Events - 23 Jul 19

Talk in French on King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table | 02/10/2015 | 10:00 pm-11:00 pm

King Arthur
<h5>Conférence en français de Georges Bertin : “Le Roi Arthur, la figure et ses réceptions dans les arts et la littérature.”</h5>
Le ROI ARTHUR.

Arthur, roi de Grande Bretagne au 6e siècle, hante l’imaginaire des hommes et des femmes qui entretiennent le souvenir de ses aventures. Sa légende s’inscrit d’abord dans un contexte panceltique, quand, à partir du 1er millénaire les celtes ont progressivement occupé toute l’Europe et arrivent en Grande Bretagne. A cette époque nous disent les contes, un chef de guerre nommé Arthur bat les Saxons au Mont Badon (500). L’imagination populaire en a fait un grand roi, et les textes les plus anciens le mentionnent comme un chef de guerre, quelques vestiges archéologiques mentionnent son nom, le lieu de son palais (Camelot) et de sa sépulture (Glastonbury). Mais avec Arthur, c’est d’abord la légende qui contribue à créer un héros pan européen, un mythe universel.

Qu’en est-il donc du roi Arthur ? Il y a le légendaire roi Arthur, né de l’union illégitime d’Uter Pendragon et de l’épouse du duc de Cornouailles, surprise grâce à un stratagème de Merlin, lequel élèvera le futur roi en retrait et dans l’anonymat. Encore écuyer, une nuit de Noël, il parvient à arracher l’épée royale de l’enclume (ou du perron) et reconnu comme roi, ralliera à lui les tribus de Grande Bretagne. Après avoir fondé la Table Ronde, le plus ancien ordre chevaleresque du monde voué à la quête du Saint Graal, vaincu nombre d’ennemis dans douze batailles dont, opposé aux Saxons (la plus célèbre étant celle du Mont Badon), il sort victorieux, il finira, tué par Mordred le fils incestueux qu’il avait eu de sa sœur Morgane. Transporté par les fées en l’Ile d’Avalon, il doit en revenir pour apporter la paix à ce monde troublé. « Encore y est, bretons l’attendent », écrivait Rober Wace, le vieux trouvère anglo-normand. Mais comment comprendre son immense popularité ? On la doit d’abord aux traditions galloises (les Goddodins) véhiculées par les Bardds puis les vies de saints gallois et irlandais et les historiens latins tels Nennius et Geoffroy de Monmouth. Les souverains anglo-normands surtout Henri II Plantagenêt et Aliénor d’Aquitaine vont favoriser la diffusion de la légende arthurienne en Occident. En Angleterre, alors que les Tudor ressuscitent les traditions des chevaliers de la Table Ronde c’est au 15e siècle, à une époque tourmentée de l’histoire anglaise (la Guerre des Deux Roses) que sir Thomas Malory écrit une Morte d’Arthur véritable matrice où puiseront les romantiques comme Alfred Tennyson. Le Théâtre, le roman de fantasy, le cinéma, la bande dessinée, la TV, les jeux vidéos, ne cessent à notre époque de rendre toujours plus actuel le mythe arthurien les exploits des chevaliers de la Table Ronde la quête du saint Graal.

Rex Arturus rex futurus, chantait le trouvère normand du roman de Rou. Les travaux actuels des Chevaliers et Dames de la Table Ronde permettent d’en percevoir désormais et la genèse et les avatars et ceci n’est pas également sans informer notre avenir, mais c’est une autre histoire.
Georges Bertin, International First Knight of The Order of the Round Table.


Explore. Dream. Discover. | 10/10/2015 | 4:00 pm-5:30 pm

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TRAVEL TO SOUTH AMERICA THIS SATURDAY!
We are going to extend SUMMER this year! Join us to listen to a series of presentations by foreign students living in Angers. They will share stories about their home country, their experiences abroad and possibilities for youth travel. A chance for you to get to know NEW PEOPLE, NEW CULTURES AND HAVE A LOT FUN!
The 10th of October, we’re going to SOUTH AMERICA! Meet Siobhán, an Irish girl who volunteered in Argentina and Tatiana, a Peruvian student who will speak about her country. After the talks, there will be a question and answer session with the presenters.
Free and open to the public. No need to reserve…just come and have fun!


Call for donations for Silent Auction | 20/10/2015-03/11/2015 | All Day

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The library needs you!

The library is launching a new and exciting fundraiser and once again the library needs your help…want to take part? Read on! Silent auctions are great “fun” raisers and fundraisers and this is how you can help.

We are looking for donations of items and services that we will open up to bidding during the month of November. Highest bidder wins of course, and the proceeds come into the library’s 2015 budget…helping the library raise precious funds for the many programs and wonderful collection of books.

The library would like to ask you to donate gifts of value and/or think about asking a friend or local business about donating something. If you would like to present an official letter of request to a business, feel free to print out this letter in English by clicking here and in French by clicking here.

Donations can be items and/or services. Short of ideas? Look at this list for inspiration.* Everything should be brought to the library by November 3rd. Since this is a fundraiser we are asking for items of minimum value 30 euros. Auction items will be displayed in the library and featured on our website for bidding starting November 4th. The bidding will be open to the public until November 28th.

Ready to donate? Easy as pie! Fill out this sheet  and send it back to phoebe@ellia.org. Thank you ever so much for your support and helping us make the library the place to be.

* We accept anything from tickets to concerts, theatre, movies, museums; lovely antique furniture or dish ware (in perfect condition); paintings and/or sculptures; paid entries or private visits to a chateau, theme parks, zoo, etc…; experiences such as a cruise, hot air balloon rides, cooking lessons; gift baskets on a theme; gift cards from local businesses: a restaurant, yoga lessons; services: hairdresser, beauty salon, massages; weekend or days in a vacation home or gîte, etc.


Intensive English workshops for “collégiens” | 27/10/2015-29/10/2015 | 3:00 pm-6:00 pm

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This halloween workshop for young adults between the ages of 12-14 takes place in the library and runs over three consecutive afternoons of three hours each. This is a wonderful way for kids to have fun learning English through games, songs and lots of speaking and moving around. Cost is 75 euros (includes snack, materials and library membership). Please contact the front desk to sign up. Limited to 15.


Presentation on “How to make the most out of your money” | 06/11/2015 | 10:00 am-10:45 am

This talk/presentation in English, free and open to the public, will be held during “Coffee House” by Amanda Johnson from

Spectrum IFA Group

and Karolyn Chauvigné from

Currencies Direct

RETIREMENT PLANNING

Forward planning for your retirement can mean the difference between having the reassurance of financial security in later years rather than the worry of wondering how you will cope

INVESTMENTS FOR EXPATS

How do you choose your investments when you are an expatriate? Taking personalised Investment Advice can be vital, especially in the current economic environment, with high inflation and record low interest rates

INHERITANCE TAX PLANNING

Inheritance Tax Planning for expatriates requires careful consideration.  At home or abroad your plans to pass any assets in the future to your family will be determined by the place where you live and if you are UK domiciled

CURRENCY EXCHANGE

Currencies Direct is a foreign exchange company, which is fully regulated in the UK (FCA) and in France (AMF). Karolyn will be able to give you invaluable information on how to get the best out of your currency exchange. From just £150 upwards, we can save you between 3 and 5% on bank rates and with no charges at all!

“Get a better deal, after all, it’s your money we’re talking about”


French Conversation Groups | 06/11/2015 | 11:00 am-12:00 pm

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Time to brush up your French?
The library offers French conversation groups for adults! This group uses newspaper articles and latest news to incite the members to talk about French culture. They work on vocubulary for shopping at the market, communicating with the local garage, traveling around France and more…plus general tips about living in France. There is a little bit of grammar of course, but just enough to help you get a sense of what you are hearing. The object is to ease you into the language and culture…and help make the French chapter of your life easier . Please contact the front desk to sign up. Groups meet on Friday mornings from 11 – 12 (except during school holidays). Cost is 60 euros for an individual and 90 euros for a couple; this covers the activity through the month of June. November dates are the 6th, the 13th, the 20th and the 27th.


Film and talk by young Syrian filmmaker | 13/11/2015 | 10:00 am-10:45 am

Hanna Karim, a young Syrian filmmaker and photographer, will be giving a talk on life in his hometown Aleppo, Syria before, during and in the aftermath of the war. Following his presentation will be a screening of his film “As Homing Pigeons” which was recognized at the Short Film Corner during the Cannes Film Festival in 2015. There will be a time for questions and answers after the screening. Free and open to the public. No need to reserve.

 


Explore. Dream. Discover. | 21/11/2015 | 4:00 pm-5:30 pm

Explore.
Join us for a series of presentations about other countries and the many existing possibilities for travelling abroad. This time the presentation is going to be about the many unknown opportunities for exploring other countries! There will be information about WORKING, STUDYING, INTERNSHIPPING, ERASMUS+, VOLUNTEERING & EUROPEAN VOLUNTEER SERVICE & CHEAP TRAVELLING possibilities abroad. If you are interested in branching out, meeting new international friends, discovering new cultures & countries…. JOIN US on Saturday, November 21st at 4:00! If you have experience traveling and living abroad, COME and SHARE your stories! Listen to other opportunities that are out there ready to be grasped! After the presentation, there will be a question and answer session. Feel free to invite your friends! No need to reserve…just come and…start dreaming!


Thanksgiving! | 29/11/2015 | 11:00 am-5:00 pm

Thanksgiving

The library is organising a Thanksgiving meal on Sunday, November 29th.

This will be a full day of events including a walk in the woods to work up your appetite, a full turkey and vegetable meal & entertainment.

Cost is 25 euros for adults. Children are welcome: 6-14 year olds pay 10 euros and children under 5 are free. Seating is limited at 77 so please let us know as soon as you can by sending an email to phoebe@ellia.org if you would like to join the festivities.

This is a very special event for the library…as we have much to be thankful for!


Luncheon Club | 08/12/2015 | 12:00 pm-2:00 pm

silverwareLove those French restaurants? Feel like you need to speak English more but in a relaxed atmosphere? Join this club which schedules a lunch in a great local restaurant. Click here to send an email to the coordinator for more information and the full schedule.


Books and Tea | 10/12/2015 | 2:00 pm-4:00 pm

B&T

“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! No need to sign up, just come and enjoy! “Books and Tea” meetings take place at Les Casse-Croûte de Suzy at 3 rue de l’Espine in Angers.


French Conversation Groups | 11/12/2015 | 11:00 am-12:00 pm

learning French
Time to brush up your French?
The library offers French conversation groups for adults! This group uses newspaper articles and latest news to incite the members to talk about French culture. They work on vocubulary for shopping at the market, communicating with the local garage, traveling around France and more…plus general tips about living in France. There is a little bit of grammar of course, but just enough to help you get a sense of what you are hearing. The object is to ease you into the language and culture…and help make the French chapter of your life easier . Please contact the front desk to sign up. Groups meet on Friday mornings from 11 – 12 (except during school holidays). Cost is 60 euros for an individual and 90 euros for a couple; this covers the activity through the month of June.


Reading Shakespeare | 11/12/2015 | 3:00 pm-5:00 pm

ShakespeareTreat yourself to an afternoon of a collective reading of Shakespeare. The 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 at the front desk.


Film Club | 12/12/2015 | 3:00 pm-5:00 pm

Virgin Suicides

The library is pleased to offer a showing of a great film in English on one Saturday afternoon a month. The December showing will be of “Virgin Suicides”.

The Virgin Suicides is a 1999 American drama written and directed by Sofia Coppola. It is based on the 1993 best selling debut novel of the same name by American author Jeffrey Eugenides. The film tells of the brief lives of five teenage sisters in a middle class suburb near the outskirts of Detroit during the 1970s. After the youngest sister makes an initial attempt at suicide, her sisters are put under close scrutiny by their parents, eventually being put into near-confinement, which leads to increasingly depressive and isolated behaviour.

Screening begins at 15:00 sharp. This activity is free of charge for all library members. Please sign up at the front desk in advance if possible. A discussion in English will follow the film.


Christmas Caroling | 13/12/2015 | 3:00 pm-6:00 pm

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Looking for that good old Christmas spirit? All you need to do is to wear red and green WARM clothes (and a red Santa hat if you have one!), meet at the library at 3:00 before going out to carol in the streets of Angers. No need to sign up, just come and sing to your heart’s content! Click here to see what carols we will be singing, maybe not all of these but certainly most of these! We will have copies of the carols to hand out to everyone. If you don’t want to sing, come and applaud us!

 


Pizza and board games | 15/12/2015 | 6:00 pm-8:00 pm

pizzaThe pizza and board games evening is scheduled one Tuesday a month from 6-8 pm. Cost is 7 euros (covers pizza and non-alcoholic drinks, 5 euros for children 12 and under and native English speakers). No reservations necessary, just come and enjoy! Dates for 2015-2016 December 15th, January 19th, February 23rd, March 15th, April 19th, May 24th and June 14th.


French Conversation Groups | 18/12/2015 | 11:00 am-12:00 pm

learning French
Time to brush up your French?
The library offers French conversation groups for adults! This group uses newspaper articles and latest news to incite the members to talk about French culture. They work on vocubulary for shopping at the market, communicating with the local garage, traveling around France and more…plus general tips about living in France. There is a little bit of grammar of course, but just enough to help you get a sense of what you are hearing. The object is to ease you into the language and culture…and help make the French chapter of your life easier . Please contact the front desk to sign up. Groups meet on Friday mornings from 11 – 12 (except during school holidays). Cost is 60 euros for an individual and 90 euros for a couple; this covers the activity through the month of June.


Bookclub meets | 18/12/2015 | 2:30 pm-4:00 pm

Don't Tell Alfred

The December read for the bookclub is “Don’t Tell Alfred” by Nancy Mitford.  In this delightful comedy, Fanny the quietly observant narrator of Nancy Mitford s two most famous novels, finally takes center stage. Fanny Wincham last seen as a young woman in “The Pursuit of Love “and “Love in a Cold Climate” has lived contentedly for years as housewife to an absent-minded Oxford don, Alfred. But her life changes overnight when her beloved Alfred is appointed English Ambassador to Paris.

There is room in the Bookclub for a few more avid readers of English. The bookclub meets once a month to discuss the club choice which we have all read and enjoy tea and cakes together afterwards. For more information and to join the group, please contact the Book Club President by clicking here. Upcoming dates for 2015-2016 are December 18th, January 22nd, February 19th, March 18th, April 22nd, May 20th & June 17th.


The library closes for Christmas holidays | 24/12/2015-04/01/2016 | All Day

Closed for ChristmasThe library reopens on Tuesday, January 5th at 1pm!

Happy holidays to all!


Coffee House | 08/01/2016 | 9:00 am-11:00 am

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This is a special moment when the community gathers together to talk about everything and anything (…in English of course!) and sips coffee and tea. Coffee House is free and open to all library members. Just drop in, no need to reserve! Dates for January 2016 are the 8th, 15th, 22nd & 29th.


Financial advice & consulting | 08/01/2016 | 10:00 am-11:00 am

Amanda Johnson from Spectrum Financial Advisors & Karolyn Chauvigné from Currencies Direct will be present at the ‘Coffee House’ every two months. Should you need any free, friendly advice on any of the following issues they will be present to advise you.

RETIREMENT PLANNING
Forward planning for your retirement can mean the difference between having the reassurance of financial security in later years rather than the worry of wondering how you will cope

INVESTMENTS FOR EXPATS
How do you choose your investments when you are an expatriate? Taking personalised Investment Advice can be vital, especially in the current economic environment, with high inflation and record low interest rates

INHERITANCE TAX PLANNING
Inheritance Tax Planning for expatriates requires careful consideration. At home or abroad your plans to pass any assets in the future to your family will be determined by the place where you live and if you are UK domiciled

CURRENCY EXCHANGE
Currencies Direct is a foreign exchange company, which is fully regulated in the UK (FCA) and in France (AMF). Karolyn will be able to give you invaluable information on how to get the best out of your currency exchange. From just £150 upwards, we can save you between 3 and 5% on bank rates and with no charges at all!

 

“Get a better deal, after all, it’s your money we’re talking about”. No need to reserve, just stop by the library!


Reading Shakespeare | 08/01/2016 | 3:00 pm-5:00 pm

ShakespeareTreat yourself to an afternoon of a collective reading of Shakespeare. The 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 at the front desk.


Luncheon Club | 12/01/2016 | 12:00 pm-2:00 pm

silverwareLove those French restaurants? Feel like you need to speak English more but in a relaxed atmosphere? Join this club which schedules a lunch in a great local restaurant. Next date will be February 9th. Click here to send an email to the coordinator for more information and the full schedule.


Coffee House | 15/01/2016 | 9:00 am-11:00 am

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This is a special moment when the community gathers together to talk about everything and anything (…in English of course!) and sips coffee and tea. Coffee House is free and open to all library members. Just drop in, no need to reserve! Dates for January 2016 are the 8th, 15th, 22nd & 29th.


Big Quiz | 17/01/2016 | 2:30 pm-6:30 pm

Book now for the library’s New Year “Big Quiz” with a brand new format and get ready for a lot of fun in the middle of a cold January afternoon!

Quiz

Come on Sunday, January 17th from 14:30 – 18:30 and kick off 2016 with some great fun and games with the 6th annual quiz.

Yes, there will be questions, but they will be in all sorts of shapes, sizes and challenges. Teams of 6….6 heads are better than one ! Wine, coffee, tea, snacks and cakes available all afternoon. Prizes for the winning team AND you will be helping the library with its fundraising. Bring your English-speaking French friends!

All this for just 10 euros a head with all proceeds going to the library. Book your place at the front desk as soon as you can!


Pizza and board games | 19/01/2016 | 6:00 pm-8:00 pm

pizzaThe pizza and board games evening is scheduled one Tuesday a month from 6-8 pm. Cost is 7 euros (covers pizza and non-alcoholic drinks, 5 euros for children 12 and under and native English speakers). No reservations necessary, just come and enjoy! Dates for 2016 are January 19th, February 23rd, March 15th, April 19th, May 24th and June 14th.


Coffee House | 22/01/2016 | 9:00 am-11:00 am

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This is a special moment when the community gathers together to talk about everything and anything (…in English of course!) and sips coffee and tea. Coffee House is free and open to all library members. Just drop in, no need to reserve! Dates for January 2016 are the 8th, 15th, 22nd & 29th.


Bookclub meets | 22/01/2016 | 2:30 pm-4:00 pm

Banville

The January read for the bookclub is “The Book of Evidence” by John Banville.  John Banville ‘s stunning powers of mimicry are brilliantly on display in this engrossing novel, the darkly compelling confession of an improbable murderer. Freddie Montgomery is a highly cultured man, a husband and father living the life of a dissolute exile on a Mediterranean island.

There is room in the Bookclub for a few more avid readers of English. The bookclub meets once a month to discuss the club choice which we have all read and enjoy tea and cakes together afterwards. For more information and to join the group, please contact the Book Club President by clicking here. Upcoming dates for 2016 are January 22nd, February 19th, March 18th, April 22nd, May 20th & June 17th.


Austin Day at the Festival Premiers Plans | 28/01/2016 | All Day

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Austin à Premiers Plans avec le soutien d’Austin Angers Creative.

Villes amies et jumelles depuis 2010, Austin (Texas) et Angers renforcent chaque année un peu plus leurs liens autour de thématiques culturelles, artistiques et économiques. Dans le sillon du partenariat autour des musiques actuelles, Premiers Plans contribue à cette dynamique en proposant, pour la deuxième année, une carte blanche à Austin Film Society, acteur majeur du cinéma dans le domaine de la production et de la diffusion. Une sélection de courts métrages, films d’écoles et d’un long métrage, réalisés par des cinéastes ayant un lien fort avec Austin.

 

Jeudi 28 janvier 2016
17h – Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter de David Zellner – 105’
Une Japonaise solitaire est convaincue que le trésor perdu d’un film de fiction est en fait réel. A lonely Japanese woman is convinced that the treasure lost in a fiction film is actually real. Présenté et suivi d’une rencontre avec le réalisateur et Holly Herrick, directrice artistique adjointe d’Austin Film Society.
Cinéma Les 400 Coups, Salle 5

21h – Concert Jonathan Terrell +
The Forsaken Shadow + Cherry Plum (duo)
Proposé par Le Chabada et le Joker’s Pub
Joker’s Pub – Entrée libre
22h – Programme de courts métrages – 83’
Nothing Human de Tom Rosenberg – 17’
The Solitude of Memory de Juan Pablo Gonzales – 20’
The OceanMaker de Lucas Martell – 10’
Carne Seca de Jazmin Diaz – 11’
Calls to Okies de B. Beesley & B. Steinbauer – 18’
Squirrel de Tomas Vendris – 7’
Courts métrages présentés par Holly Herrick, directrice artistique adjointe d’Austin Film Society.
Attention : perfectionnez votre anglais en découvrant 6 courts métrages américains dont 2 non sous-titrés en français.
Cinéma Les 400 Coups, Salle 6

For more information please consult the “Festival Premiers Plans”‘s website.


More from Austin with the Festival Premiers Plans | 29/01/2016 | All Day

Premiers Plans

Austin à Premiers Plans avec le soutien d’Austin Angers Creative.

Villes amies et jumelles depuis 2010, Austin (Texas) et Angers renforcent chaque année un peu plus leurs liens autour de thématiques culturelles, artistiques et économiques. Dans le sillon du partenariat autour des musiques actuelles, Premiers Plans contribue à cette dynamique en proposant, pour la deuxième année, une carte blanche à Austin Film Society, acteur majeur du cinéma dans le domaine de la production et de la diffusion. Une sélection de courts métrages, films d’écoles et d’un long métrage, réalisés par des cinéastes ayant un lien fort avec Austin.

Vendredi 29 janvier 2016
10h – Échanges avec Austin
Rencontre avec David Zellner, réalisateur et Holly Herrick, directrice artistique adjointe d’Austin Film Society.
Bibliothèque Anglophone d’Angers (60, rue Boisnet)

19h15 – Layla in the Sky de Micah Magee – 93’
Dans le cadre de la Compétition Premier long métrage. San Antonio, Texas. Layla, élève studieuse et brillante, tombe enceinte. Sa famille, conservatrice, lui impose de garder l’enfant. À dix-sept ans, elle se retrouve confrontée aux premiers choix de vie d’une femme…San Antonio, Texas. Layla, a hard-working, brilliant student, falls pregnant. Her conservative family insist that she keeps the child. At 17 she is faced with the first choices in the life of a woman…

Suivi d’une rencontre avec la réalisatrice Micah Magee :Autrefois programmatrice pour une radio pirate et journaliste pour la presse écrite, Micah Magee a obtenu une bourse Fulbright pour quitter son Texas natal et étudier la réalisation à Berlin. Son film de fin d’études, Coming Home, a obtenu le prix du public à Angers en 2012. Avec son mari, le cinéaste danois Johan Carlsen, elle a monté une petite société de production et coopérative de réalisateurs berlinoise, Makrorama. Layla in the Sky est son premier long métrage.
Centre des Congrès, Auditorium
(Reprise de Layla in the Sky : Samedi 30 janvier au Grand Théâtre, à 10h)

For more information please consult the “Festival Premiers Plans”‘s website.


Coffee House | 29/01/2016 | 9:00 am-11:00 am

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This is a special moment when the community gathers together to talk about everything and anything (…in English of course!) and sips coffee and tea. Coffee House is free and open to all library members. Just drop in, no need to reserve! Dates for January 2016 are the 8th, 15th, 22nd & 29th.


Film Club | 30/01/2016 | 3:00 pm-5:00 pm

Red shoes

The library is pleased to offer a showing of “The Red Shoes”.

The Red Shoes (1948) is a British feature film about a ballet dancer, written, directed and produced by the team of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. Victoria ‘Vicky’ Page (Moira Shearer) is a young, unknown dancer from an aristocratic background. At an after-ballet party, arranged by her aunt as a surreptitious audition, she meets Boris Lermontov (Anton Walbrook), the ruthless but charismatic impresario of the Ballet Lermontov. Lermontov takes her on as a student, where she is taught by, among others, Grisha Ljubov (Léonide Massine), the company’s chief choreographer. After seeing her dance in a matinee performance of Swan Lake, Lermontov realises her potential and invites Vicky to go with the company to Paris and Monte Carlo. When he loses his prima ballerina (Ludmilla Tchérina) to marriage, Lermontov begins to see Vicky as a possible successor. He decides to create a starring role for her in a new ballet, The Red Shoes, the music for which is to be written by Julian Craster (Marius Goring) a brilliant young composer engaged as orchestral coach the same day that Vicky was brought into the company. As the premiere of the ballet approaches, Vicky and Julian lock horns artistically, and then fall in love. The ballet is a great success, and Lermontov talks with Vicky about her future. Lermontov revitalizes the company’s repertoire with Vicky in the lead roles, with Julian composing some of the most successful scores.

Screening begins at 15:00 sharp. This activity is free of charge for all library members. Please sign up at the front desk in advance if possible. A discussion in English will follow the film.


Take your TOEIC test | 02/02/2016 | 7:00 pm-9:15 pm

 

TOEIC

You can sign up to take your TOEIC test here in the library. To sign up please consult the ETS website. Dates for 2016 are February 2nd, March 1st, March 29th, April 26th, May 17th, June 7th.


Books and Tea | 04/02/2016 | 2:00 pm-4:00 pm

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“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! Upcoming 2016 dates are February 4th, March 3rd and 31st from 2 to 4 at the Casse Croute de Suzy. . No need to sign up, just come and enjoy!


Coffee House | 05/02/2016 | 9:00 am-11:00 am

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This is a special moment when the community gathers together to talk about everything and anything (…in English of course!) and sips coffee and tea. Coffee House is free and open to all library members. Just drop in, no need to reserve! Dates for January 2016 are the 8th, 15th, 22nd & 29th.


Knit and natter | 05/02/2016 | 10:00 am-11:00 am

Knitting

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 members. No need to reserve, just come and enjoy yourself!


Luncheon Club | 09/02/2016 | 12:00 pm-2:00 pm

silverwareLove those French restaurants? Feel like you need to speak English more but in a relaxed atmosphere? Join this club which schedules a lunch in a great local restaurant. Click here to send an email to the coordinator for more information and the full schedule.


Bookclub meets to discuss “The Dinner” | 19/02/2016 | 2:30 pm-4:00 pm

The Dinner

The February read for the bookclub is “The Dinner” by Herman Koch: a summer’s evening in Amsterdam and two couples meet at a fashionable restaurant. Between mouthfuls of food and over the polite scrapings of cutlery, the conversation remains a gentle hum of polite discourse – the banality of work, the triviality of holidays. But behind the empty words, terrible things need to be said, and with every forced smile and every new course, the knives are being sharpened.

Upcoming dates for 2016 are February 19th, March 18th, April 22nd, May 20th & June 17th.


Warwickshire Choristers | 20/02/2016 | 8:00 pm-9:30 pm

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The library is pleased to invite you to a concert of young boys from England. Warwickshire County Boys Choir brings together well over 100 enthusiastic boy singers between the ages of 8 and 14 to perform and experience a wide repertoire. Approximately 25 will be traveling to France for this tour.

Reservations possible, call the library or send an email. Just come and enjoy the concert! Donations will be accepted in order to cover costs.


Pizza and board games | 23/02/2016 | 6:00 pm-8:00 pm

pizzaThe pizza and board games evening is scheduled one Tuesday a month from 6-8 pm. Cost is 7 euros (covers pizza and non-alcoholic drinks, 5 euros for children 12 and under and native English speakers). No reservations necessary, just come and enjoy! Upcoming dates for 2016 are February 23rd, March 15th, April 19th, May 24th and June 14th.


Garden Club’s seed exchange | 25/02/2016 | 3:00 pm-5:00 pm

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The Garden Club starts up each new year with a seed exchange…otherwise known as the Great Cake Extravaganza.This is a fun afternoon of discussion on what gardens to visit in 2016.

If you would like to join the Garden Club and receive invitations to the outings in private and public gardens one Thursday afternoon a month between the months of April and October. The Garden Club is free of charge to members of the library. For more information please send an email to the President.


CV and cover letter workshop | 25/02/2016 | 3:30 pm-4:30 pm

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Once a month the library offers a CV and cover letter workshop. Please bring in your materials to have an English-speaker correct them. No need to sign up! This activity is free for members of the library. Dates for the coming months are March 31st and April 28th.


Reading by French writer Luc-Michel Fouassier | 25/02/2016 | 7:00 pm-9:00 pm

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In collaboration with the MIEL the library is pleased to invite you to an evening of readings in French by the author.

Luc-Michel Fouassier est né en 1968 et vit en région parisienne. Révélé par des publications en revues (Harfang, Rue Saint-Ambroise…) il connait un réel succès en 2008 dès son premier recueil Histoires Jivaro (100 micro-nouvelles de 100 mots). Depuis, 3 recueils publiés aux éditions Quadrature alternent avec 3 romans publiés aux éditions Luce Wilquin. Grand Défenseur de la nouvelle, il est aussi depuis une dizaine d’années l’organisateur du Salon d’Ozoir-la-Ferrière et du Prix Ozoir’elles.

Bibliographie

Histoires Jivaro nouvelles Quadrature 2008

Les hommes à lunettes … nouvelles Quadrature 2010

Un si proche éloignement roman Luce Wilquin 2011

Fragments d’un fait d’hier roman Luce Wilquin 2013

Le Zilien roman Luce Wilquin 2014

Deux ans de vacances et plus nouvelles Quadrature 2016


Coffee House | 26/02/2016 | 9:00 am-11:00 am

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This is a special moment when the community gathers together to talk about everything and anything (…in English of course!) and sips coffee and tea. Coffee House is free and open to all library members. Just drop in, no need to reserve! Coffee house is every Friday except during school holidays.


Knit and natter | 26/02/2016 | 10:00 am-11:00 am

Knitting

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 members and generally runs each Friday except during school holidays. No need to reserve, just come and enjoy yourself!


Reading Shakespeare | 26/02/2016 | 3:00 pm-5:00 pm

ShakespeareTreat yourself to an afternoon of a collective reading of Shakespeare. The 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 at the front desk.


Film Club | 27/02/2016 | 3:00 pm-5:00 pm

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The library is pleased to offer a showing of “Adaptation”.

Adaptation is a 2002 American comedy-drama metafilm directed by Spike Jonze and written by Charlie Kaufman. The film is based on Susan Orlean’s non-fiction book The Orchid Thief and stars Nicolas Cage and Meryl Streep with Cara Seymour, Brian Cox, Tilda Swinton, Ron Livingston and Maggie Gyllenhaal in supporting roles.

The self-loathing Charlie Kaufman is hired to write the screenplay for The Orchid Thief. Kaufman is going through depression and is not happy that his twin brother Donald has moved into his house and is mooching from him. Donald decides to become a screenwriter like Charlie and attends one of Robert McKee’s famous seminars. Charlie, who rejects formulaic script writing, wants to ensure that his script is a faithful adaptation of The Orchid Thief. However, he comes to realize that the book does not have a usable narrative and that it is impossible to turn into a film, leaving him with a serious case of writer’s block. Already well over his deadline with Columbia Pictures, and despairing at writing his script with self-reference, Charlie travels to New York to discuss the screenplay with Orlean directly. Unable to face her and with the surprising news that Donald’s spec script for a clichéd psychological thriller, called The 3, is selling for six or seven figures, Kaufman resorts to attending McKee’s seminar in New York and asks him for advice. Charlie ends up asking Donald to join him in New York to assist with the story structure. Donald pretends to be Charlie and interviews Orlean, but is suspicious of her account of the events of her book because she acts as though she is lying. He and his brother Charlie follow Orlean to Florida where she meets Laroche, the orchid-stealing protagonist of Orlean’s book and her secret lover. It is revealed that the Seminole wanted the ghost orchid in order to manufacture a drug that causes fascination; Laroche introduces this drug to Orlean. After Laroche and Orlean catch Charlie observing them taking the drug and having sex, she decides that Charlie must die. Orlean forces Charlie at gunpoint to drive to the swamp, where she intends to kill him. Charlie and Donald escape and hide in the swamp, where they resolve their differences and Charlie’s problems with women. Laroche accidentally shoots Donald. Fleeing, Charlie and Donald drive off but crash into a ranger’s truck; Donald dies in the accident. Charlie runs off into the swamp to hide but is spotted by Laroche. However, Laroche is killed by an alligator before being able to kill Charlie. Orlean is arrested. Charlie makes up with his mother, tells his former love interest Amelia that he is still in love with her, and finishes the script. It ends with Charlie in a voice-over announcing the script is finished and that he wants Gérard Depardieu to portray him in the film.

Screening begins at 15:00 sharp. This activity is free of charge for all library members. Please sign up at the front desk in advance if possible. A discussion in English will follow the film.


Take your TOEIC test | 01/03/2016 | 7:00 pm-9:15 pm

 

TOEIC

You can sign up to take your TOEIC test here in the library. To sign up please consult the ETS website. Dates for 2016 are February 2nd, March 1st, March 29th, April 26th, May 17th, June 7th.


Books and Tea | 03/03/2016 | 2:00 pm-4:00 pm

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“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! Upcoming 2016 dates are March 3rd and 31st from 2 to 4 at “Les Casse-Croûte de Suzy” 3 rue de l’Espine. No need to sign up, just come and enjoy!


Coffee House | 04/03/2016 | 9:00 am-11:00 am

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This is a special moment when the community gathers together to talk about everything and anything (…in English of course!) and sips coffee and tea. Coffee House is free and open to all library members. Just drop in, no need to reserve! Coffee house is every Friday except during school holidays.


Knit and natter | 04/03/2016 | 10:00 am-11:00 am

Knitting

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 members. No need to reserve, just come and enjoy yourself!


Poetry – the library takes part in the “Printemps des Poètes” | 05/03/2016-20/03/2016 | All Day

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Spring is here! Well, almost…while waiting for those warmer days, take some time for poetry and the French national celebration “Le Printemps des poètes”...

Learning a language can be a challenge… but why not make it a relishing experience? Come learn about the great English-language poets of the 20th century. Delve into the wonderful language of poets from England, America, Ireland and even Wales. Inspire your inner creative wild side by listening to, or reading, the smooth licking jazzy rhythms of Langston Hughes or settle into the rolling hills of Sylvia Plath’s melancholic verse. Poetry is the beautiful, laughing, crying child of creative expression. Why not come meet this part of yourself at the library at these events?

March 5th – 20th : the library will be featuring a poetry tree decorated with English literature’s most impacting 20th-century poets (and their selected poems) on fun little ornaments for your casual reading pleasure. The library will also be displaying a selection of books of poetry.

Friday, March 11th : during our normally scheduled Coffee House, 10-11 am, thelibrary will have a presentation on 20 of the most-loved 20th-century poets: thier lives and their poems. Following this vivacious little presentation we will have a little team-based trivia competition based on the presentation. The winners will receive a delectable little gift.


Coffee House | 11/03/2016 | 9:00 am-11:00 am

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This is a special moment when the community gathers together to talk about everything and anything (…in English of course!) and sips coffee and tea. Coffee House is free and open to all library members. Just drop in, no need to reserve! Coffee house is every Friday except during school holidays.


Knit and Natter | 11/03/2016 | 10:00 am-11:00 am

Knitting

 

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 members. No need to reserve, just come in and knit to your heart’s content!


Presentation in English on the 20 best-loved English-language poets of the 20th century | 11/03/2016 | 10:00 am-11:00 am

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Spring is here! Well, almost…while waiting for those warmer days, take some time for poetry and the French national celebration “Le Printemps des poètes”...

 

During our normally scheduled Coffee House, 10-11 am, thelibrary will have a presentation on 20 of the most-loved 20th-century poets: thier lives and their poems. Following this vivacious little presentation we will have a little team-based trivia competition based on the presentation. The winners will receive a delectable little gift. No reservations necessary. Just come and enjoy!


