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"Bienvenue à la Bibliothèque AFSF" !

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AFSF members may borrow up to 3  books, 3 CDs and 3 DVDs for 3 weeks.
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AFSF BIBLIOTHÈQUE tips and tools

If you want to improve your French language skills, reading can help! But choosing the right book is essential. Check out some of our new collection categories online and on the library shelves. Bonne lecture!

Easy Readers and Short Novels

Abridged and simplified yet retaining some of the feel of the original book, these are a great resource for advanced beginners to intermediates.

Graphic novels

Graphic novels are helpful with visual clues on what is happening. The word association in these makes them ideal for intermediate to advanced learners.

Books you already know and love

Familiarity with the original story will allow you to focus on reading in the French language. Your brain will be free to soak in the new vocabulary and grammar.

French authored Page Turners

Try best-selling French authors, Marc Levy and Guillaume Musso, writers of thrillers with elements of fantasy and engaging plots. You will get so involved in the story that you’ll forget to stop and look up every word.

Espace Jeunesse

We have two inviting spaces for your children to explore the AFSF French library. Visit the Salle des enfants best suited for younger children or head into the main library to the Young Readers corner for your older children and young teens.

Early Childhood

The Salle des Enfants, located on the second floor, is home to our collection of early childhood picture books and DVD. Styled in an inviting layout for the youngest children to explore and easily find titles that will engage and captivate young minds. If a camp is in session please be respectful of the activities and instructors direction for library use during class time.

Young Readers

The Young Readers corner, located in the main library, contains many popular French series perfectly suited for early readers. There is also a wide selection of Bandes Dessinées which provide visual cues and lots of entertainment while your young readers explore reading in the french language.


Watching films is a great way to improve your French. Many DVDs in our collection have subtitles in French so you can hear the spoken word and understand the intended French dialogue simultaneously. Be careful not to jump straight to the English subtitles to avoid reading in English and losing the benefit of understanding the spoken french. You could start with films that you may have already seen in English so the plot will be familiar letting you focus on the spoken french.

Do you have any books you'd like to donate?

Our library accepts donations, in French only, for:

  • Children's and Young Adult books

  • Books published within the last 5 years

  • DVDs

  •  French language board games and other educational games


You can preview additional resources for students :   AFSF students resources AFSF students resources

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