mardi 1 janvier 2019

New Year greetings 2019


May the New Year keep you « healthy, wealthy & wise »


The library reopens on Wednesday 9th January.



Our party was a great success, we sang some Christmas carols, we had some wonderful food & lots of people won prizes in the raffle. I would like to thank the Board members who go to a lot of trouble to find prizes. The fact that there are so many makes the raffle very attractive & is a good way to raise funds for the library. Thanks to Phil Claringbull for cleaning up afterwards



These will now take place every second & fourth Monday of the month from 2.30-3.30. The first meeting  on January 14th



Reminder :  3-5.30pm on Wednesdays  & 10-12 on the 1st & 3rd Saturday of each month


We shall be inaugurating our suggestion table in January. The person manning will put out a few books that they recommend (old or new), hoping to introduce you to some hidden treasures



Library dues are payable at the beginning of January to Mike Davison, 13 rue de la Paix  34130 St Aunès (cheque made out to FOAL) 30 member  40 family & 20 student or unemployed

Of course, disregard this reminder if you have already paid (& quite a lot of you have)

Spot the Shakespearean character



1.     Oberon  (Midsummer night’s dream)

2.     Hamlet  (easy that one !)

3.     Cordelia   (King Lear)

4.     Dogberry   (Much ado about nothing)

5.     Orsino   (12th night)

6.     Julius Caesar

7.     Titiana  (Midsummer night’s dream)

8.     Hippolyta  (Midsummer night’s dream)








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vendredi 16 novembre 2018

The new catalogue is now online !!!

The new catalogue (Title Alphabetical Order) is now online. To download it, just click Here.
Also available : Author Alphabetical Order Here.

Click on “télécharger avec votre navigateur” (download to browser) and then on “ouvrir” (open) or "Enregistrer le fichier" (to save it on your computer).

mercredi 24 octobre 2018




NEW BOOKS : the new books have arrived, been covered & are now on the shelves. A lot of happy reading in the offing

CHRISTMAS PARTY : an important date to put in your diaries ; Friday 14th December at 6.30pm at the library. As usual, you will bring sweet or savory (organiser to be confirmed), FOAL will provide the drinks & we will start off the party with the raffle draw.  Board members go to great lengths to find worthwhile prizes which are starting to come in.  Tickets are 1 euro each or ten tickets for 8 euros (a bargain !)  We shall start selling tickets in November but also on the day of the party       

DUES : (this does not concern new members since September whose dues are paid to end 2019). Dues to be sent to Mike Davison  13 rue de la Paix  34130  St Aunès at the beginning of January. We thank you all for your support

Dues : 30 euros individual   40 euros family   20euros student


NEW OPENING HOURS : we have come to the conclusion that we need to change opening hours, the kind volunteers who staff the library all agree that we should open on the Saturday mornings from 10-12am & on Wednesdays from 3-5.30pm. We shall be starting at the beginning of December.


dimanche 30 septembre 2018




     Antigone des Associations

We had a lot of sign-ups for the « Welcome Drinks » but not a lot of takers on the evening of the event (21st September) so all the sign-ups were contacted (email & text message) for a replay on the 28th & two couples turned up. Conclusion : having a stand at the Antigone des Associations is a waste of time & effort of the volunteers who staff the stand. Next year, we will ask another association to put FOAL flyers on their stand & leave it at that.


Conversation sessions

Our friend Barbara Arhel has kindly agreed to hold conversation sessions on Tuesdays during term time from 14.30-15.30. These sessions are for Foal members & represent a plus but not the main reason for joining the library. Barbara is a volunteer & may not always be available. The sessions will start on Tuesday 2nd October


Opening hours

We would like to have your opinion on opening hours. We are thinking of changing them slightly because there are times when there are no visitors. We suggest closing half an hour early on Wednesdays (15-17.30) & opening half an hour later on the Saturday openings (10.30-12.30).

Please send an email to with your opinion


New books

The new books will be in the library mid October. You will find a hard copy of the updated catalogue in the library & online. I know most of you have never visited the blog (all you need to do is click on the link at the bottom of the email). You will find the catalogue there


Donations children’s books

If you have any children’s books to donate to the library, please bring them along, any other books, please send a list


mercredi 19 septembre 2018



Foal offers conversation sessions for FOAL members

These will be held at the library every Tuesday afternoon from 2.30-3.30 (excluding school holidays)

Starting 2nd October


If you are interested, please send an email to : 

mardi 10 juillet 2018

The new catalogue

The new catalogue (Title Alphabetical Order) is now online. To download it, just click Here.
Also available : Author Alphabetical Order Here.

Click on “télécharger avec votre navigateur” (download to browser) and then on “ouvrir” (open) or "Enregistrer le fichier" (to save it on your computer).

mardi 22 mai 2018

Comédie du Livre newsletter



The Comédie du Livre takes place this weekend on the Esplanade. This year the main guests are Dutch & Flemish authors although, of course, other nationalities are invited too.

I have noted three events that might interest Foal members :


Friday 25th a « literary discussion » with the American author James Morrow at the Musée Fabre auditorium at 11am


An « English breakfast » with Jenny Colgan on Saturday 26th on the terrace of the Mercury hotel at 11am (we don’t know this author, from the description of her œuvre it sounds rather like « chick lit »)


Also on Saturday at 7pm at the Panacée auditorium a discussion with Herman Koch whose bestseller « The Dinner » we have in the library. He is Dutch but I imagine he will be interviewed in English.


The Bookshop will  have a stand & they usually have English-speaking authors  there.