Winter 2020 – Program

CRAFTS

KNITTING – MASTERING THE BASICS with Janet Callary and Geneviève Lussier

Discover the art of knitting or perfect your technique. Bring your questions and talk about current and future projects. Bring a pair of 4.5-mm knitting needles; one ball of practice yarn will be provided.

Beginner
Registration required.
Non-members: $10

KNITTING – KNIT A SHAWL with Janet Callary and Geneviève Lussier

Discover the art of knitting or perfect your technique. Bring your questions and talk about current and future projects. Choose from two patterns to learn how to knit a shawl. The list of materials will be provided the week before class starts.

Beginner and intermediate

Registration required.

Non-members: $5

Mondays, February 10, 17, 24 and March 2, 2020.

Central : 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. – bilingual. 

KNITTING CLUB with Janet Callary and Geneviève Lussier

Participants bring a knitting project they are working on to complete in good company.

Beginner to expert.

Registration required.

Non-members: $15.

Wednesdays, January 15, 29, February 12, 26, March 11, 25, April 8, 22, 2020.

Valois : 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. – bilingual.

LANGUAGES

FRENCH CONVERSATION COMPANIONS

If you have reached a good level in French and want to practise what you have learned, fill out the registration form at http://www.pointe-claire.ca and we will match you with a volunteer.

As part of the Mois de la Francophonie

March 9 to April 30, 2020.

Central : schedule according to participants’ availability.

READING AND WRITING WORKSHOPS

BOOK CLUBS

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

Registration required at the library.

Non-members: $5.

BOOK DISCUSSION CLUB with Olivia Raco

Wednesdays, January 8, February 12, March 11, April 8, May 13, 2020.

Central : 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. – English.

EVENING BOOK CLUB with Grace Lee

Thursdays, January 9, February 13, March 12, April 9, May 14, 2020.

Central : 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. – English.

STEWART HALL BOOK CLUB with Lise Payette

Mondays, January 13, February 10, March 9, April 20, May 11, 2020.

Stewart Hall : 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. – English.

VALOIS BOOK CLUB with Lynn Collins

Mondays, January 13, February 10, March 9, April 6, May 11, 2020.

Valois : 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. – English.

VALOIS BOOK TASTINGS with Kathy Wilson

Mondays, January 20, February 24, March 30, April 27, May 25, 2020.

Valois : 7:00 to 8:45 p.m. – English.

CLUB DE LECTURE with Amélie Boivin Handfield

Wednesdays, January 15, February 19, March 18, April 15, May 20, 2020.

Central : 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. – French.

ONLINE BOOK CLUB with Michelle Payette-Daoust

Discover other readers’ favourites, recommended reads, and treasured book lists.

pcplblog.wordpress.com (English)

pcplblogue.wordpress.com (French)

CIRCLE OF LIFE WRITERS 1 with Karen Zey

A memoir group whose members exchange writing tips. Participants share written drafts and receive supportive feedback.

Beginner.

Registration required.

Non-members: $10

Tuesdays, March 10, 17, 24, 31 April 7, 14, 21, 28, May 5, 12, 19, 2020.

Central : 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. – English.

CIRCLE OF LIFE WRITERS 2 with Karen Zey

For those who have taken TWO or more memoir workshops, with a focus on written feedback and revision.

Intermediate and advanced.

Registration required.

Non-members: $10.

Thursdays, February 6, 13, 20, 27 March 5, 12, 19, 26, April 2, 9, 16, 2020.

Central : 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. – English.

CREATIVE JOURNALING with Hélène Brunet

Using inspiring writing techniques, drawing and collage, Creative Journaling is a fun tool to achieve personal development. Please bring a 9 X 12 inch (23 X 30.5 cm) unlined sketchbook. All other materials will be provided.

Beginner and intermediate.

Registration required.

Non-members: $10.

Wednesdays, March 18, 25, April 1, 8, 15, 22, 2020.

