Beaumont English Language Library
Book Chat is usually held on the first Wednesday of the month at 16.00 in the library, when members can share their enthusiasm for, or criticism of, books recently read. This is not a book club with designated books to discuss but just a chance for some informal discussion attended by any member who chooses to come and participate.
Play readings, poetry readings, talks and other literary events are held during the winter months, usually on a Sunday afternoon.
These events are given by library members or invited guest speakers. Guests may be invited along with members to swell the audience.
Events are usually held in the library, or we may use a large room in the local Mairie, depending on numbers.
These occasions usually end with aperitifs and snacks brought by members.
Recent events have been:
Play readings of”When we are married” by J B Priestley and “Arms and the Man” By Bernard Shaw
An introduction to the book “Dr. Lark” by the author, Bill Larkworthy
A “celebration” of Edward Lear’s works to mark the anniversary of his birth
A talk and discussion led by Kate Miller, on “Why read poetry?” Including
readings of her own works
Library member, Albert Rothenberg, professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical school, spoke about his new book, Madness and Glory.
Patsy Aldana,, spoke about the role of IBBY in meeting every child’s right to read.
Last but not least, every December we hold a literary quiz, devised, set and adjudicated for over 10 years by a library member.