PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES FOR ADULTS

 

 

 

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For full details of Library programming, see the Leisure Guide and the Cultural Notes.

 

 

ADULT BLOG

 

Have you checked the Pointe-Claire Blog? It's a great place to hear about upcoming lectures and to find book suggestion, best movies, coolest music and wonderful talking books.  

 

 

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REGISTRATION

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Registration (online and in person) :

 

Residents : starting Tuesday, September 5, at 7 p.m.

 

Non-residents : starting Thursday, September 7, at 7 p.m.

 

 

Exceptions:

 

Éducation et monde du travail : Registration in person at the Valois Branch

Wednesday, September 6, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. only.

 

iPad for beginners: Registration in person at the Central Library

Tuesday, September 5, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. only.

 

Book Clubs: Registration in person only.

 

 

 

ONLINE REGISTRATION

 

Participants must have a Multi card number and make sure, before registration, that their phone number matches the phone number in our files. To register, go to ludik.pointe-claire.ca.

 

Internet registration assistance will be available on September 5 and 7, from 6 to 9 p.m., at 514-630-1225. Internet stations will be available at the Library for you to register online.

 

To find out how to get a Multi card number, please call 514-630-1218, ext. 1637. If you don’t have a Multi card number, you must register in person.

  

 

 

COSTS AND REFUNDS

 

If the activity is cancelled, the registration fees will be refunded in full. If a participant cancels, a refund will be granted when there is a major reason for cancellation and the request is made before the activity begins. A $10 administrative fee will be applied.

 

If you have registered for an activity and cannot attend it, please let us know at least 24 hours in advance at 514-630-1218, extension 1623; otherwise, a fee will be applied.

 

 

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CRAFTS

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KNITTING with Janet Callary and Geneviève Lussier

 

Discover the art of knitting or perfect your technique. Bring your questions and tell us all about ongoing and future projects.

 

Level: beginner to expert.

 

Beginners: Bring a pair of 4.5-mm knitting needles; one ball of practice yarn will be provided.

Experienced knitters: Bring your needles and yarn, or your ongoing project.

 

Registration required.

Free for Library members. Multi Card required.

Others: $10.

 

 

MASTERING THE BASICS

Mondays September 11, 18, 25, and October 2, 2017

Central : 7 to 8:30 p.m. - bilingual.

 

READY TO MAKE A GIFT

Mondays October 16, 23, 30, and November 6, 2017.

Central : 7 to 8:30 p.m. - bilingual.

 

 

 

KNITTING CLUB with Janet Callary and Geneviève Lussier

 

For those who want to take their needles and yarn out of mothballs, or who’d like help with an ongoing project. Bring your work and get motivated. Bring your questions.

 

Level: beginner to expert.

 

Registration required.

Free for Library members. Multi Card required.

Others: $15.

 

Wednesdays, September 13, 27, October 11, 25, November 8, 22, and December 6, 2017.

Valois : 7 to 8:30 p.m., 2017 - bilingual.

 

 

 

RAVELRY ‒ THE KNITTING AND CROCHETING WEBSITE with Geneviève Lussier

 

Learn how to use this free website for knitters and crocheters.

 

Registration required.

Free.

 

Tuesday, September 26, 2017.

Central : 7 to 8 p.m. – in English with bilingual question period.

 

 

 

EMBOSSED METAL ANGELS with Deirdre Potash

 

Using angels as our inspiration, participants will create an embossed angel in coloured metal. Materials supplied.

 

Registration required.

Free for Library members. Multi Card required.

Others: $15.

 

Tuesday, November 21, 2017.

Central : 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. – in English.

 

 

 

COFFEE AND CRAFT – “AUTUMN SPLENDOUR WREATH” with Debbie Smith

 

Learn a simple technique to create a vibrant autumn wreath. Bring your scissors and an apron to protect your clothing. Materials supplied.

 

A model of the wreath will be displayed at the Central Library at the beginning of September.

 

Registration required.

Free for Library members. Multi Card required.

Others: $15.

 

Saturday, September 23, 2017.

Central : 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. – in English.

 

 

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READING AND WRITING WORKSHOPS

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BOOK DISCUSSION CLUB with Olivia Raco

 

Come join a group of avid readers for lively discussions on a wide range of books.

 

Registration required at the Library.

Free for Library members. Multi Card required.

Others: $10.

 

Wednesdays, September 13, October 11, November 8, and December 13, 2017.

Central : 1 to 3 p.m. – in English.

 

 

 

EVENING BOOK CLUB with Grace Lee

 

Come join a group of avid readers for lively discussions on a wide range of books.