Central : 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. – French.

Tuesdays, April 7, 14, 21, 28, May 5, 12, 2020.

Central : 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. – English.

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.

Beginner and intermediate.

Registration required.

Non-members: $10.

Thursdays, March 19, 26, April 2, 9, 30, May 7, 14, 21, 2020.

Central : 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. – English.

Mondays, March 16, 23, 30, April 6, 20, 27, May 4, 11, 2020.

Central : 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. – English.

Wednesdays, March 18, 25, April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, May 6, 2020.

Valois : 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. – 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 and other malware. Learn how to eliminate spam from your inbox.

Authentication: Best practices for password management and multi-factor authentication (MFA).

Registration required.

Non-members: $10.

Tuesdays, March 10, 17, 24, 2020.

Central : 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. – English.

DROPBOX AND GOOGLE CLOUD with Denis Richard Junior

Learn how to use the cloud to store your documents.

Registration required.

Non-members: $10.

Friday, March 13, 2020.

Central : 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – French.

Friday, March 27, 2020.

Central : 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. – English.

WORDPRESS – AN OVERVIEW with Marie-Andrée Dubreuil-Moisan

An introduction to website or blog design. Includes: Posting, page layout, menus, and settings.

Followed by three hands-on meetings: join our Circle of learning to complete your website.

Registration required.

Non-members: $10.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020.

Central : 2:15 to 3:45 – English.

Circle of learning:

Tuesdays, March 17, 24 and 31, 2020

Central : 2:15 to 3:45 – English.

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT AND WELL-BEING

FINANCIAL LITERACY with Deborah Leahy

Workshop on managing your money: Budget planning, investing, living well in retirement, insurance, and estate planning.

Registration required.

Open to all.

Tuesdays, April 14, 21, 28, May 5, 12, 2020.

Central : 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. – English.

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

Workshop on understanding the choices you make, becoming aware of your internal motivations, and creating positive relationship habits.

Registration required.

Non-members: $10.

Wednesdays, May 13, 20, 27, June 3, 2020.

Valois : 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. – English.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES – FRENCH CONVERSATION COMPANIONS

This activity is offered as part of Mois de la Francophonie. French Conversation Companions are volunteers who meet regularly with people wishing to practise their conversational French. Meetings are held at the library. To participate, fill out the Volunteer Application Form for Adults at http://www.pointe-claire.ca.

March 9 to April 30, 2020 (8 sessions).

Central and Valois : schedule according to participants’ availability.

DISCOVERY WORKSHOPS

JEU D’ÉVASION

Become a true gentleman burglar while playing Arsène Lupin et le Grand Diamant Blanc in a race for the jewel in the heart of 20th century Paris! Snacks will be served.

As part of Nuit de la lecture (Night of Reading)

Registration required.

Saturday, January 18, 2020.

Central : 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. – French.

UNLOCK! MYSTERY GAME

Scheherazade is in grave danger! She only has one hour to tell the Sultan a story, but she has run out of ideas. Her life is in your hands, so act fast! Snacks will be served.

As part of Nuit de la lecture (Night of Reading)

Registration required.

Saturday, January 18, 2020.

Central : 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. – English.

SOY SCENTED CANDLE-MAKING WORKSHOP with Bhawna Hemrajani

Brighten up your winter by making your own scented candles using soy wax.

Beginner.

Registration required.

Non-members: $10.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020.

Central : 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. – English.

HOW TO USE THE INTERNET TO FIND YOUR ANCESTORS with Gary Schroder, president of the Quebec Family History Society and International lecturer

Genealogy is the world’s fastest growing pastime. Gary Schroder has extensive knowledge of North American and European genealogical sources.

Beginner and intermediate.

Registration required.

Non-members: $10.

Wednesdays, March 18, 25, 2020.

Central : 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. – English.

BRIDGE – BEGINNER with Ellen Simpson

More than just entertainment, bridge is a great way to develop communication and confidence as well as gain insight into others and yourself.

