A blog for young readers (and YA lovers) from the Providence Athenaeum.
The Providence Athenaeum is a unique library and cultural center in the heart of Providence, Rhode Island. Growing out of the Providence Library Company (fourth library in the United States), the Athenaeum as we know it was formed in 1836. Our handsome building on the corner of Benefit and College was completed in 1838.
We are one of the few surviving membership libraries in the nation. Student memberships are available - visit or call for more information.
This blog is updated by one of our circulation assistants (and YA enthusiast), RJ. Follow us to find out what's new in our Young Adult corner, or just for a daily dose of literary shenanigans.
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Currently on the New YA Bookshelf is a chapbook from a young local writer and friend of the Athenaeum, Chelsea Rae Silva. This sharply designed square little volume, Firmament, contains poems such as this one, titled “Elemental”:
When I set you on fire it was only to learn
if love was the burn I had read about in chemistry books:
if the flame turned blue or green, it was copper.
If the flame turned bright orange, it was only table salt.
I know I should have asked first, maybe filled out a form,
but knowing you has taught me to keep my fingers in the fire
while the tinder exists.
You can follow Chelsea Rae here on tumblr.