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Upcoming Events

Jun
28
7:00 pm19:00

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.

 

Jul
5
7:00 pm19:00

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

Jul
12
7:00 pm19:00

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.


Jun
21
7:00 pm19:00

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.

Jun
21
1:00 pm13:00

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.

Jun
17
12:00 pm12:00

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.

Jun
14
7:00 pm19:00

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/
 

Jun
2
2:00 pm14:00

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.

May
17
7:00 pm19:00

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.

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.