60s fashion and origami folding techniques-never a dull moment at your library!




We have two exciting programs coming up at the library for the over-13 crowd.

Thursday, September 22 at 7 pm join us for a free lecture led by fashion historian Pamela Grimaud. She will discuss what made the 1960s such a dynamic period in fashion and reveal a few of the key trends. It’ll be up to you to decide which ones have endured the test of time!




Wednesday, September 28 at 2 pm join us for an origami workshop led by Indra Singh of Papier Japonais. Learn some basic  folding techniques and find out why this age-old art form  is gaining popularity once more and why.

Registration is required for this workshop. The cost is $5 for members and $10 for non-members. The fee covers your materials for the workshop.  Register today and don’t miss your opportunity to join in all the fun


Come celebrate! The library is turning 50

50th-anniversary-celebration_web-carousel_en600pxCSL Library turns 50 and you’re invited to celebrate with us.

On Sunday, September 18, the library will celebrate its 50 year anniversary with a slew of free events for the whole family. Enjoy a special birthday-themed storytime with the kids, get your piece of cake, enjoy a library tour featuring some of our lesser-known programs and services, and listen to an amazing concert by Vintage Wine that highlights hits of the 1960s. Join us for a delightful daylong celebration where you’ll get a chance to catch up with old friends and make a few new ones along the way. Don’t miss your chance at participating in a time-capsule activity and visit us at Library Bingo at 3:30 pm for a chance to win some great prizes.

For more information about these events and programs, visit csllibrary.com

To find out whether the concert will be held outdoors behind the library or move indoors, please call our hotline at
514 485-6900 ext. 5503.

A limited number of rain passes will be available at the library’s circulation desk as of noon on Sunday, September 18. Two tickets per person maximum.


What’s All the Hoopla About!

Hey everyone! Are you on the go a lot? Do you wish you could watch some great movies and TV on your mobile device while traveling? Are music or audiobooks more your style? Do you go anywhere without your smartphone or tablet? No? Great news! The library has you covered with Hoopla Digital!

Instantly borrow 24/7 with your library card free digital movies, music, eBooks, TV shows, audiobooks and comics – over 300,000 titles for streaming or temporary downloading to your smartphone, tablet and/or computer. Everything for everyone! One app. One tap. That’s Hoopla Digital!


Changing lifestyles, a spotlight on the individual, and preferences in the way people access and consume media are all taken into consideration by us here at the library. The enjoyment of Hoopla Digital as a part of everyday life is a hallmark of our commitment to library patrons. With Hoopla Digital we are doing everything we can to match the contemporary library experience with the way people live in this ever-changing digital age.

Hoopla Digital has a painless sign-up process and easy-to-use interface, so it’s easy to get to your listening and viewing experience. There’s also never any waiting to borrow material. And Hoopla Digital’s automatic return feature eliminates late fees.

Simply download the free Hoopla Digital mobile app on your Android or Apple device, or just visit hoopladigital.com to begin enjoying content from Hollywood studios, record companies and publishers. We’re here at the library to help you, of course. So just pop in, anytime, to find out what all the hoopla’s about!

Book of the Month – The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend

Readers of Broken Wheel RecommendBroken Wheel, Iowa, has never seen anyone like Sara, a bookworm, who traveled all the way from Sweden just to meet her pen pal, and fellow book lover, Amy. When she arrives, however, she finds that Amy’s funeral has just taken place. Luckily, the townspeople are happy to take her in and look after her.  Marooned in a small town, Sara does what anyone would do. Start a bookstore, of course!

Not only does NO ONE in Broken Wheel seem to understand the pleasures of getting lost in a good book, but they can’t for the life of them understand why Sara would want to actually get them to read in the first place.  All she wants is to share the books she loves with the citizens of Broken Wheel and to convince them that reading is one of the great joys of life. But she makes some unconventional choices that could force a lot of secrets into the open and change things for everyone in town.

