Aug 212014
 August 21, 2014  Food and Cuisine, Workshops


Wednesday, August 27 at 7:30 pm Preserving The Harvest

The harvesting season has begun. Wondering what to do with some of that extra produce you have been getting from your urban vegetable garden? The Côte Saint-Luc Public Library is inviting you to learn about preservation techniques and learn a few recipes with the help of our garden.
This will allow you to enjoy the bounty of summer all year long!
Our garden animator Laurence Fauteux will be teaching you classical Quebec recipes featuring fresh herbs from the garden. All materials will be provided provided, just bring your apron!
Registration required. Library members $5; non-members $7
Aug 212014
 August 21, 2014  Film

Lee Daniel’s The Butler

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 2 pm – Free

The Butler - DVD B9855This is a remarkable, even exhilarating, biographical movie about a poor African-American man called Cecil Gaines (Forest Whitaker) who works his way up the ladder to become head butler in the White House. Through the bold colours of costume pageantry and the muted tones of domestic drama, filmmaker Lee Daniels tells Gaines’ real-life story in the context of the developing American civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s. He also throws in a few bright splashes of crazy, over-the-top theatricality, startling celebrity cameos, as well as dabs of raucous comedy. In addition to Whitaker, the all-star cast includes Oprah Winfrey, David Oyelowo, Cuba Gooding Jr., and John Cusack.

“A singularly full-hearted and moving film.” (Joe Neumaier, The New York Daily News)

The Butler might bite off more history than it can chew, but it packs a sustained emotional punch, more than a pinch of wit, and a superb performance from Whitaker as a man burning with passion beneath his immaculate, repressed exterior.” (Jenny McCartney, The Telegraph)

In English only. 

United States — 2013 — 132 mins.

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

Aug 202014
 August 20, 2014  Art, Lectures

Fabergé posterWednesday, September 10 at 7 pm
Admission is free!

A guide from the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts will be at the library to give a sneak peek of this opulent exhibit, featuring several of the world-famous Easter eggs commissioned by the Romanovs.

This informative talk will give you an expert’s perspective on the work of Carl Fabergé, who designed jewellery and precious objects for the Imperial Court of Russia.


Photo Katherine Wetzel © Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Image above: Imperial Cesarevich Easter Egg
Carl Fabergé (1846-1920), Fabergé firm, Henrik Wigstrom (workmaster), 1912. Egg: Lapis lazuli, gold, diamonds. Surprise: platinum, lapis lazuli, diamonds, rock crystal, watercolor, ivory. Egg: 12.3 x 9 cm. Surprise: 9.5 x 6 cm. Stand: 6.6 x 10.4 cm

Aug 152014
 August 15, 2014  Art

The Fall & Winter library programs brochure is hot off the presses!

Pick one up starting today at the library or download a PDF copy heredownload a PDF copy here.

A few highlights from this season’s programming:

- An Evening with Claire Holden Rothman on September 3
- A talk on the Fabulous Fabergé exhibit at the MMFA
- The Eddie Cantor Story, a playreading written and directed by Aviva Ravel
- The return of favourite programs like Science Demystified with Dr. Joe Schwarcz, Tech Talks, and our varied book clubs…

and much, much more!

Aug 152014
 August 15, 2014  Book Clubs

morningbookclub_150pxThe new Fall/Winter 2014-2015 Kathy Diamond Book Talk titles are in. Below are the latest selections:

September 15 : Five Star Billionaire by Tash Aw

October 20 : The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka

November 10 : Canada by Richard Ford

December 8 : Perfect by Rachel Joyce

January 12 : The Fever Tree by Jennifer McVeigh

February 9 : Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward

March 9 : Big Brother by Lionel Shriver

For book synopses click the link below:
Morning Book Club synopses flyer Fall Winter 2014-15

Aug 132014

Programs Preview PosterTuesday, September 2 at 2 pm
In the Auditorium
Admission is free!

To celebrate the start of our new season, you’re invited to a special free preview event. Library staff will give a sneak peek of our upcoming concerts, lectures, music and film programming, workshops, courses, and more.

Plus, enter to win tickets to some of our most popular events! Light refreshments will be served.


Aug 082014
 August 8, 2014  Book Clubs, Lectures

Claire Holden Rothman event posterWednesday, September 3 at 7 pm
In the auditorium
Admission is free!

We are thrilled to announce that Claire Holden Rothman, bestselling author of The Heart Specialist, will be coming to the library this September to give a talk on her latest novel My October!

At this event, Ms. Rothman will read from and discuss her new book which examines issues of history, language, and cultural identity amid the ethnic and linguistic diversity of today’s Montreal. Read a longer preview of the novel here.

Copies of the novel will be available for purchase and signing at this event. Don’t miss your chance to hear from one of Montreal’s favourite writers!

Claire Holden Rothman

Photo credit: Arthur Holden

My October book cover

Rothman’s new novel

Aug 062014
 August 6, 2014  Book Clubs

The Rosie ProjectYou are invited to join the Côte Saint-Luc Women’s Social Club at the ACC and listen to CSL librarian, Melissa speak about The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion.  The talk will take place on Wednesday, August 13th at 1:45pm.  The hilarious writer is coming out this Fall with a sequel to his debut novel, which was very entertaining. 

Set in Australia, Don is a genetics expert who just wants to avoid the hassles of dating to find the right person. To help him with this, he creates a survey to meet his perfect match.  Rosie needs to find out who her biological father is and so she heads to Don’s office at the university, for his help.  He thinks she is there because she is one of the candidates who filled out his survey but he couldn’t be more wrong.  The novel is both charming and humorous.  If you need a “pick-me-up” type of story, Simsion’s book is the cure.

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 May’s book, City of Women, Melissa will be happy to answer them.

If you want to get your hands on one of the best Summer reads this year, make sure to add yourself to the list!

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

Aug 012014
 August 1, 2014  History, Lectures, Music

Beatles and the Montreal ConnectionWednesday, August 20 at 2 pm
In the Auditorium
Admission is free!

The link between John, Paul, George, and Ringo and Montreal may not appear obvious, yet it turns out there is plenty to discuss! Craig Morrison will tell us about the connection between our city and the Fab Four in their heyday. Morrison is an ethnomusicologist, a long-time instructor at Concordia University, an author, and a musician in popular local rock ‘n’ roll band Vintage Wine.

In celebration of the Beatles’ 50th anniversary, come find out why their music has stood the test of time!

Find out more about Craig Morrison and his lectures on his website.

Jul 312014
 July 31, 2014  Art, Art Gallery

blogexhibitLuminous paintings by New York-based artist Paul Hunter are on display at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library from July 31 to September 21, 2014.

Hunter will also discuss his work and what inspires him on July 31 at 7 pm at a Meet the Artist event at the Library. This event is free of charge. Refreshments will be served.

The New York Reflections art exhibit features contemporary original abstract and minimal cityscapes using gold and metal leaf in combination with acrylic paint applied on canvas.

“I’ve perfected a method of applying gold, bronze and other metal leaf into my canvases, having spent many years pursuing techniques that produce a radiant effect in my work,” Hunter said. “The result is an overall luminescence that deserves to be seen in person.”

Born and raised in Quebec City, Hunter was exposed to art at an early age.  His father taught sculpture at the prestigious École des Beaux-Arts and both his parents are artists. Hunter obtained his MFA in Montreal and currently lives and works in New York City. His art has been shown both in solo and group exhibits in North America, Europe, Asia and the United Arab Emirates.

His current artworks can be viewed at