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5 Montreal stories guaranteed to make you smile this week: August 3

This image made available by NASA shows the planet Mars.
This image made available by NASA shows the planet Mars. NASA via AP

From a mission to Mars in the works to a group of singers heading to Carnegie Hall, here are five stories guaranteed to make you smile this week:

For the love of books

Unique book-sharing initiative
Unique book-sharing initiative

“I saw this little yellow cabinet last week and wondered what it was.

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A grassroots book swap program to help integrate new arrivals is growing in popularity in Saint-Laurent.

READ THE STORY: Montreal book exchange service for kids builds bridges between cultures

The song continues

Young Montreal singers headed to Carnegie Hall
Young Montreal singers headed to Carnegie Hall

“I love just making people feel so happy. When you hear a Broadway song, and you can feel the actors’ emotions, I just love it.”

A group of singers will represent Montreal at Carnegie Hall later this year.

READ THE STORY: Young Montreal singers to perform at Carnegie Hall

Building a monarchy

Monarch butterflies
Monarch butterflies

“It’s a cultural responsibility and the fun part is were also getting the citizens involved.”

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The City of Pointe-Claire has been awarded a bronze-level certification as a Monarch-friendly city.

READ THE STORY: Pointe-Claire deemed Monarch-friendly city thanks to conservation efforts

Mission to Mars

Mission to Mars: Quebec scientists to help improve medical autonomy of astronauts
Mission to Mars: Quebec scientists to help improve medical autonomy of astronauts

“We have no clear understanding of what that time is going to do to people.”

A mission to Mars might seem only plausible on the big screen, but plans for the eventual journey are in the works.

READ THE STORY: Quebec scientists preparing medical database for astronauts heading to Mars

Life at sea

Naval ship gives Montrealers a glimpse of life at sea
Naval ship gives Montrealers a glimpse of life at sea

“This ship has been everywhere from the Canadian Arctic to the west coast of Africa.”

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The Moncton is visiting Montreal as part of a one-month tour of the Great Lakes and the Saint Lawrence River.

READ THE STORY: Naval ship offers Montrealers a glimpse of life at sea

rachel.lau@globalnews.ca