Winter 2022 Hours:
Sunday: 13h00–19h00 | Monday: Closed
The last hour before closing is self-service only.
Last entry is 30 minutes before closing.
A pass sanitaire is required for all visitors ages 12+ who wish to enter the Library.
Visitors ages 6+, staff, and volunteers are required to wear masks on the premises.
2021 Gala Celebration
What a night! The Library was so proud to welcome Zadie Smith to the 2021 Gala last Thursday at Le Pré Catelan. It was a delight to see the community reunite (in-person!) after so long, and the joy was palpable. A million thanks to all the Library’s friends and supporters who attended.
Left to right: Zadie Smith, Audrey Chapuis, Declan McCavana
photo © Krystal Kenney
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The Book Award Ceremony will be held in-person on 20 January 2022. The ceremony is an opportunity to recognize all of the books submitted to this year’s prize. And, as the Library’s most significant donor appreciation event, it is a moment for the supporters of the Library celebrate together. Invitations will be sent to Library donors in December. If you haven’t donated this year and you would like to join the hundreds of supporters who have made a contribution in 2021, please use the button below to learn how you can send a gift.
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For ages 12–18 CLICK HERE TO REGISTER Join Matt Black, creator of Rock U., for a series of musical quizzes and games to test your musical…
For ages 6–12 Learn how to make your own original collages with the help of artist and illustrator Alexandra Vangsnes. Using the work of American author/illustrator…
Through movement, learn simple tools to understand and assert your own boundaries and needs CLICK HERE TO REGISTER. Bodily autonomy is the concept that individuals have…
For ages 12-18. Led by Paris-based filmmaker and writer Clarence Tokley, the purpose of this club is to allow budding filmmakers the opportunity to produce high…
BOOKWORMS! The book club for 9-12-year-olds! CLICK HERE TO REGISTER. In January, we’ll be reading Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan, which was a 2016 Newbery Honor…
Permanent dark skies in California. Images of a bleached, skeletal Great Barrier Reef in Australia. Amplified calls for alarm from virtually every environmental organization, with noncommittal…
Join Evenings with an Author (online) to discuss Simone Weil: A Life in Five Ideas with Professor Robert Zaretsky Click here to RSVP In 1929, Simone de Beauvoir…
For ages 3–5 CLICK HERE TO REGISTER 3–5 year-olds and their grown-ups are invited to join us for an interactive Story Hour in a small group!…
Join Evenings with an Author (online) to discuss WAKE: The Hidden History of Women-Led Slave Revolts with lawyer, historian, and writer Rebecca Hall Click here to RSVP In…
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American Library in Paris Book Award: Past winners
Hate: The Rising Tide of Anti-Semitism in France (and What It Means for Us) by Marc Weitzmann
Winner of the 2019 American Library in Paris Book Award
A Certain Idea of France: The Life of Charles de Gaulle by Julian Jackson
Winner of the 2018 American Library in Paris Book Award
The Novel of the Century: The Extraordinary Adventure of Les Misérables by David Bellos
Winner of the 2017 American Library in Paris Book Award
The Burdens of Brotherhood: Jews and Muslims from North Africa to France by Ethan B. Katz
Winner of the 2016 American Library in Paris Book Award
The Marquis: Lafayette Reconsidered by Laura Auricchio
Winner of the 2015 American Library in Paris Book Award