Mar 272015
 March 27, 2015  Health & Wellness, Lectures, Science

Medicine cabinet posterMaking Sense of Your Medicine Cabinet
Wednesday, April 22 at 2 pm

Do you have questions about the products in your medicine cabinet or the medicines you take? At this talk, Pharmaprix–Cavendish pharmacist Sarah Ettedgui will discuss what to do with expired medication, the dangers of mixing drugs, and how to create a home first-aid kit.

Are you unsure if something in your medicine cabinet is still usable? Bring it in and we’ll answer your questions.

This lecture sponsored by Pharmaprix–Cavendish.

Jan 192015
 January 19, 2015  Lectures, Science

Passion-Reignited-Laurie-Betito_250pxDr. Laurie Betito, author and host of CJAD 800’s wildly popular radio show Passion, will speak at the Library on Thursday, February 12 at 7 pm. It’s free and open to the public!

Dr. Betito will discuss her career as a clinical psychologist, radio host, and writer in the sex and relationship field. She will also share tips and insights from her new book, The Sex Bible for People over 50. Copies of the book will be available for purchase.

Dr. Betito discusses various sex and relationship topics and takes questions from listeners on Passion, which airs weeknights at 10 pm. She has been a practicing psychotherapist in Montreal for over 25 years, and is currently the president of the Sexual Health Network of Quebec.

We hope to see you here on February 12!

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.

Oct 062014
 October 6, 2014  Lectures, Science

Memory-Wellness_500pxDo you find yourself forgetting things? Do you have concerns about your memory fitness? Do you want to optimize your memory function? Clinical psychologist Dr. Rachel Goodman will be at the library on Wednesday, October 29 at 2 pm to give a talk on memory wellness.

Dr. Goodman has extensive experience in the assessment of problems related to memory and in treatments for memory wellness. She will discuss the basics of human memory, what can impair it, and how to best keep your memory strong throughout your life.

Memory Wellness Talk
Wednesday, October 29 at 2 pm

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 152014

The Fall & Winter library programs brochure is hot off the presses!

Pick one up starting today at the library or download a PDF copy heredownload a PDF copy here.

A few highlights from this season’s programming:

– An Evening with Claire Holden Rothman on September 3
– A talk on the Fabulous Fabergé exhibit at the MMFA
– The Eddie Cantor Story, a playreading written and directed by Aviva Ravel
– The return of favourite programs like Science Demystified with Dr. Joe Schwarcz, Tech Talks, and our varied book clubs…

and much, much more!

Jul 252014
 July 25, 2014  Science, Workshops

Laurence in the gardenGardening in the City of Côte Saint-Luc is in full swing this summer!

Many have come to take full advantage of our weekly community gardening sessions and clinics, to help maintain our beautiful garden, and to learn about caring for their own. Gardening beginners and veterans alike have shared experiences, made new friends, and learned to appreciate the complexities and nuances of maintaining a large and fruitful garden.

It isn’t all sunshine and rainbows, though: our garden, just like any other, has suffered at the hands of Japanese beetles, aphids, cabbage moths, and a groundhog or two. Combating them with safe, all-natural alternatives to chemical pesticides has been a summer-long battle of wit and cunning. As we experiment with new methods, our demonstration garden evolves alongside the ever-changing landscape of garden know-how.

From seed-saving and fertilizing to pests and cultivation, our residents have had fun embarking upon the learning experience of gardening. All are welcome to come and join us in the garden behind the Library at 5851 Cavendish Blvd., every week on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 am to 12 pm. Be ready to meet new friends and learn new things!



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$
Apr 082014
 April 8, 2014  Film, Science

chasingiceWednesday, April 23 at 2 pm

Join us as we watch the award-winning documentary Chasing Ice on Wednesday April 23 at 2 pm. Chasing Ice is a visually-stunning documentary that follows a National Geographic photographer and his team, as they prove the extent of glacial retreat due to global warming. Features eye-popping time-lapse images that condense several years of melt into a few seconds, including the longest footage ever recorded of a glacial calving event.

“The case for climate change is mounted in visually breathtaking yet conventional fashion in Chasing Ice. Following the exhaustive efforts of photographer-scientist James Balog to capture irrefutable evidence of the world’s glaciers in retreat, first-time helmer Jeff Orlowski’s documentary supplies a heroic human-interest angle on global warming that’s ultimately less remarkable than the grandeur of its arctic imagery.”  Justin Chang, Variety. 


Click here to watch the trailer for the film