Building the Future, Reader by Reader

To celebrate our 100th anniverary, we’re thrilled to announce an expansion of the Children’s and Teens’ Library. The Library will expand into an adjacent space and increase its total footprint by 70 mon the ground floor and mezzanine. In the upgraded Children’s and Teens’ Library, there will be dedicated spaces for each age range and ample space for our most popular events. The Teen Mezzanine will double in size. In addition, we will also be building an additional conference room on the mezzanine that can be used for book groups, teen workshops, and group study.

This expansion is the capstone of Project 100, the Library’s ongoing centennial capital campaign, which has raised close to 800,000 € thanks to our dedicated supporters and Board of Trustees. As part of Project 100, we will also be refreshing the print collection, improving technological infrastructure, and strengthening the endowment.

Stay tuned for updates about the plans and construction timeline. Contact Development Manager Morgan Wurzburger (wurzburger@americanlibraryinparis.org) with questions about donating to the Library.

Kick off the centennial at Library After Dark

Saturday 21 March, 20h-midnight

Experience the Library in a different light and help us launch our year of centennial celebrations in style. Meet new friends and enjoy music, a catered cocktail dînatoire, and handcrafted drinks, all in support of the Library in its 100th year. The event also features:

  • the unveiling of new and limited-edition Library souvenirs
  • a raffle
  • special exhibits
  • appearances from some of your favorite authors

This adults-only party will last until midnight and all proceeds will benefit the Library’s programs, services, and collections. The full cost of your ticket is a tax-deductible donation and will be acknowledged with a tax receipt after the event.

To purchase tickets, click here.

Lending for 100 years

 

The American Library in Paris was established in 1920 under the auspices of the American Library Association and the Library of Congress, with a core collection donated by American libraries to United States armed forces serving their allies in World War I. 100 years later we are the largest English-language lending library on the European continent.

The Library’s 4,000 members represent 60 countries and enjoy access to 100,000 books, current and historical periodicals, and digital resources. Its signature programming includes children’s and teen activities, evening speakers, and book groups.

Please join us in 2020 as we celebrate our past and build our future.

If you would like to know more about our history, please visit our interactive timeline.

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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Evenings with an Author: Roger Lipsey

March 11 @ 19 h 30 min - 21 h 00 min

Politics and Conscience: Dag Hammarskjöld on the Art of Ethical Leadership, published in late February, gives us the occasion to look at Hammarskjöld's life and contributions…

Evenings with an Author: Ron Rosbottom

March 17 @ 19 h 30 min - 21 h 00 min

The author of the acclaimed When Paris Went Dark, longlisted for the National Book Award, returns to World War II once again to tell the incredible story…

Jean Beaman in conversation with Inès Seddiki about Citizen Outsider: Children of North African Immigrants in France

March 18 @ 19 h 30 min - 21 h 00 min

Citizen Outsider: Children of North African Immigrants in France While portrayals of immigrants and their descendants in France and throughout Europe often center on burning cars…

Writing workshop with Howard Rodman- Historical Fiction

March 19 @ 19 h 00 min - 21 h 00 min

Howard is the author of the novels The Great Eastern and Destiny Express, screenplays Joe Gould's Secret; August; Savage Grace. He is the former President of…

Library After Dark (ticketed fundraising event)

March 21 @ 20 h 00 min - 23 h 55 min

Experience the Library in a different light and help us launch our year of centennial celebrations in style. Meet new friends and enjoy music, a catered…

Evenings with an Author: V. E. Schwab

March 23 @ 19 h 30 min - 21 h 00 min

Victoria “V.E.” Schwab is the #1 NYT, USA, and Indie bestselling author of more than a dozen books, including Vicious, the Shades of Magic series, and…

Evenings with an Author: Centennial Writer-in-Residence Geraldine Brooks

March 24 @ 19 h 30 min - 21 h 00 min

Geraldine Brooks is the author of five novels and three works of non fiction, including the 2006 Pulitzer Prize winner, March, and the New York Times Bestsellers, People…

Evenings with an Author: Hollis Clayson

March 25 @ 19 h 30 min - 21 h 00 min

Hollis Clayson is Professor of Art History and Bergen Evans Professor in the Humanities at Northwestern University, where she has taught for 30+ years. Trained at…

Writing Workshop with Centennial Writer-in-Residence Geraldine Brooks

March 28 @ 14 h 00 min - 16 h 00 min

"Bringing Out the Dead:  How to create an authentic fictional voice." In her work as a historical novelist and as an award-winning journalist, Geraldine Brooks tries…

L-R, Brady Morales-Woolery, Gendell Hernández, Edie Flores, Maria Calendaria. Photo: Lorenzo Fernandez-Kopek

Partner Event: Word for Word 2020 at Théâtre Le Ranelagh (Paris 16)

March 30 @ 19 h 30 min - 21 h 30 min

Photo by Lorenzo Fernandez-Kopek; L-R: Brady Morales-Woolery, Gendell Hernández, Edie Flores, Maria Calendaria. Please note that this event is off site, at Théâtre Le Ranelagh (5…

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