Berkshire Athenaeum

Pittsfield's Public Library

One Wendell Avenue

Pittsfield, MA 01201

Telephone (413) 499-9480

Fax (413) 499-9489
Every Hero has a story: Summer Reading for Kids, Teens & Adults runs through August 22. Join us!

Computer Classes:
Spring/Summer Schedule announced

computer lab

The Spring/Summer schedule of Computer Lab classes has been announced. Classes at various levels are offered; space is limited and registration with a library card is required. Class topics include: Computer Basics; The Evergreen Library Catalog; QuickBooks; Facebook; Word; Excel; iOS and Android device platforms.
This round includes a first time offering: a 7-week intensive session on personal budgeting with YNAB, offered in collaboration with the Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity

BHS Community Health Van:
10 am - 12 noon, Wednesday, August 5

Berkshire Health Systems Van
The BHS Mobile Outreach Van will be onsite at the Athenaeum's Wendell Avenue entrance on Wednesday, August 5, 10 am - 12 noon. Professional staff on the van are available for free blood pressure screening: no appointment is necessary.
Get Cuffed, Berkshires!
Sponsored by Berkshire Health Systems and the Berkshire Athenaeum.

Kill A Watt:
Manage your home energy use

Kill a Watt device
The Berkshire Athenaeum is now lending  a Kill A Watt Kit, which assists homeowners in understanding and curbing their energy use. The kit includes a meter for measuring the electrical draw of household appliances. Library patrons may borrow the kit for 3 weeks using a CWMARS library card. For further information, stop at the Athenaeum Circulation Desk during regular library hours. [More]
Superhero Shields Craft Activity:
Monday, July 27, 1 pm

At 1 pm on Monday, July 27, kids are invited to join us for a Superhero craft activity: make a superhero craft shield!
Free and Open to the public. Registration is required (in person or by phone) and is limited to the first 18 children. Craft Activities last for 30 - 40 minutes and are intended for children 5 - 12 years old.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum.
Registrants who find they cannot attend are requested to please call with cancellation so the space can be offered to another child. Two "no-shows" means your child cannot sign up for further craft activities.







Teen Book Giveaway:
Wednesday, July 23 - Saturday, August 8
Table with Books for teens
Attention Teens: Teen Book Giveaway returns! Between Wednesday, July 23, and Saturday, August 8 -- or while supplies last - teens may select a free book from the Giveaway table in the Athenaeum's Young Adults Department. Limit one book per teen. Each book includes a free Bingo Card that can be completed and entered into the Teen Summer Reading Program raffle.Raffle prizes include gift baskets with Beacon Cinema movie tickets or Berkshire Mall gift cards. It's not too late to begin summer reading - and win!
Sponsored by the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum.  
Summer Reading for Adults or
What should the kids have ALL THE FUN???

open book with reading glasses
IBuilding on our wildly popular summer reading program for kids, this year the Athenaeum is offering separate reading programs for Teens and Adults.
Teen and Adult readers are encouraged to register for the program - which runs through August 22 -and set personal reading goals. The Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum, perennial supporters of the Children’s Summer Reading Club, are providing Friends memberships as raffle prizes for Adult readers. The raffle prizes for Teens are gift baskets containing movie tickets to the Beacon Cinema or gift cards to the Berkshire Mall.
 To qualify for the raffle, registered readers should pick up a BINGO style card at the Athenaeum, customized separately for Teens and Adults, with suggested reading genres. Completed cards are dropped off at a library service desk; each completed card qualifies as a raffle entry. Participating readers have the option of sharing reviews and comments on their reading progress through the online program; online recommendations and other interaction is encouraged.
Let's get reading!
Sponsored by the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum.

Full STEAM ahead in the
Athenaeum Children's Library
blast of steam

We are excited to announce our Children’s Library has been awarded a “Full STEAM Ahead” grant by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC). The $7,500 grant, funded under the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), promotes libraries working within their community toward increasing children’s interest and skills in the important areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math..[MORE]

Lego Club:
Wednesday, August 19, 3:30 - 4:30 pm

girl building with legos
Lego Club returns on Wednesday, August 19, 3:30 - 4:30 pm for building fun. Lego Club meets the Third Wednesday of each month is intended for children ages 5 and up. No registration required. August building theme: Community Heroes.
Children under 10 years old may not be left unattended in the Library. Attendance at library programs constitutes consent to be photographed; photos may be used in print or electronic publicity for the Berkshire Athenaeum.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum.

Contact us | Updated July 30, 2015