As was expected the Athenaeum Library had to close again on August 5th and remained closed until October 21st. This was in line with the government directions. The re-opening was greeted with great pleasure by our members and also the volunteers were glad to be back in the swing of things.

Our fund raising activities during this year have been severally restricted and this has been a concern. We were lucky enough to be the group that manned the gates for the February Market in Maldon so that helped carry us through. One of our wonderful volunteers had the great idea of making masks and donating all the money to the Library and this little fund raiser was so popular that quite a few hundred dollars was raised and people loved their stylish masks.

We are going to have a Christmas Get Together on Friday 4th December in the Maldon Park with Covid 19 precautions in place. It will be nice to have a little social event.

We had permission from ACV to postpone our AGM until February 2021 so that we can have a full complement of people present.

All at the Maldon Athenaeum Library wish all our members a very Happy Christmas and a prosperous and safe New Year.


As with all other libraries and similar organisations the Maldon Athenaeum Library closed following the State Government directions from March 25th to June 10th. A strict protocol was introduced so that the re-opening would not present a danger to any of our members, visitors or volunteers. All returned books are placed in a box and not touched for at least 48 hours, hand sanitiser must be used after the member places the books in the return box and a strict one way system is in operation. Names of all visitors are recorded with their contact details. Naturally only a limited number of people are allowed in the Library at any one time

Some volunteers have elected not to do duty during this period because of heath issues but the majority have worked as cheerfully as ever. All members and volunteers have been particularly careful in following the correct procedures and as a result the re-opening has been trouble free and happy.

Everyone is aware that because of the worsening situation in Melbourne it may be necessary for all parts of the state to return to lockdown and this of course will mean that the Athenaeum will have to close again but in the meantime all is well in Maldon and we continue to provide a much needed service to our community.

SUMMER NEWS 2019-2020

We are so thrilled that our new room is finished, full of wonderful new bookcases and books. All the books in the library, 19500+ had to be moved to new locations to take advantage of the new room and the increased space it provided. We have housed all the detectives and thrillers in there as well as the large print collection. This has meant that the entire area in the two original ‘back rooms’ is now devoted to general fiction and short stories and fantasy/science fiction. The biographies/autobiographies in the Reading Room now have extra space as we moved the short stories to their new location. All in all it has met with great approval and excitement. An official opening will be held at a date to be announced in January 2020 when a plaque will be unveiled thanking those who have made this new room possible.

An important announcement is that reluctantly the COM decided to increase the annual adult membership to $20.00 for the 2020 year. Our membership runs from January to December so all memberships should be paid as soon as possible. Children and students are free.

The Library will only close for Christmas Day and Boxing Day and be open as usual on all other opening days.


If anyone has any queries regarding the Maldon Athenaeum Library, don’t forget, we have an email address: newgrasmere@mmnet.com.au.  

Should there be any questions on the Maldon Athenaeum Library, please do not hesitate to write to us at: 
P.O. Box 219



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