Berkshire Athenaeum

Pittsfield's Public Library

One Wendell Avenue

Pittsfield, MA 01201

Telephone (413) 499-9480

Fax (413) 499-9489

Create your own pastel artwork:
Tuesday, December 2, 6 pm


Gregory Maichack, an award-winning pastelist and talented instructor, returns to the Berkshire Athenaeum at 6 pm on Tuesday, December 2, to present a workshop entitled: "Sublime Sunflowers: Pastel Paint Like the Masters". Participants will be using van Gogh’s, Georgia O’Keeffe’s and Monet’s famous “Sunflowers” artwork as well as Maichack’s reference photos to create their unique sunflower pastel painting. All required materials will be provided. Participants must be 17 years old or older. Preregistration is required may be made using the library automated registration or by contacting or visiting the Reference Department during regular library. hours. Sponsored by the Pittsfield Cultural Council, a subsidiary of the Massachusetts Cultural Council and Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum..

Berkshire County History Titles
Make Unique Gifts

Local History Books for Sale
The Berkshire Athenaeum has displayed various Berkshire County historical books that have been reprinted for use by modern students and researchers. Many of these volumes had been out of print for decades before being republished by The Berkshire Family History Association.
The display can be viewed in the Blake Reading Room on the main floor of the Library. For the holiday season, copies of all of these books are available for purchase at the Local History Department of the Berkshire Athenaeum. [MORE]

Food for Fines:
November 1 - 29

Food for Fines collection
The Athenaeum is offering a modified Fines Amnesty running from Saturday, November 1, through Saturday, November 29. During this four-week period the library will accept non perishable food items in lieu of paying fines for overdue books. When "paying" off a fine with a donated food item, a staff librarian should be alerted prior to depositing the item into the collection boxes. Food will be accepted not only for payment of overdue fines for items currently in circulation, but also may be applied to outstanding overdue fines from other transactions. As always, the replacement costs of lost or damaged materials may not be resolved by donated food. All donated food will be turned over to the Rotary Club of Pittsfield as part of their annual food collection drive that distributes non-perishable food to area food banks providing services to area needy.

Shaker Gift Drawing to be Exhibited
Shaker Spirit Drawing
The Athenaeum has loaned a rare Shaker Gift Drawing to the New York State Museum in Albany for inclusion in an exhibition entitled The Shakers: America’s Quiet Revolutionaries.This Gift Drawing was last exhibited in 2008. The New York State Museum exhibition began November 15, 2014 and will continue through March of 2016. [More]





Computer Classes:
Fall schedule announced

computer lab

The Fall schedule of Computer Classes has been announced and includes basic sessions on MIcrosoft Word; Microsoft Excel; Setting up an Email account. More advanced sessions are offered on Multimedia Resources; Exploring Web Browsers & Search Engines; and Cloud Computing. [More]

Lego Club:
Wednesday, December 10, 3:30 - 4:30

Lego club
The wildly popular Lego Club returns at 3:30 pm on Wednesday, December 10, when creativity and fun will be in no short supply. This month's building theme: Planes, Trains & Racecars.
Lego Club meets the second Wednesday of each month and is intended for children ages 5 and up. Children under 10 years old may not be left unattended in the Library. .Sponsored by the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum

Blood Pressure Screening:
Wednesday, December 3, 10 am - 12 noon
Blood Pressure Cuff
Professional staff from Berkshire Health Systems will be offering free blood pressure screening on Wednesday, December 3, 10 am - 12 noon in the Athenaeum's Main Readding Room. No appointment necessary. Get cuffed, Pittsfield!

My wife, Abigail Adams:
Saturday, December 6, 2 pm
George Baker as John Adams
The Athenaeum will be honored by a visit from John Adams at 2 pm on Saturday, December 6, when President Adams' alter ego, George Baker, presents My Wife, Abigail Adams, the first Modern Woman. Free and no registration required.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum.

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