Press releases

 

New Côte Saint-Luc EMS recruits to receive certificate at graduation ceremony

Côte Saint-Luc, February 11, 2008 – Twenty-seven new medical first responders will receive their certificate at the Côte Saint-Luc Emergency Medical Services (EMS) graduation ceremony on February 11, 2008 at 8pm at City Hall (5801 Cavendish Blvd.).

WHAT:     Côte Saint-Luc EMS graduation ceremony

WHERE:     Côte Saint-Luc City Hall, 5801 Cavendish Blvd.

WHEN:     Monday, February 11, 2008 at 8pm

New EMS recruits must successfully complete 110 hours of advanced classroom training and respond to 32 calls before becoming full EMS first responders.

“Our EMS volunteers provide outstanding care to those in medical distress in Côte Saint-Luc,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “Our newest recruits follow a 28-year tradition of excellence.”

Côte Saint-Luc EMS has provided first responder service to the community since 1980. EMS offers a superior quality of pre-hospital emergency medical care to the residents of and visitors to Côte Saint-Luc. EMS is equipped with a fleet of three emergency vehicles, new emergency medical equipment, devices, tools and supplies. The annual budget exceeds $500,000. EMS responds to more than 3,000 medical assistance calls each year and assists at community events, crises and other major emergencies in the community and throughout south-western Quebec.

“The next batch of EMS first responders has already started their in-class training,” said Councillor Glenn J. Nashen, who is responsible for public safety issues. “A summer class is also planned. If you would like to become an EMS first responder, call 514-485-6800 to learn more.”

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

Trio Muczynski will perform in Côte Saint-Luc on Sunday, February 10

Côte Saint-Luc, January 28, 2008 – Société Pro Musica’s Trio Muczynski are performing a live concert on Sunday, February 10 at 2pm at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library (5851 Cavendish Blvd.).

The concert is presented by the City of Côte Saint-Luc, the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library and the Montreal Arts Council On Tour.

“This concert provides a great occasion for the people of Côte Saint-Luc and surrounding areas to hear excellent music in a friendly and inviting environment,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “I encourage everyone to take advantage of the outstanding performing arts events our city has to offer.”

The Trio Muczynski include Evgenia Kirjner on piano, Airat Ichmouratov on clarinet and Luo Di on cello. They will perform works by Max Bruch (Huit Pièces, op. 83, nos. 1 et 2), Jeffrey/Ryan (Tripple Witching), Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (Koncertstuke, no.1, op.113), Ludvig van Beethoven (Trio, op.11) and the Trio’s namesake Robert Muczynski (Fantasy Trio, op.26).

Tickets are $3. Call the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library at 514-485-6900 for details

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For more information, contact: Mona Turner, 514-485-6926, mturner@cotesaintluc.org
                 

Côte Saint-Luc and Neighbourhood Police Station 9 to launch week-long school zone safety blitz

Côte Saint-Luc, January 15, 2008 – The City of Côte Saint-Luc and the Neighbourhood Police Station (NPS) 9 will launch a week-long school zone safety blitz from January 21 to 25.

Constables from Côte Saint-Luc Public Security and police officers from NPS 9 will patrol the school zones at every school in Côte Saint-Luc during the morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up.

“The goal of this week-long blitz is to make drivers and parents more aware of the school zone by-laws, which exist to protect our children,” said Councillor Glenn J. Nashen, who is responsible for public safety. “There will be zero-tolerance for any violations to these safety rules. We are serious about school zone safety year round it is helpful to focus our attention in a coordinated effort with all services from time to time.”

Public Security and police officers will enforce by-laws related to school zone and road safety, such as prohibitions against stopping or parking one’s car in a crosswalk, double-parking, driving faster than 30 km/h and U-turns. In addition, motorists will be reminded they are obliged to stop for pedestrians in a crosswalk.

