Public Libraries Section

The Public Library Section aims to bring together librarians who work in public libraries, including the different sections of a public library such as: Reference, Children services and Teen services.  The events organized allow public librarians to share their interests in reading, discuss current events, and become informed of new tools and/or sources that may be of help to their libraries and library members.  Also, by networking with other colleagues in the public library sector, librarians can compare notes on ideas that are being implemented in their public libraries. 

The section organizes at least two events a year; one very popular gathering being the Dewey Divas, which gives librarians insight on new and upcoming books.

News & Articles

Dewey Divas at Westmount: October 26, 2010

ImageBy Karen Biskin and Melissa Tomecz
The Public Library section hosted the annual morning event of the famous Dewey Divas, who gladly shared their favorite picks of recent and fabulous books being published. Six of the Divas came to visit Westmount, representing their respective publishing houses. There was a good turnout of different librarians who came to listen with enthusiasm and socialize with fellow colleagues.  As always, a great time was had by all and the librarians came away with the knowledge of new page turners, not to mention a few copies of books to take home!  A huge “Thank You” goes out to the Westmount Public Library for allowing us to host the event there once again.

Biblioclip à la conquête du monde


En 2010, les bibliothèques publiques de Montréal vous lancent un défi : réaliser un court-métrage de 30 sec. à 1m30 sur le thème de Bibliothèque-Monde de manière originale et créative. Les volets du concours se terminent le 30 septembre 2010.

Quatre bourses seront décernées aux lauréats inscrits au concours montréalais:

Premier prix = 4000 $
Deuxième prix = 2000 $
Trosième prix = 1000 $

Photos from the Dewey Divas

Here are some photos from the recent evening with the Dewey Divas, held at Westmount Public Library on June 2nd.  Thanks to everyone who attended.


Dewey Divas at Westmount Library on June 2nd

On Wednesday, June 2nd, the Dewey Divas are coming to town to share their picks.  Two of the Divas will be presenting their picks in an evening format.  This is your chance to attend when work keeps you away during the day.

Place: Westmount Library
Time:  7 to 8:30 p.m.
Admission:  $5


See you there!

ABQLA Public Library Section
Francine Golding & Melissa Tomecz

Join us for a night with the Quebec Writers' Federation

Bring in Spring with your colleagues as President of the QWF and author of Because I Have Loved and Hidden It, Elise Moser, will be giving a talk with Executive Director Lori Schubert about the history of the organization and the special programs it offers.

This event is presented by the Public Library Section of the ABQLA and will take place on March 15th, 2010 (17h30-19h30) at the Atwater Library, 2nd floor auditorium. The cost is $5. Please RSVP with Melissa Tomecz by March 11th.

See attached poster for additional details. Hope to see you there!

Dewey Divas Return to Westmount

On Tuesday, November 3rd, the Dewey Divas are coming to town to share their picks. Five of the Divas will be presenting a mix of adult, YA and kids suggestions.

They will be appearing at the Westmount Library from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Admission is $5

RSVP details will be sent out closer to the date.

ABQLA Public Library Section
Francine Golding & Melissa Tomecz

Ann Moffat Named 2009 Anne Galler Award Winner

ABQLA is very pleased to the announce that Ann Moffat, Director of the Westmount Public Library is the 2009 Anne Galler Award recipient in recognition of her exemplary leadership and dedication to the library profession in Quebec.

The awards luncheon will take place on Friday May 29th at the Palais des Congrès.
For more information, please contact ABQLA (514-697-0146 or

New library for the Saint-Jacques neighbourhood

Today, on the Actualités de Canoe website, is an article about the new neighbourhood library in Saint-Jacques, being billed as the second family library in Montreal, and offering services and programs made to measure for the local clientele.