The Montreal Children’s Library - Bibliothèque des jeunes de Montréal (MCL-BJM), is an independent non-profit organization that has offered free library services to children and their families in Montreal since 1929. Our branches are always located in neighbourhoods where there are no, or few, municipal libraries that cater to children, where there is a high concentration of new immigrants, and where the population is generally underprivileged.
Currently we operate three library branches in Montreal in Ville-Marie (the Vega Branch), St-Michel (the Polaris Branch) and Little Burgundy (the Antares Branch). Each branch offers fun and free literacy activities and educational services like author visits, storytimes (one that caters to preschool aged children, and one that caters to school aged children), after-school programs, science, chess, and craft clubs, and a fiction and nonfiction book collection in both English and French. Through our varied programs and services, our library strives to develop literacy, foster imagination, and to connect children and parents to their communities by equipping them with the building blocks for lifelong learning. – less