Aberdeen School Strike Strikes Again!

Hot off the presses – “Kids on Strike at Montreal’s Aberdeen School, 1913″!  Created in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Aberdeen School Strike, this online graphic novel is told from the perspective of 13-year old Freda.  Targeted to children (but equally as enjoyable for adults), Freda’s voice guides students through  the historical perspective, causes and consequences of this amazing school strike.  Montreal’s “little strikers” will inspire a whole new generation.  Written by Rod Macleod and [...]



YM-YWHA’s Active Service Centre YM-YWHA’s Active Service Centre

by Kate I recently had the chance to research the YM-YWHA’s Active Service Centre for our boys in WWII. Run by young hostesses, this Centre provided entertainment like dances and splash parties for servicemen in need of a little distraction. I came across some newspaper clippings in the YM-YWHA archival collection that profiled a particularly unique outing offered by the ladies. In the summer of 1944, over 90 Canadian veterans returned home after fighting in Italy [...]

This Week in JPL History: Way Back Play Back – the Norman Berman Children’s Library. This Week in JPL History: Way Back Play Back – the Norman Berman Children’s Library.

One of the true treasures of the Library has always been its Children’s library. Through there wasn’t a formal space dedicated to children in the Library until 1951, children’s books were always present. In 1919 made up 10% of the Library’s overall collection. Today, the Norman Berman Children’s Library boasts over 30,000 titles. A long cherished program of the Children’s library has been Storytime. Running consistently through many of the years that the JPL has been open, the program [...]

Aberdeen School Strike Strikes Again! Aberdeen School Strike Strikes Again!

Hot off the presses – “Kids on Strike at Montreal’s Aberdeen School, 1913″!  Created in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Aberdeen School Strike, this online graphic novel is told from the perspective of 13-year old Freda.  Targeted to children (but equally as enjoyable for adults), Freda’s voice guides students through  the historical perspective, causes and consequences of this amazing school strike.  Montreal’s “little strikers” will inspire a whole new generation.  Written by Rod Macleod and [...]