Reading Shakespeare | 11/03/2016 | 3:00 pm-5:00 pm

ShakespeareTreat yourself to an afternoon of a collective reading of Shakespeare. The 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 at the front desk.


National Public Speaking Competition for high school students | 12/03/2016 | 9:00 am-12:30 pm

The library, the English Speaking Union and the Maison de l’Europe are pleased to invite you to the National Public Speaking Competition where 8 young high school students will be competing to represent France in the International Public Speaking Competition in London in May. Please find your invitation by clicking here.


Pizza and board games | 15/03/2016 | 6:00 pm-8:00 pm

pizzaThe pizza and board games evening is scheduled one Tuesday a month from 6-8 pm. Cost is 7 euros (covers pizza and non-alcoholic drinks, 5 euros for children 12 and under and native English speakers). No reservations necessary, just come and enjoy! Upcoming dates for 2016 are March 15th, April 19th, May 24th and June 14th.


Poetry and music | 17/03/2016 | 7:00 pm-9:00 pm

The library is pleased to have a bilingual reading by two poets, a British poet Tony Lopez* and a French poet Claude Chambard with Tony Baker accompanying them on the piano. Evening starts at 7. Free and open to the public! This program has been made possible with the support of the Ville d’Angers.
*Tony Lopez is an English poet of international repute. His first book to be published in the USA was the widely acclaimed and much anthologised False Memory (The Figures, 1996). He was born in Stockwell in 1950 and grew up in Brixton, South London, where he was educated at local state schools, including Henry Thornton Grammar School. He began work as a freelance writer of fiction for newspapers and magazines, and had five novels published with New English Library between 1973 and 1976.
He attended the University of Essex (BA 1980) and then Gonville and Caius College, University of Cambridge (PhD 1986), where J.H. Prynne supervised his research on the Scottish poet W.S. Graham. He taught American literature for various colleges at Cambridge.
During the early 1980s he made a number of performance art events that were staged in Cambridge, Liverpool, Edinburgh, London and Amsterdam. He taught briefly at the University of Leicester (1986-87) and at the University of Edinburgh (1987-89) and then for twenty years at the University of Plymouth, where he was appointed the first Professor of Poetry in 2000 and Emeritus Professor in July 2009. He is now self-employed, writing and making public art based on text.


Photo exhibition: “Trompe l’Oeil” | 18/03/2016-16/04/2016 | All Day

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Library member, Yves Tourmen, will be showing his black and white photographs in the library from March 18th through April 16th during library hours. “I like to play with my camera to experiment with unusual photography. This time I used my camera in two different manners. I played with objects and their shadows to obtain interesting pictures. Secondly, I photographed the full moon at night to obtain short words in Morse code..this task required an enormous amount of time and patience to capture the dashes and dots!


Coffee House | 18/03/2016 | 9:00 am-11:00 am

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This is a special moment when the community gathers together to talk about everything and anything (…in English of course!) and sips coffee and tea. Coffee House is free and open to all library members. Just drop in, no need to reserve! Coffee house is every Friday except during school holidays.


Knit and Natter | 18/03/2016 | 10:00 am-11:00 am

Knitting

 

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 members. No need to reserve, just come in and knit to your heart’s content!


Friday Bookclub meets to discuss “Babbitt” | 18/03/2016 | 2:30 pm-4:00 pm

Babbitt

The March read for the Firday bookclub is “Babbitt” by Sinclair Lewis. Prosperous and socially prominent, George Babbitt appears to have everything a man could wish: good health, a fine family, and a profitable business in a booming Midwestern city. But the middle-aged real estate agent is shaken from his self-satisfaction by a growing restlessness with the limitations of his life. When a personal crisis forces a reexamination of his values, Babbitt mounts a rebellion against social expectations jeopardizing his reputation and business standing as well as his marriage. Widely considered Sinclair Lewis’s greatest novel, this satire of the American social landscape created a sensation upon its 1922 publication. Babbitt’s name became an instant and enduring synonym for middle-class complacency, and the strictures of his existence revealed the emptiness of the mainstream vision of success. His story reflects the nature of a conformist society, in which the pressures of maintaining propriety can ultimately cause individuals to lose their place in the world. “Babbitt “ranks among the important 20th-century works addressing the struggles of people caught in the machinery of modern life, and it remains ever-relevant as a cautionary tale against clinging to conventional values.”

This bookclub is currently closed to new members. However there is a new bookclub opening up that will be meeting on a Saturday afternoon once a month.


Saturday extension of the Book Club! | 19/03/2016 | 3:00 pm-5:00 pm

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The library’s bookclub is expanding to a new group to meet on Saturdays! For anyone who loves to read, socialize in English, and meet new people come join our kickoff meeting on March 19th at 3pm at the library. We’ll be selecting a theme for the books we’ll be reading for the season, setting meeting dates for March through June (once per month), and of course socializing. Have a couple of books you’ve been wanting to read? Bring them to the group! Looking forward to seeing everyone Saturday March 19th for some books and socializing! When and where: Meetings will be held in the library once a month on Saturday afternoons starting at 3:00 from March through June. Cost: FREE to all members of the library. To join: Please contact Anne Kaar at bookgroup@ellia.org


Explore. Dream. Discover. | 19/03/2016 | 4:00 pm-5:30 pm

Explore. Dream. Discover.

Join us for a series of presentations about other countries and the many existing possibilities for travelling abroad. This time the presentation is going to be about the many unknown opportunities for exploring other countries!

There will be information about WORKING, STUDYING, INTERNSHIPPING, ERASMUS+, VOLUNTEERING & EUROPEAN VOLUNTEER SERVICE & CHEAP TRAVELLING possibilities abroad.

If you are interested in branching out, meeting new international friends, discovering new cultures & countries…. JOIN US on Saturday, March 19th at 4:00! If you have experience traveling and living abroad, COME and SHARE your stories! Listen to other opportunities that are out there ready to be grasped! After the presentation, there will be a question and answer session. Feel free to invite your friends! No need to reserve…just come and…start dreaming!

 


Invitation to the Annual Meeting | 23/03/2016 | 6:30 pm-8:00 pm

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Dear member of the library,

Please note this invitation to two meetings open to all current members of the library,

Special General Meeting
of the “Association Angevine de la Bibliothèque Anglophone”
Wednesday, March 23rd 2016, at 6:30pm

Agenda: Modification des statuts, article 8 : Conseil d’Administration

Annual General Meeting
Wednesday, March 23rd 2016, at 6:45pm

Agenda:
– approbation du procès verbal du 25 mars 2015
– presentation of the Rapport Moral, of the accounts 2015, proposition for the budget 2016
– Elections for Board members for 6 seats :
3 to represent the teaching departments (collège/lycée/ enseignement supérieur)
3 to represent the all public user’s memberships

If you are interested in running for one of these seats, please leave your name at the front desk or send an email to president@ellia.org. It is also possible to present your candidacy on the evening of the meeting itself.

In order to vote during the General Meeting your membership must be current. If you would like to check the expiration date of your membership please contact us. If you are not able to be present at the meeting, you may fill out this proxy form that will allow your vote to be counted.

I would like to emphasize that our non-profit/charity exists solely for its members and because of its members and that this meeting is the moment for each of you to actively participate in the democratic process of our institution.

For more information about the governance of the library please consult the Rapport Moral du Président.

Many thanks for your ongoing support and your participation, Marie-France Roland, Chairwoman of the Board

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Marie-France Roland
Présidente, Association de la Bibliothèque Anglophone
60 rue Boisnet
49100 Angers FRANCE
Phone/fax : 06.83.25.62.69
Email : president@ellia.org
Web site : www.ellia.org

 


Coffee House | 25/03/2016 | 9:00 am-11:00 am

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This is a special moment when the community gathers together to talk about everything and anything (…in English of course!) and sips coffee and tea. Coffee House is free and open to all library members. Just drop in, no need to reserve! Coffee house is every Friday except during school holidays.


Knit and Natter | 25/03/2016 | 10:00 am-11:00 am

Knitting

 

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 members. No need to reserve, just come in and knit to your heart’s content!


The library launches its e-book collection | 25/03/2016 | 10:00 am-11:00 am

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Come and join us here in the library for the exciting launch of the new e-book collection on Friday, March 25th at 10 am with a presentation on how members can access this collection and check the books out! There will also be a short talk by Sara Harriger, United States Consul for Western France. The library would like to thank the American Embassy in France for their financial support of the project. No need to reserve, just come and enjoy!


Reading Shakespeare | 25/03/2016 | 3:00 pm-5:00 pm

ShakespeareTreat yourself to an afternoon of a collective reading of Shakespeare. The 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 at the front desk.


Film Club watches “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” | 26/03/2016 | 3:00 pm-5:00 pm

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Breakfast at Tiffany’s is a 1961 American romantic comedy film starring Audrey Hepburn. The film was directed by Blake Edwards and released by Paramount Pictures. It is loosely based on the novella of the same name by Truman Capote. Hepburn’s portrayal of Holly Golightly as the naïve, eccentric café society girl is generally considered to be the actress’s most memorable and identifiable role. Hepburn regarded it as one of her most challenging roles, since she was an introvert required to play an extravert.

Screening begins at 15:00 sharp. This activity is free of charge for all library members. Please reserve sign up at the front desk in advance. A discussion in English will follow the film.


Take your TOEIC test | 29/03/2016 | 7:00 pm-9:15 pm

 

TOEIC

You can sign up to take your TOEIC test here in the library. To sign up please consult the ETS website. Dates for 2016 are February 2nd, March 1st, March 29th, April 26th, May 17th, June 7th.


Walk and Talk | 30/03/2016 | 2:30 pm-5:00 pm

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With spring just around the corner it is just the right time to sign up to this new activity. 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, 2 to 3 hours, in the afternoon – in order to discover or re-discover the beautiful hiking paths of the Maine-et-Loire. First date is March 30th for a walk starting in Juigné sur 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 make sure to sign up!

Want to sign up? Easy as pie!

Sign up by sending your name, email address and phone numbers (perferably cell phone) to this email address. You will be sent full details of the walk in due time.
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Books and Tea | 31/03/2016 | 2:00 pm-4:00 pm

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“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 4 at “Les Casse-Croûte de Suzy” 3 rue de l’Espine. No need to sign up, just come and enjoy!


CV and cover letter workshop | 31/03/2016 | 3:30 pm-4:30 pm

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Once a month the library offers a CV and cover letter workshop. Please bring in your materials to have an English-speaker correct them. No need to sign up! This activity is free for members of the library. Upcoming dates are March 31st and April 28th.


Coffee House | 01/04/2016 | 9:00 am-11:00 am

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This is a special moment when the community gathers together to talk about everything and anything (…in English of course!) and sips coffee and tea. Coffee House is free and open to all library members. Just drop in, no need to reserve! Coffee house is every Friday except during school holidays.


Knit and natter | 01/04/2016 | 10:00 am-11:00 am

Knitting

 

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 members. No need to reserve, just come in and knit to your heart’s content!


Garden Club visit | 07/04/2016 | 3:00 pm-6:00 pm

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The garden club kicks off a new year of visits to the beautiful gardens in the area! One of the activities open to library members is the Garden Club which organises visits once a month to a garden. The first visit of the season will take place on Thursday, April 7th in the afternoon to visit “Les jardins du Musée Robert Tatin” in Cossé-le-Vivien. For more information, for the schedule for 2016 and/or to sign up for visits please send an email to gardenclub@ellia.org.


One-day watercolor workshop | 09/04/2016 | 10:00 am-4:00 pm

Watercolor

There are a couple of spots for a watercolor painting workshop that will be held in the library and generously offered by Judith Jerams as a fundraiser for the library. Cost is 25 euros per person. To sign up please send an email to the library by clicking here!

Materials: Please bring your own sketchbook and pencil. If you have any watercolour paints, paper and brushes, please bring them. Or, if you want to buy your own…I’ll suggest a few colours as a starter set. You can buy them at Dalbe at Beaucouze, or Creastore on rue Bressigny. The names of the colours are usually the same, even if the brand of the paints is different. Watercolour brushes: (these are softer than brushes for acrylic or oils).Round: size 4, and size 8.Flat : about 2 cm wide. But, please note… you don’t NEED to buy things…I will also bring my own colours and brushes for you to use for the day..


Luncheon Club | 12/04/2016 | 12:30 pm-2:30 pm

silverwareLove those French restaurants? Feel like you need to speak English more but in a relaxed atmosphere? Join this club which schedules a lunch in a great local restaurant. Click here to send an email to the coordinator for more information and the full schedule.


Intensive English workshop for “collégiens” | 12/04/2016-14/04/2016 | 3:00 pm-6:00 pm

 

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“Springtime in the States”, a workshop in English for young adults ages 12-14, will take place in the library and runs over three consecutive afternoons of three hours each. This is a wonderful way for kids to have fun learning English through games, songs and lots of speaking and moving around. Cost is 75 euros (includes snack, materials and library membership). Please contact the front desk to sign up. Limited to 15.


Pizza and board games | 19/04/2016 | 6:00 pm-8:00 pm

pizzaThe pizza and board games evening is scheduled one Tuesday a month from 6-8 pm. Cost is 7 euros (covers pizza and non-alcoholic drinks, 5 euros for children 12 and under and native English speakers). No reservations necessary, just come and enjoy! Upcoming dates for 2016 are April 19th, May 24th and June 14th.


Coffee House | 22/04/2016 | 9:00 am-11:00 am

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This is a special moment when the community gathers together to talk about everything and anything (…in English of course!) and sips coffee and tea. Coffee House is free and open to all library members. Just drop in, no need to reserve! Coffee house is every Friday except during school holidays.


Knit and natter | 22/04/2016 | 10:00 am-11:00 am

Knitting

 

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 members. No need to reserve, just come in and knit to your heart’s content!


Talk “Going beyond culture shock” | 22/04/2016 | 10:00 am-11:00 am

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Join Tarandeep Bhullar Psychotherapist/Counsellor based in Angers (www.tbhullartherapy.com) during the Friday coffee morning to share your thoughts and experiences on a subject which concerns us all: culture shock. Tarandeep will open up a space to explore what culture means, the impact of living between different cultures, as well as how we can go beyond the shock of being outside our own norms. Free and open to the public. No need to reserve!


Bookclub | 22/04/2016 | 2:30 pm-4:00 pm

April book

The April read for the bookclub is “Elizabeth is Missing” by Emma Healey.

In this darkly riveting debut novel, a sophisticated psychological mystery, one woman will stop at nothing to find her best friend, who seems to have gone missing. . . . Despite Maud’s growing anxiety about Elizabeth’s welfare, no one takes her concerns seriously–not her frustrated daughter, not her caretakers, not the police, and especially not Elizabeth’s mercurial son–because Maud suffers from dementia.


Open house and BBB (big, big, booksale) raffle, bakesale & plantsale!) | 23/04/2016 | 10:00 am-6:00 pm

The library’s BBB & spring fundraiser is on Saturday, April 23rd from 10-6! The big, big booksale, bakesale, plant sale is not to miss. And as a cherry on the cake we are offering a great raffle with a round-trip ticket Angers – London City* generously donated by

British Airways

Raffle tickets will be sold between 10 am and 5 pm. Drawing for the prizes (including baskets of delicious food and drink) will be at 5 pm sharp. This is the ultimate win-win situation: support community services that the library provides while finding great book bargains…oddles and oddles of books for sale, plus plants and a delicious bakesale! Children ages 3-9 are invited to a free activity in English at either 11 am and 4 pm (no need to sign up…the first 10 can participate!). The library will also be hosting a book table of brand-new children’s books by Usborne books.

*British Airways flies up to 4 times a week from Angers-Loire airport. More information can be found at www.BA.com

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Walk and Talk | 25/04/2016 | All Day

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With spring just around the corner it is just the right time to sign up to this new activity. 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, 2 to 3 hours, in the afternoon – in order to discover or re-discover the beautiful hiking paths of the Maine-et-Loire. First date is March 30th for a walk starting in Juigné sur 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 make sure to sign up!

Want to sign up? Easy as pie!

Sign up by sending your name, email address and phone numbers (perferably cell phone) to this email address. You will be sent full details of the walk in due time.
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Take your TOEIC test | 26/04/2016 | 7:00 pm-9:15 pm

 

TOEIC

You can sign up to take your TOEIC test here in the library. To sign up please consult the ETS website. Other upcoming dates for 2016 are May 17th, June 7th.


“Word for Word” performs two short stories | 27/04/2016 | 8:00 pm-9:30 pm

WFW 2016

Sheila Balter as Lady Gregory in "Silence" by Colm Toibin. 
Photo by Julie Schuchard

WORD FOR WORD, the theater company from San Francisco which transforms short stories into great theater will be presenting two great stories:”Night Vision” by Emma Donoghue &”Silence” by Colm Tóibín

Emma Donoghue’s “Night Vision” tells of young, blind Frances Browne who thrived on education when it was allowed her, and whose determination made her one of Ireland’s most renowned poets. Directed by Becca Wolff.

In “Silence”, Tóibín recreates the story of the transient and intense love-affair between Lady Gregory and the young poet Wilfrid Scawen Blunt. Their affair was secret, but partially revealed in the love-poems she gave him to publish as his own work. Her self-containment and reserved passion are impressively imagined: women’s interior lives are one of Tóibín’s great strengths. These stories combine to provide an evening showing the power of the word, the thirst for learning, and the profound desire to create. Directed by Jim Cave.

Shows are on Wednesday, April 27th show at 8 pm & Thursday, April 28th at either 2 or 8 pm at the Centre Jean Vilar in La Roseraie area of Angers. (Tram stop : Jean Vilar)

Limited seating available so we highly recommend that you reserve early. To reserve, simply send an email by clicking here or give us a call at 02.41.24.97.07. Donations will be accepted at the door.

Word for Word’s mission is to “tell great stories with elegant theatricality, staging performances of classic and contemporary fiction”. Made possible by the generous support of the Florence Gould Foundation and GroW Annenberg.

 


“Word for Word” performs 2 short stories | 28/04/2016 | 2:00 pm-3:30 pm

WFW 2016

Sheila Balter as Lady Gregory in "Silence" by Colm Toibin. 
Photo by Julie Schuchard

WORD FOR WORD, the theater company from San Francisco which transforms short stories into great theater will be presenting two great stories:”Night Vision” by Emma Donoghue &”Silence” by Colm Tóibín

Emma Donoghue’s “Night Vision” tells of young, blind Frances Browne who thrived on education when it was allowed her, and whose determination made her one of Ireland’s most renowned poets. Directed by Becca Wolff.

In “Silence”, Tóibín recreates the story of the transient and intense love-affair between Lady Gregory and the young poet Wilfrid Scawen Blunt. Their affair was secret, but partially revealed in the love-poems she gave him to publish as his own work. Her self-containment and reserved passion are impressively imagined: women’s interior lives are one of Tóibín’s great strengths. These stories combine to provide an evening showing the power of the word, the thirst for learning, and the profound desire to create. Directed by Jim Cave.

Shows are on Wednesday, April 27th show at 8 pm & Thursday, April 28th at either 2 or 8 pm at the Centre Jean Vilar in La Roseraie area of Angers. (Tram stop : Jean Vilar)

Limited seating available so we highly recommend that you reserve early. To reserve, simply send an email by clicking here or give us a call at 02.41.24.97.07. Donations will be accepted at the door.

Word for Word’s mission is to “tell great stories with elegant theatricality, staging performances of classic and contemporary fiction”. Made possible by the generous support of the Florence Gould Foundation and GroW Annenberg.


CV and cover letter workshop | 28/04/2016 | 3:30 pm-4:30 pm

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Once a month the library offers a CV and cover letter workshop. Please bring in your materials to have an English-speaker correct them. No need to sign up! This activity is free for members of the library. Upcoming dates are March 31st and April 28th.


“Word for Word” performs 2 short stories | 28/04/2016 | 8:00 pm-9:30 pm

WFW 2016

Sheila Balter as Lady Gregory in "Silence" by Colm Toibin. 
Photo by Julie Schuchard

WORD FOR WORD, the theater company from San Francisco which transforms short stories into great theater will be presenting two great stories:”Night Vision” by Emma Donoghue &”Silence” by Colm Tóibín

Emma Donoghue’s “Night Vision” tells of young, blind Frances Browne who thrived on education when it was allowed her, and whose determination made her one of Ireland’s most renowned poets. Directed by Becca Wolff.

In “Silence”, Tóibín recreates the story of the transient and intense love-affair between Lady Gregory and the young poet Wilfrid Scawen Blunt. Their affair was secret, but partially revealed in the love-poems she gave him to publish as his own work. Her self-containment and reserved passion are impressively imagined: women’s interior lives are one of Tóibín’s great strengths. These stories combine to provide an evening showing the power of the word, the thirst for learning, and the profound desire to create. Directed by Jim Cave.

Shows are on Wednesday, April 27th show at 8 pm & Thursday, April 28th at either 2 or 8 pm at the Centre Jean Vilar in La Roseraie area of Angers. (Tram stop : Jean Vilar)

Limited seating available so we highly recommend that you reserve early. To reserve, simply send an email by clicking here or give us a call at 02.41.24.97.07. Donations will be accepted at the door.

Word for Word’s mission is to “tell great stories with elegant theatricality, staging performances of classic and contemporary fiction”. Made possible by the generous support of the Florence Gould Foundation and GroW Annenberg.


Coffee House | 29/04/2016 | 9:00 am-11:00 am

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This is a special moment when the community gathers together to talk about everything and anything (…in English of course!) and sips coffee and tea. Coffee House is free and open to all library members. Just drop in, no need to reserve! Coffee house is every Friday except during school holidays.


Knit and natter | 29/04/2016 | 10:00 am-11:00 am

Knitting

 

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 members. No need to reserve, just come in and knit to your heart’s content!


Film Club watches “Bright Star” | 30/04/2016 | 3:00 pm-5:00 pm

Bright star

Bright Star, film by Jane Campion.

With this account of John Keats’s love affair with Fanny Brawne, played by Ben Whishaw and Abbie Cornish, Campion has made a fine and even ennobling film: defiantly, unfashionably about the vocation of romantic love. She has Whishaw and Cornish actually recite poetry – which, for most actors, is as difficult as walking on your hands or juggling with knives – and even proposes a kind of secular martyrdom for them in the movie’s final act. Their love is murdered by the false choice between love and art, and sacrificed to a petty tangle of money worries, social scruples and irrelevant male loyalties.

The movie is vulnerable to mockery or irony from pundits who might feel that Campion has neglected to acknowledge the primal force of sex, or from those who feel their appreciation of the poet exceeds that of the director. Nonetheless, I think it is a deeply felt and intelligent film, one of those that has grown in my mind on a second viewing; it is almost certainly the best of Campion’s career, exposing The Piano as overrated and overegged.

Very few films allow you to listen to the sounds of silence, or near-silence, between the lines of dialogue: the sounds of birdsong, or the rustle of clothing, or footfalls in a country lane – but that is what Campion’s does. Her film proceeds at a quiet, measured tempo and with a lucid calm. Another type of film would have supercharged its narrative moments with surging music and the engine-roar of dramatic acceleration, but Campion simply lets each scene unspool evenly. There is something coolly unobtrusive about her cinematic staging. Silently reading a letter in a picture-window is allowed no more ostensible weight than the flirtatious conversation at a ball, or even the final announcement of Keats’s death. And the action of the film proceeds largely within the summery pastures of 19th-century Hampstead, occasionally switching to the crowded squalor of Kentish Town. When Campion suddenly takes us to Keats’s silent funeral procession in Rome’s deserted Piazza   di Spagna, it is the nearest thing to a flourish that she allows herself. But what a brilliant coup.

Screening begins at 15:00 sharp. This activity is free of charge for all library members. Please reserve sign up at the front desk in advance. A discussion in English will follow the film.


Saturday Book Group | 30/04/2016 | 3:00 pm-4:30 pm

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The library’s bookclub is expanding to a new group to meet on Saturdays! For anyone who loves to read, socialize in English, and meet new people come join us on April 30th at 3pm at the library.Here is the line-up of great reading to come!

Saturday April 30th (3-4:30pm) — Room by Emma Donoghue *we will discuss the book AND the 2015 film nominated for Best Film and winner of Best Actress at the Academy Awards
Book summary: To five-year-old-Jack, Room is the world. . . . It’s where he was born, it’s where he and his Ma eat and sleep and play and learn. At night, his Ma shuts him safely in the wardrobe, where he is meant to be asleep when Old Nick visits.
Room is home to Jack, but to Ma it’s the prison where she has been held for seven years. Through her fierce love for her son, she has created a life for him in this eleven-by-eleven-foot space. But with Jack’s curiosity building alongside her own desperation, she knows that Room cannot contain either much longer.
Saturday May 21st (3-4:30pm): Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn *we will discuss the book AND the 2014 film nominated for Best Actress at the Academy Awards
Book summary: On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy’s diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer?
Saturday June 18th (3-4:30pm): The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
Book summary: Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. “Jess and Jason,” she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

When and where: Meetings will be held in the library once a month on Saturday afternoons starting at 3:00 from March through June. Cost: FREE to all members of the library. To join: Please contact Anne Kaar at bookgroup@ellia.org


Garden Club visit | 03/05/2016 | 3:00 pm-6:00 pm

peonies

The garden club invites you to discover the beautiful gardens in the area! This free activity is open to library members and offers visits once a month to a garden. Next visit will take place on Tuesday, May 3rd in the afternoon. For more information, for the schedule for 2016 and/or to sign up for visits please send an email to gardenclub@ellia.org.


Coffee House | 06/05/2016 | 9:00 am-11:00 am

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This is a special moment when the community gathers together to talk about everything and anything (…in English of course!) and sips coffee and tea. Coffee House is free and open to all library members. Just drop in, no need to reserve! Coffee house is every Friday except during school holidays.


Reading Shakespeare | 06/05/2016 | 3:00 pm-5:00 pm

ShakespeareTreat yourself to an afternoon of a collective reading of Shakespeare. The 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 at the front desk.


Explore. Dream. Discover. | 07/05/2016 | 4:00 pm-5:30 pm

Explore. Dream. Discover.

 

Join us for the last in a series of presentations about other countries and the many existing possibilities for travelling abroad. The last “Explore. Dream. Discover.” is going to be about Armenia. Following the presentation, there will be an open discussion about our expériences in different countries, we can ask questions, share ideas and give advice.

If you are interested in branching out, meeting new international friends, discovering new cultures & countries…. JOIN US on Saturday, May 7th at 4:00! If you have experience traveling and living abroad, COME and SHARE your stories! Listen stories about other countries, cultures, opportunities abroad and ideas! Feel free to invite your friends! No need to reserve…just come and…share your dreams with us!


Luncheon Club | 10/05/2016 | 12:30 pm-2:30 pm

silverwareLove those French restaurants? Feel like you need to speak English more but in a relaxed atmosphere? Join this club which schedules a lunch in a great local restaurant. Click here to send an email to the coordinator for more information and the full schedule.


Coffee House | 13/05/2016 | 9:00 am-11:00 am

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This is a special moment when the community gathers together to talk about everything and anything (…in English of course!) and sips coffee and tea. Coffee House is free and open to all library members. Just drop in, no need to reserve! Coffee house is every Friday except during school holidays.


Free financial advice & consulting | 13/05/2016 | 10:00 am-11:00 am

Amanda Johnson from Spectrum Financial Advisors &Karolyn Chauvigné from Currencies Direct will be present at the ‘Coffee House’ every two months. Should you need any free, friendly advice on any of the following issues they will be present to advise you:

RETIREMENT PLANNING
Forward planning for your retirement can mean the difference between having the reassurance of financial security in later years rather than the worry of wondering how you will cope

INVESTMENTS FOR EXPATS
How do you choose your investments when you are an expatriate? Taking personalised Investment Advice can be vital, especially in the current economic environment, with high inflation and record low interest rates

INHERITANCE TAX PLANNING
Inheritance Tax Planning for expatriates requires careful consideration. At home or abroad your plans to pass any assets in the future to your family will be determined by the place where you live and if you are UK domiciled

CURRENCY EXCHANGE
Currencies Direct is a foreign exchange company, which is fully regulated in the UK (FCA) and in France (AMF). Karolyn will be able to give you invaluable information on how to get the best out of your currency exchange. From just £150 upwards, we can save you between 3 and 5% on bank rates and with no charges at all!

No need to sign up, just stop by and meet Amanda and Karolyn!

“Get a better deal, after all, it’s your money we’re talking about”.


Reading Shakespeare | 13/05/2016 | 3:00 pm-5:00 pm

ShakespeareTreat yourself to an afternoon of a collective reading of Shakespeare. The 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 at the front desk.


Take your TOEIC test | 17/05/2016 | 7:00 pm-9:15 pm

 

TOEIC

You can sign up to take your TOEIC test here in the library. To sign up please consult the ETS website. Upcoming dates for 2016 May 17th and  June 7th.


Books and Tea | 19/05/2016 | 2:00 pm-4:00 pm

B&T

“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 4 at “Les Casse-Croûte de Suzy” 3 rue de l’Espine. No need to sign up, just come and enjoy!


Coffee House | 20/05/2016 | 9:00 am-11:00 am

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This is a special moment when the community gathers together to talk about everything and anything (…in English of course!) and sips coffee and tea. Coffee House is free and open to all library members. Just drop in, no need to reserve! Coffee house is every Friday except during school holidays.


Presentation of Litfest | 20/05/2016 | 10:00 am-11:00 am

Gordon and Jocelyn Simms will be in the library to talk about the upcoming Litfest to take place in St Clémentin from June 24th – 26th 2016 where you can meet authors, poets and story-tellers…join in debates, reading, writing and performance workshops.

The Litfest? Want to know more?

Don’t miss Lemn Sissay’s appearance on Saturday. This is a truly remarkable event in that he is in demand world-wide as a speaker and yet has agreed to join us on the 25th June. Workshops include:

Ian Mathie, of the much-praised Africa series. Ian will inspire all those who want to shape real-life encounters into exciting prose.

Festival organiser, Gordon Simms, poet and playwright, suggests exercises for writing and presenting duologues.

Roger Elkin holds a Master class in poetry writing

and Katherine Gallagher offers ‘Masks,’ stimulating our imagination through exploring the concept of disguise.

The programme also includes a wide range of readings & discussions with a variety of authors including Patricia Duncker whose latest novel, Sophie and the Sibyl  is a wonderful evocation of the world of George Eliot. See all our events on:  www.stclementinlitfest.com

We’d  also like to remind you that the Segora writing competitions deadline is 15th June. For further details visit www.poetryproseandplays.com   Exciting and relevant theme for our vignette this time is ‘Water.’ We are delighted to have Roger Elkin (poetry)& Amanda Hodgkinson (short story) joining Gordon Simms(plays) and Ed Briggs(vignettes) as judge, making our 10th Segora a  very special competition.


Bookclub | 20/05/2016 | 2:30 pm-4:00 pm

Burgess Boys

The May read for the bookclub is “The Burgess Boys” by Elizabeth Strout.

Haunted by the freak accident that killed their father when they were children, Jim and Bob Burgess escaped from their Maine hometown of Shirley Falls for New York City as soon as they possibly could. Jim, a sleek, successful corporate lawyer, has belittled his bighearted brother their whole lives, and Bob, a legal aid attorney who idolises Jim, has always taken it in his stride. But their long-standing dynamic is upended when their sister, Susan – the sibling who stayed behind – urgently calls them home. Her lonely teenage son, Zach, has landed himself into a world of trouble, and Susan desperately needs their help. And so the Burgess brothers return to the landscape of their childhood, where the long-buried tensions that have shaped and shadowed their relationship begin to surface in unexpected ways that will change them forever.


Saturday book group | 21/05/2016 | 3:00 pm-4:30 pm

books
The library’s bookclub has expanded to a new group to meet on Saturdays! For anyone who loves to read, socialize in English, and meet new people come join us on May 21st at 3pm at the library.Here is the line-up of great reading to come!

Saturday May 21st (3-4:30pm): Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn *we will discuss the book AND the 2014 film nominated for Best Actress at the Academy Awards

Book summary: On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy’s diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer?
Saturday June 18th (3-4:30pm): The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
Book summary: Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. “Jess and Jason,” she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

When and where: Meetings will be held in the library once a month on Saturday afternoons starting at 3:00 from March through June. Cost: FREE to all members of the library. To join: Please contact Anne Kaar at bookgroup@ellia.org


Walk and Talk | 22/05/2016 | All Day

hiking boots
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, 2 to 3 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 make sure to sign up!

Want to sign up? Easy as pie!

Sign up by sending your name, email address and phone numbers (perferably cell phone) to this email address. You will be sent full details of the walk in due time.
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Documentary “No Direction Home: Bob Dylan” | 24/05/2016 | 3:00 pm-5:00 pm

No Direction Home

To celebrate Bob Dylan’s 75th birthday the library will be showing the great documentary film in English “No Direction Home: Bob Dylan” followed by a debate with a Dylanologist : Laurette Maillet.

No Direction Home: Bob Dylan; A Martin Scorsese Picture is a documentary film by Martin Scorsese that traces the life of Bob Dylan, and his impact on 20th-century American popular music and culture. The film focuses on the period between Dylan’s arrival in New York in January 1961 and his “retirement” from touring following his motorcycle accident in July 1966. This period encapsulates Dylan’s rise to fame as a folk singer and songwriter, and the controversy surrounding his move to a rock style of music. The title is taken from a lyric of Dylan’s 1965 hit single, “Like a Rolling Stone”.
No need to reserve, just come and enjoy! Limited seating…first come, first served.


Pizza and board games | 24/05/2016 | 6:00 pm-8:00 pm

pizzaThe pizza and board games evening is scheduled one Tuesday a month from 6-8 pm. Cost is 7 euros (covers pizza and non-alcoholic drinks, 5 euros for children 12 and under and native English speakers). Event starts at 6 o’clock sharp! Last entry is 6:15 pm. No reservations necessary, just come and enjoy! Maximum 50 participants. Upcoming dates for 2016 are May 24th and June 14th.


CV and cover letter workshop | 26/05/2016 | 3:30 pm-4:30 pm

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Once a month the library offers a CV and cover letter workshop. Please bring in your materials to have an English-speaker correct them. No need to sign up! This activity is free for members of the library. Upcoming dates are March 31st and April 28th.


Coffee House | 27/05/2016 | 9:00 am-11:00 am

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This is a special moment when the community gathers together to talk about everything and anything (…in English of course!) and sips coffee and tea. Coffee House is free and open to all library members. Just drop in, no need to reserve! Coffee house is every Friday except during school holidays.


Presentation of upcoming work of the CNDC, Modern Dance Company | 27/05/2016 | 10:00 am-11:00 am

Robert Swinston

Robert Swinston, Director of the CNDC, will be in the library to speak in English about the new production

“Paysages Poétiques”

a collobation of dance and music by the ONPL. Free and open to the public! No need to reserve.


Reading Shakespeare | 27/05/2016 | 3:00 pm-5:00 pm

ShakespeareTreat yourself to an afternoon of a collective reading of Shakespeare. The 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 at the front desk.


Film Club watches “The Grissom Gang” | 28/05/2016 | 3:00 pm-5:00 pm

Grissom Gang

 

“The Grissom Gang”, film by Robert Aldrich.

The Grissom Gang is a 1971 American period gangster film directed and produced by Robert Aldrich from a screenplay by Leon Griffiths. The film is the second adaptation of the 1939 novel “No Orchids for Miss Blandish” by James Hadley Chase, which was first brought to the screen in 1948. Previously filmed in England in 1948 under its original title, the central conceit was that the heiress, who felt stifled by her upper-class life-style, fell in love with the abductor and his comparative freedom to live his life on the edge. In this remake, Aldrich and Griffiths reversed this angle: the heiress merely strings him along in an attempt to escape. This version was also played more for laughs, in particular the outlandishly deranged behavior of the gang. The time period and locale have also been changed from 1948 New York in the first adaptation to 1931 Missouri in the remake.