 

Registration required at the Library.

Free for Library members. Multi Card required.

Others: $10.

 

Thursdays, September 14, October 19, November 9, and December 7, 2017.

Central : 7 to 9 p.m. – in English.

 

 

 

CLUB DE LECTURE with Caroline Hogue

 

Come join a group of avid readers for lively discussions on a wide range of books.

 

Registration required at the Library.

Free for Library members. Multi Card required.

Others: $10.

 

Wednesdays, September 20, October 18, November 15, and December 20, 2017.

Central : 1 to 3 p.m. – in French.

 

 

 

STEWART HALL BOOK CLUB with Lise Payette

 

Come join a group of avid readers for lively discussions on a wide range of books.

 

Registration required at the Library.

Free for Library members. Multi Card required.

Others: $10.

 

Mondays, September 11, October 16, November 13, and December 11, 2017.

Stewart Hall : 1 to 3 p.m. – in English.

 

 

 

VALOIS BOOK CLUB with Lynn Collins

 

Come join a group of avid readers for lively discussions on a wide range of books.

 

Registration required at the Library.

Free for Library members. Multi Card required.

Others: $10.

 

Mondays, September 11, October 16, November 13, and December 11, 2017.

Valois : 7 to 9 p.m. – in English.

 

 

 

ONLINE BOOK CLUB with Michelle Payette-Daoust

 

Join the Online Book Club and have fun discovering other readers’ favourites, recommended reads, and treasured book lists.

 

pcplblog.wordpress.com (English)

pcplblogue.wordpress.com (French)

 

 

 

CREATIVE WRITING with Tim Fain

 

Beginners and published authors will feel comfortable in this circle of writers. Enjoy the feedback and the growth fostered by the group experience.

 

Registration required.

Free for Library members. Multi Card required.

Others: $15.

 

Mondays, September 18, 25, October 2, 16, 23, 30, and November 6, 13, 2017.

Central : 7 to 9 p.m. – in English.

 

Thursdays, September 14, 21, 28, October 5, 12, 19, and November 2, 9, 2017.

Central : 3 to 5 p.m. – in English.

 

 

 

SELF-DISCOVERY JOURNALING with Hélène Brunet

 

Journal writing can provide focus and insight. It can release emotions and take stock of relationships. It can clarify goals, enhance intuition and improve self-esteem. Hélène Brunet has 30 years of experience and teaches different journaling techniques.

 

Registration required.

Free for Library members. Multi Card required.

Others: $15.

 

Mondays, September 11, 18, 25 and October 2, 16, 23, 2017.

Central : 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. – in English.

 

Mondays, October 30, November 6, 13, 20, 27 and December 4, 2017.

Central : 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. – in French.

 

 

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LANGUAGE, CULTURE AND GENEALOGY

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HOW TO USE THE INTERNET TO FIND YOUR ANCESTORS with Gary Schroder

 

Genealogy is the world’s fastest growing pastime. International lecturer Gary Schroder is the President of the Quebec Family History Society and has extensive knowledge of North American and European genealogical sources.

 

Level: beginner and intermediate.

 

Registration required.

Free for Library members. Multi Card required.

Others: $10.

 

Wednesdays, October 4 and 11, 2017.

Central : 6 to 9 p.m. – in English.

 

 

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FINANCIAL LITERACY

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RULES OF INVESTMENT with Deborah Leahy

 

Learn the 10 rules for investing successfully: quality, diversification, and reducing the cost of your investment portfolio. Deborah Leahy is an investment advisor with Edward Jones and teaches The Practical Guide to Financial Planning at McGill's Department of Continuing Education.

 

Registration not required.

Free.

 

Wednesday, November 8, 2017.

Central : 7 to 8:30 p.m. – in English.

 

 

 

STRATÉGIES FISCALES EFFICACES with Karim Jemmali, CPA, CMA

 

In partnership with the Quebec CPA Order and CPA Canada.

 

Gain a better understanding of Canada’s tax system and minimize the amount of taxes you pay.

 

Registration not required.

Free.

 

Tuesday, November 21, 2017.

Central : 7 to 8:30 p.m. – in French.

 

 

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COMPUTERS

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INTRODUCTION TO SAMSUNG GALAXY AND ANDROID TABLETS with Pierre Poissant-Marquis or Marie-Andrée Dubreuil-Moisan

 

Learn how to connect to a Wi-Fi network, download apps from the Google Play Store, and manage your tablet’s settings.

 

Bring your tablet and cable.

 

Registration required.

Free for Library members. Multi Card required.