“We will be enforcing speed zone regulations and other rules related to moving vehicles,” said Constable Vincent De Angelis of NPS 9. “Pedestrians have a 90 percent chance of surviving car crashes at 30 km/h or below, but less than a 50 percent chance of surviving impacts at 45 km/h or above. Respecting the speed limit—especially in school zones—can make the difference between life and death.”

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

Côte Saint-Luc City Council meetings to take place January 14 and 28

Côte Saint-Luc, January 14, 2008 – The Côte Saint-Luc City Council calendar for the month of January encompasses a special meeting taking place on January 14, 2008 and a regular meeting taking place on January 28, 2008. Both meetings will be held at the Côte Saint-Luc City Hall (5801 Cavendish Blvd.) at 8pm.

Although a regular meeting was originally scheduled for January 21, the city has decided to hold two meetings during the month in order to allow it to adopt oppositions to certain agglomeration bylaws within the required legal deadlines.

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

Côte Saint-Luc asks Canadians to remember Raoul Wallenberg

Côte Saint-Luc, January 11, 2008 – The City of Côte Saint-Luc urges Canadians to honour Raoul Wallenberg Commemorative Day on Thursday, January 17 by reflecting on those who have promoted human rights and saved lives.

The City of Côte Saint-Luc dedicated a street in honour of Wallenberg on May 8, 1983 and unveiled a plaque honouring him on its Human Rights Walkway on September 12, 2001. In 1985, in recognition of his humanitarian deeds, Canada declared Raoul Wallenberg its first honorary Canadian citizen and declared that January 17 of each year will be known as Raoul Wallenberg Commemorative Day

“Côte Saint-Luc has been a leader on human rights issues and encourages other cities and towns across the island of Montreal, Quebec and Canada to join us by honouring people who have held high the torch of human rights,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “Raoul Wallenberg is a true hero and our community is proud to have honoured him and others like him.”

The City of Côte Saint-Luc unveiled plaques on Human Rights Walkway in 2000, 2001 and 2007 for René Cassin, John P. Humphrey, Raoul Wallenberg, Jules Deschênes, Maxwell Cohen, Mary Two-Axe Early, and Helen Suzman. The Human Rights Walkway is located at Pierre Elliott Trudeau Park (6975 Mackle Rd.).

Wallenberg was born in 1912 into a prominent Swedish family. In July 1944, Wallenberg was sent by the Swedish foreign ministry on a rescue mission to Budapest, Hungary to distribute Swedish certificates of protection to Jews with some connection to Sweden. Wallenberg applied pressure on the Hungarian government and gained friends and assistants for his work.

When the pro-Nazi Arrow Cross party seized power in Hungary in October 1944, Wallenberg initiated the establishment of an international ghetto for 33,000 Jews who lived in homes under the protection of flags of neutral countries. In November 1944, thousands of Budapest Jews were forced to march to the Austrian border. Wallenberg followed them with a convoy of trucks carrying food, clothing and medicine for the marchers.

Following the war, he was taken prisoner by the Soviet Union and disappeared. Several years later, the Soviets acknowledged that Wallenberg had been taken to labour camp where, they claim, he died of a heart attack on July 17, 1947.

To learn more about past honourees on the Côte Saint-Luc Human Rights Walkway, visit www.CoteSaintLuc.org/en/Walkway.

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

Côte Saint-Luc launches pothole report form on website

Côte Saint-Luc, January 10, 2008 – Côte Saint-Luc launched a new online service for motorists to inform the city about potholes, and problems related to sidewalks, traffic lights, road signs or other road issues.

A Report-a-Pothole web form asks visitors to list where they spotted the problem and other pertinent details. Once completed, the form is sent directly to the Côte Saint-Luc Public Works Department, which is responsible for most of the 61.7 km of roads in Côte Saint-Luc. This new tool is another way the City of Côte Saint-Luc strives to use new technology to help improve services.

