December 2019 #160


What a year it has been for The French Library! We have set new records on every level (members, visitors, loans, school tours, animations, workshops, cultural events), released an acclaimed "Digital Parenting" guide, and created many new recurring events – most of which you can attend this month: Board Game evening, Escape Game, Sieste Musicale, Digital Library Support, Cinéclub, Reading Challenge for children and, newly added, "Trico-thé" a knitting club for our senior users! Our Christmas Special is also returning this year on Saturday 7 December with free games, arts & crafts and screenings for the whole family.
To keep up with all these activities, follow us on our new
Facebook and Instagram pages!

The French Library and the entire Alliance Française Dublin team take this opportunity to wish you all a very happy festive season! Joyeuses fêtes !

Annabelle Malandrin, The French Library Director,

Concert / Screening   Social Game
Cinéconcert: "Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde" by Zone Libre   The French Library's
Escape Game
Thursday 28 November – 6.30pm
Admission free

We are thrilled to invite you to a very special screening of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde silent version directed by John S. Robertson, accompanied by a live soundtrack performed by Zone Libre.
The French duo comprising the legendary musicians Serge Teyssot-Gay (Noir Désir, Interzone) and Cyril Bilbeaud (Sloy) is back with a new project commissioned by the prestigious Cité de la Musique.
After F. W. Murnau's Nosferatu (1922) and Robert Wiene's The Cabinet of Caligari (1919), they have decided to soundtrack Dr Jekyll et Mr Hyde in its iconic version by John S. Robertson's  (1920).


Friday 29 November – 5.30pm
Admission free

Have you ever tried an "escape game"? Inspired by video games, this physical adventure game in which players solve a series of puzzles and riddles to get out of a room has become one of the most popular social activities in both the US and Europe.

The French Library staff desperately needs your help to lift the curse of a ghost that has been haunting the place! You will have 60 minutes to solve puzzles in French using clues and hints left by the ghost!

Events for adults with a good level of French.

Concert / Competition   Theatre
Charlie Lebrun
Concert / Album Launch
  "Quoi? C'est déjà Noël?!"
AF Drama Club

Sunday 1 December – 8pm
€10 / Win tickets on Twitter!  

Charlie Le Brun, Dublin-based flute player born in Brittany - France, launches his acclaimed debut album Madness is Convention recorded live in Belfast accompanied by Aoife Kelly (Concertina), Eamon Rooney (Bodhrán) and Feilimí O’Connor (Guitar).
We will have tickets to win on twitter for the album launch concert at Upstairs in Whelan's so keep your eyes peeled!

Wednesday 4 December – 12.15pm
Admission free / No booking

Charlie Lebrun will also play a lunchtime showcase at The French Library to present his new album and discuss the use of wooden flute in Celtic music.


Tuesday 3 December – 7pm
Admission free

After a few weeks of work, the Alliance Française Drama Club is now ready to present its fabulous new comedy show "Quoi ? C'est déjà Noël ?!" written and directed by Anne Nakache, professional actress and teacher.

What! Christmas already?! Will it be another year of Santa Claus, Christmas presents and Christmas cheer? You’ll be sure to find out in this comedy playlet performed by the Alliance Française Drama Club starring Grégory Laghoire, Alberta Albertoni, Tifenn Malgras, Hugo Boudry, Anna Cury, Alexandre Nikakis & Ludovic Montout.

The Alliance Française Drama Club will resume again in January with their traditional play  staged in June.

Book Launch Special Event
Dominique Le Meur’s
"La Promesse de Dublin"
  Christmas Special
at the French Library

Thursday 5 December – 6.30pm
Admission free

Dr. Éamon Ó Ciosáin will launch Dominique Le Meur’s new novel La Promesse de Dublin.

Through chance encounters, the reader gradually pieces together the puzzle of three interconnected characters set against  the backdrop of Ireland in flux: protests against water charges and the campaign for marriage equality.
Dominique Le Meur is a Lecturer in French in the School of Languages and Applied Linguistics at the University of Limerick. He has published five novels most of which examine the significant changes that have taken place in Irish society over the last decade.


Saturday 7 December – 10am-1pm
Admission free / No booking

As we are heading into the Christmas season, we are welcoming families for a fun and creative morning at The French Library!

A variety of workshops will take place in The French Library giving little ones and grown-ups alike the chance to play games, watch short films, create and bring home something they made themselves and to discover Christmas decorations and gift ideas.

Come anytime between 10am and 1pm, no booking is required and all workshops are free of charge!

The perfect gift for Christmas!
Gift Voucher for Courses or Memberships
Available for €25, €50, €100 and €199 (fee for a full course)
including a free French Verb Wheel!

