Berkshire Athenaeum

Pittsfield's Public Library

One Wendell Avenue

Pittsfield, MA 01201

Telephone (413) 499-9480

Fax (413) 499-9489

Revisiting Rosie the Riveter:
Saturday, February 6, 2 pm

Rosie the Riveter
Join us at 2 pm on Saturday, February 6, when local author, Dr.Charles Hyde presents “Revisiting Rosie the Riveter: Women Workers in the Arsenal of Democracy” Free and open to the public.
This program is approved for Forum Credit for Berkshire Community College students.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum.

Mini Golf returns:
Saturday, February 20

girl playing mini golf
Save the date! On Saturday, February 20, from 10 am - 4 pm, we'll be turning the three floors of the library into an 18-hole mini-golf course, complete with hazards, for our annual Mini Golf Classic! This event is a fund raiser for Literacy Volunteers of Berkshire County. The cost to play is $5.00 for adults and thanks to Greylock Federal Credit Union, kids under 12 play free!
Co-hosted by Literacy Volunteers of Berkshire County and the Athenaeum. If you or your organization are interested in a sponsorship, available at an affordable range of financial commitment levels, contact Library Director Ron Latham at 499-9480 x102 or

Computer Classes:
Winter Schedule announced
Computer Lab
The Reference Department has announced the Winter schedule of computer classes. Sessions include training on Computer Basics; Email Basics; and Cloud Computing. Returning by popular demand is a special series on personal finance, You Need a Budget, offered by Lin Schreiber, in partnership with the Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity. Reservations are required and require a library card. Registration opens 3 weeks before the start of each class and made be made through the library's online Calendar of Events or by contacting the Reference Department during regular library hours.

Basic Hands-on Genealogy with Alan Horbal:
March 8, 15, 22 & 29
family tree

March 8, 15, & 22, & 29 2016 Tuesdays (10:00 am – 12:00 pm):  Basic Hands-on Genealogy with Alan Doyle Horbal, professional genealogist.  Outline and instruction on researching the 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930 and 1940 U.S. Census.  Discover how to find your ancestors’ emigration to the U.S. using the website and the website, along with several other databases.  Discover how to search for family members outside of the U.S. using  Alan will explore England, Canada, Poland and other countries.  All students must have an E Mail account and be computer literate. Limited space. We ask that you attend all four classes. You may bring your own laptop or use a library one.







Teen Book Giveaway:
Monday, February 8 - Saturday, February 13
Table with books

Attention Teens! You are encouraged to visit the Young Adults' Department during the week of Monday, February 8, through Saturday, February 13 and select a free book or magazine while supplies last. Limit of one free item per teen. Stop in and grab some Winter Vacation ready material!
Sponsored by the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum.

Spring Booksale: March 10, 2016 - March 12, 2016!

The Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum are sorting, marking and arranging books and other materials in preparation for their Spring Booksale, scheduled for Thursday, March 10, through Saturday, March 12!
The Thursday evening hours are, as always, reserved exclusively for members of the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum. Those who would like to join the Friends may do so at the sale door for as little as $10. Doors are open to the public on Friday and Saturday from 10 am - 4 pm.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum.

Lego Club:
Wednesday, February 17, 3:30 - 4:30 pm

girl building with legos
Lego Club returns on Wednesday, February 17, 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.

Songs of the Stage & Screen (A Concert):
Thursday, February 11, 7 pm

Doug Schmolze with his guitar
Join us at 7 pm on Thursday, February 11, when tenor and guitarist Doug Schmolze (a graduate of the Berklee School of Music) and violinist Eric Martin (who trained at the University of Limerick in Ireland) visit and perform “Songs of Stage and Screen.” Program includes a sing-along
. Free and open to the public.
This program is approved for Forum Credit for Berkshire Community College students.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum.

Contact us | Updated February 4, 2016