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

Several groups are on summer break. Please check the dates under each group.

La Tertulia
Meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesday—online
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—hybrid
Open discussion meeting on wide variety of fiction and non-fiction works, new and classics.

Upcoming discussions:


Jan. 13:
Horse by Geraldine Brooks

February 10:
Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler

March 9:
Havana Nocturne: How the Mob Owned Cuba and Then Lost It to the Revolution by T.J. English

April 13:
Hester by Laurie Lico Albanese

May 11:
Birding Without Borders: An Obsession, a Quest, and the Biggest Year in the World by Noah Strycker

June 8:
Yellowface by R.F. Kuang                   

August 10:
Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese

October 12:
Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen

November 9:
Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam

December 14:
Breakfast at Tiffany’s
by Truman Capote


Any Book Group
Sign up here
Meets bi-monthly on Third Thursdays
Next meeting: January 18 at 7:00 p.m.—online
A book discussion group for readers of all genres.



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


Reappraisal Reading Circle
Meets Bi-monthly on Third Wednesdays—hybrid
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.

2023–24 Discussions:

Sep 20
Frank R. Stockton (1834-1902)
American humorist, novelist, and editor

Nov 15
Francis Hopkinton Smith (1838-1915)
American author, artist, engineer

Jan 17
Elizabeth Stuart Phelps  (1844-1911)
American feminist, reformer, novelist

Mar 20
Richard Harding Davis  (1864-1916)
American journalist, war correspondent, novelist

May 15
Elizabeth von Arnim (1866-1941)
English novelist

June TBD
Author selection meeting for 2024-25


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.