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


Apr
26
7:00 pm19:00

Poetry Reading: Ewa Chrusciel

Ewa Chrusciel, Polish American poet and educator, will be reading from her collected works in celebration of National Poetry month and PoemTown St. Johnsbury. She currently teaches literature at Colby-Sawyer College in New Hampshire.

Apr
21
7:00 pm19:00

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.”

Apr
12
7:00 pm19:00

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.

 

 

 

Apr
8
10:30 am10:30

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.

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. 

 

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
29
7:00 pm19:00

A Free Press and our Democracy in the Age of Fake News, Alternative Facts and Social Media

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A moderated forum presented by the League of Women Voters of the Northeast Kingdom and the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, with panelists Dana Gray,Editor of the Caledonian-Record; Tim Lewis, Professor of Electronic Journalism Arts at Lyndon State College; and David Plazek, Associate Professor of Political Science at Johnson State College.

 

Mar
27
2:00 pm14:00

Celebrating the Abenaki Heritage

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Come celebrate the customs and traditions of the Abenaki Tribe.  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--Abenaki style! A themed craft and refreshments to follow.

Mar
22
1:30 pm13:30

Telling our Stories: Everyone Has a Story to Tell!

 (This event has been rescheduled from March 14 due to the snowstorm.) In this fun and engaging memoir writing workshop, Reeve Lindbergh will walk us through the process of writing down thoughts and memories for ourselves, family, and others. This writing workshop is for all ages. Homeschoolers are encouraged to attend. Refreshments provided.

This activity is offered as Vermont Reads 2017 event.

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
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
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.

 

 

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.