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May 2014

First ever program on cats for kids at CSL Library a success

When I assumed the portfolios of Library and Culture and Animal Protection  last January on Côte Saint-Luc City Council, I knew there was  a way to marry the two. For starters, our Director of Library Services Janine West is an animal lover and so are many of her staff. This includes  Manager of Children’s Services  Valerie Medzalabanleth  and Children’s Outreach and School Services Coordinator Bronwen Cathey from the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library.

I was  very excited to be part of a new program they launched on  May 5 aimed at  raising awareness with young Côte Saint-Lucers about cats. Also implicated in the initiative are members of the library’s Teen Advisory Group.

With kids
Myself, Bronwen and Valerie holding books on cats with some of the kids.


More than 20 adorable children, aged two to  seven, came to the library with their parents  for a cat-themed storytime, interspersed with interesting cat facts (including cat health and safety information), given by  Valerie and Bronwen. This was followed by a cat craft and ended with the children decorating and signing a pledge to be kind to cats.  I told the kids about our Côte Saint-Luc Cats Committee, asked which one of them owned a cat at home (several hands went up) and how many wanted to adopt (several hands went up).

See my small video:


“By having a storytime activity, we combine the library’s mission with the CSLCC’s mission, hopefully ensuring that the future cat owners of Côte Saint-Luc will be responsible and caring friends to felines,” says Bronwen.

Valerie reads.

Valerie read three books about cats and  the kids were glued to her every word. Bronwen asked a question. “What is the biggest cat in the world?” Several youngsters shouted out “a tiger.” They were correct, as in a Siberian tiger.

There were photos of cats taped to the walls on both sides of the room. The kids had to pick a type of cat out of  a hat and then go find it on the wall. They liked this.Browwen even sang a song about animals.

A little girl shows off her artwork.

Bravo to Valerie and  Bronwen for taking such a fabulous initiative. We will be discussing a future such event on dogs and more on cats.


CSL holds Minor Hockey banquet

There is nothing like a bunch of trophies, towels with the logo of Canada and pizza to celebrate the end of another successful house league campaign for the Côte Saint-Luc Minor Hockey Association. Victor Waisgrus and his team set up shop at the Aquatic and Community Centre. There was a power point presentation, featuring photos of the young players in their team uniforms.

I joined Mayor Anthony Housefather and Councillors Mitchell Brownstein, Allan J. Levine (whose dossiers include hockey), Ruth Kovac and  Dida Berku at the short and sweet banquet. See the picture below of us with some of the kids. On this night the Canadiens were beginninh their playoff series against the Boston Bruins so everyone wanted to get home to catch the game.