Westmount Here & There
August 27, 2020
A look at events happening in and around Westmount
ATTENTION: Because of COVID-19 many events are cancelled or postponed.
CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE – Activities at Contactivity
Contactivity Centre, 4695 de Maisonneuve W, is a non-profit community centre that provides a welcoming, caring and safe place for autonomous seniors 60+, where a sense of community and social engagement can be fostered. The centre hosts various courses and interest groups that encompass the mind, body and soul.
For information on the Centre’s activities call 514 932-2326 or consult contactivitycentre.org
Image: courtesy of Contactivity Centre
CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE – CENTRE GREENE ACTIVITIES
Centre Greene, 1090 Greene, is host to a wide variety of activities for young and old, including a Caregiver’s Tea, Themed Activity Nights, Drop-in Daycare, After School Program, Kids’ Kitchen, Tumbling Tots Playgroup, Seniors’ Lunches, and more!
For more information, call 514 931-6202 or visit centregreene.org
Image: courtesy of Centre Greene
City of Westmount events
Due to the COVID-19 situation and in order to limit the propagation of the virus, Victoria Hall and the Westmount Public Library are closed for an indefinite period. All events and activities are cancelled or postponed until further notice. Please consult the city’s event calendar for more information.
CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE – Events at Westmount Public Library
4574 Sherbrooke W, Westmount
INDOOR PICK-UP SERVICE
As of July 27, the contactless pickup service moves inside the Library.
Receive an email or phone call when your reservations are ready
No scheduled appointments
2-day pickup window
Enter the Library to pick up items
For details on how this service works, modified opening hours, and conditions & requirements, visit the Library website at westlib.org
Library items can be returned to the book drops at any time.
The Library thanks members for their patience and understanding throughout its gradual reopening. This contactless service is offered with the safety of members and staff at the forefront.
And over at the Atwater Library…
1200 Atwater, Westmount
Information at 514 935-7344.
Image: Frédéric Ryan – Instagram (@feddomtl
PHASE 2 REOPENING IN PLANNING STAGE
The Library is now planning Phase 2 reopening and will make an announcement right after Labour Day.
Before moving to Phase 2, renovations must be completed relating to the elevator-accessibility project and alterations made to meet public health requirements to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
In Phase 2, everyone will have access to the building to use the computer centre and browse the library stacks. Access will be restricted the same as in other public places. There will not be any in-person group classes, workshops or events until Phase 3. Meantime, online offerings will continue.
LIBRARY LOANS PICKUP AT ATWATER ENTRANCE
Pickups at the Atwater Avenue entrance are possible on Tuesdays from 3 pm to 5 pm and Fridays from 3 pm to 5:30 pm.
Materials must be reserved by the day before. The Head Librarian will notify each borrower of the pickup time by email or phone.
The loan period for DVDs and books is now three weeks. The maximum number of DVDs that may be borrowed at once is 5.
SERVICES BY PHONE, EMAIL AND INTERNET
CALLING SENIORS WITH A STORY TO TELL!
The Atwater Library has a new project underway to engage seniors in creatively documenting and sharing accounts of important life experiences. The Library’s tech-savvy team will patiently guide participants in using digital technology for text, still photos, art, audio and video, and will help find ways for them to digitize and preserve old-format content.
The project work is all online because of the pandemic.
Partners in the project include Concordia University’s engAGE and Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling, the Montreal West Public Library and Suoni Per Il Popolo. Individuals or community organizations who wish to get involved or want more information can contact project coordinator Eric Craven at email@example.com
SHORT VIDEOS BY LUNCHTIME SERIES SPEAKERS
Gwendolyn Owens, Director of McGill University’s Visual Arts Collection, comments on Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney’s sculpture at McGill, in the COVID context, as a prelude to a talk she will give at the Library when that is possible.
Author Mark Bourrie in conversation with Margaret Atwood and David Worsley about Bush Runner: The Adventures of Pierre-Esprit Radisson, winner of the 2020 RBC Taylor Prize.
