Library Resources for Understanding

The American Library in Paris stands in solidarity against racism and for the pursuit of inquiry, knowledge, and conversation.

Readers have reached out to us for resources to learn more about recent events, and the issues underlying them.

We have compiled reading lists from reputable outlets; many of these titles are in the American Library in Paris collection.

Book Award Shortlist Announced

Six titles have been selected as finalists for the 2020 American Library in Paris Book Award. Seventy-one titles were submitted for consideration by authors, publishers, and others across the English-speaking world. All submissions for the 2020 Book Award are in the Library’s circulating collection, available for checkout by members.

The choice of the winning title is now in the hands of an independent jury: Rachel Donadio, Ethan Katz (chair), and Jake Lamar.  The winner of the $5,000 prize will be announced in November, and an invitation-only ceremony is planned for January 2021. The Book Award is supported by generous funding from the Florence Gould Foundation.

Century Auction and Gala Raffle

THE CENTURY AUCTION: To celebrate the Library’s Centennial, we will be hosting an online auction in the week leading up to the Century Gala on 8 October. Thanks to a group of generous supporters, we are presenting a curated collection of art, gifts, and experiences, including the above original illustration by Julia Connelly.

Bidding starts on 1 October at 19:00h (GMT +1:00) in Paris. While we hope you consider attending the Gala, the auction is open to everyone. Winners will be announced on the night of the event. Bids start at 100€ .

To explore our auction items and begin bidding on 1 October:

THE GALA RAFFLE: For the first time, all Century Gala supporters will receive a ticket to the Gala raffle. The raffle is highlighted by six bottles of Vieux Château Certan, a Bordeaux wine from Pomerol that is valued at over 250€ per bottle. The raffle will also include a collection of Burgundy wine from Château de Chamirey and curated book bundles from authors who have spoken at the Library. Prizes will be awarded live during the event.

You can still sign up for the Gala by reserving a digital-access pass on our website:

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Fall Scavenger Hunt (outdoors) (ages 6-12) [RSVP REQUIRED]

September 19 @ 11 h 00 min - 12 h 30 min

For all ages! Join us for a fun and festive scavenger hunt featuring tricks, treats, and surprises for the whole family. This event is planned to…

Master Shot Film Club meeting (ages 12-18) [BY APPLICATION]

September 19 @ 17 h 00 min - 18 h 30 min

For ages 12-18   Aspiring filmmakers, writers and actors are invited to join the Master Shot Film Club at the Library. Led by Paris-based filmmaker and…

Evenings with an Author: Clara Oropeza [Virtual Public Event; RSVP Required]

September 22 @ 19 h 30 min - 20 h 30 min

*Covid-19 Update: This fall, the Library’s Evening with an Author series will continue to meet virtually, via Zoom. These events, which are free and open to the…

Story Hour (ages 3-5) [VIRTUAL—RSVP REQUIRED]

September 23 @ 10 h 30 min - 11 h 30 min

For ages 3-5 3-5 year-olds and their grown-ups are invited to join us for our weekly Interactive Wednesday Story Hour! This virtual program lasts 45 minutes…

Toddler Time in the Park (ages 1-3) [RSVP REQUIRED]

September 24 @ 10 h 30 min - 11 h 00 min

Ages 1-3 This program features songs, rhymes and stories in English for the very young. Our Toddler Time is for children ages 1-3 and their caregivers.…

Mindfulness Workshop with Daria Steketee [Virtual Event, Library members only, RSVP Required]

September 24 @ 19 h 00 min - 20 h 00 min

*Covid-19 Update: This fall, the Library’s programs will continue to meet virtually, via Zoom. Please check eLibris or our programs calendar for updates and line-up. This event is limited…

Teen Advisory Group meeting (ages 12-18) [VIRTUAL—BY APPLICATION]

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

For ages 12-18   Met fellow bookworms and Library members, share your ideas, get the inside scoop on the Library and earn community service hours.  …

Virtual Bookworms (ages 9-12) [VIRTUAL—RSVP REQUIRED]

September 26 @ 11 h 00 min - 12 h 00 min

A book club for 9-12-year-olds!   This month, we're trying out a new book group for kids! The aim of this group is to create a…

The Art of the Scary Story: Write the Haunted Paris Script (ages 14-adult) [VIRTUAL—BY RSVP]

September 26 @ 14 h 00 min - 16 h 00 min

For ages 14-adult   Work on your craft in a fun, creative atmosphere with other writers and help us build the script for our Haunted Library!…

Story Hour (ages 3-5) [VIRTUAL—RSVP REQUIRED]

September 30 @ 10 h 30 min - 11 h 30 min

For ages 3-5 3-5 year-olds and their grown-ups are invited to join us for our weekly Interactive Wednesday Story Hour! This virtual program lasts 45 minutes…

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