Apr 232015

Gluten-related health issues posterThursday, May 7 at 2 pm

The media is full of stories about gluten, celiac disease, and the gluten-free diet these days. What is myth and what is fact?

To give you an introduction to these topics, we’ve invited Margaret W. Duthie of the Canadian Celiac Association to speak at the library. She will discuss gluten-related disorders and the facts and myths surrounding the gluten-free diet. Join us for this free and informative event!

Oct 302014
 October 30, 2014  Food and Cuisine, Lectures, Science

ScienceDemystified_sponsored-by-Pharmaprix_500pxJoin us next Monday, November 3, 2014, at 2 pm for a special installment of Science Demystified with Dr. Joe Schwarcz. The topic will be: You Are What You Eat –An update on nutritional issues.


This lecture is sponsored by Pharmaprix Cavendish.They will be providing a selection of healthy beverages before the lecture. Please be sure to arrive early so that you can take full advantage of our generous sponsor’s contribution.

Sep 292014
 September 29, 2014  Food and Cuisine, Science, Workshops
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

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
May 202014
 May 20, 2014  Food and Cuisine, Science

seedlibraryThe practice of saving seeds has been around for more than 12,000 years. It is part of our heritage and traditions. It is one way that we can come together as a community, when we grow food our community grows. That’s why the Côte Saint-Luc Public Library started a seed library in May, 2014.

Our seed library is aimed at:

— Reconnecting our community with the traditions of growing tasty, healthy food.

— Educating our community about growing, harvesting, and saving seeds.

— Creating a community-sustained seed collection in our library.

— Nurturing the culture of sharing.

So how does it work? 

Start by visiting our seed library (located right next to the circulation desk). We have a great selection of seeds which are all appropriate for our climate, all of which are organic heirloom.

To borrow the seeds. 

All you need is a current Côte Saint-Luc Library card. Seeds can be checked out just as you would check out books, DVDs, or any other library material. The seed packets contain enough seeds to grow at least five to ten plants. You can check out up to three.

The seed packets contain enough seeds to grow at least five to ten plants. You can check out up to three packs of seed. You don’t have to return the seeds, (But trying to harvest seeds is part of the fun!) and you’ll never accrue overdue fines. Get started and experience the joys of gardening!

Apr 282014
 April 28, 2014  Food and Cuisine, Science, Workshops
Seasonal Gardener—Advanced Gardening poster home grown gardening posterStarting this Wednesday April 30th at 7:30pm, workshops for beginner and experienced gardeners alike will be offered by the Library!

Join me for the three-part Home Grown series designed for novice gardeners where I will present concepts relating to plant botany, garden design and basic tips for maintaining your vegetable garden. For more advanced techniques, don’t miss our Seasonal Gardener series that will run throughout the summer! These workshops will cover more specific topics such as seedling production, fertilization and pest management in a more in-depth manner and allow gardeners to explore new techniques. Don’t forget to register at the front desk.
Happy gardening!

Seasonal Gardener: Advanced Gardening Techniques
Wednesday at 7:30 pm on the following dates:
April 30th 
Growing and Planting Seedlings
May 7
Balcony Gardening: Fresh Food & Herbs from Containers
June 25
Fertilizing Techniques
July 9 
Pest Management 101
August 27
Preserving the Harvest
Registration required 
Library members: 5$ / workshop
Non-members: 7$ / workshop

Home Grown: Vegetable Gardening for Beginners

Wednesday at 7:30 pm on the following dates:
May 14th, 21st and 28th
Registration required 
Members: 10$
Non-Members: 15$
Mar 262012
 March 26, 2012  Food and Cuisine

Spring has arrived as has the new Spring/Summer Library Program brochure. There are many fantastic programs in store. This week on  Thursday, March 29 2012 at 7 pm Chef Elliott Cohen kicks things off with a great Passover cooking demonstration.

Chef Cohen will demonstrate three simple and delicious Passover appetizers to sample and enjoy. Recipes include: Chilled Cucumber Mint Soup, Pistachio and Dried Fruit Haroseth and Spiced Matzo Chips with Dip. Tickets for this event are $7 in advance and $10 the day of the event. Hope to see you there!


***Please note: one of the appetizers that will be prepared contains nuts.***