Others: $10.

 

Mondays, September 11 and 18, 2017.

Central : 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. – in English

 

Mondays, September 25 and October 2, 2017.

Central : 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. – in French.

 

Mondays, October 16 and 23, 2017.

Central : 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. – in English.

 

 

 

IPAD FOR BEGINNERS : TIPS AND TRICKS

 

In partnership with the Centre d’éducation des adultes Jeanne-Sauvé, a division of the Marguerite-Bourgeoys School Board.

 

Learn how to surf the Internet and communicate with your family by email, on Facebook and on Skype. Learn how to take photos, print them, share them, and create albums. Manage your banking online and download various apps (newspapers, magazines, games, etc.).

 

Bring your iPad and cable. Tablets are also available for borrowing during the course.

 

Level: beginner.

 

 

REGISTRATION INFORMATION:

 

Free. 

Registration required. 

Registration will be held at the Central Library on Tuesday, September 5 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ONLY.

 

Required documentsA long-form birth certificate from the Bureau de l’État civil du Québec (small card not accepted) and a Québec Health Insurance card.

 

For people born outside of Canada, please call the Library: 514-630-1218, ext. 1624.

 

 

DATES AND TIMES:

 

Mondays, September 18, 25, October 2, 16, 23, 30, and November 6, 13, 20, 27, 2017.

Central : 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – in French.

 

Fridays, September 22, 29, October 6, 13, 20, November 3, 10, 17, 24 and December 1, 2017.

Central : 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – in English.

 

 

 

CREATE YOUR VIDEO ON A BUDGET with Jason Bolanis

 

Learn the fundamentals of production, editing, and promotion and then create a short online video to share with friends on social media or to enhance your company website.

 

Registration required.

Free for Library members. Multi Card required.

Others: $10.

 

Tuesdays, October 10 and 17, 2017.

Central : 7 to 9 p.m. – in English.

 

 

 

CYBER SECURITY with Paul Desormeaux

 

Privacy Protection: learn what you can do to protect your personal information and reduce the risk of identity theft.

 

Spam and Malware: an introduction to spam, scams, viruses, Trojans, and other malware. Learn how to protect your computer and your data and how to reduce or eliminate spam from your inbox.

 

Registration required.

Free for Library members. Multi Card required.

Others: $10.

 

Tuesdays, October 24, 31 and November 7, 2017.

Central : 7 to 9 p.m. – in English.

 

 

 

PINTEREST : BASICS with Marie-Andrée Dubreuil-Moisan

 

Learn how you can use Pinterest to create a virtual bulletin board to share recipes, craft ideas, images, and other things you love in this introductory class.

 

Registration required.

Free for Library members. Multi Card required.

Others: $10.

 

Mondays, October 30 and November 6, 2017.

Central : 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. – in English.

 

 

 

BOOK A LIBRARIAN 

 

Do you need one-on-one help with email, Internet, your eReader or your tablet, or with Word, Windows, or the Library catalogue?

 

Free.

 

Call the Central Library at 514-630-1218, extension 1630. We will assign a person with the right expertise to help you.

 

 

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PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT AND WELLBEING

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ÉDUCATION ET MONDE DU TRAVAIL

 

In partnership with the Centre d’éducation des adultes Jeanne-Sauvé, a division of the Marguerite-Bourgeoys School Board.

 

Topics covered:

– Job search

– Work-related vocabulary

– Key phrases

– Reading and conversation

– Problem solving

– Business letters or emails

– Meetings

– Professional relationships

 

Level: intermediate.

 

 

REGISTRATION INFORMATION:

 

Free.

Registration required. 

Registration will be held at the Valois Branch on Wednesday, September 6 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. ONLY.

 

Required documentsA long-form birth certificate from the Bureau de l’État civil du Québec (small card not accepted) and a Québec Health Insurance card.

 

For people born outside of Canada, please call the Library: 514-630-1218, ext. 1624.

 

 

DATES AND TIMES:

 

Mondays, September 18, 25, October 2, 16, 23, 30, November 6, 13, 20, 27, December 4, 11, 2017.

Valois : 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. – in French.

 

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Wednesdays, September 20, 27, October 4, 11, 18, 25, November 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, and December 6, 13, 2017.

Valois : 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. – in French.

 

 

 

CAREER CRUISING with Elaine Randolph

 

Introduction to a comprehensive career database that can help you find a job or investigate options for a career change. Includes: tools for self-assessment, information on different careers, adapted resumé templates, and access to multiple job websites.

 

Registration required.

Free for Library members. Multi Card required.

