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Saturday, May 14 at 7 pm: The Annual Gala and Silent Auction! Celebrate the 60's! More information and Tickets available here!


Ongoing Children's Events


Tuesdays 3 PM: LEGO Challenge!

The first 15 minutes is a challenge issued by the facilitator, followed by 45 minutes of free play.


Wednesdays 10:30 AM: Toddler Time

Free Play and read together with your kids. This is an opportunity for parents and other caregivers to meet.


Fridays 10:30 AM: Acorn Club Storytime

Recommended for small children up to age 4.


2nd Tuesday of the Month, 10:30 am: La Leche League Meeting

Nursing and pregnant mothers encouraged to attend. Children welcome.


Silly Saturdays Play Group: April 9, 30, May 14, June 11, 10:30 am

For children up to age 6. Fun-themed activity and snack provided.

Monthly Programs


First Wednesdays: Outstanding Lecture Series Presented the First Wednesday of the Month

Click here to download a complete program schedule of events from October 2015 through May 2016.


Arts & Culture Series: A monthly lecture on a wide variety of topics

Click here to download a complete schedule through August 2016.


April Events:


Saturday, April 30: World Maple Festival!

Friends of the Athenaeum will be located between the Union Bank and Moose River Lodge on Railroad St. This is a fundraising event to support adult programming for the Athenaeum and the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum’s Teen Advisory Board Relay for Life Team. The teens will be selling homemade cookies and bars. The Friends will be selling books by donation, St. Johnsbury themed pewter ornaments--$3.00 each or 2 for $5.00--and homemade maple baked beans by the cup. Please stop by our booth and get a $3.00 coupon for Second Hand Prose, our all volunteer run used bookstore which will be running a 25% off sale.



May Events:

Wednesday, May 4, 7 pm: First Wednesdays: The Memoir Boom: Who, What, Why

Dartmouth professor and experimental memoirist Irene Kacandes discusses current approaches to life writing and considers why we continue to love reading about others' lives. Underwritten by Bill and Sharon Biddle.


Thursday, May 5, 5 pm: CA Morgan, Young Adult Author Visit

Young adult author CA Morgan comes to the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum Gallery to read excerpts from her Three Sisters Trilogy, discuss the writing process and character development, host a Q & A, and more! Signed copies of her books will be available for purchase. Refreshments to follow. Everyone welcome!


Tuesday May 10 and May 17, 5:30-7:30 pm: Read With Me

The Athenaeum hosts a FREE Vermont Humanities Council program for expectant mothers and parents of children up to age 6. Led by Morgan Irons. Fee books for your child, and fun conversation! Childcare and light supper provided. Please pre-register by contacting Adele West-Fisher at 802-748-8291 x303 or


Saturday, May 14, 7 pm: Annual Gala and Silent Auction

Celebrate the 60's and support the Athenaeum. Tickets available at the Athenaeum: $40 each or 2 for $75. Hors D'oeuvres, free beer and wine, music and dancing. Silent auction to benefit the Athenaeum. Come have a groovy evening!

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Tuesday, May 24, 7 pm (note day and date!) : Arts and Culture: Very Short Tales from Syria

Syrian writer, and now Chicago resident, Osama Alomar will be in St. Johnsbury (along with his translator, Athenaeum Librarian Christian Collins) to participate in two events showcasing his literary work and the larger struggle of Syrian artists and writers as they use their creativity to come to terms with the suffering of their country and to fight tyranny and sectarianism.

On Sunday, May 22 at 10:30 am, the Unitarian Uinversalist Congregation of St. Johnsbury will host Alomar along with his translator, Christian Collins, for a special service devoted to Syria and a writer's work in a time of War.

On Tuesday, May 24 at 7 pm, Alomar and Collins will appear at the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum as part of the Athenaeum's Arts and Culture series. Alomar will read from his work in both English and Arabic and discuss the way the human tragedy of Syria has left its mark on Syrian literature.

A respected short story writer and poet in Syria, Alomar published three collections of stories and one volume of poetry in Arabic there before circumstances pushed him into exile in Chicago. Since his arrival in the U.S., translations of his work have appeared in literary journals including Ploughshares, The Southern Review, and The New Yorker Online Edition. In 2013, New Directions published Fullblood Arabian, a chapbook collection of his stories with an introduction by Lydia Davis. His first book-length short story collection in English, The Teeth of the Comb, will be published by New Directions in 2017.

While in Vermont, Alomar will also be taking part in two benefit concerts for Syrian refugees, organized by pianist Michael Arnowitt in Berlington on May 21, and Montpelier in May 22.

For more information about Alomar and his work, see the following sources:







Last update: 4/29/16

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