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1171 Main Street
St. Johnsbury, VT, 05819
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Upcoming Events

Mar
2
2:00 pm14:00

Read Across America

The National Education Association’s “Read Across America Day” is a nationwide reading celebration that takes place annually on March 2—Dr. Seuss’s birthday. Across the country, thousands of schools, libraries, and community centers participate.  Drop in at the Athenaeum any time from 2:00 – 6:30 p.m. and enjoy a Dr. Seuss book and a craft.

 

 

Mar
8
7:00 pm19:00

Arts and Culture Series: Reading and Book Signing with Hank Parker

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When a gruesome new tick-borne virus breaks out near a major US city and the outbreak is traced to an extremist group in Southeast Asia, the race to stop a global bioterrorism conspiracy is on. Government epidemiologist Mariah Rossi must leave the safety of her lab to help fellow scientist and covert CIA agent Curt Kennedy track the disease back to its source. Series sponsored by Philip and Marylou Meyer.

 

Mar
15
6:30 pm18:30

Book Discussion Group: Spillover: Animal Infections & the Next Pandemic

In partnership with the Vermont Veterinary Medical Association, the Athenaeum will host a book discussion group on David Quammen's Spillover: Animal Infections & the Next Human Pandemica gripping investigation of animal to human pathogen transmission as it has played out in the past with diseases like Ebola, Sars, Avian Flu and Lyme disease, and as it may play out in the future with an as-yet-unknown pandemic. Copies of Spillover will be available for check out at the Athenaeum. Speak to a librarian to request one.

Mar
27
2:00 pm14:00

Celebrating the Abenaki Heritage

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Come celebrate the customs and traditions of the Abenaki Indians.  Beth Champagne will share her native heritage through discussion and tales of how the Abenaki survived “Rogers Raid” in 1759 at Odanak, Quebec and the making of maple syrup Indian-style! A themed craft and refreshments to follow.

Mar
31
3:30 pm15:30

Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award Books Voting Party

Students who have read 5 or more of the Dorothy Reads books are eligible to come vote for their favorite book at the Athenaeum.  We will celebrate with a trivia challenge and an ice cream sundae party, with a topping for each book read.  Must have an adult sign off on your books to enjoy all those toppings!

Mar
31
7:00 pm19:00

Arts and Culture Series: Reading and Book Signing with Grace Gershuny

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In her new book Grace Gershuny argues for encouraging as many farmers as possible to convert to organic methods as quickly as possible as the most immediate route to reversing the increase in greenhouse gas emissions that now endangers communities everywhere. The food system contributes at least one-third of global greenhouse gas emissions, and can be part of the solution. 

 


Feb
15
6:30 pm18:30

Book Discussion Group: Brown Girl Dreaming

Join us to read and discuss Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson.  The Vermont Reads 2017 book choice is a beautifully written memoir in verse that tells the story of a African American girl growing up in the 1960s and 1970s and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement and her experience with the remnants of Jim Crow.

Copies of Brown Girl Dreaming are available for checkout at the circulation desk.

Visit vermonthumanities.org for more information about the book and about Vermont Reads.

Refreshments will be served.

 

 

 

Feb
14
2:00 pm14:00

Valentine's Day Crafting at the Athenaeum

Come celebrate with us and enjoy DIY Valentine’s Day crafting. Make your sweetie something or just something for yourself. An assortment of crafting supplies will be available to let your creativity flow. Iris folding, card making, and paper plate art, the list goes on and on. Looking forward to seeing you on Valentine’s Day!

Feb
13
3:00 pm15:00

Poetry Workshop--Haiku

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This student focused workshop will introduce the Haiku, a Japanese poetry form. We will discuss poem structure and look at examples of published Haiku's. The remaining time will be spent on trying our hand at writing Haiku poetry. Refreshments served. Everyone welcome!

Just in time workshop for Poem Town poetry submissions: Feb. 15, 2017 deadline and Young American poetry Digest poetry submissions: March 10, 2017 deadline.

Feb
13
1:00 pm13:00

Vermont Reads Book Club

The Vermont Reads Book Club is featuring “Brown Girl Dreaming” by Jacqueline Woodson. Students who are on a 4th grade reading level are encouraged to participate. We will discuss the events in the book, as well as what was happening in the United States during the 1960's and 1970's. Students must sign up with Adele West-Fisher, Youth Services Librarian to participate.

