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Open house and BBB (big, big booksale) & bakesale | 27/04/2019 | 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Open house and BBB (big, big booksale) & bakesale

Note the date for the library’s big booksale, bakesale and plant sale (otherwise known as the BBB) & spring fun(d)draiser from 10-6!

The big, big booksale, bakesale and plant sale 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 at great prices, plus a plant sale and a delicious bakesale!




Saturday Reading Group | 27/04/2019 | 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 “A Dry White Season” by Andre Brink. 1976, South Africa: Ben Du Toit is a South African school teacher, in a school for whites only. One day the son of Gordon Ngubene, the school’s gardener, gets beaten by the white police, after his participating to a peaceful demonstration. Following his son’s arrest, Gordon asks Ben for help but the white school teacher, who trusts the police, will not help Gordon. After Gordon himself gets arrested and tortured by the police, Ben decides to know more about the gardener’s disappearance. As the school teacher is seeing the disenfranchisement and helplessness of black people in South Africa, he takes the case to court, along with the help of a lawyer whose name is Ian McKenzie. Little does he realize that soon he will be labeled a traitor by people of his very own race.

The group will also be discussing the 1989 film based on the same title.

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

Garden Club visit | 02/05/2019 | 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Garden Club visit

The garden club invites you to discover the beautiful gardens in the area! This free activity is open to library members and offers visits once a month to a garden between April and October. For more information and/or to sign up for this visit please send an email to gardenclub@ellia.org.

Talk by Jay Bernfeld “Baroque Music in the 21st Century” | 10/05/2019 | 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Talk by Jay Bernfeld "Baroque Music in the 21st Century"

American instrumentalist and musician, Jay Bernfeld, will be speaking about “Baroque Music in the 21st Century” as part of the Spring 2019 Speaker Series, on May 10th from 10 to 11 am.

Bernfeld is admired as a performer of great expressiveness on the viola da gamba. He is widely acclaimed as a soloist and continuo player as well as for his ornamental and improvisation style. With Skip Sempe and the Capriccio Stravagante, of which he is a founding member, he has directed la Pellegrina and Gagliano’s Dafne at Vicenza’s Teatro Olimpico.  Devoted to the privileged association of voices and viols, the group Fuoco E Cenere, which he directs, has appeared at major festivals in Europe, Israel, and the Americas.

This talk is free and open to the public. No reservations necessary, but seating is limited. The Speaker Series has been made possible with the support of the Embassy of the United States of America, France. / Avec le soutien de l’Ambassade des États-Unis d’Amérique.

British Brunch – Fête de l’Europe ! | 11/05/2019 | 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

British Brunch - Fête de l'Europe !

Start your day with a typical British Brunch, as part of Fête de l’Europe, at the library on Saturday, May 11th from 11 am to 12:30 pm. Brunch will be served buffet style, so you can pick and choose and try a typical English breakfast! From scrambled eggs to baked beans, sausages, grilled mushrooms and tomatoes, toast, orange juice, tea and coffee, we’ll have all the fixings for a breakfast that is oh so British and so good!

We’ll also hear about the Twinning between Angers and Wigan, a sister city in the U.K., from Wigan Ambassador Chloe Bradley. Her bilingual talk will touch on the international relationship between the two cities, to promote cultural ties, as well as the changing dynamic between the U.K and Europe. Following her talk, we’ll open things up to questions and discussion.

Open to the public. Cost 5 euros. No need to reserve, just come hungry and enjoy!

Commencez votre journée avec un brunch typiquement anglais, dans le cadre de la Fête de l’Europe, à la bibliothèque le samedi 11 mai de 11h à 12h30. Le brunch sera servi sous forme de buffet. Vous pourrez donc faire votre choix et déguster un petit-déjeuner anglais typique ! Oeufs brouillés, haricots blancs à la sauce tomate, saucisses, champignons et tomates grillés, toasts, jus d’orange, thé et café. Nous aurons ce qu’il faut pour un petit-déjeuner typiquement anglais et tellement bon !

L’ambassadrice de Wigan, Chloe Bradley, fera une présentation sur le jumelage entre Angers et Wigan, ville sœur au Royaume-Uni. Dans son exposé bilingue, elle parlera des relations internationales entre les deux villes pour promouvoir leurs liens culturels, et de la dynamique changeante entre le Royaume-Uni et de l’Europe. Après sa présentation, nous passerons aux questions et au débat.

Ouvert au public. Coût 5 euros. Pas besoin de réserver. Venez et profitez d’une belle matinée anglaise !

Take your TOEIC test | 15/05/2019 | 9:30 am - 1:00 pm

Take your TOEIC test

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

Drama Club | 15/05/2019 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Drama Club

Come join the Drama Club which is open to adults and university students, with or without acting experience. It consists of miming, improvising, and acting out published works of theater, such as sketches and plays.

Meetings take place at the library twice a month (except during school holidays) on Wednesday evenings from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Please attend regularly on the following dates: May 15th, May 22nd, June 5th and June 12th.

This activity is open to library members, the cost is 90 € for the 2018-2019 school year. Sign up at the front desk. Take the stage and break a leg! 

Bookclub reads “A Month in the Country” | 17/05/2019 | 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Bookclub reads "A Month in the Country"

The May read for the bookclub is “A Month in the Country” by J. L. Carr.

A damaged survivor of the First World War, Tom Birkin finds refuge in the quiet village church of Oxgodby where he is to spend the summer uncovering a huge medieval wall-painting. Immersed in the peace and beauty of the countryside and the unchanging rhythms of village life he experiences a sense of renewal and belief in the future. Now an old man, Birkin looks back on the idyllic summer of 1920, remembering a vanished place of blissful calm, untouched by change, a precious moment he has carried with him through the disappointments of the year.

For any inquiries about joining the book club please send an email by clicking here.

The Press Review in English | 18/05/2019 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The Press Review in English

The Internet is wonderful and can answer all your questions. For most of us, it is the main source for news. Indeed, we have immediate access to plenty of media from different parts of the world. But can they all be trusted? Using different sources and media, the press review helps you to find your way through the news and be well-informed. This is an informal sharing and discussion of the news in English. Please feel free to bring in an article that you would like to share with the other members of the group.

Meetings are held on Saturdays from 2-3pm. Upcoming dates are March 16th, April 13th and May 18th

This activity, free for library members, is organized by freelance journalist and library volunteer: Isma Hassaine-Poirier.

Film Club presents “Much Ado About Nothing” | 18/05/2019 | 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Film Club presents "Much Ado About Nothing"

The film club presents a film in English once a month on a Saturday afternoon. This showing will be of “Much Ado About Nothing,” a 1993 British/American romantic comedy film based on Shakespeare’s play. Young lovers Hero and Claudio, soon to wed, conspire to get verbal sparring partners and confirmed singles Benedick and Beatrice to wed as well. The film was directed by Kenneth Branagh, who also stars along with Emma Thompson, Robert Sean Leonard, Denzel Washington, Michael Keaton, Keanu Reeves, and Kate Beckinsale. Watch the trailer here.

Screening begins at 3 o’clock sharp and will be followed by a discussion in English. This activity is free and open to all library members. If possible, please reserve by signing up at the front desk

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