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Reading Shakespeare | 27/03/2020 | 3:00 pm-5:00 pm

Reading Shakespeare

Treat yourself to an afternoon of a collective reading of one of Shakespeare’s plays. This activity consists of watching a BBC production on DVD and then reading relative scenes. This is a great activity for lovers of language and fans of the great wit. Free and open to all library members, for more information or to sign-up please contact the group coordinator here.


Drama Club | 01/04/2020 | 6:00 pm-7:30 pm

Drama Club

This is not an APRIL FOOLS!

There are still a couple of spaces left to join the Drama Club which is open to adults and university students, with or without acting experience. These evenings of acting consist of miming, improvising, and acting out published works of theater such as sketches and plays.

This activity is open to library members, the cost is 90€ for the 2019-2020 school year. Sign up at the front desk with the registration form. Take the stage and break a leg! 


Theater in English… Word for Word! | 02/04/2020 | 8:00 pm-10:00 pm

Theater in English... Word for Word!

The San Francisco theater company “Word For Word” is returning to Angers with the performance of “Retablos: Stories From A Life Lived Along the Border”, by Octavio Solis.

Retablos is a coming of age memoir; each chapter a memory tale, verging on fable, which paints a dreamlike picture of life in El Paso in the 60’s and ’70’s. Drawing from his own childhood, Solis says that he wrote these stories “to see how that skinny brown kid riding his bike out there in the desert made sense of his complicated, deeply beautiful and troubled world.” Octaviosolis.net

The stories are available upon request. To reserve: please send email to info@ellia.org or call 02.41.24.97.07.Cost: A suggested donation of 10 € per person (5 € for students)  at the door to help support this event.

Note that the performance takes place outside of the libary at Le Quart’Ney, Maison de quartier associative, 5/9 rue E.E. Duboys, Angers.

Supported in part by a generous grant from The Florence Gould Foundation.


Coffee House | 03/04/2020 | 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 | 03/04/2020 | 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.


Theater in English… Word for Word! | 03/04/2020 | 2:00 pm-4:00 pm

Theater in English... Word for Word!

The San Francisco theater company “Word For Word” is returning to Angers with the performance of “Retablos: Stories From A Life Lived Along the Border”, by Octavio Solis.

Retablos is a coming of age memoir; each chapter a memory tale, verging on fable, which paints a dreamlike picture of life in El Paso in the 60’s and ’70’s. Drawing from his own childhood, Solis says that he wrote these stories “to see how that skinny brown kid riding his bike out there in the desert made sense of his complicated, deeply beautiful and troubled world.” Octaviosolis.net

The stories are available upon request. To reserve: please send email to info@ellia.org or call 02.41.24.97.07.Cost: A suggested donation of 10 € per person (5 € for students)  at the door to help support this event.

Note that the performance takes place outside of the libary at Le Quart’Ney, Maison de quartier associative, 5/9 rue E.E. Duboys, Angers.

Supported in part by a generous grant from The Florence Gould Foundation.


Theater in English… Word for Word! | 03/04/2020 | 8:00 pm-10:00 pm

Theater in English... Word for Word!

The San Francisco theater company “Word For Word” is returning to Angers with the performance of “Retablos: Stories From A Life Lived Along the Border”, by Octavio Solis.

Retablos is a coming of age memoir; each chapter a memory tale, verging on fable, which paints a dreamlike picture of life in El Paso in the 60’s and ’70’s. Drawing from his own childhood, Solis says that he wrote these stories “to see how that skinny brown kid riding his bike out there in the desert made sense of his complicated, deeply beautiful and troubled world.” Octaviosolis.net

The stories are available upon request. To reserve: please send email to info@ellia.org or call 02.41.24.97.07.Cost: A suggested donation of 10 € per person (5 € for students)  at the door to help support this event.

Note that the performance takes place outside of the libary at Le Quart’Ney, Maison de quartier associative, 5/9 rue E.E. Duboys, Angers.

Supported in part by a generous grant from The Florence Gould Foundation.


Saturday Reading Group | 04/04/2020 | 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 Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple. When her daughter Bee claims a family trip to Antarctica as a reward for perfect grades, Bernadette, a fiercely intelligent shut-in, throws herself into preparations for the trip. But worn down by years of trying to live the Seattle life she never wanted, Ms. Fox is on the brink of a meltdown. And after a school fundraiser goes disastrously awry at her hands, she disappears, leaving her family to pick up the pieces–which is exactly what Bee does, weaving together an elaborate web of emails, invoices, and school memos that reveals a secret past Bernadette has been hiding for decades. Where’d You Go Bernadette is an ingenious and unabashedly entertaining novel about a family coming to terms with who they are and the power of a daughter’s love for her mother.

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.


Take your TOEIC test | 09/04/2020 | 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.


Textile Arts & Crafts | 09/04/2020 | 2:30 pm-4:30 pm

Textile Arts & Crafts

If you love needlecraft, this activity is for you! Each participant will make a textile creation of their choice while exchanging different techniques in English. All styles are welcome: embroidery, patchwork, quilting, weaving, collage, tapestry, etc.

For those who wish, it is possible to work on a group project. Each person will make their own textile artwork inspired by the Neil Gaiman quote, “A book is a dream that you hold in your hand.” The pieces will be shown at the library as an art exhibition in 2020.

Bring your own materials and join us at the library for this afternoon of crafting. Open to library members. Please sign up at the front desk, when possible.


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