Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Book Clubs Offered by the Alliance Francaise of Silicon Valley

A relationship manager for LinkedIn Learning Solutions in San Francisco, Anaïs Saint-Jude holds an MA and a PhD in French and humanities from Stanford University. The founder and former director of the BiblioTech program at Stanford, Anaïs Saint-Jude continues her involvement in academia as a member of the Board of Alliance Française Silicon Valley (AFSCV).

Dedicated to promoting and enhancing the appreciation and knowledge of French, AFSCV offers various education and arts programs to all individuals. One of the organization’s monthly activities is its book clubs, which involve the discussion of various French-language books. Since discussions are in French, the meetings are a great way for guests to develop their French language skills.

There are two book clubs maintained by AFSCV: Club de Lecture in Menlo Park and Cercle de Lecture in Los Gatos. 

The Club de Lecture meets in Menlo Park’s Language Pacifica building on the third or fourth Thursday of each month. Led by two volunteers, discussion revolves around two books per session. One of these books is easy to read while the other is more complicated. At the start of each discussion, members provide a short presentation of the book.

Meanwhile, the Cercle de Lecture meets in Los Gatos on the fourth Thursday of the month and is led by one volunteer. This event focuses on books that have been released within the past 10 years, with only one book discussed in each meeting. The club also discusses one classic of French literature every October.

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