Montreal Children's Library is our 2019 charity of the year
Facility has been serving the community since 1929
The Montreal Children's Library is CBC Montreal's 2019 charity of the year.
The Montreal Children's Library (MCL) opened its first branch in 1929 and brings learning and literacy opportunities to children and their families in areas of the city not served by municipal libraries. Though their bricks and mortar library is located in the diverse neighbourhood of St. Michel, they also have weekly outreach programs at six sites across Montreal.
According to volunteer board member Amanda Fritz, being chosen as CBC Montreal's charity of the year will be transformational for the library, particularly since this is a milestone year. "What better way to celebrate our 90th birthday! We cannot wait to share our story and tell the world about the impact that our amazing team is making in the community", she says.
The MCL is one of the oldest privately funded libraries in the city. Over the years, its purpose has evolved from simply providing books to offering innovative programs and services to children and families. It runs after school programs such as science programming, offers peer mentoring and organizes clubs on environmental awareness and journalism.
Activities planned to celebrate the facility's birthday include a community festival in St. Michel, plans to expand programs such as STEM and coding workshops and a big campaign to support the future of the library. CBC Montreal is delighted to be working with Montreal Children's Library and looks forward to bringing you its stories throughout the year.