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Textile Arts & Crafts | 21/03/2019 | 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Textile Arts & Crafts

If you love needlecraft, this activity is for you! Each participant will make a textile creation of their choice, (bag, pouch, wall tapestry, whatever you fancy!) all while exchanging different techniques in English.

Bring your own materials and join us at the library from 2 to 4 p.m. Free to library members. Please sign up at the front desk, when possible.


Bookclub reads Philip Roth | 22/03/2019 | 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Bookclub reads Philip Roth

The March read for the bookclub is “I Married a Communist” by Philip Roth .

The second novel of Roth’s eloquent American trilogy, set in the tempestuous McCarthy era – a brilliant successor to American Pastoral, I Married a Communist charts the rise and fall of Ira Ringold, an American roughneck who begins life as a ditch digger in 1930s New Jersey, becoming a big-time radio hotshot in the 1940s. In his heyday as a star – and as a zealous, bullying supporter of ‘progressive’ political causes – Ira marries Hollywood’s beloved leading lady, Eve Frame. Their glamorous honeymoon is short-lived, however, and it is the publication of Eve’s scandalous bestselling expose that identifies Ira as ‘an American taking his orders from Moscow’.

In this story of cruelty, betrayal, and savage revenge, anti-Communist fever pollutes national politics and infects the relationships of ordinary Americans; friends become deadly enemies, parents and children tragically estranged, lovers blacklisted and felled from vertiginous heights.

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


Saturday Reading Group reads “On the Road” | 23/03/2019 | 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Saturday Reading Group reads "On the Road"

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 “On the Road” by Jack Kerouac. o On the Road is a novel by American writer Jack Kerouac, based on the travels of Kerouac and his friends across the United States. It is considered a defining work of the postwar Beat and Counterculture generations, with its protagonists living life against a backdrop of jazz, poetry, and drug use. The novel, published in 1957, is a roman à clef, with many key figures in the Beat movement, such as William S. Burroughs (Old Bull Lee), Allen Ginsberg (Carlo Marx) and Neal Cassady (Dean Moriarty) represented by characters in the book, including Kerouac himself as the narrator Sal Paradise. The idea for On the Road, Kerouac’s second novel, was formed during the late 1940s in a series of notebooks, and then typed out on a continuous reel of paper during three weeks in April 1951. It was first published by Viking Press in 1957. After several film proposals dating from 1957, the book was finally made into a film, On the Road (2012), produced by Francis Ford Coppola and directed by Walter Salles. When the book was originally released, The New York Times hailed it as “the most beautifully executed, the clearest and the most important utterance yet made by the generation Kerouac himself named years ago as ‘beat,’ and whose principal avatar he is.”[1] In 1998, the Modern Library ranked On the Road 55th on its list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century. The novel was chosen by Time magazine as one of the 100 best English-language novels from 1923 to 2005.

The group will also be discussing the 2012 film based on the same title starring Sam Riley, Garrett Hedlund, Kristen Stewart and Amy Adam. Shaken by the death of his father and discouraged by his stalled career, writer Sal Paradise goes on a road trip hoping for inspiration. While traveling, he is befriended by charismatic and fearless Dean Moriarty and Moriarty’s free-spirited and seductive young wife, Marylou. Traveling across the American southwest together, they strive to break from conformity and and search the unknown, and their decisions change the very course of their lives.

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


Walk and Talk | 26/03/2019 | 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 organise 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 make sure to sign up!

Sign up by sending your name, email address and phone numbers (preferably cell phone) to this email address. You will be sent full details of the walk in due time.


Highlights of English Musical Heritage | 26/03/2019 | 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Highlights of English Musical Heritage

For music lovers who are not necessarily musicians, the library presents a series of sessions aiming at illustrating  the heritage of English Classical Music in its most specific and beautiful forms, mainly vocal music. Each session will focus on a composer, with a short presentation of the work and the composer, followed by the listening of selected pieces through  selected  videos, often with different interpretations. The point is to share comments and criticism with the group members.

These sessions are free and open to the public. For more information or to sign up please contact library volunteer Michel Cartillier by sending an email to this address.


Drama Club | 27/03/2019 | 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 will consist of miming, improvising, and acting out published works of theater, such as sketches and plays.

Meetings will 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: March 27th, April 3rd, April 24th, 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! 


Books and tea | 28/03/2019 | 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 tea shop in town called “La Casse-Croûte de Suzy”. No need to sign up, just come and enjoy!


Drama Club | 03/04/2019 | 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 will consist of miming, improvising, and acting out published works of theater, such as sketches and plays.

Meetings will 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: April 3rd, April 24th, 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! 


Textile Arts & Crafts | 04/04/2019 | 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Textile Arts & Crafts

If you love needlecraft, this activity is for you! Each participant will make a textile creation of their choice, (bag, pouch, wall tapestry, whatever you fancy!) all while exchanging different techniques in English.

Bring your own materials and join us at the library from 2 to 4 p.m. Free to library members. Please sign up at the front desk, when possible.


The Press Review in English | 13/04/2019 | 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 April 13th and May 18th

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


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