Winter 2019 – Program

REGISTRATION

Residents: Starting Tuesday, January 8 at 7 p.m.
Non-residents: Starting Thursday, January 10 at 7 p.m. Registration in person for activities for children and teens. Family membership required.

Adult Book Clubs: Registration in person only.

Registration assistance available: January 8 and 10 from 6 to 9 p.m. at 514-630-1225
Computers will be available at the Central Library.

COSTS AND REFUNDS

Activities for adults: If the activity is cancelled, the registration fees will be refunded in full. If a participant cancels, a refund will be granted when there is a major reason for cancellation and the request is made before the activity begins.

CRAFTS

KNITTING : MASTERING THE BASICS with Janet Callary and Geneviève Lussier

Discover the art of knitting or perfect your technique. Bring your questions and tell us all about ongoing and future projects.

Bring a pair of 4.5-mm knitting needles; one ball of practice yarn will be provided.

Beginner.
Free for Library members / MULTI Card required.
Others: $10
Registration required.

Monday, February 4, 2019.
Central : 7 to 8:30 p.m. – bilingual.

KNITTING : CABLE STITCH with Janet Callary and Geneviève Lussier

Bring a set of 4.5-mm needles, worsted weight yarn (#4), and one 4.5- or 5-mm double-pointed (or cable) needle.

Beginner and intermediate.
Free for Library members / MULTI Card required.
Others: $5
Registration required.

Mondays, February 11 and 18, 2019 (2 sessions).
Central : 7 to 8:30 p.m. – bilingual.

KNITTING : TIPS FOR COMMON KNITTING PROBLEMS with Janet Callary and Geneviève Lussier

Tips and techniques to learn how to pick up dropped stitches, how to sew a mattress stitch, how to do a 3-needle bind-off, and more. Bring a pair of 4.5-mm knitting needles and some yarn.

Beginner and intermediate.
Free for Library members / MULTI Card required.
Others: $5
Registration required.

Mondays, March 11 and 18, 2019 (2 sessions).
Central : 7 to 8:30 p.m. – bilingual.

KNITTING CLUB with Janet Callary and Geneviève Lussier

For those who want to take their needles and yarn out of mothballs, or who’d like help with an ongoing project. Bring your work and get motivated. Bring your questions.

Beginner to expert

Free for Library members / MULTI Card required.
Others: $15
Registration required.

Wednesdays, January 16, 30, February 6, 13, 27, March 13, 27, April 3, 2019 (8 sessions).
Valois : 7 to 8:30 p.m. – bilingual.

Mondays, March 25, April 1, 8, 15, 29, May 6, 13, 27, 2019 (8 sessions).
NO CLASS: April 22 and May 20.
Central : 7 to 8:30 p.m. – bilingual.

BEAD WEAVING WORKSHOP with Kateri Aubin Dubois

Have you ever wanted to learn one of the many bead weaving techniques? This workshop will teach the basic peyote stitch technique, which is widely used by many First Nations. Once you master the basics, the creative possibilities are endless.

Beginner to expert
Free for Library members / MULTI Card required.
Others: $15
Registration required.

Saturdays, February 16 and 23, 2019 (2 sessions).
Central : 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. – bilingual.

FIBRE ENTHUSIAST CLUB with Paola Lebrun

For those who love to work and create with their hands. Bring your knitting, crochet, sewing, spinning or any craft you enjoy and learn from others. There will be three special guests coming in to talk about spinning, quilting and wet felting.

Beginner to expert
Free for Library members / MULTI Card required.
Others: $15
Registration required.

Mondays, March 11,18, 25, April 1, 8, 15, 2019 (6 sessions).
Central : 1 to 2:30 p.m. – bilingual.

READING AND WRITING WORKSHOPS

BOOK CLUB

Come join a group of avid readers for lively discussions on a wide range of books.

Free for Library members / MULTI Card required.
Others: $5
Registration required at the Library.

BOOK DISCUSSION CLUB with Olivia Raco

Wednesdays, January 9, February 13, March 13, April 10, May 8, 2019 (5 sessions).
Central : 1 to 3 p.m. – in English.

EVENING BOOK CLUB with Grace Lee

Thursdays, January 10, February 14, March 14, April 11, May 9, 2019 (5 sessions).
Central : 7 to 9 p.m. – in English.

