Enjoy 50% off a ride up to $10 to the Boston Athenæum or ICA as a part of Free Fun Fridays, courtesy of Lyft and The Boston Calendar. Redeem your discount via this link.
We are pleased to once again open the Athenæum's first floor for Free Fun Friday. The day's free activities for children and adults will include quiet reading spaces, programs that highlight the Athenæum's history and collections, and stories and crafts for our youngest visitors.
Note: All visitors must check bags and backpacks upon arrival. Free self-service lockers are available in the vestibule.
— Curl Up with a Book - Anywhere on the first floor
— Make Your Own Miniature Book - Gordon Newspaper Reading Room
— Write Spine Poetry - Gordon Newspaper Reading Room
— Sketching - Bow Room
— Color the Collections - Children's Library
Reading Recommendations (Bornheimer Room):
Chat with Athenæum staff and volunteers for book recommendations for summer reading
— 9 to 10 am: Boston Athenæum Docent and Reading Group Moderator Clive Martin
— 10 to 11 am: Grants and Annual Fund Associate Rachel Wentworth
Collections Conversations (Throughout the first floor):
Join Boston Athenæum staff and docents for 10 to 15-minute discussions of items in the Athenæum’s special collections.
— 10 am: Rare Materials Catalog Librarian Kaelin Rasmussen - Long Room
— 11 am: Rare Materials Catalog Librarian Graham Skinner - Sitting Room
— 12 pm: Boston Athenæum Docent Clive Martin - Vestibule
— 1 pm: Rare Materials Catalog Librarian Dan Axmacher - Long Room
— 2 pm: Manager of Events Elsa Fogg Vernon - Long Room
— 3 pm: Polly Thayer Starr Fellow in American Art and Culture Theo Tyson - Long Room
— 4 pm: Curator of Rare Books and Head of Special Collections John Buchtel - Sitting Room
Story Time (Long Room):
10:30 am | 11:30 am | 2:30 pm | 3:30 pm
Children and Young Adult Services Librarian Dani Crickman and Security Officer Sostheng Kituyi lead a rousing telling of Pete the Cat and The Enormous Turnip accompanied by Member and Visitor Services Coordinator Libby Miserendino on the piano.
Record Your Story (Children’s Library):
1 to 3 pm
Visit the Children's Library to share and record your own stories with a Story Ambassador from Everyday Boston.
Everyday Boston is a grassroots, community-building organization that is working to break down the stereotypes that keep Bostonians separate, primarily through the sharing of stories.
Poems to Order (Bornheimer Room):
2 to 4 pm
Traveling Poetry Emporium Poet GennaRose Nethercott will compose an original poem for you on a topic of your choosing on her manual 1952 Hermes typewriter. She'll read your poem aloud to you and then give you the typed poem to keep.