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Veranstaltungen in der Amerikanischen Bibliothek

Please sign up for our events by phone 0721-7 27 52 or directly at the American Library.

Regular Events

for Kids

Are you from a bilingual family? Have you been living abroad and want to keep up your English? Have you moved to Karlsruhe and would like to meet other English speaking kids? Are you learning English and would like to practise it a bit more? Then call ahead and join us for our fun storytimes:

Storytime in English

Children ages 3 - 5 years are invited to our Storytime in English every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month at 4 pm.
Please ­call ahead and reserve a place (0721-72752)!

Stories for Kids ages 6 and up!

Join Claire ans Julia twice a month on Fridays at 4 pm! We meet and read stories in English together. Usually we do a craft, game or other fun activity afterwards. Please find the next dates below and if you would like to come, please call ahead and re­serve a place!

for Adults

LitNight in English!

Join us every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month from 19.30 - 21.00 at the American Library for reading and discussing literature in English. For more infor­ma­tion call the American Library or simply stop by.

Poetry Please!

Poems in English read and discussed.
Every 4th Tuesday of the month from 19.30 - 21.00 at the American Library. For more infor­ma­tion call Tom (0721-3540477) or the American Library or simply stop by!

Movie Talk

Calling all cineastes: Join us every 2nd Wednesday of the month at 19.30 for Movie Talk at the American Library in Karlsruhe! Watch and discuss classics, should-be classics and films you might have missed. Each featured flick comes from the librarys own collection and will be shown in the original language (with English subtitles). Free of charge - donations cheerfully accepted. Further infor­ma­tion and the films titles (which we are not allowed to publish on the internet) at the American Library.



Starting in September 2016 you can see Malcolm Brook's won­der­ful kinetic sculpture "An American Celebra­tion" in the American Library. We thank the artist for generous­ly lo­a­ning his work to help celebrate the library's 20th an­ni­ver­sary.


Wednesday, 12. October at 19.30

Classic 1950s sci-fi pulp: When a man is acciden­tally exposed to a radio­ac­tive cloud and then to pesticides, his body inexpli­ca­bly begins to shrink, leading him into ever more precarious situations in his own home…(­Di­rec­ted by Jack Arnold, 1957; FSK: ab 12)

Stories for Kids ages 6 and up

Dr. Xargle special storytime!

Friday, 14. October at 16.00

Dr. Xargle is a friendly alien teacher from outer space with 5 eyes, green fur and long tentacles who has written several books about our planet namely about Earthlets (human babies), Earth Tiggers (cats) and Earth Hounds (dogs). Gain some amazing and hilarious insights from outer space and join us for an alien craft. Please call ahead and reserve a place!

Creative Writing Workshop

Saturday, 15. October from 10.30 to 12.30

To promote the English-language short story compe­ti­tion “Stras­bourg Write a Story 2017”, Hal D’Arpini will lead a creative writing workshop at the American Library. Hal, who grew up in the U.S., currently works as an English teacher in the Strasbourg area and leads creative writing workshops and a creative writing group. The session will engage parti­ci­pants in writing exercises and will draw from Ursula Le Guin’s work on creative writing. By the end, hopefully a few will feel enthu­sia­stic enough to enter the compe­ti­tion, but this is not obligatory. For more infor­ma­tion see www.sxb-write-a-story.org.

Please sign up in advance since the number of parti­ci­pants is limited!

Slam-Poetry Meisterstücke live – die Poetry-Slam-Fibel mit Bas Böttcher

Donnerstag, 20. Oktober um 19.30 Uhr

Bas Böttcher, einer der ersten Poetry-Slammer in Deutsch­land und Verfasser der “Poetry-Slam-Fibel” ist mit einem slam-poetischen Rundum­schlag in der Ameri­ka­ni­schen Bibliothek zu Gast.

Bas Böttcher präsen­tiert eigene zum Teil preis­ge­krönte Poetry-Slam-Stücke und liest weitere Stücke aus der Poetry-Slam-Fibel vor.

Daneben gibt es Wissens­wer­tes über die Entstehung des Phänomens Poetry-Slam, das ursprüng­lich in den USA entstand.  Eintritt frei, Spenden sehr willkom­men!

Stories for Kids ages 6 and up

The Ghost Library

Friday, 28. October at 16.00

The ghost library is a library with no books! It's full of empty shelves where the ghosts go to listen to stories borrowed from unsuspec­ting children – until one night they try to borrow a book from Bo... Come and listen to our ghostly story before joining in with our tradi­tio­nal spooky Halloween party. Special prizes for those in costume. Please call ahead and reserve a place!

Hogwarts Library Halloween Night

Friday, 28. October from 19 to 22

Hogwarts students ages 9 and up are invited to our Halloween Night. The brave parti­ci­pants will have to excel in ghostly games and creepy crafts and will be able to achieve their First OWL (Ordinary Wizarding Level) Certi­fi­cate. The school cafeteria will provide some yucky refres­h­ments. All Hogwarts students should wear an appro­priate costume, but please refrain from bringing your owls. Tuition will be 2 Muggel Euros. Please call the library two weeks in advance to reserve a place. The lessons will be held in English and German.