What’s on at the library
Regular opening hours:
- Monday to Thursday: 4-6pm
- Friday: 10am-6pm
- Saturday: 9am-5pm
The Innovation Youth library was made possible thanks to the help of the Montreal Children’s Library and the Ville de Montréal. Our partner bookstores are Argo Bookshop and La Librairie de Verdun.
musical play (1st fridays 10-12)
Come join Monique & friends as we explore the worlds of rhythm, song, and dance!
Arts & Crafts (2nd & 5th fridays 10-12)
Khrystelle has something glittery up her sleeve, and she’s ready to show you how to make your own!
Zumba/Yoga (3rd fridays 10-12)
Majely teaches us to shake all our sillies out, and Vila teaches us animal stretching. Come learn about your body with them!
small chefs (4th fridays 10-12)
Jessica knows that all great things start small, including cooks. Come learn how to measure, mix, bake, and, most importantly, wash up!
marelle vers la maternelle (by registration)
Marelle vers la maternelle is a French literacy development program for pre-kindergarten children and their parents. It aims to foster skills in reading and writing, specifically in French, by approaching literacy through storytelling, fine motor skills, reasoning, creativity, and social skills. It also equips parents to help encourage literacy skills at home, both by modelling approaches and by providing materials for use at home that align with the lessons learned each week. The goal of the program is to prepare participants to enter French kindergarten at the same level as their Francophone peers, both linguistically and socially. The program is open to children aged 3-5 who do not speak French at home, and takes place on Saturday mornings (10-12). The first 12-week session begins on September 14th; registration is required. To register, or for any questions, please contact Jessica Stilwell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Code Club (Wednesday 4-6pm)
Matthias is the King of Computers! Join him to build robots, make video games, take apart computers, and much, much more.
Science Club (Thursday 4-6pm)
Becca is back, teaching us everything from astronomy to zoology with weekly experiments!
home ec (tuesdays 4-6pm)
Everyday skills for making our homes better places! Join Jessica for fibre arts on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays, kitchen skills on 1st and 3rd Tuesdays, and household math on 5th Tuesdays.
junior librarians (saturdays 2-4pm)
Calling all book-lovers! Come learn about how the catalogue works, and help reshelve books, plan new book orders, and decorate our space.
creative writing club (Fridays 4-6pm)
Join Jessica for a weekly exploration of writing techniques, discussion of our favourite types of books, and opportunity to help each other grow as writers.
September: Writing Other People
October: Public Art
November: Research & Opinions
December: Humour Writing
January: Plays & Screenplays
February: Constrained Writing
March: Food Writing
May: Zine Production & Launch
How to Become a Member
Becoming a member of the library is easy, although at this point we are only able to create memberships in person. Any time the library is open, the staff member or volunteer at the desk can help you create an account by taking a few pieces of information. Memberships are free of charge.
10 year olds rejoice!
You can now open your own library account, take out your own books (up to 5 at a time), and be responsible for your own late returns. Okay, maybe that last part isn’t so joyful!
Library members who sign up as families can take out up to 10 books at a time. They can also receive program updates every three months, and important announcements via email.
Library members who sign up as individuals – children over the age of 10 – can take out up to 5 books at a time. They also receive program updates and announcements.
You do not need to be a member to participate in any of the library activities.
Loan periods and Late fees
Loan periods are always for two weeks. We allow an unlimited number of renewals, which you can arrange in person at the desk, by phone (number), or by email. Our system will send you a reminder email three days before your books are due, on the due date, and twice after. If your book is more than 10 days late, you may receive an email or a phone call from the librarian.
We understand that life with children is unpredictable, so we don’t charge late fees. We ask only that you be respectful to other patrons and return your books in as timely a fashion as possible.
Renewals, Holds, and Book Requests
You can renew your books an unlimited number of times. You can arrange a renewal in person at the desk, by phone, or by email.
At this time, our system is not set up to accept hold requests. You may, however, speak to a staff member or volunteer, and we can set up to three books aside for you for up to a week.
We update our collection on a rotating basis. If you have suggestions of books that you would like to see in the library, please email the librarian or fill out a book request form at the library. If there is a book in our collection that you find offensive, misleading, or otherwise upsetting, please speak to a staff member. We do our best to take all concerns into consideration when updating our collection.
Theme of the Month
We are proud to offer books for the very littlest readers (come check out our beautiful board books!), older teenagers (novels and graphic novels in a wide range of genres), and everyone in between. Our collection is primarily French and English, with a slowly growing multilingual section (Spanish, Inuktitut, Kanien’kéha, Chinese, Arabic, and Persian). We are committed to #DiverseBooks, #OwnVoices, and making sure that all our members can see themselves in the pages of our collection.
We focus primarily on books written and illustrated by Canadian and Quebecois(e) authors, and on books published by Canadian companies, and we purchase either directly from publishers, or from one of our partner bookstores.
Jessica Stilwell is the librarian technician. She’s loved books and their libraries for as long as she can remember, and is thrilled to be able to take care of this very special space. Her favourite genre is fantasy, but she also loves folklore, historical fiction, and stories about animals who can talk. She animates several activities at the library, and is happy to help you find the perfect book for you!
We are always happy to welcome anyone who wants to volunteer with us! Volunteer sessions are for two months, beginning with an orientation. We suggest that volunteers be available once a week for a two-hour shift, but are happy to work out a different schedule if necessary. All volunteers must agree to a police background check.
For more information, please email the librarian.
At this time, we are not accepting book donations. Please check with a librarian for when donations will open again.
All book donations should be in good condition (no torn/lost pages, no marks in the books, original covers intact), and suitable for children.
Donations of money should be directed to Innovation Youth, although you can specify that you would like the donation to be for a specific library activity, or for book purchasing.