January 2017 | ASP Upper School Library Newsletter         


The Sawiris library newsletter
January 2017 issue

"A university is just a group of buildings gathered around a library." Shelby Foote

The library has been the theatre of a lot of activity since opening on November 21. For us, it has been a source of great pride and a pleasure to see how fast students have settled in. We are most proud about the level of responsibility shown by all as they recognise the importance of having a dedicated space for work and reflection.

For 2 days in December the library remained open an extra hour to help students study for their exams. Feedback was positive and we will repeat the experience during exam week in the Spring.

We want to hear your comments and suggestions about the the library, its services and programming.

Mario Chioini 
US Librarian        



In this issue                 

New additions to the library
. New p(rint) and ebooks

Book Highlight
. Mr. Gwyn by Alessandro Baricco

Resource Highlight
. Classroom Video on Demand

KOOB Club (book club)
. Dicker vs. Roth? - Jan. 11


The Hub! The library web site

Past newsletters

American Library in Paris

Room to Read


Bits and Pieces

Building 6, Room 6108, at the top of the Atrium stairs

Monday-Thurs.: 8:30 am to 5 pm 
Friday: 8:30 am to 4 pm
During exams: Until 6 pm 

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CONTACT: uslibrary@asparis.fr

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Cline, Emma. The girls : a novel. London, UK : Chatto & Windus, c2016.

Evie Boyd, enticed by the freedom of the girls she sees at a park one day in Northern California, sets out to be accepted by the group, but her desperation reveals an unthinkable violence, altering the course of the girls' lives forever



Baricco, Alessandro. Mr. Gwyn. San Francisco : McSeenwey's, c2014

Jasper Gwyn, an English novelist, mysteriously gives up his art in pursuit of the noble career of copyist. However, instead of manuscripts and manuals, he copies people, making written portraits after a month of nearly silent observation in a room expansive as it is bare.

F LEE (sf)

Lee, Mackenzi. This monstrous thing. New York : Katherine Tegen Books, c2015.

When a talented mechanic in 1818 Geneva brings his brother back from the dead using clockwork parts, the citizens of Geneva think they may have inspired the recently published novel Frankenstein.



McEwan, Ian. Nutshell : a novel. London, UK: : Jonathan Cape, c2016.

Trudy has betrayed her husband, John. She's still in the marital home--a dilapidated, priceless London townhouse--but John's not here. Instead, she's with his brother, the profoundly banal Claude, and the two of them have a plan. But there is a witness to their plot: the inquisitive, nine-month-old resident of Trudy's womb. Told from a perspective unlike any other, Nutshell is a classic tale of murder and deceit from one of the world's master storytellers.




Lang, John. Le donjon de Naheulbeuk. Volume 1 & Volume 2. Allauch, France : Clair de lune, 2016, c2005.

Humorous adventures taking place in a medieval-fantasy world. Stereotypical role-playing game characters, hired by a mysterious wizard, enter the Dungeon of Naheulbeuk in order to retrieve the 12th statuette of Gladeulfeurha which will allow the completion of a mysterious prophecy.


FR GRE (sf)

Grevet, Yves. Meto,  a trilogy. Paris, France : Syros, 2014, c2008.

A dystopian trilogy in which young Méto defends himself against an existence in a house with barricaded windows and doors. He lives there with 63 other young people, is under constant surveillance and isn’t allowed to ask questions. He doesn’t know where he’s come from and what’s going to happen to him and so he rises up, self-determined and longing for freedom, to revolt against the system.



Humeau-Sermage Laure. Cinq nouvelles sur la cruauté ordinaire. Paris, France : Flammarion, c2014.

Presents five tales of ordinary cruelty each by a different contemporary French writer.



Strasser, Todd. La vague. Paris, France : Pocket, 2015, c1981.

Dramatization of an actual classroom experiment in establishing a Fascist society. In this account, Laurie tries to persuade Mr. Ross to call off his demonstration about Nazi Germany and the "it can't happen to us" syndrome.





363.803 ALB

From famine to fast food : nutrition, diet, and concepts of health around the world. Ken Albala, editor. Santa Barbara, Calif. : Greenwood, an imprint of ABC-CLIO, LLC, c2014.
Discusses diet, nutrition, and health concepts all over the world.




591.56 SAF

Safina, Carl, 1955-. Beyond words : what animals think and feel. New York : Henry Holt and Co., c2015.

Drawing on decades of field observations of elephants, wolves, and killer whales, this book offers a view of animal behavior that challenges the boundaries between human and animal psychology



841 BER (Fr)

Bervas-Leroux, Anne. Au nom de la liberté : poèmes de la resistance. Rev. ed. Paris, France : Flammarion, 2014, c2000.

Brings together poems by various French authors who took part in the French underground Resistance movement during the second the World War.



Willingham, Daniel T. When can you trust the experts? : how to tell good science from bad in education. San Francisco, Calif. : Jossey-Bass ;, c2012.

A guide for teachers, administrators, and family members to determine which new educational approaches are scientifically supported and worth adopting






French ed. Paris, France : Universal Pictures France, 2011, c2010. Directed by 

Alejandro González Iñárritu.

