freedom: Images from the book of Exodus.

Annette has been a printmaker and teacher since her studies at Concordia University where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.

Reading the book of Exodus Annette was awakened by wonderfully descriptive imagery of what happened in that land so far away and so long ago. This took her on a path of research and creativity which has culminated in this lovely collection of etchings.

Take a trip with Annette as she shares her visual interpretations of this story which has been handed down for generations upon generations.

Until December, 7 2014

Nov 122014
 November 12, 2014  Art, Art Gallery

Meet the Artist Event                                                                          for blog

Thursday, November 27 at 7 pm
Deliberate Apertures and Accidental Enclosures by Antonietta Grassi

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

More about the artist: Antonietta Grassi’s 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.“

Antonietta 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

Nov 112014
 November 11, 2014  Film


Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 2 pm – Free

Out of Sight - DVD FOR O945Beautiful 24-year-old Ya’ara is independent, confident, and intelligent. She has just begun her Ph.D. in Mathematics at Princeton University—and she’s blind. When she hears of her cousin Talia’s suicide, she rushes back to Israel. They were best of friends and twin spirits. Talia saw for both of them, and was always the one who believed and led Ya’ara to believe, that in spite of her blindness, Ya’ara could see everything. Ya’ara joins Talia’s family for the traditional 7-day mourning period “The Shiv’a,” where she discovers the secrets of Talia’s life and embarks on an investigation trying to discover the reason that led Talia to commit suicide.

In Hebrew with English subtitles

Israel — 2006 — 86 mins.

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

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Nov 112014
 November 11, 2014  Lectures, Music

Wednesday, November 19 at 2 pm

unnamedCelebrating in tandem with the Montreal International Bach Festival this month, Music Librarian Farah Mohammed will take an interesting and informative look at the life of Johann Sebastian Bach,  as well as some of this legendary composer’s masterpieces.

Free ~ In the Auditorium