 

Thursday, September 21, 2017.

Central : 1 to 3 p.m. – in English.

 

Thursday, November 9, 2017.

Central : 1 to 3 p.m. – in English.

 

 

 

LIINKEDIN with Marie-Andrée Dubreuil-Moisan

 

Learn how to create your profile and manage this professional social network.

 

Registration required.

Free.

 

Thursday, September 28, 2017.

Central : 1 to 3 p.m. – in English.

 

Thursday, November 16, 2017.

Central : 1 to 3 p.m. – in English.

 

 

 

TAKE CHARGE OF YOUR LIFE : HOW TO GET WHAT YOU NEED with Ellen B. Gélinas, of William Glasser International

 

Educator and humorist Ellen B. Gélinas helps you understand the choices you make and create positive relationship habits. By becoming aware of the internal motivation for your behaviour, you can gain control of your life.

 

Registration required.

Free for Library members. Multi Card required.

Others: $10.

 

Wednesdays, November 22 and 29, 2017.

Central : 1 to 4:30 p.m. – in English.

 

Follow-up meetings:

Wednesdays, December 6, 2017 and January 17, 2018.

Central : 1 to 4 p.m. – in English.

 

 

 

FAKE NEWS with Margaret Kästner

 

What is fake news? Learn how to spot it.

 

Registration required.

Free.

 

Thursday, November 23, 2017.

Central : 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. – in English.

 

Tuesday, November 28, 2017.

Central : 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. – in English.

 

 

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DISCOVERY WORKSHOPS

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LEARN TO PLAY BRIDGE with Pierre Poissant-Marquis

 

This is your opportunity to learn one of the most popular games in the world. Bridge is not just entertainment: it’s also a great way to discover how to communicate and to gain insight into other people’s behaviour as well as your own.

 

Registration required.

Free.

 

Tuesdays, September 19, 26 and October 3, 2017.

Central : 1:15 to 3:15 p.m. – in English.

 

Tuesdays, October 10, 17, 24, 2017.

Central : 1:15 to 3:15 p.m. – in French.

 

Tuesdays, October 31 and November 7, 14, 2017.

Central : 1:15 to 3:15 p.m. – in English.

 

 

 

DETECTIVE AND MYSTERY NIGHT

 

A dead body is found in the Library. Is this a James Patterson thriller? No – it’s another Library’s Detective and Mystery Night. Meet the suspects and help the detective… Will you be the one to solve the mystery? Wine and cheese will be served.

 

Passes required: available beginning Wednesday, October 25, for Library members, and Friday, October 27, for non-members.

Free.

 

Saturday, November 4, 2017.

Central : 7 to 10 p.m. – in English.

 

 

 

DETECTIVE AND MYSTERY NIGHT

 

A dead body is found in the Library. Is this a James Patterson thriller? No – it’s another Library’s Detective and Mystery Night. Meet the suspects and help the detective… Will you be the one to solve the mystery? Wine and cheese will be served.

 

Passes required : available beginning Wednesday, November 8, for Library members, and Friday, November 10, for non-members.

Free.

 

Saturday, November 18, 2017.

Central : 7 to 10 p.m. – in French.

 

 

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MOVIES

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Enjoy our selection of great foreign films, NFB documentaries, and inspirational crowd pleasers. Ask at the Central Library circulation desk for more details.

 

For everyone.

Registration not required.

Free.

 

 

AFTERNOON FILMS

 

Wednesdays, September 6, 27, October 4, 25 and November 1, 2017.

Central : 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. – in English.

 

Fridays, November 17 and December 8, 2017.

Central : 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. – in English.

 

Fridays September 8, 22, October 6, 13, November 3 and December 1, 2017.

Central : 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. – in French.

 

 

 

EVENING FILMS

 

Friday, November 10, 2017.

Central : 7 to 9 p.m. – in French.

 

Wednesday, October 11 and Tuesday, November 14, 2017.

Central : 7 to 9 p.m. – in English.

 

 

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TALKS, LECTURES, AND AUTHOR EVENTS

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CANADA - FROM COAST TO COAST TO COAST

 

Gain some tips on exploring our richly diverse country with Pointe-Claire resident Gregory B. Gallagher, author of the 2017 Michelin Green Guide Canada.

 

Wednesday, September 6, 2017.

Central : 7 to 8:30 p.m. – in English.

 

 

URBAN BEEKEEPING

 

Hosted by Miel Montréal.

 

This workshop focused on urban beekeeping will discuss bees in the city from every angle. From beehives to honey production and pollination, come ask your questions about the new tenants on the roof of the Central Library.

