Programm der Amerikanischen Bibliothek Karlsruhe

Die Amerikanische Bibliothek stellt Ihre Events von September bis Dezember vor:

Library Events Sept.-Dec. 2019

Regular Events …

…for Kids

Are you from a bilingual family? Have you been living abroad and want to keep up your English? Have you moved to Karlsruhe and would like to meet other English speaking kids? Are you learning English and would like to practice it a bit more? Then join us for our fun storytimes: 

Storytime in English!

Children ages 3-5 years are invited to our Storytime in English every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month at 16.00. 

Stories for Kids ages 6 and up!

Join Claire, Heather or Julia twice a month on Fridays at 16.15! We meet and read stories in English together. Usually we do a craft, game or other fun activity afterwards. Please find the next dates below and if you would like to come, please call ahead and reserve a place (0721-72752)!


Calling all teens – 5th grade and up! 

Join us on select Fridays from 16:15 for about an hour to make stuff, play games, chat and sometimes just hang out. The next dates for Teentime are listed below – please call ahead and reserve a place so that we know how many of you to expect!

…for Adults

LitNight in English

Join us every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month from 19.30-21.00 at the American Library for reading and discussing literature in English. For more information call the American Library or simply stop by. 

Poetry Please!

Poems in English read and discussed. Every 4th Tuesday of the month from 19.30-21.00 at the American Library. For more information call Tom (0721-3540477) or the American Library or simply stop by!


Calling all cineastes:  Join us every 2nd Wednesday of the month at 19.30 for MovieTalk! Watch and discuss classics, should-be classics and films you might have missed. Each featured flick comes from the library’s own collection and will be shown in the original language (with English subtitles). Free of charge—donations cheerfully accepted. For more information and the movie titles, please see separate leaflet or call the American Library. 

For more information please have a look at our special handouts or our website!


American Library Photo Challenge: Where to read?

We’d love to find out where you, our readers, actually read the books and other media you check out from the American Library! In a hammock? In a tree house? With your cat on the lap? Take a picture of yourself in your most beloved or unusual reading position, email the picture to the library ( and win a gift certificate from a local bookstore. We look forward to your creative ideas! The most unusual submissions (chosen by a jury of library volunteers and librarians) will be shown in a special exhibit in 2020. 

Please be sure to send in your picture for the Photo Challenge by December 31st, 2019.


Wednesday, September 11th at 19:30

Margo Channing, a diva on Broadway, meets Eve Harrington, a ruthless ingénue who plans to further her own career by hijacking that of her older idol. Eve ingratiates herself into Margo’s theater circle and tries to steal Margo’s fiancé and acting roles. Classic Bette Davis film with witty repartee and pointed dialogue. Awarded six Oscars. Filmed in black and white. Starring Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, and George Sanders. (Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, 1950; 138 minutes; FSK: ab 12)

Stories for Kids ages 6 & up: Pig and Small

Friday, September 27th at 16.15

Pig and Bug just want to be friends. But their size difference is proving to be a BIG problem. Pig wants to play games – but Bug is too small. Bug wants to make things for his friend – but Pig is too big! Come join us and find out how 2 very different people can be friends.


Friday, September 27th at 16.15

We will finish making decorations and then hang them in the teen corner, finally designating it as ours.

It is also the start of the American Library Photo Challenge to find the reader with the most unusual reading location or pose (see above!) Submit up to 3 pictures of yourself and your book/magazine/e-book and win a voucher for a bookstore in town. 


Stories for Kids ages 6 & up: Special Yoga Storytime

Friday, October 11th at 16.15

Today Kellie Bruchmüller will introduce us to yoga. Yoga was invented in India and and is an ancient system of physical exercises and postures to build strength, flexibility and confidence. Find out what the Tree pose and the Dog Stretch feel like and try out the challenging Crow pose! Please wear some comfortable clothes and call ahead so we know how many of you to expect!


