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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Hermann Hesse, author of Steppenwolf, Siddhartha and other works. He was born on this day, July 2nd, in 1877.
Octavia Butler, author of Kindred, The Parable of the Sower, Fledgling, and many other works. She earned both Hugo and Nebula awards, was the first science-fiction writer to be awarded the MacArthur Foundation Genius Grant, and this year was honored by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America with the 2012 Solstice Award. A scholarship in her name was established in 2007 to provide opportunities for writers of color.
Today would have been Octavia Butler’s sixty-fifth birthday.
Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle, writer best known for creating Sherlock Holmes. He was born on this date, May 22nd, in 1859.