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Saturday Reading Group | 13/02/2021 | 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 February read for the group is Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston. Fair and long-legged, independent and articulate, Janie Crawford sets out to be her own person — no mean feat for a black woman in the ’30s. Janie’s quest for identity takes her through three marriages and into a journey back to her roots.

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.


Free mind mapping workshop for students | 16/02/2021 | 10:30 am-12:00 pm

Free mind mapping workshop for students

Do you want to simplify your notetaking and clarify your ideas? How about stimulating your capacity for memorization of your classes? Mind mapping is for you! This link gives you more details about what mind mapping entails and enables you to do…
In one and a half hours, learn about the advantages of mind mapping. This workshop will be in French and is free and open to university students of the Université d’Angers and the Université Catholique de l’Ouest. Please sign up by sending an email to info@ellia.org or calling 02.41.24.97.07. Maximum 5 participants.


Pizza and Board Games | 16/02/2021 | 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. First come, first serve with 40 participants max. Children under 13 need to be accompanied by an adult.


Take your TOEIC test | 17/02/2021 | 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.


Book Club reads “Shuggie Bain” | 19/02/2021 | 2:45 pm-4:15 pm

Book Club reads "Shuggie Bain"

The February read for the book club is “Shuggie Bain” by Douglas Stuart, winner of the 2020 Booker Prize.

It is 1981. Glasgow is dying and good families must grift to survive. Agnes Bain has always expected more from life. She dreams of greater things: a house with its own front door and a life bought and paid for outright (like her perfect, but false, teeth). But Agnes is abandoned by her philandering husband, and soon she and her three children find themselves trapped in a decimated mining town. As she descends deeper into drink, the children try their best to save her, yet one by one they must abandon her to save themselves. It is her son Shuggie who holds out hope the longest.

To join the book club please send an email to the group coordinator here.


Intensive English workshop for “collégiens” | 23/02/2021-25/02/2021 | 2:00 pm-5:00 pm

Intensive English workshop for "collégiens"

“Ski, Snow and Surf” is a 3-day English-learning workshop for collégiens. Participants learn English in a fun, interactive way with games, songs and activities with lots of talking and moving around! The workshop will be at the library for three consecutive afternoons of three hours each, from 2 to 5 p.m.

Please contact the front desk to sign up by phone: 02 41 24 97 07 or email: info@ellia.org. Limited to 15 participants so sign-up fast! Cost is 75 euros (includes snack, materials and library membership).


Saturday Reading Group | 13/03/2021 | 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 March read for the group is The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan. Four mothers, four daughters, four families, whose histories shift with the four winds depending on who’s telling the stories. In 1949, four Chinese women, recent immigrants to San Francisco, meet weekly to play mahjong and tell stories of what they left behind in China. United in loss and new hope for their daughters’ futures, they call themselves the Joy Luck Club. Their daughters, who have never heard these stories, think their mothers’ advice is irrelevant to their modern American lives – until their own inner crises reveal how much they’ve unknowingly inherited of their mothers’ pasts.

With wit and sensitivity, Amy Tan examines the sometimes painful, often tender, and always deep connection between mothers and daughters. As each woman reveals her secrets, trying to unravel the truth about her life, the strings become more tangled, more entwined. Mothers boast or despair over daughters, and daughters roll their eyes even as they feel the inextricable tightening of their matriarchal ties. Tan is an astute storyteller, enticing readers to immerse themselves into these lives of complexity and mystery.

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.


Pizza and Board Games | 16/03/2021 | 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. First come, first serve with 40 participants max. Children under 13 need to be accompanied by an adult.


Take your TOEIC test | 19/03/2021 | 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.


Book Club reads “Daphné” | 19/03/2021 | 2:45 pm-4:15 pm

Book Club reads "Daphné"

The March read for the book club is “Daphné” by Justine Picardie.

It is 1957. As Daphne du Maurier wanders alone through her remote mansion on the Cornish coast, she is haunted by thoughts of her failing marriage and the legendary heroine of her most famous novel, “Rebecca”, who now seems close at hand. Seeking distraction, she becomes fascinated by Branwell, the reprobate brother of the Bronte sisters, and begins a correspondence with the enigmatic scholar Alex Symington in which truth and fiction combine. Meanwhile, in present day London, a lonely young woman struggles with her thesis on du Maurier and the Brontes and finds herself retreating from her distant husband into a fifty-year old literary mystery.

To join the book club please send an email to the group coordinator here.


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