Meet our new library director Mandy!




From left to right: Mandy Torsey-Guillet, new director and Phoebe Marshall-Raimbeau, retiring director


A word from Mandy…

I am thrilled and honored to be the next Director of the English-language Library in Angers. My love for this institution goes beyond words. Originally from Florida, France has been my home now for the past 11 years. Even before setting foot in Anjou, I had already contacted the library to inquire about volunteering. As for many of our expat members, I found the library was a home-away-from-home and a little slice of paradise… full of books in English! For our French members, I like to think that the library represents an inviting space where they can practice reading and speaking in English, their library card a ticket to faraway lands.
I believe that libraries are an essential part of society, nourishing our minds and bringing us closer as human beings. Libraries create a space where everyone has a voice. Our library in particular has an important role in bridging cultures and making literature and learning accessible for all.
The year of our 30th anniversary will be one of great change as we rebuild our team of staff and search for a new building. I’m driven by the challenge of designing a new space with the needs of our members in mind. Our team of staff is small but mighty… I have faith that we will create the right balance to continue providing the library services and activities that are so well-loved.
Of course, none of this would be possible without the support of our loyal volunteers, board members and partners. After 9 years serving as the Activities and Volunteers Coordinator, I’m grateful for this opportunity to grow as an individual and the cherry on the cake is that the Director’s role will still allow us to work together but in a new capacity. Thank you for your steadfast support!
I look forward to seeing everyone at our Open House and Big Booksale on April 1st! In the meantime, if you want to get in touch, feel free to send me a note at
Yours from the library, Mandy