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Walk and Talk | 04/23/2018 | 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Walk and Talk

Time to get outside! Get on those hiking boots and take some time to revel in the great outdoors! The idea is to organize an easy walk once a month – approximately 10 km, 2 to 3 hours, in the afternoon – in order to discover or re-discover the beautiful hiking paths of the Maine-et-Loire. Come along with good walking shoes, protection against rain, cold or heat according to the season…. a bottle of water and a little “en-cas” to keep you going ! Maximum group is 20 so make sure to sign up!

Want to sign up? Easy as pie!

Sign up by sending your name, email address and phone numbers (preferably cell phone) to this email address. You will be sent full details of the walk in due time.


Plant sale | 04/24/2018 - 04/28/2018 | All Day

Plant sale

The Garden Club of the library is offering vegetable and flower seedlings as a fundraiser for the library. Come in and see some of the wonderful varieties offered.

Location: English-language Library in Angers

Highlights of English Musical Heritage | 04/24/2018 | 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Highlights of English Musical Heritage

For music lovers who are not necessarily musicians, the library presents a series of sessions aiming at illustrating  the heritage of English Classical Music in its most specific and beautiful forms, mainly vocal music. Each session will focus on a composer, with a short presentation of the work and the composer, followed by the listening of selected pieces through  selected  videos, often with different interpretations. The point is to share comments and criticism with the group members.

This session will focus on Handel’s opera “Ariodante”.

These sessions are free and open to the public. No need to reserve, just come and enjoy!

Location: English-language Library in Angers

Talk by Vanessa Manko “Loie Fuller and the Birth of Modern Dance” | 04/27/2018 | 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Talk by Vanessa Manko "Loie Fuller and the Birth of Modern Dance"

Vanessa Manko will be speaking on “Loie Fuller and the Birth of Modern Dance”.

At work on a novel inspired by the life and times of American modern dance pioneer, Loie Fuller, who performed in Paris at the Folies-Bergère in 1893, causing an overnight sensation, author Vanessa Manko will present a talk focused on her novel-in-progress. The talk will range in subject from Loie Fuller and the many noted artists and writers she befriended in Paris during the Belle Epoque to Manko’s research finds in Paris while she is the American Library in Paris’ Visiting Spring 2018 Fellow. The talk will also touch upon the relationship between dance and writing.

Vanessa Manko is the author of The Invention of Exile. She earned her MFA from Hunter College, where she worked with Salman Rushdie, and her MA from NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study. Her work has appeared in Granta, The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Paris Review’s The Daily and on NPR’s Selected Shorts. Vanessa danced with the Charleston Ballet Theatre and is the former Dance Editor of The Brooklyn Rail and has also written about dance for Dance Magazine, Dance Now, Dance Teacher, Pointe and Dance Research Journal. She lives in Brooklyn.

No reservations necessary. Limited seating so come early! The Speaker program offers special guest speakers from September 2017 through June 2018 and has been made possible through a generous grant from the American Embassy.

Location: English-language Library in Angers

Reading Shakespeare | 04/27/2018 | 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Reading Shakespeare

Treat yourself to an afternoon of a collective reading of Shakespeare’s Henry the Fourth. This activity consists of watching a BBC production on DVD and then reading relative scenes. This is a great activity for lovers of language and fans of the great wit. The activity is free for library members. Please sign up at the front desk.

Location: English-language Library in Angers

Intensive English workshop for “collégiens” | 05/02/2018 - 05/04/2018 | 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Intensive English workshop for "collégiens"

“Springtime in the States”, a workshop in English for young adults ages 12-14, will take place in the library and runs over three consecutive afternoons of three hours each. This is a wonderful way for kids to have fun learning English through games, songs and lots of speaking and moving around. Cost is 75 euros (includes snack, materials and library membership). Please contact the front desk to sign up. Limited to 15.

Location: English-language Library in Angers

Garden Club visit | 05/03/2018 | 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Garden Club visit

The garden club invites you to discover the beautiful gardens in the area! This free activity is open to library members and offers visits once a month to a garden between April and October. All visits are on the first Thursday of the month, and are followed by tea and cakes contributed by members.  Wherever possible lunch is arranged in a nearby restaurant at 12.30 p.m The visit on this day will be at the Manoir de la Groye in Saint-Saturnin. For more information and/or to sign up for this visit please send an email to gardenclub@ellia.org.

Upcoming 2018 dates for the Garden Club are June 7th, July 5th, August 2nd, September 6th and October 4th.


Luncheon Club | 05/08/2018 | 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Luncheon Club

Love those French restaurants? Feel like you need to speak English more but in a relaxed atmosphere? Join this club which schedules a lunch in a great local restaurant. Click here to send an email to the coordinator for more information and the full schedule and to sign up!


Take your TOEIC test | 05/09/2018 | 9:00 am - 12:30 pm

Take your TOEIC test

The library is an authorized open center for the TOEIC Listening and Reading test (Public programme with photo). To sign up please consult the ETS website

Scheduled dates for 2018 are

Wednesdays : May 9th, June 13th & Sept. 12th.

Saturdays : July 7th

All tests will take place at the ESSCA in Angers. Click here for full directions.

Location: ESSCA

Coffee House | 05/18/2018 | 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Coffee House

This is a special moment when the community gathers together to talk about everything and anything (…in English of course!) and sips coffee and tea. Coffee House is free and open to all library members. Just drop in, no need to reserve!


Location: English-language Library in Angers
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