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Juno-nominated pianist Matt Herskowitz to perform a free concert in Côte Saint-Luc

Matt Herskowitz concert on June 16, 2011 in Côte Saint-LucCôte Saint-Luc, June 9, 2011 – Pianist Matt Herskowitz will perform on Thursday, June 16, 2011 at 7 pm at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library.

Matt Herskowitz is a multi-talented pianist who is versatile in classical, jazz, pop and world music. Herskowitz is also a composer, songwriter and arranger. His newest album, Jerusalem Trilogy, features original compositions and a mix of classical and contemporary jazz styles. Herskowitz is known for incorporating an original jazz twist on traditional classical pieces.

The performance of Herskowitz on the soundtrack of the Grammy-nominated film The Triplets of Belleville has earned him much popular and critical acclaim. His 2007 solo piano release Matt Herskowitz Plays George Gershwin was nominated in 2009 for Quebec’s prestigious classical music Prix Opus award. His album Jerusalem Trilogy was nominated in the category of Contemporary Jazz Album of the Year at the 2011 Juno Awards. A graduate of the Juilliard School in New York and the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, Matt is originally from Albany, New York and has made Montreal his adopted home of 12 years.

“We are very pleased to offer this concert free of charge to the public,” Assistant Library Director Janine West said. “This concert is an excellent opportunity to hear a wonderful mix of classical, jazz and Jewish-themed music.”

A limited number of free passes are available. There is a maximum of one free pass per person.

The Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library is located at 5851 Cavendish Blvd. and is open from 10am to 10pm every day. For more information, call the library at 514-485-6900 or visit www.elcslpl.org.

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For more information, contact: Danielle Bélanger:  dbelanger@cotesaintluc.org or call 514-485-6900 ext. 4205

 

 

 

Acclaimed author Edeet Ravel will speak in Côte Saint-Luc

The Last Rain, by Edeet RavelCôte Saint-Luc, May 27, 2011 – Israeli-Canadian author Edeet Ravel will speak about her latest novel The Last Rain on Thursday, June 2, 2011 at 2 pm at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library.

The Last Rain focuses on the emergence the kibbutz Eldar, a collective community in northern Israel soon after the country’s independence. The story is told through the eyes of a six-year-old girl, Dori, as well as through documentary fragments that take the reader on a labyrinthine journey through the characters' collective past. The publisher, Penguin Canada, describes it as a coming-of-age novel of a young girl and a country in the first fraught years of its existence

Ravel is the author of the Tel Aviv Trilogy, which includes Ten Thousand Lovers (finalist for the Governor General's Literary Award), Look For Me (winner of Hugh MacLennan Prize), and A Wall of Light (finalist for the Regional Commonwealth Writers' Prize and winner of the Canadian Jewish Book Award).

Ravel spent her first seven years on Sasa, an Israeli kibbutz, and the next 10 in Montreal. She returned to Jerusalem in 1973 to study at Hebrew University. She earned a BA and MA degree in English, followed by an MA in creative writing and a PhD in biblical exegesis from McGill University. She currently lives in Guelph, Ontario.

Copies of The Last Rain will be available for purchase, courtesy of the McGill Bookstore. This event is presented free of charge, in collaboration with the McGill Bookstore and Penguin Canada.
 
The Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library is located at 5851 Cavendish Blvd. and is open from 10am to 10pm every day. For more information, call the library at 514-485-6900 or visit www.elcslpl.org.

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For more information, contact: Danielle Bélanger, 514-485-6900 ext. 4205 or dbelanger@cotesaintluc.org.

Magillah in concert at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library

Côte Saint-Luc, May 11, 2011 – Magillah (formerly The Merovitz Project) will perform on Thursday, May 19 at 7pm at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library.

This event is presented in partnership with Le Conseil des arts de Montréal en tourneé and Musique-Multi Montréal.

Magillah is a Yiddish/Klezmer band directed by Montreal accordionist-arranger Henri Oppenheim and featuring lead singer Michelle Heisler. Julie Triquet plays the violin, Mathieu Deschenaux is the bassist and Eric Breton is on percussion. Magillah performs the Hebrew and Yiddish vocal repertoire of eastern European Jews through traditional Klezmer melodies and original compositions.

In 2009, Magillah received the Prix Etoiles-Galaxie de Radio-Canada prize.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to hear Jewish music at its best by first-rate Montreal Klezmer musicians, “ said Music Librarian Farah Mohammed.