A little movie about DOROTHY WORDSWORTH during our collective time of loneliness by Kathleen Winter, writer and artist.
A brief talk about Shakespeare in the COVID context by Kevin Pask, English Professor, Concordia University.
Mondays from 1 pm to 3 pm by Zoom
Connect Project Internet Peer Café
Join Richard Cassidy and special guests for discussion about using computers, tablets and smartphones. Stay for 20 minutes or the full two hours for sharing and learning.
- How has your use of digital tools progressed during the COVID confinement?
- What creative activities are you doing online?
- Any glitches or frustrations you need help to overcome?
REGISTER in advance with Richard Cassidy, Connect Project Coordinator, and get the Zoom link:
514 935-7344 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Questions about your computer or device? Email email@example.com or phone 514 935-7344 daytime during the week. With funding from the Government of Canada.
YouTube Video Series
With instructor Liz Perrin and Connect Project Coordinator Richard Cassidy.
Episode 1 – Introduction: be in touch, informed and inspired through digital technology.
Episode 2 – eBooks and audiobooks: get started enjoying books on your device — phone, tablet or computer. With step-by-step instructions for borrowing eBooks and audiobooks from the Atwater Library.
Episode 3 – Podcasts
How to begin enjoying a wealth of free recorded radio programs and other online audio material. Included is info about popular and recommended podcasts.
Episode 5: Zoom Video Conferencing
Step-by-step instructions for taking part in online meetings and events using Zoom. With a “cheat sheet” guide to buttons and functions.
Episode 6: Digital Discussions Lecture Series
A brief intro with links to presenters’ slideshows and a guide to YouTube buttons and functions.
Episode 7: Online Ordering for Delivery
A guide with helpful information and local examples.
Wednesdays in September (September 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30) from 1 pm to 2:30 pm
Guide to Personal Finance: A 5-Part Series
Live on Zoom, investment advisor Deborah Leahy presents useful information with Q&A.
REGISTER in advance for one or more sessions at firstname.lastname@example.org and get the Zoom link.
Personal Finances in Times of Crisis
Video (20 minutes) with Michel Gariépy, analyst with Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF). He gives tips for saving money and shares the AMF Budget Sheet and Balance Sheet forms.
RRIF (Registered Retirement Income Fund)
Video (29 minutes) with Certified Financial Planner Lynn Bennett.
Budgeting Basics 2: Protect Your Money and Online Resources
Video (35 minutes) with computer instructor Liz Perrin. She discusses online consumer resources and gives pointers for guarding against scams and fraud.
Video (33 minutes) with computer instructor Liz Perrin on the importance of a budget, even in difficult times, and the three steps to creating one: planning, making and reviewing. Examples of free online budgeting tools are included.
COVID-19: Watch Out For Financial Fraud!
Video (25 minutes) with Michel Gariépy, analyst with Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF).
Info on Wills
Video (25 minutes) with Ann Soden, Ad. E., Elder Law Lawyer and mediator, and Anna Kamateros, notary, in conversation with Financial Literacy Program Coordinator, Natalie Domingue. Includes information on how people can write their own “holograph will” while physically isolating, with pointers for minimizing the risk of challenges after death.
Click to access Éducaloi’s detailed guide on Wills.
The Atwater Library Financial Literacy Program is funded by Canadian Heritage.
ATWATER POETRY PROJECT ONLINE
Watch recordings of events held earlier this spring by clicking on the dates:
April 22 conversation between Poetry Project Coordinator Rachel McCrum and poet Canisia Lubrin.
April 29 readings by poets Oana Avasilichioaei and Margaret Christakos.
May 13 reading by poet Chantal Gibson and conversation with Rachel McCrum, Atwater Poetry Project curator.
May 20 readings by Ben Ladouceur (Otters and Mad Long Emotion) and K.B. Thors (Vulgar Mechanics)