Reminiscent of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, this is an uplifting, entertaining, and charming debut novel. “The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend” has enough book references sprinkled into the narrative to please any bibliophile. Quirky characters, a community pulling together, and more than one love story ensure that this novel will be enjoyed by many.

A perfect read for summer.


Audiobooks for Summer: Family Edition

Now that summer has settled in for good, families across the city will be piling into their cars for road trips to fun and family-friendly destinations. These days, long car rides are made easier by things like tablets and tv screens built into the backs of seats, but lets not forget about audiobooks. Listening to the a book together while on a trip is a great way to build family memories. You can all bond over your shared experience listening the story. Another great aspect to listening to audiobooks is that they are wonderful tools to help build and exercise our brains, whether we’re little children or grown adults. By listening along to a novel, we get to exercise our imagination and the part of our brains that help build critical listening skills. But best and most important of all, audiobooks are a real treat! As a self-proclaimed audiobook fanatic, I love to promote this part of our collection – which is sadly hidden away from sight now that our window renovations have made us temporarily move the collection downstairs! We still have them, however, so just speak to a staff member and we’ll happily help find what you’re looking for.

If you are taking a trip or just looking to try them out, here a few recommended listens that will appeal to the whole family.

by: Josh Lieb

This fun adventure story focus on a boy who, once bitten by a rat, turns into a rodent and manages to unlock the mythic sword Ratscalibur. Now, it’s up to him to protect his fellow rats from the evil crows. This story blends humour with classic children’s stories for a listen that is sure to have you and your kids sitting on the edge of your seat, even if you are strapped in by a seat belt. This book has been a big hit with readers of many different ages, and has been given a stamp of approval from one family of audiobook listeners who used it themselves on a car trip, to the delight of all.

nuts to youNuts to You
by: Lynne Rae Perkins

In the vein of other classic stories like Homeward Bound, Nuts to You follows a squirrel, who was taken away from his home and his friends by a hawk and now has to find his way back. All the while, his friends are trying to get to him, too. It’s heartwarming and really cute, so it will appeal to families with younger children, as well. The reader, Jessica Almasy, is an award-winning reader who loves children’s books. She has said, “I love that I get to be a part of connecting kids to reading and seeing–in every sense of that word–for themselves.” Summer is a great time to listen to friendship stories, and this one will have you looking at squirrels in an entirely new light.

fourteenth goldfishThe Fourteenth Goldfish
by: Jennifer L. Holm

This is a realistic story with a bit of a science fiction twist, that will appeal to people who don’t normally go for out-of-this-world stories. When Ellie answers the door and sees someone her own age standing there, she definitely did not expect that that teen boy would turn out to be her grandfather. Through an experiment gone slightly awry, Ellie’s difficult grandfather now has to be looked after by his rather resentful daughter, which is a twist that had me smiling. This book hits a lot of different notes, which is helpful when trying to appeal to the various tastes of your family members. Family conflict is handled sensitively, and it’s great to see science stories that appeal to both boys and girls.

middle school princessFrom the Notebooks of a Middle-School Princess
by: Meg Cabot

This middle-grade novel is a spin-off of the very popular YA series The Princess Diaries, which was made into a movie about 12 years ago. In this book, the exceptionally ordinary Olivia has to deal with her newly discovered royal status. On top of the complication that she is now famous for being a princess, she has to live with an aunt and uncle who have, in the past, treated her rather poorly. Meg Cabot is well known for her humorous writing style, and this newest addition to her body of work is no different. This is a princess book that will even appeal to those young readers who you aren’t necessarily fans of princess stories.

lost in the sunLost in the Sun
by: Lisa Graff

Lost in the Sun deals with slightly heavier subject matter, but Lisa Graff writes it in such a way that it never feels like too much. Ramon de Ocampo, the reader, does a great job conveying the frustration and anger felt by Trent, without ever forgetting to also show the vulnerability that underlies everything he does. Trent is trying to sort through some complicated emotions after a tragic event earlier in the year, and when he befriends social outcast Fallon Little, he starts to understand that he can finally move on.