“The January thaw helped create several potholes on our streets,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “Our crews are always on the lookout for potholes and quickly fixed the ones they spotted. However it helps to have residents tell us about potholes they spotted on their drive to work or when they dropped the kids off at school.”

The Report-a-Pothole web form is available at www.CoteSaintLuc.org/en/ReportPotHole . Motorists can also call 514-485-6868 to report a pothole by telephone.

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

Photographer Elena Willis will speak in Côte Saint-Luc on Sunday, January 13

Côte Saint-Luc, January 7, 2008 – The City of Côte Saint-Luc is pleased to present an art talk with photographer Elena Willis on Sunday, January 13 at 2pm at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library (5851 Cavendish Blvd.).  

Willis’ work is on exhibit in the library’s art gallery from January 10 to February 10. Simply titled “Photographic Works”, the exhibit is a collection of surreal images that explore the symbolic nature of dreams. According to Willis, the focus of her photographic work is to explore these dream-like images and their rich symbolism.

“The importance of the arts to the residents of Côte Saint-Luc has long been apparent,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “We continue to exhibit high quality work by internationally recognized artists.”

Willis has exhibited her work in both solo and group exhibits in Montreal, Toronto and Nice, France. She will be exhibiting her work in New York for the first time at the Eli Klein Fine Arts Gallery beginning this month. She is also is the recent recipient of a Type B grant from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and will be continuing her photographic work during an artist residency in Paris, France from January 20 to April 20, 2008.    

Admission is free. Call the library at 514-485-6900 for details.

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For more information, contact: Mona Turner, 514-485-6926, mturner@cotesaintluc.org

Côte Saint-Luc passes budget with average tax increase less than the rate of inflation

Côte Saint-Luc, December 18, 2007 – The Côte Saint-Luc City Council last evening adopted its 2008 local municipal budget of $30.05 million, while keeping average residential property tax increase below the rate of inflation.

The budget provides for minimal property tax increases for the average residential taxpayer, with the average increase being below the rate of inflation. The owner of a single-family home whose property valuation increased at the average rate of 36 percent will pay 1.69 percent more in local property taxes than he or she did in 2007. Other individual tax accounts may be lower or higher, depending on the variation of their assessment in the four-year property valuation assessment roll, which increased the valuation of some properties more than others.

“The council has once again demonstrated it treats residents as shareholders by passing a balanced budget while keeping the average residential tax increases below the rate of inflation,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “Our council continues to make best efforts to apply best business practices to our finances, while striving to maintain the best possible services for our residents.”

The council and management team implemented a strict budgetary process used in the private sector. Instead of using last year’s budget as a base and adding to it, a form of zero-based budgeting was used where every department function was reviewed comprehensively and all expenditures had to be justified.

“In Côte Saint-Luc, we did our best to keep the residential tax increase to a minimum and below the rate of inflation, as opposed to the Montreal agglomeration where the increase to the same tax payer will be double,” said Councillor Dida Berku, who is responsible for finances on council.

Revenues
To help minimize the impact of property valuation increases greater than the Côte Saint-Luc average of 36 percent, the City of Côte Saint-Luc has reduced the tax rate (also called the “mill rate”) on all properties, and staggered the valuation increases over four years.

The City of Côte Saint-Luc has merged its two water taxes into one special reserve fund. The taxes raised will be used to pay engineering consulting firm Dessau Inc. for the maintenance and improvement of the Côte Saint-Luc water infrastructure, to buy water from the City of Montreal and to pay down the debt owed to the City of Montreal for the purchase the water distribution network in the territory of Côte Saint-Luc. Similar to municipal taxes, the water tax is also based on the taxable valuation of residential and non-residential properties.
 
Operating expenses
The City of Côte Saint-Luc kept increases in operating expenses to a minimum by trimming the budgets of all departments in a way that will not affect the services residents expect. This was achieved by a judicious review of all expenses and finding new and less costly ways to achieve excellent services to residents.

