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Call for artists for 2020 exhibits at the library! | 02/10/2019-15/12/2019 | All Day

Call for artists for 2020 exhibits at the library!

2020 will be another spectacular year at the library and will mark a full year of the library’s supporting local artists. Sometimes these artists render the world in a way that is new, and fresh and exciting, sometimes they capture moments both intimate and universal all at once! At the end of the day they all are telling stories which is something familiar, satisfying and meaningful to those of us who love the library.

To schedule 4 art shows in 2020, the exhibitions committee announces an open a call for applications for shows to be held:

  • Early (mid January-early March)  6 weeks
  • Spring (Mid March-debut of May) 6 weeks
  • Summer (Mid May- debut of July) 7 weeks
  • Fall (Mid-september – mid-november)

Applications should include a text about your work & 5 images to illustrate your form of art.

Deadline for applications is December 15th, 2019. Please send all applications to this email address.

Take your TOEIC test | 20/11/2019 | 9:00 am-12:30 pm

Take your TOEIC test

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.

Drama Club | 20/11/2019 | 6:00 pm-7:30 pm

Drama Club

There are still a couple of spaces left to join the Drama Club which is open to adults and university students, with or without acting experience. These evenings of acting consist of miming, improvising, and acting out published works of theater such as sketches and plays.

This activity is open to library members, the cost is 90€ for the 2019-2020 school year. Sign up at the front desk with the registration form. Take the stage and break a leg! 

Books and Tea | 21/11/2019 | 2:00 pm-3:30 pm

Books and Tea

“Books and Tea” is a monthly meeting for bookworms and tea drinkers. Bring a book you’ve really enjoyed, talk about it and pass it on! The group meets from 2 to 3:30 at the tea shop in town called “Les Casse-Croûte de Suzy”. No need to sign up, just come and enjoy!

Coffee House | 22/11/2019 | 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 | 22/11/2019 | 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.

Talk by Arun Kapil “A View of the 2020 US Elections” | 22/11/2019 | 10:00 am-11:00 am

Talk by Arun Kapil "A View of the 2020 US Elections”

Arun Kapil teaches politics and modern history at the Institut Catholique de Paris. He has a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Chicago. An American/naturalized French citizen, he has been living in Paris since the early 1990s. He blogs at https://arunwithaview.wordpress.com/

This talk is free and open to the public. No reservations necessary, but seating is limited. The Speaker Series has been made possible with the support of the Embassy of the United States of America, France. / Avec le soutien de l’Ambassade des États-Unis d’Amérique.

Book Club reads “Someone” | 22/11/2019 | 2:30 pm-4:00 pm

Book Club reads "Someone"

The November read for the book club is “Someone” by Alice McDermott.

Someone begins on the stoop of a Brooklyn apartment building where Marie is waiting for her father to come home from work. It is the 1920s and in her Irish-American enclave the stories of her neighbors unfold before her short-sighted eyes. As the years pass Marie’s own history plays out against the backdrop of a changing world. This is the story of one life in all its devastating pains and unexpected joys; its bursts of brilliant clarity and moments of profound confusion. Fragments of a curious childhood, of adolescent sexual awakenings, of motherhood and, finally, old age are pieced together in this resonant tale of an unremarkable, unforgettable woman.

To join the book club please send an email to the group coordinator here.

The Press Review in English | 23/11/2019 | 2:00 pm-3:00 pm

The Press Review in English

The Internet is wonderful and can answer all your questions. For most of us, it is the main source for news. Indeed, we have immediate access to plenty of media from different parts of the world. But can they all be trusted? Using different sources and media, the press review helps you to find your way through the news and be well-informed. This is an informal sharing and discussion of the news in English. Please feel free to bring in an article that you would like to share with the other members of the group.

Meetings are held on Saturdays from 2-3pm.

This activity, free for library members, is organized by freelance journalist and library volunteer: Isma Hassaine-Poirier.

Thanksgiving! | 28/11/2019 | 6:30 pm-9:30 pm


In the spirit of the sharing of the first Thanksgiving, the library, Association Angers Jumelage and Angers International Welcome are organising a potluck, bring-a-dish-to-share Thanksgiving meal on Thursday, November 28th! We all have so much to be thankful for!

Meet at the library with your special dish to share, this is all about the harvest and giving thanks for all that we have.The organisers will set the tables (if you want to help, let us know by emailing mandy@ellia.org and come early at 4 pm to decorate). The organisers will offer all drinks.

This event is free! It is all about sharing!  Seating is limited at 53 so please reserve by sending an email to info@ellia.org if you would like to join the festivities.

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