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)


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 Cultural Center!
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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 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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Les Gardiens du Jardin

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From May 18, 2017 To Jul 5, 2017

On view at the Center until July 5

This exhibition features a collection of whimsical gouache and ink drawings of French characters inspired by and fashionably dressed as French packets of garden seeds.

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Special Parkour Workshop

L'art du déplacement

Tuesday, June 27, 2017 6:30 PM To 8:30 PM

Top Parkour French instructor leads a short presentation at the Center followed by a training on the Charles River Esplanade. Originating in Paris, Parkour is one of the world's fastest growing sports. This workshop is intended for ages 14+.

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Bastille Day Party 2017

A celebration of liberté, égalité and fraternité

Friday, July 14, 2017 6:00 PM To 11:00 PM

Bastille Day returns to Marlborough Street on Friday, July 14 for a celebration of Francophone cultures filled with live music, dancing, festive food and drinks. After a sold-out event in 2014, 2015, and 2016, you won't want to miss this signature Back Bay festival.

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