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Summer Salon Series
Fridays @ 5:30 pm

August 1: Peter Alachi
Germs: The Good, Bad & Ugly

August 8: Charlie Allen
Growing Up in the Chestnut Street Area: Influences on My Development as an Artist

August 15: Lynn Murray
My Travels in Africa

August 22: Hannah Tinti
Conversation with the award-winning editor of One Story and author of The Good Thief

College Admissions Essay Coaching
with Peter Franklin
August 11 and 13
Tuition $199
Scholarships available
Registration and more info
Email Peter Franklin

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.

Library Hours:

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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Athenæum Participates in
Community Read


Community Read activities have taken hold across the United States. The opportunity to read and discuss a story in a constructive environment can encourage a healthy appreciation for literature in otherwise reluctant readers of all ages.
Salem's first community read will take place Thursday, August 21st through Sunday, August 24th and is open to all. The selected book is Hannah Tinti’s The Good Thief.

Events will be held throughout Salem during Community Read weekend. As participants in the event, The Salem Athenæum will present A Conversation with Hannah Tinti, on Friday August 22 at 5:30 p.m. Ms. Tinti and fellow author Bruce Machart will discuss the current state of publishing.

Support the wider community of readers and
read The Good Thief with us this summer!


“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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