Groups to Join
Membership is not required to participate in groups at the Athenaeum. All are welcome!


Please Note:

No Writers Studio or in-person meetings will be held in the Athenaeum until further notice. The Library is open as usual with masks required. Thanks for your cooperation!


La Tertulia
Meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesday
from 5:00 to 7:00 PM
La Tertulia is a group of people interested in keeping their Spanish speaking skills in practice.


Book Group
Meets the 2nd Saturday
from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
at the Athenaeum
Open discussion meeting on wide variety of fiction and non-fiction works, new and classics.

Upcoming discussions:


Jan. 8
Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell

Feb. 12
Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe

Mar. 12
On the Road by Jack Kerouac

Apr. 9
Not “A Nation of Immigrants” by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

May 14
Bel Canto by Ann Patchett

Jun. 11
Best. Movie. Year. Ever.: How 1999 Blew Up the Big Screen by Brian Raftery

Jul. 9 Siddhartha by Herman Hess

August 13: Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart

September 17: Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

October 8: On Earth We Are Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong

November 12: Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse

December 10: Less by Andrew Sean Greer


Any Book Group
Sign up here
Next meeting: March 18 at 7:00 p.m.
A book discussion group for readers of all genres.



Monday Evening Conversations
Meets the 2nd Monday at 7:00 PM
Topics for discussion are wide open, but must be amenable to good conversation.


Reappraisal Reading Circle
Meets Bi-monthly on Third Tuesdays
at 7:00 PM Sign up here
Open meeting discussing the works of a prolific, popular author of the past whose works are held in quantity by the Athenaeum.

2021-22 Discussions:

Sep 21
Eugene Sue (1804–1897)

Nov 16 — In person at the Athenaeum, masks required.
Mrs. [Margaret] Oliphant (1828–1897)

Jan 18
Irving Bacheller (1859–1950)

Mar 15
Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch (1863–1944)

May 17
Frank Swinnerton (1884–1982)


The Dickens Fellowship
North of Boston Branch, #204
Meets at the Athenaeum

Meetings are a combination of book club, social events, student programming, study groups, and community service and education. Members are involved to the degree which suits them and fulfills their personal goals. Many members enjoy just book discussions while others enjoy the programming, planning, and activities. We invite you to join our Fellowship and rekindle your enjoyment of reading Dickens or start anew.

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