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The Press Review in English | 10/11/2018 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The Press Review in English

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.

Meetings are held on Saturdays from 2-3pm. Dates for 2018-2019 are Nov 10th, Dec 8th, Jan 12th, Feb 16th, March 16th, April 13th and May 18th

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


Saturday Reading Group reads A Street Cat Named Bob | 10/11/2018 | 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Saturday Reading Group reads A Street Cat Named Bob

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 “A Street Cat Named Bob” by James Bowen. When James Bowen found an injured, ginger street cat curled up in the hallway of his sheltered accommodation, he had no idea just how much his life was about to change. James was living hand to mouth on the streets of London and the last thing he needed was a pet. Yet James couldn’t resist helping the strikingly intelligent tom cat, whom he quickly christened Bob. He slowly nursed Bob back to health and then sent the cat on his way, imagining he would never see him again. But Bob had other ideas. Soon the two were inseparable and their diverse, comic and occasionally dangerous adventures would transform both their lives, slowly healing the scars of each other’s troubled pasts. A Street Cat Named Bob is a moving and uplifting story that will touch the heart of anyone who reads it.

The group will also be discussing the 2016 film starring Luke Treadway and Bob the Cat.

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 | 13/11/2018 | 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 | 14/11/2018 | 9:30 am - 1:00 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


Highlights of English Musical Heritage | 20/11/2018 | 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 “L’Allegro, Il Penseroso e il Moderato” (Texts by Milton and Shakespeare)

These sessions are free and open to the public. Please let Michel Cartillier know if you will be present by sending an email to this address.


Pizza and board games | 20/11/2018 | 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! Upcoming dates are Dec. 18th, Jan. 22nd, Feb. 26th, March 19th, April 23rd, May 21st and June 18th.


Drama Club | 21/11/2018 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Drama Club

Come join the Drama Club which is open to adults and university students, with or without acting experience. It will consist of miming, improvising, and acting out published works of theater, such as sketches and plays.

Meetings will take place at the library twice a month (except during school holidays) on Wednesday evenings from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Please attend regularly on the following dates: November 21st, December 5th, December 19th, January 9th, January 23rd, February 6th, February 27th, March 13th, March 27th, April 3rd, April 24th, May 15th, May 22nd, June 5th and June 12th.

This activity is open to library members, the cost is 90€ for the 2018-2019 school year. Sign up at the front desk. Take the stage and break a leg! 


Books and tea | 22/11/2018 - 20/12/2018 | 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 the tea shop in town called “Les Casse-Croûte de Suzy”. No need to sign up, just come and enjoy!


Bookclub reads “Roxana” by Daniel Defoe | 23/11/2018 | 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Bookclub reads "Roxana" by Daniel Defoe

The November read for the bookclub is “Roxana” by Daniel Defoe.

Beautiful, proud Roxana is terrified of being poor. When her foolish husband leaves her penniless with five children, she must choose between being a virtuous beggar or a rich whore. Embarking on a career as a courtesan and kept woman, the glamour of her new existence soon becomes too enticing and Roxana passes from man to man in order to maintain her lavish society parties, luxurious clothes and amassed wealth. But this life comes at a cost, and she is fatally torn between the sinful prosperity she has become used to and the respectability she craves. A vivid satire on a dissolute society, Roxana (1724) is a devastating and psychologically acute evocation of the ways in which vanity and ambition can corrupt the human soul.

For any inquiries about joining the book club please send an email by clicking here.


Saturday Reading Group | 01/12/2018 | 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 December read for the group is “Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail” by Cheryl Strayed. At twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother’s death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life. With no experience or training, driven only by blind will, she would hike more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State—and she would do it alone. Told with suspense and style, sparkling with warmth and humor, Wildpowerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.

The group will also be discussing the 2014 film Wild starring Reese Witherspoon.

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


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