The past twelve months have been busy ones for the Montreal Children’s Library – and we have our generous donors to thank for making it all happen. The Library relies on your donations for more than 80% of our annual funding – it’s essential for EVERYTHING we do!
Here are just a few highlights from the past year, made possible thanks to you!
After 3 months of closure, we are happy to announce that the library is open again!
For the moment, we offer book loans and activities to go! Kids will be able to use the computers as of July 21st, and we are continuing our online activities (here ).
Don't hesitate to contact us at 514-276-7309 or for any questions or to reserve books!
Thank you for your trust, take care of yourselves, and we look forward to seeing you again! ❤️
The Montreal Children's Library Team
New online activities website
May 04, 2020
Good day to all of you!
We have a new website for online activities (youppi!). We will release content each day of the week. Join us to discover activity videos, interesting resources to have fun with the family, virtual tours, and online activities.
Don't hesitate to share your comments, suggestions and more! The activities are for you and your children, so your opinion is very important to us.
It's new for us to do activities online, and we'd love your feedback to help us improve :)
You can also subscribe to receive news about online activities.
On behalf of the whole team at the MCL, I wish you good luck, and we can't wait to see you again! Thank you for trusting us.
Montreal Children’s Library closed
March 12, 2020
Dear friends of the MCL,
Please note that the Montreal Children’s Library will be closed until further notice, and its outreach programs (Parent Child Mother Goose Program) will also be suspended for that period.
We are taking the necessary measures to control the risk of spreading the coronavirus (COVID-19). We take the health and safety of the children and their families very seriously, as it is the case for our staff, interns and volunteers. We will reevaluate the situation prior to March 29th to decide if the closure is extended or not. For emergencies, please contact us at
Thank you for your understanding, and we look forward to seeing you again!
Annual General Meeting 2020
March 05, 2020
Interested in what the library has done in 2019 and our plans for 2020? You are invited to our Annual General Meeting 2020 Wednesday, March 18th at 6:30pm.
Reserve your spot at , or by calling (514)276-7309.
Starting this Sunday, December 1, for one-week CBC will cover stories from the Montreal Children’s Library. Curious about our programs, activities, and the people who frequent, volunteer, and work for the library? Following is a list of where, when, and who you can catch talking about the library.
Sunday Dec 1
-- Ads about the library throughout the week
--We have some web stories rolling out Sunday about the library
Monday Dec 2
Daybreak: Morning radio show
Interview with Robin Sales, co-coordinator of Mother Goose Program
TV NEWS at 6PM
-Video of the Christmas Tree decorating
- Interview with Paula Lebrasseur, Head Librarian of the Montreal Children's Library, and Debra Arbec (host in the CBC studio)
Let’s Go: Afternoon radio show
-Interview with Amanda Fritz, board member of the Montreal Children’s Library
Tuesday Dec 3rd, 2019 (TRIVIA NIGHT!)
Radio Noon: noon hour call in show
-Trivia Show with Catriona Moore and David Campeau, supporters of the library, on the library team
Wednesday Dec 4, 2019
TV News at 6PM
-Reporting of the Mother Goose program in Little Burgundy, with an interview with facilitator, Gabrielle Thomas
Daybreak: Morning radio show
-Reporter Shari Okeke is going to tape radio interview at the Chess Club program
-She will interview Maurice Dias, Paula Lebrasseur and some children who frequent the library
Thursday Dec 5, 2019
-Live Hit from Cooking class at the library with an interview with Paula Lebrasseur
Radio Noon: noon radio call-in show
-Literacy interview with Paula Lebrasseur and Gabrielle Thomas
Our Montreal: Weekend TV show
-Taping interview with our volunteer, Angela Sharrock
Friday Dec 6, 2019
Daybreak: Morning radio show
- Reporter Shari Okeke airing her piece on the chess club
Saturday Dec 7, 2019
All In A Weekend: Weekend radio show
-Interview with Daniele Laroche, volunteer
Great Board Director(s) Wanted... Build your leadership skills and professional network while working to improve the lives of children and families in Montreal.
THE MONTREAL CHILDREN'S LIBRARY IS LOOKING FOR CANDIDATES TO JOIN OUR PASSIONATE AND DYNAMIC BOARD OF DIRECTORS!
We're looking for people who are committed to developing their leadership skills and building their professional network with the goal of improving the lives of children and families within the Montreal community. Support is available to prepare your application - contact for more details.
Our priorities for candidates this year are:
Interest in making a difference in the growth and development of children
Fundraising and communications experience
Motivated to develop their leadership competency
Track record of working in a team environment
The Montreal Children’s Library has been chosen as CBC Montreal’s 2019 Charity of the Year!
March 26, 2019
Dear Friends of the MCL,
It is with great excitement and pride that we share some amazing news with you:
The Montreal Children’s Library has been chosen as CBC Montreal’s 2019 Charity of the Year!!!
Our little library is being recognized in a BIG way. As we look towards our 90th anniversary year, the support, visibility and funds that will come as a result of this partnership will be game changing.
Thanks for helping us share this news - and look forward to a year filled with great things, and great stories, from the Library!
On April 21 and 22, 2018, for the sixth consecutive year, the Montreal Children's Library will be participating in the Scotiabank Charity Challenge. Here is a video with our amazing head-librarian explaining the event.
