Mar 262015
 March 26, 2015  Film


Wedneday, April 1, 2015 at 2 pm – Free

Get-On-Up-poster-3A Hollywood musical bio-pic that chronicles James Brown’s rise from extreme poverty to becoming one of the most influential pop stars in the world. Chadwick Boseman, who played Jackie Robinson in 42, is sensational as the Godfather of Soul in this bold movie from the director of The Help. Over the decades, Hollywood has filmed the life stories and music of seminal artists from the era of early rock ‘n’ roll: The Buddy Holly Story, La Bamba (Ritchie Valens), Great Balls of Fire (Jerry Lee Lewis) and Ray (Ray Charles), plus docu-features on Elvis Presley and Chuck Berry. Now, eight years after Brown’s death comes Get On Up. It may be the finest, most complex of the bunch — the story of a difficult man who created the funk sound, endlessly sampled by rock stars and rappers today. Written by Jez and John-Henry Butterworth, directed by Tate Taylor and boasting an indelible lead performance by Boseman, Get On Up is terrific, stirring stuff.

“Like James Brown himself, the movie is dynamic and entertaining as hell.” (Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News)

“In 2007, Jamie Foxx won Best Actor for his subtle performance as Ray Charles. Chadwick Boseman exceeds that solid standard. Incarnating James Brown in all his ornery uniqueness, he deserves a Pulitzer, a Nobel and instant election to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.” (Richard Corliss, Time Magazine)

United States — 2014 — 139 mins.

Mar 252015
 March 25, 2015  Art

Molinari posterMolinari Quartet – En Route!
Thursday, April 23 at 7 pm
Tickets $5, on sale now at the main circulation desk

The Conseil des arts de Montréal en tournée and the Library present En route! by the Molinari Quartet. This award-winning, critically-acclaimed string quartet will perform works by Schafer, Shostakovitch and Debussy.

Listen to clips of Molinari’s music on their web site or follow the group at their Facebook page.

Mar 242015
 March 24, 2015  Film


Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 2 pm – Free

barbaraGerman filmmaker Christian Petzold’s quietly-oppressive psychological thriller is set in the East Germany of 1980. Actress Nina Hoss, Petzold’s icy-blond muse, plays the title character, a doctor and former “political criminal” who’s released from prison and assigned to a provincial mental hospital. Her boss at the hospital tries to help her adjust but clearly wants something more personal, while the Stasi (the East German secret police) keeps close tabs on her as she secretly plans an escape to the West. The occasional ravings of the patients, ringing off the walls, provide an appropriate backdrop to the heroine’s need for freedom, but the movie’s politics never trump its humanity.

“It’s one terrific film, as smart, thoughtful and emotionally involving as just about anything that’s out there.” (Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times)

“It’s a movie that works its magic slowly, and on multiple levels; it’s a historical drama, a mystery and a love story. And Hoss’ performance is simply one of the finest of the year.” (Stephanie Zacharek, NPR)

In German with English subtitles

Germany — 2012 — 105 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

Mar 232015
 March 23, 2015  Special Events

Spring 2015 used book sale posterSpring Used Book Sale
Saturday, April 18 and Sunday, April 19, 11 am to 5 pm

Stock up on books for spring and summer reading at our semi-annual sale. A wide variety of titles await you – fiction, non-fiction, books for kids, and more! We’ll also have CDs and movies for sale.

Prices start at 50 cents. All proceeds go towards the Library’s future purchase of a baby grand piano.

Join us in the Harold Greenspon Auditorium at 5801 Cavendish Blvd.

For more information, please call 514-485-6900 or email

Mar 192015
 March 19, 2015  Art

tech-talks-Spring-Summer2015_500pxTuesdays at 10:30 am
Free for Library members; non-members $5 (per workshop).

Learn how to use the latest tech tools at our series of interactive technology workshops. Here’s the list of workshops coming up this spring:

April 21 Online Resources for Readers
April 28 Listen to Classical and Jazz Music Online with Naxos
May 5 Prêt numérique: eBooks in French
May 12 Getting Started with Facebook
May 19 Planning Your Trip Online
May 26 Meet the MakerBot: An Introduction to 3D Printers

Registration for April and May 5 talks opens March 20; registration for May 12, 19 and 26 talks opens April 1.

You must have an email account with a password to register for all of the sessions. Certain topics have additional requirements, so please inquire during registration. Registration is reserved for those who have not previously taken the workshop.

Mar 182015

Programs-Preview-Spring2015_500pxWednesday, April 15 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.

Mar 172015
 March 17, 2015  Film


Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 2 pm – Free

hava_nagila_the_movie_xlgThis buoyant documentary about the roots and global popularity of the Hebrew folk song “Hava Nagila” tells a complicated if fascinating story of cultural adaptation. It also provides a fresh look at a good chunk of modern Jewish history, from poverty to plenty, from the shtetl in Europe to Israel to the suburbs of North America, that “other promised land.” Thankfully there are several eloquent talking heads—Harry Belafonte, Leonard Nimoy (who once studied cantorial singing), and numerous impassioned Jewish history professors—to make for both an entertaining and educational experience.

“According to this infectiously high-spirited new documentary by Roberta Grossman, the most [familiar] song in the Jewish repertoire has a colorful history that has carried Ashkenazi Jews through the joy and sorrow of 150 years of being thrown around the world.” (Ella Taylor, NPR)

“It’s a fun, nostalgic, informative journey.” (Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times)

In English only

United States — 2013 — 73 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

Mar 122015
 March 12, 2015  Book Clubs

A Well-Tempered HeartCome join the Côte Saint-Luc Women’s Social Club at the ACC and hear CSL librarian, Melissa talk about A Well-Tempered Heart by Jan-Philipp Sendker.  This book is the sequel to his highly praised The Art of Hearing Heartbeats.  It will be held on Wednesday,  March 18th at 1:45pm.

After her visit to Burma ten years ago, Julia Win realizes how her correspondence with her half brother (U Ba) has slowly diminished over the years but she has never forgotten about him.  As a lawyer who deals with many meetings and stress, Julia has been swept up in her busy life and can hardly concentrate on anything else—including her personal life, which has taken a heartbreaking dive.  In the middle of a very important presentation, Julia’s thoughts are interrupted by a strange woman’s voice who starts asking questions about her motives.

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 February’s title, The Supremes at Earle’s All-You-Can-Eat , Melissa will be happy to answer them.

The library has four copies of the current book to be discussed and there are only two people on the waiting list.  Reserve yourself a copy if you have not already read it!

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

Mar 112015
 March 11, 2015  Film

Wednesday, March 25 at 2 pm

Feuding Sisters : Olivia de Havilland & Joan Fontaine

Annex - de Havilland, Olivia_02Has there ever been a sibling rivalry more venomous than this? Fought over decades both on screen and off, it was a conflict that had more malice and melodrama than any of the big-screen thrillers and romances in which they starred. Join movie librarian Steven Tomlinson, as Let’s Talk Movies gets catty and chatty, for this look at the bad blood between the legendary Oscar-winning sisters of Hollywood’s golden era. Who was the most awful to the other one, anyway? And can we ever find the answer to what was at the bottom of this most famous of film-family feuds?

Free for library members; non-members $15. Registration required.

Location: Multi-purpose room of the library