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.

Evenings with an Author, sponsored by GRoW @ Annenberg

The Library is proud to announce that GRoW @ Annenberg is the official sponsor of our Evenings with an Author series.

Announced during our Century Gala, this generous sponsorship will allow the Library to continue providing readings, lectures, panels, and other literary events free to the public for the next five years. For information on upcoming Evenings, please scroll down the homepage or visit the website calendar.

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

October 21 @ 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…

Story Hour in the Park (ages 3-5) [RSVP REQUIRED]

October 21 @ 14 h 30 min - 15 h 30 min

3-5 year-olds and their parents are invited to join us for a Story Hour featuring songs, stories and rhymes in English. Our weekly Wednesday Story Hours…

Writing Workshop with Susan Tiberghien [Virtual Event, Library members only, RSVP Required]

October 22 @ 19 h 00 min - 20 h 30 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…

Halloween Decorations: Make Your Own (ages 12-18) [VIRTUAL—BY RSVP]

October 23 @ 19 h 00 min - 21 h 00 min

For ages 12-18   Join us for a creative workshop where we will create our own Halloween decorations (scary, funny and wild) using supplies readily available…

Halloween Tales (ages 6-12) [VIRTUAL–RSVP REQUIRED]

October 24 @ 11 h 00 min - 12 h 00 min

For ages 6-12   Enjoy classic Halloween tales, Halloween trivia, and discover the roots of Halloween traditions.   Children's and Teens' Services Manager Celeste and volunteers…

Panel Discussion: Reflections on the American Dream Today- The View from France [Virtual Public Event; RSVP Required]

October 27 @ 19 h 30 min - 21 h 00 min

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

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

October 28 @ 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…

Story Hour in the Park (ages 3-5) [RSVP REQUIRED]

October 28 @ 14 h 30 min - 15 h 30 min

3-5 year-olds and their parents are invited to join us for a Story Hour featuring songs, stories and rhymes in English. Our weekly Wednesday Story Hours…

Writers Reading during the Pandemic: A Panel with Joyce Carol Oates, Edmund White, and Sheila Kohler [Virtual Public Event; RSVP Required]

October 29 @ 19 h 30 min - 20 h 30 min

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

Halloween Extravaganza (all ages) [RSVP REQUIRED]

October 31 @ 10 h 00 min - 20 h 00 min

Join us on Saturday 31 October for a day of festivities! Members and non-members alike are welcome to attend the festivities, which will take place virtually…

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