Sep
2
Sat
Closed for Labor Day Holiday
Sep 2 – Sep 4 all-day

The Athenaeum will be closed on Saturday for Labor Day weekend.

Dickens Fellowship
Sep 2 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

The Dickens Fellowship North of Boston Branch, Chartered Branch #204, is part of an international community celebrating Charles Dickens and promoting readership and appreciation of his works while educating about the ideas and social issues that were close to his heart.  The North of Boston Branch was founded in 2010 and meets monthly at the Salem Athenaeum.  Meetings involve book discussion as well as other Dickens-related programming and activities.  All are welcome to join the Fellowship and rekindle your enjoyment of Dickens or start anew.

Sep
5
Tue
Salem Writers’ Group
Sep 5 @ 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.

Sep
7
Thu
Scrabble Club
Sep 7 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Sep
9
Sat
Annual Book Sale
Sep 9 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

The public book sale is Saturday from 9-5 and Clearance ($3/bag) is on Sunday from 10-2.  During the Clearance on Sunday, teachers with ID receive free books.

Proceeds benefit the Athenaeum collections and educational programs.

Donations to the book sale may be delivered to the Athenaeum during normal open hours now through September 7.

Book Group
Sep 9 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Discussion group meets on the second Saturday of the month at 11:00 a.m.

View the reading list.

Sep
10
Sun
Annual Book Sale
Sep 10 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Sunday is clearance day, $3/bag.

Teachers with ID may receive free books for their classroom.

Proceeds benefit the Athenaeum collections and educational programs.

Donations to the book sale may be delivered to the Athenaeum during normal open hours now through September 7.

Sep
11
Mon
Monday Evening Conversations
Sep 11 @ 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!

Re-Appraisal Reading Circle: Wilkie Collins
Sep 11 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Re-appraisal Reading Circle
Meets 2nd Mondays at 7:00 PM
Open meeting discussing the works of a prolific, popular author of the past whose works are held in quantity by the Athenaeum.

2017-18 discussions:

Sept 11: Wilkie Collins (1824-1889)
Nov. 13: George Meredith (1828-1909)
Jan. 8: Frances Hodgson Burnett (1879-1924)
Mar. 12: Dorothy Canfield Fisher (1879-1958)
May 14: Hugh Walpole (1884-1941)

Sep
12
Tue
La Tertulia
Sep 12 @ 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.