Monday Evening Conversations
Dec 12 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Monday Evening Conversations Group meets on the second Monday of the month at 7:00 PM. All members and other interested parties are invited.

It may be of interest to know that the The Social Library, predecessor of the Salem Athenæum, was founded by a similar discussion group, called the Monday Evening Club. Edward Augustus Holyoke, Rev. Thomas Barnard, Rev. Thomas Gilchrist, Benjamin Lynde, Nathaniel Ropes and others were among the Monday Evening Club founders, who gathered to discuss current events and topics of mutual interest.

Topics for discussion are wide open, but must be amenable to good conversation. Examples include:

  • The long ranging effects of the Civil War
  • The courage to be vulnerable
  • European architecture
  • The importance/non importance of art
  • Why have friends

Meetings will start with something to help frame the discussion for the evening, such as a:

  • brief talk
  • podcast
  • video
  • reading of prose or poetry
  • music

We look forward to talking with you!

Writers’ Open Studio
Dec 13 @ 8:30 am – 11:30 am

The Athenaeum will be open exclusively for writers to work in a serene environment. Bring your laptop or pen and paper and leave the distractions at the door.

La Tertulia
Dec 13 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

La Tertulia is a group of members interested in keeping their Spanish speaking skills in practice. They meet on 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month.

Scrabble Club
Dec 15 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Solstice Storytelling
Dec 16 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Solstice Storytelling: Out of the Shadows, Into the Light

Winter Solstice is the shortest day of the year, or “the day the sun stands still.” Let’s gather together, fortify ourselves against the coming cold and dark of winter with an evening of warm words and drinks, and an abundance of sweets, music and merriment. We’ve invited writers who will spin stories from the shadows, helping us get through this long winter’s night, and back to light.

An Evening of Pumpkin Bread
Dec 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Pumpkin Bread is a 5-piece band based in Boston, MA that plays original folk music flavored with Celtic fiddling, spirited improvisations, and relentless groove. Brought together by their love for spontaneous music and baked goods, Pumpkin Bread began honing their sound in kitchen jams, pub sessions, and soup nights in the Boston area folk scene. With songs that range from pensive and heartfelt to driving and playful, every performance is dynamic and always gives you a sense of the band’s camaraderie and close knit friendship.


The band features Aidan Scrimgeour, Conor Hearn, Jackson Clawson, Maura Shawn Scanlin, and Steven Manwaring. All five members come from and perform regularly in different worlds of music, including Celtic, jazz, classical, bluegrass and funk.


Writers’ Open Studio
Dec 20 @ 8:30 am – 11:30 am

The Athenaeum will be open exclusively for writers to work in a serene environment. Bring your laptop or pen and paper and leave the distractions at the door.

Salem Writers’ Group
Dec 20 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

All are welcome to bring work-in-progress to share with the group for feedback. The group is facilitated by J.D. Scrimgeour, Professor of English, Salem State University.

Scrabble Club
Dec 22 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Closed for winter break
Dec 25 @ 12:00 am – Dec 31 @ 10:00 am

Happy Holidays from The Salem Athenaeum!

We’ll be on holiday break from December 25- 30.

The library will be closed with no regular meetings except Incessant Pipe Poetry Salon, which will meet on Tuesday at 7 pm.

Normal hours resume on Saturday, December 31 at 10:00 AM.