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Coffee House | 13/12/2019 | 9:00 am-11:00 am

Coffee House

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


Join us for a talk “Beauford Delaney: From Paris to Beyond” by Monique Wells | 13/12/2019 | 10:00 am-11:00 am

Join us for a talk “Beauford Delaney: From Paris to Beyond” by Monique Wells

Dr. Monique Wells will be speaking about her research on the life of Beauford Delaney, an American modernist painter. He is remembered for his work with the Harlem Renaissance in the 1930s and 1940s, as well as his later works in abstract expressionism following his move to Paris in the 1950s.

Dr. Monique Y. Wells is a fervent believer in the power of education to change lives. She has combined her passion for life sciences, literacy, STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics), the Arts, study abroad, and women’s empowerment under the umbrella of her non-profit organization, the Wells International Foundation (WIF). Dr. Wells is a long-standing member of the African-American community in Paris and president of the French non-profit association Les Amis de Beauford Delaney.

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


Knit and Natter | 13/12/2019 | 10:00 am-11:00 am

Knit and Natter

Come along and bring your knitting,

Have a natter while you’re sitting,

Or learn to knit with wool provided,

Needles loaned and stitches guided.

Knitted garments are très chic,

So be in vogue and start this week.

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


Reading Shakespeare | 13/12/2019 | 3:00 pm-5:00 pm

Reading Shakespeare

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


Saturday Reading Group | 14/12/2019 | 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 December read for the group is Therapy by David Lodge. By all appearances, Laurence Passmore is sitting pretty. True, he is almost bald and his nickname in “Tubby,” but the TV sitcom he writes keeps the money coming in, he has an exclusive house in Rummridge, a state-of-the-art car, a vigorous sex life with his wife of thirty years, and a platonic mistress to talk shop with. What money can’t buy, and his many therapists can’t deliver, is contentment. It’s not the trouble behind the scenes of his TV show that’s bugging him or even the persistent pain in his knee; it’s this deeper, nameless unease. Is it a spiritual crisis or just one of the midlife variety? Tubby’s quest for the source of it will lead into an obsession with Kierkegaard, brushes with the police, gossip-column notoriety, strange beds and bedrooms worldwide.

Meetings are once a month on Saturday afternoons starting at 3 pm. Open to all library members. To sign up please contact the group coordinator at bookgroup@ellia.org.


Get that old Christmas spirit…come caroling! | 15/12/2019 | 2:30 pm-6:30 pm

Get that old Christmas spirit...come caroling!

Looking for that good old Christmas spirit…? Join the members of the English-language Library in Angers for Christmas caroling on Sunday, December 15th. 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 2:15 before going out to carol in 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! If you prefer not to sing but would like to listen to the carols here is our itinerary:

  • 14:15 – meet at the library to warm up the vocal cords
  • 14:45 – caroling on the Esplanade Coeur de Maine
  • 15:15 – caroling in the Cathedrale
  • 16:00 – caroling in the Château d’Angers
  • 16:50 – caroling in or in front of the Grand Théâtre d’Angers
  • 17:30 – meet back at the library to share Christmas goodies and drinks (feel free to bring something)

(from 14:45 – 17:30 the library will be locked up)


Highlights of English Musical Heritage | 17/12/2019 | 4:00 pm-6:00 pm

Highlights of English Musical Heritage

For music lovers who are not necessarily musicians, the library presents a series of sessions aimed at illustrating English Classical Music in its most beautiful forms. Each session will focus on a composer, with a short presentation of their work as well as listening to select pieces and videos. The point is to share comments and criticism as a group.

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


Pizza and Board Games | 17/12/2019 | 6:00 pm-8:00 pm

Pizza and Board Games

Join us for our ever-popular game night and pizza party! Cost is 7 euros (covers pizza and non-alcoholic drinks, 5 euros for native English speakers and children under 13). Event starts at 6 pm sharp. Last entry at 6:15 pm. Limited seating and reservations recommended. 40 participants max.


Drama Club | 18/12/2019 | 6:00 pm-7:30 pm

Drama Club

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

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


Books and Tea | 19/12/2019 | 2:00 pm-3:30 pm

Books and Tea

“Books and Tea” is a monthly meeting for bookworms and tea drinkers. Bring a book you’ve really enjoyed, talk about it and pass it on! The group meets from 2 to 3:30 at the library exceptionally this month. No need to sign up, just come and enjoy!


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