Described by The New York Times as “storytelling coming to life,” The Teens Library is inspired by the idea that anyone can be the author of knowledge and share it with others. Created by French artist Fanny de Chaillé, the interactive project is a living library where visitors are invited to choose from a catalogue of “books”––which are actually people––each of whom relate their individual story.

Each “book” is the result of a collaboration that started in November 2016 between the artist and a group of teenagers who are part of the New York Public Library Literacy Leaders program. In a series of workshops, they worked together to determine a theme, topic, or personal history to be shared. Participating teens are primarily recent immigrants to the U.S. aged 14-17.

In intimate one-on-one sessions with the audience, each teen will tell his or her unique story to both parents and kids. The Teens Library is a reminder of the power of storytelling. It brings stories to life and gives a voice to any individual.

Note: Some stories may contain mature content
Ages 6 and up

Free


Fanny de Chaillé began creating her own plays, installations, and performances in 1995. She has worked with renowned artists such as Daniel Larrieu, Rachid Ouramdane, Emmanuelle Huynh, and Alain Buffard. She has created installations, performances, and choreographic works including Le Voyage d’hiver (2001), AMERIQUE (2006) and Gonzo Conférence (2007). In 2010, she created La Bibliothèque (The Library), a performance produced with 23 residents of the Cité Universitaire Internationale in Paris. The piece has been since presented in countries around the world, including the 2013 edition of FIAF’s Crossing the Line Festival. In 2013, the Centre Pompidou‘s Nouveau Festival commissioned Chaillé’s piece La Clairière, created with set designer Nadia Lauro.


The Teens Library is a co-production by the New York Public Library, as part of its program Literacy Leaders, and by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy as part of its program Kids Trail. This program was made possible by EHA Foundation, Inc, FACE Foundation, Institut français-Paris, and the French Ministry of Culture and Communication. Major support for after-school programming is provided by Arthur W. Koenig; the Andreas C. Dracopoulos Family Endowment for Young Audiences; Stavros Niarchos Foundation; the Mr. and Mrs. Timothy R. Barakett Endowment for Children’s and Young Adult Programs and Services; the E.H.A. Foundation Endowment for Literacy Programming; The Frederick P. & Sandra P. Rose Foundation; The Bok Family Foundation; Booth Ferris Foundation; The New York Life Foundation; The Pinkerton Foundation; News Corp; Con Edison; and The Walt Disney Company, with additional support from the Estate of Brooke Russell Astor and the Estate of Mary McConnell Bailey.
 
LOCATION: Albertine Books
DATES: Apr 8, 2017 | 11am-4pm
Click here for more information
Albertine Books 972 Fifth Avenue, New York City

Fanny de Chaillé presents The Teens Library

When
Apr 8, 2017 | 11am-4pm
Where
Albertine Books
972 Fifth Avenue, New York City

Described by The New York Times as “storytelling coming to life,” The Teens Library is inspired by the idea that anyone can be the author of knowledge and share it with others. Created by French artist Fanny de Chaillé, the interactive project is a living library where visitors are invited to choose from a catalogue of “books”––which are actually people––each of whom relate their individual story.

Each “book” is the result of a collaboration that started in November 2016 between the artist and a group of teenagers who are part of the New York Public Library Literacy Leaders program. In a series of workshops, they worked together to determine a theme, topic, or personal history to be shared. Participating teens are primarily recent immigrants to the U.S. aged 14-17.

In intimate one-on-one sessions with the audience, each teen will tell his or her unique story to both parents and kids. The Teens Library is a reminder of the power of storytelling. It brings stories to life and gives a voice to any individual.

Note: Some stories may contain mature content
Ages 6 and up

Free


Fanny de Chaillé began creating her own plays, installations, and performances in 1995. She has worked with renowned artists such as Daniel Larrieu, Rachid Ouramdane, Emmanuelle Huynh, and Alain Buffard. She has created installations, performances, and choreographic works including Le Voyage d’hiver (2001), AMERIQUE (2006) and Gonzo Conférence (2007). In 2010, she created La Bibliothèque (The Library), a performance produced with 23 residents of the Cité Universitaire Internationale in Paris. The piece has been since presented in countries around the world, including the 2013 edition of FIAF’s Crossing the Line Festival. In 2013, the Centre Pompidou‘s Nouveau Festival commissioned Chaillé’s piece La Clairière, created with set designer Nadia Lauro.


The Teens Library is a co-production by the New York Public Library, as part of its program Literacy Leaders, and by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy as part of its program Kids Trail. This program was made possible by EHA Foundation, Inc, FACE Foundation, Institut français-Paris, and the French Ministry of Culture and Communication. Major support for after-school programming is provided by Arthur W. Koenig; the Andreas C. Dracopoulos Family Endowment for Young Audiences; Stavros Niarchos Foundation; the Mr. and Mrs. Timothy R. Barakett Endowment for Children’s and Young Adult Programs and Services; the E.H.A. Foundation Endowment for Literacy Programming; The Frederick P. & Sandra P. Rose Foundation; The Bok Family Foundation; Booth Ferris Foundation; The New York Life Foundation; The Pinkerton Foundation; News Corp; Con Edison; and The Walt Disney Company, with additional support from the Estate of Brooke Russell Astor and the Estate of Mary McConnell Bailey.
 
LOCATION: Albertine Books
DATES: Apr 8, 2017 | 11am-4pm
Click here for more information
more events
1/3
ONGOING EVENTS
event

Spectacular Gems and Jewelry from the Merriweather Post Collection

June 10, 2017 - January 1, 2018
Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens
4155 Linnean Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20008
event

VIVA ARTE VIVA and French pavilion at the 2017 Venice Biennale

May 13 - November 26, 2017
la Biennale di Venezia
Venice, Italy
event

Mohamed Bourouissa at The Barnes Foundation

June 30–October 2, 2017
The Barnes Foundation
2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19130
event

Black Dolls

August 18 - October 7, 2017
Vivid Solutions Gallery
Anacostia Arts Center
1241 Good Hope Rd SE
Washington DC 20020
event

René Lalique: Enchanted by Glass

September 15, 2017 - January 21, 2018
Chrysler Museum of Art
One Memorial Place
Norfolk, Virginia VA, 23510
1/3
recomended for you
event

Babar’s Guide to Paris – Exhibition at Mary Ryan Gallery

Oct 14 - Nov 25, 2017
Mary Ryan Gallery
515 W 26th Street
New York 10001
event

Rodin at the Met

September 16, 2017–January 15, 2018
Metropolitan Museum of Art (Gallery 913 & Roof Garden)
1000 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY
event

James Thierrée at BAM

October 12-14, 2017
BAM Peter Jay Sharp Building
30 Lafayette Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11217