Screening begins at 15:00 sharp. This activity is free of charge for all library members. Please reserve sign up at the front desk in advance. A discussion in English will follow the film.


Garden Club visit | 02/06/2016 | 3:00 pm-6:00 pm

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The garden club invites you to discover the beautiful gardens in the area! This free activity is open to library members and offers visits once a month to a garden. Next visit will take place on Thursday, June 2nd in the afternoon. For more information, for the schedule for 2016 and/or to sign up for visits please send an email to gardenclub@ellia.org.


Lift your spirits with “Big up” – an evening of jazz, blues and swing! | 02/06/2016 | 7:30 pm-9:00 pm

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You are cordially invited to the concert of jazz, blues & swing performed by “Big Up” on Thursday, June 2nd starting at 7:30 p.m.

“Big Up” will be performing in the library… come and sing and dance along with them to some of the great sounds from American musicals, jazz and blues classics plus other original pieces. Free and open to the public. Donations accepted.

 

“Big Up, ensemble vocal jazz d’Angers, vient pour la troisième fois à la Bibliothèque Anglophone. Elle est seule en son genre dans le Maine et Loire, avec ses choristes toujours enthousiastes pour le swing des comédies musicales hollywoodiennes, les blues, les standards du jazz anglais et français. La chorale s’est confrontée aussi au rock-barroque, a chanté au Grand Théâtre d’Angers, au cloître Toussaint, à la Collégiale Saint Martin… et a gaiement déambulé en ville. Alors, que la fête continue, et place au Big Up show!!!


Coffee House | 03/06/2016 | 9:00 am-11:00 am

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This is a special moment when the community gathers together to talk about everything and anything (…in English of course!) and sips coffee and tea. Coffee House is free and open to all library members. Just drop in, no need to reserve! Coffee house is every Friday except during school holidays.


Knit and natter | 03/06/2016 | 10:00 am-11:00 am

Knitting

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 members. No need to reserve, just come and enjoy yourself!


Take your TOEIC test | 07/06/2016 | 7:00 pm-9:15 pm

 

TOEIC

You can sign up to take your TOEIC test here in the library. To sign up please consult the ETS website.


Coffee House | 10/06/2016 | 9:00 am-11:00 am

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This is a special moment when the community gathers together to talk about everything and anything (…in English of course!) and sips coffee and tea. Coffee House is free and open to all library members. Just drop in, no need to reserve! Coffee house is every Friday except during school holidays.


Knit and natter | 10/06/2016 | 10:00 am-11:00 am

Knitting

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 members. No need to reserve, just come and enjoy yourself!


Reading Shakespeare | 10/06/2016 | 3:00 pm-5:00 pm

ShakespeareTreat yourself to an afternoon of a collective reading of Shakespeare. The 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 at the front desk.


Luncheon Club | 14/06/2016 | 12:15 pm-1:15 pm

silverwareLove those French restaurants? Feel like you need to speak English more but in a relaxed atmosphere? Join this club which schedules a lunch in a great local restaurant. Click here to send an email to the coordinator for more information and the full schedule.


Pizza and board games | 14/06/2016 | 6:00 pm-8:00 pm

pizzaThe pizza and board games evening is scheduled one Tuesday a month from 6-8 pm. Cost is 7 euros (covers pizza and non-alcoholic drinks, 5 euros for children 12 and under and native English speakers). Event starts at 6 o’clock sharp! Last entry is 6:15 pm. No reservations necessary, just come and enjoy! Maximum 50 participants. Last date before September!


Books and tea | 16/06/2016 | 2:00 pm-4:00 pm

B&T

“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 4 at “Les Casse-Croûte de Suzy” 3 rue de l’Espine. No need to sign up, just come and enjoy!


Wellness Day! | 17/06/2016 | All Day

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Time to get your mind and body in shape? Come to this full day of different workshops on offered free by our talented friends of the library. We have limited numbers so please remember to sign up!

For the entire month of June, the library will be displaying books on wellness and the different practices listed below. Feel free to pick one up!

 

 

10:00-11:00  Mind-Body Connection with Taran Bhullar 

Are our bodies trying to tell us something? Is it time we started to listen? A discussion and exploration with Tarandeep Bhullar of the relationship between the physical self and the mind, the manifestation of illness in our bodies, as well as ways in which to understand and hear what our body is trying to say.

You can learn more about Taran and her practice at the link below:

Tarandeep Bhullar MBACP Counsellor / Psychotherapist

Presentation will be held in the library main space. No reservations necessary.

 

11:00-12:00 – Life Coaching with Aïda

Aïda Guèye strongly believes that each person is unique and that we all have the resources within to fully express our potential and live the purposeful and meaningful life we are meant to live. As a Certified Life Coach, she is particularly passionate about empowering people to become leaders of their lives by partnering with them to increase their self-awareness and self-confidence. With these essential tools, she feels they will be equipped to beautifully design their unique lives–which led her to create her coaching business “Othentik Kolors”.
Join her for an hour to learn more about coaching and for a fun hands-on activity around the theme “Being the Leader of Your Life: Where to Start”

Blog: http://kolorsofthesoul.com

Maximum 12 participants. Please sign up at the front desk or send an email to this link.

 

 

2:00-3:00 – Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes with Anne Woodford

“We write before knowing what to say and how to say it, in order to find out…” J-F Lyotard

An opportunity to discover our voices and explore the benefits to ourselves of creative writing or journalling. No writing experience is necessary and no one will be under pressure to read their work. Just bring pen and paper, and a willingness to write!

Maximum 10 participants. Please sign up at the front desk or send an email to this link.

 

3:00-4:00 – Presentation and demonstrations of reflexology by Sandrine Henry

Reflexology is a holistic, complementary therapy, a method of massage that relieves tension through the application of finger pressure to the feet, in order to promote healing, relieve stress, etc. in other parts of the body.

On Wellness Day, Sandrine will explain what it actually consists of, its history, the benefits that can be expected, how it works… she will also demonstrate how a session goes having one of the participants act as a model and show a few zones that can be stimulated on one’s feet (and hands) to relieve tension. A couple of Sandrine’s clients will share their experience with reflexology followed by a question and answer session.

To contact Sandrine Henry for more information call 06.09.77.03.71. or write at contact@reflexo49.fr. Her office is located at 11 Place Pierre Sémard – 49100 ANGERS

Presentation will be held in the library main space. No reservations necessary.

 

4:00 – 5:00 Hatha yoga with Celeste Prancic

Yoga is Unity. Unity of body, mind and breath. The ancient science of yoga helps us to embrace our whole self and find joy and harmony within ourselves. Coordinating fluid movements, breathing and concentration we slow down the nervous system and allow the body to be in a state of relaxation. On this state well-being is naturally restored.

Hatha yoga is a gentle and meditative approach suitable for all.

Please wear loose comfortable clothes so your body can move freely. Bring a blanket for relaxation.

For more info: www.saktiyoga.org

Maximum 10 participants. Please sign up at the library front desk or send an email to this link.

 

5:00 – 6:00 – Pilates with Alexandra Papavramidi of Anjou Pilates

Anjou Pilates is offering classes in the heart of Angers, 3 times a week all in different times to pick and choose as it suits you. Pilates is an exercise program that is effectively working on your powerhouse. This powerhouse includes all the inner muscles that surround your spine while also toning and strengthening the rest of the body. Pilates is also focusing on correcting breathing, posture and alignment. At the end of the class you may feel inches taller and energised. More details here: www.anjoupilates.com or www.facebook.com/anjoupilates/

Please wear comfortable clothes. No sport shoes are needed. Equipment will be provided.

Maximum 12 participants. Please sign up at the library front desk or send an email to this link.

 


Coffee House | 17/06/2016 | 9:00 am-11:00 am

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This is a special moment when the community gathers together to talk about everything and anything (…in English of course!) and sips coffee and tea. Coffee House is free and open to all library members. Just drop in, no need to reserve! Coffee house is every Friday except during school holidays.


Knit and natter | 17/06/2016 | 10:00 am-11:00 am

Knitting

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 members. No need to reserve, just come and enjoy yourself!


Bookclub | 17/06/2016 | 2:30 pm-4:00 pm

Children Act

The June read for the bookclub is “The Children Act” by Ian McEwan.

Fiona Maye is a leading High Court judge, presiding over cases in the family court. She is renowned for her fierce intelligence, exactitude and sensitivity. But her professional success belies private sorrow and domestic strife. There is the lingering regret of her childlessness, and now, her marriage of thirty years is in crisis. At the same time, she is called on to try an urgent case: for religious reasons, a beautiful seventeen-year-old boy, Adam, is refusing the medical treatment that could save his life, and his devout parents share his wishes. Time is running out.


Saturday book group | 18/06/2016 | 3:00 pm-4:30 pm

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The library’s bookclub has expanded to a new group to meet on Saturdays! For anyone who loves to read, socialize in English, and meet new people come join us on June 18th at 3pm at the library. Here is the line-up of great reading to come!

Saturday June 18th (3-4:30pm): The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Book summary: Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. “Jess and Jason,” she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

When and where: Meetings will be held in the library once a month on Saturday afternoons starting at 3:00 from March through June. Cost: FREE to all members of the library. To join: Please contact Anne Kaar at bookgroup@ellia.org


In or out…that is the question! An afternoon on the UK referendum. | 23/06/2016 | 2:00 pm-6:30 pm

 

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La Bibliothèque Anglophone d’Angers, English Speaking Union Loire Valley et la Maison de l’Europe Angers & Maine-et-Loire ont le plaisir de vous convier à un après-midi de conférences, tables rondes et discussion sur

“IN or OUT: the UK Referendum”

Jeudi 23 juin 2016 de 14h à 18h30

à la Bibliothèque Anglophone d’Angers

en présence de Jean-Marc Minier, Président de la Maison de l’Europe, Laetitia Langlois, enseignante à l’Université d’Angers, Philip O’Prey, enseignant retraité de l’Université Catholique de l’Ouest, William Main, enseignant et britannique, Kate et Gordon Cooke, couple britannique habitant en France.

Suivi par un thé à l’anglaise.

Gratuit et ouvert au public.

 


 

 

Programme 23 juin 2016 : « In or Out…that is the question! ».

Gratuit et ouvert au public.

A partir de 14h :

  • Début de vote pour notre propre référendum ! Tous sont invités à participer.
  • Projection des informations en continu tout l’après midi : BBC World, chaines d’information françaises, etc.

Conférences

Modérateur : John Cassini, professeur d’anglais à l’Université d’Angers maintenant à la retraite et président honoraire de la Bibliothèque Anglophone d’Angers. N.B. Chaque conférence  dure 20 – 30 minutes et sera suivi par des commentaires/réflexions des participants.

14h – Conférence en français proposée par Jean-Marc Minier, Président de la Maison de l’Europe Maine-et-Loire.

BREXIT OU BRITIN –  Les conséquences juridiques et économiques d’un retrait : Plus de quarante ans après l’adhésion à la Communauté économique européenne, l’économie du Royaume-Uni et celle du reste de l’UE sont très imbriquées et interdépendantes (échanges commerciaux de biens et de services, investissements réciproques, mobilité des personnes en activité ou à la retraite). L’Union Européenne achète 44% des exportations britanniques. Conséquences d’un retrait : Le Royaume-Uni cesserait d’appliquer le droit de l’UE, il devrait adopter de nouvelles lois nationales. Ce serait le cas pour la législation sur la concurrence, pour la protection des consommateurs et de l’environnement, pour les politiques de l’agriculture et de la pêche, etc. L’élaboration de cette nouvelle législation poserait de sérieux problèmes de politique intérieure et prendrait beaucoup de temps. Pour continuer à pouvoir être exportés vers l’UE, les produits et les services britanniques devraient toujours être conformes aux normes de l’UE. Le Royaume-Uni devrait donc adopter un nombre important de lois et de règlements nationaux afin de combler le vide juridique laissé par l’inapplicabilité des Règlements de l’UE. Le Royaume-Uni perdrait le bénéfice des quelque 200 accords conclus par l’UE avec des pays tiers ou des organisations régionales. Les conséquences économiques à l’horizon 2030 ont fait l’objet de trois scénarios. Ils évaluent l’impact d’un retrait par un manque à gagner par ménage britannique situé entre 3 300€ et 6 700€.

15h – Conférence en français proposée par Laetitia Langlois, Maître de Conférences  à l’Université d’Angers.

Titulaire d’une thèse de doctorat sur Edward Heath et la tradition conservatrice, Mme Langlois est spécialiste de la politique anglaise. Résumé: Il s’agira de comprendre dans cette présentation les raisons qui ont poussé David Cameron à organiser un référendum sur la sortie ou non de l’Union Européenne. Nul doute que ce référendum représente un risque énorme car la sortie du Royaume-Uni de l’Union Européenne représenterait une crise constitutionnelle majeure et pourrait entraîner d’autres pays de l’Union à organiser également un référendum sur le même thème. Mais David Cameron est un fin tacticien et nous verrons que ce référendum relève davantage d’un calcul politique que de réelles convictions sur l’Union Européenne. Face au succès grandissant du parti indépendantiste UKIP qui a désormais 2 représentants au Parlement de Westminster et qui a obtenu le score record de 27% aux dernières élections européennes, David Cameron a surfé sur la vague anti-européenne pour essayer de s’assurer une future réélection comme Premier Ministre et de maintenir l’unité du Parti conservateur. Déchiré entre l’aile pro-européenne et les ultras de l’aile europhobe, le Parti conservateur est affaibli et devancé par le Parti travailliste. Ainsi nous verrons comment la question européenne au Royaume-Uni a toujours été étroitement liée à des calculs politiques assez primaires qui visent à reconquérir le peuple britannique en s’adressant à ses sentiments anti-européens.

16h – Conférence “BREXIT ET LE ROYAUME-UNI (Angleterre/Grande-Bretagne/Royaume-Uni)” en anglais proposée par Philip O’Prey, enseignant à la retrait de l’université Catholique de l’Ouest.

1. EUROPE VU DU ROYAUME UNI : RAPIDE SURVOL. En tant que britannique né à Londres, en Angleterre  je voudrais présenter un regard britannique sur le référendum BREXIT, où s’exprime une Angleterre dont la moitié semble renfermée dans une tradition anglaise de fierté individualiste, peu ouverte aux étrangers. C’est le mythe de l’île et ses plages debout contre la menace venant du continent éuropéen. Il serait très imprudent de rejeter d’emblée les arguments, même irrationnels, qui nourrissent puissamment le soutien  actuel pour la sortie de Union européenne et rejettent la nouvelle transculture  européenne. En laissant les cadre économique et juridique de côté,  j’exposerai les tenants et aboutissants de l’opinion et de la politique en décrivant la spécificité britanniques ainsi que le cadre historique. Je démontrerai ainsi qu’il serait injuste de réduire le regard européen du Royaume-Uni aux rodomontades anti-européennes de Mme Thatcher. Car des questions essentielles sur l’Europe surgissent.

2) FEDERATION OU NATION, ETAT OU REGION? Nous nous pencherons sur les raisons et les conséquences de la reconstruction politique de l’Europe dans l’après-guerre. Or les anciens grand pouvoirs sont partagés entre l’envie de revenir au monde précédant la deuxième guerre mondiale  et le besoin d’empêcher une nouvelle guerre. Independence ou coopération ou l’Europe-état des fédéralistes, tel est le choix, car il s’agit de traiter de la distance démocratique entre l’hyperautorité ultime et le niveau local. Or l’histoire différente de chaque pays a déterminé le poids relatif de la province ou du pouvoir centrale (Espagne Allemagne Belgique France par ex.). Mais c’est là où se superpose un pouvoir supérieur européen sous l’influence d’une autre fédération – les USA.  Ce confit de niveaux de pouvoir marque  le débat sur BREXIT. Deuxièmement,  il importe de rappeler que la constitution historique  de l’Europe se fait autant pour des raisons stratégique dans l’immédiat après-guerre pour régler les relations entre la France vainqueur et Allemagne vaincue sous l’impulsion de J. Monnet. Il convient de suivre de près l’histoire européenne.

3) QUE FAIT LE ROYAUME-UNI EN EUROPE ? La période d’après-guerre commence avec des formes différentes et concurrentielles de l’Europe entre la coopération internationale et le fédéralisme, dans laquelle la Grande-Bretagne a joué un rôle important, en tant que nation affichée europhile. Malheureusement elle a manqué le projet fédéraliste de la Communauté du Charbon et de l’acier qui était focalisé sur la France et l’Allemagne. Pour historiciser la situation, nous devons constater que la Grande-Bretagne a cherché à conserver son rôle international, vers l’ouest atlantique et à l’est au-delà de l’Europe d’avant la deuxième guerre mondiale, c’est la théorie des trois cercles où le Royaume-Uni déclinant revendique sa position mondiale unique en tant qu’ile aux plages invaincues (Churchill)  avec une tradition politique et démocratique qui prétend à un universalisme différent du projet français.  Le pays se met donc à l’écart de ce projet-là.

4) LE LIBRE ECHANGE : LE ROYAUME-UNI EN EUROPE. Lors de l’entrée de la Grande-Bretagne dans la CEE, l’opinion sur l’Europe en Grande-Bretagne était clairement europhile et favorable surtout au marché commun ‘vendu’ comme une grande zone de libre-échange bon pour le consommateur. Paradoxalement, le soutien de Mme Thatcher et des conservateurs a sauvé le premier referendum européen des divisions du parti travailliste. Mais les réformes du nouveau président de la Commission européenne, J. Delors, ont poussé un certain nombre de conservateurs, dont Mme Thatcher, à manifester leur hostilité croissante à l’Europe. Les réformes ‘socialistes’ de Delors en faveur d’un proto-fédéralisme et de compétences sociales élargies contredisaient directement les politiques conservatrices du gouvernement britannique.

5) LE ROYAUME-UNI S’ELOIGNE DE  L’UNION EUROPEENNE : DE MAASTRICHT A LISBONNE
Après Thatcher, l’Union européenne a renforcé l’orientation fédéraliste en supprimant le véto mais en instituant à la place les OPT-OUT, la non-application autorisée de certaines décisions communes par plusieurs pays. Ainsi les britanniques n’ont pas validé l’espace Schengen. Entretemps on observe que d’autres pays ont commencé à freiner le fédéralisme à travers différents referendums. Le doute européen se révèle-t-il  aussi dans le BREXIT aujourd’hui.

6) BREXIT REFERENDUM. Cela mène enfin au sujet d’aujourd’hui, le second référendum britannique sur l’UE, à l’origine une promesse ancienne du Conservateur, David Cameron, pour apaiser les eurosceptiques.  Or le débat actuel est révélateur de l’état d’esprit du pays. Et cela nécessite l’examen des questions, des personnalités et des postures frénétiques des deux côtés de l’argument. Mais on insistera sur le rôle particulier de UKIP, le parti du BREXIT qui a réussi à retourner l’opinion publique et influencer des conservateurs notables, tout en jouant sur la peur de l’immigration européenne.

7) CONCLUSION. Derrière les phobies nationalistes frisant l’extrême droite, le BREXIT révèle bien pour un pays aussi ‘fédéral-nationaliste’ que le Royaume uni la présence d’une tension constante entre l’expression des spécificités locales  et la mise en place de règles européennes universelles, ce qui n’interdit pas des contradictions étonnantes dans la gouvernance anglaise et même européenne. Reste aussi le facteur invisible,  la volonté des Etats-Unis car quelque soit le vote le Royaume-Uni n’y échappera pas.  Enfin, des doutes s’expriment déjà sur l’effet d’un vote négatif ; une solution sera bien trouvée pour retenir le Royaume-Uni dans l’Union européenne.

 

17h – Thé à l’anglaise (we will need it at this point!)

18h – Décompte des votes des participants et annonce des résultats de « notre » référendum.

18h30 – fin de l’événement.


Knit and natter | 24/06/2016 | 10:00 am-11:00 am

Knitting

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 members. No need to reserve, just come and enjoy yourself!


Reduced hours for summer Saturdays | 25/06/2016 | 2:00 pm-6:00 pm

On some Saturdays during the summer, the library will be open from 2 – 6 pm. and closed during the mornings.


Film Club watches “The Assassination of Jesse James” | 25/06/2016 | 3:00 pm-6:00 pm

Jesse

 

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford is a 2007 American western drama film written and directed by Andrew Dominik. Adapted from Ron Hansen’s 1983 novel of the same name, the film dramatizes the relationship between Jesse James (Brad Pitt) and Robert Ford (Casey Affleck), focusing on the events that lead up to the titular killing.

Screening begins at 15:00 sharp. This activity is free of charge for all library members. Please reserve sign up at the front desk in advance. A discussion in English will follow the film.


Atelier intensif en anglais pour lycéens | 28/06/2016-30/06/2016 | 3:00 pm-6:00 pm

 

Summer in the States

Atelier d’anglais pour lycéens “Summer in the States”

3 après-midis d’activités ludiques pour amener les lycéens à s’imprégner de la culture anglophone. Encadré par une groupe d’américains, cet atelier permet aux lycéens de pratiquer l’anglais dans une ambiance conviviale !

Inscription et tarif: le nombre de places est de 14 avec un minimum de 8 inscrits. Le coût de l’atelier est de 75€ (inscription à la bibliothèque, goûter et matériel pédagogique compris). Un chèque de 75€ sera demandé à l’inscription, mais ne sera encaissé que le 1er jour de l’atelier. Inscription à l’accueil de la bibliothèque.


Walk and Talk | 29/06/2016 | 2:00 pm-6:00 pm

hiking boots
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, 2 to 3 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 make sure to sign up!

Want to sign up? Easy as pie!

Sign up by sending your name, email address and phone numbers (perferably cell phone) to this email address. You will be sent full details of the walk in due time.
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Atelier intensif d’anglais pour “collégiens” | 06/07/2016-08/07/2016 | 3:00 pm-6:00 pm

S S & F

 

Atelier d’anglais pour collégiens “Sea, Sun and Fun”

Parler, jouer, chanter en anglais… des activités ludiques pour amener les adolescents à s’imprégner de la culture anglophone. Durant trois après-midis pendant les vacances scolaires de 15h à 18h, les collégiens peuvent pratiquer l’anglais dans une ambiance conviviale et découvrir qu’il est amusant de parler cette langue !
Cet atelier, encadré par des anglophones, s’adresse aux adolescents qui souhaitent améliorer leur communication orale en anglais.

Inscription et tarif: le nombre de places est de 14 avec un minimum de 6 inscrits. Le coût de l’atelier est de 75€ (inscription à la bibliothèque, goûter et matériel pédagogique compris). Un chèque de 75€ sera demandé à l’inscription, mais ne sera encaissé que le 1er jour de l’atelier. Inscription à l’accueil de la bibliothèque.


Garden Club visit | 07/07/2016 | 3:00 pm-6:00 pm

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The garden club invites you to discover the beautiful gardens in the area! This free activity is open to library members and offers visits once a month to a garden. Next visit will take place on Thursday, July 7th in the afternoon. For more information, for the schedule for 2016 and/or to sign up for visits please send an email to gardenclub@ellia.org.


Luncheon Club | 12/07/2016 | 12:30 pm-2:30 pm

silverwareLove those French restaurants? Feel like you need to speak English more but in a relaxed atmosphere? Join this club which schedules a lunch in a great local restaurant. Click here to send an email to the coordinator for more information and the full schedule.


Reading with Michael Martin, American poet | 12/07/2016 | 2:00 pm-5:00 pm

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Michael Martin, a published American poet has graciously offered to organise a reading of his work followed by a q and a session about poetry…and life! This event will take place outside of the library in a private home in Juvardeil.

Michael Martin is a writer and consulting editor living in North Carolina. His first collection of poety, Extended Remark: Poems from a Moravian Parking Lot aw published in 2015 by Portals Press. Poems and fictino have appeared in various journals. He co-founded the literary magazine, Hogtown Creek Review.  In 2010 he edited the anthology “Rules of the Game: The Best Sports Writing from Harper’s Magazine.”

For more information about Michael, click here.

This activity is free of charge! Please send an email to phoebe@ellia.org to sign up and for full details. Maximum participants: 10.


Come and take part in our Biblio Remix! | 20/07/2016 | 9:30 am-3:30 pm

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Remix? Think re-inventing the library. Think creativity! Think of it as a day to let open up, let our creative juices flow, tear down the walls of our preconcieved ideas…dream of the impossible…and then make it happen!

Biblio Remix est un dispositif d’expérimentation, d’invention et de créations participatives, autour des services en bibliothèque. L’idée est de réunir des participants aux compétences diverses (bibliothécaires, lecteurs, bidouilleurs, designers, architectes, usagers ou non des bibliothèques…), et de leur proposer d’esquisser leur vision de la bibliothèque idéale, à travers des questions, des problèmes concrets et des projets à réaliser. Pendant une journée, par équipes de 5 personnes, les participants seront invités à choisir un projet de remix, à le décrire et le préparer, puis à en faire un prototype (maquette, version de test…). Accompagnés tout au long de la séance par Vincent Hillereau, bénévole, les équipes devront à la fin de la journée montrer leur prototype et raconter leur démarche, afin que ces expériences puissent être compilées. Bref, c’est une journée très créative, très productive, tout en étant fun et conviviale. Pour en savoir plus : biblioremix.fr

If you are interested and willing, just let us know by sending an email to phoebe@ellia.org! The day, of course, is free and will be held outside of the library but here in Angers. We can have up to 19 people. The day will be conducted with a mix of English and French.


Commemorating 400 years since Shakespeare’s death | 23/07/2016 | 4:30 pm-9:30 pm

Shakespeare

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Commemorating the bard…

The English-speaking Union and the library are pleased to invite the lovers of Shakespeare to an afternoon preformance by amateur actors, dancers and singers who will be presenting bits and pieces of favorite Shakespeare plays.

The event will take place outside of the library in a private home in Saint Georges sur Layon. For more information, please send an emai to phoebe@ellia.org


Walk and Talk | 28/07/2016 | All Day

hiking boots
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, 2 to 3 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 make sure to sign up! Note these upcoming dates: September 26th and October 26th.

Want to sign up? Easy as pie!

Sign up by sending your name, email address and phone numbers (perferably cell phone) to this email address. You will be sent full details of the walk in due time.
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Garden Club Picnic | 04/08/2016 | 12:15 pm-3:15 pm

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Midsummer picnic and pool party, generously hosted once again by June Duckworth will take place on August 4th. For more information, for the schedule for 2016 and/or to sign up for visits please send an email to gardenclub@ellia.org.


Library opens on September 1st | 30/08/2016 | All Day

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Enjoy the summer holidays…remember you can borrow ebooks at all times! Click here for ebook check-outs!


Library opens on September 1st | 31/08/2016 | All Day

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Enjoy the summer holidays…remember you can borrow ebooks at all times! Click here for ebook check-outs!


Garden Club visits Camifolia | 01/09/2016 | 3:00 pm-6:00 pm

Camifolia

The garden club invites you to discover the beautiful gardens in the area! This free activity is open to library members and offers visits once a month to a garden. Next visit will take place on Thursday, September 1st in the afternoon. For more information please send an email to gardenclub@ellia.org.


Would you like to volunteer? Come to our meeting! | 02/09/2016 | 10:00 am-11:30 am

Get Involved

Join us for the back-into-the-swing-of-things volunteer meeting on Friday, September 2nd: starting at 10 sharp in the library.
Call for volunteers! The good news is that big things are planned for the Fall 2016 season! More of the good news is that we need your help! If you have some time to give during the coming year and would like to volunteer for the library, come to an organizational meeting. At this meeting we will explain the different projects and ask you to think about in what way you are able to fit into the plans. If you are not able to attend this meeting, we would be happy to meet with you on an individual basis.


Take your TOEIC test | 06/09/2016 | 7:00 pm-9:15 pm

 

TOEIC

You can sign up to take your TOEIC test here in the library. To sign up please consult the ETS website. Upcoming dates for 2016 are Sept. 27th, Nov. 8th and Dec. 6th.


Angers celebrates Austin! | 12/09/2016-18/09/2016 | All Day

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Did you know that the city of Angers is twinned with the city of Austin in Texas? Sisterhood at its best! Take a peek at great events happening here in Angers for “Austin Week”, September 12th – 18th, in Angers. For full program of events click here.

The library will be organising a couple of different events on September 16th! Scroll down for full details!


Pizza and board games | 13/09/2016 | 6:00 pm-8:00 pm

pizzaThe pizza and board games evening is scheduled one Tuesday a month from 6-8 pm. Cost is 7 euros (covers pizza and non-alcoholic drinks, 5 euros for children 12 and under and native English speakers). No reservations necessary, just come and enjoy! Dates up to Christmas are Oct. 11th, Nov. 15th and Dec. 13th.


Free Texan brunch! | 16/09/2016 | 9:00 am-10:00 am

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9:00-10:00 TEXAN BRUNCH!

Start your day with a Big Texan brunch! And it’s free! We will be dishing up a great mix of breakfast foods with the taste of Texas! Brunch will be served buffet style. Pick and choose and let your taste buds fire up to new foods…or just stop by for a cup of coffee and enjoy some great Texan ambiance bright and early! No need to reserve…just come and enjoy!


Talk about Austin and food by Tiffany Harelik | 16/09/2016 | 10:00 am-10:30 am

 

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Tiffany Harelik, author of 12 cookbooks and publisher, will be giving a talk with a presentation on food and Austin and what a great town it is to live in! Tiffany is a 4th-generation Austinite! See http://tiffanyharelik.com/ for more about Tiffany!


Meet Chris Brecht of ATX6 | 16/09/2016 | 10:30 am-11:30 am

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Meet Chris Brecht of ATX6 – artist, producer and film maker – who will be talking about the excitement of the project ATX6 and bringing 6 Austin musicians (see photo below) to Angers, France. He will talk about how their music has changed their lives…and just might change yours! Click here for more info.


Bookclub | 16/09/2016 | 2:30 pm-4:00 pm

Agnes Grey

The September read for the bookclub is “Agnes Grey” by Anne Brontë.

” Patience, Firmness, and Perseverance were my only weapons.” “Agnes Grey” (1847) was Anne Bronte s first novel and a poignant account of her own experience as a struggling governess, obliged to earn her living in one of the few ways open to an educated Victorian girl. Agnes is not a romantic heroine such as those we find in the books of Anne’s sisters Charlotte and Emily, but her story paints a more realistic picture of what happens when an intelligent, sensitive young woman has to endure months of isolation and frustration in an unsympathetic household that is not her home.


Writing for Austin | 16/09/2016 | 4:00 pm-5:00 pm

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Come and join us at the library for a writing workshop in English about what it is like to live in Angers.  What do we do with our days? What are the sights, sounds, tastes? How does it FEEL to live in Angers? We will be getting our Austinites to contribute the same and, why not, combine our texts, linking our lives in these two cities.


Come and meet Ethan Azarian, musician and artist | 16/09/2016 | 5:00 pm-6:00 pm

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“I was born and raised in Cabot, Vermont where I enjoyed growing up in a creative environment.  Both my parents are artists so growing up I was surrounded by music and art. My parents were part of the back-to-the-land movement that happened back in the 1960’s and 1970’s. In my mid-twenties I moved from Vermont to Austin, Texas where I continue to paint and perform musicI have enjoyed working large scale in recent years and have painted a growing number of murals in Austin, including most recently a mural project titled Migration for the City of Austin’s Art in Public Places TEMPO program.  I have also worked with First Night Austin (and later Austin’s New Year) to create large-scale interactive installations for the New Year’s Celebration.” Ethan will be painting a mural in Angers during the Austin Week festival…and in the library to talk with you!


Saturday Reading Group | 17/09/2016 | 3:00 pm-4:30 pm

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The Saturday Reading Group is for anyone who loves to read, socialize in English, and meet new people. Come join us on September 17th at 3pm at the library. There is the line-up of great reading for 2016-2017! Click here for full schedule and line-up of titles 2016-2017. 

Saturday September 17th (3-4:30 pm): “All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr.
Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel. In a mining town in Germany, the orphan Werner grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments, a talent that wins him a place at a brutal academy for Hitler Youth, then a special assignment to track the
resistance. More and more aware of the human cost of his intelligence, Werner travels through the heart of the war and, finally, into Saint-Malo, where his story and Marie-Laure’s converge.

When and where: Meetings will be held in the library once a month on Saturday afternoons starting at 3:00. Cost: FREE to all members of the library. To join: Please contact Anne Kaar at bookgroup@ellia.org


Books and tea | 22/09/2016 | 2:00 pm-3:30 pm

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“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 “Les Casse-Croûte de Suzy” 3 rue de l’Espine. No need to sign up, just come and enjoy!


Coffee House | 23/09/2016 | 9:00 am-11:00 am

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This is a special moment when the community gathers together to talk about everything and anything (…in English of course!) and sips coffee and tea. Coffee House is free and open to all library members. Just drop in, no need to reserve! Coffee house is every Friday except during school holidays.


Film Club presents “Lolita” by Stanley Kubrick | 24/09/2016 | 3:00 pm-6:00 pm

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Lolita is a 1962 British-American black comedy-drama film directed by Stanley Kubrick based on the novel of the same title by Vladimir Nabokov, about a middle-aged man who becomes obsessed with a teenage girl.

Screening begins at 15:00 sharp. This activity is free of charge for all library members. Please reserve by signing up at the front desk in advance. A discussion in English will follow the film.


Walk and Talk | 26/09/2016 | 2:00 pm-6:00 pm

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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, 2 to 3 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 make sure to sign up! Note next date: October 26th.

Want to sign up? Easy as pie!

Sign up by sending your name, email address and phone numbers (perferably cell phone) to this email address. You will be sent full details of the walk in due time.
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Take your TOEIC test | 27/09/2016 | 7:00 pm-9:15 pm

 

TOEIC

You can sign up to take your TOEIC test here in the library. To sign up please consult the ETS website. Upcoming dates for 2016 are Sept. 27th, Nov. 8th and Dec. 6th.


Coffee House | 30/09/2016 | 9:00 am-11:00 am

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This is a special moment when the community gathers together to talk about everything and anything (…in English of course!) and sips coffee and tea. Coffee House is free and open to all library members. Just drop in, no need to reserve! Coffee house is every Friday except during school holidays.


Open house and BBB (big, big booksale) raffle & bakesale | 01/10/2016 | 10:00 am-6:00 pm

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Tombola…win 2 round-trip tickets flying

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British Airways from Angers to London City AND support the library!
 

The library’s BBB & fall fundraiser is on Saturday, October 1st from 10-6!

The big, big booksale & bakesale is not to miss. And as a cherry on the cake we are offering once again a raffle/tombola with and amongst other prizes

2 round-trip tickets Angers – London City* generously donated by Angers Loire Aéroport.

Raffle tickets will be sold between 10 am and 5 pm. Drawing for the prizes (including baskets of delicious food and drink) will be at 5 pm sharp.

This is the ultimate win-win situation: support community services that the library provides while finding great book bargains…oddles and oddles of books for sale and a delicious bakesale!

Children ages 3-9 are invited to a free activity in English at 11 am (no need to sign up…the first 10 can participate!).

*British Airways flies to London from Angers Loire Airport. Tickets will be valid until end of October 2016. More information can be found at www.BA.com

 

 


Luncheon Club | 04/10/2016 | 12:30 pm-2:30 pm

silverwareLove those French restaurants? Feel like you need to speak English more but in a relaxed atmosphere? Join this club which schedules a lunch in a great local restaurant. Click here to send an email to the coordinator for more information and the full schedule.


Garden Club visit | 06/10/2016 | 3:00 pm-6:00 pm

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The garden club invites you to discover the beautiful gardens in the area! This free activity is open to library members and offers visits once a month to a garden. Next outing will take place on Thursday, October 6th in the afternoon for a visit of the Château Gontier municipale gardens. For more information please send an email to gardenclub@ellia.org.


Coffee House | 07/10/2016 | 9:00 am-11:00 am

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This is a special moment when the community gathers together to talk about everything and anything (…in English of course!) and sips coffee and tea. Coffee House is free and open to all library members. Just drop in, no need to reserve! Coffee house is every Friday except during school holidays.