Learn the basics.

Registration required.

Non-members: $10

Mondays, March 9, 16, 23, 30, April 6, 20, 27, May 4, 11, 25, 2020.

Central : 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. – bilingual.

Fridays, March 13, 20, 27, April 3, 24, May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 2020.

Central : 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. – bilingual.

BRIDGE – INTERMEDIATE with Francis Thérien

More than just entertainment, bridge is a great way to develop communication and confidence as well as gain insight into others and yourself.

Learn proper bidding strategies.

Registration required.

Non-members: $10

Fridays, January 17, 24, 31, February 7, 14, 21, 28, March 6, 2020.

Central : 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. – bilingual.

Fridays, March 13, 20, 27, April 3, 24, May 1, 8, 15, 2020.

Central : 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. – bilingual.

AFTERNOON FILMS

Enjoy our selection of great foreign films, National Film Board (NFB) documentaries, and inspirational crowd pleasers. More details at the Central Library circulation desk.

General public.

Mondays, March 9, June 8, 2020.

Central : 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. – English.

Tuesdays, January 7, 21, February 4, 18, March 17, April 7, 14, May 12, 19, June 16, 2020.

Central : 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. – English.

Wednesdays, March 25, April 1, 22, May 6, 2020.

Central : 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. – French.

Thursdays, January 9, 23, February 13, 27, March 12, May 28, June 4, 18, 2020.

Central : 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. – French.

TALKS, LECTURES, AND AUTHOR EVENTS

AIMER, INCARNER, ÉCRIRE

Louise Portal talks about her novels, her passionate writing, her journey as a woman, shaped by her career as an actress.

As part of her performance Le bonjeur d’aimer, d’incarner, d’écrire Louise discusses the stages that marked her career as an actress, from the beginning of the 70s until today.

On the literary level, Louise tells the story of the birth of her books, her writing rituals and that voice of the writing she gave herself. To write a novel is to become a screenwriter, director and actress of all the characters who are born under the pen of the novelist.

As part of Nuit de la lecture (Night of Reading)

Free admission.

Saturday, January 18, 2020.

Central : 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. – French.

LESS SCREEN TIME? SURE! BUT HOW?

Most professionals say that parents should reduce their children’s screen time, yet screen time among all age groups is actually increasing. Rather than talk about the importance of reducing screen time, Lorraine Couture, an early childhood specialist, will show you how to do it.

Free admission.

Wednesday, January 29, 2020.

Central : 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. – English.

HOW TO INCREASE ENERGY AND ACHIEVE OPTIMAL HEALTH

Join Sue-Anne Hickey, Certified Naturopath, as she discusses how to increase your energy and achieve optimal health. How would you like to have full out energy all day every day, without the need for coffee or sweets to spike your energy up? Going beyond the obvious causes of fatigue, she looks at the causes that you might not know about and how to overcome them.

Free admission.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020.

Central : 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. – English.

SEVEN DAYS IN HELL

Renowned military historian David O’Keefe reveals the sub-culture of a fighting battalion in his book Seven Days in Hell. It is the end of the Normandy campaign. Three hundred soldiers from the Black Watch find themselves thrust into a nightmare, from which only a handful will walk away. Station, rank, race and religion matter little. Only character will win the day.

Free admission.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020.

Central : 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. – English.

POTAGER – LES NOUVELLES TENDANCES À LA VILLE COMME À LA CAMPAGNE with Sylvie Fullum

A presentation on how to design and create an organic vegetable garden particularly in small spaces, and an overview of permaculture, raised beds, and new trends in fruits and vegetables.

Free admission.

Wednesday, March 4, 2020.

Central : 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. – French.

NFB MOVIE – BECAUSE WE ARE GIRLS

An Indo-Canadian family in small-town British Columbia must come to terms with a devastating secret: three sisters were sexually abused by an older relative beginning in their childhood years. After remaining silent for nearly two and a half decades, the sisters decide to come forward to protect others and set an example for their daughters.

