200 years since Austen

Join Seymour Library in celebrating the life and works of Jane Austen throughout 2017 with speakers, crafts, movies, and books!

The Jane Austen Book Club

The Jane Austen Book Club meets the third Tuesday of each month at noon and will explore Jane Austen’s classics Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Mansfield Park, Emma, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion, as well as contemporary spins offs like Longbourn by Jo Baker, The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler, Austenland by Shannon Hale, Dear Mr. Knightley by Katherine Reay, and Northanger Abbey by Val McDermid.

This month’s book is Jane’s Fame: How Jane Austen Conquered the World by Claire Harman. Discover how Jane Austen became a cultural icon on Tuesday, January 17 at Noon.

Jane Austen in film

Watch the films inspired by the books. This month the library is screening “Becoming Jane” on Wednesday, January 25 at 4 pm.


Make crafts with a Jane Austen twist. Join the Library’s Meet & Make program and make a Jane Austen Valentine, Notebook, Wooden Spool Ornament and more!

Learn about the time period with “Books for the masses, how the industrial revolution and changes in technology during Jane Austen’s Life made books available to everyone”.

Designer and master letterpress printer Robert LoMascolo will present a lecture on changes in book production that took place during Austen’s life (1775-1817). These advances turned books, which were once treasured items of the wealthy and clergy, into affordable and readily available objects for everyone. The presentation will conclude with participants printing a keepsake to take home on a real antique printing press! Date to be announced.

Future Speakers and programs to be announced.