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Peter Bolos’ Photography Show | 12/09/2019-02/11/2019 | All Day

Peter Bolos' Photography Show

The art exhibition “Regards du hasard / Chance Looks” featuring photography by Peter Bolos opens on Thursday, September 12th at 6 PM and continues until Saturday, November 2nd during opening hours. The exhibition is free and open to the public. Join us at the opening for refreshments and to meet the artist!

“To see takes time.” Georgia O’Keefe once said and since my teens, with my camera, I’ve found my way of seeing. A sense of place, a small event, a short story captured in a frame. – Peter Bolos

Stop by the library from September 12th to November 2nd during opening hours to view his work.


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.


Highlights of English Musical Heritage | 22/10/2019 | 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 aimed at illustrating English Classical Music in its most beautiful forms. Each session will focus on a composer, with a short presentation of their work as well as listening to select pieces and videos. The point is to share comments and criticism as a group.

Free and open to all library members, for more information or to sign up please contact the group coordinator here.


Pizza and Board Games | 22/10/2019 | 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. No reservations necessary, just come and enjoy!


Reading Shakespeare | 25/10/2019 | 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, for more information or to sign-up please contact the group coordinator here.


Intensive English workshop for “collégiens” | 29/10/2019-31/10/2019 | 3:00 pm-6:00 pm

Intensive English workshop for "collégiens"

“Halloween’s Coming” is a 3-day English-learning workshop for collégiens. Participants learn English in a fun, interactive way with games, songs and activities with lots of talking and moving around! The workshop will be at the library for three consecutive afternoons of three hours each.

Please contact the front desk to sign up by phone: 02 41 24 97 07 or email: info@ellia.org. Limited to 15 participants so sign-up fast! Cost is 75 euros (includes snack, materials and library membership).


Textile Arts & Crafts | 07/11/2019 | 2:30 pm-4:30 pm

Textile Arts & Crafts

If you love needlecraft, this activity is for you! Each participant will make a textile creation of their choice while exchanging different techniques in English. All styles are welcome: embroidery, patchwork, quilting, weaving, collage, tapestry, etc.

For those who wish, it is possible to work on a group project. Each person will make their own textile artwork inspired by the Neil Gaiman quote, “A book is a dream that you hold in your hand.” The pieces will be shown at the library as an art exhibition in 2020.

Bring your own materials and join us at the library on the following dates: November 7th and December 5th. Open to library members. Please sign up at the front desk, when possible.


Coffee House | 08/11/2019 | 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 | 08/11/2019 | 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 award-winning British novelist, Adam Roberts | 08/11/2019 | 10:00 am-11:00 am

Talk by award-winning British novelist, Adam Roberts

Come to another exciting event at the English-language Library: “Burgess’s Innocence: Writing The Black Prince”.

In an interview in the 1970s, Anthony Burgess talked about his plan to write novel about the Black Prince. After reading the interview, Roberts was intrigued to find out what of this novel Burgess had left behind. It turns out that he had written a screenplay on the Black Prince that was never turned into a film. After reading the screenplay, Roberts decided to try to turn it into the novel that never was. “The Black Prince” was published by crowd-funded publisher Unbound in 2018. It tells the story of Edward of Woodstock, son of King Edward III and father of Richard II, who spent is life fighting in the Hundred Years’ War. “It’s a stylistic pastiche that is far more than a tribute act – as though Roberts has dismantled the clockwork that made Burgess tick and reassembled it in a new form.” – The Guardian. Click here for the review in goodreads.

Adam Roberts has made a name for himself as a Science Fiction novelist, a literary critic, and a professor. He received his Master’s in English from Aberdeen University and his PhD from Cambridge. He teaches literature and creative writing at Royal Holloway University of London. He has published over 40 books ranging from novels to short story collections to parodies to literary criticism, along with numerous articles and blogs. His most notable works include Jack Glass (2012), Salt (2001), Gradisil (2007) By Light Alone (2011), and Yellow Blue Tibia (2010).

This talk is free and open to the public. No reservations necessary, but seating is limited. This event has been sponsored by the CIRPaLL, research group at the University of Angers.


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