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  • From the Field We are proud to announce that during the months of August, September and October 2017, the research collections of the Gennadius Library were tagged with RFID security tags and the books, including the periodicals of the “Dory Papastratou Reading Room,” were moved to new mobile shelving in the new Ioannis Makriyannis Wing, which will be officially inaugurated in June 2018.
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Friends of the Gennadeion

Friends of the Gennadius Library: U.S. and Abroad

The recently founded and rapidly expanding Friends of the Gennadius Library comprises supporters and users of of the Library residing in North America, Europe, and worldwide. In addition to the Gennadeion News, produced twice annually, the Friends receive invitations to special events in the U.S., including an annual Clean Monday event.

The Gennadius Library welcomes everyone to become a Friend of the Gennadius Library by contributing to its Annual Appeal. These funds provide unrestricted support for the ongoing operation of the Library. Find more information here, including making a gift online.

The Philoi: Association of Friends of the Gennadius Library in Greece

The Philoi is a non-profit association founded in 1983 with the aim of providing support to the Gennadius Library so that it can achieve its national and educational mission. The Association also pursues the educational aims of the Library’s founder, by organizing lectures and tours for its members around various institutions in Greece and abroad.

The main event organized by the Philoi is “The Day in Memory of Joannes Gennadius.” The highlight of this event is a lecture on the collections of the founder and his diplomatic career. In 2008, the Philoi organized another event "DAY OF FLORENCE/ANTHI GENNADIUS,” in memory of the wife of Joannes Gennadius, Anthi, who helped Joannes to complete his work and his donation to the American School of Classical Studies in Athens. The Philoi raises the money that it donates to the Gennadius Library from membership fees, social events, donations, book sales, and other activities.

Nominations of new members are made by two former members or by the Director of the Gennadius Library. New members are voted by the General Assembly. The six-member Governing Council works with the Director of the Gennadion to guide the activities of the Association. The current members of the Governing Council are:

President: Anastasios Kriekoukis
Vice-President: Konstantinos Efstathiadis
General Secretary: Vassiliki Failadi
Treasurer: Olga Arniakou
Members: Ismene Douzeni, Eleni Pylarinou


Friday, January 19, 12.00
Visit to the exhibition of The B. & M. Theocharakis Foundation “When the light dances, I speak fairly: George Seferis and his poetry through painting and photography”. The tour will be guided by the Director of the Visual Arts Program of the Foundation, Mr. Takis Mavrotas.
Meeting point: 11.45 at the entrance of the Museum, 9 Vas. Sofias Avenue & 1 Merlin Street.
For participation, contact our office no later than Tuesday, January 16.
Fee: 5 Euros

Wednesday, January 31, 19.00
Lecture by Mr. Stavros Zouboulakis, President of the Board of Directors of the National Library “«Για τον “Ενιαυτό” του Τ. Κ. Παπατσώνη». Analysis of a section of T. K. Papatsonis’ poems that refer to celebrations of the religious year.

Wednesday, February 7, 19.00
Encounter with Agnes Baltsa .
Cotsen Hall, 9 Anapiron Polemou Street

Wednesday, February 14
18.00: General Assembly
19.30: New Year’s Vassilopita, refreshments. Fee: 10 euros.
Cotsen Hall, 9 Anapiron Polemou Street.

Wednesday, February 21, 12.00
Visit to the major exhibition entitled ‘MONEY. Tangible symbols in ancient Greece’.
The Museum of Cycladic Art and the Alpha Bank Numismatic Collection, in their first ever collaboration. The tour will be guided by the Director of the Museum, Prof. Nikos Stampolidis.
Meeting point: 11.45 at the entrance of the Museum, 4 Neofytou Douka Street
For participation, contact our office no later than Monday, February 19.
Fee: 5 Euros

Wednesday, March 7, 19.00.
Encounter with Marina Karella. A discussion between the artist and George Archimandritis, journalist and writer.
Cotsen Hall, 9 Anapiron Polemou Street

Monday, March 19, 19.00
Opening of the exhibition organized by the Gennadius Library “Alexandra Athanasiadis- Works beyond the writings of Cavafy”.
Ioannis Makriyannis Wing, 61 Souidias Street

Visit to the Ancient Agora (date to be announced later)
The tour to the Agora and its archives will be guided by the archaeologists of the American School of Classical Studies.
Since 1931, the School excavates in the Agora, which was the political and financial center of the ancient city. The excavations continue till today with the support of an active research center found in the Stoa of Attalos.