CLUB DE LECTURE with Amélie Boivin Handfield

Wednesdays, January 16, February 20, March 20, April 17, May 15, 2019 (5 sessions).

Central : 1 to 3 p.m. – in French.

STEWART HALL BOOK CLUB With Lise Payette

Mondays, January 14, February 11, March 11, April 8, May 13, 2019 (5 sessions).

Stewart Hall : 1 to 3 p.m. – in English.

VALOIS BOOK CLUB with Lynn Collins

Mondays, January 14, February 11, March 11, April 8, May 13, 2019 (5 sessions).

Valois    : 7 to 9 p.m. – in English.

HOOPLA BOOK CLUB HUB with Mary Jane O’Neill

Our drop-in book club is for those who would like to try a book club without committing to a whole season of meetings. Note: This is an outdoor activity (weather permitting).

The book: Tangerine, by Christine Mangan

Download your copy of the book on Hoopla. One print copy will also be available at the Library.

Open to all.
Free. Registration required.

Friday, April 26, 2019.
Central : 2 to 3:30 p.m. – in English.

ONLINE BOOKCLUB with Michelle Payette-Daoust

Join the Online Book Club and have fun discovering other readers’ favourites, recommended reads, and treasured book lists.

pcplblog.wordpress.com (English)
pcplblogue.wordpress.com (French)

CIRCLE OF LIFE WRITERS with Karen Zey

Are you interested in writing a memoir, family tales or personal essays based on life experience? This writers’ workshop offers weekly writing tips and an exchange of written drafts with guided, supportive feedback.

Beginner and intermediate
Free for Library members / MULTI Card required.
Others: $15
Registration required.

Tuesdays, March 12, 19, 26, April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, May 7, 14, 21, 2019 (11 sessions).
Central : 7 to 9 p.m. – in English.

SELF-DISCOVERY JOURNALING with Hélène Brunet

Journal writing can provide focus and insight. It can release emotions and take stock of relationships. It can clarify goals, enhance intuition and improve self-esteem. Hélène Brunet has over 30 years of experience and teaches different journaling techniques.

Beginner and intermediate
Free for Library members / MULTI Card required.
Others: $15
Registration required.

Tuesdays, March 5, 12, 19, 26, April 2, 9, 2019 (6 sessions).
Central : 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. – in English.

Wednesdays, March 20, 27, April 3, 10, 17, 24, 2019 (6 sessions).
Central : 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. – in French.

CREATIVE WRITING with Tim Fain

Beginners and published authors will feel comfortable in this group of writers that has been thriving for over 15 years. Enjoy the feedback and the growth fostered by the group experience.

Beginner and intermediate.
Free for Library members / MULTI Card required.
Others: $15
Registration required.

Thursdays, March 21, 28, April,4, 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16, 2019 (8 sessions).
NO CLASS: April 11
Central : 3 to 5 p.m. – in English.

Wednesdays, March 13, 20, 27, April 3, 10, 17, 24, May 1, 2019 (8 sessions).
Valois : 3 to 5 p.m. – in English.

Mondays, March 18, 25, April 1, 15, 29, May 6, 27, June 3, 2019 (8 sessions).
NO CLASSES: April 8, 22, May 13, 20
Valois : 7 to 9 p.m. – in English.

COMPUTERS

CYBER SECURITY with Paul Desormeaux

Privacy protection: Learn what you can do to protect your personal information and reduce the risk of identity theft.

Spam and malware: An introduction to spam, scams, viruses, Trojans, and other malware. Learn how to protect your computer and your data and how to reduce or eliminate spam from your inbox.

Authentication: Best practices for password management, including password construction tips,with a focus on password managers and MFA (Multi-Factor Authentication).

Free for Library members / MULTI Card required.
Others: $10
Registration required.

Tuesdays, March 26, April 2 and 9, 2019 (3 sessions).
Central : 7 to 9 p.m. – in English.

DROPBOX, GOOGLE CLOUD with Guillaume Bélisle

Learn how to use the cloud to store your documents.

Free for Library members / MULTI Card required.
Others: $5
Registration required.

Saturday, April 6, 2019.
Central : 1:30 to 3 p.m. – in English.
Central : 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. – in French.

