12 March 2022

Joan Koenig on the Power of Music

by Pallas-Amenah Morgan On a cloudy Saturday morning, the sound of drums, tambourines, maracas and horns could be heard coming from the Children’s Library at The […]
16 February 2022

Slam Poetry at the Library

Words have power, and poetry has been an art form used to inspire some of the greatest movements in history. This February, Children’s and Teens’ Services […]
24 January 2022

Burns Night 2022

Burns Night Burns Night is celebrated in Scotland on or around 25 January. It is a yearly commemoration of the life of the bard (poet) Robert […]
26 March 2021

Writing Tips and Advice for YAFF 2021

The Library encourages young authors, ages 5-18, from all over the greater Paris area to use their imaginations and prepare to submit an original story in […]
16 March 2021

More books, more space to read!

Selecting books for yourself or to share with a child should be a joyful task, although it can often be daunting. With the recent expansion of […]
4 December 2020

Gifts for book-lovers

Looking for the perfect present for the bookworm in your life? Here are gift ideas to satisfy readers of all ages. Suggestions include items from the […]
5 June 2020

A message of solidarity

Dear friend of the Library,  As the world reels from and mourns the horrific deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery and as we […]
16 November 2017

Book reviews by kids and teens

Kids and teens review books Name: InesAge: 9Book title: Harry Potter and the Deathly HallowsAuthor: J.K. RowlingReview: I love the books. They’re exciting, fun, and funny.  […]
16 October 2017

Interview with Adam Begley

Interview with Adam Begley   Author Adam Begley returns to the Library to talk about his book The Great Nadar: The Man Behind the Camera on […]
28 September 2017

Were you up to the Challenge?

This year the Library ran Summer Reading Challenges for Children, Teens and Adults from 24 June – 10 September. The Finale Party on 16 September saw […]
27 September 2017

Fall 2017 visiting fellow – James Verini

Fall 2017 Library visiting fellow James Verini The Library is pleased to welcome our fall 2017 Library visiting fellow, journalist James Verini. He has written extensively […]
20 September 2017

Roald Dahl Day Fun!

On Sunday 17 September the Library celebrated Roald Dahl’s birthday (the author was born on September 13), with a themed workshop celebrating all things Dahl!  Assistant […]
14 September 2017

Fall newsletter hits the stands

Ex Libris, the Library’s quarterly newsletter, is now available. Pick up a copy in the Members’ Lounge and read about the Library’s activities over the summer […]
7 September 2017

September Culture Picks

Now that you’re back from vacation and summer is coming to an end, why not chase away the rentrée blues by visiting a Parisian museum? These […]
18 August 2017

Kids recommend…

We hope you’re enjoying your summer reading! Here at the Library, we’ve heard from a few young members who would like to recommend some titles they’ve […]
10 August 2017

Birds of Paris

        Our Birds of Paris Children’s program on Saturday 22 July featured information about 9 different bird species that reside in our city […]
24 July 2017

Interview with Matt Black

An Interview with Matt Black One of our amazing volunteers is Matt Black. Matt, who has been a Library member for 10 years, supports the Library […]
10 July 2017

New e-books for children and adults

The Library has refreshed its OverDrive e-book collection with 100 new titles you can take with you on vacation. We’ve selected the best in recent fiction […]
27 June 2017

In praise of Susan Suleiman’s new book

The Library recently hosted a presentation of Susan Suleiman’s new book, The Némirovsky Question. Telling the tale of a family disseminated after having suffered the horrors […]
3 April 2017

Thank you for a great 2017 YAFF!

Thanks for a great 2017 YAFF! The deadline for the 2017 Young Authors Fiction Festival is now passed. This year’s YAFF had one of the largest […]
27 March 2017

A message from the Director

A message from the Director I want to share with the extended family of the American Library in Paris the news that I will be stepping […]
8 December 2016

John Morris at 100

John Morris’s event at the Library has been postponed, but The New York Times has published a wonderful interview-profile and slideshow marking his 100th birthday on December […]
29 August 2016

We’re open!

