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Fanny de Chaillé
The Library

Tue, Sept 24 & Thu, Sept 26 from 4–8pm
FIAF, Haskell Library

Fri, Sept 27 from 12–4pm
NYPL, Jefferson Market Branch

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French artist Fanny de Chaillé creates a living library where visitors are invited to choose from a catalogue of “books”—actually, people—each of whom relate their individual story once selected. Each “book” is the result of a collaboration between Chaillé and a volunteer, who, together, determine a theme, topic, or personal history to be shared.

Illuminating each individual’s unique role in an increasingly computerized and detached society, The Library is a reminder of the power of storytelling, a practice as ephemeral as it is enduring.

In English
Free & open to the public

The New York Public Library's Jefferson Market Branch

Co-presented with The New York Public Library (NYPL)'s Jefferson Market Branch

With the support of the Institut français, in the frame of its Théâtre Export Program, and FUSED: French U.S. Exchange in Dance, a program of the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, and FACE

If you were a "book" what would your title be?
Become a participant in The Library!

To participate in artist Fanny de Chaillé's project, The Library, and become a “book” on a subject of your choice, please contact Joanna Spinks at

FIAF, Haskell Library
Tue, Sept 24 & Thu, Sept 26 from 4–8pm
22 East 60th Street
Btwn Madison & Park Aves
New York, NY 10022

4, 5, 6 to 59 St
N, R, Q to 5 Ave
F to 63 St

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Jefferson Market Library
Fri, Sept 27 from 12–4pm
425 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10011

1 to Christopher St
A, B, C, D, E, F, M to 4th St

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Proud Presenting Sponsor of Crossing the Line 2013:
Lead Sponsors: Air France and Delta Air Lines, the official airlines of FIAF; Florence Gould Foundation
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