What’s on at the library
Regular opening hours:
- Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday : 4pm – 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.
Wednesday 4-6pm Creative Workshops
Each week, our crafty volunteer Hannah prepares a creative activity perfect for little hands. Past activities include stained glass leaves, finger puppets, and bookmarks.
Thursday 4-6pm Science Club
Join our talented scientist-in-residence, Becca, as she explores the wonders of the world, from different kinds of light to the density of different liquids, through hands-on experiments and creative play.
Every 1st Saturday 1-3pm Small Chefs
Whether baking cookies with a professional pastry chef or learning the ins and outs of simmering with a professional cook, easy recipes and easy-to-understand explanations make helping in the kitchen fun! We use produce from the centre’s gardens for a full farm-to-table experience.
Every 3rd Saturday 1-3pm Arts & Crafts
Join our favourite fine artist, Chelsea, for a lesson on different styles of art through the ages, paired with experimentation in different aspects of each style. Learning has never been quite so dynamic!
Every 5th Saturday 1-3pm Collage
A rare extravaganza of colour! Our librarian needs help decorating our shelves, so every 5th Saturday we’ll be taking down the books and using colourful pictures – and lots of glue – to make our shelves absolutely glow.
Tuesday 4-6pm Research Tips & Tricks
It seems like everyone has projects to do for school these days! Jessica, a trained researcher, has a recipe for success, whether you’re looking to understand how you should be researching for school, or you’re just interested in learning an important life skill. The sessions build on each other, but can be attended separately.
Every 2nd Saturday 1-3pm Fibre Arts
Ever wanted to make special clothes for your doll? Your Optimus Prime action figure? Your stuffed rabbit? This semester-long project class will take you from learning how to measure like a tailor through cutting and pinning, sewing, and decorating.
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!
Tuesday 4-6pm Book Club & Creative Writing
Being a reader and being a writer go together! Writing helps us become better readers, and reading helps us become better writers. Join our librarian, and our writing coach Sydney, in exploring the different genres of our collection, and exploring the imaginative worlds of our own that we can create.
Every Saturday 10:30am-12pm Story Time
Anna is a story wizard! She can – and does – make any book into a stellar performance, and she’s happy to take requests or even to have you read to her. Join us for an all-ages, bilingual exploration of some of the hidden gems on our shelves.
Every 3rd Saturday 1-3pm Saturdays on the Move
Whether Zumba with Majely or Yoga with Vila, these Saturday afternoons are sure to shake out all your sillies! Gather in the library with us to be as loud and bouncy as you never thought a library could be.
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.
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
January: The City
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.
La chenile – Etienne Verstraelen & Dominique Pelletier
Great Illustrated Classics: The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas
Jeanne, fille du roi – Suzanne Martel
Star Wars Ewoks: Shadows of Endor – Zack Giallongo
Herbert, le dragon poltron – Mercer Mayer
Le garçon qui n’existait plus – Frederick D’Anterny
Canada – Irving Weisdorf & Co.
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!
Jeyruska Baravetto is the library coordinator.
Asma Jelassi is a volunteer librarian.
Megan Schmidt is a volunteer librarian.
Winghei Tang is a volunteer librarian.
Linh Phan is a volunteer librarian.
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 click here.
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.