In honour of International Womens’ Day.

Free admission.

Sunday, March 8, 2020.

Central : 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. – English.

TRUCS ET ASTUCES POUR DÉSENCOMBRER LA MAISON with Julie-Arsène Talbot

Decluttering benefits families : according to a recent survey, 100% of mothers would like a room less cluttered, and 80% wish it for their entire house! An original topic explored in an engaging lecture, respecting personal needs and raising awareness about our environment and reducing consumption.

Free admission.

Wednesday, March 11, 2020.

Central : 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. – French.

YOGA FOR YOUR FACE with Carole Morency

The emerging trend of face yoga aims to rejuvenate your face by strengthening and relaxing facial muscles through a series of small but specific movements. Good results can be achieved in only a few minutes a day. Come and make faces at this workship!

Passes required: available as of Wednesday, March 4 for library members and Friday, March 6 for non-members.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020.

Central : 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. – English.

CAPSULE LITTÉRAIRE with Chantal Saint-Jarre

Chantal Saint-Jarre brings to life selected passages from the great authors of Quebec and France. Stories and readings will take you through the literary genres. Tea and cookies will be served.

Part of the Semaine de la francophonie.

Free admission.

Friday, March 20, 2020.

Central : 3:00 to 3:45 p.m. – French.

TO ALASKA! FROM VANCOUVER TO GLACIER BAY – CRUISING BC’S INSIDE PASSAGE

Alaska cruise on Nieu Amsterdam from Vancouver to Glacier Bay August 3 to 10, 2019. ©2019 Frederic Hore. All Rights Reserved.

Fulfilling his 88-year-old mother’s bucket list, Frederic Hore takes a family cruise to Alaska. Their adventure includes encounters with bears and whales, witnessing stunning mountain landscapes and awesome glaciers, and visiting old lumber towns. Relive their experience of a shaky ride on the historic Yukon Pass Railway!

Free admission.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020.

Central : 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. – English.

GARDENING FOR BODY AND SOUL

Wanda Mitkiewicz, President of the Pointe-Claire Horticultural Society, elaborates on the various styles of gardens, including a comprehensive look at the “lasagna” method and new ways of planting vegetable gardens. The presentation will also cover ideas for growing flowers, vegetables and herbs in small spaces and balconies.

Free admission.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020.

Central : 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. – English.

HOW TO INSTANT POT – MASTERING ALL THE FUNCTIONS OF THE ONE POT THAT WILL CHANGE THE WAY YOU COOK

Cookbook author and storyteller Daniel Shumski demonstrates how to use an Instant Pot. From cooking risotto in six minutes, to making five kinds of yogurt, to creating soups from scratch, Daniel will inspire you to learn and explore a new way of cooking healthy meals. Bring your questions.

Free admission.

Wednesday, April 8, 2020.

Central : 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. – English.

VENISE – GLOIRE DU PASSÉ, SPLENDEURS À VISITER. DEUX RÉCITS IMMERSIFS POUR REDÉCOUVRIR LA SÉRÉNISSIME

After presenting a few conferences on the history of Venice, Vincent Marchessault has decided to communicate his passion in writing. This Spring, he will launch two complementary books that will reveal both the glorious Venetian past and the daily challenges that face residents in the 21st Century. These two books, which are both artistic and factual, will offer a new perspective on La Serenissima.

Free admission.

Wednesday, April 15, 2020.

Central : 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. – French.

EARTH DAY 2020 – LA BALEINE NOMADE with La Baleine Nomade

A desire to protect whales and their habitat led two scientists to create La Baleine Nomade (the nomadic whale). This group uses humour and science to change the way people perceive the environment and what actions to take to protect whales and oceans. Participants are encouraged to attempt whale yoga!

Free admission.

Saturday, April 25, 2020.

Central : 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. – bilingual.

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