Entries by Amy Jenness

2019 PEEPs Diorama Contest

The Nantucket Atheneum presents the 8th annual Peeps Diorama Contest, where participants create a scene inside a shoebox depicting their favorite book or literary character using Easter PEEPs. The dioramas can be entered in four categories: Children, Teens, Families and Adults. There are a couple rules: each diorama must be based on a book or […]

2019 One Book One Island – The Monk of Mokha

Now in its 13th year, the One Book One Island community reading project announces the 2019 selection is The Monk of Mokha by Dave Eggers. The book is about Mokhtar Alkhanshali, who is twenty-four and working as a doorman when he discovers the astonishing history of coffee and Yemen’s central place in it. He leaves […]

Staff Picks For Holiday Reading

By Adelaide Richards It should come as no surprise that many members of the Atheneum staff are giving the joy of a good book this holiday season.  Here are some titles to check out: The Library Book by Susan Orlean Orlean has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1992 and has written […]

Nantucket Atheneum Board Chair Letter

Dear Friends of the Nantucket Atheneum: This is my first letter to you as Chair of the Atheneum’s Board of Trustees. It is an honor and a privilege to be in this role. Public libraries are the lifeblood of their communities. The Atheneum is that and more to the people of this island. WHAT IS […]

What Happened? True Mysteries To Investigate

By Elizabeth Kelly The Secret Token: myth, obsession, and the search for the lost colony of Roanoke (Andrew Lawler) In 1587, a ship of 115 English men, women, and children landed in modern-day North Carolina to establish the first successful British colony. John White, leader of the voyage, returned to England to acquire new members […]

Geschke Lecture With General David Petraeus Thurs. Aug. 9 at 7 pm

Retired US Army General David Petraeus sits down for a conversation about  Iraq and Afghanistan, his views on current geopolitical issues, and what civilian life has been like during the Nantucket Atheneum’s next Geschke Lecture on Thursday, Aug. 9 at 7 pm at the Nantucket High School auditorium. The general will be joined in conversation […]

“Danseur” Explores The Social Stigma Of Being A Male Ballet Dancer

By Adelaide Richards The documentary film Danseur is inspired by the experience of director and producer Scott Gormley. His son Jack started dancing at seven and at first was only interested in taking hip hop dance classes. When Gormley watched his son however, he was struck by Jack’s fluidity of movement and suggested that he […]

July Author Talks Focus On The Funny, Fascinating and Informative

This month the Nantucket Atheneum hosts a broad selection of renowned authors with topics ranging from making New York City home to the private life of socialite Bunny Mellon, there is something for everyone. Cherie Burns has been a feature journalist since 1975. Her work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Wall […]

Find Atheneum Books Using Your Computer’s Web Browser

The Nantucket Atheneum is piloting a program that will hopefully make it more convenient to find books at the library when you are shopping online. Library Extension is a browser add-on for Chrome that will alert library patrons if a book is available at the Atheneum while they search for titles on Amazon, Barnes and […]

Dance Festival Features the Best of Classical & Contemporary Ballet

Join the Nantucket Atheneum in celebrating the eleventh annual Nantucket Atheneum Dance Festival July 24- 28, 2018. The festival includes four days of free community events, culminating in two extraordinary performances on Friday, July 27 and Saturday, July 28, 6 p.m. at the Nantucket High School Auditorium. This year’s performances feature 17 remarkable dancers from […]