Looking for something different? At your wits’ end to know what to buy for Christmas? Why not consider an Alliance Française Gift Voucher? Our gift vouchers can be used for French courses but also for Membership that will allow your loved one to access our French Library, the online platform  Culturethèque our cultural events and enjoy special discounts in French shops, restaurants and services!

A sure way of bringing that certain je ne sais quoi to both Christmas and the New Year! More information

Teachers' Training   Games
Entraînement à
l'expression orale & écrite
  The French Library's
Board Game Evening

Tuesday 10 December – 5.30pm
Admission free

Another brand-new 2-hour workshop is coming your way, and this time we will be giving you tips on how to spark oral and written expression in your French class.
Some of your students might need a little guidance to engage in conversations or in writing exercises – as a teacher, there are actually a lot of things that you can do to help develop your students’ oral and writing skills. This workshop will be a source of activities and ideas to enhance the oral and written expression of your students, from beginners to advanced levels.
The workshop will be led by Hélène Simon, teacher at
Alliance Française Dublin. Places are limited, so be sure to book early!


Tuesday 10 December – 6.30pm
Admission free

With family, friends or solo, you can challenge yourself to "Carcassone", "Star Realms", "Les aventuriers du rail", "Azul" or "Code Names", collaborate to overcome "The Game", track down the "Loup-Garous de Thiercelieux", create a splendid "Hanabi", break through the secrets of "Mysterium" and many more!

Open to everyone, all levels of French welcome. If you would like to share your favourite game, don’t forget to bring it with you! You're also are welcome to share something sweet to eat or soft drinks!

Booking is required.

Workshops   Concert
Christmas Workshops
for Children & Teens
  Alliance Française Choir
Christmas Recital

Wednesday 11 December 2.30- 5pm
4-6 years old 

7-10 years old 
11-15 years old 

Children & Teenagers from 4 to 15 years old (3 separate age groups) are welcome to our very special Christmas Workshop, conducted entirely in French, where everyone will discover French Christmas stories and songs, and take part in various activities and arts & crafts including chocolate box decoration and chocolate truffle making.

* Ideal for parents who want to go Christmas-shopping in peace and quiet! *


Wednesday 11 December – 7.30pm
Admission free

Now in its 11th year the Alliance Française Choir cordially invites you to a very special  Christmas Concert.
Come along with your family and friends and enjoy an enchanting evening of French chansons and festive favourites!

This year again the Alliance Française Choir will kick off the Christmas season with some Christmas Carolling en français in Stephens Green Shopping Centre on Friday 6 December, in order to raise money for the Simon Community.

Special Event   Competition
Espace Campus France
  The French Library's
Défi Lecture

Wednesday 11 December – 6.30pm
Admission free 

Come and discover your new Espace Campus France at
Alliance Française Dublin to learn what France has to offer to make your dream come true! Erasmus, Bachelors, Masters, PhDs, work placement, summer schools… The Espace Campus France is here to help you understand and plan your mobility to France.

We invite you on Wednesday 11 December at 6.30pm to the official opening of this space and the launch of the new communication campaign Réalise ton Rêve (Make your dream come true) by the French Ambassador H.E. Stéphane Crouzat.


Available until May 2020
For children up to 14 years old

The French Library has launched a new reading challenge!
The aim is simple: read in French! It can be comics, novels, poetry... anything you want as long as you have never read it before.

Come at the Library and retrieve your challenge card. You will get a stamp every time you finish a book from the Library and bring it back to discuss it with one on our librarians. For the 10th stamp you get a prize!
Prizes provided by Laurence Helaili-Chapuis, Conseillère Consulaire.

Special Event   Screening / Competition
The French Library's
Sieste Musicale
  Cinéclub: "Le Père
Noël est une ordure"

Tuesday 17 December – 6pm
Admission free 

The Sieste Musicale is a one-hour auditory experience where you get to listen to music in a comfortable environment. For the occasion, The French Library is bathed in subdued lights and furnished with carpets, bean bags, comfy chairs and blankets.

A unique occasion to dream, maybe sleep, and to get fully energized again!

This month we will travel through different times and styles, with an eclectic one hour playlist showcasing the best music from France and beyond!


Thursday 19 December – 7.40pm
€5 with a free glass of wine / Free for Premium Members  

Join us every month for a subtitled screening of one of the most popular films in French cinema history, preceded by an informal presentation with a free glass of wine!
This month, (re)discover the cult 1982 French comedy film Le Père Noël est une ordure directed by Jean-Marie Poiré, written and performed by the legendary French troupe Le Splendid. Countless French expressions and jokes are taken from this film following workers at a suicide helpline on a Christmas Eve. The holiday disaster story attracted over 1,500,000 viewers during its initial release.


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