Tickets for this program are $5 in advance and $7 the day of the event.  

The Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library is located at 5851 Cavendish Blvd. and is open from 10am to 10pm every day. For more information, call the library at 514-485-6900 or visit www.elcslpl.org.

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For more information, contact: Danielle Bélanger, 514-485-6900 ext. 4205 or dbelanger@cotesaintluc.org.

 

Community pitches in to help clean greenspaces in Côte Saint-Luc

ôte Saint-Luc, May 6, 2011 – The City of Côte Saint-Luc is looking for volunteers to help tidy-up four green spaces on Sunday, May 15 during Côte Saint-Luc Clean Up Day.

Clean Up DayVolunteers can visit Yitzhak Rabin Park, Nathan Shuster Park, Donald Fletcher Park, or Bialik field to assist in the clean up between 10 am and 1 pm. They will receive gloves and garbage bags. Every volunteer will also receive a voucher for a free slice of kosher pizza or falafel.

“We think it’s important to give people a way to take part in a group activity that combines ecological and community aspects,” Councillor Steven Erdelyi said. “I think people who participate in a clean up day are less likely to litter and more likely to say something to their friends who litter.”

The event is sponsored by Jewish National Fund (JNF) of Montreal.

“This is the first time we’ve ever sponsored a program like this in Montreal,” said Ed Rudick, President of JNF of Montreal. “Our regional office is based in Côte Saint-Luc and it was natural to partner with the city on an environmentally-based initiative like this.”

The Jewish National Fund (JNF) began in 1901 collecting coins in blue boxes to purchase land and return the Jewish people to their homeland. Today, the JNF is recognized as the ‘Caretakers of the land of Israel for over a century’ for their environmental work and development of the State of Israel.

For more information about all the Côte Saint-Luc Clean Up Day, visit www.CoteSaintLuc.org/en/SpringFair2011.

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For more information: Darryl Levine, Director of Public Affairs and Communications, 514-485-8905, dlevine@cotesaintluc.orgCouncil agenda

Côte Saint-Luc, B’nai Brith Canada-Quebec, and Congregation Beth Zion co-sponsoring candidates debate in the Mount Royal riding

Côte Saint-Luc, B'nai Brith Canada-Quebec, Congregation Beth ZionThe City of Côte Saint-Luc, B’nai Brith Canada-Quebec, and Congregation Beth Zion are co-sponsoring candidates debate in the Mount Royal riding

Côte Saint-Luc, April 15, 2011 – The City of Côte Saint-Luc, B’nai Brith Canada-Quebec, and Congregation Beth Zion are co-sponsoring a debate on Thursday, April 28, 2011 between candidates wishing to represent the Mount Royal riding in the House of Commons.

The debate takes place that evening from 7 pm to 8:30 pm at Congregation Beth Zion, 5740 Hudson Avenue, corner Kildare Avenue.

The candidates participating in the debate are: Irwin Cotler, Liberal Party of Canada; Jeff Itcush, New Democratic Party of Canada; Brian Sarwer-Foner, Green Party of Canada; and Saulie Zajdel, Conservative Party of Canada.

A portion of the debate will be devoted to written questions from audience members. The debate is being moderated by Anthony Housefather, Mayor of Côte Saint-Luc, and Beryl Wajsman, editor of The Suburban newspaper.

The federal general election takes place on Monday, May 2, 2011. Visit www.elections.ca or call 1-800-463-6868 for information on voting eligibility.

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For more information:

Heidi Oppen, Quebec Director, B’nai Brith Canada-Quebec, 514-733-5377 extension 23; cell: 514-295-8748

Darryl Levine, Director of Public Affairs and Communications, City of Côte Saint-Luc, 514-485-8905, dlevine@cotesaintluc.org

Programs abound this April at the Cote Saint-Luc library

Concert in Côte Saint-LucCôte Saint-Luc, March 25, 2011 - Facebook, religion, Tudor-era portraits, bullying, a
Caplet musical concert, and a Neil Simon play will all be presented or
discussed in April at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library.

Professor
Robert Tittler, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History at Concordia University,
will present a two-part lecture series on English portraiture during the Tudor
period: Portraits of the Tudor Kings and Queens.
 Part 1, Portraying Henry VIII, takes
place on Friday, April 1 at 2 pm.  Part 2,
Portraying Elizabeth I, takes place on Friday, April 8 at 2 pm. Tickets
for each lecture are $5 in advance or $7 the day of the event.

