Happy National Reading Awareness Month! In addition to our global celebration of le mois de la Francophonie, March has many special observance days that match up with our mission here at the Center. We hope you’ll join us in celebrating by exploring the following recommended sections of our collection and several options from home!

National Foreign Language Week March 5-9, 2019
  • Visit us! Take a class with our amazing Francophone teachers, in person or online. Spend an afternoon in the library surrounded by one of the largest collections of French materials in the US (while we cannot guarantee that you’ll be able to learn French through proximity, we hope that our beautiful space will be inspiring nonetheless). Take part in our many cultural events happening this (and every) month. Your opportunities are endless!
  • Check out our easy readers collection, with stories written specifically for your level of French. Test yourself with our new language learning flashcard games.
  • Browse our blog for ways to engage with French from home. Try some classic love songs, TED Talks, podcasts, and more!

Or celebrate during these other upcoming literary holidays: March 2 is Read Across America Day, March 4 is National Grammar Day, March 5 is World Book Day, and March 9 is Read Aloud Day.

Read an E-Book Week March 11-15, 2019
  • Borrow an e-book from Culturethèque to participate in this day’s celebration. Expand the scope a bit to enjoy their collections of magazines, audiobooks, and other learning materials.
  • Use the resources mentioned in this blog post like mobile applications, an online children’s library, borrowable computer games, and more to make language learning an (online) game!

World Folklore Tales and Fables Week March 25-29, 2019
  • Learn another language through stories you already know! Fables are a great way to ease into language learning. Check out CD options in the children’s room and among our easy readers for grownups to engage both your audio and reading comprehension.
  • For example, try Les Fables de La Fontaine in multiple forms: easy reader, bande dessinée, CD, play, and picture book.

There are so many things to celebrate this month and we hope we’ve given you some fun ways to do so! Of course, March 26 is Make Up Your Own Holiday Day, so feel free to tell us how to celebrate in the comments below.

P.S. Looking beyond March, we also hope you’ll join us for National Library Week and Drop Everything and Read (D.E.A.R) from April 7-13. Bonne lecture !



Ingrid began her passion for French through the immersion program in Milton, MA, and has followed it around France and the world. She took a break from this first love to pursue a B.A. in English with a minor in Irish Studies at Boston College and a Masters of Library and Information Sciences at Simmons College. She is thrilled to meld her excitement for libraries and French language and culture in her position at the Center!

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