On the Road: The American Library in Paris Voyages en France

On the road: the American Library of Paris travels to France – France Today On the road: the American Library of Paris travels to France – France Today
Barbara Gerber

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.

The American Library in Paris

The American Library in Paris © CVB on Wikimedia Commons

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.

Library of Saint-Omer

Library of Saint-Omer © Jacques Rocquet

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.

Event calendar

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

Blérancourt: Autumn

Main photo credit: On The Road Poster © U.S. Embassy France Instagram

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Originally from Los Angeles, Barbara is France Today’s ambassador for LA. She graduated from UCLA with a BA in Political Science and also earned her JD degree from UCLA School of Law. At UCLA, she spent her freshman year in Grenoble, France. Since then, she has been a passionate Francophile. She has visited almost all regions of France and is still pursuing French lessons in Los Angeles. She has an apartment in Paris and continues to visit France every year.

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