Oct 212015
 October 21, 2015  Workshops

Genealogy workshop posterTracing Your Family History: Genealogy workshop
Thursday, October 29 at 2 pm
Library members $5; non-members $7

Registration now open!

Interested in family history but don’t know where to start? This hands-on workshop will inspire you to dig deeper in the lives of your ancestors or find family you never knew existed.

This workshop is led by the very knowledgeable and experienced Stanley Diamond of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Montreal.

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.

Apr 102015
 April 10, 2015  Gardening, Workshops

home-grown_Spring2015_500pxHome Grown Gardening Workshops start April 14th!
Tuesdays at 7 pm – April 14, 21, and 28

Are you interested in starting your own vegetable gardening project but don’t know when to start? Do you want to start learning more about the basics of vegetable gardening? If so, then this workshops series is for you!

Join Laurence Fauteux on Tuesdays as we explore basic plant needs, garden design, fertilization and pest-management. This series is specifically designed for beginner gardeners who want to develop their gardening skills and meet other community members who are starting similar projects!

Register today! The workshops are free for CSL Library members and $15 for non-members. Go to the main circulation desk to register or contact Laurence at 514-485-6900, ext. 4201 for more information.

See you next Tuesday!

Mar 312015
 March 31, 2015  Workshops

Creative writing workshop poster

Please note: Unfortunately, this spring’s workshop has been cancelled. Please call 514-485-6900, ext. 4205 if you have any questions.

Creative Writing Workshop with Tim Fain
Sundays from 10 am to 12 pm

Mar 192015
 March 19, 2015  Workshops

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.

Feb 092015
 February 9, 2015  Technology, Workshops

Spring-2015-TechTalksGet in gear with our latest session of Tech Talks at the library! They are free for Library members, and cost $5 each for non-members.

Facebook – March 11 at 10:30 am
Get started on the world’s most popular social network.

Pinterest & Instagram – March 18 at 10:30 am
Learn to create boards of your favourite content with Pinterest and share photos on the go with Instagram.

Magazines on Your Tablet with Zinio – March 25 at 10:30 am
Access the library’s collection of magazines with Zinio, an app for reading periodicals on your tablet.

Registration for the March Tech Talks starts February 17. Come to the front desk or call 514-485-6900 to register.

Dec 152014
 December 15, 2014  Workshops

French-Conversation_Wint2015Our popular French Conversation course is back for another 12-week session in early 2015.

On Mondays at 4 pm from January 12–March 30, 2015, Maurice Elia will be back to lead conversation for beginners who have a basic level of French already in a relaxed setting. This class will give you the confidence to express yourself in French by enriching your vocabulary and improving your conversational skills.

This class is open to Library members and costs $25 for the session.


Please call the Programs Department at 514-485-6900, ext. 4205 for more information and to register. We require a short French assessment before registration.

Nov 212014
 November 21, 2014  Workshops

Your-Opinion-Please_500pxWe’re happy to be offering a new discussion group open to all library members called Your Opinion Please!

Led by library volunteer Beverley Rath, this group meets on the first Thursday of each month for casual conversation, current events, and coffee.

Join us for the next meeting on Thursday, December 4 at 10:30 am. It’s free, though you must be a Library member and register for the group at the front desk.

Oct 312014
 October 31, 2014  Workshops

Intermediate Spanish course posterAre you planning a trip to a Spanish-speaking place for the holidays?  Do you know basic Spanish and want a chance to move up to the next level?

Librarian Maria Luisa is offering a four-week Intermediate Spanish course this fall. It’s open to library members and non-members, and runs on Tuesdays from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm starting on November 11.

Library members $20; non-members $30. Registration is now open!

November 11 – December 2

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