Friday, October 11th at 16.15

A touch of magic, a pinch of fright – come and brainstorm games and activities for Halloween night! Join the TeenTime Crew to prepare for the much anticipated and highly popular Halloween Storytime on Oct. 25th at 16.15!

And, in case you’d like to register: registration for the Hogwarts Library Halloween Night on October 25th from 19.00-22.00 opens today!!!!

Zu Gast: Mobiles Figurentheater Bremen mit “Hexe Lisbet“

(nach den Bilderbüchern von Lieve Baeten)

Mittwoch, 23. Oktober um 16.00 Uhr

Kids ab 3 Jahren sind herzlich zu unserem diesjährigen Figurentheater eingeladen!

„Es gibt Tage, die sind einfach verhext…” denkt Mathilde Maus, die Schriftstellerin. Eine schöne Geschichte für ein neues Buch will ihr einfach nicht einfallen. Eine abenteuerliche Reise mit viel Witz und Fantasie…gut, dass es da die Hexe Lisbet gibt! Und am Ende hat Mathilde Maus endlich eine tolle Geschichte für ihr neues Buch.

Eintritt € 2,- Karten sind ab Anfang Oktober in der Amerik. Bibl. erhältlich. 

Die Veranstaltung ist in deutscher Sprache!


Wednesday, October 23rd at 19:30 (Please note that the date is later in the month than usual!)

Set to songs by The Beatles, the story of a romance between a struggling artist from Liverpool and a girl from a well-to-do American family is a magical mystery tour through 1960s, vividly recounting the idealism, vibrancy and passion of the decade’s social movements, including campus activism against the war in Vietnam, the Civil Rights and women’s liberation campaigns, experimentation with psychedelic drugs and alternative lifestyles, and the sexual revolution. Starring Evan Rachel Wood, Jim Sturgess, Joe Anderson, Dana Fuchs, and Martin Luther McCoy, with Jeff Beck, Bono, Joe Cocker, Eddie Izzard, and George Martin. (Directed by Julie Taymor, 2000; 133 minutes; FSK: ab 12)

Stories for Kids ages 6 & up: Halloween Special

Friday, October 25th at 16.15

Come and join us for a spooky storytime especially prepared for you by the teen group. There will be the usual fun and games plus a small prize for those wearing a costume.


Friday, October 25th at 16.15

Boys and girls of every age, wouldn’t you like to see something strange? Come to Story and Teen Time and you will see your library ready for Halloween. Come in costume and join the fun, it won’t be so scary you have to run.

Hogwart’s Library Halloween Night

Friday, October 25th from 19.00-22.00

Hogwarts students ages 9 and up are invited to our Halloween Night. The brave participants will have to excel in ghostly games and creepy crafts and will be able to achieve their First OWL (Ordinary Wizarding Level) Certificate. The school cafeteria will provide some yucky refreshments. All Hogwarts students should wear an appropriate costume, but please refrain from bringing your owls. Tuition will be 2 Muggle Euros. Please call the library two weeks in advance to reserve a place. The lessons will be held in English and German.


Creative Writing Workshop

Date not yet fixed when program was issued. For more information please have a look at the library’s website or call the American Library! 

To promote the English-language short story competition „Strasbourg Write a Story 2020“, Hal D’Arpini will lead a creative writing workshop at the American Library. Hal is from the Detroit area of the U.S. and worked as an English teacher in the Strasbourg area, also leading a creative writing group and giving writing workshops.

