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Friday, Aug. 29, 6 pm
Saturday, Aug. 30, 6pm
Sunday, Aug. 31, 6 pm

$15 for members, seniors, and students
Cash only at the door

Annual Book Sale
Member's Preview:
Friday, Sep. 12, 6-8 pm

Book Sale
Saturday, Sep. 13, 10 am-1 pm
Sunday, Sep. 14, 12-3 pm

Donations accepted during library hours through Sep. 11.

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Tue / Wed / Fri: 1 PM to 5 PM
Thursday: 5 PM to 9 PM
Saturday: 10 AM to 2 PM
Closed Sunday and Monday
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A theatrical adaptation of Walt Whitman's Song of Myself
Adapted and Directed by Peter Sampieri

GRASS is a brand-new celebration of Walt Whitman’s
Song of Myself with five actor-musicians performing an hour-long
adaptation of the famous poem.

Come experience this timeless classic in a joyous outdoor re-telling,
while burying your toes in warm “leaves of grass,” just like old Walt intended.
Performances in the Athenæum garden, rain or shine!

August 29-31 at 6:00 p.m.

$15 Athenæum Members, Seniors, & Students
$20 General Admission
(Cash only, please.)


Audience members are encouraged to bring blankets or
lawn chairs and food & drink.

For reservations or for more information:


“Transformation!” showcases the first graduates of the Athenæum’s Adopt-a-Book Conservation Program. In June 2012, the Athenæum held its first Conservation Night in an effort to raise funds to repair some of the older volumes in our Collection.

Book conservation involves slow and painstaking work. “Before” and “Process” photos illustrate the transformation of these remarkable and eloquent books from weak and worn to healthy and renewed, with covers reattached, pages smoothed and spines intact and straight.

The exhibit includes conservator’s tools such as gold and silver leaf, lettering implements, a bone folder, a brayer and a “snake.” You can also learn about the anatomy of a book and, for R & R, visit a book "spa" to see how the aging pages are rejuvenated. 

On Conservation Night, June 3, the books that were adopted last year—the second graduating class—will make their debut. Meet the new candidates for conservation and welcome the newest graduates home! 

This spring, let’s celebrate the conservation of these valuable books and the generosity of the donors who made the transformations possible!

The exhibition is open during library hours and special events through September 6.


We are grateful to our 2013-2014 Program Sponsors


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Boston Private Bank
Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation
Soucy Insurance Agency, Inc.



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