Whether you try out of these suggestions or check out another audiobook that you think will suit your family, I hope you discover the joy that this kind of “reading” can bring.

Happy listening!


TD Summer Reading Club–for Teens!

2016_Teen_TDSummerReadingClub_500px (1)You are probably familiar by now with our super-fun TD Summer Reading Club. It happens every summer, encouraging children and families to read for pleasure, and offering fun activities at the library happening all summer long (including the ever-popular candy jar guessing game).

This year, we’ve added a tween and teen component, for young people who feel like they are ready for something a little bit different. TD Summer Reading Club Teens gives young adults the chance to experience leisure and culture (like reading, exploring their city, or listening to music) through a series of fun challenges on a game card. Each time five challenges are achieved (à la BINGO!), they are entered to win a prize at the end of the summer. Prizes are teen-suggested with the help of our Teen Advisory Group, but if teens participate in the Summer Reading Club, they have the chance to make their own suggestions as to what sort of gift card they’d like to win. Last but certainly not least, teens can still submit their guesses to win the jar of candy!

Come see us at the library, or check out our teen programs page here for more information or to join the club, open to anyone between the ages of 12 and 17.

Hope to see you soon!


World-class jazz pianist Emie R Roussell and her trio perform live on Wednesday, June 22 at 7 pm

ycp_4703-300x300Join us on Wednesday, June 22 at 7 pm for a special musical treat. Rising-star pianist Emie R. Roussell and her jazz trio will perform the concert Quantum, featuring music from their critically acclaimed CD of the same title.

Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the library’s circulation desk. This concert is presented in collaboration with the Conseil des arts de Montréal en tournée.

Winners of the Felix Award for Best Jazz Album 2015, critics and jazz lovers alike are unanimously referring to the Emie R. Roussell trio as “one-to-watch”. Don’t miss your chance to hear them first right here in Côte Saint-Luc and get a sneak preview of what the trio will be offering at this year’s Montreal International Jazz Festival.

The library will also be inaugurating its own baby grand piano. We are thrilled to be able share this piano with our community, and our hope is that it will be enjoyed for years to come.


Website: http://www.emierroussel.com/



María Luisa’s Café con Medialunas Book Club

Thursday, June 23 at 10:30 am

If you would like to participate in an hour-long book discussion of a novel written by a famous Nicaraguan author, please join us to chat over a cup of coffee and croissants.

The Scroll of Seduction by Gioconda Belli recounts the frustrated life of the 15th-century Spanish Queen, Juana of Castile who eventually came to be known as Juana the Mad and her legendary love for her husband, Philippe the Handsome. She is evoked through an illicit modern-day love affair between seventeen-year old Lucia, and a much older art historian, Manuel.

“The novel moves fluidly between the Renaissance and the present, with both stories narrated in the first person, as if Lucia is indeed possessed by Juana. Belli’s historical savvy and skillful use of novelistic devices render these intertwined tales powerfully compelling. An intricate, sexy historical narrative, exploring the triumph of individual will over masculine coercion“.– Kirkus Reviews.

Passion for Music: The Sounds of Summer

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at 2:00 pm

Join Music Librarian, Farah Mohammed on a musical journey, as she visits the sights, sounds & impressions of all kinds of music, that evoke the spirit of Summer.

Free ~ In the Auditorium

Coffee and Conversation

Stacafe convorting June 28, when high school exams are mercifully over and teens turn their attention away from the library to the municipal pool, the Library will be starting a new service called Café et conversation. This service is for French as a second (and third, and fourth) language learners: a social and informal setting in which to practice French conversation.

The meetings will take place on Tuesdays at 7pm for one hour.

The meetings will be led by your friendly and (I think) funny librarian Alisa. Oh, that’s me. Hi. Bonjour!

If you’re interested in joining me, let me know at asoukhodolskaia@cotesaintluc.org or 514-485-6900 ext 4308. Or just drop in!