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1171 Main Street
St. Johnsbury, VT, 05819
United States

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Upcoming Events

Oct
2
1:00pm 1:00pm

Dorothy Reads Book Club

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Join us for the Dorothy Reads Book Club for children! We will be exploring Firoozeh Dumas' funny novel "It Ain't So Awful, Falafel."

For more information about the book, click HERE. Sign up by emailing Adele West-Fisher at awestisher@stjathenaeum.org or call 802-745-1391. This book club selection is appropriate for students on a minimum 4th grade reading level.

The book club will Mondays at 1 pm October 2, 9, 16, and 30.

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Oct
9
1:00pm 1:00pm

Dorothy Reads Book Club

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Join us for the Dorothy Reads Book Club for children! We will be exploring Firoozeh Dumas' funny novel "It Ain't So Awful, Falafel."

For more information about the book, click HERE. Sign up by emailing Adele West-Fisher at awestisher@stjathenaeum.org or call 802-745-1391. This book club selection is appropriate for students on a minimum 4th grade reading level. 

The Book Club meets Mondays at 1 pm on October 2, 9, 16, and 30.

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Oct
16
1:00pm 1:00pm

Dorothy Reads Book Club

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Join us for the Dorothy Reads Book Club for children! We will be exploring Firoozeh Dumas' funny novel "It Ain't So Awful, Falafel."

For more information about the book, click HERE. Sign up by emailing Adele West-Fisher at awestisher@stjathenaeum.org or call 802-745-1391. This book club selection is appropriate for students on a minimum 4th grade reading level.

The book club will Mondays at 1 pm October 2, 9, 16, and 30.

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Oct
30
1:00pm 1:00pm

Dorothy Reads Book Club

Falafel.jpg

Join us for the Dorothy Reads Book Club for children! We will be exploring Firoozeh Dumas' funny novel "It Ain't So Awful, Falafel."

For more information about the book, click HERE. Sign up by emailing Adele West-Fisher at awestisher@stjathenaeum.org or call 802-745-1391. This book club selection is appropriate for students on a minimum 4th grade reading level.

The book club will Mondays at 1 pm October 2, 9, 16, and 30.

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Sep
20
2:30pm 2:30pm

Literary Celebration with Children's Author and Illustrator David Martin

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Stories and songs to delight children and adults!

Each child will receive a free book!

Parents, caregivers, and childcare centers with small children are encouraged to attend. 

This event is made possible through the generous donations of TD Charitable Foundation,  St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, and the Friends of the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum.

 

 

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Sep
16
9:30am 9:30am

Friends of the Athenaeum Annual Pie & Cookbook Sale

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Pies $12.00 each All proceeds will be donated to the Athenaeum to support youth and adult programming and materials.

The Colors of the Kingdom Autumn Festival is organized by the Northeast Kingdom Chamber with the tremendous help of our partners: Catamount Arts, Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium, the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum & Art Gallery, St. Johnsbury Chamber of Commerce, St. Johnsbury Railroad Heritage Society, St. Johnsbury Senior Nutritional Center and all participating venues.

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Sep
8
7:00pm 7:00pm

"Drive In" Outdoor Movies

"Drive In" Movie Night at the Athenaeum: Friday, September 8, 7 pm. Come at 6 with the kiddies to make your own "Box" car! Enjoy family fun DIY STEM activities with LEGOS, straws and connectors, and KEVA Blocks while you wait for the movie to begin! We'll supply the popcorn and punch; you bring car-making box, and lawn chairs or beach chairs. 7pm: Short, followed by "The Lego Movie" and "Young Frankenstein" (parental guidance suggested). We just bought a 5 x 10 foot outdoor screen for the back lawn. Free for all!!!

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Aug
21
1:00pm 1:00pm

The Great American Eclipse

The August 21st solar eclipse is bound to be spectacular, and did you know that Vermont will experience a sixty percent eclipse? To celebrate the event, the Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, in partnership with the Northeast Kingdom Astronomy Foundation (NKAF) and The St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, is hosting its own partial eclipse viewing event. Come join our world class planetarium presenters and scientists for a fun, family friendly afternoon full of activities that’ll be sure to get you excited for this rare opportunity!

Find our more about this event here.

Outside in front of the Museum, from 1pm to 4pm on Monday, August 21st, we will teach you how to build your own solar observing pinhole projector, decorate a shoebox solar viewer, or you can take a peek through one of our specially made solar telescopes. Inside the museum we will be broadcasting live coverage of the path of totality and offering free planetarium shows. In addition, we will be demonstrating hands-on activities for young ones that will help them understand solar eclipses, provided by the National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE).

Find our more about this event here.