Knit and natter | 07/10/2016 | 10:00 am-11:00 am

Knitting

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 members. No need to reserve, just come and enjoy yourself!


Pizza and board games | 11/10/2016 | 6:00 pm-8:00 pm

pizzaThe pizza and board games evening is scheduled one Tuesday a month from 6-8 pm. Cost is 7 euros (covers pizza and non-alcoholic drinks, 5 euros for children 12 and under and native English speakers). No reservations necessary, just come and enjoy! Dates up to Christmas are Oct. 11th, Nov. 15th and Dec. 13th.


Books and tea | 13/10/2016 | 2:00 pm-3:30 pm

B&T

“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 “Les Casse-Croûte de Suzy” 3 rue de l’Espine. No need to sign up, just come and enjoy!


Coffee House | 14/10/2016 | 10:00 am-12:00 pm

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This is a special moment when the community gathers together to talk about everything and anything (…in English of course!) and sips coffee and tea. Coffee House is free and open to all library members. Just drop in, no need to reserve! Coffee house is every Friday except during school holidays.


Free financial advice & consulting | 14/10/2016 | 10:00 am-11:00 am

Amanda Johnson from Spectrum Financial Advisors &Karolyn Chauvigné from Currencies Direct will be present at the ‘Coffee House’ every two months. Should you need any free, friendly advice on any of the following issues they will be present to advise you:

RETIREMENT PLANNING
Forward planning for your retirement can mean the difference between having the reassurance of financial security in later years rather than the worry of wondering how you will cope

INVESTMENTS FOR EXPATS
How do you choose your investments when you are an expatriate? Taking personalised Investment Advice can be vital, especially in the current economic environment, with high inflation and record low interest rates

INHERITANCE TAX PLANNING
Inheritance Tax Planning for expatriates requires careful consideration. At home or abroad your plans to pass any assets in the future to your family will be determined by the place where you live and if you are UK domiciled

CURRENCY EXCHANGE
Currencies Direct is a foreign exchange company, which is fully regulated in the UK (FCA) and in France (AMF). Karolyn will be able to give you invaluable information on how to get the best out of your currency exchange. From just £150 upwards, we can save you between 3 and 5% on bank rates and with no charges at all!

No need to sign up, just stop by and meet Amanda and Karolyn!

“Get a better deal, after all, it’s your money we’re talking about”.


Knit and natter | 14/10/2016 | 10:00 am-11:00 am

Knitting

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 members. No need to reserve, just come and enjoy yourself!


Reading Shakespeare | 14/10/2016 | 3:00 pm-5:00 pm

ShakespeareTreat yourself to an afternoon of a collective reading of Shakespeare. The 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 at the front desk.


Saturday Reading Group | 15/10/2016 | 3:00 pm-4:30 pm

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The Saturday Reading Group is for anyone who loves to read, socialize in English, and meet new people. Come join us on October 15th at 3pm at the library. There is the line-up of great reading for 2016-2017! Click here for full schedule and line-up of titles 2016-2017. 

The October selection is the book “Revolutionary Road” by Richard Yates and its 2008 film adaptation (of the same name) starring Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio. In the hopeful 1950s, Frank and April Wheeler appear to be a model couple: bright, beautiful, talented, with two young children and a starter home in the suburbs. Perhaps they married too young and started a family too early. Maybe Frank’s job is dull. And April never saw herself as a housewife. Yet they have always lived on the assumption that greatness is only just around the corner. But now that certainty is about to crumble. With heartbreaking compassion and remorseless clarity, Frank and April mortgage their spiritual birthright, betraying not only each other, but their best selves.

When and where: Meetings will be held in the library once a month on Saturday afternoons starting at 3:00. Cost: FREE to all members of the library. To join: Please contact Anne Kaar at bookgroup@ellia.org


Bookclub | 21/10/2016 | 2:30 pm-4:00 pm

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The October read for the bookclub is “Hallucinating Foucault” by Patricia Duncker. In this ravishing tale of sexual and textual obsession, the young unnamed narrator sets forth from Cambridge on a quest. He is to rescue the subject of his doctoral research, Paul Michel, the brilliant but mad writer, from incarceration in a mental institution in France. What ensues is a drama of terrible intimacy and tenderness played out one hot and humid summer in Paris and in the south of France. “Hallucinating Foucault” is a literary thriller that explores with consummate mastery the passionate relationship between reader and writer, between the factual and the fictional, between sanity and madness. In blurring these boundaries, Patricia Duncker has written a novel of astonishing power and beauty.

For any enqueries about joining the bookclub please send an email to bookclub@ellia.org.


Film Club presents “Bend it like Beckham” | 22/10/2016 | 3:00 pm-6:00 pm

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Bend It Like Beckham is a 2002 romantic sports and Indian-themed comedy-dramafilm produced, written, and directed by Gurinder Chadha, and starring Parminder Nagra, Keira Knightley, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Anupam Kher, Shaznay Lewis, and Archie Panjabi.

A kaleidoscope of color and culture clash humorously as an Indian family in London tries to raise their soccer-playing daughter in a traditional way. Unlike tarty elder sister Pinky, who is preparing for an Indian wedding and a lifetime of cooking the perfect chapatti, Jess’ dream is to play soccer professionally like her hero David Beckham. Wholeheartedly against Jess’ unorthodox ambition, her parents eventually reveal that their reservations have more to do with protecting her than with holding her back. When Jess is forced to make a choice between tradition and her beloved sport, her family must decide whether to let her chase her dream…and a soccer ball.

Screening begins at 15:00 sharp. This activity is free of charge for all library members. Please reserve by signing up at the front desk in advance. A discussion in English will follow the film.


Walk and Talk | 26/10/2016 | 2:00 pm-6:00 pm

hiking boots
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, 2 to 3 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 make sure to sign up!

Want to sign up? Easy as pie!

Sign up by sending your name, email address and phone numbers (perferably cell phone) to this email address. You will be sent full details of the walk in due time.
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Intensive English workshop for “collégiens” | 26/10/2016-28/10/2016 | 3:00 pm-6:00 pm

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This halloween workshop for young adults between the ages of 11-14 takes place in the library and runs over three consecutive afternoons of three hours each. This is a wonderful way for kids to have fun learning English through games, songs and lots of speaking and moving around. Cost is 75 euros (includes snack, materials and library membership). Please contact the front desk to sign up. Limited to 15.


American elections: your questions and beyond | 04/11/2016 | 2:00 pm-6:00 pm

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The American elections: how do they work, what is at stake and how do the Americans in France feel about them? How exactly does the American electoral system work? How will the outcome sway the future? What are the pronostics?

Come and spend the whole afternoon of Friday, November 4th at the library and learn the answers to these questions and a great deal more. Everyone who comes into the library can cast their vote to be counted at the end of the day to determine the winning and future President…at least in the hearts and minds of the members and friends of the library! Coffee and tea will be served all afternoon.

The library will be organising a series of talks and round table debates in English:

14h – The presidential elections in the United States are coming up, and Americans will vote on November 8, 2016. Eric Beaty, Economic and Commercial Attaché at the U.S. Consulate for Western France will explain the electoral system and go over what’s at stake.

15h – Round table discussion from the point of view of the Americans living in France chaired by John Cassini, retired professor of English and a specialist in American civilization.

16h – John Webb, professor of English and former VP for International Relations at the Université d’Angers, will organize a game based on the American elections. Not only will this be a lot of fun, but you will learn a great deal about the United States…and how the states vary in so many ways.

17h15 – Counting the votes. Announcement of the results.

18h – event ends.

Free and open to the public. No need to reserve.


Reading Shakespeare | 04/11/2016 | 3:00 pm-5:00 pm

ShakespeareTreat yourself to an afternoon of a collective reading of Shakespeare. The 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 at the front desk.


Luncheon Club | 08/11/2016 | 12:30 pm-2:30 pm

silverwareLove those French restaurants? Feel like you need to speak English more but in a relaxed atmosphere? Join this club which schedules a lunch in a great local restaurant. Click here to send an email to the coordinator for more information and the full schedule.


Take your TOEIC test | 08/11/2016 | 7:00 pm-9:15 pm

 

TOEIC

You can sign up to take your TOEIC test here in the library. To sign up please consult the ETS website. Upcoming dates for 2016 are Nov. 8th and Dec. 6th.


Breakfast “the morning after” | 09/11/2016 | 9:00 am-11:00 am

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Come to the library for an informal breakfast – bacon and eggs! – “the morning after”.

Come and share your thoughts about the American elections at the library by joining us for a full American breakfast. Stop by the library for your breakfast and this informal gathering! Free and open to the public! No need to reserve…however there is limited space so first come, first serve.


Pizza and board games | 15/11/2016 | 6:00 pm-8:00 pm

pizzaThe pizza and board games evening is scheduled one Tuesday a month from 6-8 pm. Cost is 7 euros (covers pizza and non-alcoholic drinks, 5 euros for children 12 and under and native English speakers). No reservations necessary, just come and enjoy! Dates up to Christmas are Nov. 15th and Dec. 13th.


Soirée MIEL – rencontre avec “Les Inaperçus” | 16/11/2016 | 7:00 pm-9:00 pm

LA MIEL ET LA BIBLIOTHÈQUE ANGLOPHONE VOUS INVITENT A UNE SOIRÉE EN FRANÇAIS POUR RENCONTRER 

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LES INAPERÇUS

 

Les Inaperçus est une maison d’édition indépendante créée en 2011. Son principe est de faire se rencontrer un artiste et un écrivain, pour donner naissance à un univers original à l’issue d’un réel  travail en duo. La maison privilégie les formes courtes, prose, prose poétique et poésie.  Les livres sont imprimés en quadrichromie, et mettent en valeur l’intervention du plasticien. Elle viendra nous parler de son travail et de sa collection. A ce jour, une dizaine de titres, dont:

Le travail de mourir, d’Emmanuelle Pagano et Claude Rouyer

Langue trou, de Ludovic Degroote et Céline Guichard

Les Oiseaux favorables de Stéphane Bouquet et Amaury da Cunha

http://miel49.blogspot.fr/
https://www.facebook.com/miel49


Books and tea | 17/11/2016 | 2:00 pm-3:30 pm

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“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 “Les Casse-Croûte de Suzy” 3 rue de l’Espine. No need to sign up, just come and enjoy!


Coffee House | 18/11/2016 | 9:00 am-11:00 am

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This is a special moment when the community gathers together to talk about everything and anything (…in English of course!) and sips coffee and tea. Coffee House is free and open to all library members. Just drop in, no need to reserve! Coffee house is every Friday except during school holidays.


Bookclub reads Doris Lessing | 18/11/2016 | 2:30 pm-4:00 pm

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The November read for the bookclub is “The Grass is Singing” by Doris Lessing. Set in Southern Rhodesia under white rule, Doris Lessing’s first novel is at once a riveting chronicle of human disintegration, a beautifully understated social critique, and a brilliant depiction of the quiet horror of one woman’s struggle against a ruthless fate. Mary Turner is a self-confident, independent young woman who becomes the depressed, frustrated wife of an ineffectual, unsuccessful farmer. Little by little the ennui of years on the farm works its slow poison. Mary’s despair progresses until the fateful arrival of Moses, an enigmatic, virile black servant. Locked in anguish, Mary and Moses master and slave are trapped in a web of mounting attraction and repulsion, until their psychic tension explodes with devastating consequences.

For any enquiries about joining the bookclub please send an email by clicking here.


Saturday Reading Group | 19/11/2016 | 3:00 pm-4:30 pm

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The Saturday Reading Group is for anyone who loves to read, socialize in English, and meet new people. Come join us on November 19th at 3pm at the library. If you are interested in knowing the line-up of great reading for 2016-2017 click here.

The November selection is the book and film “Angela’s Ashes” by Frank McCourt.

When and where: Meetings will be held in the library once a month on Saturday afternoons starting at 3:00. Cost: FREE to all members of the library. To join: please contact Anne Kaar at bookgroup@ellia.org


Exhibition of photographs: Dans mes yeux l’Amérique | 25/11/2016-23/12/2016 | All Day

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Stop by the library during the hours open to the public for Michel Durigneux’s  exhibit of black and white photos taken in the USA.

Michel Durigneux, humaniste au plus consubstantiel de lui-même, aime les gens, il les regarde, s’y intéresse et s’y arrête. Qui a eu le bonheur de voir ses portraits d’écrivains peut mesurer l’exemplaire bienveillance qu’il manifeste à l’égard de ses semblables. Pour ma part, je connais peu de photographes capables, comme lui, de faire surgir, sur un visage, les caractéristiques profondes d’une personnalité, la plus intériorisée soit-elle. Aussi, Michel Durigneux n’est-il pas un artiste de paysage (comme sont certains peintres et certains poètes) : dans ses images, le paysage – ou le décor – n’est pas le sujet ; son sujet, c’est la vie, et la vie, ce sont les gens – les individus. Pourtant, le paysage new-yorkais, presque omniprésent dans les photos de ce livre, est immédiatement compréhensible, en tant que contexte, même si une profondeur de champ réduite le met parfois à distance dans le flou. Ici, le paysage replace chaque instant de vie dans le lieu de son aventure et, partant, l’explique.

L’objectivité n’existant pas en photographie, ni dans aucune discipline artistique (et que dire du journalisme ?…), que cherche le chasseur d’images ? Que cherche Michel Durigneux dans un corps, un visage ? Assurément, Michel Durigneux cherche la qualité, au contraire du défaut, la qualité qui définira, révélera, le plus justement, et à l’instant de leur rencontre, le sujet auquel il s’intéresse. Aussi empathique que sa nature et son regard sur ses frères humains, sa démarche vise à saisir le meilleur de l’être, et le plus vrai, qui est souvent le plus intime, parfois le plus caché.

Bernard Bretonnière, juin 2016


Coffee House | 25/11/2016 | 9:00 am-11:00 am

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This is a special moment when the community gathers together to talk about everything and anything (…in English of course!) and sips coffee and tea. Coffee House is free and open to all library members. Just drop in, no need to reserve! Coffee house is every Friday except during school holidays.


Let’s get crafty! | 25/11/2016 | 10:00 am-12:00 pm

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Like to craft? So do we! So let’s do it together and do it at the library!

This is the latest of the many different fundraising ideas that makes our hearts beat! Get crafty, enjoy time with others AND support the library!

The library will be scheduling two full mornings for crafting as a group. If you have ideas, come with your “pattern” and supplies and our little Santa’s helpers will help cut and paste and knit and design…all so much fun! Anything goes as long as it is handmade and sellable in the crafts fair! Think Christmas cards, ornaments, table setting decorations, etc…

The dates are Friday, November 25th from 10-12 am and December 2nd at the same time. The library will be offering our bottomless mugs of tea and coffee for all crafters! All crafts will be put on sale as a fundraiser for the library during the month of December. If you would like more information, contact Phoebe by sending an email.


Reading Shakespeare | 25/11/2016 | 3:00 pm-5:00 pm

ShakespeareTreat yourself to an afternoon of a collective reading of Shakespeare’s Merry Wives of Windsor and Henry the Fourth. The 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 at the front desk.


Film Club presents “Opening Night” by John Cassavetes | 26/11/2016 | 3:00 pm-5:30 pm

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The next film club event will be “Opening Night” by John Cassavetes. 

John Cassavetes’ “Opening Night” tells the story of an alcoholic actress going through the final agony of bottoming out, while surrounded by people whose lives she is making impossible, and who are not nearly as angry with her as they should be. Gena Rowlands plays the role at perfect pitch: She is able to suggest, even in the midst of seemingly ordinary moments, the controlled panic of a person who needs a drink, right here, right now. The story, which takes place in the final days of the out-of-town tryout of a new play, stars Rowlands as Myrtle Gordon, a famous actress idolized by her fans. Ben Gazzara plays the director, who doggedly tries to keep the doomed production on track, Joan Blondell is the playwright, and Cassavetes himself plays the leading man. Everyone in the cast and on the production staff knows that Myrtle is a drunk, but to one degree or another they all go along with her fantasy, which is that she drinks because she is terrified of aging, and since the play is about an aging woman, the pain is simply too much for her to bear. Alcoholics can always tell you about the problems they’re drinking over, but they can never quite see how the boozing and the problems might be related.

 

Screening begins at 15:00 sharp. This activity is free of charge for all library members. Please reserve by signing up at the front desk in advance. A discussion in English will follow the film.


“Semaine de cinéma de langue anglaise” at the “400 Coups” | 30/11/2016-06/12/2016 | All Day

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Each year the local independent cinema in Angers, the “4OO coups”, organise a week of films in English catered for different age groups and fashioned for classes. For 2016 there is a great line-up of films! Take a look at the program by clicking here and book in those dates!

 


Christmas Craft Fair | 02/12/2016-23/12/2016 | All Day

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Starting on December 2nd the library will be selling crafts made and donated by volunteers and friends. Come and support this fundraiser while finding some great little original gifts for friends and relatives.


Coffee House | 02/12/2016 | 9:00 am-11:00 am

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This is a special moment when the community gathers together to talk about everything and anything (…in English of course!) and sips coffee and tea. Coffee House is free and open to all library members. Just drop in, no need to reserve! Coffee house is every Friday except during school holidays.


Let’s get crafty! | 02/12/2016 | 10:00 am-12:00 pm

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Like to craft? So do we! So let’s do it together and do it at the library!

This is the latest of the many different fundraising ideas that makes our hearts beat! Get crafty, enjoy time with others AND support the library!

The library will be scheduling two full mornings for crafting as a group. If you have ideas come with your “pattern” and supplies and our little Santa’s helpers will help cut and paste and knit and design…all so much fun! Anything goes as long as it is handmade and sellable in the crafts fair! Think Christmas cards, ornaments, table setting decorations, etc…

The dates are Friday, November 25th from 10-12 am and December 2nd at the same time. The library will be offering our bottomless mugs of tea and coffee for all crafters! All crafts will be put on sale as a fundraiser for the library during the month of December. If you would like more information, contact Phoebe by sending an email.


Reading Shakespeare | 02/12/2016 | 3:00 pm-5:00 pm

ShakespeareTreat yourself to an afternoon of a collective reading of Shakespeare’s Merry Wives of Windsor and Henry the Fourth. The 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 at the front desk.


Walk and Talk | 05/12/2016 | 3:00 pm-7:00 pm

hiking boots
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, 2 to 3 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 make sure to sign up!

Want to sign up? Easy as pie!

Sign up by sending your name, email address and phone numbers (perferably cell phone) to this email address. You will be sent full details of the walk in due time.
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Take your TOEIC test | 06/12/2016 | 7:00 pm-9:15 pm

 

TOEIC

You can sign up to take your TOEIC test here in the library. To sign up please consult the ETS website.


Reading of 3 American poets at the library | 07/12/2016 | 7:00 pm-8:30 pm

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Double Change, The Poetry Foundation, la Bibliothèque Anglophone d’Angers, la Maison des écrivains et de la littérature d’Angers, and the publishing house Joca Seria invite you to to the festival  ‘Poésie : usa’ with

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Tina Darragh

Tina was born in 1950 in Pittsburgh. Tine Darragh took seriously the task of moving the poet’s voice away from the center of the poem, and experimented with language as material in books. Her work has been included in several  L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E poetry anthologies. Her current projects focus on ways to further the notion of “partial authorship” such as opposable dumbs. She lives in Greenbelt, Maryland with poet P. Inman and supports herself by working in a library.

De coin à corner, livre de 26 proses, est un abécédaire fou : chaque lettre correspond à une page du dictionnaire choisie au hasard et dont les mots, par les liens que la poète voit entre eux, génèrent un récit. Table périodique d’éléments verbaux très instables, le livre de Tina Darragh est une proposition d’itinéraire dans les domaines du possible de la langue, un site de rencontres lexicales pour des relations d’une page dont la fraîcheur et l’étrangeté réjouiront madame comme monsieur.

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Marcella Durand

Marcella’s books include Deep Eco Pré, a collaboration with Tina Darragh (Little Red Leaves). She has translated Marcel Proust, Nicole Brossard, Eric Giraud and other poets for publications such as Fence and The Collected Poems of Marcel Proust (Penguin 2013). She lives in New York City. For an interview click here.

Dans Le jardin de M., Marcella Durand réinvente l’espace, celui de la ville, celui du langage et du poème. Lire les poèmes de Marcella Durand, c’est, à l’heure d’une cartographie totale du monde, revenir à une appréhension élémentaire de l’espace et du langage. Dans les poèmes de Rayons de l’ombre, cela passe par l’utilisation surprenante, en langue anglaise, de l’alexandrin, comme si la poète américaine, de père français, avait voulu faire rentrer sa langue dans la mesure française, comme pour la faire tenir, l’empêcher de fuir.

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Tonya Foster

Tonya is the author of A Swarm of Bees in High Court (Belladonna, 2015) and co-editor of Third Mind: Creative Writing through Visual Art. Born in Bloomington, Illinois and raised in New Orleans. In a review, Patricia Spears Jones says, ” Foster’s imaginative work glories in language’s ambiguities, discords, emotions and logic. She allows that imaginative thrall to explore race and gender and political dysfunction.” .

La grammaire des os est celle d’une langue qui trébuche pour se ressaisir dans le jeu de haïkus de Tonya Foster. Dans le Harlem du 21ème siècle, dire et parler, c’est vouloir sentir pour savoir et connaître, saisir le spectre des couleurs, du noir de la peau au rouge du sang. « Ce poème est une ville de visages désertés par l’espoir d’un nous ». Lire cette grammaire, c’est se frayer un passage, se trouver une place et en faire pour les autres sans attendre une invitation qui ne vient pas. Le poème en tient lieu.


Coffee House | 09/12/2016 | 9:00 am-11:00 am

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This is a special moment when the community gathers together to talk about everything and anything (…in English of course!) and sips coffee and tea. Coffee House is free and open to all library members. Just drop in, no need to reserve! Coffee house is every Friday except during school holidays.


Presentation of book of local winemakers “Anjou Untamed” | 09/12/2016 | 10:00 am-10:45 am

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Come to this Coffee House presentation of the portraits – photos and text – of 48 winemakers of Anjou. Beautifully produced, this is a perfect Christmas gift! Both the photographer, Jean-Yves Bardin and the translator, Bernard Reeves, will be in the library to talk about the project and sign books. Free and open to the public. No need to sign up.


Reading Shakespeare | 09/12/2016 | 3:00 pm-5:00 pm

ShakespeareTreat yourself to an afternoon of a collective reading of Shakespeare’s Merry Wives of Windsor and Henry the Fourth. The 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 at the front desk.


Vernissage expo “Dans mes yeux l’Amérique” | 09/12/2016 | 6:30 pm-8:00 pm

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Come and meet the photographer of the exhibit “Dans mes yeux l’Amérique” Michel Durigneux during this special evening open to the public. Free and open to the public.


Film Club & Saturday Reading Group come together for the “Secret Lives of Bees” | 10/12/2016 | 3:00 pm-5:30 pm

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The next film club event is partnered with the Saturday Reading Group and will be a showing and then discussion of “The Secret Life of Bees” by Sue Monk Kidd.

Set in South Carolina during 1964, The Secret Life of Bees tells the story of a fourteen year old white girl, Lily Owens, whose life has been shaped around the blurred memory of the afternoon her mother was killed. When Lily’s fierce-hearted “stand-in mother,” Rosaleen, insults three racists in town, they escape to Tiburon, South Carolina—a town that holds the secret to her mother’s past. Taken in by an eccentric trio of black beekeeping sisters, Lily finds refuge in their mesmerizing world of bees, honey, and the Black Madonna. Lily starts a journey as much about her understanding of the world, as about the mystery surrounding her mother. The Secret Life of Bees is a major literary triumph about the search for love and belonging, a novel that possesses a rare wisdom about life and the power and divinity of the female spirit.

Screening begins at 15:00 sharp. This activity is free of charge for all library members. Please reserve by signing up at the front desk in advance. A discussion in English will follow the film. 


Get that old Christmas spirit…come caroling! | 11/12/2016 | 2:30 pm-6:00 pm

 

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Looking for that good old Christmas spirit…? Join the members of the English-language Library in Angers for Christmas caroling on Sunday, December 11th. All you need to do is to wear red and green AND WARM clothes (and a red santa hat if you have one!), meet at the library at 2:30 before going out to carol in the streets of Angers. If you would like, bring some baked Christmas treat to share with everybody for when we come back to the library. No need to sign up, just come and sing to your heart’s content! Free and open to the public!

14:30 – meet at the library to warm up the vocal cords

15:00 – 17:00 Christmas carols in town, the library will be locked up at this time

17:00 – Christmas goodies to eat and drink (feel free to bring something)


Luncheon Club | 13/12/2016 | 12:30 pm-2:30 pm

silverwareLove those French restaurants? Feel like you need to speak English more but in a relaxed atmosphere? Join this club which schedules a lunch in a great local restaurant. Click here to send an email to the coordinator for more information and the full schedule.


Pizza and board games | 13/12/2016 | 6:00 pm-8:00 pm

pizzaThe pizza and board games evening is scheduled one Tuesday a month from 6-8 pm. Cost is 7 euros (covers pizza and non-alcoholic drinks, 5 euros for children 12 and under and native English speakers). No reservations necessary, just come and enjoy! Dates for 2016-2017 are Dec 13th, January 17th, February 7th, March 14th, April 4th, May 16th and June 20th.


Books and tea | 15/12/2016 | 2:00 pm-3:30 pm

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“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 “Les Casse-Croûte de Suzy” 3 rue de l’Espine. No need to sign up, just come and enjoy!


Bookclub reads Thomas Hardy | 16/12/2016 | 2:30 pm-4:00 pm

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The December read for the bookclub is “Under the Greenwood Tree” by Thomas Hardy. The arrival of two newcomers in the quiet village of Mellstock arouses a bitter feud and leaves a convoluted love affair in its wake. While the Reverend Maybold creates a furore among the village’s musicians with his decision to abolish the church’s traditional ‘string choir’ and replace it with a modern mechanical organ, the new schoolteacher, Fancy Day, causes an upheaval of a more romantic nature, winning the hearts of three very different men – a local farmer, a church musician and Maybold himself. “Under the Greenwood Tree” follows the ensuing maze of intrigue and passion with gentle humour and sympathy, deftly evoking the richness of village life, yet tinged with melancholy for a rural world that Hardy saw fast disappearing.

For any enquiries about joining the bookclub please send an email by clicking here.


The library closes for the holidays | 24/12/2016-02/01/2017 | All Day

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Please note that the library will close on December 23rd at 6 pm and will reopen on January 3rd at 1pm. Happy holidays and see you in 2017 for another year of fun and books at the library!


Coffee House | 06/01/2017 | 9:00 am-11:00 am

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This is a special moment when the community gathers together to talk about everything and anything (…in English of course!) and sips coffee and tea. Coffee House is free and open to all library members. Just drop in, no need to reserve! Coffee house is every Friday except during school holidays.


Knit and natter | 06/01/2017 | 10:00 am-11:00 am

Knitting

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 members. No need to reserve, just come and enjoy yourself!


Walk and Talk | 09/01/2017 | 2:00 pm-5:00 pm

hiking boots
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, 2 to 3 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 make sure to sign up!

Want to sign up? Easy as pie!

Sign up by sending your name, email address and phone numbers (perferably cell phone) to this email address. You will be sent full details of the walk in due time.
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Luncheon Club | 10/01/2017 | 12:30 pm-2:30 pm

silverwareLove those French restaurants? Feel like you need to speak English more but in a relaxed atmosphere? Join this club which schedules a lunch in a great local restaurant. This event takes place on the second Tuesday of the month. Click here to send an email to the coordinator for more information and the full schedule and to sign up!


Coffee House | 13/01/2017 | 9:00 am-11:00 am

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This is a special moment when the community gathers together to talk about everything and anything (…in English of course!) and sips coffee and tea. Coffee House is free and open to all library members. Just drop in, no need to reserve! Coffee house is every Friday except during school holidays.


Knit and natter | 13/01/2017 | 10:00 am-11:00 am

Knitting

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 members. No need to reserve, just come and enjoy yourself!


Talk “The Global Language Of Music” by Elissa Cassini | 13/01/2017 | 10:00 am-10:30 am

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The library is pleased to invite the public for a talk in English by Franco-American violinist Elissa Cassini.

Elissa will be speaking on the theme “The Global Langage of Music” and her experience of being a musician across widely different cultures and connecting classical music with it’s surrounding art forms. Free and open to the public.

Hailed as “truly communicative” by The New York Times, Franco-American violinist Elissa Cassini has enjoyed an international career as soloist, chamber musician and concertmaster across Europe and the Americas. She recently launched the Duplexity Project, a series of innovative duos expanding on the traditional recital format. She will do just that at the Grand Théâtre d’Angers on January 10th as projections of paintings by Romanian impressionists will accompany Georges Enesco’s magical folk-inspired “Impressions d’Enfance” for violin and piano. Click here for more information about the concert.


Reading Shakespeare | 13/01/2017 | 3:00 pm-5:00 pm

ShakespeareTreat yourself to an afternoon of a collective reading of Shakespeare’s Merry Wives of Windsor and Henry the Fourth. The 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 at the front desk.


Saturday Reading Group | 14/01/2017 | 3:00 pm-4:30 pm

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The Saturday Reading Group is for anyone who loves to read, socialize in English, and meet new people. Come join us on January 14th at 3pm at the library. There is the line-up of great reading for 2016-2017! Click here for full schedule and line-up of titles 2016-2017. 

The January selection is the book “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” by Truman Capote. ‘What I’ve found does the most good is just to get into a taxi
and go to Tiffany’s. It calms me down right away, the quietness and the proud look of it; nothing very bad could happen to you there, not with those kind men in their nice suits…’ Meet Holly Golightly – a free
spirited, lop-sided romantic girl about town. With her tousled blond hair and upturned nose, dark glasses and chic black dresses, Holly is a style sensation wherever she goes. Her apartment rocks to Martini-soaked and chic black dresses, Holly is a style sensation wherever she goes. Her apartment rocks to Martini-soaked parties and she plays hostess to millionaires and gangsters alike. Yet Holly never loses sight of her ultimate dream – to find a real life place like Tiffany’s that makes her feel at home.

When and where: Meetings will be held in the library once a month on Saturday afternoons starting at 3:00. Cost: FREE to all members of the library. To join: Please contact Anne Kaar at bookgroup@ellia.org


The Big Quiz | 15/01/2017 | 2:00 pm-5:30 pm

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Time to sign up for the Big Quiz that will be taking place on Sunday, January 15th from 14h (sharp!) to 18h30…kick off your year with some great fun and games ! This will be our 7th annual quiz !

Note the early start (don’t be late…we wouldn’t want to start without you) to give you plenty of time to think, chat, and enjoy! Yes, there will be questions, but they will be in all sorts of shapes, sizes and challenges. Wine, coffee, tea, snacks and cakes will be available all afternoon. All this for just 10 euros a head with all proceeds going to the library for its fundraising. Remember to bring your English-speaking French friends. Book your place at the front desk as soon as you can or simply send an email by clicking here!

The rules: Teams of 6….6 heads are better than one ! Prizes for the winning team. Teams are color coded so we recommend that you wear the colours of your team’s name ! Come along…this is a great way to spend an afternoon in the heart of winter with friends and laughter.


Pizza and board games | 17/01/2017 | 6:00 pm-8:00 pm

pizzaThe pizza and board games evening is scheduled one Tuesday a month from 6-8 pm. Cost is 7 euros (covers pizza and non-alcoholic drinks, 5 euros for children 12 and under and native English speakers). No reservations necessary, just come and enjoy! Dates for 2017 are January 17th, February 7th, March 14th, April 4th, May 16th and June 20th.


Books and tea | 19/01/2017 | 2:00 pm-3:30 pm

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“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 “Les Casse-Croûte de Suzy” 3 rue de l’Espine. No need to sign up, just come and enjoy!


Coffee House | 20/01/2017 | 9:00 am-11:00 am

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This is a special moment when the community gathers together to talk about everything and anything (…in English of course!) and sips coffee and tea. Coffee House is free and open to all library members. Just drop in, no need to reserve! Coffee house is every Friday except during school holidays.


Knit and natter | 20/01/2017 | 10:00 am-11:00 am

Knitting

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 members. No need to reserve, just come and enjoy yourself!


Bookclub | 20/01/2017 | 2:30 pm-4:00 pm

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The January read for the bookclub is “The Vegetarian” by Han Kang, winner of the Man Booker International Prize 2016. Yeong-hye and her husband are ordinary people. He is an office worker with moderate ambitions and mild manners; she is an uninspired but dutiful wife. The acceptable flatline of their marriage is interrupted when Yeong-hye, seeking a more ‘plant-like’ existence, decides to become a vegetarian, prompted by grotesque recurring nightmares. In South Korea, where vegetarianism is almost unheard-of and societal mores are strictly obeyed, Yeong-hye’s decision is a shocking act of subversion. Her passive rebellion manifests in ever more bizarre and frightening forms, leading her bland husband to self-justified acts of sexual sadism. His cruelties drive her towards attempted suicide and hospitalisation. She unknowingly captivates her sister’s husband, a video artist. She becomes the focus of his increasingly erotic and unhinged artworks, while spiralling further and further into her fantasies of abandoning her fleshly prison and becoming – impossibly, ecstatically – a tree.

For any enquiries about joining the bookclub please send an email by clicking here.


Film Club presents “Secrets and Lies” | 21/01/2017 | 3:00 pm-5:30 pm

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The next film club event will be a showing of “Secrets and Lies” by Mike Leigh. A successful black woman discovers that her birth mother is a underprivileged white woman, but the woman denies it. As emotions run high, everyone’s secrets are exposed.

Screening begins at 15:00 sharp. This activity is free of charge for all library members. Please reserve by signing up at the front desk in advance. A discussion in English will follow the film.


Coffee House | 27/01/2017 | 9:00 am-11:00 am

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This is a special moment when the community gathers together to talk about everything and anything (…in English of course!) and sips coffee and tea. Coffee House is free and open to all library members. Just drop in, no need to reserve! Coffee house is every Friday except during school holidays.


Knit and natter | 27/01/2017 | 10:00 am-11:00 am

Knitting

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 members. No need to reserve, just come and enjoy yourself!


Special guests, Paul J. Stekler and David Wingo, speak at the library | 27/01/2017 | 10:00 am-11:00 am

Austin, Texas has been twinned with the city of Angers since 2010 and the two cities have been strengthening links through cultural projects.

For the 2017 edition of the Premiers Plans, the library is honored to work with the team to welcome two special guests,

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Paul J. Stekler

David Wingo

and David Wingo,
for an informal talk in English on Friday, January 27th from 10 to 11 am. This activity is free and open to the public.

If you would like the full program for the Austin events please click here.
Paul J. Stekler is a political documentary filmmaker, a professor, and currently the Department Chair, Wofford Denius Chair in Entertainment Studies, at the University Of Texas at Austin. He is a well known documentary filmmaker whose critically praised and award-winning work includes George Wallace: Settin’ the Woods on Fire; Last Man Standing: Politics, Texas Style; Vote for Me: Politics in America, a four-hour PBS special about grassroots electoral politics; two segments of the Eyes on the Prize II series on the history of civil rights; Last Stand at Little Big Horn (broadcast as part of PBS’s series The American Experience); Louisiana Boys: Raised on Politics (broadcast on PBS’s P.O.V. series); and Getting Back to Abnormal.
A thoroughly modern artist whose music is steeped as much in classic pop and American folk music as shoegaze rock, David Wingo’s stunning and unusual film scores belong to some of the most memorable independent American movies of the last two decades, including Jeff Nichols’ Mud, Midnight Special, Take Shelter and Loving. Described by GQ magazine as the “guy who creates today’s most haunting movie soundtracks”, Wingo’s career began when he developed music for David Gordon Green’s student films, and then on Green’s first feature, the indie break out George Washington. Wingo’s career had led him to collaborations with other celebrated musicians, including bands Explosions In The Sky on the Manglehorn soundtrack, and Lusine (Jeff McIlwaine) on Snow Angels. His award-winning film compositions have been called “imaginative and immersive” by Rolling Stone Magazine, his music described as “lustrous Pop Americana” by Pitchfork. In 2012, Wingo was nominated for the World Soundtrack Academy’s Discovery of the Year Award for his Take Shelter score.


