Sep 292014
 September 29, 2014  Book Clubs

Join librarian Alisa on Monday, October 6 at the French Book Club to discuss Griffintown by Marie Hélène Poitras.

Marie Hélène Poitras is a Québécois author who worked as a calèche driver in Old Montreal. This job inspired her second novel, Griffintown, which is set in the seldom seen world of horse-drawn carriage drivers.  The novel is part murder mystery, part western and written in a unique and poetic style. It describes the gentrification that is threatening the neighborhood from which the novel gets its name. The author won the France-Québec prize for this novel.

The Club will meet on October 6 at 3pm for an in-depth conversation in French about this novel. The book up for discussion in November will be announced at the October meeting. The club will be meeting on the following Mondays: November 10, January 12, February 9, and March 9.

To sign up, call the Reference Dept at 514-485-6900 or send us an e-mail at

Sep 292014
Baby eggplants need to ripen

Baby eggplants ripening

The Library Community Gardening sessions will be continuing until October 23rd, so feel free to join us every Tuesday and Thursday from 10 am to 2 pm (weather permitting). Come and get your hands dirty before the end of the season!

Although there was a slight frost (and cooler day temperatures) last week, there are still plenty of gardening chores to do. Weeding and watering are required on a weekly basis and most crops are still producing and need to be harvested!

You may have noticed that we have started to cover our warmer climate crops (such as tomatoes and eggplants). These aerated row covers allow light and air to circulate while keeping the plants warm during the night. These extra few degrees will hopefully allow the fruits to ripen on the plants before the end of the season!

No need to cover our lettuces and spinach, which thrive in cooler temperatures. We have a variety of greens in the garden, including spicy mustard and  green and oak leaf lettuces. Cutting a few leaves at a time allows for longer harvesting periods over the month of October. Cabbage family crops (such as kale) also like fall climate as the cold sweetens their taste and makes them even crunchier!

For other tips and tricks to finish the gardening season and prepare your garden for winter, register for the last Seasonal gardening workshop of the season on October 8th, from 2pm to 3pm!

Crunchy lettuce resist the frost

Lettuces can resist colder temperatures and frost

Covering up warmer weather crops

Covering up warmer-weather crops

Sep 242014
 September 24, 2014  Technology, Workshops

beginnerscomputersDo you or someone you know have the basics of computers down, but need some guidance on how to get the most out of the internet? Then our beginners’ computers course, Surfing the Web, is for you!

This intensive course will introduce participants to the basics of the Web. To allow lots of time for hands-on practice, the course runs twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:30 am to 12 pm.

Experienced course instructor Tammy Halpern has taught several computer courses at the library and at other community centres around Montreal. Join her and get started on the internet!

This course costs $90 for library members and $120 for non-members. Registration is now open!

October 21 – November 6

Sep 242014
 September 24, 2014  Book Clubs

Bone and BreadWednesday, October 1, 2014 at 7 pm (This session is full. You must be registered and a library member to attend.)

Bone and Bread by Saleema Nawaz

Sisters Beena and Sadhana grow up as orphans over their uncle’s bagel shop in Montreal and must come to terms with their shortcomings, while also facing personal issues.  Beena survives her challenges but Sadhana loses her fight to anorexia and it is up to Beena to make things right again – without being weighed down from guilt and grief.

I’ve picked this book since it is the featured Book of the Month and also the title for Côte Saint-Luc Reads 2014.  Author Saleema Nawaz will be visiting the library on Thursday, October 23rd at 7:00pm.  Three weeks before attending the program, the book club will have a chance to get together and analyze the story.  We will also formulate our own questions, which will certainly fuel a night of discussion.

Your thoughts and opinions are encouraged!  I’m looking forward to an engaging talk between our members.

Sep 242014
 September 24, 2014  Film

The Best Offer

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at 2 pm – Free

reGiuseppe Tornatore (best known for his nostalgic Oscar-winner Cinema Paradiso) wrote and directed this Hitchcock-ian psychological thriller, which takes place in the present but also feels a little like a 19th-century gothic novel.