On Wednesday, April
6 at 2 pm librarian Kathy Conroy will instruct a Facebook workshop where she will demonstrate the basics
of the popular social networking website. Tickets are $10 for Côte
Saint-Luc residents or library members and $15 for others.

On Thursday,
April 7 at 7 pm Dr. Kees Maas,
a psychologist at Batshaw Youth and Family Centres will present Let's Talk About Bullying, a lecture
geared to parents. A discussion will follow. Tickets are $3 in advance and $5
the day of the event.

On Thursday,
April 14 at 7 pm the Conseil des arts de
Montréal en tournée
and the library present Les Cordes Célestes, a concert
with Quatuor Claudel-Canimex and harpist Valérie Milot, which features early
20th century Caplet music. Tickets
for this concert are $5 in advance and $7 the day of the event.

On Thursday,
April 28 at 7 pm the Performance Playreading Ensemble stars in the
comedy The Sunshine Boys written by
Neil Simon and directed by Aviva Ravel. Tickets
are $5 in advance and $7 day of the event.

Lastly, on
Friday, April 29 at 2 pm Professor F.X. Charet, Ph. D., will launch his
five-part history lecture series: The
Challenge to Belief in God and the Traditions of Judaism, Christianity and
Islam
. The five lectures take place on Fridays at 2 pm from April 29 to May
27. Tickets for each lecture are $5 in advance or $7 the day of the event.

The Eleanor
London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library is located at 5851 Cavendish Blvd. and is open from
10am to 10pm every day. For more information, call the library at 514-485-6900
or visit www.elcslpl.org.

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For more information, contact: Mona Turner,
514-485-6900 ext. 4205 or mturner@cotesaintluc.org.

 

 

Seeking Côte Saint-Luc crime prevention volunteers

Côte Saint-Luc, March 23, 2011 – The Côte Saint-Luc volunteer Citizens on Patrol are recruiting new members to join the 70 other volunteers who participate in this neighbourhood-watch-on-wheels program.

Residents interested in joining vCOP should come to an information session on Tuesday, April 12, 2011 at 7 pm at Côte Saint-Luc City Hall (5801 Cavendish Blvd.). They should bring identification and a completed copy of the application form available at www.CoteSaintLuc.org/en/vcop.

”Our volunteers patrol in marked vehicles, on electric scooters, bicycles and on foot and have logged more than 21,000 hours and 116,000 kilometres since the program was launched in July 2006,” said Councillor Glenn J. Nashen, the council member who founded vCOP and is responsible for public safety issues. “These volunteers are trained to spot potential problems and to notify Côte Saint-Luc Public Security or the police.”

Volunteers are required to make a minimum commitment of six hours per month. While vCOP members are 18 years of age and over there is a cadet program for 16 and 17 year olds. There is a one-time membership fee of $75 to defray the costs of uniforms and accessories. Training in patrol techniques, radio communications, first-aid, CPR and the use of an automated external defibrillator are provided.

Côte Saint-Luc was the first city in Quebec to implement this neighbourhood-watch-on-wheels program. Similar programs have been established in communities throughout Canada and the United States.  

For more information or to join the vCOP program, please call 514-485-6800, send an e-mail to vcop@CoteSaintLuc.org, or visit  www.CoteSaintLuc.org/en/vcop.

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Contact: For more information: Darryl Levine, Director of Public Affairs and Communications, 514-485-8905, dlevine@CoteSaintLuc.org

 

Fugitive art at the Côte Saint-Luc library

Fugitive 12Côte Saint-Luc, March 4, 2011 – Portraits of women who are wanted for fraud are the basis of a series of paintings produced by artist Lorraine Simms, on show at the Art Gallery of the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library from March 10 to April 24, 2011.

The exhibit, titled Fugitive, includes artwork Simms produced while painting from photographs collected from newspapers, television, and the Internet. She says it is nearly impossible to tell just by looking who among them is a murderer and who committed a common misdemeanor. The image alone cannot reveal what truth lies behind the gaze.

“I based this series on images of women wanted for fraud,” Simms said. “Other than this tantalizing clue, no further information is offered. The viewer is left to make assumptions based on appearances, and this, of course, is tricky, as women do not easily fit any of our archetypes of the outlaw.”

Mona Turner, the manager of cultural development at the library, says that people can ask themselves the following questions when viewing this exhibit: “How does one go about interpreting these images? What does their appearance truly reveal? Can we find clues hidden within the color palette, the brush strokes or the emphasis on certain facial features? Or do these simply express the mood of the artist?”

