Is one of your resolutions for 2017 to bring out your inner rat de bibliothèque (bookworm)? Have you been putting off watching a movie without subtitles, tackling a classic novel on your reading list, or simply reading for the first time in French? Fear not, we're here to help! Why not start the new year the right way with one of the most popular items at our library?

In 2016, kids loved:

Books on Christmas, trains, planes, and getting dressed, and all of our books featuring T'choupi and Barbapapa!

Most borrowed in 2016 (Kids)

Mon coffret montessori pour découvr... Mon coffret montessori pour découvr...

Herrmann, Eve ; Tchoukriel, Emmanuelle

P'tit garçon ; le camion de léon P'tit garçon ; le camion de léon

Belineau, Nathalie; Nesme, Alexis ; Beaumont, Emilie

Apprends à t'habiller avec P'tit Lo... Apprends à t'habiller avec P'tit Lo...

Orianne Lallemand et Éléonore Thuillier

Barbapapa Barbapapa

Talus Taylor


And your favorite movies included characters like Astérix, Toupie and Binou, and Kirikou:


In 2016, adults loved:

Cookbooks, audio methods for practicing pronunciation, easy readers for beginning learners, Bien-Dire magazine, best-selling fiction titles and bandes dessinées!

Most borrowed in 2016 (Adults)


And your favorite DVDs ranged from comedies to heart-warming dramas to TV shows about France during the Occupation:


A note from the Library

In 2016, we expanded our collections to include board games, more of your favorite TV series, and hundreds of books on subjects ranging from politics to pirates and dinosaurs to desserts! If you have a favorite book, CD, or movie in French from last year that you would like to see added to our collections, you are welcome to recommend materials via our online catalog.

I hope that this new year will be filled with belles lectures. Wishing you bonne année from all of us at the French Library!

Christianne Beasley

Head Librarian

A native Mainer, Christianne has worked in libraries all her life and came to the Center after three years of managing the library at the Alliance Française in Washington DC. She has a B.A. in French Studies from Smith College, a MLIS from Simmons College, and loves children's literature, BDs, and cookbooks. When she is not at the library, you can find her traveling, baking, and - quelle surprise! - reading new books.

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