WORDPRESS – AN OVERVIEW with Marie-Andrée Dubreuil-Moisan

An introduction to website or blog design with WordPress with the first steps to follow and the first decisions to make. Posting, page layout, menus, and settings will be explained.

Free for Library members / MULTI Card required.
Others: $5
Registration required.

Monday April 15, 2019.
Central : 10 to 11:30 a.m. – in English.

PINTEREST BASICS : BEGINNER with Marie-Andrée Dubreuil-Moisan

Beginner: if you have trouble navigating the Web.

Learn how you can use Pinterest to create a virtual bulletin board to share recipes, craft ideas, images, and other things you love in this introductory class.

Free for Library members / MULTI Card required.
Others: $5
Registration required.

Monday, March 25, 2019.
Central : 2 to 4 p.m. – in English.

PINTEREST BASICS : INTERMEDIATE OR ADVANCED with Marie-Andrée Dubreuil-Moisan

Intermediate or advanced: if you are familiar with navigating the Web

Learn how you can use Pinterest to create a virtual bulletin board to share recipes, craft ideas, images, and other things you love in this introductory class.

Free for Library members / MULTI Card required.
Others: $5
Registration required.

Monday, April 1, 2019.
Central : 2 to 4 p.m. – in English.

BOOK A LIBRARIAN

Do you need one-on-one help with email, Internet, your eReader or your tablet, or with Word, Windows, or the Library catalogue? Are you struggling to use one of our fabulous new databases?

Call the Central Library at 514-630-1218, ext. 1632. We will assign a person with the right expertise to help you.

Free.

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT AND WELLBEING

FAKE NEWS

Learn how to spot fake news and how to evaluate information found online.

Free. Registration required.

Thursday, February 7, 2019.
Central : 1:30 to 3 p.m. – in English.

LINKEDIN with Marie-Andrée Dubreuil-Moisan

Learn how to create your profile and manage this professional social network.

Open to all.
Free. Registration required.

Monday, January 28, 2019.
Central : 2 to 4 p.m. – in English.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019.
Central : 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – in English.

TALES AND TRAVELS with Isabelle Caldairou and Elaine Randolph

People with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia and their caregivers are invited to participate. The sessions encourage participation, conversation, and expression by simulating the act of travelling to a foreign country.

In partnership with the Alzheimer’s Society of Montreal.
Free. Registration required.

Tuesdays, March 12, 19, 26, April 2, 9, 2019 (5 sessions).
Central : 1:15 to 3:15 p.m. – in English.

LECTURE SERIES – A COMPASSIONATE COMMUNITY with Anitra Bostock

A compassionate community is one where people are motivated by compassion to take responsibility for and care about each other. The West Island Palliative Care Residence has teamed up with university researchers to develop a number of compassionate communities here in the West Island, including Pointe-Claire. Come to this session to find out more about this initiative.

Free. Registration not required.

Monday, April 29, 2019.
Central : 1:30 to 3 p.m. – in English.
Central : 3:15 to 4:45 p.m. – in French.

FINANCIAL LITERACY with Deborah Leahy

Two classes to help you become more informed about managing your money:

  • Retirement Planning
  • Insurance and Estate Planning

Open to all.
Free. Registration required.

Tuesdays, May 7 and 14, 2019 (2 sessions).
Central : 6 to 8 p.m. – in English.

TAKE CHARGE OF YOUR LIFE – HOW TO GET WHAT YOU NEED with Ellen B. Gélinas, of William Glasser International

Educator and humorist Ellen B. Gélinas helps you understand the choices you make and create positive relationship habits. By becoming aware of the internal motivation for your behaviour, you can gain control of your life.

Free for Library members / MULTI Card required.
Others: $10
Registration required.

Wednesdays, May 8 and 15, 2019 (2 sessions).
Valois : 1:30 to 4 p.m. – in English.

Follow-up meetings:
Wednesdays, May 22 and 29, 2019.
Valois : 1:30 to 4 p.m. – in English.

DISCOVERY WORKSHOPS

HOW TO USE THE INTERNET TO FIND YOUR ANCESTORS with Gary Schroder

Genealogy is the world’s fastest growing pastime. International lecturer Gary Schroder is president of the Quebec Family History Society and has extensive knowledge of North American and European genealogical sources.

Beginner and intermediate.
Free for Library members / MULTI Card required.
Others: $10
Registration required.