Reading Shakespeare | 27/01/2017 | 3:00 pm-5:00 pm

ShakespeareTreat yourself to an afternoon of a collective reading of Shakespeare’s Merry Wives of Windsor and Henry the Fourth. The 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 at the front desk.


Take your TOEIC test | 31/01/2017 | 7:00 pm-9:15 pm

 

TOEIC

You can sign up to take your TOEIC test here in the library. To sign up please consult the ETS website. Dates for 2017 for the Listening and Reading version of the TOEIC are 31/01, 28/02, 28/03, 25/04, 09/05, 30/05 & 13/06.


Coffee House | 03/02/2017 | 9:00 am-11:00 am

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This is a special moment when the community gathers together to talk about everything and anything (…in English of course!) and sips coffee and tea. Coffee House is free and open to all library members. Just drop in, no need to reserve! Coffee house is every Friday except during school holidays.


Knit and natter | 03/02/2017 | 9:00 am-10:00 am

Knitting

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 members. No need to reserve, just come and enjoy yourself!


Walk and Talk | 03/02/2017 | 2:00 pm-5:00 pm

hiking boots
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, 2 to 3 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 make sure to sign up!

Want to sign up? Easy as pie!

Sign up by sending your name, email address and phone numbers (perferably cell phone) to this email address. You will be sent full details of the walk in due time.
____________________________________________________


Pizza and board games | 07/02/2017 | 6:00 pm-8:00 pm

pizzaThe pizza and board games evening is scheduled one Tuesday a month from 6-8 pm. Cost is 7 euros (covers pizza and non-alcoholic drinks, 5 euros for children 12 and under and native English speakers). No reservations necessary, just come and enjoy! Dates for 2017 are February 7th, March 14th, April 4th, May 16th and June 20th.


Coffee House | 10/02/2017 | 9:00 am-11:00 am

2014-12-05 Angers English library 5309

This is a special moment when the community gathers together to talk about everything and anything (…in English of course!) and sips coffee and tea. Coffee House is free and open to all library members. Just drop in, no need to reserve! Coffee house is every Friday except during school holidays.


Knit and natter | 10/02/2017 | 9:00 am-10:00 am

Knitting

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 members. No need to reserve, just come and enjoy yourself!


Reading Shakespeare | 10/02/2017 | 3:00 pm-5:00 pm

ShakespeareTreat yourself to an afternoon of a collective reading of Shakespeare’s Merry Wives of Windsor and Henry the Fourth. The 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 at the front desk.


Saturday Reading Group | 11/02/2017 | 3:00 pm-4:30 pm

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The Saturday Reading Group is for anyone who loves to read, socialize in English, and meet new people. Come join us on February 11th at 3pm at the library. There is the line-up of great reading for 2016-2017! Click here for full schedule and line-up of titles 2016-2017. 

The February selection is the book “The Martian” by Andy Weir. Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won’t have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old “human error” are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn’t ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit —he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?

When and where: Meetings will be held in the library once a month on Saturday afternoons starting at 3:00. Cost: FREE to all members of the library. To join: Please contact Anne Kaar at bookgroup@ellia.org


Luncheon Club | 14/02/2017 | 12:30 pm-2:30 pm

silverwareLove those French restaurants? Feel like you need to speak English more but in a relaxed atmosphere? Join this club which schedules a lunch in a great local restaurant. This event takes place on the second Tuesday of the month. Click here to send an email to the coordinator for more information and the full schedule and to sign up!


Reading Shakespeare | 17/02/2017 | 3:00 pm-5:00 pm

ShakespeareTreat yourself to an afternoon of a collective reading of Shakespeare’s Merry Wives of Windsor and Henry the Fourth. The 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 at the front desk.


Film Club presents “Thelma and Louise” | 18/02/2017 | 3:00 pm-5:30 pm

thelma

The next film club event will be a showing of “Thelma and Louise” by Ridley Scott. “Thelma & Louise” is in the expansive, visionary tradition of the American road picture. It celebrates the myth of two carefree souls piling into a 1956 T-Bird and driving out of town to have some fun and raise some hell. We know the road better than that, however, and we know the toll it exacts: Before their journey is done, these characters with have undergone a rite of passage, and will have discovered themselves.

Screening begins at 15:00 sharp. This activity is free of charge for all library members. Please reserve by signing up at the front desk in advance. A discussion in English will follow the film.


Intensive theatre English workshop for “collégiens” | 21/02/2017-23/02/2017 | 3:00 pm-6:00 pm

masks
This theater workshop for young adults between the ages of 11-14 takes place in the library and runs over three consecutive afternoons of three hours each. This is a wonderful way for kids to have fun learning English through theatre games and lots of speaking and moving around. Cost is 75 euros (includes snack, materials and library membership). Please contact the front desk to sign up. Limited to 15.


Gardenclub seed exchange | 23/02/2017 | 3:00 pm-5:00 pm

Seeds

 

The Gardenclub invites its members and anyone new who would like to join for this meeting to schedule this coming year’s visits from May to October. After discussing the planning, the group will celebration with the great cake extravaganza. Please send an email to gardenclub@ellia.org for more information and/or to sign up for this event. This activity is free and open to all current members of the library.


Bookclub | 24/02/2017 | 2:30 pm-4:00 pm

Anna

The February read for the bookclub is “Anna of the Five Towns” by Arnold Bennett. ‘Deeply moving, original, and dealing with material that I had never encountered in fiction, but only in life’ – Margaret Drabble. Growing up in the world of the ‘five towns’ of industrial England, with their furnaces and chimneys, huddled red-brown streets, prayer meetings and small-minded bigotry, Anna is dominated by her miserly and tyrannical father. When she inherits a fortune and finds love, she struggles to break free from the constraints upon her, even though she is torn between duty and her deepest feelings. Arnold’s novel of parental tyranny and rebellion is a portrayal of a woman of great spirit, complexity and integrity.

For any enquiries about joining the bookclub please send an email by clicking here.


Take your TOEIC test | 28/02/2017 | 7:00 pm-9:15 pm

 

TOEIC

You can sign up to take your TOEIC test here in the library. To sign up please consult the ETS website. Dates for 2017 for the Listening and Reading version of the TOEIC are 28/03, 25/04, 09/05, 30/05 & 13/06.


France celebrates poetry | 04/03/2017-19/03/2017 | All Day

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Every year France organises a celebration of poetry called the “Printemps des poètes” and for the 2017 celebration there is a focus on African poets and poetry. The library is pleased to offer a display of books with 10 favorite African poets and 10 favorite African-American poets.

Highlights happening at the library are:

March 4th – 28th: Exhibition of books of African and African-American poets.

March 4th -28th: Exhibition of paintings of Philippe de Latour. Take a minute to come and see this stunning wash of colors and large canvases. In collaboration with the MIEL.

Thursday, March 16th – reading in French by the Algrian poet Samira Negrouche in collaboration with the MIEL. Samira Negrouche is mainly known for her poetry, but also for her prose, her academic and dramatic texts, and her other creative writings. The author received a scholarship from the National Book Centre to pursue a stage in France during 2004 and 2005. In 2012, she edited contemporary Algerian poetry written in French for the review “Ici è là”, and prepared a compilation of contemporary Algerian poetry written in Arabic, Tamazight and French, for the Quebecer magazine of poetry “Exit”. Evening starts at 7 pm. Free and open to the public.


Saturday Reading Group | 04/03/2017 | 3:00 pm-4:30 pm

books
The Saturday Reading Group is for anyone who loves to read, socialize in English, and meet new people. Come join us on March 4th at 3pm at the library. There is the line-up of great reading for 2016-2017! Click here for full schedule and line-up of titles 2016-2017. 

The March selection is the book “The Silver Linings Playbook” by Matthew Quick. During the years he spends in a neural health facility, Pat Peoples formulates a theory about silver linings: he believes his life is a movie produced by God, his mission is to become physically fit and emotionally supportive, and his happy ending will be the return of his estranged wife Nikki. When Pat goes to live with his parents everything seems changed; no one will talk to him about Nikki; his old friends are saddled with families; the Philadelphia Eagles keep losing, making his father moody; and his new therapist seems to be recommending adultery as a form of therapy. When Pat meets the tragically widowed, physically fit, and clinically depressed Tiffany, she offers to act as a liaison between him and his wife, if only he will give up watching football, agree to perform in this year’s Dance Away Depression competition, and promise not to tell anyone about their ‘contract.’ All
the while, Pat keeps searching for his silver lining.

When and where: Meetings will be held in the library once a month on Saturday afternoons starting at 3:00. Cost: FREE to all members of the library. To join: Please contact Anne Kaar at bookgroup@ellia.org


Walk and Talk | 06/03/2017 | 2:00 pm-5:00 pm

hiking boots
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, 2 to 3 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 make sure to sign up!

Want to sign up? Easy as pie!

Sign up by sending your name, email address and phone numbers (perferably cell phone) to this email address. You will be sent full details of the walk in due time.
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Critical thinking: the monthly press review | 10/03/2017 | 10:00 am-11:00 am

Newspapers

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 part 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.

Dates:

Special “launch” session of the press review and presentation of the activity during coffee house on Friday, March 10th from 10-11AM.

Then on Saturdays from 3-4:30PM on the following dates:
April 1st
May 6th
June 3rd

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

 


Reading Shakespeare | 10/03/2017 | 3:00 pm-5:00 pm

ShakespeareTreat yourself to an afternoon of a collective reading of Shakespeare’s Merry Wives of Windsor and Henry the Fourth. The 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 at the front desk.


Luncheon Club | 14/03/2017 | 12:30 pm-2:30 pm

silverwareLove those French restaurants? Feel like you need to speak English more but in a relaxed atmosphere? Join this club which schedules a lunch in a great local restaurant. This event takes place on the second Tuesday of the month. Click here to send an email to the coordinator for more information and the full schedule and to sign up!


Pizza and board games | 14/03/2017 | 6:00 pm-8:00 pm

pizzaThe pizza and board games evening is scheduled one Tuesday a month from 6-8 pm. Cost is 7 euros (covers pizza and non-alcoholic drinks, 5 euros for children 12 and under and native English speakers). No reservations necessary, just come and enjoy! Dates for 2017 are March 14th, April 4th, May 16th and June 20th.


Theater in English…Word for Word! | 16/03/2017 | 8:00 pm-10:30 pm

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Aunt Penny (Margo Hall), Miss Agatha (Edris Cooper-Anifowoshe) and Bertha (Velina Brown) pay a visit. Photo by Julie Schuchard

 

WORD FOR WORD, the theater company from San Francisco which transforms short stories into great theater will be presenting ”All Aunt Hagar’s Children” by Edward P. Jones. Directed by Stephanie Hunt. Assistant Director Margo Hall.
Set in 1950s Washington, D.C., this Noir tale spotlights a young Korean War vet who sets out to solve a murder and becomes entangled in a web of family history. Along the way, he is unsettled by another death—a young woman whose last words haunt him and his investigation. Edward P. Jones evokes a neighborhood of vivid characters, telling a story about the strength of family and the choices that shape our lives.
Edward Paul Jones was born on October 5, 1950, in Arlington, Virginia. The only son of an illiterate hotel maid and kitchen worker, Jones grew up in his mother’s sphere because his father had drifted out of his life when he was a preschooler. His interest in literature was sparked early, yet it was some time before he realized that African Americans, like their white counterparts, were writing works of literary merit. For more than a decade Jones worked full time as a freelance columnist and proofreader for Tax Notes. It was tedious work and thus left room for his imagination to wander to other topics. Finally Jones let his imagination run free and started mentally plotting in intricate detail the story of Henry Townsend, a Virginia slave who buys his freedom and then becomes a slave owner himself. However, this novel, told in omniscient point of view and in a nonlinear form, is more than the tale of Townsend. Townsend is the pivotal character around which the stories of myriad other characters revolve. In 2004, The Known World won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction and the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction.
He has been an instructor of fiction writing at a range of universities. He lives in Washington, D.C. His second collection of short stories, All Aunt Hagar’s Children, was awarded “Favorite Fiction in 2006” by the Los Angeles Times. “Jones’ everyday tales …capture so beautifully the passion and fragility of ordinary life….Taken together they give us a portrait of black life in Washington, D.C….that compares well with James Joyce’s Irish in The Dubliners.” – San Francisco Chronicle.
Shows are on Thursday, March 16th at 8 pm & Friday, March 17th at either 2 or 8 pm at the “Quart’Ney” 5/9 rue E.E. Duboys in Angers.
Limited seating available so we highly recommend that you reserve early. To reserve, simply send an email by clicking here or give the library a call at 02.41.24.97.07. Donations will be accepted at the door.
Word for Word’s mission is to “tell great stories with elegant theatricality, staging performances of classic and contemporary fiction”. Made possible by the generous support of the Florence Gould Foundation.


Theater in English…Word for Word! | 17/03/2017 | 2:00 pm-3:30 pm

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Aunt Penny (Margo Hall), Miss Agatha (Edris Cooper-Anifowoshe) and Bertha (Velina Brown) pay a visit. Photo by Julie Schuchard.

WORD FOR WORD, the theater company from San Francisco which transforms short stories into great theater will be presenting ”All Aunt Hagar’s Children” by Edward P. Jones directed by Stephanie Hunt with the assistant Director Margo Hall.
Set in 1950s Washington, D.C., this Noir tale spotlights a young Korean War vet who sets out to solve a murder and becomes entangled in a web of family history. Along the way, he is unsettled by another death—a young woman whose last words haunt him and his investigation. Edward P. Jones evokes a neighborhood of vivid characters, telling a story about the strength of family and the choices that shape our lives.
Edward Paul Jones was born in 1950, in Arlington, Virginia. The only son of an illiterate hotel maid and kitchen worker, Jones grew up in his mother’s sphere because his father had drifted out of his life when he was a preschooler. His interest in literature was sparked early, yet it was some time before he realized that African Americans, like their white counterparts, were writing works of literary merit. For more than a decade Jones worked full time as a freelance columnist and proofreader for Tax Notes. It was tedious work and thus left room for his imagination to wander to other topics. Finally Jones let his imagination run free and started mentally plotting in intricate detail the story of Henry Townsend, a Virginia slave who buys his freedom and then becomes a slave owner himself. However, this novel, told in omniscient point of view and in a nonlinear form, is more than the tale of Townsend. Townsend is the pivotal character around which the stories of myriad other characters revolve. In 2004, The Known World won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction and the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction. He has been an instructor of fiction writing at a range of universities. He lives in Washington, D.C. His second collection of short stories, All Aunt Hagar’s Children, was awarded “Favorite Fiction in 2006” by the Los Angeles Times. “Jones’ everyday tales …capture so beautifully the passion and fragility of ordinary life….Taken together they give us a portrait of black life in Washington, D.C….that compares well with James Joyce’s Irish in The Dubliners.” – San Francisco Chronicle.
Shows are on Thursday, March 16th at 8 pm & Friday, March 17th at either 2 or 8 pm at the “Quart’Ney” 5/9 rue E.E. Duboys in Angers.
Limited seating available so we highly recommend that you reserve early. To reserve, simply send an email by clicking here or give the library a call at 02.41.24.97.07. Donations will be accepted at the door.
Word for Word’s mission is to “tell great stories with elegant theatricality, staging performances of classic and contemporary fiction”. Made possible by the generous support of the Florence Gould Foundation.


Reading Shakespeare | 17/03/2017 | 3:00 pm-5:00 pm

ShakespeareTreat yourself to an afternoon of a collective reading of Shakespeare’s Merry Wives of Windsor and Henry the Fourth. The 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 at the front desk.


Theater in English…Word for Word! | 17/03/2017 | 8:00 pm-9:30 pm

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Aunt Penny (Margo Hall), Miss Agatha (Edris Cooper-Anifowoshe) and Bertha (Velina Brown) pay a visit. Photo by Julie Schuchard.

WORD FOR WORD, the theater company from San Francisco which transforms short stories into great theater will be presenting ”All Aunt Hagar’s Children” by Edward P. Jones directed by Stephanie Hunt with Assistant Director, Margo Hall.
Set in 1950s Washington, D.C., this Noir tale spotlights a young Korean War vet who sets out to solve a murder and becomes entangled in a web of family history. Along the way, he is unsettled by another death—a young woman whose last words haunt him and his investigation. Edward P. Jones evokes a neighborhood of vivid characters, telling a story about the strength of family and the choices that shape our lives.
Edward Paul Jones was born in 1950 in Virginia. The only son of an illiterate hotel maid and kitchen worker, Jones grew up in his mother’s sphere because his father had drifted out of his life when he was a preschooler. His interest in literature was sparked early, yet it was some time before he realized that African Americans, like their white counterparts, were writing works of literary merit. For more than a decade Jones worked full time as a freelance columnist and proofreader for Tax Notes. It was tedious work and thus left room for his imagination to wander to other topics. Finally Jones let his imagination run free and started mentally plotting in intricate detail the story of Henry Townsend, a Virginia slave who buys his freedom and then becomes a slave owner himself. However, this novel, told in omniscient point of view and in a nonlinear form, is more than the tale of Townsend. Townsend is the pivotal character around which the stories of myriad other characters revolve. In 2004, The Known World won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction and the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction. Edward P. Jones has been an instructor of fiction writing at a range of universities. He lives in Washington, D.C. His second collection of short stories, All Aunt Hagar’s Children, was awarded “Favorite Fiction in 2006” by the Los Angeles Times. “Jones’ everyday tales …capture so beautifully the passion and fragility of ordinary life….Taken together they give us a portrait of black life in Washington, D.C….that compares well with James Joyce’s Irish in The Dubliners.” – San Francisco Chronicle.
Shows are on Thursday, March 16th at 8 pm & Friday, March 17th at either 2 or 8 pm at the “Quart’Ney” 5/9 rue E.E. Duboys in Angers.
Limited seating available so we highly recommend that you reserve early. To reserve, simply send an email by clicking here or give the library a call at 02.41.24.97.07. Donations will be accepted at the door.
Word for Word’s mission is to “tell great stories with elegant theatricality, staging performances of classic and contemporary fiction”. Made possible by the generous support of the Florence Gould Foundation.


Film Club presents “Esther Kahn” | 18/03/2017 | 3:00 pm-5:30 pm

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The next film club event will be a showing of “Esther Kahn” by Arnaud Desplechin. To say that Esther Kahn is the black sheep or the ugly duckling of her noisy family would create a false impression of cuteness. Her harried, good-humored mother (Frances Barber) remarks that Esther (played as a young girl by Philadelphia Deda and then by Summer Phoenix) is not a human child at all, but a monkey or a pig. But even those creatures have their adorable aspect, and there is nothing especially cuddly or lovable about Esther. Sullen, incommunicative and shut off from all emotions other than rage and frustration, she seems less like a daughter or a sister than a feral mascot, a wolf child taken in and raised in the busy domestic warmth of late-19th-century Jewish working-class London.

Screening begins at 15:00 sharp. This activity is free of charge for all library members. Please reserve by signing up at the front desk in advance. A discussion in English will follow the film.


Books and tea | 23/03/2017 | 2:00 pm-3:30 pm

B&T

“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 “Les Casse-Croûte de Suzy” 3 rue de l’Espine. No need to sign up, just come and enjoy!


Bookclub | 24/03/2017 | 2:30 pm-4:00 pm

Nora Webster

The March read for the bookclub is “Nora Webster” by Colm Toibin. It is the late 1960s in Ireland. Nora Webster is living in a small town, looking after her four children, trying to rebuild her life after the death of her husband. She is fiercely intelligent, at times difficult and impatient, at times kind, but she is trapped by her circumstances, and waiting for any chance which will lift her beyond them. Colm Toibin’s Nora is a character as resonant as Anna Karenina or Madame Bovary and Nora Websteris a novel that illuminates our own lives in a way that is rare in literature. Its humanity and compassion forge an unforgettable reading experience.

For any enquiries about joining the bookclub please send an email by clicking here.


Reading Shakespeare | 24/03/2017 | 3:00 pm-5:00 pm

ShakespeareTreat yourself to an afternoon of a collective reading of Shakespeare’s Merry Wives of Windsor and Henry the Fourth. The 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 at the front desk.


Open house and BBB (big, big booksale) raffle & bakesale | 25/03/2017 | 10:00 am-6:00 pm

booksale

The library’s BBB & spring fundraiser is on Saturday, March 25th from 10-6 non-stop!

The big, big booksale & bakesale is not to miss. And as a cherry on the cake we are offering once again a raffle/tombola.

Raffle tickets will be sold starting March 21st to culminate on the day of the booksale at 5 pm.

This is the ultimate win-win situation: support community services that the library provides while finding great book bargains…oddles and oddles of books for sale and a delicious bakesale!

Children ages 3-9 are invited to a free activity in English at 11 am (no need to sign up…the first 10 can participate!).


Take your TOEIC test | 28/03/2017 | 7:00 pm-9:15 pm

 

TOEIC

You can sign up to take your TOEIC test here in the library. To sign up please consult the ETS website. Dates for 2017 for the Listening and Reading version of the TOEIC are 28/03, 25/04, 09/05, 30/05 & 13/06.


Invitation to the Annual Meeting | 30/03/2017 | 6:30 pm-8:00 pm

 

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Dear member of the library,

Please note this invitation for the Annual General Meeting open to all current members of the library,

Annual General Meeting
Thursday March 30th 2017 at 6:30pm

Agenda:
– approbation du procès verbal du 23 mars 2016
– presentation of the Rapport Moral, of the accounts 2016, proposition for the budget 2017

In order to vote during the General Meeting your membership must be current. If you would like to check the expiration date of your membership please contact us. If you are not able to be present at the meeting, please click here for a proxy to fill out that will allow your vote to be counted.

I would like to emphasize that our non-profit/charity exists solely for its members and because of its members and that this meeting is the moment for each of you to actively participate in the democratic process of our institution.

For more information about the governance of the library please consult the Rapport Moral du Président.

Many thanks for your ongoing support and your participation, Marie-France Roland, Chairwoman of the Board

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Marie-France Roland
Présidente, Association de la Bibliothèque Anglophone
60 rue Boisnet
49100 Angers FRANCE
Phone/fax : 06.83.25.62.69
Email : president@ellia.org
Web site : www.ellia.org


Author event: Patricia Duncker | 31/03/2017 | 10:00 am-11:00 am

 

Patricia Duncker (c) Keith Morris

 

(C) Keith Morris

Meet author Patricia Duncker at the library on Friday, March 31st.

The library is hosting two events with Patricia Duncker, English author of six novels.

10-11 am – come to Coffee House for an informal talk. Mrs. Duncker will be speaking in English about her experiences as a writer. Questions and answers to follow. Free and open to the public. No need to reserve.

2:30 – 4:00 pm – Mrs. Duncker will take a smaller group (maximum 15) to further discussion about writing. Tea and cakes served. Please sign up by sending an email to info@ellia.org or calling the library.

PATRICIA DUNCKER is the author of six novels, all published by Bloomsbury: Hallucinating Foucault (1996), winner of the McKitterick Prize and the Dillons First Fiction Award, James Miranda Barry (1999) and The Deadly Space Between (2002), Miss Webster and Chérif (2006), shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers Prize, 2007, The Strange Case of the Composer and his Judge, (2010) and Sophie and the Sibyl (2015), both shortlisted for the Green Carnation Award. She has also published two collections of short fiction, Monsieur Shoushana’s Lemon Trees (1997), shortlisted for the Macmillan Silver Pen Award, and Seven Tales of Sex and Death (2003), all of which have been widely translated. Her critical work includes a collection of essays on writing, theory and contemporary literature, Writing on the Wall (2002). She has written many critical essays and scholarly articles. From 2007-2015 she was Professor of Contemporary Literature at the University of Manchester.


Author event: Patricia Duncker | 31/03/2017 | 2:30 pm-4:00 pm

 

Patricia Duncker (c) Keith Morris

 

(C) Keith Morris

Meet author Patricia Duncker at the library on Friday, March 31st.

The library is hosting two events with Patricia Duncker, English author of six novels.

10-11 am – come to Coffee House for an informal talk. Mrs. Duncker will be speaking in English about her experiences as a writer. Questions and answers to follow. Free and open to the public. No need to reserve.

2:30 – 4:00 pm – Mrs. Duncker will take a smaller group (maximum 15) to further discussion about writing. Tea and cakes served. Please sign up by sending an email to info@ellia.org or calling the library.

PATRICIA DUNCKER is the author of six novels, all published by Bloomsbury: Hallucinating Foucault (1996), winner of the McKitterick Prize and the Dillons First Fiction Award, James Miranda Barry (1999) and The Deadly Space Between (2002), Miss Webster and Chérif (2006), shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers Prize, 2007, The Strange Case of the Composer and his Judge, (2010) and Sophie and the Sibyl (2015), both shortlisted for the Green Carnation Award. She has also published two collections of short fiction, Monsieur Shoushana’s Lemon Trees (1997), shortlisted for the Macmillan Silver Pen Award, and Seven Tales of Sex and Death (2003), all of which have been widely translated. Her critical work includes a collection of essays on writing, theory and contemporary literature, Writing on the Wall (2002). She has written many critical essays and scholarly articles. From 2007-2015 she was Professor of Contemporary Literature at the University of Manchester.


Reading Shakespeare | 31/03/2017 | 3:00 pm-5:00 pm

ShakespeareTreat yourself to an afternoon of a collective reading of Shakespeare’s Merry Wives of Windsor and Henry the Fourth. The 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 at the front desk.


Critical thinking: the monthly press review | 01/04/2017 | 3:00 pm-4:30 pm

Newspapers

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 part 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.

Dates:

On Saturdays from 3-4:30PM on the following dates:
April 1st
May 6th
June 3rd

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

 


Pizza and board games | 04/04/2017 | 6:00 pm-8:00 pm

pizzaThe pizza and board games evening is scheduled one Tuesday a month from 6-8 pm. Cost is 7 euros (covers pizza and non-alcoholic drinks, 5 euros for children 12 and under and native English speakers). No reservations necessary, just come and enjoy! Dates for 2017 are April 4th, May 16th and June 20th.


Garden Club visit | 06/04/2017 | 3:00 pm-6:00 pm

peonies

The garden club kicks off a new year of visits to the beautiful gardens in the area! One of the activities open to library members is the Garden Club which organises visits once a month. The first visit of the season will take place on Thursday, April 6th in the afternoon.

The first garden visit this year is to La Baronnière in La Chapelle-Saint-Florent, a romantic park of 30 hectares surrounding a 19th century château, with a large organic kitchen and a neo-gothic chapel. A one hour garden and one hour visit of the château by the owner Anne du Boucheron costs 5 euros.

For more information, for the schedule for 2016 and/or to sign up for visits please send an email to gardenclub@ellia.org.


Coffee House | 07/04/2017 | 9:00 am-11:00 am

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This is a special moment when the community gathers together to talk about everything and anything (…in English of course!) and sips coffee and tea. Coffee House is free and open to all library members. Just drop in, no need to reserve! Coffee house is every Friday except during school holidays.


Knit and natter | 07/04/2017 | 10:00 am-11:00 am

Knitting

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 members. No need to reserve, just come and enjoy yourself!


Saturday Reading Group & Film club reunited | 08/04/2017 | 3:00 pm-5:30 pm

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The Saturday Reading Group is for anyone who loves to read, socialize in English, and meet new people. There is the line-up of great reading for 2016-2017! Click here for full schedule and line-up of titles 2016-2017. 

The April selection – in collaboration with the film club – is the book “The Hours” by Michael Cunningham. The Hours tells the story of three women: Virginia Woolf, beginning to write Mrs. Dalloway as she recuperates in a London suburb with her husband in 1923; Clarissa Vaughan, beloved friend of an acclaimed poet dying from AIDS, who in modern-day New York is planning a party in his honor; and Laura Brown, in a 1949 Los Angeles suburb, who slowly begins to feel the constraints of a perfect family and home. By the end of the novel, these three stories intertwine in remarkable ways, and finally come together in an act of subtle and haunting grace.

When and where: Meetings will be held in the library once a month on Saturday afternoons starting at 3:00. Cost: FREE to all members of the library. To join: Please contact Anne Kaar at bookgroup@ellia.org


Luncheon Club | 11/04/2017 | 12:30 pm-2:30 pm

silverwareLove those French restaurants? Feel like you need to speak English more but in a relaxed atmosphere? Join this club which schedules a lunch in a great local restaurant. This event takes place on the second Tuesday of the month. Click here to send an email to the coordinator for more information and the full schedule and to sign up!


Intensive English workshop for “collégiens” | 12/04/2017-14/04/2017 | 3:00 pm-6:00 pm

 

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“Springtime in the States”, a workshop in English for young adults ages 12-14, will take place in the library and runs over three consecutive afternoons of three hours each. This is a wonderful way for kids to have fun learning English through games, songs and lots of speaking and moving around. Cost is 75 euros (includes snack, materials and library membership). Please contact the front desk to sign up. Limited to 15.


Walk and Talk | 21/04/2017 | 2:00 pm-5:00 pm

hiking boots
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, 2 to 3 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 make sure to sign up!

Want to sign up? Easy as pie!

Sign up by sending your name, email address and phone numbers (perferably cell phone) to this email address. You will be sent full details of the walk in due time.
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Bookclub | 21/04/2017 | 2:30 pm-4:00 pm

English Major

The April read for the bookclub is “The English Major” by Jim Harrison.

It used to be Cliff and Vivian and now it isn t. With these words, Jim Harrison begins a riotous, moving novel that sends a sixty-something man, divorced and robbed of his farm by a late-blooming real estate shark of an ex-wife, on a road trip across America. His adventures take him through a whirlwind affair with a former student from his high-school-teacher days twenty-some years before, to a snake farm in Arizona owned by an old classmate, and to the high-octane existence of his son, a big-time movie producer who has just bought an apartment over the Presidio in San Francisco. Harrison’s riotous and moving cross-country novel, “The English Major,” is the map of a man’s journey into, and out of, himself. It is vintage Harrison, reflective, big-picture American, and replete with wicked wit.”

For any enquiries about joining the bookclub please send an email by clicking here.


Take your TOEIC test | 25/04/2017 | 7:00 pm-9:15 pm

 

TOEIC

You can sign up to take your TOEIC test here in the library. To sign up please consult the ETS website. Dates for 2017 for the Listening and Reading version of the TOEIC are 25/04, 09/05, 30/05 & 13/06.


Books and tea | 27/04/2017 | 2:00 pm-3:30 pm

B&T

“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 “Les Casse-Croûte de Suzy” 3 rue de l’Espine. No need to sign up, just come and enjoy!


Coffee House | 28/04/2017 | 9:00 am-11:00 am

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This is a special moment when the community gathers together to talk about everything and anything (…in English of course!) and sips coffee and tea. Coffee House is free and open to all library members. Just drop in, no need to reserve! Coffee house is every Friday except during school holidays.


Knit and natter | 28/04/2017 | 10:00 am-11:00 am

Knitting

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 members. No need to reserve, just come and enjoy yourself!


Reading Shakespeare | 28/04/2017 | 3:00 pm-5:00 pm

ShakespeareTreat yourself to an afternoon of a collective reading of Shakespeare’s Merry Wives of Windsor and Henry the Fourth. The 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 at the front desk.


Garden Club visit | 04/05/2017 | 3:00 pm-6:00 pm

Jardin Brain

The garden club invites you to discover the beautiful gardens in the area! This free activity is open to library members and offers visits once a month to a garden. Next outing will take place on Thursday, May 4th in the afternoon for a visit of the “Jardin Botanique médiéval” in Brain-sur-Allonnes. For more information and/or to sign up for this visit please send an email to gardenclub@ellia.org.


Coffee House | 05/05/2017 | 9:00 am-11:00 am

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This is a special moment when the community gathers together to talk about everything and anything (…in English of course!) and sips coffee and tea. Coffee House is free and open to all library members. Just drop in, no need to reserve! Coffee house is every Friday except during school holidays.


Knit and natter | 05/05/2017 | 10:00 am-11:00 am

Knitting

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 members. No need to reserve, just come and enjoy yourself!


Critical thinking: the monthly press review | 06/05/2017 | 3:00 pm-4:30 pm

Newspapers

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 part 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.

Meeting are held on Saturdays from 3-4:30PM on the following dates:
May 6th
June 10th

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

 


Plant sale | 09/05/2017-13/05/2017 | All Day

plant sale

The Garden Club of the library is offering vegetable and flower seedlings as a fundraiser for the library. Come in and see some of the wonderful varieties offered.

 


Luncheon Club | 09/05/2017 | 12:30 pm-2:30 pm

silverwareLove those French restaurants? Feel like you need to speak English more but in a relaxed atmosphere? Join this club which schedules a lunch in a great local restaurant. This event takes place on the second Tuesday of the month. Click here to send an email to the coordinator for more information and the full schedule and to sign up!


Take your TOEIC test | 09/05/2017 | 7:00 pm-9:15 pm

 

TOEIC

You can sign up to take your TOEIC test here in the library. To sign up please consult the ETS website. Dates for 2017 for the Listening and Reading version of the TOEIC are 09/05, 30/05 & 13/06.


Walk and Talk | 10/05/2017 | 3:00 pm-6:00 pm

hiking boots
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, 2 to 3 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 make sure to sign up!

Want to sign up? Easy as pie!

Sign up by sending your name, email address and phone numbers (perferably cell phone) to this email address. You will be sent full details of the walk in due time.
____________________________________________________


Coffee House | 12/05/2017 | 9:00 am-11:00 am

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This is a special moment when the community gathers together to talk about everything and anything (…in English of course!) and sips coffee and tea. Coffee House is free and open to all library members. Just drop in, no need to reserve! Coffee house is every Friday except during school holidays.


Knit and natter | 12/05/2017 | 10:00 am-11:00 am

Knitting

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 members. No need to reserve, just come and enjoy yourself!


Reading Shakespeare | 12/05/2017 | 3:00 pm-5:00 pm

ShakespeareTreat yourself to an afternoon of a collective reading of Shakespeare’s Merry Wives of Windsor and Henry the Fourth. The 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 at the front desk.


Pizza and board games | 16/05/2017 | 6:00 pm-8:00 pm

pizzaThe pizza and board games evening is scheduled one Tuesday a month from 6-8 pm. Cost is 7 euros (covers pizza and non-alcoholic drinks, 5 euros for children 12 and under and native English speakers). No reservations necessary, just come and enjoy! Dates for 2017 are May 16th and June 20th.


Books and tea | 18/05/2017 | 2:00 pm-3:30 pm

B&T

“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 “Les Casse-Croûte de Suzy” 3 rue de l’Espine. No need to sign up, just come and enjoy!


Coffee House | 19/05/2017 | 9:00 am-11:00 am

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This is a special moment when the community gathers together to talk about everything and anything (…in English of course!) and sips coffee and tea. Coffee House is free and open to all library members. Just drop in, no need to reserve! Coffee house is every Friday except during school holidays.


Author Geetanjali Shree is giving a talk | 19/05/2017 | 10:00 am-11:00 am

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Come to a talk by Geetanjali Shree, a well-known Hindi novelist and short story writer, who will be talking about “Writing Women” in English.

Geetanjali Shree will share some thoughts about women looking at the world and about the world looking at women. Her writing (the novel Mai, as well as other fiction) and India will be the point of reference. Hopefully that will bring in various subjects, such as old and new, gender and class, East and West, indeed a whole array of contrasts that are too easily put in neat and opposing binaries. In fact, in the pluralistic, multi-lingual society that India is, these co-mingle. What emerges may look like chaos, a mere cacophony, but is, the author believes, creative polyphony. The stress would be on the need to move away from neat divides and linear trajectories.

