Sep
5
Sat
Pop-up Book Sale!
Sep 5 @ 10:00 am – Sep 6 @ 5:00 pm

The book sale will be outdoors only.

Masks required.

 

Please DO NOT bring donations to the book sale.

We are at capacity!

Sep
7
Mon
Monday Evening Conversations
Sep 7 @ 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!

Sep
8
Tue
La Tertulia
Sep 8 @ 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

Sep
10
Thu
Salem Literary Festival
Sep 10 @ 7:00 pm – Sep 13 @ 6:00 pm

Join us for the 11th Salem Lit Fest — September 10-13, 2020.

Details to come.

Salem Literary Festival—Opening Conversation with Chris Bohjalian and Jim DeFilippi
Sep 10 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

 
The 11th Salem Lit Fest comes in hot with an opening conversation between crime novelist and humorist Jim DeFilippi and #1 New York Times bestselling author Chris Bohjalian about his latest thriller, The Red Lotus.

Join us for four days of literary discussions and discoveries!

Full schedule at SalemLitFest.org

Sep
11
Fri
Salem Literary Festival Red Carpet with A Mighty Blaze and Keynote with Kiley Reid
Sep 11 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Friday night withe Salem Lit Fest is not to be missed!

Virtual Red Carpet, hosted by New York Times bestselling author and co-founder of A Mighty Blaze, Jenna Blum.

Keynote Conversation with Kiley Reid, whose debut novel SUCH A FUN AGE, is a New York Times best seller and long-listed for the 2020 Booker Prize, and Halle Butler, author of THE NEW ME.

Sep
16
Wed
Reappraisal Reading Circle: Rolf Boldrewood
Sep 16 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

The discussion at the September meeting will be about the works of Rolf Boldrewood, pen name of Thomas Alexander Browne (1826-1915). Browne was an Australian romantic novelist best known for his thrilling and realistic portrayals of pioneer life in Australia.

Please register by clicking the green button above in order to receive the sign-in credentials to the Zoom meeting.

Re-appraisal Reading Circle meets bi-monthly on third Wednesdays at 7:00 PM

Upcoming Discussions:
Nov 18   Robert Louis Stevenson

Jan 20  Hamlin Garland

Mar 17  Rumer Godden

May 19   Francis Brett Young

Sep
19
Sat
Trails & Sails: Architecture Treasure Hunt
Sep 19 @ 9:00 am – Sep 20 @ 6:00 pm

The Athenaeum building is part of this year’s Trails and Sails Architectural Treasure Hunt!

This DIY activity celebrates iconic buildings in Salem’s McIntire Historic District by going on an Architectural Treasure Hunt! Use the answer bank to identify features of the following places: Hamilton Hall, Historic New England’s Phillips House, the Pickering House, and the Salem Athenaeum. At each property, you will find a fact sheet challenging you to identify the building’s architectural details. The fact sheets are posted at the rear visitor entrance of Historic New England’s Phillips House, and at the front entrance of the other three properties. Bring your own pen! Want to skip the paper? You can find digital copies at the host websites. The activity level for this Treasure Hunt is high school age and up.

Get details about the treasure hunt here!

Book Group
Sep 19 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Discussion group meets once a month on Saturdays at 11:00 a.m.

September’s book is Educated by Tara Westover.

***This month we are meeting later than usual because the Salem Literary Festival is happening during our usual meeting time.***

September’s book is Educated by Tara Westover.

View the reading list for the year.

Sep
21
Mon
Monday Evening Conversations
Sep 21 @ 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!