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Garden Club Meeting – Seed Exchange & Garden Visits Program for 2021 | 01/04/2021 | 3:00 pm-5:00 pm

Garden Club Meeting - Seed Exchange & Garden Visits Program for 2021

The Garden Club invites its members and anyone new who would like to join for this meeting to help schedule this year’s garden visits for 2021…come with ideas to share!

Please bring any seeds you may have to offer or exchange as well as your suggestions for garden visits and don’t forget some cakes and baked goodies to enjoy with tea (if Covid restrictions permit!)

This meeting is open to library members who are or would like to be members of the garden club. For more information and to RSVP for the meeting by March 26th please contact Garden Club President, Sylvie at elliagardenclub@gmail.com.


Pizza and Board Games | 13/04/2021 | 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 | 16/04/2021 | 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 “Derby Day” | 16/04/2021 | 2:45 pm-4:15 pm

Book Club reads "Derby Day"

The April read for the book club is “Derby Day” by D. J. Taylor.

As the shadows lengthen over the June grass, all England is heading for Epsom Downs – high life and low life, society beauties and Whitechapel street girls, bookmakers and gypsies, hawkers and acrobats, punters and thieves. Whole families stream along the Surrey back-roads, towards the greatest race of the year. Hopes are high, nerves are taut, hats are tossed in the air – this is Derby Day. For months people have been waiting and plotting for this day. Even in dark November, when the wind whistles through the foggy London courts, the alehouses and gentlemen’s clubs echo to the sound of disputed odds. In Belgrave Square old Mr Gresham is baffled by his tigerish daughter Rebecca, whose intentions he cannot fathom. In the clubs of St James’ rakish Mr Happerton plays billiards with his crony Captain Raff, while in darkest Lincolnshire sad Mr Davenant broods over his financial embarrassments and waits for his daughter’s new governess. Across the channel the veteran burglar Mr Pardew is packing his bags to return, to the consternation of the stalwart detective Captain Turk.

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


Saturday Reading Group | 17/04/2021 | 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 April read for the group is H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald. When Helen Macdonald’s father died suddenly on a London street, she was devastated. An experienced falconer—Helen had been captivated by hawks since childhood—she’d never before been tempted to train one of the most vicious predators, the goshawk. But in her grief, she saw that the goshawk’s fierce and feral temperament mirrored her own. Resolving to purchase and raise the deadly creature as a means to cope with her loss, she adopted Mabel, and turned to the guidance of The Once and Future King author T.H. White’s chronicle The Goshawk to begin her challenging endeavor. Projecting herself “in the hawk’s wild mind to tame her” tested the limits of Macdonald’s humanity and changed her life.

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.


Intensive English workshop for “collégiens” | 04/05/2021-06/05/2021 | 2:00 pm-5:00 pm

Intensive English workshop for "collégiens"

“Springtime in the States” 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: Tuesday, May 4th, Wednesday, May 5th and Thursday, May 6th 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 a one-time library membership).


Pizza and Board Games | 18/05/2021 | 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 | 19/05/2021 | 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 “A Confederacy of Dunces” | 21/05/2021 | 2:45 pm-4:15 pm

Book Club reads "A Confederacy of Dunces"

The June read for the book club is “A Confederacy of Dunces” by John Kennedy Toole.

Meet the fat, flatulent and eloquent Ignatius J. Reilly in John Kennedy Toole’s light and pithy comic tale A Confederacy of Dunces, beautifully repackaged as part of the Penguin Essentials range. ‘This city is famous for its gamblers, prostitutes, exhibitionists, anti-Christs, alcoholics, sodomites, drug addicts, fetishists, onanists, pornographers, frauds, jades, litterbugs, and lesbians . . . don’t make the mistake of bothering me. ‘Ignatius J. Reilly: fat, flatulent, eloquent and almost unemployable. By the standards of ordinary folk he is pretty much unhinged, too. But is he bothered by this? No. For this misanthropic crusader against an America fallen into vice and ignorance has a mission: to rescue a naked female philosopher in distress.

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


Book Club reads “I, Claudius” | 21/05/2021 | 2:45 pm-4:15 pm

Book Club reads "I, Claudius"

The May read for the book club is “I, Claudius” by Robert Graves.

Despised for his weakness and regarded by his family as little more than a stammering fool, the nobleman Claudius quietly survives the bloody purges and mounting cruelty of the imperial Roman dynasties. In I, Claudius he watches from the sidelines to record the reigns of its emperors: from the wise Augustus and his villainous wife Livia to the sadistic Tiberius and the insane excesses of Caligula. Written in the form of Claudius’ autobiography, this is the first part of Robert Graves’s brilliant account of the madness and debauchery of ancient Rome.

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


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