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Open house, BBB (big, big book sale) & bake sale | 30/09/2023 | 10:00 am-6:00 pm

Open house, BBB (big, big book sale) & bake sale

Note the date for the library’s open house and big book sale and bake sale (otherwise known as the BBB) from 10 am to 6 pm!

The big, big book sale & bake sale is not to miss. This is the ultimate win-win situation: support community services that the library provides while finding great book bargains…oodles and oodles of books and delicious baked goods for sale!




Saturday Reading Group | 30/09/2023 | 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. For this meeting, the group will read “American Dirt” by Jeanine Cummins.

Lydia Perez owns a bookshop in Acapulco, Mexico, and is married to a fearless journalist. Luca, their eight-year-old son, completes the picture. But it only takes a bullet to rip them apart.

In a city in the grip of a drug cartel, friends become enemies overnight, and Lydia has no choice but to flee with Luca at her side. North for the border… whatever it takes to stay alive. The journey is dangerous – not only for them, but for those they encounter along the way. Who can be trusted? And what sacrifices is Lydia prepared to make?

*An Instant New York Times #1 Bestseller 2020*
*An Instant Sunday Times Top Ten Bestseller 2020*
*Over 2 million copies sold globally*
*A Richard and Judy Bookclub Pick*
*An Oprah’s Book Club Pick*

*A BBC Radio 4 Book at Bedtime*

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.

The garden club invites you to discover the beautiful gardens in the area! Some members enjoy having lunch at a restaurant prior to the visits and others only take part in the visits.

In October, we will visit the Arboretum Gaston Allard in Angers after having lunch at La Douce Heure. Unlike most months, this will not be a guided visit. We will simply wander through the Arboretum hoping to catch the trees in their autumn colors while enjoying each other’s company. (https://www.anjou-tourisme.com/fr/diffusio/visites/arboretum-gaston-allard-angers_TFOPCUUARBALLARD). Reservations will be made for noon at La Douce Heure, located at 67 Promenade de La Baumette, in Angers.(https://restaurantladouceheure.com/).

The “Garden Club” activity is open to library members and offers visits once a month to a
garden between April and October. For more information and/or to sign up for the visit, please send an email to Diane Bonneau at (GardenClubELLIA@yahoo.com) ASAP but no later than September 25th. If you will NOT go to the restaurant, include your telephone number in your email. I will text you when we are finishing lunch. Although we expect to arrive at about 2:30, since there is no guide, it’s possible that we may arrive a little before or a little after.

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!

The library is an authorised test center for the TOEIC Listening and Reading Test (the Test of English for International Communication). For more information please visit our TOEIC page or to sign up go to the official ETS website.

Prepare your tastebuds for an unforgettable experience, as we join the City of Angers in celebrating American Day this October!

From fluffy pancakes and crispy bacon to scrambled eggs and home fries, our American Brunch will feature an array of classic dishes that will transport you straight to the United States.  Get ready for a morning filled with mouthwatering delights, lively conversations, and a true American cultural staple:  Brunch!

Space for this tasty event is limited to 40 seats.  They will be available on a first come, first serve basis.


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.