Free and open to the public, no need to reserve.


Knit and natter | 19/05/2017 | 10:00 am-11:00 am

Knitting

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 members. No need to reserve, just come and enjoy yourself!


Bookclub | 19/05/2017 | 2:30 pm-4:00 pm

May book

The May read for the bookclub is “God’s Little Acre” by Erskine Caldwell.

Like “Tobacco Road,” this novel chronicles the final decline of a poor white family in rural Georgia. Exhorted by their patriarch Ty Ty, the Waldens ruin their land by digging it up in search of gold. Complex sexual entanglements and betrayals lead to a murder within the family that completes its dissolution. Juxtaposed against the Waldens’ obsessive search is the story of Ty Ty’s son-in-law, a cotton mill worker in a nearby town who is killed during a strike.First published in 1933, “God’s Little Acre” was censured by the Georgia Literary Commission, banned in Boston, and once led the all-time best-seller list, with more than ten million copies in print.

 

For any enquiries about joining the bookclub please send an email by clicking here.


Film Club presents “Splendor in the Grass” | 20/05/2017 | 3:00 pm-5:30 pm

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The next film club event will be a showing of “Splendor in the Grass” by Elia Kazan. Splendor in the Grass is a 1961 Technicolorromantic drama film that tells a story of a teenage girl navigating her feelings of sexual repression, love, and heartbreak. Written by William Inge, who appears briefly as a Protestant clergyman and won an Oscar for his screenplay, the film was directed by Elia Kazan and features a score by jazz composer David Amram.

Screening begins at 15:00 sharp. This activity is free of charge for all library members. Please reserve by signing up at the front desk in advance. A discussion in English will follow the film.


Saturday Reading Group | 20/05/2017 | 3:00 pm-4:30 pm

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The Saturday Reading Group is for anyone who loves to read, socialize in English, and meet new people. There is the line-up of great reading for 2017! Click here for full schedule and line-up of titles 2017. 

The May selection is the book “The Fault in our Stars” by John Green. Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group,
Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Their relationship is all the more miraculous, given that Hazel’s other constant companion is an oxygen tank and Gus jokes about his prosthetic leg. Hazel introduces her favorite novel to Gus and tells that she dreamed about having a conversation with the author, Van Houten, who lives in Amsterdam. Gus contacts him and Van Houten invites them to visit him in Amsterdam. They travel to the Netherlands where Hazel will learn that things are not like they seem to be.

When and where: Meetings will be held in the library once a month on Saturday afternoons starting at 3:00. Cost: FREE to all members of the library. To join: Please contact Anne Kaar at bookgroup@ellia.org


Sorry! No Coffee House on May 26th! | 26/05/2017 | 9:00 am-11:00 am

Coffee house is cancelled because of the pont de l’Ascension.


Reading Shakespeare | 26/05/2017 | 3:00 pm-5:00 pm

ShakespeareTreat yourself to an afternoon of a collective reading of Shakespeare’s Merry Wives of Windsor and Henry the Fourth. The 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 at the front desk.


Take your TOEIC test | 30/05/2017 | 7:00 pm-9:15 pm

 

TOEIC

You can sign up to take your TOEIC test here in the library. To sign up please consult the ETS website. Dates for 2017 for the Listening and Reading version of the TOEIC are 30/05 & 13/06.


Garden Club visit | 01/06/2017 | 2:00 pm-5:00 pm

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The garden club invites you to discover the beautiful gardens in the area! This free activity is open to library members and offers visits once a month to a garden. Next outing will take place on Thursday, June 1st in the afternoon for a visit of the “Jardin Botanique de la Maison de l’Environnement” in the Lac du Maine. For more information and/or to sign up for this visit please send an email to gardenclub@ellia.org.


Take your TOEIC Bridge test | 06/06/2017 | 7:00 pm-8:45 pm

 

TOEIC

You can sign up to take your TOEIC Bridge test here in the library. To sign up please consult the ETS website.


Talk by Philippe Méaille, art collector and founder of Montsoreau’s Art Museum | 09/06/2017 | 10:00 am-11:00 am

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Philippe Méaille, contemporary art collector and founder of the Château de Montsoreau-Contemporary Art Museum will be in the library to talk about the castle and the new project. The Château de Montsoreau, the only château in the Loire Valley built in the riverbed itself, was transformed into a contemporary art museum  in 2016. Stretching for more than 2,000 m², it boasts a permanent collection of artworks linked to the Art & Language movement, and is believed to be the world’s largest collection of works by this group of artists involved in the founding of Conceptual Art.

Free and open to the public. No need to reserve.


Critical thinking: the monthly press review | 10/06/2017 | 3:00 pm-4:30 pm

Newspapers

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 part 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.

Meeting are held on Saturdays from 3-4:30PM. This will be the last meeting of the year before the summer break.

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

 


Luncheon Club | 13/06/2017 | 12:30 pm-2:30 pm

silverwareLove those French restaurants? Feel like you need to speak English more but in a relaxed atmosphere? Join this club which schedules a lunch in a great local restaurant. This event takes place on the second Tuesday of the month. Click here to send an email to the coordinator for more information and the full schedule and to sign up!


Take your TOEIC test | 13/06/2017 | 7:00 pm-9:15 pm

 

TOEIC

You can sign up to take your TOEIC test here in the library. To sign up please consult the ETS website.


Books and tea | 15/06/2017 | 2:00 pm-3:30 pm

B&T

“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 “Les Casse-Croûte de Suzy” 3 rue de l’Espine. No need to sign up, just come and enjoy!


Jazz, blues and swing performed by Big Up | 15/06/2017 | 7:30 pm-9:00 pm

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You are cordially invited to the concert of jazz, blues & swing performed by “Big Up”… come and sing and dance along with them to some of the great sounds from American musicals, jazz and blues classics plus other original pieces. Free and open to the public. No need to reserve. Donations accepted.

“Big Up, ensemble vocal jazz d’Angers, vient pour la quatrième fois à la Bibliothèque Anglophone. Elle est seule en son genre dans le Maine et Loire, avec ses choristes toujours enthousiastes pour le swing des comédies musicales hollywoodiennes, les blues, les standards du jazz anglais et français. La chorale s’est confrontée aussi au rock-barroque, a chanté au Grand Théâtre d’Angers, au cloître Toussaint, à la Collégiale Saint Martin… et a gaiement déambulé en ville. Alors, que la fête continue, et place au Big Up show!!

 


Film Club presents “Blue Jasmine” | 17/06/2017 | 3:00 pm-5:30 pm

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The next film club event will be a showing of “Blue Jasmine” by Woody Allen (2013). After everything in her life falls to pieces, including her marriage to wealthy businessman Hal (Alec Baldwin), elegant New York socialite Jasmine (Cate Blanchett) moves into her sister Ginger’s (Sally Hawkins) modest apartment in San Francisco to try to pull herself back together again. Jasmine arrives in San Francisco in a fragile mental state, her head reeling from the cocktail of anti-depressants she’s on. While still able to project her aristocratic bearing, Jasmine is emotionally precarious and lacks any practical ability to support herself. She disapproves of Ginger’s boyfriend Chili (Bobby Cannavale), who she considers another “loser” like Ginger’s ex-husband Augie (Andrew Dice Clay). Ginger, recognizing but not fully understanding her sister’s psychological instability, suggests that she pursue interior design, a career she correctly intuits that Jasmine won’t feel is beneath her. In the meantime, Jasmine begrudgingly accepts work as the receptionist in a dentist’s office, where she attracts the unwanted attentions of her boss, Dr. Flicker (Michael Stuhlbarg). Feeling that her sister might be right about her poor taste in men, Ginger starts seeing Al (Louis C.K.), a sound engineer whom she considers as a step up from Chili. Jasmine sees a potential lifeline when she meets Dwight (Peter Sarsgaard), a diplomat who is quickly smitten with her beauty, sophistication and style. Jasmine’s flaw is that she derives her worth from the way she’s perceived by others, while she herself is blind to what is going around her. Delicately portrayed by a regal Cate Blanchett, Jasmine earns our compassion because she is the unwitting instrument of her own downfall. Woody Allen’s new drama BLUE JASMINE is about the dire consequences that can result when people avert their eyes from reality and the truth they don’t want to see.

Screening begins at 15:00 sharp. This activity is free of charge for all library members. Please reserve by signing up at the front desk in advance. A discussion in English will follow the film.


Saturday Reading Group | 17/06/2017 | 3:00 pm-4:30 pm

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

The June selection is the book “Brooklyn” by Colm Toibin. Eilis Lacey has come of age in small-town Ireland in the hard years following World War Two. Though skilled at book-keeping, Ellis cannot find a proper job in the miserable Irish economy. When an Irish priest from Brooklyn visits the household and offers to sponsor Eilis in America — to live and work in a Brooklyn neighborhood “just like Ireland” — she decides she must go, leaving her fragile mother and her charismatic sister behind. Eilis finds work in a department store on Fulton Street, studies accounting at Brooklyn sister behind. Eilis finds work in a department store on Fulton Street, studies accounting at Brooklyn College, and when she least expects it, finds love. Tony, who loves the Dodgers and his big Italian family, slowly wins her over with persistent charm. He takes Eilis to Coney Island and Ebbets Field, and home to dinner in the two-room apartment he shares with his brothers and parents. But just as Eilis begins to fall in love with Tony and consider what this means, devastating news from Ireland threatens the promise of her future.

When and where: Meetings will be held in the library once a month on Saturday afternoons starting at 3:00. Cost: FREE to all members of the library. To join: Please contact Anne Kaar at bookgroup@ellia.org


Saturday Reading Group | 17/06/2017 | 5:00 pm-6:30 pm

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

The June selection is the book “qmlbqjofdbij” by Colm Toibin. Eilis Lacey has come of age in small-town Ireland in the hard years following World War Two. Though skilled at book-keeping, Ellis cannot find a proper job in the miserable Irish economy. When an Irish priest from Brooklyn visits the household and offers to sponsor Eilis in America — to live and work in a Brooklyn neighborhood “just like Ireland” — she decides she must go, leaving her fragile mother and her charismatic sister behind. Eilis finds work in a department store on Fulton Street, studies accounting at Brooklyn sister behind. Eilis finds work in a department store on Fulton Street, studies accounting at Brooklyn College, and when she least expects it, finds love. Tony, who loves the Dodgers and his big Italian family, slowly wins her over with persistent charm. He takes Eilis to Coney Island and Ebbets Field, and home to dinner in the two-room apartment he shares with his brothers and parents. But just as Eilis begins to fall in love with Tony and consider what this means, devastating news from Ireland threatens the promise of her future.

When and where: Meetings will be held in the library once a month on Saturday afternoons starting at 3:00. Cost: FREE to all members of the library. To join: Please contact Anne Kaar at bookgroup@ellia.org


Pizza and board games | 20/06/2017 | 6:00 pm-8:00 pm

pizzaThe pizza and board games evening is scheduled one Tuesday a month from 6-8 pm. Cost is 7 euros (covers pizza and non-alcoholic drinks, 5 euros for children 12 and under and native English speakers). No reservations necessary, just come and enjoy! This is the last pizza and board games evening before the summer break…stay tuned for dates for the fall…


Author Harriet Springbett talks about her book “Tree Magic” | 23/06/2017 | 10:00 am-11:00 am

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Harriet Springbett’s debut novel, Tree Magic, was published by Impress Books earlier this year. A coming-of-age novel set in Dorset and the Charente, it has charmed adults and teenagers alike, as can be seen from the reviews on Amazon and Goodreads. In Tree Magic we see how troubled teenager Rainbow comes to terms with her gift for communicating with trees. She must struggle to reinvent herself and piece together her broken family.

Tree Magic is a beautiful and universal tale of loss, love and learning to find a place in a world without roots.” Storgy Magazine 

If you’d like to meet Harriet and get your copy of Tree Magic signed, come and meet her in the English language library in Angers at 10 a.m. on Friday 23rd June. She’ll be reading from her book and talking about the journey to publication, which will be of particular interest for unpublished writers on the same path.

Harriet lives in Poitou-Charentes with her French partner and teenage daughters. She is working on her 4th novel and also writes short stories and blogs about writing and cultural events in France on Harriet Springbett’s Playground.


Bookclub | 23/06/2017 | 2:30 pm-4:00 pm

Summer

The June read for the bookclub is “Summer” by Edith Wharton.

‘Can’t you see that I don’t care what anybody says?’ Charity Royall lives in the small New England village of North Dormer. Born among outcasts from the Mountain beyond, she is rescued by lawyer Royall and lives with him as his ward. Never allowed to forget her disreputable origins Charity despises North Dormer and rebels against the stifling dullness of the tight-knit community surrounding her. Her boring job in the local library is interrupted one day by the arrival of a young visiting architect, Lucius Harney, whose good looks and sophistication arouse her passionate nature. As their relationship grows, so too does Charity’s conflict with her guardian; darker undercurrents start to come to the surface. Summer is often compared to Wharton’s other New England story, Ethan Frome, and it shares the same intensity of feeling and repression. Wharton regarded it as one of her best works, and its compelling story of burgeoning sexuality and illicit desire has a strikingly modern and troubling ambiguity.
For any enquiries about joining the bookclub please send an email by clicking here.


Walk and Talk | 25/06/2017 | All Day

hiking boots
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, 2 to 3 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 make sure to sign up!

Want to sign up? Easy as pie!

Sign up by sending your name, email address and phone numbers (perferably cell phone) to this email address. You will be sent full details of the walk in due time.
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July 4th concert & picnic at the Domaine de Bré | 04/07/2017 | 5:00 pm-9:30 pm

July 4th

Join us for a July 4th concert and bring-your-own-picnic party!

Members and friends of the library are invited to a July 4th celebration at the Domaine de Bré including concert and picnic! Come for an evening on Tuesday, July 4th…bring your own picnic basket and plates, glasses and silverware…a drink will be offered free. Concert starts at 5 and will be followed by the bring-your-own picnic in the beautiful garden of Bré.

Javier Oviedo

The concert will be performed by
Javier Oviedo on the saxophone and Marie-Danielle Mercier on the piano and is part of the SOIREES MUSICALES at the Domaine de Bré.

Program:

·         Gabriel PIERNE – Canzonetta

·         Enrique GRANADOS – Trois Danses Espagnoles

·         Hector BERLIOZ – Le Spectre de la Rose

·         Jacques IBERT – Histoires…

Suggested donation = 15 euros, contribution given wholly to the musicians.

For directions please click here.
Please reserve by sending an email to info@ellia.org by June 29th.


Garden Club visit | 06/07/2017 | 3:00 pm-6:00 pm

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The garden club invites you to discover the beautiful gardens in the area! This free activity is open to library members and offers visits once a month to the garden of the Manoir de Châtelaison.

The owners of this 15th-century manor have created a series of interconnected gardens, divided by hedges of charme, buis and If, with water pools, fountains and cascades and mosaics; giving the impression of much more than 8000 sq. metres of space.  The visit is accompanied by Mr Gentilhomme and costs 5 euro.

For more information and/or to sign up for this visit please send an email to gardenclub@ellia.org.


Luncheon Club | 11/07/2017 | 12:30 pm-2:30 pm

silverwareLove those French restaurants? Feel like you need to speak English more but in a relaxed atmosphere? Join this club which schedules a lunch in a great local restaurant. This event takes place on the second Tuesday of the month. Click here to send an email to the coordinator for more information and the full schedule and to sign up!


Atelier intensif d’anglais pour “collégiens” | 11/07/2017-13/07/2017 | 3:00 pm-6:00 pm

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Atelier d’anglais pour collégiens “Sea, Sun and Fun”

Parler, jouer, chanter en anglais… des activités ludiques pour amener les adolescents à s’imprégner de la culture anglophone. Durant trois après-midis pendant les vacances scolaires de 15h à 18h, les collégiens peuvent pratiquer l’anglais dans une ambiance conviviale et découvrir qu’il est amusant de parler cette langue !
Cet atelier, encadré par des anglophones, s’adresse aux adolescents qui souhaitent améliorer leur communication orale en anglais.

Inscription et tarif: le nombre de places est de 15 avec un minimum de 6 inscrits. Le coût de l’atelier est de 75€ (inscription à la bibliothèque, goûter et matériel pédagogique compris). Un chèque de 75€ sera demandé à l’inscription, mais ne sera encaissé que le 1er jour de l’atelier. Inscription à l’accueil de la bibliothèque.


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Garden Club Picnic | 03/08/2017 | 12:15 pm-3:15 pm

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Midsummer picnic and pool party, generously hosted once again by June Duckworth will take place on August 3rd. For more information, for the schedule for 2017 and/or to sign up for visits please send an email to gardenclub@ellia.org.


Top départ pour les inscriptions! | 01/09/2017-30/09/2017 | All Day

Si vous ne l’avez pas encore fait, pensez à vos

inscriptions pour les groupes de conversation en anglais pour adults

et/ou d’inscrire votre enfant

aux activités d’initiaion à l’anglais pour les 3 – 10 ans 

Il vous suffit de suivre les liens ci-dessus et de nous les rapporter complétés.

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Take your TOEIC test | 05/09/2017 | 7:00 pm-9:15 pm

 

TOEIC

You can sign up to take your TOEIC test here in the library. To sign up please consult the ETS website.


Garden Club visit | 07/09/2017 | 3:00 pm-6:00 pm

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The garden club invites you to discover the beautiful gardens in the area! This free activity is open to library members and is organised once a month.

The September visit will be at the Château de Bazouges-sur-le-Loir. The château is dramatically positioned on the banks of the River Loir, next to the last operating needle dam (barrage à aiguilles) in Sarthe with a 15th-century watermill.  Built from the XV to XVII centuries, the château has a moat and towers, with traditional french terraced gardens. Both the mill and the explanatory exposé on the workings of the dam can be visited.  Entrance fee is 6 euros.

For more information and/or to sign up for this visit please send an email to gardenclub@ellia.org.


“So British” festival in Angers…and the library’s food stand! | 08/09/2017-10/09/2017 | 7:00 pm-6:00 pm

Get ready for three days of great street theater in Angers and some delicious food made specially by the volunteers at the library!

The Accroche-coeurs is a yearly festival and has for their theme this year “So British”! Full program can be found by clicking here but do make a point of coming by the library’s food stand on the Place Freppel…come and see the team in costume, eat some of the lovely food (coronation chicken, scones and much more!) and support the library all in one fell swoop… The theme of our food stand is the Beatle’s Sergent Pepper’s album so come and sing along with us!


Walk and Talk | 12/09/2017 | All Day

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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, 2 to 3 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 make sure to sign up!

Want to sign up? Easy as pie!

Sign up by sending your name, email address and phone numbers (perferably cell phone) to this email address. You will be sent full details of the walk in due time.
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Luncheon Club | 14/09/2017 | 12:30 pm-2:30 pm

silverwareLove those French restaurants? Feel like you need to speak English more but in a relaxed atmosphere? Join this club which schedules a lunch in a great local restaurant. Click here to send an email to the coordinator for more information and the full schedule and to sign up!


Coffee House kicks off a new year! | 15/09/2017 | 9:00 am-11:00 am

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This is a special moment when the community gathers together to talk about everything and anything (…in English of course!) and sips coffee and tea. Coffee House is free and open to all library members. Just drop in, no need to reserve! Coffee house is every Friday except during school holidays.

On this date we will have a special guest, author Marjorie Spruill, speaking starting at 10 am.


Talk by Marjorie Spruill on women’s rights and politics in the USA | 15/09/2017 | 10:00 am-11:30 am

The library is pleased to announce a new Speaker series in English that will take place from September 2017 through June 2018 with a variety of different topics*.

The kick-off event will take place on Friday, September 15th at 10 am with Marjorie Spruill who will be talking about her controversial book “Divided We Stand: The Battle Over Women’s Rights and Family Values That Polarized American Politics.” The book focuses on the transformation of American political culture and the origins of the highly partisan, deeply polarized politics of today.

No reservations necessary. Limited seating so come early!

*This program has been made possible through a generous grant from the American Embassy.


Saturday Reading Group | 16/09/2017 | 3:00 pm-4:30 pm


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

The September read is “The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo” by Steig Larsson. Mikael Blomkvist, a once-respected financial journalist, watches his professional life rapidly crumble around him. Prospects appear bleak until an unexpected (and unsettling) offer to resurrect his name is extended by an old-school titan of Swedish industry. The catch—and there’s always a catch—is that Blomkvist must first spend a year researching a mysterious disappearance that has remained unsolved for nearly four decades: Harriet Vanger, a scion of one of Sweden’s wealthiest families disappeared over forty years ago. All these years later, her aged uncle continues to seek the truth. With few other options, he accepts and enlists the help of investigator Lisbeth Salander, a misunderstood genius with a cache of authority issues. Little is as it seems, but there is at least one constant: you really don’t want to mess with the girl with the dragon tattoo.

When and where: Meetings will be held in the library once a month on Saturday afternoons starting at 3:00. Cost: FREE to all members of the library. To join: Please contact Anne Kaar at bookgroup@ellia.org


Pizza and board games | 19/09/2017 | 6:00 pm-8:00 pm

pizzaThe pizza and board games evening is scheduled one Tuesday a month from 6-8 pm. Cost is 7 euros (covers pizza and non-alcoholic drinks, 5 euros for children 12 and under and native English speakers). No reservations necessary, just come and enjoy!


Coffee House | 22/09/2017 | 9:00 am-11:00 am

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This is a special moment when the community gathers together to talk about everything and anything (…in English of course!) and sips coffee and tea. Coffee House is free and open to all library members. Just drop in, no need to reserve! Coffee house is every Friday except during school holidays.

On this date we will have special visiting artists from Austin, Texas to meet with the library members.


Knit and natter | 22/09/2017 | 10:00 am-11:00 am

Knitting

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 members. No need to reserve, just come and enjoy yourself!


Bookclub | 22/09/2017 | 2:30 pm-4:00 pm

The September read for the bookclub is “The Road Home” by Rose Tremain.

Lev is on his way from Eastern Europe to Britain, seeking work. Behind him loom the figures of his dead wife, his beloved young daugher and his outrageous friend Rudi who – dreaming of the wealthy West – lives largely for his battered Chevrolet. Ahead of Lev lies the deep strangeness of the British: their hostile streets, their clannish pubs, their obsession with celebrity. London holds out the alluring possibility of friendship, sex, money and a new career and, if Lev is lucky, a new sense of belonging…

For any enquiries about joining the bookclub please send an email by clicking here.


Writer’s corner | 23/09/2017 | 2:00 pm-4:00 pm

Upload yourself at the WC…well, this is perhaps not what you think it is…WC is short for Writer’s corner and this is a new activity for library members!

Calling all writers: this informal afternoon to network with other writers will take place once a month.  Writers can come and just write or type around a table.  Afterwards budding writers can get up and chat around the tea or coffee pot near the reception desk. There is no reading aloud or guidance or discussion, it’s just a space where people can commune in the act of writing. No need to sign up…just show up pen and paper and/or computer in hand!


Books and tea | 28/09/2017 | 2:00 pm-3:30 pm

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“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! No need to sign up, just come and enjoy!


Coffee House | 29/09/2017 | 9:00 am-11:00 am

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This is a special moment when the community gathers together to talk about everything and anything (…in English of course!) and sips coffee and tea. Coffee House is free and open to all library members. Just drop in, no need to reserve! Coffee house is every Friday except during school holidays.

 


Knit and natter | 29/09/2017 | 10:00 am-11:00 am

Knitting

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 members. No need to reserve, just come and enjoy yourself!


Reading Shakespeare | 29/09/2017 | 3:00 pm-5:00 pm

ShakespeareTreat yourself to an afternoon of a collective reading of Shakespeare’s Henry the Fourth. 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 at the front desk.


Garden Club visit | 05/10/2017 | 3:00 pm-6:00 pm

The garden club invites you to discover the beautiful gardens in the area! This free activity is open to library members and offers visits once a month.

The October visit will be at the Château and botanical park of the Breil de Foin. In the grounds of two impressive châteaux next to each other, the older was started in the XI century as a feudal dungeon, which transformed into a  15th century  logis during the 100 years war.  Several generations later, in the 17th century, a more modern and comfortable château was built on the base of a vast grange, where the owners still live.  They have recently planted the park with trees notable for their autumn colour, interesting foliage, flowers or perfume.  5 euros.

For more information and/or to sign up for this visit please send an email to gardenclub@ellia.org.


Coffee House | 06/10/2017 | 9:00 am-11:00 am

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This is a special moment when the community gathers together to talk about everything and anything (…in English of course!) and sips coffee and tea. Coffee House is free and open to all library members. Just drop in, no need to reserve! Coffee house is every Friday except during school holidays.

 


Knit and natter | 06/10/2017 | 10:00 am-11:00 am

Knitting

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 members. No need to reserve, just come and enjoy yourself!


The library will be present at the Forum des Assocations | 07/10/2017 | 10:00 am-7:00 pm

The library will be holding a table at “Agora”, a fair for non-profits based in Angers. This is a two-day special event where the many various non-profits are represented. Stop by our table and say hi! And bring some friends along to discover all that the library offers!


Critical thinking: the monthly press review | 07/10/2017 | 3:00 pm-4:30 pm

Newspapers

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 part 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.

Meeting are held on Saturdays from 3-4:30PM.

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

 


Film Club presents “Fargo” | 07/10/2017 | 3:00 pm-5:30 pm

The next film club event will be a showing of “Fargo”.  Fargo is a 1996 American black comedy crime film written, produced, edited, and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. Frances McDormand stars as a pregnant Minnesota police chief investigating roadside homicides that ensue after a desperate car salesman (William H. Macy) hires two criminals (Steve Buscemiand Peter Stormare) to kidnap his wife in order to extort a hefty ransom from his wealthy father-in-law (Harve Presnell).

Screening begins at 15:00 sharp. This activity is free of charge for all library members. Please reserve by signing up at the front desk in advance. A discussion in English will follow the film.


The library will be present at the Forum des Assocations | 08/10/2017 | 12:00 pm-6:00 pm

The library will be holding a table at “Agora”, a fair for non-profits based in Angers. This is a two-day special event where the many various non-profits are represented. Stop by our table and say hi! And bring some friends along to discover all that the library offers!


Walk and Talk | 09/10/2017 | 2:00 pm-6:00 pm

hiking boots
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, 2 to 3 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 make sure to sign up!

Want to sign up? Easy as pie!

Sign up by sending your name, email address and phone numbers (perferably cell phone) to this email address. You will be sent full details of the walk in due time.
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Luncheon Club | 10/10/2017 | 12:30 pm-2:30 pm

silverwareLove those French restaurants? Feel like you need to speak English more but in a relaxed atmosphere? Join this club which schedules a lunch in a great local restaurant. Click here to send an email to the coordinator for more information and the full schedule and to sign up!


Take your TOEIC test | 11/10/2017 | 9:15 am-12:30 pm

 

TOEIC

The library is an authorized open center for the TOEIC Listening and Reading test – Public programme with photo. To sign up please consult the ETS website

Important to note! Starting in October 2017 the testing will take place somewhere other than the library.  All tests will take place at the ESSCA in Angers. Click here for full directions.

 


Coffee House | 13/10/2017 | 9:00 am-11:00 am

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This is a special moment when the community gathers together to talk about everything and anything (…in English of course!) and sips coffee and tea. Coffee House is free and open to all library members. Just drop in, no need to reserve! Coffee house is every Friday except during school holidays.

 


Knit and natter | 13/10/2017 | 10:00 am-11:00 am

Knitting

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 members. No need to reserve, just come and enjoy yourself!


Talk by Curtis Robert Young on African-American soldiers in France in WW1 | 13/10/2017 | 10:00 am-11:00 am

Talk by Curtis Robert Young on African-American soldiers in France in WW1

The library is pleased to announce a new Speaker series in English that will take place from September 2017 through June 2018 with a variety of different topics. Click here for a schedule of talks through December.

Curtis Robert Young will be speaking on “When the Blues People Sang America to France – African-American soldiers in France in World War 1”

Young is a historian, consultant and writer. He is professor of literature at ESSEC Grande Ecole.  His current work celebrates the role played by African-American soldiers in 1917 France.  He lives in Paris.

No reservations necessary. Limited seating so come early! This program has been made possible through a generous grant from the American Embassy.


Open house and BBB (big, big booksale) & bakesale | 14/10/2017 | 10:00 am-6:00 pm

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The library’s big booksale and bakesale (otherwise known as the BBB) & fall fundraiser is on Saturday, October 14th from 10-6!

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

 

 

 


Pizza and board games | 17/10/2017 | 6:00 pm-8:00 pm

pizzaThe pizza and board games evening is scheduled one Tuesday a month from 6-8 pm. Cost is 7 euros (covers pizza and non-alcoholic drinks, 5 euros for children 12 and under and native English speakers). No reservations necessary, just come and enjoy!


Books and tea | 19/10/2017 | 2:00 pm-3:30 pm

B&T

“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 “Les Casse-Croûte de Suzy” 3 rue de l’Espine. No need to sign up, just come and enjoy!


Coffee House | 20/10/2017 | 9:00 am-11:00 am

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This is a special moment when the community gathers together to talk about everything and anything (…in English of course!) and sips coffee and tea. Coffee House is free and open to all library members. Just drop in, no need to reserve! Coffee house is every Friday except during school holidays.

 


Knit and natter | 20/10/2017 | 10:00 am-11:00 am

Knitting

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 members. No need to reserve, just come and enjoy yourself!


Bookclub | 20/10/2017 | 2:30 pm-4:00 pm

The October read for the bookclub is “Mothering Sunday” by Graham Swift.

It is Mothering Sunday. How will Jane Fairchild, orphan and housemaid, occupy her time when she has no mother to visit? How, shaped by the events of this never to be forgotten day, will her future unfold? Beginning with an intimate assignation and opening to embrace decades, Mothering Sunday has at its heart both the story of a life and the life that stories can magically contain. Constantly surprising, joyously sensual and deeply moving, it is Graham Swift at his thrilling best. `Mothering Sunday is a powerful, philosophical and exquisitely observed novel about the lives we lead, and the parallel lives – the parallel stories – we can never know … It may just be Swift’s best novel yet’

For any enquiries about joining the bookclub please send an email by clicking here.


Saturday Reading Group | 21/10/2017 | 3:00 pm-4:30 pm


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

The October read  for the group is “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee. Through the eyes of “Scout,” a feisty six-year-old tomboy, the book carries us on an odyssey through the fires of prejudice and injustice in 1932 Alabama. Presenting her tale first as a sweetly lulling reminiscence of events from her childhood, the narrator draws us near with stories of daring neighborhood exploits by her, her brother “Jem,” and their friend “Dill.” Peopled with a cast of eccentrics, Maycomb, a “tired and sleepy town” modeled after Lee’s native Monroeville, finds itself as the venue of the trial of Tom Robinson, a young black man falsely accused of raping an ignorant white woman. Atticus Finch, Scout and Jem’s widowed father and deeply principled man, is appointed to defend Tom for whom a guilty verdict from an all-white jury is a foregone conclusion. Juxtaposed against the story of the trial, is the children’s hit and run relationship with Boo Radley, a shut-in whom the children, and Dill’s Aunt Rachel, suspect of insanity, and whom no one has seen in recent history. Cigar-box treasures, found in the knot hole of a tree near the ramshackle Radley house, temper the children’s judgment of Boo. “You never know someone,” Atticus tells Scout, “until you step inside their skin and walk around a little.” But fear keeps them at a distance until one night, in streetlight and shadows, the children confront an evil born of ignorance and blind hatred, and must somehow find their way home.

When and where: Meetings will be held in the library once a month on Saturday afternoons starting at 3:00. Cost: FREE to all members of the library. To join: Please contact Anne Kaar at bookgroup@ellia.org


Intensive English workshop for “collégiens” | 24/10/2017-26/10/2017 | 3:00 pm-6:00 pm

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This halloween workshop for young adults at the “collège” level (between the ages of 11-14) takes place in the library and runs over three consecutive afternoons of three hours each. This is a wonderful way for kids to have fun learning English through games, songs and lots of speaking and moving around. Cost is 75 euros (includes snack, materials and library membership). Please contact the front desk to sign up. Limited to 15.


Writer’s corner | 28/10/2017 | 2:00 pm-4:00 pm

Upload yourself at the WC…well, this is perhaps not what you think it is…WC is short for Writer’s corner and this is a new activity for library members!

Calling all writers: this informal afternoon to network with other writers will take place once a month.  Writers can come and just write or type around a table.  Afterwards budding writers can get up and chat around the tea or coffee pot near the reception desk. There is no reading aloud or guidance or discussion, it’s just a space where people can commune in the act of writing. No need to sign up…just show up pen and paper and/or computer in hand!


Take your TOEIC test | 08/11/2017 | 9:15 am-12:30 pm

 

TOEIC

The library is an authorized open center for the TOEIC Listening and Reading test – Public programme with photo. To sign up please consult the ETS website

Important to note! Starting in October 2017 the testing will take place somewhere other than the library.  All tests will take place at the ESSCA in Angers. Click here for full directions.

 


Coffee House | 10/11/2017 | 9:00 am-11:00 am

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This is a special moment when the community gathers together to talk about everything and anything (…in English of course!) and sips coffee and tea. Coffee House is free and open to all library members. Just drop in, no need to reserve! Coffee house is every Friday except during school holidays.

 


Knit and natter | 10/11/2017 | 10:00 am-11:00 am

Knitting

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 members. No need to reserve, just come and enjoy yourself!


Talk by Maureen Fant on “Real Italian Food – What does that even mean?” | 10/11/2017 | 10:00 am-11:00 am

The library is pleased to announce a Speaker series in English that will take place from September 2017 through June 2018 with a variety of different topics. Click here for a schedule of talks through December.

Maureen Fant will be speaking on the subject of “Real Italian Food – What Does That Even Mean?”

Maureen B. Fant’s dual interests are Italian food and Roman archaeology—and anywhere they intersect. Her books include Sauces & Shapes: Pasta the Italian Way (IACP winner and James Beard finalist), Dictionary of Italian Cuisine, Women’s Life in Greece and Rome, and the Williams-Sonoma Foods of the World volume on Rome. She has taught ancient Roman food (theory) and Roman home cooking (practice).  She is a principal of Elifant Archaeo-Culinary Tours.  She lives in Rome.

 

No reservations necessary. Limited seating so come early! This program has been made possible through a generous grant from the American Embassy.


Reading Shakespeare | 10/11/2017 | 3:00 pm-5:00 pm

ShakespeareTreat yourself to an afternoon of a collective reading of Shakespeare’s Henry the Fourth. 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 at the front desk.


Luncheon Club | 14/11/2017 | 12:30 pm-2:30 pm

silverwareLove those French restaurants? Feel like you need to speak English more but in a relaxed atmosphere? Join this club which schedules a lunch in a great local restaurant. Click here to send an email to the coordinator for more information and the full schedule and to sign up!


Pizza and board games | 14/11/2017 | 6:00 pm-8:00 pm

pizzaThe pizza and board games evening is scheduled one Tuesday a month from 6-8 pm. Cost is 7 euros (covers pizza and non-alcoholic drinks, 5 euros for children 12 and under and native English speakers). No reservations necessary, just come and enjoy!


Coffee House | 17/11/2017 | 9:00 am-11:00 am

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This is a special moment when the community gathers together to talk about everything and anything (…in English of course!) and sips coffee and tea. Coffee House is free and open to all library members. Just drop in, no need to reserve! Coffee house is every Friday except during school holidays.

 


Knit and natter | 17/11/2017 | 10:00 am-11:00 am

Knitting

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 members. No need to reserve, just come and enjoy yourself!


Bookclub reads “The File on H.” | 17/11/2017 | 2:30 pm-4:00 pm

 

The November read for the bookclub is “The File on H” by Ismail Kadare.

