Nuevo coloquio del English Reading Circle – Sesión de Mayo 2014

Nueva sesión del club de lectura en inglés “English Reading Circle” con Peter Savaiano como moderador.

Para aprender sobre la literatura contemporánea norteamericana a través de la lectura y la discusión de relatos cortos de revistas literarias en línea, que pueden leerse gratuitamente a través de internet en la páginas web de las revistas.

Los encuentros tendrán lugar en la biblioteca un martes al mes de 14:30 a 15:30 h. de octubre a junio.

Los interesados pueden comunicarse previa y posteriormente con el grupo a través de este blog, añadiendo comentarios a esta entrada y/o a las incluidas por el moderador.

La actividad es parte de los servicios que se ofrecen a los socios de la biblioteca. La participación de quienes no son miembros de la biblioteca tiene un coste asociado de 3€ por participante en una sesión suelta. Las entradas sueltas se podrán conseguir por adelantado en el mostrador de la biblioteca la semana misma en que se celebre el encuentro.

Dada la limitación de aforo (15-20 personas) todos interesados que quieran participar deberán enviar un mensaje de inscripción a adjuntando la primera vez si es posible algún documento que acredite su nivel de inglés o en su defecto concertando una prueba de nivel previa al desarrollo del coloquio con el Departamento de Inglés del Instituto Internacional a través de (es necesario un nivel de inglés medio-alto o avanzado).

Ciclo 2013- 2014: “American Short Story from the Contemporary Literary Journals”

Karen Russell

Lectura del mes:

“The Graveless Doll of Eric Mutis” by Karen Russell

Publicado y disponible online en Recommended Reading

Coloquio: Martes, 27 de mayo del 2014 a las 14:30 h.

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Reader’s Theater at the Library May Session

Activity at the library to learn and have fun at the same time using dramatic reading of scripts based on children’s stories. Kids will hear the story, do some drama exercises, and practice reading the scripts with intonation and expression.

This activity is for 9 to 12 years-old (4º-6º Primaria) with a high-intermediate or advance English level. It will be held one Friday per month at 18:00, starting on October and finishing in June.

Readers’ Theater will be led by Carrie and Trisha, also known as storytellers from the International Institute Library Storytelling Mornings.

The activity forms part of the library services for library members. They will need to show their library card and send an e-mail to confirming their participation in the activity any time from the first day of the month and up to the week of the Readers Theater session.

Non-members who want to participate have a symbolic associated cost of 3€ per child for each session. The tickets can be obtained at the library check-out desk the same week of the session up until 15 minutes before the beginning of the activity.

May 2014script around the book:

“The Princess and the Pea” by Rachel Isadora

Friday, May 23rd 2014 at 18h.


When a prince sets out to find a princess to marry, he soon discovers this is not a simple task. There is no shortage of so-called princesses, but how can he tell whether or not they are what they claim to be? Then one night, a great storm rages, there is a knock on the palace gate, and the prince’s life is never the same.

(Cuando un príncipe comienza a buscar a una princesa para casarse, pronto descubre que no es una tarea sencilla. No hay escasez de las llamadas princesas, pero ¿cómo puede decir si son o no son lo que dicen ser? Entonces, una noche, mientras una gran tormenta arrecia alguien llama a la puerta del palacio. A partir de entonces la vida del príncipe ya no será la misma.)

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Library Storytelling Morning activity for May 2014

Come to the “tellebration” with us! Monthly Saturday morning meetings from October to June where kids can enjoy selected stories in English, this time with Marcus and Alito as storytellers.

Recommended for children between the ages of 4 – 8.Forty children per session and two adults per child maximum. 45 minutes approx.

The activity forms part of the library services for library members, with an optional 2 for 1 registration. This means each child with a library card can bring one guest.

Library members will need to show their library card and send an e-mail to confirming their participation in the activity any time from the first day of the month and up to the week of the Storytelling morning.

Non-members who want to participate have a symbolic associated cost of 3€ per child for each session. The tickets can be obtained at the library check-out desk the same week of the Storytelling morning up until 15 minutes before the beginning of the activity.

If at some point the number of members registered reaches the maximum capacity limit we will announce that tickets are sold out trough the IIE Facebook page.

May 2014 storytelling around the book:

“The Five Chinese Brothers” Claire Huchet Bishop and Kurt Wiese

Saturday, May 24th 2014

At 11 a.m. – English version (for advanced level learners)

At 12:30 p.m –English version with some Spanish to help understand. (For Intermediate English level learners)

5 chinese brothers

The classic story about five clever brothers, each with a different extraordinary ability is “a dramatic retelling of an old Chinese tale.

(La clásica historia de los cinco hermanos, cada uno de los cuales con una habilidad extraordinaria, es una reinterpretación dramática de un antiguo cuento chino.)

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April Reading Circle Story: Saul Bellow’s “Something to Remember Me By”

This piece, entitled “Something to Remember Me By,” was written by Saul Bellow near the end of his life, and first published in his Collected Short Stories in 2001, only four years before his death. We are reading it as it is reprinted in Electric Literature’s “Recommended Reading” section (which I highly recommend in turn.) The story is recommended by Mary Gaitskill, whose voice should still be ringing in your ears.

Gaitskill’s side note is illuminating, and well worth your time. She interprets this story as the continuation of a conflict that permeates much of the author’s work as a whole: the tension between seeing and knowing, and the challenge of reconciling that tension through the act of living. For Bellow that act often takes as its setting the rough-and-tumble reality of early 20th century Chicago, a city that, in this story and in others, is the stunningly visceral and mystifyingly opaque representation of the modern industrialized world.