Feb
11
1:00 pm13:00

A Victorian Valentine Reading

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The Northeast Storytellers will host a special event in honor of the patron Saint for Lovers in St. Johnsbury, Vermont on Saturday,  February 11, 2017—from 1-3pm—in association with the St. Johnsbury Athenæum. Writing group members and invited guests will appear in the world-famous Gallery sharing Love-themed readings.

Valentine's Day falls on February 14th. Also called Saint Valentine's Day, this annual celebration honoring Love began in the 14th century, when the tradition of courtly love flourished. The day evolved in 18th-century Victorian England into an occasion to express love with flowers, chocolate, or greeting cards—known as "Valentines.”

This event is free and open to the public. Delectable refreshments will be served. All are welcome to attend and participate. For more information, or to participate in the readings, please contact Brooke Quillen on 802.751.5432 or via brookequillen@yahoo.com.

The Northeast Storytellers—a group of writers, readers, and appreciators of prose and verse—meet regularly the second Saturday of every month from 2-3:30 pm at the Good Living Senior Center in St. Johnsbury, Vermont. The public is welcome to attend, and new members are always encouraged to join. The group organizes events during National Poetry Month every April, ranging from workshops to commemorations to open houses—as well as other activities throughout the year.

Feb
8
1:30 pm13:30

Poetry Workshop--Haiku

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This student focused workshop will introduce the Haiku, a Japanese poetry form. We will discuss poem structure and look at examples of published Haiku's. The remaining time will be spent on trying our hand at writing Haiku poetry. Refreshments served. Everyone welcome!

Just in time workshop for Poem Town poetry submissions: Feb. 15, 2017 deadline and Young American poetry Digest poetry submissions: March 10, 2017 deadline.

Feb
6
1:00 pm13:00

Vermont Reads Book Club

The Vermont Reads Book Club is featuring “Brown Girl Dreaming” by Jacqueline Woodson. Students who are on a 4th grade reading level are encouraged to participate. We will discuss the events in the book, as well as what was happening in the United States during the 1960's and 1970's. Students must sign up with Adele West-Fisher, Youth Services Librarian to participate.

Jan
20
3:30 pm15:30

Vermont Reads Book Club

The Vermont Reads Book Club is featuring “Brown Girl Dreaming” by Jacqueline Woodson. Students who are on a 4th grade reading level are encouraged to participate. We will discuss the events in the book, as well as what was happening in the United States during the 1960's and 1970's. Students must sign up with Adele West-Fisher, Youth Services Librarian to participate.

Jan
18
3:00 pm15:00

VPR's Dorothy's List is Coming to the Athenaeum!

The St. Johnsbury Athenaeum is hosting a Dorothy’s List (VPR’s book club for kids) discussion group, featuring the book Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson.

Students should read the book and prepare three questions about the book or the author before the event.

VPR’s Amy Noyes will record this discussion, which will be made into a podcast and broadcast on VPR!

Haven’t read the book yet? There are copies available for checkout at the Athenaeum. 

Contact Adele West-Fisher, Youth Services Librarian, prior to the event to sign up and complete a media release.

 

Jan
4
7:00 pm19:00

1st Wednesdays: Face to Face with the Emotional Brain with Paul Whalen

Whether around the caveman’s fire or the conference table, no signal is
more important to humans’ interpreting social interactions and future
behavior than the smile. Dartmouth Professor of Psychological and
Brain Sciences Paul Whalen explores how the human brain processes
the facial expressions of others and what these responses mean for
understanding our emotional lives.

Watch Paul Whalen's Ted Talk HERE.

Dec
10
1:00 pm13:00

Victorian Holiday Celebration

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A Reading of the Polar Express in the Gallery at 12:00 Noon Followed by Holiday Crafts in the Youth Room Beginning at 1:00 PM: Music by area schools, Bill Tobin, and the a capella group, Cantate! Director Bob Joly will conclude the program with a Christmas Reading. Refreshments will be served.