Refreshments will be provided. Solar eclipse viewing glass will be for sale in the Nature Gift Shop. Hosted by Bobby Farlice-Rubio (Planetarium Educator), Brad Vietje (President NKAF), and Adele West-Fisher (Saint Johnsbury Atheneum).

Find our more about this event here.

This event is weather dependent. Looking at the sun without proper equipment will cause blindness. 

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Aug
11
7:00pm 7:00pm

Brexit and the Future of Europe

Edward Hadas, financial journalist and currently a Research Fellow at Blackfriars Hall of Oxford University, was formerly economics editor at Reuters Breakingviews and an assistant editor at the Financial Times. Born in the United States, Hadas and his family summered in Peacham and Danville, VT.  He has a unique perspective about the Brexit Process that Includes how it might impact the US and even the Vermont economy.

 

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Aug
9
7:00pm 7:00pm

The Northeast Kingdom and a License Plate

Civil War Historian Howard J. Coffin will present a letter to the Athenaeum signed by Senator George Aiken on the naming of the Northeast Kingdom, and give remarks on Senator Aiken and Victory Bog. 

Rob Ide, Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles, will present Howard with a special license plate.

Reception to follow..

 

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Jul
28
7:00pm 7:00pm

ART-ILLNESS-BEAUTY: Panel Discussion

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Join artist Alexis Kyriak, Father John Sherman and Friends in a discussion on creativity, mental illness and spirituality.

Alexis has had three consecutive shows in the Athenaeum Hall Gallery this spring and summer. Her work is focused, personal, and emotional. She works in a wide variety of media, including painting, drawing, embroidery and sculpture. Join us tonight for the panel discussion, and see her show in the Athenaeum Hall Gallery before it closes.

"The purpose of life is healing, and taking our origins to a new place, beyond what we've begun with. All the stuff, the physical manifestation and works, completed in the

Interim between our first day and our maturation, have documented the struggle."

- Alexis Kyriak

Wine will be served following the discussion.

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Jul
12
7:00pm 7:00pm

Readings in the Gallery: Adrienne Raphel

Raised in St. Johnsbury, Vermont, Raphel is currently a PhD student at Harvard, where she's working on a book about crossword puzzles. Adrienne Raphel's debut full-length poetry collection, What Was It For, was published in 2017 by Rescue Press. (http://www.rescuepress.co/shop/what-was-it-for). Here is the publisher’s description of the book, "In her debut collection What Was It For, Adrienne Raphel revitalizes the topsy-turvy lyric and its evergreen sagacity. Through playground doggerel, charm, and riddle, these poems cry fair and foul to a world where pâté geese dabble in fields of lavender, crises get wallpapered over, hot air balloons stalk pleasurably, cash changes for gold, and the moon sinks into the sea to the thrum of the metronome. That world is this, our own and only, so reader, climb aboard: like a carousel, each poem loops round and round, granting dizzying vistas. All the while, these poems spill over with wonder—as in query, as in jubilee—just as a child chants why, but why, but why. By way of answer, What Was It For offers an immortal, resounding question." Poet Cathy Park Hong selected it as the winner of the Black Box Poetry Prize.

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Jul
5
7:00pm 7:00pm

Readings in the Gallery: Frost Poet Christina Hutchins

Christina Hutchins’ poetry has been published in The Antioch Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, Denver Quarterly, The New Republic, Prairie Schooner, Salmagundi, The Southern Review, The Women’s Review of Books and other journals and anthologies, and her scholarly essays appear in volumes by Ashgate, Columbia UP, and SUNY. Literary awards include The Missouri Review Editors’ Prize, National Poetry Review’s Annie Finch Prize, two Barbara Deming/Money for Women Awards, the James D. Phelan Award, and fellowships to Villa Montalvo Center for the Arts in Saratoga CA and Summer Literary Seminars in St. Petersburg, Russia.Tender the Maker won the 2015 May Swenson Award (Utah State University Press). Her other books of poetry are The Stranger Dissolves (Sixteen Rivers Press, 2011), a finalist for the Lambda Poetry Award and Publishing Triangle’s Audre Lorde Prize, and the chapbooks Radiantly We Inhabit the Air (Robin Becker Prize, 2011) and Collecting Light (Acacia Books, 1999).
 

See more about The Frost Place and Christina Hutchins

http://frostplace.org/
http://christinahutchins.net

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Jun
28
7:00pm 7:00pm

Syrian Author Osama Alomar Book Launch

Come celebrate the launch of Syrian author in exile Osama Alomar's new collection The Teeth of the Comb and Other Stories (New Directions 2017). Alomar will read from his work and sign copies of his new book with his translator, Athenaeum librarian Christian Collins. "There are no wasted words in Alomar's beautiful collection: philosophical and subversive, these tiny parables deliver the kind of stunning maxims that convey a plea for progress and improvement. Alomar's writing brims with hope, and this slim volume is full of compassion and depth." - Publishers Weekly (starred review) New Yorker Article HERE. Seven Days Article HERE New York Review of Books article HERE.  

