While the Athenæum inspires and embodies myriad ideas, activities, and interests, reading is its beating heart. The institution’s long history testifies to an unshakeable belief in the expansive power of the written word to inform, enlighten, entertain, inspire, amuse, arouse, enrage, engage, confound, and comfort.
And while reading is usually a solitary pursuit, it frequently leads to thinking, which often leads to talking, which almost inevitably leads to seeking out someone to listen and talk back. Put another way: we read, and therefore there are reading groups. Athenæum reading groups offer the ideal opportunity to try books or authors you’ve long wanted to read or re-read, in the shared, convivial company of other intellectually curious readers and engaging, encouraging group leaders. In keeping with the Athenæum’s public mission, the reading groups are offered at no cost, and they are available to members and non-members alike.