The session will engage participants in writing exercises and will draw from Ursula Le Guin’s work on creative writing.  By the end, hopefully a few will feel enthusiastic enough to enter the competition, but this is not obligatory. For more information see the website

Please sign up in advance since the number of participants is limited! Admission € 5,-


Wednesday, November 13th at 19:30

An older man coming to terms with retirement and the death of his wife embarks on a journey to attend his daughter’s wedding, in an attempt to reconnect with her and make sense of his life. Based on the novel of the same title by Louis Begley. Starring Jack Nicholson, Hope Davis, and Dermot Mulroney. (Directed by Alexander Payne, 2002; 125 minutes; FSK: ab 6) 

Stories for Kids ages 6 & up: Mermaid

Friday, November 15th at 16.15

Sylvia is an amazing swimmer. She is also strong, and very determined. But only Luka knows that she is also a mermaid! As the two become friends, they set off on a magical journey they will never forget. 

Join us for our underwater storytime with an underwater craft afterwards!


Friday, November 15th at 16.15

Wear something that can get dirty or even ruined and join Heather in making something out of old books.

Book & Bake Sale & Apollo 12 Anniversary Fest

Saturday, November 16th from 10.00-14.00

Book & Bake Sale

Shop till you drop at our book sale! Old books that have been discarded from the library as well as nearly new ones from donations are for sale at spectacular prices. Before you drop, have a nice cup of coffee and some delicious cakes and cookies provided by the Friends of the American Library Karlsruhe e.V. Feeling refreshed, check out our: 

Apollo 12 Anniversary Fest

Everybody knows who were the first and second humans to walk on the moon, but do you know who the third and fourth moonwalkers were? In fact, they were NASA astronauts Pete Conrad and Alan Bean, Commander and Lunar Module Pilot of Apollo 12, who landed on the moon on November 19, 1969, while their crewmate Richard Gordon remained in the Command Service Module. Join us to celebrate Apollo 12 and build paper models of American, Soviet/Russian, and European spacecraft!

Stories for Kids ages 6 & up: Mouse Trouble

Friday, November 29th at 16.15

The grumpy miller is having mouse trouble, so he buys himself a large tabby cat. Fortunately for the mice, the cat is too unfit to catch even a single mouse. But when the miller loses his temper and threatens to drown the poor tabby, the mice decide they must intervene, as they have grown surprisingly fond of him. After the story we’ll have our own cat and mouse fun.


Friday, November 29th at 16.15

We will spend a small part of the session rehearsing Christmas songs for the upcoming Christmas Caroling. The rest of the time is for you to hang out and chill with each other.

Christmas Carol Singing

Friday, November 29th at 18.30

Get in the mood for Advent and Christmas at the American Library! Together we’ll sing Christmas Carols, decorate the library’s Christmas tree, hear Christmas stories and poems, do a little quiz, munch Christmas cookies and drink some Glühwein or Punch. For big and small people and everybody in between. Admission free, donations and cookies cheerfully accepted! If you have Christmas ornaments for the library’s tree please bring them along. Please call ahead – sign-up starts beginning of November!



Wednesday, December 11th at 19:30

A young man becomes shipwrecked on a passage from India to Canada and finds himself uneasily sharing a lifeboat with animal survivors, including a magnificent Bengal tiger. Visually stunning film adaptation of the novel of the same title, written by Yann Martel. A story of hope, wisdom, anguish, and humor. Awarded four Oscars. Starring Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan, Adil Hussain, and Tabu. (Directed by Ang Lee, 2012; 127 minutes; FSK: ab 12)

Stories for Kids ages 6 & up: Christmas Storytime!

Friday, December 13th at 16.15

Cosy up with some some yummy cookies and listen to our special Christmas story! After the story we’ll make something for Christmas (that also makes a great Christmas gift for moms, dads, grandparents…etc.!). Please call ahead and reserve a place!


Friday, December 13th at 16.15

Our last meeting in 2019 will be focused on Christmas treats. Bring an apron and an airtight container to transport cake-pops and co.

The American Library will be closed from Dec. 22nd to January 6th, 2020. 

We wish our readers wonderful holidays!

Die Amerikanische Bibliothek ist vom 22.12.19 – 6.1.20 geschlossen. 

Wir wünschen unseren Leserinnen und Lesern wunderschöne Feiertage!

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