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Please Support the 2012 Annual Fund

As we come to the end of a very busy year, we pause to reflect on the many programs, events and services provided by the Athenaeum and the value these present to our members, visitors, key partners and our community. Your financial support of the Annual Fund provides the resources necessary for us to not just survive, but thrive!

Please help us to continue our mission to celebrate lifelong learning and donate today. PayPal PayPal Button Click on the Donate button to make an online donation. Our final appeal will be in the mail in early November. Thank you!

Colors of the Kingdom Festival

Colors of the KingdomThanks to everyone who helped with the Friends of the Athenaeum annual pie sale. The event raised over $900 and the Athenaeum smelled wonderful with all those freshly baked pies! In addition, the Acorn Club handed out free balloons and children's books.

Thank you to those pictured, Margaret Ryan, Matthew Powers, Gloria Molinaroli, and balloon and book assistants, Seamus and Finn Powers!



Writers Room

The Athenaeum Writers Room is back! Do you have a research project, a novel formulating or just the need for a quiet space to work for some hours each week? The Athenaeum Writers Room could be just right for you. It is a lovely small room where one can be alone and quiet with ones thoughts. Available by appointment. Contact Lisa von Kann at 748-8291 X301 to schedule your time.

Check Out Our Acorn Club Theme Bags

Children's Librarian Gloria Molinaroli has been putting together bags of books for young children based on their favorite themes. Bags consist of six books each on subjects dear to the hearts of children such as trucks, dinosaurs and Fancy Nancy. The bags can be checked out as a group for three weeks like other library materials.

Book Launch - "The Spare Room" by Jenny Land

The Athenaeum, in partnership with Brigantine Media, will host a book launch for Jenny Land for her new novel “The Spare Room” on Wednesday, The Spare RoomNovember 28th at 7:00 PM. The book is about the diary of 13-year-old Susannah Allen, who lives on her family’s farm in 1843 Vermont, chronicling her days at a one-room schoolhouse, her daily farm and household chores, and her circle of friends.

Susannah begins to learn about slavery in the South and the Abolitionist movement in the North, but the issues soon become more than idle gossip. Her father hires Jacob, an escaped slave, to work as a farmhand and live in the Allen’s spare room. When tensions explode in her town, Susannah must face how to stand up to prejudice when it’s a matter of life or death.

Jenny Land is a Creative Writing teacher at St. Johnsbury Academy and this is her first novel. Her poetry has been published in the United Kingdom. For additional information, visit

New Digital Resources You Can Access With Your Library Card

Have you used the Vermont Online Library (VOL) lately? If so, you will know that we recently added some spectacular new content including Science in Context; PowerSpeak Languages (5 new languages: Italian, Korean, Japanese, Russian, and ESL for Mandarin speakers), and (Chilton's Auto Repair database, including animations, video content and advanced diagnostics). 

The Vermont Online Library is a collection of online licensed content and information databases available to Athenaeum members - for use in the library or from home, school or workplace. Content includes extensive full-text periodical databases, homework help for students, the Health and Wellness Resource Center and Alternative Health Module, newspapers from around the world, Biography in Context, Opposing Viewpoints, Business Insights, the Small Business Resource Center, Career Transitions, a library of Gale e-books, and much more.

Just go to our website and click on Resources. In the Online Databases category, click Vermont Online Library. Enter your library card number (case sensitive), and you will be able to access this resource from home. Any problems? Give us a call at 748-8291.

St. Johnsbury Athenaeum Food For Fines Begins in November

Each year in December the Athenaeum forgives fines and instead asks patrons to bring in non-perishable food for the St. Johnsbury Foodshelf. This year in light of the increased need this program will run from November and December.

There will also be a contribution jar at the Front Desk to collect fine payments that will be donated as cash to the Food Shelf. Sorry, fines over $5.00 and lost books must be paid as usual.

First Wednesdays Lecture - "Welfare Brat"

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 7 p.m.- Dr. Mary Childer’s childhood in the Bronx was marred by violence, alcoholism, and neglect. Referencing her own story, she discusses paths out of poverty and away from welfare dependence, as well as ethical issues associated with publishing memoirs.

Donations to the Athenaeum in support of public programs are always welcome.