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.


The new extension is really taking shape as now the framework is up and the roof is on. Currently we are waiting for the bricklayer to arrive to build the walls. It is exciting to look at the progress so far and to know that within a few months the room should be up and running.

During the Maldon in Winter festival the Athenaeum held a very successful wine /juice and cheese afternoon. Guest speakers were two well known authors, Jen Storer and Joan Dalton both of whom are Library volunteers and live in Maldon and Baringhup. A hamper full of goodies was donated by another volunteer, Marion McLellan and one of our long standing volunteers, Chris Crassweller was the lucky winner. Financially and socially the afternoon was a great success.

Story telling has also been held in the Junior Library during Maldon In Winter and also a book sale will be held on Sunday 14th July to coincide with the monthly Maldon market.


During March the first part of the new extension construction was commenced with the site levelled and ready for the concrete foundations to be poured. This should happen in the next week and then the actual building will commence. This very important and quite historic event will provide more room for the books and the members. It is hoped that small functions will be held in the new room with the bookcases lining the walls providing much needed increased space for the collection of nearly 20,000 books. A grant has been received from the Maldon and District Community Bank for the purchase of bookcases for the new room. Funding for the building is coming from various sources. A grant was obtained from The Stoneman Foundation, the Library Gift Fund and general fund raising will provide money and two people closely associated with the Library will provide the balance. The builder is a local person who has a great interest in the project and the draftsman who drew the plans is also a local man who donated his services for free. It is hoped that the building will be operational within a few months but major adjustments will have to be made during that time as the existing back room will provide the entrance to the new room and bookcases will have to be moved and re-positioned. There has been no major building extension to the Library since the existing building was built in 1933-34 so it is a very exciting venture.


If anyone has any queries regarding the Maldon Athenaeum Library, don’t forget, we have an email address:  

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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