The largest increase in expenses is related to the ongoing rise in energy costs, including fuel and electricity. During the course of the 2008 fiscal year, the City of Côte Saint-Luc will investigate ways to be more energy efficient and ultimately save money in this area in future years.

The recycling budget has also been increased to fulfill the city’s commitment to have recycling in all apartment buildings and condominiums in 2008. In addition, due to the successful implementation of organic waste collection in 2007, a budget was created to extend the program to all single family homes in 2008.

The water infrastructure budget has also risen slightly because Côte Saint-Luc has once again identified water testing and infrastructure improvements as a priority.

Capital expenditures budget
Just as the expense budget allows short-term planning and control of current operating needs, the capital expenditures budget is a tool to aid long-term planning and control of long-range and capital needs, such as:

  • Road and sidewalk replacement
  • Sewer replacement and repairs
  • Repairs to municipal buildings
  • Upgrades and improvements to parks, pools and equipment
  • Upgrades to the ambulance fleet of Côte Saint-Luc Emergency Medical Services and purchase of defibrillators
  • Replacement and upgrade of municipal vehicles and technology equipment

The three-year capital expenditures budget is $5.61 million in 2008, $12.98 million in 2009 and $5.68 million in 2010. The City of Côte Saint-Luc will continue to maximize the use of grants that are available for capital expenditures such as the Gas Tax Fund, F.I.M.R. and sports/recreation grants from the Ministry of Education, Leisure and Sports.

About the tax bills
Residents of the City of Côte Saint-Luc will receive two municipal tax bills in January 2008—one from the City of Côte Saint-Luc and another from the island-wide Montreal Agglomeration Council. The City of Côte Saint-Luc municipal tax bill is due in two installments: March 3 and June 2, 2008.

The City of Côte Saint-Luc tax bill pays for the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library, parks and recreation activities, road repairs, garbage collection, recycling, organic waste collection and other local services. The island-wide tax bill pays for Montreal island services such as police, fire prevention and public transit.

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

The Three Sopranos will perform in Côte Saint-Luc on Thursday, December 6

Côte Saint-Luc, December 3, 2007 – The City of Côte Saint-Luc is pleased to present the Atelier lyrique de l'opéra de Montréal in a concert entitled The Three Sopranos, on Thursday, December 6 at 7:30 pm at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library (5851 Cavendish Blvd.).  

In the same vein as the celebrated Three Tenors, this rare performance promises to be a dynamic and humorous evening with sopranos Leticia Brewer, Caroline Bleau, Marianne Lambert and their chevaliers servants.

“Côte Saint-Luc is able to draw first-rate musicians to perform in our community because of the positive response from our residents to such events,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “We have hosted several superb concerns in 2007 as part of our ongoing effort to make our city a centre of culture on the island.”

Since 1984 L'Atelier lyrique de l’Opéra has offered young professional opera singers throughout Canada a program of high caliber training and career development activities, and has served as a launching pad for numerous musical careers. This concert will highlight the exceptional talents of the Three Sopranos as performing artists from this prestigious program.      

The concert will feature the following artists: Leticia Brewer, soprano; Caroline Bleau, soprano; Marianne Lambert, soprano; Pierre-Étienne Bergeron, baritone; Antoine Bélanger, tenor; Claude Webster, piano. The program with include music from Rossini, Cantalini, Bizet, Gounod, Massenet, Délibes, Lehar, Strauss and Puccini.

Tickets cost $3 and are on sale at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library. Call the library at 514-485-6900 for details.   

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For more information, contact: Mona Turner, 514-485-6926, mturner@cotesaintluc.org

                

                 

Côte Saint-Luc Senior Men’s Social Club to serve homeless Montrealers at Old Brewery Mission on December 6, 2007

Côte Saint-Luc, November 27, 2007 – The Côte Saint-Luc Senior Men’s Social Club will again be serving homeless Montrealers at the Old Brewery Mission on December 6 at 4:30pm.