We’re open! All of us at the Library are delighted to report that the renovations are complete (or very nearly!) and our doors are once again […]
17 November 2015

Helping children cope with anxiety

In response to the tragic events in Paris this past weekend, the Library staff has asked crisis counselor Keri Hicks for permission to repost these tips […]
16 November 2015

A message from the director

Dear friends and members of the American Library: Like all Parisians, the expatriates and others who make up our Library community are feeling shock and grief […]
13 October 2013

New titles for kids

Written and illustrated by Molly Idle  Reviewed by Children’s Library Volunteer Kristen Crans  Meet Flora. Meet the Flamingo. Now watch them dance. At first awkward, separate,   […]
23 September 2013

A Visiting Fellowship at the Library

The American Library in Paris Visiting Fellowship was created in 2013 to nurture and sustain a heritage as old as the Library itself – deepening French-American […]
11 February 2013

Theasa Tuohy: A word on Vietnam

    For many the Vietnam War is no more than history. For those of us for whom it is a vivid memory, the 45th anniversary […]
10 December 2012

A new prize at the Library

Here at the American Library, we’re struck by how many books are being published about France every day and by how many of their authors would […]
22 November 2012

Winner of our first photo contest

Just in time for Thanksgiving, we’d like to announce the winner of our first (Halloween-themed) photo contest: Gracie Dobson as Apple Dumplin’. As told to us by Gracie’s […]
14 November 2012

For aspiring young artists…

How to Draw Princesses and Ballerinas and How to Draw Fairies and Mermaids Published by Usborne Reviewed by Children’s Library volunteer Carole Black Usborne has published […]
11 November 2012

About a Story

By Carmen Bugan What does a children’s story have to do with secret police documents evidencing someone’s crime against a regime? And what does the story […]
1 November 2012

If You Liked The Hunger Games…

DYSTOPI-WHAT!?  If you liked The Hunger Games, you should check out some of the other dystopian novels found upstairs on the Teen Mezzanine. Divergent by Veronica […]
28 October 2012

Halloween Photo Contest!

We’re having our first photo contest ever! Since it’s Halloween this week, we want to know what ghouls and goblins are reading. Take a picture of […]
2 October 2012

Q&A with Anne Korkeakivi

Anne Korkeakivi is the author of An Unexpected Guest. She has published widely in short fiction journals, newspapers, and magazines, and her debut novel has been […]
24 September 2012

Marjorie Williams on Markets

What’s your favorite food memory from the markets of Paris? Maybe yours is as recent as this morning, or last Thursday, or perhaps decades ago. My […]
19 September 2012

Artist Interview with Ann Bruce Hénaff

Artist Interview with Ann Bruce Henaff What inspired you to start making livres-objects – or book-shaped objects? I discovered book-shaped objects in one of Suzanne Manns’ […]
10 July 2012

A talk with Sabine Jaccard

The Library is pleased to interview photographer Sabine Jaccard about her Art on View: All the world’s a stage exhibition now at the Library through September 2, […]
30 June 2012

A Summer Rubik’s Cube

This summer the American Library will be rectifying a longstanding peculiarity in the way its book collections are physically arranged. For years, even decades, the Library’s […]
19 June 2012

In Case You Missed It

The Village Voice bookshop held a memorial on Saturday evening, anticipating thestore’s closure on July 31. In her address to the sea of writers, readers, and […]
18 June 2012

Dryansky on Decadence

Gerry Dryansky, the longtime Senior European person for Condé Traveler and author of six novels—three of which with his wife, Joanne– has been living and writing […]
11 June 2012

And the YAFF 2012 winners are ….

The American Library in Paris is proud to be the organizer of the Young Authors Fiction Festival, in collaboration with the Society of Children’s Book Writers […]
22 May 2012