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What's New?

2022 Report to Donors

September 8th 2022

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Curious to know what we've been up to these past 12 months? Read all about it in our report to donors for 2022. 

THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts to every one of our donors, partners and friends who have allowed us to keep offering children quality services, and occasions to learn and to wonder. 

Indigenous History Month

June 17, 2022

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Did you know? Thuesday the 21th of june is the national day of Indigenous Peoples. Actually, June is the Indigenous History month. So, we put out the books of Indigenous autors of our collection and put it in display, so that you can come and read them, or take them home with you.

Summer Reading Club

June 11, 2022

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The Summer Reading Club is back!  This year, the chosen theme is the world of video games! 

Come read and participate to our club activities! You will accumulate EXP points that will allow you to participate in the end of summer draw and win some prices. 

Don't forget to register ! 

Reading in the Park

June 11, 2022

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Reading in the Park is back this summer! Come join us in the René-Goupil park on tuesday and thursday mornings. Our librarians and assistant-librarians have prepared awesome activities and books will be available for some reading.   

For 0-17 year olds and their parents

** Please note that Reading in the Park will be cancelled on raining days. 

Sparks - spring season

March 29, 2022

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Looking for an activity you can participate in with your children ages 0-5? Join us at the library on Saturdays from 10 to 11am or downtown on Sundays from 10 to 11am to enjoy a morning of songs, stories and games! Our spring session for Sparks will be held from April 9 to June 4 at the library, and from April 3 to June 5 downtown. Registration is required.

Report to donors 2021

September 13, 2021

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Curious of what we did in the last 12 months? Check our report to donors 2021 for a small glimpse. 

A big THANK YOU to all our donors, friends, and partners that make it possible for the library to continue offering quality services and programs to children, teens, and their families.

2021 Annual General Meeting

March 02, 2021

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You are invited to our 2021 Annual General Meeting Wednesday, March 31st at 7:00 pm via Zoom. Please see the attached agenda.

Donor Impact Report

September 28, 2020

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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!

We are back!

July 09, 2020

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Dear friends of the MCL,

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

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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

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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

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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.

Tune into CBC Montreal next week!

November 29, 2019

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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
-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
Let’s Go
-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
Sunday Dec 8, 2019

Thank you CBC Montreal!

90th Anniversary

August 26, 2019

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Join us to celebrate our 90th anniversary. Come visit us at the library on Saturday 5th of October from 1pm to 4pm.

There will be fun activities, snacks, and surprise bags! RSVP at or (514) 276-7309.

Setting The Table For Literacy

May 16, 2019

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Join us for our elegant High Tea Fundraiser Saturday, June 8 at 2pm. The event will be hosted by Hainya Wiseman and her formidable collection of table settings will be on display! 

Purchase your tickets online or pay cash or cheque by reserving your spot today at 514-707-8577.

Great Board Director(s) Wanted

April 30, 2019

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Great Board Director(s) Wanted...  Build your leadership skills and professional network while working to improve the lives of children and families in Montreal.


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

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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!

Wine tasting fundraiser

March 26, 2019

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Join us Thursday, March 28, at 7pm for our Wine Tasting Fundraiser. Taste some delicious wine and support a great cause!

Buy tickets online or contact Alyssa Wiseman at

Join us for the Scotiabank Charity Challenge

March 29, 2018

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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. 

Wine Tasting Fundraise

February 05, 2018

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Join us for our Wine Tasting Fundraiser Thursday, March 1 at 6pm. Come sample some delicious wines with friends while supporting a great cause.


Purchase your tickets online or pay cash or cheque by reserving your spot today at

Candace Blake Amarante's book dedicated to the library

January 26, 2018

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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.

Thank you Candace and Green Bamboo Publishing!

Video about the library

November 16, 2017

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We have a wonderful video about the library. Were you ever curious about the library and what happens there? Check it out!

Pool tournament fundraiser

October 26, 2017

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It’s time again for our Pool Tournament Fundraiser! Join us on Thursday November 30th, at 6pm at Forum Sports Bar (2313 St. Catherine Street West).  


Come out to have fun and support a great cause. Reserve your spot today: or 514-919-0916. The tickets cost 25$ per player.  

The Montreal Children's Library ''Pays it Forward'' to Innovation Youth

October 11, 2017

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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

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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  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

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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

Wine Tasting

April 12, 2017

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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!

Annual General Meeting cancelled

March 14, 2017

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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

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"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

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Seven amazing things that the Montreal Children's Library has accomplished thanks to you.

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