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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!

Coffee House | 20/12/2019 | 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!

Knit and Natter | 20/12/2019 | 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.

Book Club reads “School for Love” | 20/12/2019 | 2:30 pm-4:00 pm

Book Club reads "School for Love"

The December read for the book club is “School for Love” by Olivia Manning.

Jerusalem in 1945 is a city in flux: refugees from the war in Europe fill its streets and cafés, the British colonial mandate is coming to an end, and tensions are on the rise between the Arab and Jewish populations. Felix Latimer, a recently orphaned teenager, arrives in Jerusalem from Baghdad, biding time until he can secure passage to England. Adrift and deeply lonely, Felix has no choice but to room in a boardinghouse run by Miss Bohun, a relative he has never met. Miss Bohun is a holy terror, a cheerless miser who proclaims the ideals of a fundamentalist group known as the Ever-Readies — joy, charity, and love — even as she makes life a misery for her boarders. Then Mrs. Ellis, a fascinating young widow, moves into the house and disrupts its dreary routine.

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

The library closes for the holidays. | 22/12/2019-01/01/2020 | All Day

The library closes for the holidays.

So sorry. The library is currently closed. We reopen on Thursday, January 2nd at 1pm.

Warm wishes for this holiday season! May your cup runnth over!

Christmas day lunch…join in on the good food and fun! | 25/12/2019 | 12:30 pm-3:00 pm

Christmas day lunch...join in on the good food and fun!

Once again the luncheon club will be having Christmas Day Lunch at a fabulous restaurant la Vallée du Clairay at Les Rosiers-sur-Loire. The food is absolutely gorgeous and the staff can’t do enough for us. The tables are set out beautifully and the food is absolutely delicious. The cost is about 35€ per person (a ridiculously low price for such cuisine). Wine/softs/coffees are at your charge. Just think of it! No preparation. No washing up. Fab food. Good company. How can you resist? Have a look on their website https://www.lavalleeduclairay.fr/ for a better idea.  The organisers will bring Christmas crackers.

Feel free to ask adult friends or non-members to join us for this Christmas celebration, as it would make this a special day with more of us there.  For reservations or details call 02 41 92 03 07 (leave a message with your name and number) or email: paulette.graydon@gmail.com We will try to arrange lifts for you if you contact us soon.

Hope to hear from you,

Paulette and Richard GRAYDON




The Big Quiz | 12/01/2020 | 2:00 pm-6:00 pm

The Big Quiz

The Big Quiz is back for the 10th consecutive year! For heaven’s sake, don’t miss out on the fun!

Note the start time, 2 pm… yes, best to be on time! 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 colors of your team’s name ! Come along and enjoy the fun, the friendship and the laughter!

Walk and Talk | 15/01/2020 | 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.

Take your TOEIC test | 16/01/2020 | 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.

Book Club reads “Machines Like Me” | 17/01/2020 | 2:30 pm-4:00 pm

Book Club reads "Machines Like Me"

The January read for the book club is “Machines Like Me” by Ian McEwan.

Machines Like Me occurs in an alternative 1980s London. Charlie, drifting through life and dodging full-time employment, is in love with Miranda, a bright student who lives with a terrible secret. When Charlie comes into money, he buys Adam, one of the first batch of synthetic humans. With Miranda’s assistance, he co-designs Adam’s personality. This near-perfect human is beautiful, strong and clever – a love triangle soon forms. These three beings will confront a profound moral dilemma. Ian McEwan’s subversive and entertaining new novel poses fundamental questions: what makes us human? Our outward deeds or our inner lives? Could a machine understand the human heart? This provocative and thrilling tale warns of the power to invent things beyond our control.

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

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