Simms lives and works in Montreal. She completed a Master of Fine Arts degree at Concordia University in 1990, where she also taught for many years. She is currently teaching at Dawson College. Her work has been presented in solo and group exhibitions across Canada and in the United States. She has been the recipient of numerous awards from the Canada Council and the Conseil des Arts et des lettres du Québec.

Her current art projects can be viewed at www.lorrainesimms.com.

The Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library is located at 5851 Cavendish Blvd. and is open from 10am to 10pm every day. For more information, call the library at 514-485-6900 or visit www.elcslpl.org.

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For more information, contact: Mona Turner, 514-485-6900 ext. 4205 or mturner@cotesaintluc.org.

 

New cat committee Launches TNR program in Côte Saint-Luc

Côte Saint-Luc, February 22, 2011 - The Côte Saint-Luc Cat Committee (CSLCC) has officially launched a Trap, Neuter and Release (TNR) program. Following a well-attended public meeting last summer and a series of meetings with individuals willing to volunteer for this cause, activities are commencing with the financial support of the City of Côte Saint-Luc and Canadian Pacific Railway .

Councillor Mike Cohen, who is spearheading the initiative, has expressed his appreciation to Mayor Anthony Housefather and other members of council for their financial support. He also thanked Canadian Pacific Railway, which has given a donation towards the project.

While TNR, which humanely traps, sterilizes and then releases feral cats back into their original territory, will be the main focus of the CSLCC, efforts will also be made to educate the public about the importance of sterilizing cats. This will be done by arranging visits to local schools, setting up information booths within the community and establishing a Facebook page. A special hotline will be introduced  for people to report feral cats in their neighbourhood.

“From our initial meeting, which attracted well more than 100 people, we have a dedicated group of cat lovers whom I believe will make a difference in our community,” Councillor Cohen said. “I am also grateful for the fact that both the SPCA and the Côte Saint-Luc Hospital for Animals are aboard.”

Shelley Schecter, considered to be one of the city’s foremost experts in TNR, has agreed to serve as the CSLCC’s special advisor.  She will train committee members on trapping.

A female cat can reproduce four times a year, beginning from six months old, and can give birth to from one to eight kittens each time. By sterilizing the cats, their numbers are brought down through attrition.

TNR programs have been proven worldwide, throughout Europe, the United States, parts of Canada, as the most humane and cost-efficient way of controlling and decreasing the numbers of homeless cats.   

Councillor Cohen hopes that other communities will follow the lead of Cote Saint-Luc and launch such committees as well.

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For information, contact: Councillor Mike Cohen, City of Côte Saint-Luc, mcohen@cotesaintluc.org, 514-485-6945.

Côte Saint-Luc launches downloadable e-book service

E-books at Côte Saint-Luc library

Côte Saint-Luc, February 11, 2011 – Members of the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library can now download e-books and read them on many popular e-book readers—without leaving home.
“More than 90 million e-book readers were sold across the world in 2010 and some of those belong to our library members,” said Janine West, Assistant Library Director. “Our library aims to be at the forefront of e-technology and offer the best options to our members. As with our downloadable audiobook service, we are offering our members new ways to access books.”
A collection of 142 e-books was added to the digital library on February 3. More e-book titles will be added later this year. The collection will be shared by members of the libraries of Côte Saint-Luc, Dollard-des-Ormeaux and Pointe Claire, and is available 24 hours a day and seven days a week. In March 2010, the library launched a downloadable audiobook service and now has 334 titles in that collection.
“Library members have a well-rounded selection of titles to choose from, all from the comfort of their own home,” said Councillor Sam Goldbloom, the council member responsible for the library. “Some readers may always prefer the printed pages of a book, but e-books are increasingly popular with readers. The online retailer Amazon sold 15 percent more e-books than paperbacks in 2010, and three times as many e-books than hardcovers.”
To access e-books, library members can visit www.elcslpl.org, click the emedia link, sign in with their name and library card number, and then follow the on-screen instructions.
Library members can check out three downloadable e-books or audiobooks (in total) at a time and can choose a 1-week or 2-week loan period. Unlike downloadable audiobooks, e-books cannot be downloaded at the download station in Audiovisual Department of the library.
The e-books come in two file formats—EPUB and PDF—and can be displayed on many e-book readers such as the Kobo eReader and Sony Reader, but not the Amazon Kindle. Many can also be displayed on tablet computers, such as the iPad, and on other devices, such as the iPhone, iPod, and Samsung Galaxy. The list of compatible devices is available at www.overdrive.com/resources/drc/.
The Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library is located at 5851 Cavendish Blvd. and is open from 10am to 10pm every day. For more information, call the library at 514-485-6900 or visit www.elcslpl.org
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For more information, contact: Janine West, 514-485-6900 ext. 4205 or jwest@cotesaintluc.org

Musical concert for children in Côte Saint-Luc

Annabelle CantonCôte Saint-Luc, February 10, 2011 – A production of the children’s musical Annabelle Canto will be performed at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library on Sunday, February 27 at 10am.