Wednesdays, March 13 and 20, 2019 (2 sessions).
Central: 6 to 9 p.m. – in English

BRIDGE – INTERMEDIATE with Francis Thérien

Learn proper bidding strategies.

Learn how to play one of the most popular games in the world. Not only entertaining, bridge is a great way to discover how to communicate and to gain insight into other people’s behaviour as well as your own.

Free for Library members / MULTI Card required.
Others: $10
Registration required.

Fridays, January 18, 25, February 1, 8, 15, 22, March 1, 8, 2019 (8 sessions).
Central : 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. – bilingual.

BRIDGE – BEGINNER with Ellen Simpson

Learn how to play bridge.

Learn how to play one of the most popular games in the world. Not only entertaining, bridge is a great way to discover how to communicate and to gain insight into other people’s behaviour as well as your own.

Free for Library members / MULTI Card required.
Others: $10
Registration required.

Fridays, March 8, 15, 22, 29, April 5, 26, May 3, 10, 17, 24, 2019 (10 sessions)
NO CLASS: April 12 and 19
Central : 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. – in English.

MOVIES

AFTERNOON FILMS

Enjoy our selection of great foreign films, NFB documentaries, and inspirational crowd pleasers. Ask at the Central Library circulation desk for more details.

Free admission.
Registration not required.

Tuesdays, January 8, 22, February 5, 19, March 5, April 30, May 14, 28, 2019.
Central : 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. – in English.

Friday, March 22, 2019.
Central : 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. – in English.

Thursdays, January 10, 24, February 14, 21, March 7, May 30, 2019.
Central : 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. – in French.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019.
Central : 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. – in French.

Friday, May 17, 2019.
Central : 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. – in French.

EVENING FILMS

Enjoy our selection of great foreign films, NFB documentaries, and inspirational crowd pleasers. Ask at the Central Library circulation desk for more details.

Free admission.
Registration not required.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019.
Central : 7 to 9 p.m. (for all) – in French.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019.
Central : 7 to 9 p.m. (for all) – in English.

TALKS, LECTURES, AND AUTHOR EVENTS

DEFYING LIMITS – LESSONS FROM THE EDGE OF THE UNIVERSE

Accomplished Canadian astronaut, Dr. Dave Williams will share his inspirational, uplifting, and life-affirming memoir. He has set records for spacewalking, lived undersea for weeks, and saved many lives as an emergency room doctor. As a passionate and resilient man, he shows how to live life to the fullest.

Free admission.
Passes required. Available beginning Monday, January 7 for Library members (MULTI Card required) and Wednesday, January 9 for non-members.
Wednesday, January 16, 2019.
Central : 7 to 8:30 p.m. – in English.

DISCOVERING HAIDA GWAII – ISLANDS OF THE PEOPLE

Formerly known as the Queen Charlotte Islands, Haida Gwaii is an archipelago off the coast of northern British Columbia. Tricky to access, these secluded inlets are covered in ancient rainforests, with distinctive flora and fauna. Join Tom Kingsbury for a photographic exploration of an indigenous people and the majesty of their ancestral land.

Free admission.
Wednesday, January 23, 2019.
Central : 7 to 8:30 p.m. – in English.

300 REASONS TO LOVE HAVANA

Discover the colourful soul of Havana with renowned author, TV host, and photographer Heidi Hollinger. Explore the extraordinary beauty of this capital’s rich history through its magnificent Baroque and Spanish Colonial architecture, vibrant music, new cuisine, vintage cars, shops, and the best areas to visit through Heidi’s captivating stories and breathtaking photos.

Free admission.
Wednesday, January 30, 2019.
Central : 7 to 8:30 p.m. – in English.

CLAIRE HOLDEN ROTHMAN – LEAR’S SHADOW

Claire Holden Rothman uses Shakespeare’s King Lear as the framework for her latest novel. It is summer in Montreal, and Bea Rose finds herself in a financial mess after her business and romantic partner dumps her. Holden Rotham was nominated for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Governor General’s Award for her two previous novels.

Free admission.
Wednesday, February 6, 2019.
Central : 7 to 8:30 p.m. – in English.

CHRISTOPHER HUANG – A GENTLEMAN’S MURDER

Singapore-born Montrealer Christopher Huang will discuss his debut novel, A Gentleman’s Murder. Set in post-World War I England, this mystery novel has been an international sensation and has been optioned for development into an American TV series. Interviewed by Anne Lagacé Dowson.