Dark drama about a man tries to reconcile his desire to be good with his lawless ways.



The giver. French ed. Paris, France : Universal Pictures Video, 2015, c2014. Directed by Phillip Noyce.

Given his lifetime assignment at the Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas becomes the receiver of memories shared by only one other in his community and discovers the terrible truth about the society in which he lives.



The name of the rose = Le nom de la rose. French ed. Boulogne-Billancourt, France : TF1 Video, 2013, c1986. Directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud.

An intellectually nonconformist monk investigates a series of mysterious deaths in an isolated abbey.



Promised land. French ed. Boulogne-Billancourt, France : TF1 Video, 2013, c2012. Directed by Gus Van Sant.

A salesman for a natural gas company experiences life-changing events after arriving in a small town, where his corporation wants to tap into the available resources.



A most wanted man = Un homme très recherché. French ed. Boulogne-Billancourt, France : TF1 Video, 2015, c2014. Directed by Anton Corbijn.

German intelligence agent Gunther Bachmannmust race against time to solve a perilous mystery: Is the half-Chechen, half-Russian Muslim who's surfaced in Hamburg a victim seeking refuge, or a terrorist seeking revenge?





Title: Mr. Gwyn
Author: Alessandre Baricco
Pages: 177 (258)
Call number: F BAR

Jasper Gwyn is a celebrated novelist who takes the sudden and unexpected decision to never write another book again. After a long period of soul-searching he decides to become a copyist. As painters paint portraits, Gwyn believes he can copy people with words, by capturing their essence.

To write a portrait Gwyn sits with his subject in a large room for hours, every day, in total silence. The subject is free to do anything she wishes while Gwyn observes and takes notes. Each session lasts 30 days. At the end the client receives his portrait with the promise it will never be published.

Everything goes well for Gwyn until one of his clients decides to reveal it all to a well-known newspaper. Gwynn decides to disappear. When Rebecca, his assistant, with whom he has developed strong personal ties, realizes he is not coming back she will dedicate her time and energy to discover the reason of his disappearance.

The volume contains a second novella, Three Times at Dawn, a fictional work authored by Jasper Gwyn and mentioned in the first novella. Reading it reveals some of the questions left unanswered in the first novel.

Beautifully written, intelligent and contemplative, Mr. Gwyn is an intelligent mystery about how we see ourselves and others. 

Alessandro Baricco is an Italian writer, director and performer. His books have been translated in many languages and won several awards. His novel Silk was made into a movie in 2009.

mario chioini
us librarian



Infobase's Classroom Video on Demand is a streaming video resource that offers thousands of educational video clips on all curricular topics.  


  • Curriculum-correlated
  • Closed-captioning and interactive transcripts on thousands of titles
  • New content added monthly
  • Thousands of exclusive educational videos from top producers, segmented into easy-to-use clips
  • Ability to share, save, and organize videos and custom playlists
  • Citations in Chicago, APA, and MLA styles

You can access Classroom Video on Demand via our databases page on the library web site. 


How to tame Google was the last of our 3 workshop series. We will offer them again starting in January.

1. Discovering ASP online resources
2. Searching online databases 
3. Taming Google Search 

If you are interested in having your own workshop, just gather a minimum of 7 participants and contact Mr. Chioini directly.

KOOB Club (book club)

This is an invitation to all parents, faculty and staff to join us at any of our book club meetings for the 2016-2017 school year. 

Each of the four meetings is just over an hour, right after school, in the US library. After talking about our club selection we end the session with a short book sharing time where each participant is invited to share a work he/she enjoyed reading. Here's the information on our next read.

At our January meeting we will discuss 2 books: The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair by Joel Dicker and Human Stains by Philip Roth. According to a French magazine <https://goo.gl/wxZpqq> Dicker is said to have borrowed plot, location and some characters from Roth's Human Stains. Could that be?

Choose to read one or both titles and come ready to share your thoughts...

Title: The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair by Joel Dicker or/and Human Stains by Philip Roth
Date: Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Location: US Library
Time: From 3:55 to 5:00 pm

RSVP to Mario Chioini: mchioini@asparis.fr or ext. 297

ALP, Your English-Language Partner
10, rue du Général Camou, 75005 01 53 59 12 60

Established in 1920 the library has been a very important institution in Paris. ALP hosts regular literary and public-affairs programs and book groups, as well as children's events and activities for teens. Web site:http://www.americanlibraryinparis.org 


ASP is happy to support Room to Read through various activities and fund raisers during the year.

Millions of children across 10 countries in Africa and Asia have benefitted from Room to Read’s programs. The plan is to 
reach 15 million children with quality education by the end of 2020, but Room to Read needs your help to get there. Invest in their work or learn about other ways to get involved. Imagine a world in which all children receive the education they need to reach their full potential. Now, help make it a reality.

If you are interested in making a donation to support Room to Read's mission please contact Mario Chioini at the US library or click this link to Room to Read's donation secured web site.



Mr. Mario Chioini - US Librarian, mchioini@asparis.fr
 Mr. Anthony Tremblay - US Library Assistant

American School of Paris

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