On the Road: The American Library in Paris Voyages en France
The American Library in Paris announced the launch of a new cultural solidarity program sponsored by the United States Embassy in France called On the road based on the popular novel by Jack Kerouac.
During the summer and fall of 2022, American Library staff will go “on the road” for a guided tour of the library. Traveling to the Île-de-France and Hauts-de-France regions in partnership with libraries, museums and higher education centers, the librarians will provide library activities and tools for all ages, in urban settings. and rural.
During the inauguration on June 27, the French patron of On the roadthe author Rachid Santaki, presided over a giant dictation (or dictation) with guests and journalists. Santaki is known as the founder of “La Dictée Géante”, a gathering where people of all generations and backgrounds are united by a love of the French language.
On the road began on Friday July 1 in the Hauts-de-France region at the Saint-Omer Agglomeration Library (Pas-de-Calais), starting with a public discussion on disinformation with the American journalist Cole Stangler. Saturday sessions included archival exhibits, bilingual storytimes and hands-on demonstrations of digital resources.
The On the road the tour stops will last two days and will feature different American authors discussing a wide range of current issues with local audiences. Topics will range from shared democratic values to climate change. Library Director Audrey Chapuis explains, “One of the goals of the program is to extend the reach of the library to new audiences and, beyond that, to create a shared sense of community among the diverse participants. Everyone is welcome.”
Mark Toner, Minister Counselor for Public Diplomacy at the U.S. Embassy in Paris, added, “The Embassy is extremely proud of our close ties with the U.S. Library, and we are delighted to support this program that promotes cross-cultural experiences and showcases. the innovative ways in which libraries serve their communities in France and the United States.
Saint-Omer: July 1-2
Le Blanc-Mesnil: July 8-9
Savigny-le-Temple: July 21-22
Évry-Courcouronnes: September 28-29
Lille: November 7-8
Amiens: November 25-26
Broadcast: December 8 and 9
Main photo credit: On The Road Poster © U.S. Embassy France Instagram
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