 
Dec
10
12:00 pm12:00

The Polar Express: Reading in the Athenaeum

The Polar Express is coming to town during Victorian Christmas at the Athenaeum!  Be on time to board at noon as we make our way through the Athenaeum to the Gallery to hear a reading of the Polar Express with a special guest reader.  There will be holiday crafts and hot chocolate.  Continue the fun upstairs at 1:00 p.m. for additional holiday music and presentations.

Dec
7
7:00 pm19:00

First Wednesdays: The Medici Grand Dukes: Art and Politics in Renaissance Florence

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UVM professor Kelley Helmstutler Di Dio will explain how art influenced politics in Renaissance Florence in a talk at St. Johnsbury Athenaeum on December 7 at 7:00 pm. Her talk, “The Medici Grand Dukes: Art and Politics in Renaissance Florence,” is part of the Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays lecture series and is free and open to the public.

Professor Di Dio will consider how, despite scandals and even murder, the Medici Grand Dukes maintained their power and prominence for nearly two centuries by giving gifts of art by the great Florentine masters to kings, popes, and emperors.

Kelley Helmstutler Di Dio is Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Vermont.  She is a specialist of Italian and Spanish sculpture of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries; her research has been supported by fellowships from the Ministry of Arts and Culture of Spain, the Kress Foundation, the Medici Archive Project, and Harvard’s Center for Renaissance Studies “Villa I Tatti.”  In addition to many articles and essays, she has published several books: Leone Leoni and the Status of the Artist at the End of the Renaissance, Sculpture Collections in Early Modern Spain (with Rosario Coppel), Leone Leoni: Faith and Fame (with Rosario Coppel), and Making and Moving Sculptures in Early Modern Italy.  She has lectured at the Museo del Prado, Madrid, Spain, the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, the Wallace Collection, London, the Istituto di Studi Rinascimentali, Ferrara, Italy, as well as at numerous conferences across Europe and North America.

Read more about the First Wednesdays series Here.

Nov
19
10:00 am10:00

Young Writers Workshop

THE 3 SECRETS:  Unlockingeach phase of the writing process with authorDoug Wilhelm.  This is an interactive live stream workshop with the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, Aldrich Public Library, Barre Joslin Memorial Library, Waitsfield Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier Rockingham Free Public Library and Rutland Free Library.  All ages welcome.  Refreshments provided.   The Young Writers workshop is sponsored by The Young Writers Project; Vermont Department of Libraries; Vermont Humanities; and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.         

        

Nov
16
Dec 21

Vermont Reads Shackleton: Free Movies and Events

In conjunction with the Vermont Humanities Council 2016 VERMONT READS selection and with our friends from the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, the Fairbanks Museum, and Catamount Arts, we are pleased to present a series of events for Fall 2016.


Wednesday, November 16, 7 pm
The Southern Ocean
An Illustrated Lecture by Dr. Steven B. Young
Fairbanks Museum

Wednesday, November 23
"March of the Penguins"
Catamount Arts

Wednesday,  November 30, 7 pm
"The Endurance: Shackleton's legendary Antarctic Expedition"
Catamount Arts

Wednesday, December 7, 7 pm
"Antarctica: A Year on Ice"
Catamount Arts

Wednesday, December 14, 7 pm
"Chasing Ice"
Catamount Arts

Wednesday, December 21, 7 pm
"Encounters from the End of the World"
Catamount Arts

All Center for Circumpolar Studies Events are Free & Open to the public.
Donations Gratefully Accepted

Nov
15
6:30 pm18:30

Non-Fiction Book Discussion Group: Bury the Chains

For the November meeting of the Athenaeum's non-fiction book discussion group, we will read and discuss Bury the Chains: Prophets and Rebels in the Fight to Free an Empire's Slaves, by Adam Hochschild, a narrative of the struggle to abolish the slave trade in the British Empire.

We have multiple copies available for check out at the circulation desk. If you would like to reserve a copy,  speak with any circulation staff, or email librarian Christian Collins at ccollins@stjathenaeum.org.

Refreshments will be served.

