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Member Appreciation Week

We’re thrilled to announce the inaugural Member Appreciation Week, a week designed to celebrate YOU, our cherished members, like never before.

From May 6 to May 11, prepare to experience all the perks of an Athenaeum membership with a lineup of special events and memorable experiences tailored exclusively for our esteemed Athenaeum family. We’re digging into our special collections and archives and pulling out all the stops. Keep your eye on social media for clues as to what’s in store; or better yet, plan to join us each day for a new surprise.

Note: No registration is required for the events below—just drop in and enjoy. Plus, stop by the front desk for a gift.

Monday, May 6 – Oldest, Newest, Biggest, Smallest
Drop in between 12–2 pm or 5–7 pm 

Our special collections team will delight us with some superlatives from the collections. Join us in the Study Center to view the newest, oldest, biggest, and smallest items in our collection. No registration necessary.

Tuesday, May 7 – Homage to Tea
11 am–4 pm. Stationary food served 11 am–12 pm and 3–4 pm

Tea is back for the day and in a new style! Enjoy a cup of tea rolled up to your seat on a roving cart while you work away at your latest masterpiece or get lost in a new read. From 11–12 pm and 3–4 pm sweet and savory scones will be served in the Member Living Rooms while members mix and mingle.

Wednesday, May 8 – Mindfulness Meditation
10 am10:30 am 

An expert in mindfulness will guide members in a 30 minute meditation in the Long Room. Find some calm in your day surrounded by the beauty of the Athenaeum.

Thursday, May 9 – Books Borrowed, Through the Archive
Drop in between 1–2 pm or 5–6 pm 

Many fascinating members have graced the halls of the Athenaeum, and before the advent of computers, librarians recorded borrowed books in thick leather bound ledgers. Join us in the Study Center to view early Athenaeum books borrowed ledgers and the member’s books. No registration required.

Friday, May 10 – Music & Cocktails
3 pm–4:30 pm

Relax into the weekend with music and cocktails at the Athenaeum.

Saturday, May 11 – Children’s Room Takeover
Drop in between 11 am and 4 pm

We can’t forget about our youngest Athenaeum members! After a special story time kids can plan on an afternoon of blanket fort building in the Children’s Library.