In this often-comic novel, two Homeric scholars from Ireland by way of Harvard University plan to investigate the tradition of oral epic poetry in the rural habitats of Albania where historical epics are composed and sung by itinerant minstrels as popular entertainment. The singers have been doing this for many generations, possibly since ancient Greek times (H stands for Homer). The scholars travel to Albania with a tape recorder to study the phenomenon and record samples of the singing and the changes over time in multiple recordings of the same song, the study of which would give them an answer whether Homer was an editor or a writer. Their main interest is in the variations on the tradition exemplified in the work of individual singers, how historical events are woven into poetry, and whether there is regional bias in their interpretations.

For any enquiries about joining the bookclub please send an email by clicking here.


Film Club presents “Broken Flowers” | 18/11/2017 | 3:00 pm-5:30 pm

The next film club event will be a showing of “Broken Flowers”. As the extremely withdrawn Don Johnston is dumped by his latest woman, he receives an anonymous letter from a former lover informing him that he has a son who may be looking for him. A freelance sleuth neighbor moves Don to embark on a cross-country search for his old flames in search of answers.

Screening begins at 15:00 sharp. This activity is free of charge for all library members. Please reserve by signing up at the front desk in advance. A discussion in English will follow the film.


Saturday Reading Group | 18/11/2017 | 3:00 pm-4:30 pm


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 “The Kite Runner” by Khaled Hosseini. Published in 2003 by Riverhead Books, “The Kite Runner” tells the story of Amir, a young boy from the Wazir Akbar Khan district of Kabul, whose closest friend is Hassan, his half brother. The story is set against a backdrop of tumultuous events, from the fall of Afghanistan’s monarchy through the Soviet military intervention, the exodus of refugees to Pakistan and the United States, and the rise of the Taliban regime. Hosseini has commented that he considers The Kite Runner to be a father–son story, emphasizing the familial aspects of the narrative, an element that he continued to use in his later works. Themes of guilt and redemption feature prominently in the novel, with a pivotal scene depicting an act of violence against Hassan that Amir fails to prevent. The latter half of the book centers on Amir’s attempts to atone for this transgression over two decades later.

When and where: Meetings will be held in the library once a month on Saturday afternoons starting at 3:00. Cost: FREE to all members of the library. To join: Please contact Anne Kaar at bookgroup@ellia.org


Books and tea | 23/11/2017 | 2:00 pm-3:30 pm

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“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 “Les Casse-Croûte de Suzy” 3 rue de l’Espine. No need to sign up, just come and enjoy!


Coffee House | 24/11/2017 | 9:00 am-11:00 am

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This is a special moment when the community gathers together to talk about everything and anything (…in English of course!) and sips coffee and tea. Coffee House is free and open to all library members. Just drop in, no need to reserve! Coffee house is every Friday except during school holidays.

 


Knit and natter | 24/11/2017 | 10:00 am-11:00 am

Knitting

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 members. No need to reserve, just come and enjoy yourself!


Reading Shakespeare | 24/11/2017 | 3:00 pm-5:00 pm

ShakespeareTreat yourself to an afternoon of a collective reading of Shakespeare’s Henry the Fourth. 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 at the front desk.


Writer’s corner | 25/11/2017 | 2:00 pm-4:00 pm

Upload yourself at the WC…well, this is perhaps not what you think it is…WC is short for Writer’s corner and this is a new activity for library members!

Calling all writers: this informal afternoon to network with other writers will take place once a month.  Writers can come and just write or type around a table.  Afterwards budding writers can get up and chat around the tea or coffee pot near the reception desk. There is no reading aloud or guidance or discussion, it’s just a space where people can commune in the act of writing. No need to sign up…just show up pen and paper and/or computer in hand!


Walk and Talk | 28/11/2017 | 2:00 pm-6:00 pm

hiking boots
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, 2 to 3 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 make sure to sign up!

Want to sign up? Easy as pie!

Sign up by sending your name, email address and phone numbers (perferably cell phone) to this email address. You will be sent full details of the walk in due time.
____________________________________________________


Coffee House | 01/12/2017 | 9:00 am-11:00 am

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This is a special moment when the community gathers together to talk about everything and anything (…in English of course!) and sips coffee and tea. Coffee House is free and open to all library members. Just drop in, no need to reserve! Coffee house is every Friday except during school holidays.

 


Knit and natter | 01/12/2017 | 10:00 am-11:00 am

Knitting

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 members. No need to reserve, just come and enjoy yourself!


Highlights of English Musical Heritage | 01/12/2017 | 3:00 pm-5:00 pm

For music lovers who are not necessarily musicians, the library is setting up a series of sessions aiming at illustrating  the heritage of English Classical Music in its most specific and beautiful forms, mainly vocal music. Each session will focus on a composer, with a short presentation of the work and the composer, followed by the listening of selected pieces through  selected  videos,  often with  different interpretations. The point is to share comments and criticism with the group members.

Michel Cartillier, volunteer at the library, will start with a monument of English culture: Haendel’s Messiah…so very appropriate in this Christmas season. This first session will be dedicated to the first part of this work, the second session with the rest. Another session will deal with other vocal works of Handel. Dates to be announced.

Other sessions to come will be centered on Purcell, Elizabethan music, and the relations of Hadyn and Beethoven with England who transposed British folk songs in the classical form as we know it.

These sesssions are free and open to the public. No need to reserve, just come and enjoy!


Critical thinking: the monthly press review | 02/12/2017 | 3:00 pm-4:30 pm

Newspapers

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 part 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.

Meeting are held on Saturdays from 3-4:30PM.

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

 


Film Club presents “Some Like It Hot” | 02/12/2017 | 3:00 pm-5:30 pm

The next film club event will be a showing of Some Like It Hot, a 1959 American romantic comedy film set in 1929, directed and produced by Billy Wilder, starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, and Jack Lemmon. The film is about two musicians who dress in drag in order to escape from mafia gangsters whom they witnessed commit a crime inspired by the Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre. The film was produced in black and white, even though color films were increasing in popularity. As the extremely withdrawn Don Johnston is dumped by his latest woman, he receives an anonymous letter from a former lover informing him that he has a son who may be looking for him. A freelance sleuth neighbor moves Don to embark on a cross-country search for his old flames in search of answers.

Screening begins at 15:00 sharp. This activity is free of charge for all library members. Please reserve by signing up at the front desk in advance. A discussion in English will follow the film.


Semaine de la Cinema en langue anglaise | 06/12/2017-12/12/2017 | All Day

The library is proud to be a long-standing partner with the “400 Coups” for the Semaine de Cinema en Langue Anglaise. This year offers a great line-up of films based on the theme of “Same but Different”. Click here for more information.


Coffee House | 08/12/2017 | 9:00 am-11:00 am

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This is a special moment when the community gathers together to talk about everything and anything (…in English of course!) and sips coffee and tea. Coffee House is free and open to all library members. Just drop in, no need to reserve! Coffee house is every Friday except during school holidays.

 


Knit and natter | 08/12/2017 | 10:00 am-11:00 am

Knitting

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 members. No need to reserve, just come and enjoy yourself!


Reading Shakespeare | 08/12/2017 | 3:00 pm-5:00 pm

ShakespeareTreat yourself to an afternoon of a collective reading of Shakespeare’s Henry the Fourth. 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 at the front desk.


Talk by Richard Zimler “The Importance of Historical Fiction” | 09/12/2017 | 4:00 pm-5:00 pm

The library is pleased to announce a new Speaker series in English that will take place from September 2017 through June 2018 with a variety of different topics. Click here for a schedule of talks through December.

 

Richard Zimler will be speaking on “The Importance of Historical Fiction”

Richard Zimler has published ten novels over the last 18 years, including The Last Kabbalist of Lisbon, The Night Watchman, Hunting Midnight, The Search for Sana, The Warsaw Anagrams and The Seventh Gate. He was granted a 1994 U.S. National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship in Fiction.  He lives in Portugal where he teaches at the University of Porto.

No reservations necessary. Limited seating so come early! This program has been made possible through a generous grant from the American Embassy.


Luncheon Club | 12/12/2017 | 12:30 pm-2:30 pm

silverwareLove those French restaurants? Feel like you need to speak English more but in a relaxed atmosphere? Join this club which schedules a lunch in a great local restaurant. Click here to send an email to the coordinator for more information and the full schedule and to sign up!


Pizza and board games | 12/12/2017 | 6:00 pm-8:00 pm

pizzaThe pizza and board games evening is scheduled one Tuesday a month from 6-8 pm. Cost is 7 euros (covers pizza and non-alcoholic drinks, 5 euros for children 12 and under and native English speakers). No reservations necessary, just come and enjoy!


Take your TOEIC test | 13/12/2017 | 9:15 am-12:30 pm

 

TOEIC

The library is an authorized open center for the TOEIC Listening and Reading test – Public programme with photo. To sign up please consult the ETS website

Important to note! Starting in October 2017 the testing will take place somewhere other than the library.  All tests will take place at the ESSCA in Angers. Click here for full directions.

 


Coffee House | 15/12/2017 | 9:00 am-11:00 am

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This is a special moment when the community gathers together to talk about everything and anything (…in English of course!) and sips coffee and tea. Coffee House is free and open to all library members. Just drop in, no need to reserve! Coffee house is every Friday except during school holidays.

 


Knit and natter | 15/12/2017 | 10:00 am-11:00 am

Knitting

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 members. No need to reserve, just come and enjoy yourself!


Bookclub reads “The Driver’s Seat” | 15/12/2017 | 2:30 pm-4:00 pm

The December read for the bookclub is “The Dirver’s Seat” by Muriel Spark. Lise has been driven to distraction by working in the same accountants’ office for sixteen years. So she leaves everything behind her, transforms herself into a laughing, garishly-dressed temptress and flies abroad on the holiday of a lifetime. But her search for adventure, sex and new experiences takes on a far darker significance as she heads on a journey of self-destruction. Infinity and eternity attend Lise’s last terrible day in an unnamed southern city, as she meets her fate. One of six novels to be nominated for a ‘Lost Man Booker Prize’, The Driver’s Seat was adapted into a 1974 film, Identikit, starring Elizabeth Taylor.

For any enquiries about joining the bookclub please send an email by clicking here.


Highlights of English Musical Heritage – redux | 16/12/2017 | 4:00 pm-6:00 pm

 

For music lovers who are not necessarily musicians, the library is setting up a series of sessions aiming at illustrating  the heritage of English Classical Music in its most specific and beautiful forms, mainly vocal music. Each session will focus on a composer, with a short presentation of the work and the composer, followed by the listening of selected pieces through  selected  videos,  often with  different interpretations. The point is to share comments and criticism with the group members.

Michel Cartillier, volunteer at the library, will start with a monument of English culture: Haendel’s Messiah…so very appropriate in this Christmas season. This first session will be dedicated to the first part of this work. If you missed this event, no need to worry. We have rescheduled a replay for those who were not able to come the first time. A session following will deal with other vocal works of Handel. Dates to be announced.

Other sessions to come will be centered on Purcell, Elizabethan music, and the relations of Hadyn and Beethoven with England who transposed British folk songs in the classical form as we know it.

These sesssions are free and open to the public. No need to reserve, just come and enjoy!


Get that old Christmas spirit…come caroling! | 17/12/2017 | 2:30 pm-6:00 pm

Looking for that good old Christmas spirit…? Join the members of the English-language Library in Angers for Christmas caroling on Sunday, December 17th. All you need to do is to wear red and green AND WARM clothes (and a red santa hat if you have one!), meet at the library at 2:30 before going out to carol in the streets of Angers. If you would like, bring some baked Christmas treat to share with everybody for when we come back to the library. No need to sign up, just come and sing to your heart’s content! Free and open to the public!

14:30 – meet at the library to warm up the vocal cords

15:00 – 17:00 Christmas carols in town, the library will be locked up at this time

17:00 – Christmas goodies to eat and drink (feel free to bring something)


Books and tea | 21/12/2017 | 2:00 pm-3:30 pm

B&T

“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. As an exception, the group will be meeting at the library on this date. No need to sign up, just come and enjoy!


Coffee House | 22/12/2017 | 9:00 am-11:00 am

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This is a special moment when the community gathers together to talk about everything and anything (…in English of course!) and sips coffee and tea. Coffee House is free and open to all library members. Just drop in, no need to reserve! Coffee house is every Friday except during school holidays.

 


Knit and natter | 22/12/2017 | 10:00 am-11:00 am

Knitting

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 members. No need to reserve, just come and enjoy yourself!


Reading Shakespeare | 22/12/2017 | 3:00 pm-5:00 pm

ShakespeareTreat yourself to an afternoon of a collective reading of Shakespeare’s Henry the Fourth. 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 at the front desk.


Library closes for the Christmas break | 24/12/2017-01/01/2018 | All Day

Sorry! The library is closed until Tuesday, January 2nd at 1 pm.


Luncheon Club | 11/01/2018 | 12:30 pm-2:30 pm

silverwareLove those French restaurants? Feel like you need to speak English more but in a relaxed atmosphere? Join this club which schedules a lunch in a great local restaurant. Click here to send an email to the coordinator for more information and the full schedule and to sign up!


Coffee House | 12/01/2018 | 9:00 am-11:00 am

2014-12-05 Angers English library 5309

This is a special moment when the community gathers together to talk about everything and anything (…in English of course!) and sips coffee and tea. Coffee House is free and open to all library members. Just drop in, no need to reserve! Coffee house is every Friday except during school holidays.

 


Knit and natter | 12/01/2018 | 10:00 am-11:00 am

Knitting

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 members. No need to reserve, just come and enjoy yourself!


Reading Shakespeare | 12/01/2018 | 3:00 pm-5:00 pm

ShakespeareTreat yourself to an afternoon of a collective reading of Shakespeare’s Henry the Fourth. 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 at the front desk.


Critical thinking: the monthly press review | 13/01/2018 | 2:30 pm-4:00 pm

Newspapers

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 part 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.

This meeting will exceptionnally be from 2:30- 4:00 pm.

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

 


Saturday Reading Group | 13/01/2018 | 3:00 pm-4:30 pm


The Saturday Reading Group is for anyone who loves to read, socialize in English, and meet new people. This month the group will be hosting the post-holiday cookie exchange party!

The January read for the group is “My Sister’s Keeper” by Jodi Picoult. Using the latest medical technology, Anna Fitzgerald, was conceived in vitro and was genetically created to be a perfect match donor child for her sister Kate who has leukemia. Now at 11 years old, Anna seeks the help of Attorney Campbell Alexander to gain medical emancipation from her parents, more specifically her mother Sara. Anna brings to the attention of everyone around her that she matters too. She has helped keep her sister alive for 11 years, has gone through multiple medical procedures and surgeries, but she draws the line at donating her kidney. Sara, the girls mother, is beside herself with anger and only sees one side… how to keep Kate alive at all costs. After Anna files a lawsuit against her parents Sara decides to take this matter to court so Anna isn’t emancipated and has to help Kate. Will Anna win the legal medical emancipation lawsuit and be free to decide what is done to her body? Or will the judge decide Anna is too young? Bigger question is… will this be decided in time to save Kate?

When and where: Meetings will be held in the library once a month on Saturday afternoons starting at 3:00. Cost: FREE to all members of the library. To join: Please contact Anne Kaar at bookgroup@ellia.org


Round table on the independent film industry | 13/01/2018 | 4:00 pm-5:30 pm

The library is once again partnered with the Premiers Plans Film Festival!

Come to the round table discussion at the library on the independent film industry today with


Holly Herrick from the Austin Film Society and


John Pierson, well-known filmmaker and producer of independent films
No reservations necessary. Free and open to the public.


Pizza and board games | 16/01/2018 | 6:00 pm-8:00 pm

pizzaThe pizza and board games evening is scheduled one Tuesday a month from 6-8 pm. Cost is 7 euros (covers pizza and non-alcoholic drinks, 5 euros for children 12 and under and native English speakers). No reservations necessary, just come and enjoy!


Coffee House | 19/01/2018 | 9:00 am-11:00 am

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This is a special moment when the community gathers together to talk about everything and anything (…in English of course!) and sips coffee and tea. Coffee House is free and open to all library members. Just drop in, no need to reserve! Coffee house is every Friday except during school holidays.

 


Knit and natter | 19/01/2018 | 10:00 am-11:00 am

Knitting

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 members. No need to reserve, just come and enjoy yourself!


Talk by Henri Landes “One year of Donald Trump, what Effects on Climate and the Environment?” | 19/01/2018 | 10:00 am-11:00 am

 

Henri Landes will be speaking on One year of Donald Trump, what Effects on Climate and the Environment?

Henri Landes grew up in New York and San Francisco.  He received a BA in American history at the University of California, Davis and a Masters in International Affairs at Sciences Po Paris, majoring in sustainable development.  He has worked as an environmental advisor to the Socialist Party and for the office of the President of the National Assembly.  Today he is Executive Director of the Good Planet Foundation.  He is also a lecturer in environmental policy at Sciences Po Paris.

No reservations necessary. Limited seating so come early! The Speaker program offers special guest speakers from September 2017 through June 2018 and has been made possible through a generous grant from the American Embassy. For information on the talks through March click here.


Bookclub reads “The Underground Railroad” | 19/01/2018 | 2:30 pm-4:00 pm

 

The January read for the bookclub is “The Underground Railroad” by Colson Whitehead.  Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. All the slaves lead a hellish existence, but Cora has it worse than most; she is an outcast even among her fellow Africans and she is approaching womanhood, where it is clear even greater pain awaits. When Caesar, a slave recently arrived from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they take the perilous decision to escape to the North.In Whitehead’s razor-sharp imagining of the antebellum South, the Underground Railroad has assumed a physical form: a dilapidated box car pulled along subterranean tracks by a steam locomotive, picking up fugitives wherever it can. Cora and Caesar’s first stop is South Carolina, in a city that initially seems like a haven. But its placid surface masks an infernal scheme designed for its unknowing black inhabitants. And even worse: Ridgeway, the relentless slave catcher sent to find Cora, is close on their heels. Forced to flee again, Cora embarks on a harrowing flight, state by state, seeking true freedom.At each stop on her journey, Cora encounters a different world.

For any enquiries about joining the bookclub please send an email by clicking here.


Highlights of English Musical Heritage – Handel’s Messiah part 2 | 23/01/2018 | 4:00 pm-6:00 pm

 

For music lovers who are not necessarily musicians, the library is setting up a series of sessions aiming at illustrating  the heritage of English Classical Music in its most specific and beautiful forms, mainly vocal music. Each session will focus on a composer, with a short presentation of the work and the composer, followed by the listening of selected pieces through  selected  videos,  often with  different interpretations. The point is to share comments and criticism with the group members.

Michel Cartillier, volunteer at the library, will be presenting the second part of a monument of English culture: Haendel’s Messiah.

Other sessions to come will be centered on Purcell, Elizabethan music, and the relations of Hadyn and Beethoven with England who transposed British folk songs in the classical form as we know it.

These sesssions are free and open to the public. No need to reserve, just come and enjoy!


Books and tea | 25/01/2018 | 2:00 pm-3:30 pm

B&T

“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 “Les Casse-Croûte de Suzy” 3 rue de l’Espine. No need to sign up, just come and enjoy!


Coffee House | 26/01/2018 | 9:00 am-11:00 am

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This is a special moment when the community gathers together to talk about everything and anything (…in English of course!) and sips coffee and tea. Coffee House is free and open to all library members. Just drop in, no need to reserve! Coffee house is every Friday except during school holidays.

 


Knit and natter | 26/01/2018 | 10:00 am-11:00 am

Knitting

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 members. No need to reserve, just come and enjoy yourself!


Walk and Talk | 26/01/2018 | 2:00 pm-6:00 pm

hiking boots
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, 2 to 3 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 make sure to sign up!

Want to sign up? Easy as pie!

Sign up by sending your name, email address and phone numbers (perferably cell phone) to this email address. You will be sent full details of the walk in due time.
____________________________________________________


Reading Shakespeare | 26/01/2018 | 3:00 pm-5:00 pm

ShakespeareTreat yourself to an afternoon of a collective reading of Shakespeare’s Henry the Fourth. 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 at the front desk.


The Big Quiz | 28/01/2018 | 2:00 pm-6:00 pm

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Time to sign up for the Big Quiz that will be taking place on Sunday, January 28th from 14h (sharp!) to 18h…kick off your year with some great fun and games ! This will be our 8th annual quiz !

Note the early start (don’t be late…we wouldn’t want to start without you) to give you plenty of time to think, chat, and enjoy! Yes, there will be questions, but they will be in all sorts of shapes, sizes and challenges. Wine, coffee, tea, snacks and cakes will be available all afternoon. All this for just 12 euros a head with all proceeds going to the library for its fundraising. Remember to bring your English-speaking French friends.

Book your place at the front desk as soon as you can or simply send an email by clicking here!

The rules: Teams of 6….6 heads are better than one ! Prizes for the winning team. Teams are color coded so we recommend that you wear the colours of your team’s name ! Come along…this is a great way to spend an afternoon in the heart of winter with friends and laughter.


Coffee House | 02/02/2018 | 9:00 am-11:00 am

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This is a special moment when the community gathers together to talk about everything and anything (…in English of course!) and sips coffee and tea. Coffee House is free and open to all library members. Just drop in, no need to reserve! Coffee house is every Friday except during school holidays.

 


Knit and natter | 02/02/2018 | 10:00 am-11:00 am

Knitting

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 members. No need to reserve, just come and enjoy yourself!


Highlights of English Musical Heritage – Handel’s other vocal works | 06/02/2018 | 4:00 pm-6:00 pm

For music lovers who are not necessarily musicians, the library has set up a series of sessions aiming at illustrating  the heritage of English Classical Music in its most specific and beautiful forms, mainly vocal music. Each session will focus on a composer, with a short presentation of the work and the composer, followed by the listening of selected pieces through  selected  videos,  often with  different interpretations. The point is to share comments and criticism with the group members.

After the Messiah, the group will continue exploring the rich world of Handel’s works where one can find many gems. There is material for several sessions, and the first session will deal with Handal’s oratorios.

These sesssions are free and open to the public. No need to reserve, just come and enjoy!


Coffee House | 09/02/2018 | 9:00 am-11:00 am

2014-12-05 Angers English library 5309

This is a special moment when the community gathers together to talk about everything and anything (…in English of course!) and sips coffee and tea. Coffee House is free and open to all library members. Just drop in, no need to reserve! Coffee house is every Friday except during school holidays.

 


Knit and natter | 09/02/2018 | 10:00 am-11:00 am

Knitting

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 members. No need to reserve, just come and enjoy yourself!


Critical thinking: the monthly press review | 10/02/2018 | 3:00 pm-4:30 pm

Newspapers

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 part 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.

Meeting are held on Saturdays from 3-4:30PM.

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

 


Film Club presents Charlie Chaplin’s “The Great Dictator” | 10/02/2018 | 3:00 pm-5:30 pm

The next film club event will be a showing of Charlie Chaplin’s “The Great Dictator”.  The Great Dictator is a 1940 American political satire comedy-drama film written, directed, produced, scored by and starring British comedian Charlie Chaplin. Having been the only Hollywood filmmaker to continue to make silent films well into the period of sound films, this was Chaplin’s first true sound film. Chaplin’s film advanced a stirring, controversial condemnation of Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini, fascism, antisemitism and the Nazis. At the time of its first release, the United States was still formally at peace with Nazi Germany. Chaplin plays both leading roles: a ruthless fascist dictator and a persecuted Jewish barber.

Screening begins at 15:00 sharp. This activity is free of charge for all library members. Please reserve by signing up at the front desk in advance. A discussion in English will follow the film.


Luncheon Club | 13/02/2018 | 12:30 pm-2:30 pm

silverwareLove those French restaurants? Feel like you need to speak English more but in a relaxed atmosphere? Join this club which schedules a lunch in a great local restaurant. Click here to send an email to the coordinator for more information and the full schedule and to sign up!


Walk and Talk | 13/02/2018 | 2:00 pm-6:00 pm

hiking boots
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, 2 to 3 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 make sure to sign up!

Want to sign up? Easy as pie!

Sign up by sending your name, email address and phone numbers (perferably cell phone) to this email address. You will be sent full details of the walk in due time.
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Take your TOEIC test | 14/02/2018 | 9:00 am-12:30 pm

TOEIC

The library is an authorized open center for the TOEIC Listening and Reading test (Public programme with photo). To sign up please consult the ETS website. Scheduled dates for 2018 are

Wednesdays : Feb. 14th, March 14th, April 11th, May 9th, June 13th & Sept. 12th.

Saturdays : March 31st & July 7th

All tests will take place at the ESSCA in Angers. Click here for full directions.


Coffee House | 16/02/2018 | 9:00 am-11:00 am

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This is a special moment when the community gathers together to talk about everything and anything (…in English of course!) and sips coffee and tea. Coffee House is free and open to all library members. Just drop in, no need to reserve! Coffee house is every Friday except during school holidays.

 


Knit and natter | 16/02/2018 | 10:00 am-11:00 am

Knitting

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 members. No need to reserve, just come and enjoy yourself!


Bookclub reads “The Awakening” | 16/02/2018 | 2:30 pm-4:00 pm

 

The February read for the bookclub is “The Awakening” by Kate Chopin. She wanted to swim far out, where no woman had swum before.’ Kate Chopin was one of the most individual and adventurous of nineteenth-century american writers, whose fiction explored new and often startling territory. When her most famous story, The Awakening, was first published in 1899, it stunned readers with its frank portrayal of the inner word of Edna Pontellier, and its daring criticisms of the limits of marriage and motherhood.

For any enquiries about joining the bookclub please send an email by clicking here.


Saturday Reading Group | 17/02/2018 | 3:00 pm-4:30 pm


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

The February read for the group is F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “Babylon Revisited and Other Stories”.  The story of Charlie Wales, a former drunken party-goer who returns to Paris, the site of his former 1920s debauchery, shortly after the stock market crash of 1929. Charlie sees his world with new (sober) eyes and is both shocked and appalled by the extravagance that characterized his former life. The story is rooted in the financial crisis of its times. Fitzgerald wrote the piece in December of 1930, when the good times of the Jazz Age (also called the “Roaring Twenties“) had come to an end and America was headed into the Great Depression. Charlie’s horror with his own former waste and self-destruction is Fitzgerald’s condemnation of a society who drank away the ‘ Because of the connections to Fitzgerald’s own life, many critics have looked in painstaking detail at the autobiographical elements of “Babylon Revisited.” Like main character Charlie Wales, Fitzgerald was in a tumultuous and tabloid-ready marriage that was destructive to both him and his wife, Zelda. Fitzgerald also admitted to basing the character of Charlie’s estranged daughter, Honoria, on his own daughter Scottie.

When and where: Meetings will be held in the library once a month on Saturday afternoons starting at 3:00. Cost: FREE to all members of the library. To join: Please contact Anne Kaar at bookgroup@ellia.org


Pizza and board games | 20/02/2018 | 6:00 pm-8:00 pm

pizzaThe pizza and board games evening is scheduled one Tuesday a month from 6-8 pm. Cost is 7 euros (covers pizza and non-alcoholic drinks, 5 euros for children 12 and under and native English speakers). No reservations necessary, just come and enjoy!


Books and tea | 22/02/2018 | 2:00 pm-3:30 pm

B&T

“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 “Les Casse-Croûte de Suzy” 3 rue de l’Espine. No need to sign up, just come and enjoy!


Gardenclub seed exchange | 22/02/2018 | 3:00 pm-5:00 pm

Seeds

 

The Gardenclub invites its members and anyone new who would like to join for this meeting to schedule this coming year’s visits from April to October. Please bring with you any spare seeds you have to exchange or offer, tea offerings, and the leaflet “Rendez-vous au Jardins, Pays de la Loire” from last year, with any suggestions you may have for visiting other gardens. Please let us know if you will be attending by the week-end of 17/18 February by sending an email to gardenclub@ellia.org. This activity is free and open to all current members of the library.


Coffee House | 23/02/2018 | 9:00 am-11:00 am

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This is a special moment when the community gathers together to talk about everything and anything (…in English of course!) and sips coffee and tea. Coffee House is free and open to all library members. Just drop in, no need to reserve! Coffee house is every Friday except during school holidays.

 


Knit and natter | 23/02/2018 | 10:00 am-11:00 am

Knitting

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 members. No need to reserve, just come and enjoy yourself!


Reading Shakespeare | 23/02/2018 | 3:00 pm-5:00 pm

ShakespeareTreat yourself to an afternoon of a collective reading of Shakespeare’s Henry the Fourth. 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 at the front desk.


Intensive theatre English workshop for “lycéens” | 27/02/2018-01/03/2018 | 3:00 pm-6:00 pm

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This theater workshop for young adults in high school takes place in the library and runs over three consecutive afternoons of three hours each. This is a wonderful way for kids to have fun learning English through theatre games and lots of speaking and moving around. Cost is 75 euros (includes snack, materials and library membership). Please contact the front desk to sign up. Limited to 15.


Highlights of English Musical Heritage | 27/02/2018 | 4:00 pm-6:00 pm

For music lovers who are not necessarily musicians, the library has set up a series of sessions aiming at illustrating  the heritage of English Classical Music in its most specific and beautiful forms, mainly vocal music. Each session will focus on a composer, with a short presentation of the work and the composer, followed by the listening of selected pieces through  selected  videos,  often with  different interpretations. The point is to share comments and criticism with the group members.

“Beyond the Messiah:  HANDEL  AND THE ROYALS”

After the Messiah we continue exploring  the  rich world of Handel’s  vocal works , where one can find many gems,  through viewing and discussing  selected extracts in videos. This next  session will deal with incidental music, mainly due to the composer’s special relationship to the royal family, Handel  has produced many vocal  works for ceremonies which have been since played at major  British monarchy events .

These sesssions are free and open to the public. No need to reserve, just come and enjoy!


“Made in Angers” visit of the library | 28/02/2018 | 10:00 am-11:15 am

The library is proud to take part once again in the programming of “Made in Angers”. Feel free to sign up for the visit of March 9th and discover our wonderful space, large collection and extensive list of activities! To sign up, click here.


Coffee House | 02/03/2018 | 9:00 am-11:00 am

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This is a special moment when the community gathers together to talk about everything and anything (…in English of course!) and sips coffee and tea. Coffee House is free and open to all library members. Just drop in, no need to reserve! This Friday is exceptional…Coffee House WILL take place during school holidays since the library is hosting a special guest speaker, Gerald Shea.

 


Talk on deafness by Gerald Shea “The Sounds of Silence” | 02/03/2018 | 10:00 am-11:00 am

 

Gerald Shea will be speaking on “The Sounds of Silence: dealing with deafness

Gerald Shea has lived most of his life in New York and in Paris, and practiced law in both cities for many years. He has published internationally in legal and financial journals.  He has written two books for a general audience, Song Without Words: Discovering My Deafness Halfway Through Life and The Language of Light: A History of Silent Voices. He and his wife live in Paris and spend summers in Massachusetts.

No reservations necessary. Limited seating so come early! The Speaker program offers special guest speakers from September 2017 through June 2018 and has been made possible through a generous grant from the American Embassy. For information on the talks through March click here.


Book display and poetry tree of 16 of the best-loved English-language poets | 03/03/2018-17/03/2018 | 1:00 pm-6:00 pm

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Spring is here! Well, almost…while waiting for those warmer days, take some time for poetry and the French national celebration “Le Printemps des poètes”…

John Donne, John Keats, Emily Dickinson, Edgar Allan Poe, T.S Eliot…is this music to your ears? If so, come to the library to see the display and poetry tree of a selection of some of the well-known and well-loved poets of the English-language. 


Intensive English workshop for “collégiens” | 06/03/2018-08/03/2018 | 3:00 pm-6:00 pm

 

“Ski, snow and surf”, a workshop in English based on winter sports for young adults (ages 12-14), will take place in the library and runs over three consecutive afternoons of three hours each. This is a wonderful way for kids to have fun learning English through games, songs and lots of speaking and moving around. Cost is 75 euros (includes snack, materials and library membership). Please contact the front desk to sign up. Limited to 15.


Invitation to the Annual Meeting | 06/03/2018 | 7:00 pm-8:30 pm

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Dear member of the library,

Please note this invitation for the Annual General Meeting open to all current members of the library,

Annual General Meeting
Tuesday, March 6th 2018 at 7 pm

Agenda:
– approbation du PV AG 30 mars 2017
– presentation of the Rapport Moral, of the accounts 2017 and proposition for the 2018 budget

In order to vote during the General Meeting your membership must be current. If you would like to check the expiration date of your membership please contact us. If you are not able to be present at the meeting, click here for a proxy that will allow your vote to be counted.

I would like to emphasize that our non-profit/charity exists solely for its members and because of its members and that this meeting is the moment for each of you to actively participate in the democratic process of our institution.

For more information about the governance of the library please consult the Rapport Moral du Président 2017.

Many thanks for your ongoing support and your participation, Marie-France Roland, Chairwoman of the Board


“Made in Angers” visit of the library | 09/03/2018 | 10:00 am-11:15 am

The library is proud to take part once again in the programming of “Made in Angers”. Feel free to sign up for the visit of March 9th and discover our wonderful space, large collection and extensive list of activities! To sign up, click here.


Reading Shakespeare | 09/03/2018 | 3:00 pm-5:00 pm

ShakespeareTreat yourself to an afternoon of a collective reading of Shakespeare’s Henry the Fourth. 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 at the front desk.


Critical thinking: the monthly press review | 10/03/2018 | 3:00 pm-4:30 pm

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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.

Meeting are held on Saturdays from 3-4:30PM.

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

 


Film Club presents “The Darjeeling Limited” | 10/03/2018 | 3:00 pm-5:30 pm

 

The next film club event will be a showing of Wes Anderson’s “The Darjeeling Limited”. A year after their father’s funeral, three brothers travel across India by train in an attempt to bond with each other.

Screening begins at 15:00 sharp. This activity is free of charge for all library members. If possible, please reserve by signing up at the front desk. A discussion in English will follow the film. Other upcoming dates for the filmclub are April 7th, May 19th and June 23rd. 


Luncheon Club | 13/03/2018 | 12:30 pm-2:30 pm

silverwareLove those French restaurants? Feel like you need to speak English more but in a relaxed atmosphere? Join this club which schedules a lunch in a great local restaurant. Click here to send an email to the coordinator for more information and the full schedule and to sign up!


Take your TOEIC test | 14/03/2018 | 9:00 am-12:30 pm

TOEIC

The library is an authorized open center for the TOEIC Listening and Reading test (Public programme with photo). To sign up please consult the ETS website. Scheduled dates for 2018 are

Wednesdays : March 14th, April 11th, May 9th, June 13th & Sept. 12th.

Saturdays : March 31st & July 7th

All tests will take place at the ESSCA in Angers. Click here for full directions.


Coffee House | 16/03/2018 | 9:00 am-11:00 am

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This is a special moment when the community gathers together to talk about everything and anything (…in English of course!) and sips coffee and tea. Coffee House is free and open to all library members. Just drop in, no need to reserve!

 


Knit and natter | 16/03/2018 | 10:00 am-11:00 am

Knitting

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 members. No need to reserve, just come and enjoy yourself!


Reading by American poet Joe Ross | 16/03/2018 | 10:00 am-11:00 am

In the context of the Printemps des Poètes 2018 (the French national celebration of poetry) the library is pleased to have former Poet resident, Joe Ross, once again in the library for a bilingual reading of his poetry. He will also be sharing his ideas about why poetry is important in our daily lives.

This program has been organised with the collaboration of the MIEL (Maison internationale des écritures et des littératures) with the support of the Ville d’Angers.


Reading Shakespeare | 16/03/2018 | 3:00 pm-5:00 pm

ShakespeareTreat yourself to an afternoon of a collective reading of Shakespeare’s Henry the Fourth. 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 at the front desk.


