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Learn to read and write with our favorite new pup!

Saturday, 10 November 2012 00:00 Written by
Rocket Learns to Read by Tad Hills Reviewed by Children’s Library volunteer, Carole Black Rocket Writes a Story is Tad Hills' second  story about Rocket, a loveable  puppy who learns about letters, sounding out words, sharing ideas and reading stories with his chirpy encouraging teacher, the little yellow bird. Having…
By Donna Zilkha Director of College and International Services at Aristotle Circle When I lived in France, most expats, including fellow ALP board members, would talk about “playing the French Card” when applying to schools in the US. “The French Card” can mean either a French national applying to schools…

Halloween Photo Contest!

Monday, 29 October 2012 00:00 Written by
We're having our first photo contest ever! Since it's Halloween this week, we want to know what ghouls and goblins are reading. Take a picture of yourself reading in your costume-- extra points for clever book choice and location! Submit the best photo and win a pumpkin from the American…

Meet Champ

Wednesday, 10 October 2012 10:31 Written by
A little over a month ago, a very curious young patron asked for all the books we have in the Children's Library about hamsters. "I'm going to get a hamster for my birthday," he said "and I need to know how to take care of one." He ended up taking…

If You Liked The Hunger Games...

Thursday, 01 November 2012 13:00 Written by
DYSTOPI-WHAT!?  If you liked The Hunger Games, you should check out some of the other dystopian novels found upstairs on the Teen Mezzanine. Divergent by Veronica Roth In the debut novel by American author Veronica Roth, sixteen-year-old Beatrice Prior must choose among five predetermined factions to define her identity for…

An amazing rentrée

Monday, 01 October 2012 23:33 Written by
No time is busier in the life of the American Library than the rentrée. September is the busiest month of the year for new members and renewals, and this year has been no exception. Great crowds at our evening programs, throngs of families in the children’s department, and heavily subscribed…

Marjorie Williams on Markets

Monday, 24 September 2012 07:47 Written by
What’s your favorite food memory from the markets of Paris? Maybe yours is as recent as this morning, or last Thursday, or perhaps decades ago. My own favorite food memory goes back to January 23, 2011. As intense memories go, I remember not only the date but also the weather,…

A talk with Sabine Jaccard

Tuesday, 10 July 2012 10:12 Written by
The Library is pleased to interview photographer Sabine Jaccard about her Art on View: All the world’s a stage exhibition now at the Library through September 2, 2012. Sabine Jaccard, what do you think inspired you to pick up the camera and take pictures at the age of 9? At…

A Summer Rubik’s Cube

Saturday, 30 June 2012 07:00 Written by
This summer the American Library will be rectifying a longstanding peculiarity in the way its book collections are physically arranged. For years, even decades, the Library’s biography, mystery, art, and fiction collections each have been divided – partly on the mezzanine and partly on the ground floor, under no useful…
Christopher Tilghman is the author of two collections of stories and three novels, the most recent of which is The Right-Hand Shore. He will speak at the Library with Caroline Preston on June 26. Last week I ran into a friend of mine in downtown Charlottesville, Virginia, where I live…
Caroline Preston is the author of four novels and lives with her husband, the writer Christopher Tilghman, in Charlottesville, Virginia. They will be reading at The American Library on June 26 at 7:30. In Woody Allen’s recent movie Midnight In Paris, an American writer Gil (played by Own Wilson) has…

Recommended Reads from Library Teens

Thursday, 21 June 2012 09:28 Written by
Now that school is coming to an end, you've finally time to pick up a fun read and head to the beach/park/airport. We've got a few suggestions for good YA reads recommended by  some of our teen members. Cinder, by Marissa Meyer Reviewed and recommended by teen volunteer Gabriela Griffith…

In Case You Missed It

Tuesday, 19 June 2012 15:14 Written by
The Village Voice bookshop held a memorial on Saturday evening, anticipating thestore’s closure on July 31. In her address to the sea of writers, readers, and supporters who came to pay the shop tribute, proprieter Odile Hellier named the tone of the evening, declaring it a “celebration of books and…

Dryansky on Decadence

Monday, 18 June 2012 15:25 Written by
Gerry Dryansky, the longtime Senior European person for Condé Traveler and author of six novels—three of which with his wife, Joanne-- has been living and writing in Paris, he allows, “for longer than most people have been on earth.” He holds degrees from Princeton, Harvard, and the Columbia Graduate School…

And the YAFF 2012 winners are ....

Monday, 11 June 2012 23:00 Written by
The American Library in Paris is proud to be the organizer of the Young Authors Fiction Festival, in collaboration with the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and Time Traveler Tours. The Fiction Festival aims to strengthen community among English-speakers in the Paris area through the art and…
Avis Cardella is the author of ‘Spent: Memoirs of a Shopping Addict’. She has written over 200 feature articles, essays and news stories for British Vogue, American Photo, WSJ.com, Oprah.com, Quest,Surface, and Glamour UK among other publications. She lives in Paris with her husband. I have a persistent nightmare that…
Laurel Zuckerman is the editor of Best Paris Stories, a new anthology of short stories about our fair city. She is the author of Sorbonne Confidential and Les Rêves Barbares du Professeur Collie. Her essays and interviews have appeared in Le Point, Le Monde, Le Monde de l'Education, The Guardian,…

Adieu, Village Voice

Friday, 11 May 2012 10:23 Written by
Paris book lovers will be chagrined to hear the news that The Village Voice Bookshop will close its doors on July 31. In a letter to friends and patrons, founder and owner Odile Hellier cites the reasons – reasons which will surprise no one who follows trends in publishing and…

New Historical Fiction for Kids

Wednesday, 09 May 2012 16:56 Written by
John, Paul, George & Ben: Written and illustrated by Lane Smith Reviewed by Children’s Library Volunteer Kristen Crans If you are looking for a fun and interesting way to introduce your child to the United States of America’s founding fathers, then look no further.  John, Paul, George & Ben is…

David Herlihy on bicycle history

Monday, 07 May 2012 14:46 Written by
David V. Herlihy is the author of The Lost Cyclist and Bicycle: The History, winner of the 2004 Award for Excellence in the History of Science. A leading authority in his field, he has been interviewed by numerous television, radio, and newspaper personalities in the U.S. and abroad, and his…