 

 

 

 

Nov
11
Nov 12

Winnie the Pooh Stuffed Animal Sleepover

Winnie the Pooh is celebrating National Animal Shelter Appreciation week by hosting a sleepover for stuffed animal friends!  Stuffed animals can be dropped off anytime Friday afternoon, November 11 until 6:30 p.m.  Pick up is Saturday, November 12 at 10:30 p.m.  There will be breakfast treats and a few Winnie the Pooh stories.  The Athenaeum will be open until 3:00 p.m. on Saturday if you cannot pick your stuffed animal up at 10:30 a.m.  All ages welcome! 

As a community service for the Kingdom Animal Shelter, Winnie the Pooh is asking that everyone bring something to contribute to the shelter, such as, non-clumping kitty litter, Friskies, wet, 5.5 oz. cans of cat food, paper towels, cotton balls, Q-Tips, duct tape; the Wish List on the Kingdom Animal Shelter website has many more items listed.  For the complete Wish List, go to http://www.kingdomanimalshelter.com/wish-list.html

Nov
10
1:30 pm13:30

Polar Regions Presentation for Children of All Ages

Victoria Hust from the Center for Circumpolar Studies, Inc. will be at the Athenaeum with polar gear and slides to discuss the similarities and differences between the Arctic and Antarctic regions including animals, weather, landforms, etc.  Time for Q&A to follow.  Geared to elementary and middle school students, but everyone is welcome!

Nov
4
7:00 pm19:00

Ambassadors Ronald Neumann and Robert Ford in Conversation

Middle East Policy Options for the Next Administration

At the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum on Friday evening, November 4 at 7 PM Ambassador (retired) Ronald Neumann, formerly the American ambassador to Algeria, Bahrain and most recently to Afghanistan, will speak about American foreign policy, the Middle East and what awaits the new President. St. Johnsbury resident Robert Ford will introduce him and, after Ambassador Neumann’s remarks, Ford will pose a few questions to Neumann. The audience can then follow with more questions.

Ambassador Neumann is now president of the American Academy of Diplomacy in Washington. The Academy provides the Secretary of State and Congress with assessments and analysis of how budget proposals will affect the conduct of our foreign policy worldwide and the impact on the U.S. diplomatic service.

Ambassador Neumann served as a U.S. Army lieutenant in Vietnam, and then worked in the U.S. diplomatic service from 1970 until he retired in 2007.  At the end of his career he was considered one of the State Department’s top experts in how the diplomatic service and the military services should collaborate in crisis situations.  He began his career in Iran and later worked in Abu Dhabi and Yemen.  He was the American ambassador to Algeria 1994-1997 during that country’s civil war, and later worked at the American Embassy in Iraq (2004 to 2005) coordinating U.S. diplomatic efforts with the ongoing American military operations in the war there.  In 2005 the Senate confirmed him asthe American ambassador to Afghanistan where he worked from 2005 to 2007. 

Ambassador Neumann is the author of a 2009 book The Other War:  Winning and Losing in Afghanistan.  He still regularly visits that country as a member of study teams invited by the American military commander to provide assessments of U.S. strategies and estimates of where the war in Afghanistan is headed.  He has appeared in such media as the New York Times, NPR and CNN.


 

 

 

Nov
3
Nov 30

Secondhand Prose Book Sale All of November


1222 Main Street
St. Johnsbury, VT 05819
802-748-9222
friends@stjathenaeum.org

50 cent Fiction Paperbacks
$1.00 Hardcover Fiction
(some restrictions apply)

All sales will be donated to the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum for youth and adult programming and reading materials. 
 

Nov
3
Nov 30

VVMA Partners with the Athenauem to Celebrate One Health Day

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The St. Johnsbury Athenaeum is partnering with the Vermont Veterinary Medical Association to celebrate the first One Health Day on November 3, 2016.

.  The concept of One Health recognizes that human health, animal health, and environmental health are closely interrelated and thus should often be considered as a whole.  This concept comes quite naturally to veterinarians, who have animals for patients and humans for clients.  Moreover, veterinarians who have food animals for patients have clients who are naturally very concerned with environmental health.

A collection of 8 new books related to One Health topics will be on loan to the Athenaeum, and will be available for circulation through the month of November. A signup sheet will be available for those readers who are interested in future participation in a One Health book club.