“The Côte Saint-Luc Senior Men’s Social Club is a wonderful example of the spirit of volunteerism in our community,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “Whether it be our EMS service, our Volunteer Citizens on Patrol or the residents who coach hockey or bring books to shut-ins, Côte Saint-Luc is a leader in community involvement.”

Sam Goldbloom, the Côte Saint-Luc councillor responsible for the seniors portfolio, says this annual activity demonstrates how seniors in Côte Saint-Luc are a vital resource for the community.

“We are proud of the Côte Saint-Luc Senior Men’s Social Club,” said Councillor Goldbloom. “They have a wealth of experience and a desire to do good things for others in the community. They are an invaluable resource.”

The Old Brewery Mission is located at 915 Clarke St. in Montreal. People can donate by telephone at 514-788-1884 ext. 21 or online at www.oldbrewerymission.ca.

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

Laurent Borrego from Librairie Monet will speak in Côte Saint-Luc on Thursday, November 29

Côte Saint-Luc, November 23, 2007 – The City of Côte Saint-Luc is pleased to present a Soirée littéraire in collaboration with Librairie Monet on Thursday, November 29 at 7pm at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library (5851 Cavendish Blvd.).

The Soirée littéraire is part of an expanded French language program at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library. In the same vein as the Salon du Livre, this literary event will be opportunity for guests to listen and learn about the latest must-reads.

Laurent Borrego from Librairie Monet is an expert in the French literary field. He will help francophone readers plan their reading season with not to be missed new releases. Guests are invited to sit back, enjoy some tasty treats, have a drink and discuss their favourites with other guests as well. To participate, individuals are asked to R.S.V.P. at 514-485-6926.

Admission is free. Call the library at 514-485-6900 for details or 514-485-6926 to R.S.V.P.

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For more information, contact: Mona Turner, 514-485-6926, mturner@cotesaintluc.org

Côte Saint-Luc to announce winners of 2007 Maison Fleuries garden beautification contest this evening at 8pm

Côte Saint-Luc, November 5, 2007 – Residents of Côte Saint-Luc will be
honoured this evening at 8pm the Côte Saint-Luc City Hall (5801
Cavendish Blvd.) at the annual Maison Fleuries award ceremony, which
honours residents who beautify their gardens.

WHAT: Maison Fleuries awards presentation

WHERE: Côte Saint-Luc City Hall, 5801 Cavendish Blvd., Côte Saint-Luc, Quebec

WHEN: Monday, November 5, 2007 at 8pm

“As the mayor and a resident of Côte Saint-Luc, I am proud to see such
beautiful gardens in our community,“ Mayor Anthony Housefather said.
“Those who carefully tend to their lawns, gardens and flower beds
enhance the beauty of our city and enhance everyone’s appreciation for
our all-too-short summer months.”

Awards will be presented to residents in the following categories:
single-family home, duplex or townhouse. All apartment buildings,
commercial establishments and public buildings were automatically
entered in the contest. Each of the eight city districts will have a
winner in each category. Judges assessed front gardens according to the
cleanliness of the property, the appearance of plants and flowers and
general landscaping.

The Maison Fleuries contest is chaired by Harold Greenspon and Councillor Allan J. Levine.

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

Côte Saint-Luc celebrates Public Libraries Week with book discussions, lectures and more

Côte Saint-Luc, October 17, 2007 – Residents of Côte Saint-Luc can enjoy puppet shows, book and movie discussions, storytelling, and lectures from October 21 to 28 at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library (5851 Cavendish Blvd.) as part of the 9th annual Public Libraries Week.

“We are happy to showcase our wonderful library again this year during Public Libraries Week in Quebec,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “We have attracted more than 2,600 new members since January 2006. I invite all residents to take part in the events and enjoy this valuable community resource.”

On Sunday, October 21, at 1pm, the children’s library will hold an open house with guided tours and a “bookmaking” project. At 3pm, puppeteer Jacques Boutin will perform “Verrula”, the story of a little witch’s struggle to be good all the time. Tickets for the puppet show are $2.

