Library Blog

John Morris at 100

Thursday, 08 December 2016 14:58 Written by
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 7th and documenting his illustrious career as a photography editor. Read it below and see a few photos of our friend John through the…

The Dean of Black Paris

Thursday, 08 December 2016 14:49 Written by
"The Dean of Black Paris" James A. Emanuel, the distinguished African-American poet, lived and wrote in Paris from the 1980s until his death in 2013. He spoke at the Library and was a figure and mentor in the expatriate literary scene - "the dean of Black Paris," according to one…

Library Culture Picks: December 2016

Friday, 02 December 2016 11:39 Written by
The American Library in Paris is pleased to share our selection of cultural events going on in the city each month. December in Paris is of course filled with anticipation, and stress, of the upcoming holiday season. So if you're in need of a cultural break, check out some of…

Thank you for a great Halloween!

Tuesday, 08 November 2016 15:26 Written by
Thank you for a great Halloween! This year the Library welcomed hundreds of guests for our annual Halloween Extravaganza on 29 October! Eric the Magician and Jean O'Sullivan performed at our children's parties during the day, treating us to special festival shows. At dusk, the Library once again turned into…

From our Library Fall Visiting Fellows

Tuesday, 11 October 2016 12:03 Written by
The Library welcomes Doug Dechow and Anna Leahy The Library is pleased to welcome our Visiting Fellows Doug Dechow and Anna Leahy, both from Chapman University, who will be staying with us for the month of October. We asked them to write something about each of the programs they will…

We're open!

Tuesday, 30 August 2016 00:07 Written by
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 open to our members.   Thank you for your patience during the months of renovation and for the enthusiasm you have shown for our…

Library staff summer reading lists

Monday, 04 July 2016 22:17 Written by
What Library staff is reading and recommending With the Library closed for renovation, the Library staff, like many of our members, gathered many books that they wanted to read over the summer holidays. Here are the reading lists of some Library staff members who will be enjoying these books from…
"Rendezvous with Death" one hundred years later The American Library in Paris marked a significant anniversary yesterday with commemorations surrounding American volunteers in France early in the First World War, notably the poet Alan Seeger whose combat death was a kind of inspiration for the founding of the Library. Seeger (1888-1916)…
Awarded by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP), the Andrew Carnegie Medal and the Kate Greenaway Medal are the UK’s oldest and most prestigious awards. The awards are judged solely by librarians and awarded annually. To be eligible books must be published in the UK, in English…

Other libraries we love

Tuesday, 14 June 2016 22:05 Written by
Libraries we love to work in (while ours is being renovated) While the Library is being renovated, the staff had to get creative about finding other libraries and co-working spaces to meet and get things done. Some of the staff and interns went to the Mediatheque Francoise Sagan in the…
And the 2016 YAFF winners are... The 2016 Young Authors Fiction Festival culminated with a celebration event on Friday 3 June 2016 at the American Church in Paris. Over 300 people attended the celebration event, including the young author finalists, parents and teachers. Each finalist was awarded a certificate. YAFF…

Renewing the American Library in Paris

Tuesday, 19 April 2016 12:14 Written by
Renewing the American Library in Paris The impending renovation of the Library’s premises has evolved over three years of conversation and planning, and drawing and choosing, and budgeting and financing. Now the construction of new and renewed physical spaces is upon us. We will be displaying drawings, renderings, and simulations…
Megan Mayhew Bergman on natural farming and sustainability Join Library Visiting Fellow Megan Mayhew Bergman on Wednesday 20 April at 10h00 in a discussion about the way literature intersects with activism, particularly as it relates to natural farming and sustainability. She'll discuss her own daily life on a small farm…

Library Culture Picks: April 2016

Tuesday, 05 April 2016 14:51 Written by
The American Library in Paris is pleased to share our selection of cultural events going on in the city each month. This month, we recommend the multi-media exhibition on the Velvet Underground, a retrospective of Paul Klee, and 50 years of James Bond style. Here are our Culture Picks for…

Some books we're enjoying right now

Monday, 14 March 2016 11:26 Written by
What Library staff is reading and recommending Here are some book recommendations from the Libary staff and volunteers. For more staff recommendations, check regularly our display near the Graphic Novels section at the front of the Library. The Science of Fear by Daniel Gardner(recommended by )I highly recommend this book…

Library Culture Picks: March 2016

Tuesday, 08 March 2016 12:07 Written by
The American Library in Paris is pleased to share our selection of cultural events going on in the city each month, including a new Los Angeles-themed exhibition at the Mona Bismarck American Center and a retrospective on the artist Henri Rousseau at the Musée d'Orsay. Here are our Culture Picks…

New fiction, biographies and travel

Friday, 26 February 2016 12:19 Written by
New books have arrived! The arrival of new books at the Library is always highly anticipated. Our recent additions in both fiction and non-fiction center on the expatriate experience: The Expatriates by Janice Y.K. Lee about American expatriates in Hong Kong; In Other Words by Jhumpa Lahiri, her first work…

Library staff on "To Kill a Mockingbird"

Tuesday, 23 February 2016 12:08 Written by
Library staff on To Kill a Mockingbird The Library staff honors the legacy of Harper Lee and To Kill a Mockingbird by telling the stories of when we first read the book. --------------- I actually don't think I ever read it in school or read it as a child, although…

2015 YAFF story by Else Nye (7th grade/5ème)

Tuesday, 09 February 2016 12:03 Written by
2015 YAFF winning story by Else Nye (7th grade/5ème) The American Library in Paris is proud to be the organizer of the Young Authors Fiction Festival (YAFF). The YAFF is a city-wide writing intiative that aims to strengthen community among English-speakers in the Paris area through the art and craft…

Mock Caldecott 2016: The Library Favorite

Friday, 05 February 2016 19:10 Written by
The Caldecott Medal is awarded annually to the "most distinguished American picture book for children" by the Association for Library Service to Children (a division of the American Library Association). This year, for the second time, we held our own event to try and predict the winner and to choose…
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