Click HERE for a VVMA One Health Day Infographic

Nov
2
7:00 pm19:00

First Wednesdays: Hamlet in Prison

Author Ilan Stavans Shares Inmates' Insights into Hamlet

Celebrated literary critic Ilan Stavans will share his experience teaching Shakespeare in correctional facilities in a talk at St. Johnsbury Athenaeum on November 2 at 7:00 pm. His talk, “Hamlet in Prison,” is part of the Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays lecture series and is free and open to the public.

Stavans will discuss his teaching of Hamlet in correctional facilities, and share insights his classes have made about the play and revenge, freedom, and redemption.

Stavans is an internationally known, award-winning cultural critic, linguist, translator, public speaker, editor, short-story writer, and TV host, whose best-selling work focuses on language, identity, politics, and history. Born in Mexico in 1961 into a Jewish family with roots in Eastern Europe, he was raised in a multilingual environment. He is the recipient of numerous awards, fellowships, and other honors, including an Emmy nomination, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the National Jewish Book Award, the Latino Hall of Fame Award, Chile’s Presidential Medal, and several grants. He is Lewis-Sebring Professor in Latin American and Latino Culture at Amherst College. His many books include Spanglish: The Making of a New American Language and Quixote: The Novel and the World.

Oct
31
4:00 pm16:00

Halloween Trick or Treat Open House

Trick or treating starts at 4:00 p.m. on Main Street. Add to your fun by walking in the Halloween Parade with the Athenaeum Teen Advisory Board!  Meet on Charles Street next to the Fairbanks Museum at5:30 pm; the parade begins at 5:45.  Come join us for a Spooky Scavenger Hunt in the Athenaeum before or after the parade. Make sure you drop by Secondhand Prose afterwardsfor a free book!

Looking for donations of gently used children’s books for Halloween give away.  Donations can be left at the circulation desk by Oct. 30.

 

 

Oct
31
11:00 am11:00

Secondhand Prose 10th Anniversary Celebration and Open House

1222 Main Street, St. Johnsbury

1222 Main Street, St. Johnsbury, VT 05819

The Friends of the Athenaeum and the staff of the volunteer-operated Secondhand Prose Bookstore invite you to stop by, share some refreshments and meet many of the Friends who envisioned the store and have dedicated countless hours toward its operation and success for the past decade.

Proceeds from the store have helped to support programming and materials for the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum Library and Art Gallery.

Oct
26
6:30 pm18:30

Non-Fiction Book Discussion Group: Presidential Leadership

Thanks to everyone who took part in our September non-fiction book discussion about Shackleton and the voyage of the Endurance. Our next meeting will be Wednesday, October 26th at 6:30 pm. We will be exploring the theme of presidential leadership, and the qualities that make some U.S. presidents stand out as visionary and effective leaders, with a particular focus on U.S. presidents up through the early 20th century.

You are encouraged to choose a book from the list below-- or another one from our collection or your personal library-- read it, and come prepared to share the insights you've gleaned about presidential leadership.

Refreshments will be served.

Suggested Reading:

-Chernow, R. (2010). Washington: A life.

-Ellis, J. J. (1997). American sphinx: The character of Thomas Jefferson.

-Foner, E. (2010). The fiery trial: Abraham Lincoln and American slavery

-Goodwin, D. K. (2013). The bully pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of journalism.

-Gordon-Reed, A., & Onuf, P. S. (2016). "Most blessed of the patriarchs": Thomas Jefferson and the empire of the imagination.

-Gordon-Reed, A. (2008). The Hemingses of Monticello: An American family       

-McCullough, D. G. (2001). John Adams.

-Meacham, J. (2008). American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House.

-Russell, F. (2005). Adams, an American dynasty. Edison, N.J: Castle Books.

-Shlaes, A. (2013). Coolidge. 

-Vidal, G. (2003). Inventing a nation: Washington, Adams, Jefferson

-White, R. C. (2009). A. Lincoln: A biography.

Oct
26
Oct 31

Jack-O-Lantern Contest!

The Athenaeum is searching for a few scary, goofy, fancy, creative jack-o-lanterns for its first annual Jack-O-Lantern Contest!  Carve a Jack-O-Lantern and bring it by the Athenaeum sometime after October 26.  Winners will beannounced November 1.