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June 16 - Labor Day

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We are currently engaged in exciting strategic planning for 2015-2020. In a fortunate bit of alignment, in July, Christina Bevilacqua, Director of Programs and Public Engagement, was appointed by Susan Smulyan, the new Director of the John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage at Brown University, to serve as one of two Community Fellows in the Center's new Faculty and Community Fellowship program.

The Fellowship, which takes place during the 2014-15 academic year, offers invaluable resources for planning and implementing a project focused on how the Athenaeum's Salon Series fits into the library's strategic planning as a whole. The fall will be spent in research and development, with implementation starting with the spring season in February.  

In order for Christina and the Athenaeum to take full advantage of the opportunities that the Fellowship offers, we have made the decision to have the fall season be a "Salon Sabbatical" There will be no Salons this fall, they will resume in February of 2015. Our weekly program enews will also be on sabbatical during the fall and will return in the spring; subscribers will see it back in their weekly email around the third week in January of 2015.

Please note that while the Salons will be on sabbatical, other Athenaeum activities will continue without interruption, including reading and writing groups; tours for members, scholars, and visitors; events for donors; and Children's Library programming. Our printed newsletter, The Penman, will be published this fall as usual; members can expect to receive their copy in the mail mid-October.  

In addition, we will be reaching out to members and friends to participate in surveys and focus groups essential to our strategic planning – stay tuned for ways to engage in the process!

We are very grateful to Susan Smulyan and the Center for Public Humanities for this recognition of the Athenaeum and of Christina's work, especially as it aligns so perfectly with our strategic planning process. For more detailed information about the Fellowship plans, please see the letter that went out to the membership from our Executive Director Alison Maxell and Board President Candy Adriance here.

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The Providence Athenaeum, a unique independent, member-supported library and cultural center, welcomes and enriches the educational and cultural pursuits of its members and the community and encourages a diverse public to engage in spirited conversation. It offers a wide range of experiences by providing and conserving extraordinary collections, offering innovative and compelling programs, promoting and collaborating with the community's vibrant cultural sector, and highlighting and preserving its historic building.


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The stately stone of the granite exterior opens to the warmth of wood as you enter the Athenaeum. Starting at your feet and towering overhead, books envelop you in winding canyons, deep ravines, and hidden culs-de-sac of bound paper, centuries of stories, voices, and ideas waiting to be rediscovered...

More than a place for books, the Athenaeum itself has the transcendental power of the best literature. The library holds the intrigue of a great mystery, the history of a non-fictional epic, and the delicious escape of a fiction title. We welcome visitors and members to come in and enjoy the Athenaeum's ongoing story for themselves!

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