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Textile Arts & Crafts | 12/03/2020 | 2:30 pm-4:30 pm

Textile Arts & Crafts

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

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

Bring your own materials and join us at the library on the following 2020 dates: March 12th and April 9th. Open to library members. Please sign up at the front desk, when possible.

Coffee House | 13/03/2020 | 9:00 am-11:00 am

Coffee House

Join the library community for a special moment to talk about anything and everything (in English of course!) over a cup of coffee or tea. Coffee House is free and open to all library members. Just drop by, no need to reserve!

Knit and Natter | 13/03/2020 | 10:00 am-11:00 am

Knit and Natter

Come along and bring your knitting,

Have a natter while you’re sitting,

Or learn to knit with wool provided,

Needles loaned and stitches guided.

Knitted garments are très chic,

So be in vogue and start this week.

Knit and Natter is a free activity, open to all library members. No need to reserve, just come and enjoy! If anyone has some extra yarn please bring it in.

Talk “One hundred Days with Virginia” | 13/03/2020 | 10:00 am-11:00 am

Talk "One hundred Days with Virginia"

March 13th: Presentation “One Hundred Days with Virginia” by Marcelline Roux

Although not a specialist on the writings of Virginia Woolf, Marcelline Roux (an author by her own right) undertook an ambious project of spending 100 days reading, digesting and recycling in her own reponse the journals of Virginia Woolf. This talk is a presentation in French about the project followed by readings in English from the diaries of Virginia Woolf and Marcelline’s own inspired entries in French. “Living on a day-to-day basis with an author: what does that bring forward? Placing the portraits on the shelf of my library, keeping the French edition of the journals on my writing desk at all times allowed me to imagine how Virginia spent her days and consequently how to better mine.”

This event is free and open to the public and is organised with the support of the MIEL. No resevations required.

Writing workshop to follow talk “One Hundred Days with Virginia” | 13/03/2020 | 2:00 pm-4:30 pm

Writing workshop to follow talk "One Hundred Days with Virginia"

Come to this writing workshop conducted in French by Marcelline Roux.

En amont de la  lecture bilingue du même matin, je pourrai proposer à une douzaine de lecteurs d’expérimenter cette forme « d’écriture-lecture » avec l’univers woolfien. Cette mise en pratique serait une entrée concrète dans l’univers de Virginia Woolf et enrichirait la discussion d’après lecture. Expérimenter une démarche littéraire est une façon participative et conviviale de partager des questionnements.

This event is free and open to the public and is organised with the support of the MIEL. Sign-ups can be made by sending an email.

Photo: Michel Durigneux

Reading Shakespeare | 13/03/2020 | 3:00 pm-5:00 pm

Reading Shakespeare

Treat yourself to an afternoon of a collective reading of one of Shakespeare’s plays. This activity consists of watching a BBC production on DVD and then reading relative scenes. This is a great activity for lovers of language and fans of the great wit. Free and open to all library members, for more information or to sign-up please contact the group coordinator here.

Film club features “Hedy Lamarr: From Extase to Wifi” | 14/03/2020 | 3:00 pm-5:30 pm

Film club features "Hedy Lamarr: From Extase to Wifi"

The film club is featuring “Hedy Lamarr: From Extase to Wifi” in honor of and collaboration with the  “mois du genre” of the Université d’Angers.  This is a documentary film about the Austrian actress Hedy Lamarr who fled an oppressive marriage to create a name for herself as one of Hollywood’s top leading ladies in the 1940s. Behind the glamour and sex appeal, though, was a talented and inquisitive inventor who created a radio system that is now considered the basis of Bluetooth technology. Watch the trailer here.

Screening begins at 3 o’clock sharp and will be followed by a discussion in English in the presence of Taïna Tuhkunen, specialist in Film studies, North American literatures and gender studies.

This activity is free and open to all library members.


Walk and Talk | 16/03/2020 | 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, 4 hours, in the afternoon – in order to discover or re-discover the beautiful hiking paths of the Maine-et-Loire. Come along with good walking shoes, protection against rain, cold or heat according to the season… a bottle of water and a little “en-cas” to keep you going! Maximum group is 20 so be sure to sign up!

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

Drama Club | 18/03/2020 | 6:00 pm-7:30 pm

Drama Club

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

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

Take your TOEIC test | 19/03/2020 | 9:00 am-12:30 pm

Take your TOEIC test

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

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