The Atwater Library and Computer Centre

ecognizing that not all seniors are snow birds and that there is a need for residents at large to enjoy interesting speakers and learning events throughout the winter months, the Atwater Library and Computer Centre continues to offer an array of interesting workshops, presentations and events.

Smartphones – Text, email, use the Internet and more

On Wednesday January 18 from 1 to 3 p.m. the Computer Centre offers a session to get participants to use their Smartphones for more than just making calls. During the two hour session they will learn how to use a Smartphone from texting to emailing, use of the Internet and more. The training will be conducted in the classroom that is equipped with eight student working stations. Cost is $35 and pre-registration at Kelley Rojas at or 514.935.7344.  Atwater Library, 1200 Atwater Ave. at Ste-Catherine

Downsizing and Honouring Memories: Seniors Helping Seniors

As a memory hoarder myself, and in discussion with seniors and others who are downsizing or de-cluttering this workshop is for them. Many seniors are struggling with the burden of “too much stuff” and the worry of preserving prize possessions and information of historical value. Elders familiar with the financial literacy and digital literacy programming asked the centre to develop programming to address these needs.

On Tuesday, January 17 from 1 to 4:30 p.m. the Atwater Library Seniors Helping Seniors Downsizing project will offer a digital downsizing lab. Karen Kennedy, one of the centre’s digital media mentors, will demonstrate how to use scanning technology as well as how to copy cassettes into digital formats such as MP3 and WAV.

Registration is free … donations always gladly accepted…but advance registration is required. Email Eric Craven at


Note: The lab will be offered most Tuesday afternoons during the winter.

Atwater Library, 1200 Atwater Ave. at Ste-Catherine (métro Atwater).

For more information contact 514.935.7344

Seniors Helping Seniors

From the summer of 2016 to March 2017 the centre is conducting a project with the goal of harnessing and supplementing the skills of seniors to mentor their contemporaries on culling and sharing belongings and information for the benefit of future generations. The federal government’s New Horizons for Seniors Program is providing funding.


The centre is recruiting and engaging volunteer senior mentors in cooperation with partner seniors groups, conducting information and training sessions both in the library and in partner groups’ facilities.

Topics addressed will include the psychology of downsizing, practical tips for sorting and discarding, technology for recording and preserving (scanning photos, taking pictures of special objects, making digital and physical scrapbooks), information about giving to historical societies and museums, and income tax implications of gifts to charitable organizations.

Through the project the centre will harness senior power to mentor other seniors on positive late-life management of possessions and preservation of valuable objects and information. The mentoring will have a multiplier effect through the partner groups who will replicate the project’s benefits for years to come.

For more information, contact project coordinator Eric Craven at or 514-935-7344 ext’n 207.

Eat Well, Save More!

In an effort to share and demonstrate how it is possible to eat well on a small budget and save money, on Wednesday, January 18 from 1 to 3 p.m. registered dietitian Jaimie Yue will share recipes and tips for making healthy meals that are affordable. Advance registration is required. To register, email Victoria at or phone 514-935-7344 ext 206


Women and the Trump factor – who’s likely to win?

Journalist, author, documentary filmmaker and human rights activist Sally Armstrong at Lunchtime Series

If you remember reading Homemaker magazine edited by Sally Armstrong, you will definitely want to come out Thursday, January 19 at 12:30 hear what she has been doing since those early days in journalism. The journalist, author, documentary filmmaker, and human rights activist will present the timely talk “Women and the Trump factor – who’s likely to win?”

Atwater Library, 1200 Atwater Ave.




Every Single Thing about Comics You Will Ever Need to Know

If you enjoy reading the comics and want to know more about the social phenomenon that embraces all generations and continues to grow, then you will want to come hear Tom Devlin, the executive editor of Montreal-based publisher Drawn & Quarterly, on Thursday January 26 at 12:30 p.m. Tom will discuss Every Single Thing about Comics You Will Ever Need to Know.

The publisher has just reached its 25th anniversary, and to celebrate it decided to do something big. The result is Drawn & Quarterly: Twenty-Five Years of Contemporary Cartooning, Comics, and Graphic Novels, a mammoth 776-page book which is equal parts a record, a tribute to cartoonists past and present and a thank you to all who have been involved with the company over the years.

Atwater Writers Exhibition (AWE)

Leonard Cohen: “For my dear Atwater Library…”

The Atwater Libray is hosting an  exhibition (AWE) on Quebec’s English-language writers from the 1760s to the present. [Located on  the main floor the exhibition is open to the public during regular hours. The current display includes Leonard Cohen’s inscription “For my dear Atwater Library…” on the cover page of his 1964 collection of poetry Flowers for Hitler.




The library’s goal is to expand the exhibition and develop a Montreal Writers Museum in the building.

From the autumn of 2016 to March of 2018, the library is offering more activities to foster appreciation of Quebec’s English-language writing and to inspire more people to write. Included are “Word after Word” writing workshops around the province.

Atwater Library and Computer Centre 1200 Atwater Avenue 514.935.7344

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