Seniors Music Project Open House Friday, March 2, 2014 at 1:00 pm

This winter we have been offering a series of workshops aimed at empowering musically-oriented seniors to use computers and then teach others to use computers to record and create music.

You are warmly invited to hear their work at the Library on Friday, March 21 at 1:00 pm.

Check out Louise and Enid’s video and listen their piece below.


The unwinding road to opening the brain. So here we are a big round ball of tangled cords. Swoosh swoosh swooshing around. Scrambling around like tentacles humming away humming uphill downhill, in a circle, going through a walk into the sunshine. By Louise Jack in consultation with Enid Anderson. Created during the Seniors Music Project of the Digital Literacy Project at the Atwater Library and Computer Centre.

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“Can you have sex before marriage?”

As part of our youth video project about pluralism, project leader Trisha talks about this and other fun questions .

For more information about this project, click here

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Atwater Library featured on Spotlight on Community Engagement

Concordia University featured the Atwater Library in their Spotlight on Community Engagement video series.

Learn more about this project with Concordia here.

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Pluralism: Tell it; See it; Hear it

The Atwater Library is pleased to present Pluralism: Tell it; See it; Hear it, a youth digital literacy video project funded by the Inspirit Foundation. The Library believes in promoting cultural, educational and social programs for the diverse Montreal city and celebrates 186 years of service as a thriving community hub.

Pluralism: Tell it; See it; Hear it is the second project to have been funded by the Inspirit Foundation.The idea for this project emerged from the Inspirit-funded Human Library project when youth participants indicated a yearning for more contact and spiritual dialogue with youth from diverse communities.

Pluralism: Tell it; See it; Hear it is collaborating with youth who will probe pluralism through discussions of pluralism and synergistic creation of video vignettes of individuals in our partner groups. The team will show and discuss the videos in several venues while engaging the community in discussing and appreciating pluralism, culminating in a well-publicized screening for a large audience.

Our team comprises of representatives of Montreal-area religious, spiritual and secular partner groups to probe and create wider awareness of pluralism. Our partners will assist the Youth Team in conducting the project — researching pluralism, planning and filming interviews and showing the videos with moderated discussion.



We aim to encourage young adults to increase their understanding of the plurality of spiritual, religious and secular beliefs in their communities. This project will support collaborations between young adults of different backgrounds and beliefs, and between different spiritual, religious and secular organizations.

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Digital Music with Elders @ The Atwater Library

With funding from the federal government’s New Horizons for Seniors program, the Literacy Project of Atwater Library and Computer Centre is offering a series of workshops aimed at empowering musically oriented seniors to use and later teach others to use computers to record and create music. This will be followed by workshops offered by the participants themselves.

The workshops are facilitated by Eric Craven and Peter Shaw, a student in theatre at Concordia University, with the collaboration of Line Grenier, a professor in Communication studies at Université de Montréal.

We started with series of information sessions to better understand how to work with the participants in November and December so that when we began our workshops in January we could zero in on their interests and abilities.

The participants have covered the basic of the gear, how to use basic audio recording and editing software and have begun their projects.

Their projects range from vocal ensemble pieces of popular music to field recording based soundscapes. We are currently working on developing these pieces to utilise more digital options such as looping, effects and other sound transformations.

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