The library is celebrating its SILVER anniversary in November!!

November 6th through December 6th – Discover a selection of 25 favorite books from the library collection.

November 6th through December 6th – Enjoy a “blast from the past” a powerpoint show of pictures of the library over the years. In the library.

Thursday, November 8th – join us at 6 pm sharp at the Grand Théâtre d’Angers for a happening musical by Tony & Kirsty Baker “Chantez-vous le Londonnien” based on Gay Pepusch’s  “The Beggar’s Opera”. Come and try your hand at a Cockney accent. Learn about the opera and its many secrets! SSSHHHHHH! The presentation is free and open to the public. Please sign up by sending an email to Note that there are tickets left on sale for the opera itself (starting at 8 pm). For more information go to Place du Ralliement.

Saturday, November 10th – the Lit Crawl! This is an afternoon from 4-6:30 of readings of texts of Austin authors by students of Saint Edward’s University in different interesting places around Angers: WeFit (gym across the street from the library), Same, Same (Vegan restaurant), Joker’s Pub (self-explanatory!), L’Oisellerie (B&B) and the Grand Théâtre. Cost is 5 euros each. Drinks served at the library. Please sign up by emailing Rendez-vous at the library at 4 pm and we will guide you from place to place! All you need to do is relax and enjoy the event! Wear comfortable shoes for walking!

Friday, November 16th – “Afterwork” (otherwise known as TGIF – Thank God it’s Friday) from 6 – 7:30 pm. The library is organizing a blind test of music from 1993, the year that the library opened! No reservations needed! 5 euros per person at the door to cover the cost of drinks and nibbles.

Tuesday November 27th at 4 pm, Thursday November 29th at 5 pm, Friday November 30th at 10 am, Tuesday December 4th at 4 pm and Thursday December 6th at 4 pm – Curious about what people think about the library? This is a documentary film put together by Sarah Hagy with interviews with different people about their relationship to the library, how they see the past (25 years!) and the future of the library! We will be showing the same documentary on 5 different dates so simply choose which is best for you. Please sign up by emailing

Thursday, December 6th – join us at the 400 Coups for “Murder on the Orient Express” directed by Kenneth Branagh based on the 1934 novel by Agatha Christie.  2 Rue Jeanne Moreau. Time to be announced.

More information about all these events can be found on

Introducing… “Books at Heart!”

When you come into the library, you may be faced with the question, “What should I read next?” The library has a huge collection (about 30,000 books!)… but which books will promise you hours of good reading?

“Books at Heart” will help you with your question.  It’s a new initiative for book lovers, to promote sharing and feedback about books. Now you can tell everyone about the books you love!

Firstly, you’ll find a new noticeboard in the library, called “Our Books of the Year”. There’s already a small selection of truly excellent recommendations. It’s open to everyone… feel free to add YOUR book of the year. Spread the news!

Secondly, we invite people to “curate” their favorite books. A curator will promote a selection of books. It could be a genre (crime, historical, classics…), it could be linked to a country (Sweden, Canada, China…), or a non-fiction range (politics, history, cooking…).

And, we need volunteers! As a curator, you will put an information card on the shelves every month or so, to promote a book or an author. And you will organize a front-of-library display once a year. If you want to become a curator, contact Peter Bolos, Library staff member, at


This is just the beginning for Books at Heart. There’s more to come! Stay Tuned.