Over the last 5 years, our Bibliorunners' team has raised $58,000 thanks to the generosity of 800 donors. This year, our goal is to raise $15,000. For us to meet this target, we will need 25 participants. Runners, walkers, and parents with strollers are also welcome!
If you wish to participate in this fun experience with a group of inspired people, dedicated to supporting a worthwhile cause, we invite you to register to the event, fundraise on behalf of the library, or donate!
To register to participate in the race you can follow the attached instructions and register here.
You can use the following pins to get a small discount on the registration fees:
21K PIN Code: 18BIBLIO21k
10K PIN Code: 18BIBLIO10k
5K PIN Code: 18BIBLIO5k
To make a donation you can visit the following site.
Candace Blake Amarante's book dedicated to the library
January 26, 2018
Check out Candace Blake Amarante's book "The Pheasant’s Tale... or was it its Tail?". Going beyond a heartfelt dedication to the Montreal Children's Library,Candace, a former volunteer board member, will also, with the collaboration of Green Bamboo Publishing, generously donate 10% of the book’s profits to the library.
The Montreal Children's Library ''Pays it Forward'' to Innovation Youth
October 11, 2017
It is with great enthusiasm and pride that Innovation Youth and the Montreal Children’s Library announce the re-opening of a children and young adult library in the district of Peter-McGill. The Innovation Youth Library will open in September 2017.
For over 80 years, the Montreal Children’s Library served the downtown population of youth and families with its outreach, lending service and creative programming. Sadly, in 2016, the Vega branch of the MCL (formerly Atwater branch) had to close its doors due to a lack of funding, leaving the neighbourhood of Peter-McGill without a dedicated children’s library.
Thanks to the donation of the Vega book collection and to the Direction des Bibliothèques de Montréal, Innovation Youth will offer this vital service once more, building on its years of experience in youth work and community development. Innovation Youth seeks to honour the legacy left by the MCL and to serve families and youth (and the young at heart!) with an updated collection, regular activities and a book drop-off.
Innovation Youth has operated in the Peter-McGill neighbourhood for the past 10 years, offering a community space to families and youth who live or transit the downtown core. They offer food autonomy initiatives, a high school diploma program for youth and young adults, and are the coordinators of Neighbourhood on the Move, the annual summer festival for the families of Peter-McGill.
Updates on the library and opening hours can be found on Innovation Youth’s website:
Parent-Child Mother Goose program collaboration
October 11, 2017
Parent-Child Mother Goose Program
In keeping with its goal of collaborating with other, like-minded organizations and spreading a love of reading and learning to parents and children throughout the Greater Montreal Area, the Montreal Children’s Library (MCL) is proud to announce that the South Shore Reading Council has adopted four of our off-island Parent-Child Mother Goose program sites. (SSRC has now added 2 more sites. Congrats!)
The Montreal Children’s Library and South Shore Reading Council have had a partnership that’s spanned over a decade. It’s a credit to both organizations that the Parent-Child Mother Goose program has not only taken flight, but continues to fly higher and higher.
Moving forward all parents and caregivers who wish to reserve their place at one of the South Shore PCMG classes are asked to visit ssrc.ca. And should you have any questions or wish to receive more information, please do not hesitate to contact Rachel at 450-812-0878.
Join the Montreal Children's Library at the Summit!
May 04, 2017
Timeraiser is a party for social good, supporting artists and nonprofits. Here’s your chance to kickstart your art collection by giving back to your community.
Bid volunteer time, not dollars, for original art by emerging Canadian artists. Bidding starts at 20 hours and maxes out at 150 hours. If a piece you love reaches 150 hours, anyone can match that bid and we’ll draw a winner at random from the max bids once the auction ends.
This event sells out every year. Don’t miss out and get your tickets early!
TimeRaiser 150 Montreal
Sommet de la Place Ville-Marie, Friday, May 12 at 6:00 PM - 11:55 PM
April 12, 2017
Join us for a wine tasting on May 18th at 7pm, at Louis Forget House. Click here to purchase tickets online or for more information. To pay with cheque or cash please reserve with
Thank you for your generous sponsorship Dale Carnegie!
Unfortunately, due to the weather the Annual General Meeting taking place tomorrow, the 15th of March, at 7:00pm is cancelled. We will be sending out an information package out in the next week.
We are sorry for any inconveniences this may cause.
Concert ''Songs and Stories''
March 01, 2017
"Songs and Stories" for child literacy! Enjoy an intimate benefit concert for the Montreal Children's Library at the Upstairs Jazz Bar and Grill, March 22, 7:30 – 10:45 pm. Multilingual singer/songwriter NEeMA is joined by special guests: retro-lounge singer Shy Shy Schullie and storyteller JD Hickey.
Reserve your seat now by calling 514-931-6808. Tickets: $15. Round out the evening by making a dinner reservation at the same time. Nothing beats the combo of good music and good food.
Special thanks to our fundraiser's generous sponsors: Babar Books - Livres Barbar and Mark Yerbury, an honorary board member of the library.
Seven Amazing Things
December 12, 2016
Seven amazing things that the Montreal Children's Library has accomplished thanks to you.