The 40-minute concert is presented in English and is aimed at children age 3 and older. Space is limited and tickets are available in advance for adults and children for $5 at the main desk of the library.

“This is a great event for families,” said Kathy Conroy, Manager of Children’s Services. “This musical blends music, theatre and storytelling. We hope to see both new and familiar faces at the show.”

The musical tells the story of a young opera singer named Annabelle Canto who loses her voice and her memory the morning of an important concert. Using spontaneity, innocence and humour, Annabelle Canto and her pianist, Henry, set out on a quest for this magical voice. Along their musical route, they discover astonishing and majestic opera characters. A short video of the concert is available at www.jmcanada.ca/en/main_nav/concerts/young-audiences-families/concerts/annabelle-canto/.

Annabelle Canto is presented in partnership with Jeunesses Musicales of Canada, which has dedicated its work to musical excellence and the promotion of young artists and music for young people since 1949.

The Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library is located at 5851 Cavendish Blvd. and is open from 10am to 10pm every day. For more information, call the library at 514-485-6900 or visit www.elcslpl.org.

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For more information, contact: Kathy Conroy 514-485-6900 ext. 4204 or kconroy@cotesaintluc.org.

 

Singer-songwriters to speak with teens and perform at the library in Côte Saint-Luc

Words and MusicCôte Saint-Luc, February 4, 2011 – The Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library will get noisy in February as three promising Montreal-area singer-songwriters perform their music and talk to teens about how they write their songs and where they find creative inspiration.

Words and Music is a three-part series for teens and will take place Thursdays at 7:30pm. The singer-songwriters will be Brittany Kwasnik on February 10, Daniel Schachter on February 17, and Matt Stern on February 24.  

“This year we are really focusing on teens,” said Assistant Library Director Janine West. “We are doing this program, which is directed specifically at them, we have implemented a teen advisory council, we are planning a movie night, and this is just the beginning. We want them to feel that they are an integral part of the library.”

On each Thursday evening, one of the musicians will be in the library to talk about their art and play music. They will discuss their method for writing songs and discuss their creative inspirations. Free passes for teens are available at the main circulation desk of the library on a first-come, first-served basis. There is limit of five free passes per person.

Brittany Kwasnik is a 16-year old singer songwriter who found fame when she posted a YouTube video of herself singing and playing her guitar. Her music is part folk, part indie, part pop. Kwasnik recently signed a record deal with Justin Time Records and her first album I Don’t Know Me will be released later this year.  

Daniel Schachter is known for his signature folk rock music. Schachter has performed at The Yellow Door, the 2010 Osheaga outdoor music festival, and elsewhere. Schachter is also a filmmaker and a devoted fan of film director Federico Fellini.

Matt Stern gravitated to music at an early age and learned guitar, piano and trombone in his teenage years. Stern’s newest extended play (EP) album was launched in September 2010. I’m not the Only One (2010) is an acoustic-guitar driven pop-folk-soul-rhythm-infused collection of songs.

The Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library is located at 5851 Cavendish Blvd. and is open from 10am to 10pm every day. For more information, call the library at 514-485-6900 or visit www.elcslpl.org.

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For more information, contact: Janine West 514-485-6900 ext. 4202 or jwest@cotesaintluc.org.

Deep Oil – Forage: thought-provoking art at the Côte Saint-Luc library

Côte Saint-Luc, January 28, 2011 – Oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico are the unusal subject of Harlan Johnson’s moody landscape paintings on display at the Art Gallery of the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library from January 27, 2011 to March 6, 2011.

Two years before the massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Harlan Johnson had started work on Deep Oil – Forage. The series depicts offshore oil platforms in the Gulf of Mexico, often during blowouts. A blowout occurs when a sudden release of oil and gas from a well after pressure control systems have failed.

