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


Please Note:

The Library is open as usual with masks required for meetings.
Thanks for your cooperation!

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. 14:
Go by Boat by Dr. Chuck Radis

Feb. 11:
The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict & Victoria Christopher Murray

Mar. 11:
Consider the Lobster by David Foster Wallace

Apr. 8:
King Lear by William Shakespeare

May 13:
Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer

June 10:
H Is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald

July 8:
Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne

Aug. 12:
Mill Town by Kerri Arsenault

Sept. 16:*
The House in the Sand: prose poems by Pablo Neruda

Oct. 14:
The Unknown Masterpiece by Honoré de Balzac

Nov. 18:
Marmee by Sarah Miller

Dec. 16:
Whose Body? by Dorothy Sayers

* 3rd Saturday—exception for Salem Lit Fest on 9/9/23

Any Book Group
Sign up here
Next meeting: September 21 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
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.

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