Aug 282015
 August 28, 2015  Workshops

Memoir workshop posterShare Your Story: Memoir Writing Workshop
Sundays from 10 am to 12 pm
Members $40; non-members $50

We’re offering a new writing workshop this fall: a memoir-writing course! Record your life experiences and share your family’s story in this introductory workshop series. Experienced teacher Tim Fain leads the workshop.

The workshop runs form October 4 – November 8 and registration is now open! Register today at the main circulation desk.

Aug 272015
 August 27, 2015  Book Clubs

Thursday, September 3 at 10:30 am

Join us at the library for an hour-long book discussion of: Captain Alatriste, the swashbuckling hero of the first in a magnificent adventure series of six historical novels from the acclaimed Spanish author Arturo Pérez-Reverte.

Captain Alatriste y Tenorio, a retired soldier and veteran of Spain’s Flemish wars, works as a hired sword in the 1620s which inevitably leads him into some dicey situations; the one detailed here is a commission to assassinate, under the cover of darkness, two Englishmen on a visit to Madrid. And what happens next is only the first in a series of riveting twists and turns, with implications that will reverberate throughout the courts of Europe. Splendidly paced and filled with a sense of the history and spirit of the age, this is popular entertainment at its best.

Our monthly meetings are entertaining, and informative. Read the book and come for the chat, coffee and croissants!

Reminder: In order to register and to get copies of the book, please call 514-485-6900, ext. 4110 or ask to speak with María Luisa.

Aug 262015
 August 26, 2015  Special Events

Programs Preview posterCurious to find out more about what’s on at the library this fall? Then mark your calendar for our…

Adult Programs Preview Event
Wednesday, September 30 at 2 pm

The library’s Program Department staff will present a sneak preview of fall and winter’s upcoming events!

Attend for a chance to win tickets to some of our popular events. Light refreshments will be served.

Aug 262015
 August 26, 2015  Film


Wedneday, September 2, 2015 at 2 pm – Free

Woman in Gold - DVD W87224Sixty years after she fled Vienna during World War II, an elderly Jewish woman, Maria Altmann (Helen Mirren), starts her journey to retrieve family possessions seized by the Nazis, among them Klimt’s famous painting ‘The Lady in Gold’. Together with her inexperienced but plucky young lawyer Randy Schoenberg (Ryan Reynolds), she embarks upon a major battle that takes them all the way to the heart of the Austrian establishment and the U.S. Supreme Court, and forces her to confront difficult truths about the past along the way.

“It’s a touching film that entertains with warmth and humor while teaching us something about history, law and justice with enormous heart, subtlety and compassion, brilliantly acted and skillfully written. Is there anything Helen Mirren cannot do?” (Rex Reed, New York Observer)

United States — 2015 — 109 mins. — In English only

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

Aug 242015
 August 24, 2015  Book Clubs

Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-timeIf you missed August’s meeting, join us next week on Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015 at 7 pm (This session is full.  You must be a library member and registered to attend).

Next book title: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon

Despite his overwhelming fear of interacting with people, Christopher, a mathematically-gifted, autistic fifteen-year-old decides to investigate the murder of a neighbor’s dog and uncovers secret information about his mother.  This book was very popular when it came out and won the Alex Award in 2004.  The novel was Haddon’s first for adults, though it was still categorized in some places as a book for young readers.  A mystery mixed with humor and coming-of-age, it is easy to read and fun.  The book’s charm has taken off quite well that it has now become a Broadway phenomena.  Though it is a light read, there are tons of issues to discuss in the club.  Melissa looks forward to the meeting.

Aug 212015
 August 21, 2015  Art, Art Gallery

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Vernissage Event with Brigitte Radecki
Thursday, September 10 at 7 pm
Double Chance by Brigitte Radecki

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

More about the exhibit:

The Double Chance exhibit opens with a vernissage on September 10 at 7 pm.

Radecki will present her latest works in a series called Double Chance, alongside a handful of other pieces from previous bodies of work. Double Chance addresses the happy accidents created when relying upon elements of chance and randomness.

More about the artist: Brigitte Radecki received both her BFA and MFA from Concordia University.  She has exhibited throughout Canada and Europe for over thirty years. Her work is in several public and private collections such as the Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal, Musée d’art contemporain in Montréal, the Musée National des beaux-arts du Québec, Air Canada and the National Bank. Her career initially began working in sculpture and installation and since the 1990s she has concentrated entirely on abstract painting installations. She lives and works in Montreal and Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.

Aug 212015
 August 21, 2015  Art

We’ve just received the new Fall & Winter 2015-16 Programs and Events brochure! Stop by the library today to pick up a copy to find out everything going on for adults, kids, and teens this upcoming season.

Click the image below to view the guide in your browser!

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Aug 202015
 August 20, 2015  Art

Bone and BreadIf you missed August’s talk, you are invited to join the Côte Saint-Luc Women’s Social Club at the ACC and hear CSL librarian, Melissa, talk about Bone and Bread by Saleema Nawaz.  It will be held on Wednesday, September 9th at 1:45pm.  This book was selected as the CSL Reads title of last year and the author came to visit in October.

A tale of two sisters who grew up in Montreal above a bagel shop, their paths separate from one another when they become orphans and are taken in by their uncle.  Where one starts gaining weight from an unplanned pregnancy, the other loses pounds from anorexia.  Their relationship is difficult to understand and when the latter sibling dies unexpectedly, the older one is left to find any trace of love or forgiveness from her sister.

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 August’s title, Fin & Lady, Melissa will be happy to answer them.

The library several copies of the current book to be discussed.  Take one out today or put yourself down for a copy!

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 182015
 August 18, 2015  Book Clubs

On Thursday, September 10 at 2 pm, join librarian Alisa to discuss Alice Sebold‘s The Lovely Bones,

 “My name was Salmon, like the fish, first name Susie,” the novel disarmingly begins. “I was 14 when I was murdered on December 6, 1973.. . It was still back when people believed things like that didn’t happen.” Susie Salmon, whose bones are shut in an old safe and sunk in quicksand by her neighbour Mr Harvey, spends the book watching and narrating, from her perfect adolescent heaven, the tale of her loss and the rupture her murder brings about in the lives of her family, her killer and her friends.  (Source: The Guardian)

The Afternoon Book Circle is for registered members of the Library – drop by or call the reference desk to sign up. We will also be meeting on October 8 and November 12. Winter dates TBA.


Aug 182015
 August 18, 2015  Book Clubs

Join librarian Alisa on Monday, September 21 at the French Book Club to discuss Nancy Huston’s Fault Lines.

Nancy Huston’s novel, Fault Lines, which was originally published in French (winning France’s Prix Femina in 2006) and is translated by the author herself, is a family history and an exploration of the trauma of war. It’s a tale told backwards in four segments, each narrated by a six-year-old child from a different generation of the same family: Sol in 2004 California, obsessed with Iraq; Randall, encountering the 1982 Lebanon war after moving from New York to Haifa; Sadie in 1962 Toronto and New York; and Kristina in 1944-45 Germany. (Source: Quill & Quire)

The Club will meet on September 21 at 3pm for an in-depth conversation in French about this novel. The book up for discussion in October will be announced at the September meeting. We will also be meeting on October 19, November 16, and December 7.

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