There is a secret little gem of a library many families may not be aware of and it is housed in a wing of the Montreal Children’s Hospital. Home to a collection of more than 2,000 books, this resource centre has material on an abundance of topics related to health and well-being, all available to borrow free of charge.
Librarian Lynn Kiraly-Batist, who has overseen the centre since its conception, says that the materials cover children’s health from birth to age 18. “There isn’t a topic we don’t have books on,” she says, adding that this includes resources on mental health, physical conditions, surgeries, autism, sexuality, personal finance, yoga and meditation, among many others. Parents can also find books that are specifically geared to children. The library recently bought 125 new books to add to their collection.
Kiraly-Batist says that parents should visit the resource centre because it can help them be proactive and prepared. “Information is empowering,” she says. As a professional librarian, she can help parents find recommended websites, current articles and research on specific topics, and can recommend appropriate books for any subject.
She also says the goal is to help parents better understand what’s going on with their child, as well as to help children understand and explain their own medical conditions. Visitors can find information and materials in both English and French. A librarian is available Monday to Friday to help parents with research. The library is open to the general public as well as patients and staff at the hospital.
The library is open to the public Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and the catalogue is also available online. Parents can reserve books online by creating an account and can pick them up at the library.
It is located at the Montreal Children’s Hospital, 1001 Decarie Blvd. In Block A, room A RC-1107.
For more information, and to access the library catalogue, visit mchfamilylibrary.ca.