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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…

Library Culture Picks: February 2016

Wednesday, 03 February 2016 16:28 Written by
The American Library in Paris is pleased to share our selection of cultural events going on in the city each month. Here are our Culture Picks for February along with recommended books. Enjoy reading and visiting!  Library Culture Picks: February 2016 WHAT: ARTIFICIAL CLIMATES (exhibition)WHERE: FONDATION EDFWHEN: 4 OCTOBER 2015 -…

Books for the James A. Emanuel exhibition

Monday, 01 February 2016 21:52 Written by
Books for the James A. Emanuel exhibition The Library is pleased to present a collection of books and poetry in conjunction with the exhibition Black Man Abroad: The Poetic Life of James A. Emanuel from 16 February to 3 April 2016. Included in this collection are some of Emanuel's early…

Jury named for 2016 Book Award

Friday, 29 January 2016 17:38 Written by
Jury named for 2016 Book Award Three distinguished writers, two of them past winners of the American Library in Paris Book Award, have agreed to serve as the jury for the 2016 Award. They are Laura Auricchio, whose biography The Marquis: Lafayette Reconsidered, won the 2015 Library prize; Robert Harris,…

New titles for the new year

Tuesday, 19 January 2016 11:41 Written by
New titles for your reading pleasure The new year is well on its way, but it's early enough for keeping up on those new resolutions. We figure that many Library members have a new year's resolution to read more books this year (and maybe in tandem watch less television or…

In Memoriam: David Bowie's Top Books

Wednesday, 13 January 2016 22:13 Written by
David Bowie's Top Reads David Bowie's list of his top 100 books was published in 2013 and includes some banned classics (1984, Lolita, A Clockwork Orange, Lady Chatterly's Lover, As I Lay Dying), key musical texts by John Cage and Charlie Gillete, and seminal writings by Richard Wright and James…

Library Culture Picks: January 2016

Monday, 04 January 2016 22:28 Written by
The American Library in Paris is pleased to share our selection of cultural events going on in the city each month. Despite all that has happened recently in the city, December is a month that glitters and gleams in Paris, from the elaborate window displays of the grands magasins to…

Library Culture Picks: December 2015

Monday, 07 December 2015 10:25 Written by
The American Library in Paris is pleased to share our selection of cultural events going on in the city each month. Despite all that has happened recently in the city, December is a month that glitters and gleams in Paris, from the elaborate window displays of the grands magasins to…

We've got the NYTimes 10 Best Books of 2015

Saturday, 05 December 2015 15:18 Written by
The 10 Best Books of 2015 The New York Times Book Review editors have selected their 10 best books of 2015, and the Library is pleased to have all of them (one is on order right now) in our collection. Our reference and collections managers Abigal Altman and Audrey Chapuis,…
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