The artist uses a stark, sometimes muddled color palette to reinforce a sense of neglect and imminent danger. The drilling platforms are depicted as hulking silhouettes spewing flames, smoke and steam. The spatters and washy brush strokes are symbolic of the debris left behind by one of these devastating blowouts.

These large acrylic-on-canvas paintings illustrate the natural environment disrupted. The sea is shown in its strength and fragility.

Born in Halifax, Johnson has had a lifelong passion for all things Cajun. The south is not only the subject of this art exhibition, it also feeds his appetite for Zydeco music. (He plays the squeezebox in the Montreal-Cajun band Grouyan Gombo). He lives and works in Montreal where he received a BFA and MFA from Concordia University. His work has been shown in several Canadian cities including Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa and Moncton. He currently teaches in the Fine Arts Department at Dawson College and in the Studio Arts Department at Concordia University. His current art projects can be viewed at www.harlanjohnson.com.

The Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library is located at 5851 Cavendish Blvd. and is open from 10am to 10pm every day. For more information, call the library at 514-485-6900 or visit www.elcslpl.org.

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For more information, contact: Mona Turner, 514-485-6900 ext. 4205 or mturner@cotesaintluc.org.

Library card provides a passport to language learning

Côte Saint-Luc, January 14, 2011 - Members of the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library can now access a popular online language-learning system for free.

Mango (www.mangolanguages.com) is a language learning program teaching practical conversation and cultural awareness for the world's most popular languages. The company website describes the program as "a fun, easy and incredibly effective way for travelers of all kinds to learn to speak a foreign language."

"We are thrilled to add Mango to our library's growing list of resources, "Assistant Library Director Janine West said. "This service is an excellent resource for those wishing to learn a foreign language. Our library strives to provide the best services possible to our patrons and this is just one more way we hope to achieve this goal."

The Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library is only the second library in Quebec to offer this service to members.

To access Mango, library members can visit the library website at www.elcslpl.org and then click Audiovisual link on the left-hand side. Then they must click the Mango button. To access the service, library members must sign in by entering their name and library card number. They can also create a profile at Mango to keep track of their progress. After that it is easy to get started by following the step by step instructions.

Mango includes a 100-lesson course and a shorter two to five hour course. There are 22 languages available and 15 ESL courses.

The Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library is located at 5851 Cavendish Blvd. and is open from 10am to 10pm every day. For more information, call the library at 514-485-6900 or visit www.elcslpl.org.

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For more information, contact: Darryl Levine, 514-485-6800 ext. 1802, or dlevine@cotesaintluc.org.

Urban Diary: inspired alleyways of NDG at the Côte Saint-Luc Library

Côte Saint-Luc, December 15, 2010 – Large-scale collages of NDG alleyways by artist Andrea Kastner will be on display at the Art Gallery of the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library from December 16, 2010 to January 23, 2011.

The Urban Diary exhibit explores humour, nostalgia and grittiness all brought center stage in the representation of the city’s neighbourhood alleyways. Cities tend to present the best possible façade to the public. Kastner, on the other hand, finds beauty in the spontaneous and unedited cityscapes of our daily lives.

3433 Oxford, collage on plywood, 15" x 15", 2008 Kastner is interested in the intimate, unvarnished truth of the anti-façade. Like a survey documenting her neighbourhood, her works bring to light the absurd and subtle ways that people let down their guard and allow their individuality to shine through. The medium she uses is appropriately unglamorous. Working on plywood, she builds up a collaged surface of everyday materials including metro transfers, shopping bags, electrical tape and price tags.

“As we empty out our pockets at the end of the day, we unearth a small cascade of tickets, transfers, wrappers and receipts,” Kastner said, discussing the process involved in creating these works. “These remnants of our daily trajectories, which usually end up in the garbage can, are the raw materials that I use to build my cityscapes.”

Urban Diary examines the colorful neighbourhood of NDG, where Andrea Kastner grew up, in the heart of the west end of the city of Montreal. The artist currently resides in Edmonton, Alberta where she is pursuing her Master’s Degree in Fine Arts. She obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Mount Allison University in New Brunswick. She has also taught art to children at the Visual Arts Centre in Westmount. Her current art projects can be viewed at www.andreakastner.ca.

The Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library is located at 5851 Cavendish Blvd. and is open from 10am to 10pm every day. For more information, call the library at 514-485-6900 or visit www.elcslpl.org.

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For more information, contact: Mona Turner, 514-485-6900 ext. 4205 or mturner@cotesaintluc.org.