The “Happening” is happening again!!! | 17/03/2018 | 5:00 pm-7:00 pm

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Take a young talented writer of travel writing and poetry, Sebastien Menard, and put him in the same room with two guitarists (Antoine Leroy and Jean-Paul Albert) and a illustrator (Elliot Raimbeau) who will be drawing live and see what happens! That is the whole idea behind a happening…a unique performance not to be missed! If you would like to whet your appetite, treat yourself to a reading by Sebastien Menard acompanied by Antoine Leroy by clicking here.

This program falls within the context of the Printemps des Poètes 2018 (the French national celebration of poetry) and has been organised with the collaboration of the MIEL (Maison internationale des écritures et des littératures) with the support of the Ville d’Angers.

 

 


Pizza and board games | 20/03/2018 | 6:00 pm-8:00 pm

pizzaThe pizza and board games evening is scheduled one Tuesday a month from 6-8 pm. Cost is 7 euros (covers pizza and non-alcoholic drinks, 5 euros for children 12 and under and native English speakers). No reservations necessary, just come and enjoy!


Books and tea | 22/03/2018 | 2:00 pm-3:30 pm

B&T

“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 “Les Casse-Croûte de Suzy” 3 rue de l’Espine. No need to sign up, just come and enjoy!


Coffee House | 23/03/2018 | 9:00 am-11:00 am

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This is a special moment when the community gathers together to talk about everything and anything (…in English of course!) and sips coffee and tea. Coffee House is free and open to all library members. Just drop in, no need to reserve!

 


Knit and natter | 23/03/2018 | 10:00 am-11:00 am

Knitting

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 members. No need to reserve, just come and enjoy yourself!


Talk by Scott Sayare “Jihadists in France” | 23/03/2018 | 10:00 am-11:00 am

 

Scott Sayare will be speaking on “Jihadists in France”.

Scott Sayare is a writer and reporter based in Paris. For five years he reported for The New York Times, attached to the newspaper’s foreign bureau in the French capital and dispatched across France, southern Europe and North Africa.  More recently, his reporting and essays have appeared in The Atlantic, GQ, and Harper’s.

No reservations necessary. Limited seating so come early! The Speaker program offers special guest speakers from September 2017 through June 2018 and has been made possible through a generous grant from the American Embassy. For information on the talks through March click here.


Walk and Talk | 23/03/2018 | 2:00 pm-6:00 pm

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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, 2 to 3 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 make sure to sign up!

Want to sign up? Easy as pie!

Sign up by sending your name, email address and phone numbers (perferably cell phone) to this email address. You will be sent full details of the walk in due time.
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Bookclub reads “Christine Falls” | 23/03/2018 | 2:30 pm-4:00 pm

The March read for the bookclub is “Christine Falls” by Benjamin Black.

The hero of Christine Falls, Quirke, is a surly pathologist living in 1950s Dublin. One night, after having a few drinks at a party, he returns to the morgue to find his brother-in-law tampering with the records on a young woman’s corpse. The next morning, when his hangover has worn off, Quirke reluctantly begins looking into the woman’s history. He discovers a plot that spans two continents, implicates the Catholic Church, and may just involve members of his own family. He is warned–first subtly, then with violence–to lay off, but Quirke is a stubborn man. The first novel in the Quirke series brings all the vividness and psychological insight of John Banville’s writing to the dark, menacing atmosphere of a first-class thriller.

For any enquiries about joining the bookclub please send an email by clicking here.


Open house and BBB (big, big booksale) & bakesale | 24/03/2018 | 10:00 am-6:00 pm

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Note the date for the library’s big booksale and bakesale (otherwise known as the BBB) & spring fun(d)draiser from 10-6!

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

 

 

 


National Public Speaking Competition | 24/03/2018 | 2:00 pm-5:30 pm

The library, the English Speaking Union and the Maison de l’Europe are pleased to invite the general public to the French National Public Speaking Competition in English for high school students on Saturday, March 24th starting at 2pm.

14 young high school students from 7 different high schools will be competing to represent France in the International Public Speaking Competition organised by the English Speaking Union to take place in London in May.
The library is proud to help empower these young students ! Please click here for your official invitation and note that all you will need to reserve by March 17th if you are wanting to attend.


Saturday Reading Group | 24/03/2018 | 3:00 pm-4:30 pm


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

The March read for the group is “Water for Elephants” by Sara Gruen. Though he may not speak of them, the memories still dwell inside Jacob Jankowski’s ninety-something-year-old mind. Memories of himself as a young man, tossed by fate onto a rickety train that was home to the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth. Memories of a world filled with freaks and clowns, with wonder and pain and anger and passion; a world with its own narrow, irrational rules, its own way of life, and its own way of death. The world of the circus: to Jacob it was both salvation and a living hell. Jacob was there because his luck had run out-orphaned and penniless, he had no direction until he landed on this locomotive “ship of fools.” It was the early part of the Great Depression, and everyone in this third-rate circus was lucky to have any job at all. Marlena, the star of the equestrian act, was there because she fell in love with the wrong man, a handsome circus boss with a wide mean streak. And Rosie the elephant was there because she was the great gray hope, the new act that was going to be the salvation of the circus; the only problem was, Rosie didn’t have an act-in fact, she couldn’t even follow instructions. The bond that grew among this unlikely trio was one of love and trust, and ultimately, it was their only hope for survival.

When and where: Meetings will be held in the library once a month on Saturday afternoons starting at 3:00. Cost: FREE to all members of the library. To join: Please contact Anne Kaar at bookgroup@ellia.org


Highlights of English Musical Heritage | 27/03/2018 | 4:00 pm-6:00 pm

For music lovers who are not necessarily musicians, the library presents a series of sessions aiming at illustrating  the heritage of English Classical Music in its most specific and beautiful forms, mainly vocal music. Each session will focus on a composer, with a short presentation of the work and the composer, followed by the listening of selected pieces through  selected  videos, often with different interpretations. The point is to share comments and criticism with the group members.

This session will focus on Handel’s first big success in London, the opera “RINALDO”.

These sesssions are free and open to the public. No need to reserve, just come and enjoy!


Coffee House | 30/03/2018 | 9:00 am-11:00 am

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This is a special moment when the community gathers together to talk about everything and anything (…in English of course!) and sips coffee and tea. Coffee House is free and open to all library members. Just drop in, no need to reserve!


Knit and natter | 30/03/2018 | 10:00 am-11:00 am

Knitting

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 members. No need to reserve, just come and enjoy yourself!


Reading Shakespeare | 30/03/2018 | 3:00 pm-5:00 pm

ShakespeareTreat yourself to an afternoon of a collective reading of Shakespeare’s Henry the Fourth. 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 at the front desk.


Take your TOEIC test | 31/03/2018 | 9:00 am-12:30 pm

TOEIC

The library is an authorized open center for the TOEIC Listening and Reading test (Public programme with photo). To sign up please consult the ETS website

Scheduled dates for 2018 are

Wednesdays : March 31st, April 11th, May 9th, June 13th & Sept. 12th.

Saturdays : March 31st & July 7th

All tests will take place at the ESSCA in Angers. Click here for full directions.


Garden Club visit | 05/04/2018 | 3:00 pm-6:00 pm

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The garden club invites you to discover the beautiful gardens in the area! This free activity is open to library members and offers visits once a month to a garden between April and October. The first visit for the year will take place on Thursday, April 5th for a visit of the “Hortifluor Nursery” in Savennières. For more information and/or to sign up for this visit please send an email to gardenclub@ellia.org.

2018 dates for the Garden Club are May 3rd, June 7th, July 5th, August 2nd, September 6th and October 4th.


Coffee House | 06/04/2018 | 9:00 am-11:00 am

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This is a special moment when the community gathers together to talk about everything and anything (…in English of course!) and sips coffee and tea. Coffee House is free and open to all library members. Just drop in, no need to reserve!

 


Knit and natter | 06/04/2018 | 10:00 am-11:00 am

Knitting

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 members. No need to reserve, just come and enjoy yourself!


Film Club presents “Little Miss Sunshine” | 07/04/2018 | 3:00 pm-5:30 pm

 

The next film club event will be a showing of “Little Miss Sunshire”. A family determined to get their young daughter into the finals of a beauty pageant take a cross-country trip in their VW bus.

Screening begins at 15:00 sharp. This activity is free of charge for all library members. If possible, please reserve by signing up at the front desk. A discussion in English will follow the film. Other upcoming dates for the filmclub are May 19th for a showing of “The Party” and June 23rd for a showing of “It Happened One Night”…save these dates!


Luncheon Club | 10/04/2018 | 12:30 pm-2:30 pm

silverwareLove those French restaurants? Feel like you need to speak English more but in a relaxed atmosphere? Join this club which schedules a lunch in a great local restaurant. Click here to send an email to the coordinator for more information and the full schedule and to sign up!


Highlights of English Musical Heritage | 10/04/2018 | 4:00 pm-6:00 pm

For music lovers who are not necessarily musicians, the library presents a series of sessions aiming at illustrating  the heritage of English Classical Music in its most specific and beautiful forms, mainly vocal music. Each session will focus on a composer, with a short presentation of the work and the composer, followed by the listening of selected pieces through  selected  videos, often with different interpretations. The point is to share comments and criticism with the group members.

This session will focus on Handel in the countryside with the opera “Acis and Galatea”.

These sesssions are free and open to the public. No need to reserve, just come and enjoy!


Take your TOEIC test | 11/04/2018 | 9:00 am-12:30 pm

TOEIC

The library is an authorized open center for the TOEIC Listening and Reading test (Public programme with photo). To sign up please consult the ETS website

Scheduled dates for 2018 are

Wednesdays : April 11th, May 9th, June 13th & Sept. 12th.

Saturdays : July 7th

All tests will take place at the ESSCA in Angers. Click here for full directions.


Books and tea | 12/04/2018 | 2:00 pm-3:30 pm

B&T

“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. As an exception, the group will be meeting at the library on this date. No need to sign up, just come and enjoy!


Coffee House | 13/04/2018 | 9:00 am-11:00 am

Coffee House

This is a special moment when the community gathers together to talk about everything and anything (…in English of course!) and sips coffee and tea. Coffee House is free and open to all library members. Just drop in, no need to reserve!


Knit and Natter | 13/04/2018 | 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 members. No need to reserve, just come and enjoy yourself!


Reading Shakespeare | 13/04/2018 | 3:00 pm-5:00 pm

Reading Shakespeare

Treat yourself to an afternoon of a collective reading of Shakespeare’s Henry the Fourth. 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 at the front desk.


Saturday Reading Group | 14/04/2018 | 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 April read  for the group is “Into the Wild” by Jon Krakauer. On September 6, 1992, Christopher McCandless’ body was found inside an abandoned bus in Alaska. One year later, author Jon Krakauer retraced McCandless’ steps during the two years between college graduation and his demise in Alaska. McCandless shed his legal name early in his journey, adopting the moniker “Alexander Supertramp”, after H. Davies. He spent time in Carthage, South Dakota, laboring for months in a grain elevator owned by Wayne Westerberg before hitchhiking to Alaska. Krakauer interprets McCandless’ intensely ascetic personality as possibly influenced by the writings of Henry David Thoreau and McCandless’ favorite writer, Jack London. He explores the similarities between McCandless’ experiences and motivations, and his own as a young man, recounting in detail Krakauer’s own attempt to climb Devils Thumb in Alaska. Krakauer also relates the stories of some other young men who vanished into the wilderness, such as Everett Ruess, an artist and wanderer who went missing in the Utah desert during 1934, at age 20. In addition, he describes at some length the grief and puzzlement of McCandless’ parents, sister Carine, and friends.

When and where: Meetings will be held in the library once a month on Saturday afternoons starting at 3:00. Cost: FREE to all members of the library. To join: Please contact Anne Kaar at bookgroup@ellia.org


Pizza and board games | 17/04/2018 | 6:00 pm-8:00 pm

Pizza and board games

The pizza and board games evening is scheduled one Tuesday a month from 6-8 pm. Cost is 7 euros (covers pizza and non-alcoholic drinks, 5 euros for children 12 and under and native English speakers). No reservations necessary, just come and enjoy!


Theater in English…Word for Word! | 18/04/2018 | 8:00 pm-10:00 pm

Theater in English...Word for Word!

WORD FOR WORD, the theater company from San Francisco which transforms short stories into great theater will be presenting ”Stories by Lucia Berlin” directed by Nancy Shelby and JoAnne Winter. The performance will include 5 stories: “Her first detox”, “Emergency room notebook 1977”, “Unmanageable”, “502” et “Here it is Saturday”…all available at the library for those who would like to read them beforehand.

Lucia Berlin (1936-2004) published 77 short stories during her lifetime. Most, but not all, were collected in three volumes from Black Sparrow Press: Homesick (1991), So Long (1993), and Where I Live Now (1999). These gathered from previous collections of 1980, 1984, and 1987, and presented newer work. Early publication commenced when she was twenty-four, in Saul Bellow’s journal The Noble Savage and in The New Strand. Later stories appeared in the Atlantic Monthly, New American Writing, and countless smaller magazines. Homesick won an American Book Award. Berlin worked brilliantly but sporadically throughout the 1960s, 1970s, and most of the 1980s. By the late ’80s, her four sons were grown and she had overcome a lifelong problem with alcoholism (her accounts of its horrors, its drunk tanks and DTs and occasional hilarity, occupy a particular corner of her work). Thereafter she remained productive up to the time of her early death.

Shows are on Wednesday, April 18th at 8 pm & Thursday, April 19th at either 2 or 8 pm at the Quart’Ney, Maison de quartier associative, 5/9 Ernest Eugène Duboys à Angers.

Limited seating available so we highly recommend that you reserve early. To reserve, simply send an email by clicking here or give the library a call at 02.41.24.97.07. Donations will be accepted at the door.

Word for Word’s mission is to “tell great stories with elegant theatricality, staging performances of classic and contemporary fiction”. Made possible by the generous support of the Florence Gould Foundation, the Zellerbach Family Foundation and the Bernard Osher Foundation.

Photo 1: The Author, Lucia Berlin – Albuquerque, New Mexico,1962. Photo: Buddy Berlin (© 2015 Literary Estate of Lucia Berlin LP)

Photo 2: L-R Indiia Wilmott, Norman Gee, Jeri Lynn Cohen, Gendell Hernández, Ryan Williams French.”Good times in the Chevy Corsair.” Word for Word’s Lucia Berlin: Stories; photo credit, Julie Schuchard.


Theater in English…Word for Word! | 19/04/2018 | 2:00 pm-4:00 pm

Theater in English...Word for Word!

The Library is proud to present Word For Word, an American theater company from San Fran, performing Lucia Berlin: Stories (Theater in English!)

Address: Le Quart’Ney, Maison de Quartier Associative, 5-9 Rue Duboys, 49100 Angers

Showings:
Wednesday, April 18th at 8 pm
Thursday, April 19th at 2 pm
Thursday, April 19th at 8 pm

To reserve contact us at: 02.41.24.97.07 or info@ellia.org

A suggested donation of 10€ per person (5€ for students) will be accepted at the door to help support this event.

(For more information see previous post, above.)


Theater in English…Word for Word! | 19/04/2018 | 8:00 pm-10:00 pm

Theater in English...Word for Word!

The Library is proud to present Word For Word, an American theater company from San Fran, performing Lucia Berlin: Stories (Theater in English!)

Address: Le Quart’Ney, Maison de Quartier Associative, 5-9 Rue Duboys, 49100 Angers

Showings:
Wednesday, April 18th at 8 pm
Thursday, April 19th at 2 pm
Thursday, April 19th at 8 pm

To reserve contact us at: 02.41.24.97.07 or info@ellia.org

A suggested donation of 10€ per person (5€ for students) will be accepted at the door to help support this event.


Coffee House | 20/04/2018 | 9:00 am-11:00 am

Coffee House

This is a special moment when the community gathers together to talk about everything and anything (…in English of course!) and sips coffee and tea. Coffee House is free and open to all library members. Just drop in, no need to reserve!


Knit and Natter | 20/04/2018 | 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 members. No need to reserve, just come and enjoy yourself!


Bookclub reads “Embers” | 20/04/2018 | 2:30 pm-4:00 pm

Bookclub reads "Embers"

The April read for the bookclub is “Embers” by Sandor Marai.

A castle at the foot of the Carpathian mountains in the 1930s. Two men, inseparable in their youth, meet for the first time in forty-one years. They have spent their lives waiting for this moment. Four decades earlier a murky, traumatic event – something to do with a betrayal, and a woman – led to their sudden separation. Now, as their lives draw to a close, the devastating truth about that moment will be revealed. EMBERS is a masterpiece – an unforgettable story of passion, fidelity, truth and deception.

For any enquiries about joining the bookclub please send an email by clicking here.


Critical thinking: the monthly press review | 21/04/2018 | 5:00 pm-6:30 pm

Critical thinking: the monthly press review

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.

Meeting are held on Saturdays from 3-4:30PM.

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


Walk and Talk | 23/04/2018 | 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 organize an easy walk once a month – approximately 10 km, 2 to 3 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 make sure to sign up!

Want to sign up? Easy as pie!

Sign up by sending your name, email address and phone numbers (preferably cell phone) to this email address. You will be sent full details of the walk in due time.


Plant sale | 24/04/2018-28/04/2018 | All Day

Plant sale

The Garden Club of the library is offering vegetable and flower seedlings as a fundraiser for the library. Come in and see some of the wonderful varieties offered.


Highlights of English Musical Heritage | 24/04/2018 | 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 aiming at illustrating  the heritage of English Classical Music in its most specific and beautiful forms, mainly vocal music. Each session will focus on a composer, with a short presentation of the work and the composer, followed by the listening of selected pieces through  selected  videos, often with different interpretations. The point is to share comments and criticism with the group members.

This session will focus on Handel’s opera “Ariodante”.

These sessions are free and open to the public. No need to reserve, just come and enjoy!


Talk by Vanessa Manko “Loie Fuller and the Birth of Modern Dance” | 27/04/2018 | 10:00 am-11:00 am

Talk by Vanessa Manko "Loie Fuller and the Birth of Modern Dance"

Vanessa Manko will be speaking on “Loie Fuller and the Birth of Modern Dance”.

At work on a novel inspired by the life and times of American modern dance pioneer, Loie Fuller, who performed in Paris at the Folies-Bergère in 1893, causing an overnight sensation, author Vanessa Manko will present a talk focused on her novel-in-progress. The talk will range in subject from Loie Fuller and the many noted artists and writers she befriended in Paris during the Belle Epoque to Manko’s research finds in Paris while she is the American Library in Paris’ Visiting Spring 2018 Fellow. The talk will also touch upon the relationship between dance and writing.

Vanessa Manko is the author of The Invention of Exile. She earned her MFA from Hunter College, where she worked with Salman Rushdie, and her MA from NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study. Her work has appeared in Granta, The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Paris Review’s The Daily and on NPR’s Selected Shorts. Vanessa danced with the Charleston Ballet Theatre and is the former Dance Editor of The Brooklyn Rail and has also written about dance for Dance Magazine, Dance Now, Dance Teacher, Pointe and Dance Research Journal. She lives in Brooklyn.

No reservations necessary. Limited seating so come early! The Speaker program offers special guest speakers from September 2017 through June 2018 and has been made possible through a generous grant from the American Embassy.


Reading Shakespeare | 27/04/2018 | 3:00 pm-5:00 pm

Reading Shakespeare

Treat yourself to an afternoon of a collective reading of Shakespeare’s Henry the Fourth. 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 at the front desk.


Library closed for bank holiday | 01/05/2018 | All Day


Garden Club visit | 03/05/2018 | 3:00 pm-6:00 pm

Garden Club visit

The garden club invites you to discover the beautiful gardens in the area! This free activity is open to library members and offers visits once a month to a garden between April and October. All visits are on the first Thursday of the month, and are followed by tea and cakes contributed by members.  Wherever possible lunch is arranged in a nearby restaurant at 12.30 p.m The visit on this day will be at the Manoir de la Groye in Saint-Saturnin. For more information and/or to sign up for this visit please send an email to gardenclub@ellia.org.

Upcoming 2018 dates for the Garden Club are June 7th, July 5th, August 2nd, September 6th and October 4th.


Library closed for bank holiday | 08/05/2018 | All Day


Take your TOEIC test | 09/05/2018 | 9:00 am-12:30 pm

Take your TOEIC test

The library is an authorized open center for the TOEIC Listening and Reading test (Public programme with photo). To sign up please consult the ETS website

Scheduled dates for 2018 are

Wednesdays : May 9th, June 13th & Sept. 12th.

Saturdays : July 7th

All tests will take place at the ESSCA in Angers. Click here for full directions.


Library closed for bank holiday | 10/05/2018 | All Day


Reading Shakespeare | 11/05/2018 | 3:00 pm-5:00 pm

Reading Shakespeare

Treat yourself to an afternoon of a collective reading of Shakespeare’s Henry the Fourth. 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 at the front desk.


Luncheon Club | 15/05/2018 | 12:30 pm-2:30 pm

Luncheon Club

Love those French restaurants? Feel like you need to speak English more but in a relaxed atmosphere? Join this club which schedules a lunch in a great local restaurant. Click here to send an email to the coordinator for more information and the full schedule and to sign up!


Writing Workshop with Eleni Sikelianos | 16/05/2018 | 11:00 am-12:30 pm

Writing Workshop with Eleni Sikelianos

Join this writing workshop for both English speakers and French speakers with American author Eleni Sikélianos on the focus point of “family at the heart of your writing project”. Born and raised in California, Sikelianos has received numerous honors and awards for her poetry, nonfiction and translations including a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and a Fulbright Fellowship. She has been teaching poetry for many years and is coming to the library to host a writing workshop. Free and open to the public, contact the library to sign up by email or at 02 41 24 97 07. 

For more info click here.

 

 


Coffee House | 18/05/2018 | 9:00 am-11:00 am

Coffee House

This is a special moment when the community gathers together to talk about everything and anything (…in English of course!) and sips coffee and tea. Coffee House is free and open to all library members. Just drop in, no need to reserve!

 


Knit and natter | 18/05/2018 | 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 members. No need to reserve, just come and enjoy yourself!


Talk by Karina Piser “Secularism in French Public Schools” | 18/05/2018 | 10:00 am-11:00 am

Talk by Karina Piser "Secularism in French Public Schools"

Karina Piser is a journalist based in Paris with a fellowship through the Institute of Current World Affairs, pursuing a research project on secularism and social cohesion, notably in the public-school system. Publications include The Atlantic, The Nation, World Politics Review and Foreign Policy.
No reservations necessary. The Speaker Series has been made possible through a generous grant from the American Embassy.


Bookclub reads “Measuring the World” | 18/05/2018 | 2:30 pm-4:00 pm

Bookclub reads "Measuring the World"

The May read for the bookclub is “Measuring the World” by Daniel Kehlmann.

Measuring the World recreates the parallel but contrasting lives of two geniuses of the German Enlightenment – the naturalist and explorer Alexander von Humboldt and the mathematician and physicist Carl Friedrich Gauss. Towards the end of the 18th century, these two brilliant young Germans set out to measure the world.
Humboldt, a Prussian aristocrat schooled for greatness, negotiates savannah and jungle, climbs the highest mountain then known to man, counts head lice on the heads of the natives, and explores every hole in the ground. Gauss, a man born in poverty who will be recognized as the greatest mathematician since Newton, does not even need to leave his home in Goettingen to know that space is curved. He can run prime numbers in his head, cannot imagine a life without women and yet jumps out of bed on his wedding night to jot down a mathematical formula. Measuring the World is a novel of rare charm and readability, distinguished by its sly humor and unforgettable characterization.

For any inquiries about joining the book club please send an email by clicking here.


Word for Word Theater Workshop | 18/05/2018 | 2:30 pm-5:30 pm

Word for Word Theater Workshop

Susan Harloe, Artistic Director of Word for Word, and Sheila Balter, Charter Member of Word for Word, are excited to offer a workshop to adults on Friday, May 18 from 14h30 to 17h30.

Come for a fun-filled afternoon of participating in the Word for Word magic of transporting a short text from the page to the stage! At the end of the afternoon, participants will perform a short text for friends and family.

Wear comfortable clothing so that you can move around in!
Cost: 10€ per participant
Registration required. To sign up contact the library by email or phone (02.41.24.97.07).


Critical thinking: the monthly press review | 19/05/2018 | 3:00 pm-4:30 pm

Critical thinking: the monthly press review

This activity has been cancelled due to lack of participants.


Film Club presents “The Party” | 19/05/2018 | 3:00 pm-5:30 pm

Film Club presents "The Party"

The next film club event will be a showing of “The Party”. A clerical mistake results in a bumbling Indian film star being invited to an exclusive Hollywood party instead of being fired.

Screening begins at 15:00 sharp. This activity is free of charge for all library members. If possible, please reserve by signing up at the front desk. A discussion in English will follow the film. The last showing before the summer break will take place on June 23rd for a showing of “It Happened One Night”…save the date! 


Walk and Talk | 22/05/2018 | 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, 2 to 3 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 make sure to sign up!

Sign up by sending your name, email address and phone numbers (preferably cell phone) to this email address. You will be sent full details of the walk in due time.


Pizza and board games | 22/05/2018 | 6:00 pm-8:00 pm

Pizza and board games

The pizza and board games evening is scheduled one Tuesday a month from 6-8 pm. Cost is 7 euros (covers pizza and non-alcoholic drinks, 5 euros for children 12 and under and native English speakers). No reservations necessary, just come and enjoy!


Books and tea | 24/05/2018 | 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 “Les Casse-Croûte de Suzy” 3 rue de l’Espine. No need to sign up, just come and enjoy!


Coffee House | 25/05/2018 | 9:00 am-11:00 am

Coffee House

This is a special moment when the community gathers together to talk about everything and anything (…in English of course!) and sips coffee and tea. Coffee House is free and open to all library members. Just drop in, no need to reserve!


Knit and natter | 25/05/2018 | 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 members. No need to reserve, just come and enjoy yourself!


Reading Shakespeare | 25/05/2018 | 3:00 pm-5:00 pm

Reading Shakespeare

Treat yourself to an afternoon of a collective reading of Shakespeare’s Henry the Fourth. 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 at the front desk.


Highlights of English Musical Heritage | 29/05/2018 | 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 aiming at illustrating  the heritage of English Classical Music in its most specific and beautiful forms, mainly vocal music. Each session will focus on a composer, with a short presentation of the work and the composer, followed by the listening of selected pieces through  selected  videos, often with different interpretations. The point is to share comments and criticism with the group members.

This session will focus on Handel’s opera “Giulio Cesare in Egitto”.

These sessions are free and open to the public. No need to reserve, just come and enjoy!


Coffee House | 01/06/2018 | 9:00 am-11:00 am

Coffee House

This is a special moment when the community gathers together to talk about everything and anything (…in English of course!) and sips coffee and tea. Coffee House is free and open to all library members. Just drop in, no need to reserve!


Knit and natter | 01/06/2018 | 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 members. No need to reserve, just come and enjoy yourself!


Talk by Curtis Young “When the Blues People Sang – Part 2” | 01/06/2018 | 10:00 am-11:00 am

Talk by Curtis Young "When the Blues People Sang - Part 2"

The last talk in the Speaker Series will be “When the Blues People Sang America to France – African-American soldiers in France in World War 1” by Curtis Robert Young.

Young is a historian, consultant, writer and professor of literature at ESSEC Grande Ecole. His current work celebrates the role played by African-American soldiers in 1917 France. His talk will feature “Part 2 – After the Debarkation” as the conclusion of the fascinating saga which he began last October.

No reservations necessary. The Speaker Series has been made possible through a generous grant from the American Embassy.


Saturday Reading Group | 02/06/2018 | 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 May read for the group is “If Only it Were True” by Marc Levy. What do you do when you find a stranger in your closet; particularly when she’s surprised that you can even see her — and she can disappear and reappear at whim? What if she then tells you that her body is actually in a coma on the other side of town? Should you have her see a psychiatrist or should you consult one yourself? Or do you take a chance and believe in her, and allow yourself to be swept up in an extraordinary adventure? This is the beginning of the dilemma that Arthur, a young San Francisco architect, is faced with when he discovers Lauren in his apartment. Arthur is the only man who can share Lauren’s secret, the only one who can see her, hear her, and talk to her when no one else so much as senses her presence. So when doctors prepare to end Lauren’s physical care — which would destroy the magical bond she and Arthur cherish — he must find a way to save her. For, after all, it is only her love that can save him. 

When and where: Meetings will be held in the library once a month on Saturday afternoons starting at 3:00. Cost: FREE to all members of the library. To join: contact Anne Kaar at bookgroup@ellia.org


Garden Club visit | 07/06/2018 | 3:00 pm-6:00 pm

Garden Club visit

The garden club invites you to discover the beautiful gardens in the area! This free activity is open to library members and offers visits once a month to a garden between April and October. All visits are on the first Thursday of the month, and are followed by tea and cakes contributed by members.  Wherever possible lunch is arranged in a nearby restaurant at 12.30 p.m The visit on this day will be at the Jardin du Gué de Fresne in Longué-Jumelles. For more information and/or to sign up for this visit please send an email to gardenclub@ellia.org.

Upcoming 2018 dates for the Garden Club are June 7th, July 5th, August 2nd, September 6th and October 4th.


Coffee House | 08/06/2018 | 9:00 am-11:00 am

Coffee House

This is a special moment when the community gathers together to talk about everything and anything (…in English of course!) and sips coffee and tea. Coffee House is free and open to all library members. Just drop in, no need to reserve!


Knit and natter | 08/06/2018 | 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 members. No need to reserve, just come and enjoy yourself!


Reading Shakespeare | 08/06/2018 | 3:00 pm-5:00 pm

Reading Shakespeare

Treat yourself to an afternoon of a collective reading of Shakespeare’s Henry the Fourth. 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 at the front desk.


Luncheon Club | 12/06/2018 | 12:30 pm-2:30 pm

Luncheon Club

Love those French restaurants? Feel like you need to speak English more but in a relaxed atmosphere? Join this club which schedules a lunch in a great local restaurant. Click here to send an email to the coordinator for more information and the full schedule and to sign up!


Take your TOEIC test | 13/06/2018 | 9:00 am-12:30 pm

Take your TOEIC test

The library is an authorized open center for the TOEIC Listening and Reading test (Public programme with photo). To sign up please consult the ETS website

Scheduled dates for 2018 are

Wednesdays : June 13th & Sept. 12th.

Saturdays : July 7th

All tests will take place at the ESSCA in Angers. Click here for full directions.


Coffee House | 15/06/2018 | 9:00 am-11:00 am

Coffee House

This is a special moment when the community gathers together to talk about everything and anything (…in English of course!) and sips coffee and tea. Coffee House is free and open to all library members. Just drop in, no need to reserve!


Knit and natter | 15/06/2018 | 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 members. No need to reserve, just come and enjoy yourself!


Critical thinking: the monthly press review | 16/06/2018 | 3:00 pm-4:30 pm

Critical thinking: the monthly press review

This activity has been cancelled due to lack of participants.


Pizza and board games | 19/06/2018 | 6:00 pm-8:00 pm

Pizza and board games

The pizza and board games evening is scheduled one Tuesday a month from 6-8 pm. Cost is 7 euros (covers pizza and non-alcoholic drinks, 5 euros for children 12 and under and native English speakers). No reservations necessary, just come and enjoy!


Books and tea | 21/06/2018 | 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 “Les Casse-Croûte de Suzy” 3 rue de l’Espine. No need to sign up, just come and enjoy!


Coffee House | 22/06/2018 | 9:00 am-11:00 am

Coffee House

This is a special moment when the community gathers together to talk about everything and anything (…in English of course!) and sips coffee and tea. Coffee House is free and open to all library members. Just drop in, no need to reserve! This is the last day of Coffee House before the summer break!


Knit and natter | 22/06/2018 | 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 members. No need to reserve, just come and enjoy yourself!


Bookclub reads “God on the Rocks” | 22/06/2018 | 2:30 pm-4:00 pm

Bookclub reads "God on the Rocks"

The June read for the bookclub is “God on the Rocks” by Jane Gardam.

During one glorious summer between the wars, the realities of life and the sexual ritual dance of the adult world creep into the life of young Margaret Marsh. Her father, preaching the doctrine of the unsavoury Primal Saints; her mother, bitterly nostalgic for what might have been; Charles and Binkie, anchored in the past and a game of words; dying Mrs Frayling and Lydia the maid, given to the vulgar enjoyment of life; all contribute to Margaret’s shattering moment of truth. And when the storm breaks, it is not only God who is on the rocks as the summer hurtles towards drama, tragedy, and a touch of farce.

For any inquiries about joining the book club please send an email by clicking here.


Film Club presents “It Happened One Night” | 23/06/2018 | 3:00 pm-5:30 pm

Film Club presents "It Happened One Night"

The next film club event will be a showing of Franck Capra’s “It Happened One Night”. A spoiled heiress running away from her family is helped by a man who is actually a reporter in need of a story..

Screening begins at 15:00 sharp. This activity is free of charge for all library members. If possible, please reserve by signing up at the front desk. A discussion in English will follow the film.


Saturday Reading Group | 23/06/2018 | 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. This is a partner event with the Film Club.

The June read for the group is “Night Bus” a short story by Samuel Hpkins Adams. This short story was originally published in Cosmopolitan magazine in August 1933 and then reprinted in 1951 as the third in a Dell Books series called “Dell Dimers” as each novelette was sold at 10 cents (known as “dime novels” in the 19th century). The story is about Ellie Andrews who has just tied the knot with society aviator King Westley when she is whisked away to her father’s yacht and out of King’s clutches. Ellie jumps ship and eventually winds up on a bus headed back to her husband. Reluctantly she must accept the help of out-of- work reporter Peter Warne. Actually, Warne doesn’t give her any choice: either she sticks with him until he gets her back to her husband, or he’ll blow the whistle on Ellie to her father. Either way, Peter gets what (he thinks!) he wants …. a really juicy newspaper story.

When and where: Meetings will be held in the library once a month on Saturday afternoons starting at 3:00. Cost: FREE to all members of the library. To join: Please contact Anne Kaar at bookgroup@ellia.org


Walk and Talk | 01/07/2018 | 10:00 am-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, 2 to 3 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 make sure to sign up!

Sign up by sending your name, email address and phone numbers (preferably cell phone) to this email address. You will be sent full details of the walk in due time.


Garden Club visit | 05/07/2018 | 3:00 pm-6:00 pm

Garden Club visit

The garden club invites you to discover the beautiful gardens in the area! This free activity is open to library members and offers visits once a month to a garden between April and October. All visits are on the first Thursday of the month, and are followed by tea and cakes contributed by members.  Wherever possible lunch is arranged in a nearby restaurant at 12.30 p.m The visit on this day will be at the Parc du Grand Launay in Saint-Remy la Varenne. For more information and/or to sign up for this visit please send an email to gardenclub@ellia.org.

Upcoming 2018 dates for the Garden Club are July 5th, August 2nd, September 6th and October 4th.


“Big Up” Concert at the library! | 05/07/2018 | 7:30 pm-9:00 pm

"Big Up" Concert at the library!

Join us at the library for this concert of blues, jazz and the great songs of American musicals… Come to the live concert of “Big Up” back for the 5th time to rock the walls of the library! Drinks and conversation to follow. No need to reserve. Free and open to the public.


Reading Shakespeare | 06/07/2018 | 3:00 pm-5:00 pm

Reading Shakespeare

Treat yourself to an afternoon of a collective reading of Shakespeare’s Henry the Fourth. 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 at the front desk.


Take your TOEIC test | 07/07/2018 | 9:00 am-12:30 pm

Take your TOEIC test

The library is an authorized open center for the TOEIC Listening and Reading test (Public programme with photo). To sign up please consult the ETS website

Scheduled dates for 2018 are

Wednesdays : Sept. 12th.

Saturdays : July 7th

All tests will take place at the ESSCA in Angers. Click here for full directions.