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2015 YAFF story by Else Nye (7th grade/5ème)

Tuesday, 09 February 2016 12:03 Written by
2015 YAFF winning story by Else Nye (7th grade/5ème) 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 craft…

Mock Caldecott 2016: The Library Favorite

Friday, 05 February 2016 19:10 Written by
The Caldecott Medal is awarded annually to the "most distinguished American picture book for children" by the Association for Library Service to Children (a division of the American Library Association). This year, for the second time, we held our own event to try and predict the winner and to choose…

Library Culture Picks: February 2016

Wednesday, 03 February 2016 16:28 Written by
The American Library in Paris is pleased to share our selection of cultural events going on in the city each month. Here are our Culture Picks for February along with recommended books. Enjoy reading and visiting!  Library Culture Picks: February 2016 WHAT: ARTIFICIAL CLIMATES (exhibition)WHERE: FONDATION EDFWHEN: 4 OCTOBER 2015 -…

Books for the James A. Emanuel exhibition

Monday, 01 February 2016 21:52 Written by
Books for the James A. Emanuel exhibition The Library is pleased to present a collection of books and poetry in conjunction with the exhibition Black Man Abroad: The Poetic Life of James A. Emanuel from 16 February to 3 April 2016. Included in this collection are some of Emanuel's early…

Jury named for 2016 Book Award

Friday, 29 January 2016 17:38 Written by
Jury named for 2016 Book Award Three distinguished writers, two of them past winners of the American Library in Paris Book Award, have agreed to serve as the jury for the 2016 Award. They are Laura Auricchio, whose biography The Marquis: Lafayette Reconsidered, won the 2015 Library prize; Robert Harris,…

New titles for the new year

Tuesday, 19 January 2016 11:41 Written by
New titles for your reading pleasure The new year is well on its way, but it's early enough for keeping up on those new resolutions. We figure that many Library members have a new year's resolution to read more books this year (and maybe in tandem watch less television or…

In Memoriam: David Bowie's Top Books

Wednesday, 13 January 2016 22:13 Written by
David Bowie's Top Reads David Bowie's list of his top 100 books was published in 2013 and includes some banned classics (1984, Lolita, A Clockwork Orange, Lady Chatterly's Lover, As I Lay Dying), key musical texts by John Cage and Charlie Gillete, and seminal writings by Richard Wright and James…

Library Culture Picks: January 2016

Monday, 04 January 2016 22:28 Written by
The American Library in Paris is pleased to share our selection of cultural events going on in the city each month. Despite all that has happened recently in the city, December is a month that glitters and gleams in Paris, from the elaborate window displays of the grands magasins to…

Library Culture Picks: December 2015

Monday, 07 December 2015 10:25 Written by
The American Library in Paris is pleased to share our selection of cultural events going on in the city each month. Despite all that has happened recently in the city, December is a month that glitters and gleams in Paris, from the elaborate window displays of the grands magasins to…

We've got the NYTimes 10 Best Books of 2015

Saturday, 05 December 2015 15:18 Written by
The 10 Best Books of 2015 The New York Times Book Review editors have selected their 10 best books of 2015, and the Library is pleased to have all of them (one is on order right now) in our collection. Our reference and collections managers Abigal Altman and Audrey Chapuis,…

Some books we're enjoying right now

Thursday, 03 December 2015 10:42 Written by
Some books we are enjoying right now Here are some book recommendations from the Libary staff and volunteers to start off your holiday season. For more staff recommendations, check regularly our display near the Graphic Novels section at the front of the Library. The Road Not Taken: Finding America in…

Celebrating Thanksgiving in Paris

Monday, 23 November 2015 22:09 Written by
Thanksgiving at Café de Mars For Americans living in Paris, it's hard to tell that Thanksgiving is coming up real soon. There aren't any big turkeys (yet) at the butcher and we don't get a long holiday weekend. Still, we imagine that many of the Library's American members and guests are…

Helping children cope with anxiety

Tuesday, 17 November 2015 13:31 Written by
In response to the tragic events in Paris this past weekend, the Library staff has asked crisis counselor Keri Hicks for permission to repost these tips from her blog on how to help your children and teens cope with anxiety and terror. For those of you who would like more…
The secret life of librarians Circulation assistant Eric Hengesbaugh recently returned from a vacation trip to California under unexpected conditions. An avid mountain climber, Eric sustained serious injuries from a 40-foot (12-meter) fall at the start of a climbing trip in the Eastern Sierra Mountains. His climbing team had received…

A message from the director

Monday, 16 November 2015 17:45 Written by
Dear friends and members of the American Library: Like all Parisians, the expatriates and others who make up our Library community are feeling shock and grief after the events of last Friday. Please know that our staff and volunteers are safe. All of us on the rue du Général Camou…

So thankful for Halloween!

Tuesday, 10 November 2015 09:27 Written by
Thank you for a great Halloween! This year the Library welcomed hundreds of guests for our annual Halloween Extravaganza on 31 October! Eric the Macigian, Matt Black and Kids&Us joined us to perform at our children's parties during the day and then at dusk Liv Barrell of Paris As You…

Library Culture Picks: November 2015

Tuesday, 03 November 2015 09:08 Written by
The American Library in Paris is pleased to share our selection of cultural events going on in the city each month. The month of November is known in Paris for Paris Photo, now in its 19th edition. Over 147 leading galleries from 34 countries will be featured this year at…

New cookbooks for you to savor

Monday, 26 October 2015 12:14 Written by
New cookbooks to savor... As the days get shorter and cooler, our thoughts turn to the pending holiday season and all the cooking and entertaining that people tend to do during this festive time. The Library is pleased to feature four highly anticipated cookbooks for every culinary whim and occasion.…

A Library cameo in the new Sebastian Faulks

Wednesday, 14 October 2015 10:17 Written by
A Library cameo in the new Sebastian Faulks The latest novel by Sebastian Faulks, Where My Heart Used to Beat, has a narrator who passes through Paris and recalls "During a conference in Paris in the seventies, I had been introduced to the American Library in rue du General Camou.…

On writing Lolita

Monday, 05 October 2015 14:28 Written by
On writing Lolita Vladimir Nabokov wrote his famous novel as he was touring the U.S. with his wife Véra to research butterflies in their natural environment. This is why motels, highways, and small-town America are so vividly portrayed in the book. He began writing Lolita in 1948, but started submitting…