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JP Molenaar’s Art Show | 09/10/2020-24/11/2020 | All Day

JP Molenaar's Art Show

Stop by the library from October 9th to November 24th during opening hours to see JP Molenaar’s Art Show. The exhibition is free and open to the public! On Friday October 9th, meet the artist between 4 pm and 6 pm!

JP Molenaar is a painter and the owner of the gallery Trois Murs in Savennières. Through his art, he tangoes with the duality of life with which he colors his own life. He believes that one can choose to do, or not. To take pleasure in things others may dismiss as whimsy. He also feels that the state of mind of individuals impacts their sense of reality. In his paintings, he prefers to portray those who attempt to hide their secrets but who, ultimately, reveal them with a simple gesture, a lowering of the eyes for example. He immortalizes such moments of revelation with his paintbrush. In each piece of art he creates, he attempts to provoke emotions with splashes of color, carefully chosen, or at times, simply lustily applied.


Election recap | 04/11/2020 | 9:30 am-11:45 am

Election recap

This is what people call the morning after. Come to the library to take the temperature of what is being said and done following the American Presidential election of November 3rd. Coffee and tea served. Free and open to the public.


Textile Arts & Crafts | 05/11/2020 | 2:30 pm-4:30 pm

Textile Arts & Crafts

If you would like to do textile arts while speaking in English, this activity is for you!

Participants will create textile pieces of their choice using any technique that suits them: embroidery, patchwork, quilting, weaving, collages…

We created our first joint project in 2019. The various pieces that were designed, inspired by Neil Gaiman’s quote: ‘A book is a dream that you hold in your hand’, are exhibited at the library.

Our second project is underway. Our goal is to create around 30 squares. It will also be an opportunity for each person to learn new techniques. Join us and contribute to this unique project!

Bring your own materials and meet us at the library on Thursday afternoons from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the following dates: October 1, November 5, December 3, 2020. Open to library members. Please sign up at the front desk, when possible.


Coffee House | 06/11/2020 | 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!) over a cup of coffee or tea. Coffee House is free and open to all library members. Just drop by, no need to reserve!


Knit and Natter | 06/11/2020 | 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.


Luncheon Club | 10/11/2020 | 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.


Coffee House | 13/11/2020 | 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!) over a cup of coffee or tea. Coffee House is free and open to all library members. Just drop by, no need to reserve!


Knit and Natter | 13/11/2020 | 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.


Reading Shakespeare | 13/11/2020 | 3:00 pm-5:00 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. During the current sanitary crisis, the group will meet outside the library until further notice. For more information or to sign-up, please contact the group coordinator here.


Saturday Reading Group | 14/11/2020 | 3:00 pm-4:30 pm

Saturday Reading Group

The Saturday Reading Group is for anyone who loves to read, socialize in English, and meet new people.

The November read for the group is Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout. At times stern, at other times patient, at times perceptive, at other times in sad denial, Olive Kitteridge, a retired schoolteacher, deplores the changes in her little town of Crosby, Maine, and in the world at large, but she doesn’t always recognize the changes in those around her: a lounge musician haunted by a past romance; a former student who has lost the will to live; Olive’s own adult child, who feels tyrannized by her irrational sensitivities; and her husband, Henry, who finds his loyalty to his marriage both a blessing and a curse. As the townspeople grapple with their problems, mild and dire, Olive is brought to a deeper understanding of herself and her life – sometimes painfully, but always with ruthless honesty.

Meetings are once a month on Saturday afternoons starting at 3 pm. Open to all library members. To sign up please contact the group coordinator at bookgroup@ellia.org.


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