December…the month of celebration!

Looking for that good old Christmas spirit…? Join the members of the English-language Library in Angers for Christmas caroling on Sunday, December 18th. All you need to do is to wear red and green WARM clothes and a red santa hat if you have one! Meet at the library at 2:30 before going out to carol in Angers. You are welcome to bring a cake, cookies or other lovely things to eat to share with the fellow carolers…the library will make hot apple juice and tea!

No need to sign up, just come and sing to your heart’s content! Free and open to the public! Schedule is

  • 14:30 – meet at the library to warm up the vocal cords
  • 15h – 17h caroling in the streets of Angers
  • 17:15 meet back at the library for the reading of our favorite Christmas tale “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and eat and drink and make merry!

(from 14:45-17:15 the library will be locked up).

 Click here if you would like the words to the Christmas carols that we sing.

Would you consider making a donation to the library? Help support community at its best…

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Dear friends of the English Language Library in Angers, 

In 2022, our goal is to raise €12,000 in individual donations by the end of the year. We hope that you will consider making a first-time gift or renew your gift to the library.

Check out our fundraising video here!

Think of this!

  • When you want to meet other English-speaking people in Angers, where do you go?
  • When you are looking for your next new book, who do you ask?
  • When you’re eager to get out of your house, where do you volunteer?

You, like thousands of others in our community, are an essential piece of the ELLIA puzzle. You are part of one of the biggest and most vibrant English-language communities in France!

A Third Space 

For many of us, the ELLIA is one of our favorite “third spaces”–a space outside of home or work (or school) where we can go any time.

When we walk into the ELLIA, we might have a quick chat with Phoebe, Jo, Eva, Matthieu or the volunteer shelving books, learn about a fun upcoming event, and check out a new book to read–and all in English!

Finding a welcoming third place has been especially important during the COVID-19 pandemic as many of us are spending more time than ever at home. The library gives us a home away from home where we can speak and hear English and find instant community.

How do you fit into the ELLIA puzzle?

No matter how you fit into the puzzle, we are grateful for you and your support. The library is a non-profit and more than half of our funding comes from membership fees, programs, and donations from generous community members like you.

For nearly two decades, we received an annual gift from the Florence Gould Foundation and we are indebted to the foundation’s support in helping us flourish since our founding. The Florence Gould Foundation recently closed, so we are looking to close that gap in our budget.

What your gift helps to cover

  • 50€ = one Children’s storytelling Hour
  • 150€ = one Pizza and Board Games night
  • 250€ = your support of the Public Speaking Competition for high school students
  • 500€ = a shelf filled with newly-released books
  • 1,000€ = your support for a future literary festival

Your gifts allow us to hold more than 1,000 events a year and to add to our collection of more than 27,000 books and materials.

You can donate 

Don’t forget, you can enjoy a tax reduction of 66% of the amount you donate. In other words, if you donate 100€, the actual cost to you is 34€.

Would you like an update on how the fall appeal is going? You can always check this page!

Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to seeing you at the library soon!

Gaëlle Delarboulas, Chairwoman of the library Board & Phoebe Marshall-Raimbeau, Director