Jan 132016
 January 13, 2016  Film, Lectures

Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at 2 pm

“Cool Blonde”: Alfred Hitchcock’s Dark Obsession

grace-kelly“If the on-set legends are true, Alfred Hitchcock was no gentleman—but he certainly preferred blondes. With their cool, controlled exteriors, the director’s heroines elevated hair colour from the realm of sexpot Hollywood dye-job to a shade that telegraphed aloof continental sophistication—which may be why Hitchcock once infamously asserted that blondes “make the best victims” for his particular brand of on-screen suspense. Take the unshakable elegance of Tippi Hedren’s coiffed bouffant as it was pecked apart in The Birds, or Janet Leigh’s neat champagne crop as it unfurled gracefully under the shower in Psycho. Grace Kelly enthralled Cary Grant in To Catch a Thief and James Stewart in Rear Window (pictured here) with her impeccable pale golden bob and icy passion to match. And while Kim Novak was barely recognizable as a brunette in Vertigo, she drove her leading man to madness as her character’s platinum doppelganger.” (Sophie Schulte-Hillen)

Join movie librarian Steven Tomlinson for this provocative, indeed hair-raising lecture/discussion on the always-fascinating, sometimes disturbing, relationship between the great filmmaker and his many leading ladies.

Free for library members; non-members $5. Registration required.

Location: Multi-purpose room of the library

Nov 252015
 November 25, 2015  Lectures, Music

Thursday, December 3 at 3:00 pm

unnamedDiscover the best pieces of music inspired by the year’s coldest season, and experience some of the heart-warming effects this music brings.   With Music librarian, Farah Mohammed.

In the Auditorium ~ Free

Nov 172015
 November 17, 2015  Lectures

In the Headlines posterIn the Headlines with Hershey Dwoskin
Fridays at 2 pm
In the Côte Saint-Luc Council Chamber at 5801 Cavendish Blvd.

Find out what lies behind the world news headlines with discussion leader Hershey Dwoskin.

November 13 – December 4

Oct 282015
 October 28, 2015  Art, Lectures

Beaver Hall Group posterMMFA Exhibit Talk: The Beaver Hall Group
Thursday, November 12 at 7 pm
In the auditorium
5851 Cavendish Blvd.


Montreal Museum of Fine Arts guide Grace Powell introduces this new exhibit which sheds new light on the Beaver Hall Group, an association of artists whose works of pictorial modernism shaped artistic life in 1920s Montreal.

Oct 192015
 October 19, 2015  Lectures

David Bensoussan posterLe prophète Isaïe est-il toujours actuel ?
A lecture in French by Dr. David Bensoussan

Wednesday, October 28 at 7 pm
Free. In French.

Can we learn something from the prophet Isaiah to solve the problems that humanity faces today? Dr. David Bensoussan, an engineering professor and eminent writer and journalist, will examine this question.

Presented in French.

Oct 152015
 October 15, 2015  Lectures

Prague talk posterPrague: City of One Hundred Spires
Wednesday, October 21 at 2 pm Thursday, February 18 at 2 pm

Discover the charms of the capital of the Czech Republic, home to pristine architecture, famous bridges, and contemporary culture with traveller extraordinaire Pierre Gagnon.

Sep 302015
 September 30, 2015  History, Lectures

Jewish Family History poster

Jewish Family History—It’s No Mystery

Thursday, October 15 at 2 pm

Jewish families everywhere have become fascinated with the search for their roots.

Learn how easy it is to trace your ancestors and find long-lost relatives in this lecture with Stanley Diamond of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Montreal.


Sep 292015
 September 29, 2015  Lectures

Year in Review poster

The Year in Review with Mayor Anthony Housefather

Friday, October 9 at 2 pm


Come to meet Mayor Anthony Housefather as he discusses the top stories of the year to date from Côte Saint-Luc and around the world.

Jul 292015
 July 29, 2015  Lectures, Special Events

Join Librarian Alisa on August 17 at 3 pm as she discusses three works by Nobel prize winner Patrick ModianoPlease note: This program will be presented in French.

Of all the writers whose work belongs to the postmodern canon, Patrick Modiano is likely to be the most ill at ease in that category. His simple yet refined prose gives the appearance of being traditional and straightforward. It is, however, the precise feeling of unease that places Modiano’s work in the realm of postmodern literature, in which disorder and uncertainty reign supreme. Even identity fails to hold out: its destabilisation reflects on an individual level what is happening on a larger scale.

In Rue des boutiques obscures, Quartier Perdu, and Voyage de noces, the quest for identity is paralleled by an improvised criminal investigation. Modiano’s use of detective fiction is typical of postmodernism: he takes a quintessentially closed genre, borrows its conventions and clichés, and finishes by leaving it open ended. In the novels chosen for this talk, three detectives go on a search for three missing persons: themselves. They revisit the past in an attempt to make sense of their lives and to find a basis on which to build their identity. Their journeys, as well as the conclusions they draw from them, are an exploration of the elements of the “anti-detective novel”.

The talk will be given in French. It is not required to have previously read the novels in question. All fans of Modiano’s work, regardless of which language they speak, are invited to listen and offer their own thoughts on his novels.

Jul 222015
 July 22, 2015  Lectures

Patrick Modiano posterPlease note: this program will be presented in French.

Quêtes et enquêtes dans trois romans de Patrick Modiano
Monday, August 17 at 3 pm

French-collection librarian Alisa Soukhodolskaia wrote her Masters’ thesis in French literature on the works of Patrick Modiano, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature for 2014. She will examine postmodernity in the work of this author. Join us for what is sure to be an enlightening event! Lecture will be presented in French.