Come celebrate the launch of Syrian author in exile Osama Alomar's new collection The Teeth of the Comb and Other Stories (New Directions 2017).

Alomar will read from his work and sign copies of his new book with his translator, Athenaeum librarian Christian Collins.

"There are no wasted words in Alomar's beautiful collection: philosophical and subversive, these tiny parables deliver the kind of stunning maxims that convey a plea for progress and improvement. Alomar's writing brims with hope, and this slim volume is full of compassion and depth." - Publishers Weekly (starred review)

New Yorker Article HERE.

Seven Days Article HERE

New York Review of Books article HERE.

 

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Jun
21
7:00pm 7:00pm

Readings in the Gallery: Sydney Lea

Sydney Lea was Poet Laureate of Vermont (2011-15). His twelfth collection of poems, No Doubt the Nameless, is available from Four Way Books. His fourth collection of lyrical essays, What’s the Story? Short Takes on a Life Grown Long, appeared in 2015.  A former Pulitzer finalist a winner of the peer-reviewed Poets’ Prize, Lea founded and for thirteen years edited New England Review. Before his retirement, he had taught at Dartmouth, Yale, Middlebury, Franklin College (Switzerland), Eotvos Lorand University (Budapest), and elsewhere. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New Republic, The New York Times, Sports Illustrated, and all the major U.S. literary journals. He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim, Fulbright, and Rockefeller Foundations. His thirteenth book of poems, Here, will appear in 2018. He and his successor as Vermont state poet Chard deNiord have recently published Roads Taken, an anthology of contemporary Vermont poetry.

See more about Sydney Lea HERE.

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Jun
21
1:00pm 1:00pm

Jon Gailmor Kicks Off Summer Reading Program

This year’s Summer Reading  theme is “Build a Better World." Summer Reading kick-off will feature Jon Gailmor, a fun and engaging singer-songwriter that delights audiences of all ages! The performance is interactive and sure to create laughter.   He will perform on Wednesday, June 21 at 1:00 p.m.  Refreshments served. CDs will be available for purchase at the performance. Everyone welcome to attend! There are two ways to register for Summer Reading this year: 1) stop by the Athenaeum during open hours and fill out a registration form, or 2) register online HERE. After registering online, come in and receive your Summer Reading log. Middle Schoolers, students going into 6th grade and graduating 8th, would you like some activities planned this summer just for you? Join the planning team for custom designed fun activities you want to do.  Contact Adele West-Fisher (802-745-1391), Youth Services Librarian, by Friday, June 9.

This year’s Summer Reading  theme is “Build a Better World." Summer Reading kick-off will feature Jon Gailmor, a fun and engaging singer-songwriter that delights audiences of all ages! The performance is interactive and sure to create laughter.   He will perform on Wednesday, June 21 at 1:00 p.m.  Refreshments served. CDs will be available for purchase at the performance. Everyone welcome to attend!

There are two ways to register for Summer Reading this year:

1) stop by the Athenaeum during open hours and fill out a registration form, or

2) register online HERE. After registering online, come in and receive your Summer Reading log.

Middle Schoolers, students going into 6th grade and graduating 8th, would you like some activities planned this summer just for you? Join the planning team for custom designed fun activities you want to do.  Contact Adele West-Fisher (802-745-1391), Youth Services Librarian, by Friday, June 9.

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Jun
17
12:00pm12:00pm

Relay For Life for Cancer Research

The St. Johnsbury Athenaeum Teen Advisory Board is sponsoring a Relay for Life team.  Relay for Life raises money for cancer research. If you would like to donate to their team, Google Relay for Life of Caledonia, select donate, next select donate to a team, and type in Nerd Fighters. All donations are welcome for this worthwhile cause. Go to the Nerd Fighters' Relay For Life page HERE.

The St. Johnsbury Athenaeum Teen Advisory Board is sponsoring a Relay for Life team.  Relay for Life raises money for cancer research. If you would like to donate to their team, Google Relay for Life of Caledonia, select donate, next select donate to a team, and type in Nerd Fighters. All donations are welcome for this worthwhile cause.

Go to the Nerd Fighters' Relay For Life page HERE.