 

Thursday, September 7, 2017.

Central : 7 to 8 p.m. – bilingual.

 

 

 

STUNNING HISTORICAL HOMES OF MONTREAL

 

Written in honour of Canada’s 150th anniversary, author François Rémillard and photographer Brian Merrett will present their book Belles demeures historiques de l’Île de Montréal in English. Peering into the rooms of these exceptional homes reveals the stories of the people who lived there and a former way of life.

 

Wednesday, September 13, 2017.

Central : 7 to 8:30 p.m. – in English, with bilingual question and answer period.

 

 

 

AGING BACKWARDS

 

Following her career as a professional ballerina, Miranda Esmonde-White developed her own fitness technique and became the flexibility trainer to numerous professional and Olympic athletes. Her fitness TV show, Classical Stretch, airs on PBS television and helps people to rebalance their bodies and keep their joints healthy and pain-free.

 

Wednesday, September 20, 2017.

Central : 7 to 8:30 p.m. – in English.

 

 

 

ROCK ‘N’ RADIO : WHEN DJS AND ROCK MUSIC RULED THE AIRWAVES

 

Freelance journalist Ian Howarth examines Montreal FM rock radio during the late 60s. Montreal was at the epicentre of the rock radio revolution in Canada, eventually attracting talented DJs from the U.S., Canada and the U.K. An audiovisual presentation.

 

Wednesday, October 4, 2017.

Central : 7 to 8:30 p.m. – in English.

 

 

 

L’HERBE EST-ELLE VRAIMENT PLUS VERTE EN MONGOLIE?

 

Seeking a new challenge, Frederic Assabgui left his campsite under the northern lights in Yellowknife to begin a solo trek through Mongolia. Through his numerous adventures and experiences, he will attempt to put you in his shoes (which were well-worn before they were stolen by a dog).

 

Wednesday, October 18, 2017.

Central : 7 to 8:30 p.m. – in French.

 

 

 

M. G. VASSANJI AND HIS NOVEL NOSTALGIA

 

M. G. Vassanji is an important voice in the emerging field of immigrant and minority writers. A recipient of the Order of Canada, Mr. Vassanji started the Toronto South Asian Review and won two Giller Prizes for his novels The Book of Secrets and The In-Between Life of Vikram Lall. His latest book, Nostalgia, inspired fierce debate in the 2017 edition of Canada Reads. He will be interviewed by broadcaster-journalist Anne Lagacé-Dowson.

 

Passes required. Available beginning Wednesday, October 11 for Library members (Multi Card required), and Friday, October 13, for non-members.

 

Wednesday, October 25, 2017.

Central : 7 to 8:30 p.m. - in English.

 

 

 

VIMY: THE BATTLE AND THE LEGEND

 

In honour of Canada’s 150th anniversary, Dr. Tim Cook, Order of Canada, and historian at the Canadian War Museum, will discuss his latest national best-seller. Whether Vimy is perceived as a battle that marked Canada’s coming of age or as an obligation, the battle ushered in major social changes in Canada.

 

Wednesday, November 1, 2017.

Central : 7 to 8:30 p.m. – in English.

 

 

 

FROM TRUDEAU TO TRUDEAU : AISLIN’S FIFTY YEARS OF CARTOONING

 

Aislin’s cartoons leave no one indifferent. Astute and humorous, they reflect Canadian society in its greatest – and not-so-great – moments. On his last tour before his retirement, Aislin will showcase his favorites and some of the most memorable caricatures created throughout his career.

 

Wednesday, November 15, 2017.

Central : 7 to 8:30 p.m. – in English.

 

 

 

L’OUEST AMÉRICAIN

 

Adventure-lover Alain Benoit drove his RV through the exceptional landscapes of the American West. His trip took him through the red sands of Sedona and the gaping depths of the Grand Canyon to the must-see Old Faithful geyser in Yellowstone National Park.

 

Wednesday, November 22, 2017.

Central : 7 to 8:30 p.m. – in French.

 

 

 

MOVIE : LE COMBAT DES CHEFS : KARAJAN / BERNSTEIN

 

In partnership with the Festival International du Film sur l’Art (FIFA).

 

Two hugely talented orchestra conductors, Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990) and Herbert von Karajan (1908-1989), dominated the world of classical music for decades. This film, directed by Emmanuelle Franc, examines their backgrounds and musical interpretations which contributed to a classical rejuvenation. Followed by a discussion led by Francine Moreau.

 

Wednesday, November 29, 2017.

Central : 7 to 8:30 p.m. – in French.



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