Virgil Oldman (Geoffrey Rush), managing director of a leading auction house, has collected hundreds of masterful, priceless portraits of women that he keeps hidden in his villa. One day, Oldman agrees to take on a special assignment: the valuation of the collection of a recently deceased wealthy couple, whose agoraphobic daughter hasn’t left the family estate in years and refuses to show herself to strangers. Tornatore conjures a tantalizing mood as he charts the auctioneer’s growing fascination with the incognito woman and her labyrinthine home, leading to a sumptuous and entertaining mystery full of passion, neuroses and intrigue.

Part of the pleasure in watching The Best Offer is the elegant, unassumingly suspenseful way it unfolds: with several smart twists and surprises up its well-tailored sleeve, you never quite know where it’s all headed. The movie’s an eyeful, too, thanks to the intricate production design and many artworks; it’s also an earful, thanks to Ennio Morricone’s fittingly lush musical score.

In English only. 

Italy/United Kingdom — 2012 — 131 mins.

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

Sep 232014
 September 23, 2014  Film

When Jews Were Funny

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at 2 pm – Free

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In this fascinating and frequently very amusing documentary, director Alan Zweig conducts a series of free-form interviews with industry greats, spanning the early days of the Borsht Belt to the present. Old school comics of the age of assimilation bristle at the notion of a uniquely ethnic brand of humour, while younger generations affirm the influences that make their jokes quintessentially Jewish. Winner of the Best Canadian Feature award at the Toronto International Film Festival, When Jews Were Funny reveals itself to be less about comedy than what it means to be Jewish, a nearly impossible question, but one well worth exploring.

“Incredibly funny, and equally touching, this lighthearted look at comedy history, as well as the Jewish culture, will entertain everybody.” (The Toronto Film Scene)

In English only

Canada — 2013 — 89 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

Sep 192014
 September 19, 2014  Art, Workshops

arthistorycourseWe’re excited to be offering a completely new course this fall at the library! Visual Art in the 20th Century: The Most Innovative Time Since the Renaissance examines the beginnings of modern art, photography, and cinema, by following the major avant-garde movements of the 20th century.

This course is taught by experienced instructor Teresa Maglietta. It is six weeks long and meets weekly on Thursdays from 1:30 – 3 pm from October 23 – November 27.

Registration is now open and costs $30 for library members and $45 for non-members. Visit the library or call us to register now!

Sep 192014
 September 19, 2014  Art, Art Gallery

Meet the Artist Event for ppt
Tuesday, September 30 at 7 pm
Illuminations by André Boucher

Meet Montreal-based artist André Boucher and gain more insight into his work. Refreshments will be served.

More about the artist: André Boucher’s exhibit features photographic works from six different series. The common theme, aside from mirroring effects, is that none of the photos has been digitally altered or retouched.  Boucher prints his photographs on a variety of surfaces such as glass, stainless steel and paper, which he says allows him the flexibility of altering visual perceptions and keep the viewer guessing.

Boucher was born in Chicoutimi in 1950. He developed his talents as a photographer early in life. A graduate in communication studies, Boucher worked as a reporter for the newspaper Le Soleil and later founded Groupe Image, a project he directed for several years. He became a freelance photographer and then made a move towards contemporary art. He currently lives and works in Montreal. Boucher’s work has been shown throughout Quebec, and can be found in numerous private and museum collections.His current artworks can be viewed at


Sep 182014
 September 18, 2014  Workshops

CreativeWriting-workshop_150pxIf you want to work on your creative writing this fall, this workshop is for you! Beginner, intermediate, and advanced writers are invited to register for this six-week session where you will work closely with the instructor to develop your writing talents.

The workshop starts October 19 and runs once a week on Sundays from 10 am to 12 pm until November 23.

The workshop costs $40 for CSL Library members or $50 for non-members. Registration is now open!

Sep 152014
 September 15, 2014  Performance, Theatre

Eddie-Cantor-Vaudeville-Playreading_150pxTuesday, October 7 at 7 pm
The playreading is now sold out!

Set in New York City in the 1940s, The Eddie Cantor Vaudeville Show is a mash-up of jokes, skits and songs from yesteryear that tells the life and times of this popular singer and comedian.

The playreading is written and directed by Aviva Ravel. It stars Nat Rabinovitch as Eddie Cantor and features a variety of musical pieces composed by various artists between 1900 – 1950.

It’s going to be a great evening. Hope to see you there!