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Yves Tourmen’s Photography Show | 25/04/2019-25/05/2019 | All Day

Yves Tourmen's Photography Show

The month-long show “San Francisco in Black and White” featuring photography by Yves Tourmen opens on Thursday, April 25th at 6 PM, and continues until Saturday, May 25th. The exhibit is free and open to the public. Join us on opening night for refreshments and meet the artist!

Yves Tourmen, a biologist and passionate photographer, shows photographs from his visits to San Francisco in 2017 and 2018. The exhibit features classic landscape shots, portraits and street photography. His Hasselblad camera, a vintage model from the 1970s, surprised many Californians, which gave him the perfect opportunity to start up a conversation with the locals and take many candid shots. Despite the digital age, Tourmen respects the traditional process and develops his photographs in his own darkroom.

Stop by the library from April 25th to May 25th during opening hours to view his work.


Walk and Talk | 22/05/2019 | 2:00 pm-6:00 pm

Walk and Talk

Time to get outside! Get on those hiking boots and take some time to revel in the great outdoors! The idea is to organise an easy walk once a month – approximately 10 km, 4 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 you going! Maximum group is 20 so be sure to sign up!

Sign up by sending your name, email address and phone number (preferably cell phone)  to the group leader by clicking here. You will be sent full details for the upcoming walk.


Books and Tea | 23/05/2019 | 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 | 24/05/2019 | 9:00 am-11:00 am

Coffee House

This is a special moment when the community comes together 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 | 24/05/2019 | 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 wool please bring it in. The Knitting group has a project knitting twiddle muffs and are looking for bits and pieces of washable wool.


Talk by Jake Lamar “Brothers in Exile: African-American Authors in Paris” | 24/05/2019 | 10:00 am-11:00 am

Talk by Jake Lamar "Brothers in Exile: African-American Authors in Paris"

American journalist and writer, Jake Lamar, will be speaking about “Brothers in Exile: African-American Authors in Paris” as part of the Spring 2019 Speaker Series, on May 24th from 10 to 11 am.

Lamar was born in 1961 and grew up in the Bronx. He has lived in Paris since 1993. He is the author of a memoir, essays, reviews, short stories, seven novels and a play. His most recent work, Viper’s Dream, is both a crime novel and a radio drama set in the jazz world of Harlem between 1936 and 1961. He is a recipient of the Lyndhurst Prize (for his book Bourgeois Blues), France’s Grand Prize for best foreign thriller (The Last Integrationist), a French National Book Center grant (for his novel Postérité) and a Beaumarchais fellowship for his play Brothers in Exile. He is currently working on a memoir about his life in Paris.

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.


Reading Shakespeare | 24/05/2019 | 3:00 pm-5:00 pm

Reading Shakespeare

Treat yourself to an afternoon of a collective reading of Shakespeare’s “Macbeth”. 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. The activity is free for library members. Please sign-up by emailing group leader John Barritt here.


Film Club presents “Much Ado About Nothing” | 25/05/2019 | 3:00 pm-5:30 pm

Film Club presents "Much Ado About Nothing"

The film club presents a film in English once a month on a Saturday afternoon. This showing will be of “Much Ado About Nothing,” a 1993 British/American romantic comedy film based on Shakespeare’s play. Young lovers Hero and Claudio, soon to wed, conspire to get verbal sparring partners and confirmed singles Benedick and Beatrice to wed as well. The film was directed by Kenneth Branagh, who also stars along with Emma Thompson, Robert Sean Leonard, Denzel Washington, Michael Keaton, Keanu Reeves, and Kate Beckinsale. Watch the trailer here.

Screening begins at 3 o’clock sharp and will be followed by a discussion in English. This activity is free and open to all library members. If possible, please reserve by signing up at the front desk


Library Closed for Bank Holiday | 30/05/2019 | All Day

Library Closed for Bank Holiday

The library is closed today for the bank holiday. Please remember that you can borrow eBooks at anytime. Click here to check out our eBook collection.


Regular Activities Cancelled Today | 31/05/2019 | All Day

Regular Activities Cancelled Today

The library is open this afternoon from 1 to 6 pm, but unfortunately regular activities such as Coffee House and Knit and Natter are cancelled.


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