Free admission.
Wednesday, February 13, 2019.
Central : 7 to 8:30 p.m. – in English.

ALEX HUNTLEY’S HUMOUROUS TAKE ON TRUE HISTORY OF CANADA

Satirist and editor Alex Huntley worked as a government policy analyst. His experiences led him to become a comedy writer for the news parody website and television show The Beaverton. He will talk about his book The Beaverton Presents: Glorious and/or Free: The True History of Canada.

Free admission.
Wednesday, February 20, 2019.
Central : 7 to 8:30 p.m. – in English.

SPLENDEUR ET DÉCLIN DE VENISE

Five hundred years ago, Venice was the strongest state in Europe. Today, it is a tourist town with a forgotten history. This lecture will recreate the splendour, the metamorphosis, and the slow decline of this previously spectacular city that made such an impression upon the world. With Vincent Marchessault.

Free admission.
Wednesday, February 27, 2019.
Central : 7 to 8:30 p.m. – in French.

NUTRITIONAL ADVICE – IS THERE A SOLUTION TO THE CONFUSION?

Virtually every day brings news about some miracle food. It may be blueberries to prevent cancer, flaxseed against heart disease, or soybeans for menopause. Then there are the worries: alcohol, food additives, gluten, pesticide residues, GMOs, antibiotics, meat consumption. Dr. Joe Schwarcz will provide some proper science to guide us through this nutritional maze.

Free admission.
Wednesday, March 6, 2019.
Central : 7 to 8:30 p.m. – in English.

MOVIE – ET AU PIRE, ON SE MARIERA

This is the story of Aïcha, a teenager whose love consumes and then destroys her. Award–winning director Léa Pool drew inspiration from the novel of the same name by Sophie Bienvenu. A discussion led by film critic Daniel Racine and a guest will follow the screening.

In partnership with the Conseil des Arts de Montréal (CAM) and Québec Cinéma.

Free admission.
Wednesday, March 13, 2019.
Central : 7 to 8:30 p.m. – in French

ORGANIC FARMING – THE IMPORTANCE OF SEED GATHERING with Dan Brisebois

Seeds are important for biodiversity and sustainability. Every vegetable you eat starts with a seed. Where does that seed come from? Join us as we delve into the mysteries of seed saving and why we do it. It’s easier than you think!

Free admission.
Wednesday, March 20, 2019.
Central : 7 to 8:30 p.m. – in English.

CHANGEZ VOTRE VIE AVEC LES PENSÉES POSITIVES

The art of positive thinking allows everyone to live a better reality. How much do our thoughts influence our actions? Carole Morency will show us specific techniques that will help us and those in our lives become much happier and more satisfied.

Free admission.
Wednesday, April 3, 2019.
Central : 7 to 8:30 p.m. – in French

ECO FASHION DESIGN

Canadian womenswear designer and artist Azar Rajabi expresses her idea of beauty through fashion and sustainability. Labelled an “innovator of tomorrow” by Nike and a semi-finalist for the Franca Sozzani Emerging Designer of the Year award, Azar will talk about life in Milan and New York City, present some of her creations, and discuss what it means to be sustainable in fashion.

Free admission.
Wednesday, April 10, 2019.
Central : 7 to 8:30 p.m. – in English

L’AUTOMOBILE ÉLECTRIQUE – EST-CE POUR VOUS?

Everything you ever wanted to know about electric cars: the myths and the realities of owning an electric car, different types of electric cars, information on daily usage, recharging standards, and government incentives.

A conference presented by Martin Archambault from the Association des véhicules électriques du Québec.

Free admission.
Wednesday, April 17, 2019.
Central : 7 to 8:30 p.m. – in French.

MARK ABLEY’S LIFE WITH HIS FATHER – THE ORGANIST

The Gazette

Mark Abley grew up worried, frustrated and inspired by his father, a gifted classical musician who was also a lifelong depressive. In The Organist: Discovering My Father in Music and Melancholy, he explores a unique father-son relationship with a mixture of humour, love and corrosive honesty.

In honour of International Book and Copyright Day, refreshments will be served.

Free admission.
Wednesday, April 24, 2019.
Central : 7 to 8:30 p.m. – in English.

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