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Donor Impact Report

September 28, 2020

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're back!

July 09, 2020

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 https://buff.ly/2yupyQO ).


Don't hesitate to contact us at 514-276-7309 or info@mcl-bjm.ca 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

Zoom Goose Summer Pop Ups

July 01, 2020

Join us in July at 10:00 Tuesday(English), Wednesday (French) , and Thursday(Bi-lingual)  from July 7th to July 30th.  

Relax and enjoy happy summer tales, tunes and rhymes with Desrean, Gabrielle, Robin and

We look forward to seeing you and your little ones.

To participate in a session, please contact us via  emailrsales@gmail.com


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. 

Pick your Zoom Goose session!

January 01, 2020


Thank you for your interest in the Spring session of the Parent child Mother goose program.  We are thrilled that you would like to join us and test Zoom Goose, the  new online option with us.   

There will be five sessions offered weekly, and if you are returning we recommend you attend the group you usually attend.  If you are new, you may want to choose one based on language . Click on the button for more information on how to register. 

All the best, 

The Mother Goose Team

Happy Easter!

April 08, 2020

Hi little bunnies! 🐇 🥕

Here are some ideas for a fun Easter day with the family. Watch our social media in the following days for easy (and cute) Easter themed crafts. 🥚🐰

Survey about online activities

April 03, 2020



In these difficult times, the Montreal Children's Library is unfortunately closed for an indefinite period of time, but we want to continue to offer online services and activities.


For this reason, we would be extremely grateful if you would take the time to answer this very short survey (1 minute... Maybe 2 minutes!), which will also allow you to receive, if you accept, information about our services and activities.

While waiting to see you in person, the whole library team sends you positive vibes!

Tips and tricks on managing anxiety

March 25, 2020

Feeling stressed? 😫

Check  out our tips and tricks on managing anxiety 🌸☕️📘

Reliable sources of information - COVID-19

March 24, 2020

With everything that is happening right now with the COVID-19 it is important to find reliable sources of information and to avoid panic.


Check our infographic for reliable sources and sites of information.

All the best,
The Montreal Children’s Library team

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 info@mcl-bjm.ca 

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 info@mcl-bjm.ca, or by calling (514)276-7309.

Santa’s workshop

December 03, 2019

It is the time of the year again for our awesome Santa’s workshop!

Join us on Thursday 12th of December from 4pm to 6pm to spend time with our team of Christmas elves!

Call us at (514) 276-7309, or come to the library to register!

Tune into CBC Montreal next week!

November 29, 2019

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

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 info@mcl-bjm.ca or (514) 276-7309.

Setting The Table For Literacy

May 16, 2019

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

​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 a.fritz@mcl-bjm.ca 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!

Wine tasting fundraiser

March 26, 2019

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 a.wiseman@mcl-bjm.ca.

Santa's Workshop is back!

December 13, 2018

Santa's Workshop is back! Join us for games, prizes, and activities Thursday 20th of December from 4:00pm to 6:00pm. 

Register at the library or call us at (514) 276-7309.

Comics month

May 03, 2018

This month is the Comics month at the library! Come join us each Tuesday from 4pm to 5:30pm and participate in a fun activity.

Video game tournament

April 17, 2018

It's time again for our video game tournament. The game will be Fifa World Cup, and the tournament will take Friday 20th, Tuesday 24th and Friday 27th from 4pm to 5:30pm.


Join us and play a match against your friends! Register at the library, or call us at (514) 276-7309.

Join us for the Scotiabank Charity Challenge

March 29, 2018

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. 

March Break

March 05, 2018

Here is our schedule for the March Break. Come visit us for some fun activities!

Wine Tasting Fundraise

February 05, 2018

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 a.fritz@mcl-bjm.ca.

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.

Thank you Candace and Green Bamboo Publishing!

Santa's Workshop

December 15, 2017

The shortest day of the year will also be the coolest! Come visit us at Santa's Workshop the 21st of December from 4:30 to 6:30pm.


Register at the library or call us at (514) 276-7309.

Anime night

December 05, 2017

Join us this Friday 8th December from 6pm to 7pm  for our first anime series night. We will discover different Japanese series while eating popcorn!

Register at the library or call us at (514) 276-7309.

Video game tournament

November 28, 2017

It's time for the last video game tournament of the year. The game this time is FIFA - World Cup, and the tournament will take place on three days: Thursday 30th of November, Friday 1st and Thursday 7th of December from 4pm to 5:30.

Join us for a fun night, and to play a few matches with friends. Call (514) 276-7309 or come to the library to register.


Video about the library

November 16, 2017

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

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: a.fritz@mcl-bjm.ca or 514-919-0916. The tickets cost 25$ per player.  

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: www.innovationjeunes.ca

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

Second video game tournament

October 02, 2017

It is time for our second gaming tournament! The video game this time is Marvel vs Capcom, and it will take place Thursday 5th, Friday 6th, and Friday 13th of October, from 4pm to 5:30pm.


There are limited places. You can register by calling us at (514) 276-7309, or by coming to the library.

The chess tournament is here!

September 18, 2017

It is time again for the chess tournament! Come test your strategic game against your opponents starting this week. This is a four day event: Wednesday the 20th, Thursday the 21st, Monday the 25th, Wednesday the 27th, from 4 to 5:30pm.

You can subscribe at the library the first day of the event on Wednesday the 20th.


Library closed on Wednesday 9th and Thursday 10th

August 07, 2017

Due to the escape the room activity, the library will be closed on Wednesday 9th and Thursday 10th.


Please call the library at 514 276-7309 or send us a message at info@mcl-bjm.ca if you would like to register your child.

Escape the Room game: the 4 elements vs the Wendigo.

August 07, 2017

 Register your child for our next escape the room game, taking place Wednesday August 9th from 4:30pm to 5:15pm.


Will you be able to solve the puzzles to stop the Wendigo, or will you be its next victim?


You can call the library at 514 276-7309 or send us a message at info@mcl-bjm.ca.

Reading Club

June 02, 2017

Join us this summer for the reading club. Many activities planned!

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


Wine Tasting

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 a.fritz@mcl-bjm.ca

Thank you for your generous sponsorship Dale Carnegie!

Annual General Meeting cancelled

March 14, 2017

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.

Escape the Room

February 10, 2017

Tuesday the 14th of February we will hold another Escape the Room in the library for children between 9 and 14 years old, and their parents. The game will be 45 minutes long, and will be offered at three time periods: 3:45pm, 4:30pm, and 5:15pm. Only one question remains: will you be able to solve all the enigmas in time and escape from the dungeon?


Register quickly (514 276 7309), there are limited spaces.

Seven Amazing Things

December 12, 2016

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

Craft Activity at Vega

September 16, 2016

Great news! We are holding a craft activity Friday the 23rd from 4:00-5:00pm at the Vega Branch. We will be creating a fall-themed craft. Come join us!

Download our Free Activity Book

August 16, 2016

Download our free activity book and meet Luno and Luno, our friends from out of space!
It includes a labyrinth, a comic strip and colouring pages

We hope you enjoy it!

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