Book Group
Jan 11 @ 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.

Writers’ Open Studio
Jan 14 @ 8:40 am – 11:30 am

Weekly Writing Studios at the Salem Athenaeum.

The building will be open from 8:40-11:30 every Tuesday (unless announced otherwise). Feel free to come by and write in a quiet peaceful setting.

Come for as long as you’d like–for 20 minutes or all three hours.

La Tertulia
Jan 14 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

La Tertulia is a group of members interested in keeping their Spanish speaking skills in practice.

Meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesday
from 6:00 to 8:00 PM

Re-Appraisal Reading Circle: Joseph Hersheimer
Jan 15 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

January’s meeting is about the works of Joseph Herscheimer (1880-1954).

Re-appraisal Reading Circle meets bi-monthly on Wednesdays
 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.

2019-20 Discussions:
Sept. 18 Gilbert Parker (1862-1932)

Nov. 20   Zane Grey (1872-1939)

Jan. 15   Joseph Hergesheimer

Mar. 18   Dorothy Sayers

May 27   Ngaio Marsh (1895-1982)

Writing Workshop with Danielle Jones—Journaling
Jan 18 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Saturday morning writing workshop.

Danielle Jones will lead a workshop exploring journaling as a daily practice for writers. Regardless of genre, every writer begins by staring down the blank page, which can be both intimidating and unforgiving. But what if you think of that blank page as a chance for play? A space to rant, reconfigure, keep a record—a way to let the many sides of yourself come together on the page. We’ll look at images and poems intended to get the conversation started, and revisit old entries with strategies for generating new material. You’ll leave with prompts, excited for the first several weeks of your writing new year. BYOJ!

Danielle Jones holds an MFA from the University of Massachusetts Boston, and is associate director of the Writers House at Merrimack College. Her work has appeared in Beloit Poetry Journal, Best New Poets, Incessant Pipe, Memorious, and elsewhere. She’s a recipient of a 2014 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award.

Writers’ Open Studio
Jan 21 @ 8:40 am – 11:30 am

Weekly Writing Studios at the Salem Athenaeum.

The building will be open from 8:40-11:30 every Tuesday (unless announced otherwise). Feel free to come by and write in a quiet peaceful setting.

Come for as long as you’d like–for 20 minutes or all three hours.

Winter Warm-up at the Adriatic
Jan 21 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Chase away the winter blues with us at the Adriatic Restaurant in Salem.

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 2020.


Salem Writers’ Group
Jan 21 @ 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.

Memoir Writers Group
Jan 23 @ 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Meets monthly on fourth Thursdays.

This group is for people who are writing, or wish to write, memoirs. It will not be a class, but rather an opportunity for participants to share and discuss each other’s work, and to offer guidance, advice, and companionship through the memoir-writing process.

Adopt-a-Book: Conservation Event
Jan 26 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Join us for our eighth annual Adopt-a-Book event, featuring some of the most important books and objects in our collections that are in need of conservation. This event is open to all and is an excellent opportunity to learn more about the Athenaeum’s historical collections.


The event will include remarks by Kayla Malouin-Fletcher, curator of The Caproni Collection, and conservator Lisa Benson, who will talk about the Athenaeum’s plaster busts and their conservation plan. The Caproni Collection produces and sells plaster reproductions of famous sculptures. Every piece is made in-house and by-hand. They use many of the original castings made by P.P. Caproni and Brother over 100 years ago to create their reproductions. During his time, master craftsman Pietro Caproni was granted permission by museums in Europe such as the Louvre, the Accademia and the British Museum to make molds directly from the museums’ famous sculptures—an honor unheard of today. Using these molds, he was able to recreate the world’s finest masterpieces with unrivaled accuracy. The Caproni Collection continues this tradition today.


Kayla Malouin-Fletcher is the curator and an administrator of the Caproni Collection. She is cataloging the Collection’s casts for the first time in its history and shares interesting facts, history, and stories on the Caproni website and social media platforms. She holds a Master’s in Museum Studies from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor’s in art history from Wheaton College in Massachusetts.


Lisa Benson is a conservator and manager for the Caproni Collection. She has over ten years’ experience in sculpture restoration, conservation, and preservation. Projects include the cast collection at Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the Providence Athenaeum, and the Massachusetts State House Library. She holds a Master’s in Sculpture from New York Academy of Art and a Bachelor’s in fine arts from Wheaton College in Massachusetts.