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The American Library in Paris is pleased to share our selection of cultural events going on in the city each month. Spring has arrived in Paris! Go out and visit these two beautiful exhibits exploring the wonders of nature. This is a great time to visit the Musée de la…
Commemorating the centennial of the U.S. entry into WWI and the ALA Library War Service With the centennial of the U.S. entry into WWI on 6 April 2017, the Library would also like to commemorate the centennial of the Library War Service of the American Library Association (ALA), of whose…

Viet Thanh Nguyen by the book

Thursday, 06 April 2017 15:52 Written by
Viet Thanh Nguyen by the book Pulitzer Prize-winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen shared the books he's reading now and those he enjoyed as a child in a recent New York Times article. He calls the stack of books next his bed the "leaning pile of guilt." And he reveals that…

Thank you for a great 2017 YAFF!

Monday, 03 April 2017 14:38 Written by
Thanks for a great 2017 YAFF! The deadline for the 2017 Young Authors Fiction Festival is now passed. This year's YAFF had one of the largest intake of submissions in its history with just under 500 stories submitted by the 1 April deadline. Young authors ages 5-18 from over 30…
2016 YAFF 3rd Place story by Sienna Frederic (5th grade/CM2) The American Library in Paris is proud to be the organizer of the Young Authors Fiction Festival (YAFF). The YAFF is a city-wide writing intiative that aims to strengthen community among English-speakers in the Paris area through the art and…
2016 YAFF 1st Place story by Sami Merad (1st grade/CP) The American Library in Paris is proud to be the organizer of the Young Authors Fiction Festival (YAFF). The YAFF is a city-wide writing intiative that aims to strengthen community among English-speakers in the Paris area through the art and…

A message from the Director

Monday, 27 March 2017 12:37 Written by
A message from the Director I want to share with the extended family of the American Library in Paris the news that I will be stepping down as director of the Library at the end of the summer. I do so knowing that the Library is in excellent shape and…
2016 YAFF 3rd Place story by Thomas Ravel (3rd grade/CE2) The American Library in Paris is proud to be the organizer of the Young Authors Fiction Festival (YAFF). The YAFF is a city-wide writing intiative that aims to strengthen community among English-speakers in the Paris area through the art and…
2016 YAFF 1st Place story by James Taoutaou (6th grade/6ème) The American Library in Paris is proud to be the organizer of the Young Authors Fiction Festival (YAFF). The YAFF is a city-wide writing intiative that aims to strengthen community among English-speakers in the Paris area through the art and…

Library Culture Picks: March 2017

Friday, 17 March 2017 13:55 Written by
The American Library in Paris is pleased to share our selection of cultural events going on in the city each month. For March, we've selected exhibitions on Vermeer (whose exhibition is touted as "the exhibition of the year"), art dealer Paul Rosenberg, and Pissarro and his time at Eragny. Library…
Journalist James Traub, who speaks at the Library on Tuesday March 14, has written an op-ed about the subject he will discuss, Europe's refugee crisis. Click the link below to read:   https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/07/opinion/the-hard-truth-about-refugees.html

The story of Loving, now in theatres

Friday, 03 March 2017 10:56 Written by
The story of Richard and Mildred Loving   Loving, now in theatres, tells the incredible true story of Richard and Mildred Loving, a Virginia couple who fought for their right to interracial marriage. Materials from our archives featuring the Lovings are currently on display at the Library: an article from…

New cookbooks to savor

Tuesday, 28 February 2017 16:11 Written by
Some great new cookbooks just in time for dinner! Many of the new cookbooks at the Library were written from a very personal perspective. Ina Garten's Cooking for Jeffrey is described as her most personal cookbook yet and it's filled with recipes her husband Jeffrey and their friends request the…
Writing tips & tricks to help you submit for the Young Authors Fiction Festival It’s creative writing season again! The Library encourages young authors all over the greater Paris area to sharpen their pencils (or put their fingers to the keyboard) and prepare to submit an original story to the…

Library Culture Picks: February 2017

Friday, 24 February 2017 13:45 Written by
The American Library in Paris is pleased to share our selection of cultural events going on in the city each month. The cold weather means we're always looking for ways to spend indoors, and there's no shortage of things to do and see in the city. Here are our Culture…

Library teen member featured in short film festival

Thursday, 09 February 2017 18:52 Written by
Library teen member featured in 90-Second Newbery Film Festival One of our very Library teen members, Ezra Richardson, made a short stop-motion film called "The Wright Brothers" and was chosen to be featured in screenings of the 90-Second Newbery Film Festival in twelve cities across the United States. Ezra is…

New books the staff can't wait to read

Tuesday, 14 February 2017 15:52 Written by
New books that the Library staff can't wait to read Among the new books that will be on the shelves shortly after a few of our staff members specifically requested. You may place a hold on any of these titles, but you won't be the first in line.  Fashion Plates:…

Library Culture Picks: January 2017

Monday, 09 January 2017 22:39 Written by
The American Library in Paris is pleased to share our selection of cultural events going on in the city each month. January is a good month to catch all of the great 2016 shows and exhibitions that will be closing soon. We've chosen our favorites along with the recommended books…

Marlene Dietrich's Marginalia

Tuesday, 03 January 2017 15:06 Written by
Marlene Dietrich's Marginalia Megan Mayhew Bergman, the Library's Visiting Fellow last spring, recently wrote an article in The New Yorker about the Library's collection of books donated from Marlene Dietrich's personal library. Bergman writes about Dietrich's last years in Paris and how the books in her collection were filled with…

We've got the New York Times 10 Best Books of 2016

Tuesday, 20 December 2016 11:18 Written by
The 10 Best Books of 2016 The New York Times Book Review editors have selected their 10 best books of 2016, and the Library is pleased to have all of them (some are on order right now) in our collection. Our reference and collections managers Abigail Altman and Audrey Chapuis,…