dimanche 7 janvier 2018

Happy New Year 2018



As the dates before Christmas were taken we decided to hold a 12th night party.
We had lots of sign ups & about 30 people attended (some had been prevented because of a nasty virus). There was a wonderful spread of delicious food (Foal members are excellent cooks) . Kath Claringbull organised a singalong to the carol « The 12th night of Christmas » which was quite à propos. Then our friend Phil Claringbull put on his Father Christmas hat & drew the raffle prizes which were numerous again this year. I actually took quite a lot of photos but my camera played up so I only have two, of the spread. This was taken before all the food had arrived by which time the table was almost too small to hold it all.

Our famous literary quiz will take place on Friday 2nd February at l’Espace Martin Luther King 27 Bvd Louis Blanc  Montpellier. Let’s hope we won’t have  the same misadventure as last year when we arrived at the venue to set things up to find it closed (we had not been warned). Luckily there is another venue not too far away & thanks to the brilliant work of our board  members we were able to hold the quiz there.


Doors open at 5.45pm so that you have time to get a drink in hand before the 6.15 start. You will be given a playing card which will indicate which team to join. After the quiz we will have time to socialise. Foal provides the drinks & nibbles & all we ask of you is a small contribution of 5 euros per person which you put in an envelope & pop into the donation box. We look forward to seeing you all then.

lundi 11 décembre 2017


We have some more super prizes

·        Voucher for 50 euros at Carrefour

·        Ice cream cone door stopper

·        3-D crossword puzzle of New York

·        2000-piece puzzle of USA

·        All-in-one picnic backpack (rug, plates, multi-purpose gadget, etc)

mercredi 29 novembre 2017


Membership is growing, we signed up our 78th member last week. We have come a long way from our humble beginnings !
The RAFFLE tickets are on sale at the library, the list of prizes is getting longer
·        A manucure in a swish beauty parlour
·        A laquer tray with six coasters           A pair of earrings
·        An international adaptor                    An apple slicer
·        Two oven trays from Lakeland
·        3 bottles of wine from the Domaine de Causse
·        A bottle of genuine Russian vodka     Three 15-euro vouchers from Super U
·        Voucher for 50 euros for a meal at Le Grillardin
  • and  more to come………  If you have anything to donate do let us know (mail foal34@gmail.com )  Tickets 1 euro & 10 for 8 euros. Draw at the party
Our Children’s Corner  is becoming very popular, there are a whole lot more furry toys, we’ll soon have a regular Noah’s Ark…
Openings over Christmas  We shall be open on Saturday 2nd December (we shall be decorating for Christmas), Wednesday 6thWednesday 13th & Saturday 16th then closed until Saturday 6th January  when we open for business again
OF COURSE Saturday 6th is the BIG DAY, the day of our annual party for FOAL members. We have always held this before Christmas but the dates had already been taken this year  so we thought a 12th night party might be fun

You will be bringing the food (sweet or savoury, easy to handle) & FOAL will be providing the drinks. I will send details for signing up nearer the time but do put this date in your diaries. We will be at Lakanal for the first time.
Finally, our FAMOUS LITERARY QUIZ will take place on Friday 2nd February, more details nearer the time , so another date for your diaries
The Children's Corner with three happy babies

lundi 30 octobre 2017

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).

