Westmount Public Library

Québec libraries win the TD Summer Reading Club 2013 Library Awards!

Congratulations/félicitations TD Summer Reading Club 2013 Library Award Winners!
Since 2007, the TD Summer Reading Club Library Awards have recognized and rewarded the most innovative and effective TD Summer Reading Club programs in local public libraries across Canada. 
A warm congratulations from the ABQLA to the first prize winners for their 2013 programs:

TD Canadian Children's Book Week - Meet John Wilson

The Montreal Children Literature Roundtable, along with the ABQLA Youth and School Library sections invite you to meet author John Wilson at the Westmount Public Library on Monday, May 6th, 2013. Full details in the attached poster.

Watch as public libraries reinvent themselves yet again

Congratulations to our Past-President, Julie-Anne Cardella for an excellent opinion piece in this week's Montreal Gazette!


Celebrating 100 Years with a Sleepover at the Library!

ImageBy Wendy Wayling, Children’s Librarian at the Westmount Public Library

Thinking about hosting a library sleepover? The first thing you need is an enthusiastic staff with great stamina! When I started thinking about how we would close the Westmount Public Children’s Library's 100th anniversary celebrations, I knew we wanted to do something special, especially for the older children at the Library. We had already organized a storytelling/Victorian Tea at the beginning of the year for the younger children and their parents. Inspiration came when I read about the plans for the New York Public Library's 100th Anniversary Scavenger Hunt Find the Future at NYPL. I thought we also have an amazing history - why not invite our kids to discover it overnight!

TD Canadian Children’s Book Week 2012

An annual event promoting literacy and bringing together authors and illustrators with their audiences, the TD Canadian Children’s Book Week will be held nationwide from May 5th – 12th 2012. In Montreal, the ABQLA jointly with the Canadian Children’s Roundtable is glad to organize the visit of author Caroline Pignat. Winner of numerous awards, amongst which is the prestigious Governor General Literary award for Children’s Literature (text) in 2009 for her historical fiction “Greener Grass,” the author will be with us to speak about her creative moments and inspiration.

Westmount Children’s Library Celebrates 100 Years! 1911-2011

Imagesubmitted by Wendy Wayling, Children’s Librarian, Westmount Public Library

The Westmount Children’s Library opened its doors on January 13th, 1911. It took the Chief Librarian, Mary Saxe, ten years to persuade the council that the children needed their own library, complete with their own entrance, their own hours and their own children’s librarian. With this addition Mary Saxe felt that Westmount would have a model building. Notes from the City of Westmount’s 2011 Annual Report indicate that this was "the greatest event in the Library’s history since it was established”.

Dewey Divas at Westmount: October 26, 2010

ImageBy Karen Biskin and Melissa Tomecz
The Public Library section hosted the annual morning event of the famous Dewey Divas, who gladly shared their favorite picks of recent and fabulous books being published. Six of the Divas came to visit Westmount, representing their respective publishing houses. There was a good turnout of different librarians who came to listen with enthusiasm and socialize with fellow colleagues.  As always, a great time was had by all and the librarians came away with the knowledge of new page turners, not to mention a few copies of books to take home!  A huge “Thank You” goes out to the Westmount Public Library for allowing us to host the event there once again.

Photos from the Dewey Divas

Here are some photos from the recent evening with the Dewey Divas, held at Westmount Public Library on June 2nd.  Thanks to everyone who attended.


Dewey Divas at Westmount Library on June 2nd

On Wednesday, June 2nd, the Dewey Divas are coming to town to share their picks.  Two of the Divas will be presenting their picks in an evening format.  This is your chance to attend when work keeps you away during the day.

Place: Westmount Library
Time:  7 to 8:30 p.m.
Admission:  $5

RSVP:  FGolding@ville.kirkland.qc.ca

See you there!

ABQLA Public Library Section
Francine Golding & Melissa Tomecz

Dewey Divas Return to Westmount

On Tuesday, November 3rd, the Dewey Divas are coming to town to share their picks. Five of the Divas will be presenting a mix of adult, YA and kids suggestions.

They will be appearing at the Westmount Library from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Admission is $5

RSVP details will be sent out closer to the date.

ABQLA Public Library Section
Francine Golding & Melissa Tomecz

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