On Monday, October 22 at 7:30pm in the library’s fireplace lounge, Melanie Ray from Vancouver will tell the epic romance, Tristan and Iseult. The event is co-sponsored by the Quebec Intercultural Storytelling Festival. Tickets are $3. Spaces are limited.

On Tuesday, October 23, at 10:30, librarians will talk about the books they love during the Passion for Books event. The library will be also launching a book club kits service. Admission is free.

On Wednesday, October 24 at 7pm, the audiovisual staff welcomes you to share their passion for movies. Staff will discuss their favorites and show clips of the best scenes. Admission is free.

On Thursday, October 24, the library director, Tanya Abramovitch, will don her witch’s robes and tell some scary tales at 6:30pm in the children’s library. Children age 7 and older are invited to get scared. Admission is free.

On Friday, October 25, at 2pm, historian Neil Cameron will lecture on the role of money, myths and machinery in forming the modern world. Tickets are $5 at the door.

On Sunday, October 28, at 2pm, author Monique Polak will discuss her work in progress, a memoir based on her mother’s experience at the Theresienstadt concentration camp. This event is part of the Holocaust Education series, in partnership with the Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre.

“Our librarian, Tanya Abramovitch, and her staff make our library a special, welcoming place for our residents,” said Councillor Steven Erdelyi, the council member responsible for the library. “I encourage even more Côte Saint-Luc residents to become members of the library.”

The Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library is 23,000 square feet and home to 200,000 books, VHS tapes, DVDs, audiobooks and periodicals. More than 505,000 items circulate each year, including an average of 1,100 items checked out each day. Visit www.elcslpl.org or call 514-485-6900 to learn more about the planned events or how to become a member.

The theme of Public Libraries Week in Quebec is “In action, for you!” Quebec's public libraries employ 3,161 permanent staff, including 390 librarians, and rely on more than 10,200 volunteers. Visit www.bpq.org/semaine to learn what other libraries in Quebec are doing.

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For more information, contact: Mona Turner, 514-485-6926, mturner@cotesaintluc.org

Côte Saint-Luc celebrates Public Libraries Week with book discussions, lectures and more

Côte Saint-Luc, October 17, 2007 – Residents of Côte Saint-Luc can enjoy puppet shows, book and movie discussions, storytelling, and lectures from October 21 to 28 at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library (5851 Cavendish Blvd.) as part of the 9th annual Public Libraries Week.

“We are happy to showcase our wonderful library again this year during Public Libraries Week in Quebec,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “We have attracted more than 2,600 new members since January 2006. I invite all residents to take part in the events and enjoy this valuable community resource.”

On Sunday, October 21, at 1pm, the children’s library will hold an open house with guided tours and a “bookmaking” project. At 3pm, puppeteer Jacques Boutin will perform “Verrula”, the story of a little witch’s struggle to be good all the time. Tickets for the puppet show are $2.

On Monday, October 22 at 7:30pm in the library’s fireplace lounge, Melanie Ray from Vancouver will tell the epic romance, Tristan and Iseult. The event is co-sponsored by the Quebec Intercultural Storytelling Festival. Tickets are $3. Spaces are limited.

On Tuesday, October 23, at 10:30, librarians will talk about the books they love during the Passion for Books event. The library will be also launching a book club kits service. Admission is free.

On Wednesday, October 24 at 7pm, the audiovisual staff welcomes you to share their passion for movies. Staff will discuss their favorites and show clips of the best scenes. Admission is free.

On Thursday, October 24, the library director, Tanya Abramovitch, will don her witch’s robes and tell some scary tales at 6:30pm in the children’s library. Children age 7 and older are invited to get scared. Admission is free.

On Friday, October 25, at 2pm, historian Neil Cameron will lecture on the role of money, myths and machinery in forming the modern world. Tickets are $5 at the door.