vendredi 20 octobre 2017

The History of Foal

As membership is increasing I thought it would be a good idea to write a brief history of Foal for our collective memory
The association “The Friends of the Anglophone Library” (FOAL) was set up six & a half years ago once it became clear that we were not going to be able to save the former American Library in Montpellier. We fought long & hard & got a lot of press coverage. Our petition gathered 2200 signatures. Sadly to no avail. The new association wanted to provide a library, not to replace the old one, but at least to offer a good selection of books to English speakers in Montpellier and surrounding areas.
We started out very small in the premises of a language school, then we moved to a member’s flat where we stayed for two & a half years, then we had to move again to a member’s house where we stayed another two years. We believed in the enterprise but it was tough going at times since it was difficult to increase membership with no permanent address. But we persevered thanks to a dedicated Chair Person & Board. We also set up a blog (foal34.blogspot.fr) & Facebook page (Friends of the Anglophone Library)
We have been in our super new premises for a year with well over a thousand books (and counting). For our new acquisitions we concentrate on recent publications and we are very much up to date with what goes on in the publishing world. Right at the beginning we completed a project to collect the 100 Best Novels of the XX century using various lists from internet. We also have the 10 Best Novels of the XX1 century. We have added a Children’s Section in the new premises which we have wanted for a long time but were not able to supply through lack of space. We also have a permanent Book Sale thanks to donations from members. We ask people to send us a list before we accept donations (email to foal34@gmail.com ) Our lending policy is pretty flexible, normally it is 2 books for two weeks, especially new books which need to have a quick turnover. (older books can be taken out for longer)
Annual membership dues: 40 euros family membership 30 euros active member, 20  students.
FOAL also organizes events for members and non-members, we have our famous Book Quiz (February). Regular “Book Chat” meetings for members enable participants to talk about books they have read and exchange recommendations. For more info about this, send an email to mishex@wanadoo.fr Thanks to volunteers we also offer English conversation sessions
Chairperson  Vicki Metherell   Secretary   Daphne Schoenhals  Treasurer  Mike Davison
Venue 23 rue Lakanal Montpellier  Opening hours: every Wednesday 3-6pm & 1st & 3rd Saturday 10-12.30am

vendredi 13 octobre 2017




 I don't seem to be able to copy the images that are in the newsletter. This time there were several teddy bears which explains the first sentence

Why teddy bears one wonders ! Because our Children’s Room has gained more fluffy toys, more books & some Beatrix Potter posters. It is a lovely space for small children & we hope to have more & more kids reading books both on the cushions and at home. If you have any children’s books to donate, do bring them along


ANTIGONE DES ASSOCIATIONS  We had a stand & a lot of people came up to ask for information. We have had several sign ups since. The conversation sessions are a great attraction but we need to make clear that they are the icing on the cake thanks to volunteers & might be stopped any day for various reasons. People are joining the library, not signing up for conversation, otherwise they might be disappointed if the sessions stop.


CHRISTMAS PARTY We have decided to have a change this year ; our party will take place on Saturday 6th January to celebrate Twelfth Night at Lakanal so that we don’t have to turn anyone away for lack of space. More details nearer the time. Just a reminder for new members : you bring along savory or sweet finger food or something that is easy to manage & FOAL provides the drinks. This will be the first time we hold the party in our own home & I would like to thank the Claringbulls & the Grassets for hosting the party in the past


RAFFLE We shall soon be selling tickets for our FAMOUS RAFFLE, prizes, collected by board members, have started coming in (if you have anything you would like to donate send an e-mail to : foal@dbmail.com ) The tickets will cost 1 euro with 10 tickets for 8 euros. This is a good way to support the library & of course, you can sell tickets to your friends too. A list of prizes will be drawn up as they come in & will be regularly updated. The draw will take place at the party


QUIZ  We can’t fix a date yet for our FAMOUS QUIZ, but it will be either the 2nd or the 9th February depending on availability of venue


NEW BOOKS  They have arrived & will be on the shelves for the Wednesday 18th opening. Thank you to the dedicated team which does the covering. 40 new books this time, you have seen the list, another great selection, nearly all published in 2017 plus some back ordering

lundi 18 septembre 2017

Antigone des Associations 2017

We had a stand again at the Antigone des Associations & lots of people seemed interested. they particularly like the idea of the conversation sessions. These are held for paid up FOAL members & are a plus but obviously not the main reason to join the Library. The sessions are hosted by volunteers who may, at any time, for whatever reason be unable to continue. We don't want people thinking they are not getting their money's worth if the sessions cease.
We are gaining more subscribers little by little. A large order will be arriving soon