Winter Break
Dec 26 2017 @ 12:00 am – Jan 2 2018 @ 12:00 am

The library will close at 2 pm on December 23 for the holidays. Normal hours and meeting schedules resume on Tuesday, January 2.

Salem Writers’ Group
Jan 2 @ 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.

Dickens Fellowship
Jan 6 @ 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.

Resolutions: An Evening of Storytelling
Jan 6 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

What kinds of promises do we make to ourselves and others? What happens when we try to make changes, or to keep our commitments?

In the spirit of the Moth Radio Hour, the Salem Athenaeum Writing Committee offers another evening of live storytelling on the theme of resolutions.

Come hear true stories from community members Julie Batten, Taylor Botticelli, Manny Cruz, Tom Laaser, Carolyn McGuire, Jill Sampieri, and Sandra Winter.

Monday Evening Conversations
Jan 8 @ 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: Frances Hodgson Burnett
Jan 8 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Frances Hodgson Burnett (1849-1924)

Frances Hodgson Burnett, born in Manchester England, was an imaginative story-teller from her youth on. While still a teenager, she was able to use this ability to help her family financially. As an adult, her stories allowed her to afford a rather lavish lifestyle, yearly transatlantic trips, and multiple residences on both sides of the Atlantic. Burnett married twice, but both her marriages ended in divorce.

Burnett may be best known for her creations of Little Lord Fauntleroy and The Little Princess, probably as the result of their successful dramatizations. However, Burnett also wrote top selling romantic novels at the turn of the 20th century. Her first novel was entitled “That Lass o’ Lowrie’s” (1877) and the final one called “The Head of the House of Coombe “(1922) and “Robin”, a sequel (1922). Burnett’s novels sometimes reflect her cosmopolitan outlook and her interest in history, are sometimes autobiographical, and sometimes reveal supernatural themes (“In the Closed Room”) and religious themes (“The Dawn of Tomorrow”). Burnett became a US citizen in 1905 and settled permanently on Long Island in 1907 where she died.

Come to the Athenaeum’s discussion of Burnett, Monday, January 8 at 7 pm and see whether our more skeptical age can find pleasure in her romantic tales.


La Tertulia
Jan 9 @ 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.

Incessant Pipe: Contentions
Jan 10 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Philosophy, Science, and Ideas. Come sit around a medium-large table and discuss the big stuff.

2nd Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m.

Book Group
Jan 13 @ 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.

Winter Warm-up at the Adriatic
Jan 16 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Enjoy an evening of friends and complimentary hors d’oeuvres courtesy of the Adriatic. As you soak in the warmth and comfort of one of Salem’s premier eating and drinking establishments, we’re hoping to raise essential operating funds to help support our programs for 2018.

All proceeds support the Athenæum. Cash bar.