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 kicks off Saturday, June 27. 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

Short Story Writing Contest:
Prizes for Children & Young Adults

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The Berkshire Athenaeum and The Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum are pleased to announce the 37th Annual Short Story Writing Contest for Children and Young Adults. Prizes are donated by the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum, whose generous continued support make this contest possible! Stories will be judged on their originality, appeal, and writing style. Submissions due 4 PM on Monday, July 20, 2015. [More]

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]
Friends' Summer Book Sale:
Thursday, July 9- Saturday, July 11

The Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum Summer Book Sale will be held 4 - 8 pm on Thursday*, July 9; 10 am - 4 pm, Friday, July 10; 10 am - 4 pm, Saturday, July 11. Sale includes books for all ages and interests; audiobooks; CDs; DVDs; Vinyl; Games & Puzzles. Shelved for easy browsing; bargain prices.
*Thursday sale is open exclusively to Members of the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum. Not a member? Join at the door for as little as $10.





Summer Reading Program Kickoff:
Saturday, June 27, 1 - 3 pm
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Please join us on Saturday, June 27 1 - 3 pm as the Berkshire Athenaeum’s Children’s department celebrates the kick-off of our 2015 Children and Teen Summer Reading Program.
All ages are welcome to this Comic-Con like event. Everyone is encouraged to dress up as their favorite Superhero to keep with this year’s Summer Reading theme “Every Hero has a Story”. There will be cash prizes for kids and teens with the best costumes.
Fantasy Realms comic store will be on hand to give teens free comic books. Eugene Mamut, an Academy Award winning special effects artist who has worked on such films as “Starship Troopers” and “The Matrix”, will present some of the tricks of the trade.
Kids, ages 5-12, and Teens, ages 13-18, are encouraged to sign up for the Summer Reading Program as they enjoy the afternoon’s activities which will also include a treasure hunt through the library.
No registration is required.  Ages 2-92. Children under 10 must be accompanied at all times by an adult over 18 years of age.
Sponsored by The Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum.
Attendance at library programs constitutes consent to be photographed; photos may be used in print or electronic publicity for the Berkshire Athenaeum.

Summer Reading for Adults or
What should the kids have ALL THE FUN???

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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 on or after June 27 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, July 15, 3:30 - 4:30 pm

girl building with legos
Lego Club returns on Wednesday, July 15, 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.
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 June 26, 2015