Library Resources for Understanding

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

In the wake of recent protests in the United States following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis on 25 May, readers have reached out to us for resources to learn more about these 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 and may be requested via curbside lending.

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.

At Home with the Library

In honor of the Library’s 100th birthday this year, we’ve launched At Home with the Library, a video series where stars from the stage and the page read from the works of writers whose own histories are interwoven with that of the Library. You’ll enjoy the words of Richard Wright, Julia Child, and Colette, all frequent guests at the Library, being brought to life by such luminaries as Claire Messud, Alan Cumming, Hala Alyan, and Blythe Danner.

Every few days in May (our birthday month), a new reading will be launched on our Instagram account via IGTV and on our Youtube channel.  You can also watch the videos on the At Home with the Library webpage. Make sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube for the latest updates.

A special thanks to Denis O’Hare for his inspiration and leadership on the project.

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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2020 Summer Reading Quest (ages 0-12) (printable)

July 1 - August 29

Summer Reading at home challenge for ages 0-12   Keep track of your reading over the summer, try out new books, and win prizes by completing…

Ten Book Challenge (ages 12-18) (printable)

July 1 - August 29

Summer Reading Program at home challenge for ages 12-18   You don't need to be in Paris this summer to take part in our Ten Book…

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

August 5 @ 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 Wednesday Story Hour! This interactive program lasts 45 minutes and…

Mythology Madness (ages 6-12) [VIRTUAL – RSVP Required]

August 8 @ 11 h 00 min - 12 h 00 min

Ages 6-12 Join us for an hour dedicated to mythology from Scotland, Egypt and Australia! Join Children's and Teens' Services Librarian Kirsty for some mythic stories…

Evenings with an Author: Hollis Clayson [Virtual Public Event; RSVP Required]

September 1 @ 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 2 @ 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 Wednesday Story Hour! This live, interactive virtual program lasts 45…

Evenings with an Author: Greg Garrett [Virtual Public Event; RSVP Required]

September 2 @ 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…

Evenings with an Author: Alice Jardine [Virtual Public Event; RSVP Required]

September 8 @ 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 9 @ 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…

Evenings with an Author: Tony Maniaty [Virtual Public Event; RSVP Required]

September 9 @ 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…

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