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

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. 9
All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy

Feb. 13
The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein

Mar. 13
Woman on the Edge of Time by Marge Piercy

Apr. 10
Existentialism from Dostoevsky to Sartre (Revised and Expanded Edition), by Walter Kaufmann

May 8
The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin

Jun. 12
The Legend of Bagger Vance 
by Steven Pressfield

July: No meeting

August 14: As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner

September 18: The Body Papers by Grace Talusan

October 9: We Have Always Lived at the Castle by Shirley Jackson

November 13:  Meditations by Marcus Aurelius

December 11: Nomadland by Jessica Bruder


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
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.