On Sunday, October 28, at 2pm, author Monique Polak will discuss her work in progress, a memoir based on her mother’s experience at the Theresienstadt concentration camp. This event is part of the Holocaust Education series, in partnership with the Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre.

“Our librarian, Tanya Abramovitch, and her staff make our library a special, welcoming place for our residents,” said Councillor Steven Erdelyi, the council member responsible for the library. “I encourage even more Côte Saint-Luc residents to become members of the library.”

The Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library is 23,000 square feet and home to 200,000 books, VHS tapes, DVDs, audiobooks and periodicals. More than 505,000 items circulate each year, including an average of 1,100 items checked out each day. Visit www.elcslpl.org or call 514-485-6900 to learn more about the planned events or how to become a member.

The theme of Public Libraries Week in Quebec is “In action, for you!” Quebec's public libraries employ 3,161 permanent staff, including 390 librarians, and rely on more than 10,200 volunteers. Visit www.bpq.org/semaine to learn what other libraries in Quebec are doing.

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For more information, contact: Mona Turner, 514-485-6926, mturner@cotesaintluc.org

Côte Saint-Luc celebrates Public Libraries Week with book discussions, lectures and more

Côte Saint-Luc, October 17, 2007 – Residents of Côte Saint-Luc can enjoy puppet shows, book and movie discussions, storytelling, and lectures from October 21 to 28 at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library (5851 Cavendish Blvd.) as part of the 9th annual Public Libraries Week.

“We are happy to showcase our wonderful library again this year during Public Libraries Week in Quebec,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “We have attracted more than 2,600 new members since January 2006. I invite all residents to take part in the events and enjoy this valuable community resource.”

On Sunday, October 21, at 1pm, the children’s library will hold an open house with guided tours and a “bookmaking” project. At 3pm, puppeteer Jacques Boutin will perform “Verrula”, the story of a little witch’s struggle to be good all the time. Tickets for the puppet show are $2.

On Monday, October 22 at 7:30pm in the library’s fireplace lounge, Melanie Ray from Vancouver will tell the epic romance, Tristan and Iseult. The event is co-sponsored by the Quebec Intercultural Storytelling Festival. Tickets are $3. Spaces are limited.

On Tuesday, October 23, at 10:30, librarians will talk about the books they love during the Passion for Books event. The library will be also launching a book club kits service. Admission is free.

On Wednesday, October 24 at 7pm, the audiovisual staff welcomes you to share their passion for movies. Staff will discuss their favorites and show clips of the best scenes. Admission is free.

On Thursday, October 24, the library director, Tanya Abramovitch, will don her witch’s robes and tell some scary tales at 6:30pm in the children’s library. Children age 7 and older are invited to get scared. Admission is free.

On Friday, October 25, at 2pm, historian Neil Cameron will lecture on the role of money, myths and machinery in forming the modern world. Tickets are $5 at the door.

On Sunday, October 28, at 2pm, author Monique Polak will discuss her work in progress, a memoir based on her mother’s experience at the Theresienstadt concentration camp. This event is part of the Holocaust Education series, in partnership with the Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre.

“Our librarian, Tanya Abramovitch, and her staff make our library a special, welcoming place for our residents,” said Councillor Steven Erdelyi, the council member responsible for the library. “I encourage even more Côte Saint-Luc residents to become members of the library.”

The Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library is 23,000 square feet and home to 200,000 books, VHS tapes, DVDs, audiobooks and periodicals. More than 505,000 items circulate each year, including an average of 1,100 items checked out each day. Visit www.elcslpl.org or call 514-485-6900 to learn more about the planned events or how to become a member.

The theme of Public Libraries Week in Quebec is “In action, for you!” Quebec's public libraries employ 3,161 permanent staff, including 390 librarians, and rely on more than 10,200 volunteers. Visit www.bpq.org/semaine to learn what other libraries in Quebec are doing.

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For more information, contact: Mona Turner, 514-485-6926, mturner@cotesaintluc.org