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Marilyn Waite on Earth Day

Tuesday, 03 April 2012 15:46 Written by
Marilyn Waite is a specialist in Civil and Environmental Engineering. She has worked, studied and researched in over eight countries across four continents. She has implemented water and sanitation projects in rural Madagascar, led task forces to decrease reagent use in the spent fuel recycling process, as well as authored…

Marilyn Waite on Earth Day

Tuesday, 03 April 2012 15:16 Written by
[gallery] Marilyn Waite is a specialist in Civil and Environmental Engineering. She has worked, studied and researched in over eight countries across four continents. She has implemented water and sanitation projects in rural Madagascar, led task forces to decrease reagent use in the spent fuel recycling process, as well as…

Read the Book First

Wednesday, 21 March 2012 12:54 Written by
Cinemas are full of adaptations right now. We've got some recommendations of books that have recently been adapted for the big screen. Whether or not you'll be checking out the film version, we think you'll love these original stories...  The Woman in Black by Susan Hill Reviewed by Children's Library…

American Library in Paris Librariana

Tuesday, 20 March 2012 11:42 Written by
From the Library History Buff Blog: Saturday, 3 March 2012 We are fast approaching the 95th anniversary of America's entry into World War I (April 6, 1917) which led to the creation of the Library War Service of the American Library Association (ALA) a few months later. One of the…

Heart-Warming New Reads

Wednesday, 07 March 2012 11:22 Written by
Check out a few of the new releases that have just arrived in the Children's Library. These beautifully illustrated picture books are perfect to keep you busy during the last few days of winter... The Robot and the Bluebird, by David Lucas Reviewed by Children's Library volunteer Carole Black A…

Celebrate Black History Month

Saturday, 18 February 2012 18:10 Written by
February is Black History Month in the US. Take this opportunity to explore the civil rights movement and black history with your kids using some great reads from the Children's Library. We have a wide selection of age appropriate materials about American heroes and iconic figures including Rosa Parks, Martin…

On Perfume, Paris and Glamour

Monday, 13 February 2012 13:57 Written by
[caption id="attachment_1827" align="aligncenter" width="200" caption="Photo: Vincent Thibert"][/caption]Denyse Beaulieu is an author and translator based in Paris. She writes a bilingual blog on scent. Her book The Perfume Lover: A Personal History of Scent, will be published on March 15th by Harper Collins. She has learned the principles of perfume composition…

Letters About Literature - Our Winners

Friday, 10 February 2012 15:39 Written by
This year, the American Library in Paris participated for the first time ever in the Letters About Literature contest created by the Library of Congress. The idea was for school-age children to write to an author who has changed the reader somehow, or changed their view of the world. We've…

Taking wine and words to new places

Tuesday, 07 February 2012 10:30 Written by
Robert Camuto is a career American journalist who moved to the South of France in 2001 and started snooping around cellars and vineyards to write about the changes taking place in France’s 21st Century Wine World. The product of that Exploration was his first book Corkscrewed: Adventures in the New…
Fernanda Eberstadt is the American expatriate author of five acclaimed novels, Isaac and His Devils, Low Tide, When the Sons of Heaven Meet the Daughters of the Earth, The Furies, and her latest - Rat. Her essays and criticism have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine,…

Little Rat Makes Music

Tuesday, 24 January 2012 12:59 Written by
Little Rat Makes Music, by Monika Bang-Campbell, Illustrated by Molly Bang Reviewed by Liz Gomes Little Rat wants to learn how to play the violin and make wonderful music like what she hears in concerts. But for her to do so, she needs to practice, which is not so easy,…
Sophie Hardach wrote her novel The Registrar's Manual for Detecting Forced Marriages while working as a journalist for Reuters in Paris. Originally inspired by the fragments of stories she was told while out on various reporting assignments, the novel follows the intertwining lives of a Kurdish boy struggling to build…

Interview with Arthur Phillips

Wednesday, 18 January 2012 15:54 Written by
Arthur Phillips was born in Minneapolis and educated at Harvard. He has been a child actor, a jazz musician, a speechwriter, and a five-time Jeopardy! champion. His first novel, Prague, was named a New York Times Notable Book, and received The Los Angeles Times/Art Seidenbaum Award for best first novel.…

Ghostgirl

Wednesday, 18 January 2012 10:28 Written by
Ghostgirl, written by Tonya Hurley Recommended by Children's Library volunteer Christel Prestige Charlotte Usher feels practically invisible at school, she is desperate to be popular to try and attract Damen's attention. And then one miserable day, she dies of the most unbelievable death: she chokes on a gummy bear! Alone,…
Cherie Burns is the author of Searching for Beauty--The Life of Millicent Rogers, the first comprehensive biography of the Standard Oil heiress and fashion icon. Raised in the Gilded Age of New York society, Rogers came of age as a debutante and flapper. She eloped with an impoverished European nobleman…

Lionel Shriver talks about Kevin

Tuesday, 03 January 2012 14:51 Written by
We look forward to welcoming prize-winning novelist Lionel Shriver on Wednesday 11 January at 19h30. In this essay, Shriver talks about how it feels to have her widely rejected manuscript become a best-selling, prize-winning novel, then a book-club favorite and the toast of the Cannes film festival. It has now…

Lionel Shriver talks about Kevin

Tuesday, 03 January 2012 14:32 Written by
We look forward to welcoming prize-winning novelist Lionel Shriver on Wednesday 11 January at 19h30. In this essay, Shriver talks about how it feels to have her widely rejected manuscript become a best-selling, prize-winning novel, then a book-club favorite and the toast of the Cannes film festival. It has now…

Edwina the Emu

Wednesday, 21 December 2011 16:31 Written by
Written by Sheena Knowles and Rod Clement Reviewed by Children's Library volunteer Carole Black Edwina tries to find ways to provide for her growing family after she lays 10 emu eggs in the nest she shares with Edward at the zoo. She has several courageous interactions with humans as she…

Happy Holidays!

Wednesday, 21 December 2011 13:41 Written by
[caption id="attachment_1709" align="aligncenter" width="295" caption="via todayilearned.co.uk"][/caption] Just a gentle reminder that the American Library is closed on December 24th and 25th as well as December 31 and January 1st. Wishing everyone happy holidays! Hope that your new year will be filled with good cheer and great books! [caption id="attachment_1711" align="aligncenter"…
by Derwood Hunsdale-Talbot 1. Wakefield Chandelier I bring you the Wakefield Chandelier as inspiration. Perhaps you are a blacksmith on the side and need a new project. Or perhaps this will encourage you to go out and find a blacksmith and claim him (or her) as your own. Or perhaps…