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The Big Quiz | 26/03/2023 | 2:30 pm-5:30 pm

The Big Quiz

The Big Quiz is back for the 12th edition! Come to the library for an afternoon of fun… if you’re a fan of Trivial Pursuit, you will LOVE this!

As ever, the quiz is a team event. Each team has its own table for 6 people. You can enter as a team of six; or you can simply join a team which is partially complete… you might make some great new friends!

Each team has a designated colour, and team members may choose to wear clothes of that hue. The teams will be called Whiter Shade of Pale, Pink Floyd, Deep Purple, Greensleeves, Brown Sugar, Black Eyed PeasSimply Red, Blueberry Hill, Orange Crush, Yellow Submarine.

It’s on Sunday, 26th March. We start at 2:30 pm, sharp…  don’t be late, or you’ll miss some questions. There will be questions of all sorts – some topical, some general knowledge, some about France… and so on.  Wine, coffee, tea, and nibbles will be available. All this for just 12 euros per person

It’s the ultimate win-win: support the library and enjoy the fun, the friendship, the laughter…and  perhaps you will learn something new!

Please contact the library to sign up at info@ellia.org

Walk and Talk | 29/03/2023 | 2:00 pm-5:30 pm

Walk and Talk

Get on those hiking boots and take some time to revel in the great outdoors! The group “Walk and Talk” organises 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 your stamina up !

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 (perferably cell phone) to this email address. You will be sent full details of the walk in due time.


Coffee House | 31/03/2023 | 9:00 am-11:00 am

Coffee House

Join the library community for a special moment to talk about anything and everything (in English of course!). Just come in and chat with others, have a cuppa and enjoy the company! Coffee House is free and open to all library members. No need to reserve! Donations welcome as always!

Knit and Natter | 31/03/2023 | 10:00 am-11:00 am

Knit and Natter

Come along and bring your knitting,

Have a natter while you’re sitting,

Or learn to knit with wool provided,

Needles loaned and stitches guided.

Knitted garments are très chic,

So be in vogue and start this week.

Knit and Natter is a free activity, open to all library members. No need to reserve, just come and enjoy! If anyone has some extra yarn please bring it in.

Open house and big, big booksale | 01/04/2023 | 10:00 am-6:00 pm



Garden Club visit | 06/04/2023 | 2:30 pm-4:30 pm

Garden Club visit

The garden club invites you to discover the beautiful gardens in the area!

This will be a guided visit of the La Ferme de Ste Marthe.

This organic producer will show us around the premises, give us a short history of the evolution of this farm, and perhaps show us how the seeds are packed. Their large shop sells all sorts of organic seeds, vegetables, fruits, aromatic and medicinal plants, flowers, bulbs, and gardening accessories.

They have offered us the use of a table outside for snacks afterward (or their conference room if it rains). If your snacks leave crumbs, or if you bring something to share – please be sure to bring paper plates, napkins, a knife, etc., so that we don’t leave them with any clean-up work.

For those interested in joining for lunch prior to the visit, reservations have been made at:
Le Lemon’s Resto https://www.lelemons.fr/ for 12h30.
Lieu-dit La Bascule, 49800 Andard, 02 41 80 44 39

To get there, take D347 to a round point where you can choose rue Jeanne de Laval/D4 – towards Andard. After 1.2km turn left (road with no name) and the restaurant is immediately on the right. (Just off rue Jeanne de Laval, across from the end of Chemin du Pré des Coulées). It’s about 5km away from the farm.
The restaurant offers a formule for 14.30€ that includes : entrée à volonté au buffet, plat du jour avec garniture (poisson, burger ou grillades), fromage au buffet, dessert au buffet, and 1⁄4 vin rouge.

Please send an email no later than March 31st to GardenClubELLIA@yahoo.com if you will be joining us. Specify whether you will come just for the visit or if you will come for the visit AND the lunch.

Reading Shakespeare | 07/04/2023 | 2:30 pm-4:30 pm

Reading Shakespeare

Treat yourself to an afternoon of a collective reading of one of Shakespeare’s plays. 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. Free and open to all library members. For more information or to sign-up, please contact the group coordinator here. The number of participants is limited.

Luncheon Club | 11/04/2023 | 12:30 pm-2:30 pm

Luncheon Club

Do you love French food and restaurants? Would you like to speak English more, but in a relaxed environment? Join the Luncheon Club! Enjoy a meal and great conversation in English once a month at a local restaurant. This activity is open to library members. Spaces are limited. For more information or to sign up, please contact the group coordinator here.

Pizza and board games | 11/04/2023 | 6:00 pm-8:00 pm

Pizza and board games

Join us for our ever-popular game night and pizza party! Cost is 7 euros (covers pizza and non-alcoholic drinks, 5 euros for native English speakers and children under 13). Event starts at 6 pm sharp. Last entry at 6:15 pm. First come, first serve with 40 participants max. Children under 13 need to be accompanied by an adult.

Annual Meeting | 12/04/2023 | 6:30 pm-8:00 pm

Annual Meeting

It’s that time of year again! Time for the library’s Annual Meeting which starts at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, April 12th. All members are cordially invited.


  • Approval of the Annual General meeting minutes of March 31st, 2022,
  • Presentation and approval of the Annual Report for 2022 and the Orientation Report for 2023,
  • Approval of the 2022 accounts,
  • Approval of the 2023 & 2024 provisional budgets,
  • Election – one seat is open for the library board to represent the Université d’Angers.
  • Questions

Please remember that only members with a current membership may vote during this meeting. If you would like to check your membership validity or if you are unable to attend and would like give us your  proxy  please contact the front desk.

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