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Visitors ages 6+, staff, and volunteers are required to wear masks on the premises.

Library Hours:

Tuesday–Wednesday: 10h00–21h00
Thursday–Friday–Saturday: 10h00–19h00
Sunday: 13h00–19h00 | Monday: Closed

The last hour before closing is self-service only.
Last entry is 30 minutes before closing.

Lettres d'Amérique

Register now for the next event in the Library’s new program series and discover a major new voice in American literature.

Yaa Giasi

Wednesday, 15 September

In her second novel, Transcendent Kingdom, Yaa Gyasi looks to science, faith, and the past to tell a raw and intimate story of a Ghanaian family in Alabama. Contemplating the repercussions of human trafficking in America and West Africa, Gyasi also explores the opioid crisis, mental health, and the family bonds that at once hold us together and tear us apart.

Launched in cooperation with The US Embassy and Festival America, Lettres d’Amérique will explore issues at the heart of contemporary America: race, immigration, citizenship, historical trauma, addiction, and gun violence. The range of this year’s speakers is as rich as it is diverse.

All events are virtual and will begin at 19h30 CET / 13h30 EST / 10h30 PST and run for 75 minutes. The audience will have the option of watching in either French or English; all events will be simultaneously translated from English into French.

Learn more on the Lettres webpage.

Pass Sanitaire at the Library

Melvis the Library Dog is ready to scan Pass Sanitaires! Starting on Tuesday 31 August, all adults 18+ must have a Pass to enter the Library, including those accompanying children.

On 30 September, all visitors ages 12+ must show a Pass Sanitaire.

For details, please visit the COVID-19 information page. We thank you for your cooperation.

2021 Book Award Shortlist Announced

Five titles have been selected as finalists for the 2021 American Library in Paris Book Award. They include a novel about a Surrealist artist (Leonora in the Morning Light by Michaela Carter), an epistolary elegy (Letters to Camondo by Edmund de Waal), a biography of an underrecognized figure (Black Spartacus by Sudhir Hazareesingh), a dreamlike story of a racehorse in Paris (Perestroika in Paris by Jane Smiley), and a multigenerational micro-history (An Infinite History by Emma Rothschild).

The choice of the winning title now is in the hands of an independent jury, and the winner will be announced at a ceremony in early 2022. For information about becoming a patron of the Book Award ceremony or questions about the prize: Visit our Book Award page or email bookaward@americanlibraryinparis.org.

All eighty-three of the submissions for the 2021 Book Award are in the Library’s circulating collection and are available for checkout by members.

The American Library in Paris has been lending since 1920. Help sustain this vital institution in its 100th year of service by donating today.

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Teen Night: All the Best* Word Games (ages 12–18)

September 17 @ 19 h 00 min - 21 h 00 min

For ages 12–18 Compete with other English-speaking teens in a fun night of word games CLICK HERE TO REGISTER. Join other English-speaking teens in the community,…

Bookworms: “Ghost” by Jason Reynolds (ages 9–12)

September 18 @ 11 h 00 min - 12 h 00 min

BOOKWORMS! The book club for 9-12-year-olds! CLICK HERE TO REGISTER. In September, we'll be reading Ghost by American Children's Laureate Jason Reynolds. A National Book Award…

Research Skills Scavenger Hunt (ages 12–18)

September 18 @ 13 h 00 min - 16 h 00 min

For ages 12–18 CLICK HERE TO REGISTER. Meet Children's and Teens' Services Manager Celeste, in the Children's Library to get started and find out a few…

Entre Nous: Andrew Revkin, Kate Raworth & Roman Krznaric

September 20 @ 19 h 30 min - 21 h 00 min

The American Library in Paris, Columbia Global Centers | Paris, and the Institute for Ideas and Imagination are pleased to present Entre Nous. At the intersection…

Story Hour: Summer Turns to Fall (ages 3–5) [Virtual]

September 22 @ 11 h 00 min - 12 h 00 min

For ages 3–5 CLICK HERE TO RSVP. 3–5 year-olds and their grown-ups are invited to join us for our an interactive virtual Story Hour! This virtual…

Story Hour: Summer Turns to Fall (ages 3–5)

September 22 @ 14 h 30 min - 15 h 30 min

For ages 3–5 CLICK HERE TO RSVP. 3–5 year-olds and their grown-ups are invited to join us for an interactive Story Hour outdoors in a small…

Teen Night: The Art of the Short Story (ages 12–18)

September 24 @ 19 h 00 min - 21 h 00 min

Work on your craft in a fun, creative atmosphere with other young writers CLICK HERE TO REGISTER. Novels, and short stories are distinct art forms. Together,…

Looking at Art with Stephen T. Johnson (ages 6–12) [Virtual]

September 25 @ 15 h 00 min - 16 h 00 min

for ages 6–12 CLICK HERE TO REGISTER. Join us for a virtual presentation and art workshop with artist, author, and illustrator Stephen T. Johnson. Stephen will…

Master Shot Film Club meeting (ages 12–18)

September 25 @ 17 h 00 min - 18 h 30 min

For ages 12-18. CLICK HERE TO APPLY Led by Paris-based filmmaker and writer Clarence Tokley, the purpose of this club is to allow budding filmmakers the…

Research Skills Scavenger Hunt (ages 12–18)

September 26 @ 14 h 00 min - 17 h 00 min

For ages 12–18 CLICK HERE TO REGISTER. Meet Children's and Teens' Services Librarian Kirsty in the Children's Library to get started and find out a few…

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