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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 and 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.

Discover English Literature from Around the World!

In celebra­tion of its twentieth anniver­sary 2016 the Ameri­can ­Li­brary welcomes you to discover English languages and li­te­ra­tu­res frim all over the world. From November 2016 through No­vem­ber 2017 we will feature a different geogra­phi­cal and lin­gui­stic area for one month, wether in our regular activi­ties (­Sto­ry­ti­mes, LitNights, Poetry Please!, Movie­Talks), in our book ­dis­plays, or in special afternoon or evening events.
Join us for our world tour of islands, countries and contin­ent­s where English is spoken and literature is written in English!




Stories for Kids ages 6 and up

Where's the Dragon?

Friday, September 29th at 16.00

Have you ever seen a real dragon? Mr. Jones is simply mad about the creatures. He carves them out of wood and he tells thrilling stories about them. But he’s never seen a real dragon, so he and his grandson George have set sail in search of one. Come along and help to navigate through the pictures. But remember: to discover a really, truly fire-breathing dragon, you have to hunt high and low and always, always believe hard enough. Sign up to join us and make our own dragon in a jar to keep.



Discover English Literature from Around the World!: India month

A Glimpse of India

Friday, October 6th at 19.30

Namasté India at the American Library!
Join us for an evening on this huge and amazingly diverse country with stories and poems from India presented by our Indian readers and friends of the library. Find out about the secrets of saris and turban binding, watch a slide show on India and enjoy an Indian snack with Chai or Lassi. Admission free, donations cheerfully accepted!



Wednesday, October 11th at 19.30

An arranged marriage celebra­tion brings family members from around the globe to extremely hot New Delhi. Five inter­sec­ting storylines are followed throughout the chaotic wedding prepa­ra­ti­ons and the extra­va­gant wedding itself. Heated emotions build to intensity, only to be relieved by the cooling monsoon rains and the cathartic and healing conclusion. (Directed by Mira Nair, 2001; FSK: ab 0) 


Stories for Kids ages 6 and up

Selvakumar Knew Better

Friday, October 13th at 16.00

The bright winter day dawns like any other, and the Ramakris­hnan family goes about their daily business as usual. Their scruffy dog, Selvakumar, however, feels there is something strange in the air – and he is right. A giant wave, a tsunami, is rushing toward the shore!

Today’s storytime is based on a true story that took place during the terrible tsunami wave in India and other countries in 2005.

After the story Debjani has prepared some surprises and activities from India for you. Please call ahead and reserve a place!


Figurentheater Dornerei: Superwurm

Das Figur­en­thea­ter Dornerei aus Neustadt an der Weinstraße spielt für Kinder ab 4 Jahren: "Super­wurm"

Freitag, 20. Oktober um 16.00 Uhr

Superwurm, der Superheld, ist der tollste Wurm der Welt! Ist ein Freund in Not, dann taucht er auf und ist zur Stelle. Doch auch das Leben von Super­wür­mern ist, wie man ahnt, nicht ohne Gefahren und hängt am seidenen Faden. Ob viele kleine Freunde gegen großen Echsen­zau­ber und raben­schwarze Tricks etwas ausrichten können?

Basierend auf dem Buch „Super­worm“ von Julia Donaldson und Axel Scheffler.

Die Insze­nie­rung des Mario­net­ten­thea­ters erhielt den Publi­kums­preis beim Wiesba­de­ner Figur­en­thea­ter­fes­ti­val 2016.

Die Veran­stal­tung ist in deutscher Sprache. Eintritts­kar­ten zu €2,- sind ab Anfang Oktober in der Ameri­ka­ni­schen Bibliothek erhältlich. Bitte Alter­s­an­gabe beachten!


Stories for Kids ages 6 and up

The Secret of the Kelpie

Friday, October 27th at 16.00

What would you do if you found a beautiful white horse on the shores of a loch? Would you clamber on for a ride? Or would you be suspicious of its wet footprints on the grass? Flora is suspicious, but can she work out the kelpie’s secret in time to save her brothers and sister from the monster from the loch? Join us for this spooky story before joining in with our Halloween party games. Come dressed up for an extra prize.


Hogwarts Library Halloween Night

Friday, October 27th from 19.00-22.00

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.