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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 practice 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 4.15 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 Teenager


We are offering a new group for teens (=everyone who is a teenager and not in elementary school anymore). We meet once a month on a Friday, from 16.15 - 17.15 to:
- share book/DVD/­com­pu­ter ­game tips
- try out science experi­ments
- do fun crafts
-do other stuff we still have to determine (we want YOUR i­deas!)
The next dates for Teentime are listed below - please call ahead and reserve a place so that we know how many of you to expect

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.



Figurentheater Con Cuore zu Gast mit: “Schweinchen Wilbur und seine Freunde” (in dt. Sprache)

Mittwoch, 24. Oktober 2018 um 16.00 Uhr

Wilbur ist ein trauriges Schwein. Ganz allein in einem noch fremden Stall wartet er vergeblich auf seine Spiel­ka­me­ra­din, das Mädchen Fern, die ihn großge­zo­gen hat. Und zu allem Überfluss erzählt ihm das alte Schaf das er ja sowieso geschlach­tet wird sobald er dick genug ist. Seine Verzweif­lung ruft Charlotte die Spinne auf den Plan, die von nun an versucht Wilburs Leben mit Geschick und Klugheit zu retten. Alle Tiere auf Zucker­mann´s Farm nehmen an der Aktion "Rettet das Schwein" teil.

Nach dem Kinder­buch­klas­si­ker "Wilbur und Charlotte" von E.B. White wurde dieses Figur­en­thea­ter­stück neu inszeniert und richtet seinen Fokus auf die ungewöhn­li­che Freund­schaft zwischen dem Schwein­chen Wilbur und der Spinne Charlotte: Es lehrt den Zuschauer, dass jeder etwas wert ist wenn man bereit ist, dies zu erkennen. „Wie sich im Handlungs­ver­lauf ein wohltu­en­des Netz aus Fäden von Freund­schaft, Zuneigung und gegen­sei­ti­ger Fürsorge entspinnt, das gibt dem Bühnen­stück einen besonderen Zauber“ (Rhein­pfalz, 2015).

Für Kinder ab 5 Jahren und Erwachsene. Eintritt: €2,-. Eintritts­kar­ten ab Anfang Oktober in der Ameri­ka­ni­schen Bibliothek erhältlich.


Stories for Kids ages 6 and up

Halloween Story and Party!
Friday, October 26, 2018 at 16.15

Our newly formed teen group will read the story Room on a Broom by Julia Donaldson to the younger children and play Halloween party games which they have prepared for them. Do come in a scary or not so scary costume and win an extra little prize.


Hogwart’s Library Halloween Night

Friday, October 26, 2018 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 Muggle Euros. Please call the library two weeks in advance to reserve a place. The lessons will be held in English and German.




Wednesday, November 14 at 19.30

Dystopian parable of a conflicted fire fighters living under an oppressive regime. His job entails burning any discovered books on sight. What if reading and forming one´s own opinion were no longer protected rights, but subversive activi­ties?
Directed by François Truffaut, 1966; FSK: ab 12.


Stories for Kids ages 6 and up

I Walk With Vanessa and Weird
Friday, November 16, 2018 at 16.15

Have you ever been bullied by somebody? Do you know how it feels when someone picks on you all the time? Then join us for our bully-free storytime and find out how Vanessa and the girl in the book “Weird” managed to deal with their bullies.

Please call ahead and reserve a place!


Book & Bake Sale

Saturday, November 17th from 10.00-14.00

Shop till you drop at our book sale! Old books that have been discarded from the library as well as nearly new ones from donations are for sale at specta­cu­lar prices. Before you drop, have a nice cup of coffee and some delicious cakes and cookies provided by the Friends of the American Library Karlsruhe e.V.


Stories for Kids ages 6 and up

Nerdy Birdy
Friday, November 30, 2018 at 16.15

Nerdy Birdy likes reading, video games, and reading about video games, which immedia­tely disqua­li­fies him for membership in the cool crowd. When he's at his lowest point, Nerdy Birdy meets a flock of birds that are just like him. He has friends and discovers that there are far more nerdy birdies than cool birdies in the sky. And then another bird moves in... Come and find out how Nerdy Birdy finds his path to happiness before joining in with some fun.


Christmas Carol Sing-along at the American Library

Friday, November 30, 2018  at 18.30

Get in the mood for Advent and Christmas at the American Library! Together we’ll sing Christmas Carols, decorate the library’s Christmas tree, hear Christmas stories and poems, do a little quiz, munch Christmas cookies and drink some Glühwein or Punch. For big and small people and everybody in between. Admission free, donations and cookies cheerfully accepted! If you have Christmas ornaments for the library’s tree please bring them along. Please call ahead – sign-up starts November 11th so that we know how many to expect.


Stories for Kids ages 6 and up

How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Friday, December 14, 2018 at 16.15

Join us for the classic story of how the nasty Grinch tries to steal Christmas from the little inhabi­tants of Who-ville. After the story and some tea and cookies we’ll make some Christmas crafts. Please call ahead and reserve a place!