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Jun
14
7:00pm 7:00pm

Readings in the Gallery: Kerrin McCadden & Tim Mayo

Kerrin McCadden is the author of Landscape with Plywood Silhouettes, inaugural winner of the 2015 Vermont Book Award, as well as the 2013 New Issues Poetry Prize, chosen by David St John. She is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship, a Vermont Studio Center Fellowship, and the Sustainable Arts Foundation Writing Award. Her work has also received support from the Vermont Arts Council and the Vermont Arts Endowment Fund. Her poems have appeared in Best American Poetry, The Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day series, Verse Daily, and in such journals as American Poetry Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, The Collagist, Green Mountains Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Hunger Mountain, PANK, Poet Lore, and Rattle. A graduate of The MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College, she teaches English and Creative Writing at Montpelier High School. She lives in Montpelier, Vermont.
See more about Kerrin McCadden
http://kerrinmccadden.com/

Tim Mayo holds an ALB, cum laude, from Harvard University and an MFA from The Bennington Writing Seminars. His first full length collection The Kingdom of Possibilities (Mayapple Press, 2009) was a semi-finalist for the 2009 Brittingham and Pollock Awards and a finalist for 2009 May Swenson Award. His second volume of poems, Thesaurus of Separation, was published in 2016 by Phoenicia Publishing (Montreal) and was twice a finalist for the Quercus Review Poetry Book Award, twice a semi-finalist for the Word Works Press Washington Prize and, recently, a finalist for the Montaigne Medal. Mayo has also been the recipient of two Vermont Artists & Writers Fellowships at the Vermont Studio Center. He lives in Brattleboro, VT, where he was a founding organizer and a former member of the Brattleboro Literary Festival.
 See more about Tim Mayo
https://www.tim-mayo.net/
 

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Jun
2
2:00pm 2:00pm

The Electoral College: What is Vermont's Role? An Evening with Miriam Vincent

Miriam Vincent is the Staff Attorney at the Office of the Federal Register. This event is co-presented by the League of Women Voters® and the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum. Admission is free and everyone is welcome! The Athenaeum is handicapped accessible. For more information: email lwvnek@gmail.com or call 802-748-6313. This event will also be available on KATV.

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May
17
7:00pm 7:00pm

Capstone Concert with St. Johnsbury Academy Students

The St. Johnsbury Academy Freshman Capstone students will present a concert at the Athenaeum, where they will play selections related to the time of the founding of the Athenaeum in 1871. Selections will include "The Liberty Bell March" by John Philip Sousa, "When Johnny Comes Marching Home" by Patrick Gilmore, and "Rhosymedre" by Ralph Vaughan Williams, among other notable works.

The St. Johnsbury Academy Freshman Capstone students will present a concert at the Athenaeum, where they will play selections related to the time of the founding of the Athenaeum in 1871. Selections will include "The Liberty Bell March" by John Philip Sousa, "When Johnny Comes Marching Home" by Patrick Gilmore, and "Rhosymedre" by Ralph Vaughan Williams, among other notable works.

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Apr
21
7:00pm 7:00pm

Artist Reception: Alexis Kyriak

Artist Alexis Kyriak will discuss her work, which is currently on display in the Athenaeum Hall Gallery. Alexis was born in New York in 1950. She began studying art in 1976 at the Fashion Institute of Technology, the Art Student’s League, the Brooklyn Museum School, and many others. She came to Vermont in 1991. Her work has been shown at the Studio Palace Arts, Helen Day in Stow, and Artful Things in Lebanon, NH. “The deep need to paint is intimating something that would greatly fulfill my journey. I question why and what, and how.”

Artist Alexis Kyriak will discuss her work, which is currently on display in the Athenaeum Hall Gallery. Alexis was born in New York in 1950. She began studying art in 1976 at the Fashion Institute of Technology, the Art Student’s League, the Brooklyn Museum School, and many others. She came to Vermont in 1991.

Her work has been shown at the Studio Palace Arts, Helen Day in Stow, and Artful Things in Lebanon, NH.

“The deep need to paint is intimating something that would greatly fulfill my journey. I question why and what, and how.”

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Apr
12
7:00pm 7:00pm

Arts and Culture Series: Blogging the Madwoman: Emily Dickinson in the 21st Century

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To be alive is power,

Existence in itself,

Without a further function,

Omnipotence enough.

 To be alive and Will—

‘T is able as a God!

The Further of ourselves be what-

Such being Finitude?

Brandon Mazur offers two critical views of several poems: from Sandra M. Gilbert and Susan Gubar’s 1979 book The Madwoman in the Attic: The Woman Writer and the Nineteenth-Century Literary Imagination and blogger Susan Kornfeld, who has undertaken the ambitious project of reading and commenting on all of Emily Dickinson's 1,789 poems in chronological order.

 

 

 

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Apr
8
10:30am10:30am

Multicultural Storytime

What we will do:

ㆍread folktales from each culture                                                                  

 ㆍmake unique crafts from each country :

      Bahamas         shell coloring       

       Korea               paper masks  

       Vermont         print making

ㆍenjoy traditional snacks from each culture!

Geared to elementary age, but all ages welcome!

Why we are doing this: We are Capstone students at the St. Johnsbury Academy. This project is to help the children in Vermont learn about other cultures.

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