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Talk by Scott Sayare "Jihadists in France"

 

Scott Sayare will be speaking on “Jihadists in France”.

Scott Sayare is a writer and reporter based in Paris. For five years he reported for The New York Times, attached to the newspaper’s foreign bureau in the French capital and dispatched across France, southern Europe and North Africa.  More recently, his reporting and essays have appeared in The Atlantic, GQ, and Harper’s.

No reservations necessary. Limited seating so come early! The Speaker program offers special guest speakers from September 2017 through June 2018 and has been made possible through a generous grant from the American Embassy. For information on the talks through March click here.

Walk and Talk

hiking boots
Time to get outside! Get on those hiking boots and take some time to revel in the great outdoors! The idea is to organise an easy walk once a month – approximately 10 km, 2 to 3 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 make sure to sign up!

Want to sign up? Easy as pie!

Sign up by sending your name, email address and phone numbers (perferably cell phone) to this email address. You will be sent full details of the walk in due time.
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Open house and BBB (big, big booksale) & bakesale

booksale

The library’s big booksale and bakesale (otherwise known as the BBB) & spring fun(d)draiser from 10-6!

The big, big booksale & bakesale is not to miss. This is the ultimate win-win situation: support community services that the library provides while finding great book bargains…oddles and oddles of books for sale and a delicious bakesale!

 

 

 

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 “Water for Elephants” by Sara Gruen. Though he may not speak of them, the memories still dwell inside Jacob Jankowski’s ninety-something-year-old mind. Memories of himself as a young man, tossed by fate onto a rickety train that was home to the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth. Memories of a world filled with freaks and clowns, with wonder and pain and anger and passion; a world with its own narrow, irrational rules, its own way of life, and its own way of death. The world of the circus: to Jacob it was both salvation and a living hell. Jacob was there because his luck had run out-orphaned and penniless, he had no direction until he landed on this locomotive “ship of fools.” It was the early part of the Great Depression, and everyone in this third-rate circus was lucky to have any job at all. Marlena, the star of the equestrian act, was there because she fell in love with the wrong man, a handsome circus boss with a wide mean streak. And Rosie the elephant was there because she was the great gray hope, the new act that was going to be the salvation of the circus; the only problem was, Rosie didn’t have an act-in fact, she couldn’t even follow instructions. The bond that grew among this unlikely trio was one of love and trust, and ultimately, it was their only hope for survival.

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

Take your TOEIC test

TOEIC

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

All tests will take place at the ESSCA in Angers. Click here for full directions.

Luncheon Club

silverwareLove 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

TOEIC

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

All tests will take place at the ESSCA in Angers. Click here for full directions.

Books and tea

B&T

“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. As an exception, the group will be meeting at the library on this date. No need to sign up, just come and enjoy!

Saturday Reading Group


The Saturday Reading Group is for anyone who loves to read, socialize in English, and meet new people.

The April read  for the group is “Into the Wild” by Jon Krakauer. On September 6, 1992, Christopher McCandless’ body was found inside an abandoned bus in Alaska. One year later, author Jon Krakauer retraced McCandless’ steps during the two years between college graduation and his demise in Alaska. McCandless shed his legal name early in his journey, adopting the moniker “Alexander Supertramp”, after H. Davies. He spent time in Carthage, South Dakota, laboring for months in a grain elevator owned by Wayne Westerberg before hitchhiking to Alaska. Krakauer interprets McCandless’ intensely ascetic personality as possibly influenced by the writings of Henry David Thoreau and McCandless’ favorite writer, Jack London. He explores the similarities between McCandless’ experiences and motivations, and his own as a young man, recounting in detail Krakauer’s own attempt to climb Devils Thumb in Alaska. Krakauer also relates the stories of some other young men who vanished into the wilderness, such as Everett Ruess, an artist and wanderer who went missing in the Utah desert during 1934, at age 20. In addition, he describes at some length the grief and puzzlement of McCandless’ parents, sister Carine, and friends.

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

Pizza and board games

pizzaThe 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!

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