One angle of approach to this story that I would like to explore in our discussion next week concerns the nature of that world, and the narrator’s function, both real and imaginary, within it. Those terms, real and imaginary, are problematic in the context of the story; however, I think they open up a seam in this piece that could help us get a grip on what Bellow is up to. Keep in mind, the narrator is a writer, chronicling for his reader (his son) the adventures of one day in the life of his younger self, whom he pointedly describes in turn as a reader, an interpreter, a searcher for signs in the banal and chaotic wasteland of mechanized modernity that is Depression-era Chicago, 1933. A few questions, then, to guide us as we attempt to find meaning in the confusion of this work: Why was it written? What is its purpose? What is its power?

This is, as Gaitskill points out, a coming of age story, and a relatively conventional one at that, at least at first glance. However, I would argue that part of Bellow’s genius lies in the subtle distortions he introduces into our ability to recognize and distinguish ordinary and extraordinary events and objects. Like all coming of age stories, “Something to Remember Me By” is dominated by sex and death. But what to make of a jar of strong mustard stationed near to a girl’s corpse? How can we assimilate the overwhelming corporeal reality of sex, when it is showcased and manipulated with total indifference in a doctor’s office? What makes this story a bildungsroman unique to Bellow is the way quotidian objects blend into and transform these most profound of human secrets, forming a new, hidden order of knowledge which young Louie is drawn to wrestle with and decode. But how? And why? These are questions that echo back at our narrator as he attempts to sift through his experience years after the fact, for reasons that are perhaps unclear even to him. Such questions resonate with us, too.

These are just a few things that jumped out to me, and that I’d like to touch on next week. I hope you enjoy this story by one of (North) America’s greatest writers. See you next Tuesday.

Andrew Bennett.

Special Storytelling Time on the World Book Day

April 23rd is a symbolic date for world book day. Join us for a special storytelling time to celebrate the pleasure of reading!

Recommended for children between the ages of 4 – 8.Two adults per child maximum.

With Alito Rodgers as storyteller. Approx. 45 minutes.

Participation is free. Seating is limited; entrance is open until full capacity (45 kids per session).

Storytelling around the book:

“Library Lion” by Michelle Knudsen and Kevin Hawkes.

Wednesday, April 23rd at 18:45 h.


“When a lion shows up for storytime, Miss Merriweather, the head librarian, makes it clear that the lion can only stay if he follows the rules. That includes being quiet; in other words, No Roaring. The lion loves storytime and visits the library every day. He follows all the rules and even comes early to help Miss Merriweather. One day, though, something bad happens and the only way the lion can help is by making a great big roar. The sad lion leaves the library because he knows he has broken the rules. Finally, the lion learns that “sometimes there is a good reason to break the rules” and makes a joyous return to storytime at the library.”

Extraido de Amazon.

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Programa de actividades para la celebración del Día del Libro

Flyer de la Noche de los Libros 2014

El miércoles 23 de abril, para celebrar el Día Internacional del Libro, desde la Biblioteca del Instituto Internacional organizaremos diferentes actividades dentro del programa de La Noche de los libros de la Comunidad de Madrid.

En primer lugar entre las 10 y las 18 h. (previa cita) tendrá lugar una maratón de lectura bilingüe en español e inglés utilizando “La leyenda de Sleepy Hollow” de Washington Irving. Como otras veces el objetivo será leer la obra entre todos, por fragmentos y en el idioma preferido (español o inglés) para intentar conseguir terminar la lectura de ambas versiones y grabarla para dejar testimonio de la actividad. Los interesados en participar han de contactar con

Además ese día se presentarán dos libros en la biblioteca:

A las 18 h el libro infantil bilingüe “Jack Rabbit in the Painted Desert” de Patricia Cleary del que se hará un “reading aloud” en español e inglés.

A las 20 h. tendrá lugar una presentación en forma de conferencia del libro “Differences in Common: Gender, Vulnerability and Community” por Joana Sabadell-Nieto y Marta Segarra de la prestigiosa editorial Rodopi (aunque el libro es en inglés la presentación sera en español).

Como ya es tradicional tambien tendrá lugar un cuentacuentos infantil en inglés para niños de 4 a 8 años en torno al libro “Library Lion” con Alito Rodgers como “storyteller” a las 18:45 h.

Para estas tres actividades la entrada es libre hasta completar aforo.

Más detalles sobre toda la programación de La Noche de los Libros en internet.

Séptima lectura del ciclo 2013-2014 del Círculo Literario de la Biblioteca

Participa leyendo el libro recomendado y asistiendo al coloquio que habitualmente se celebra el último jueves de cada mes. Sesión dirigida por Jacqueline Cruz, Ph.D.

Ciclo “Representaciones de la sociedad estadounidense en las literaturas extranjeras”

Entrada libre y gratuita previa inscripción en

Libro del mes: “El que siembra sangre” de Arne Dahl


“Ha pasado un año desde la constitución del Grupo A, la unidad especial para la resolución de crímenes violentos de carácter internacional a la que pertenece Paul Hjelm, y la falta de casos adecuados a sus objetivos y habilidades hace que los círculos policiales suecos empiecen a cuestionar la necesidad de que una unidad tan especializada siga en activo. Como respondiendo a sus plegarias, el Grupo A recibe un aviso: un asesino en serie ha matado a un hombre por medio de un macabro ritual en el aeropuerto de Newark, en Nueva York, y viaja con su billete hacia Estocolmo. No saben su nombre ni qué aspecto tiene.”

Extraído de La Casa del Libro.

Coloquio: Jueves, 24 de abril a las 19:30h.

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