Berkshire Athenaeum

Pittsfield's Public Library

One Wendell Avenue

Pittsfield, MA 01201

Telephone (413) 499-9480

Fax (413) 499-9489


Take a Survey:Tell us what you love, what you need, how we can improve!
(Available through September 8)

3D Printing: What's that about?Ultimaker brand 3D printer, a metal box-like structure with openings on front and sides, seen from the front.
We are proud to offer 3D Printing to the City of Pittsfield with three recently acquired printers: two Ultimaker 2 printers and one SeeMeCNC Orion. We recognize that 3D Printing and Computer Aided Design (CAD) is new to our community. We recognize that the schedules and needs of members in our city varies widely, so in addition to onsite sessions we are offering a self - guided program that can largely be completed on your own time. Questions? Ask at the Reference Desk.

Join us on Monday, August 21 at 2 p.m. to View the Solar Eclipse!

Experience the solar eclipse as it is happening at the Berkshire Athenaeum, Pittsfield’s Public Library, 1 Wendell Ave, Pittsfield, Monday, August 21, starting at 2:00 PM! Here in the Berkshires we will see a partial eclipse with the moon covering 66% of the sun. We’ll start by creating your own pinhole eclipse viewer, followed by other art and interactive learning activities. Bring a cereal box with you for the pinhole viewer. There will be a video all about solar eclipses and live-streaming the total eclipse from the NASA website. If it’s a sunny day, we’ll head outside about 2:30 PM to experience the eclipse through our pinhole viewers. The Berkshire Athenaeum will provide 100 pairs of certified safe shades for eclipse viewing.

Rain or shine come experience the excitement of the solar eclipse at the library, Monday, August 21, 2:00 PM. Free and open to the public

Please bring a large breakfast cereal box for making the pinhole eclipse viewers. Most appropriate for children ages 7 and older. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. Sponsored by the Berkshire Athenaeum and The Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum.

Commemorating Pittsfield's Role in WWI:
An exhibit of local photos

Image of Columbia, a woman with a red cap, wearing stars and stripes, with verbiage, Will you have a part in  Victory?
The Local History Department is proud to present a new exhibit commemorating Pittsfield’s role in World War I.  Artifacts and newspaper articles take you back to a time of rationing, victory gardens, and patriotic events in Pittsfield.  Come see photographs of Pittsfield’s World War I veterans and read about life in the trenches and on the Home Front.
Find out more about how everyday life in Pittsfield changed during the war and what the citizens did to help with the war effort.
The exhibit will be changing frequently so be sure to check back in to see new photographs, articles, and artifacts.  The exhibit will run through November 2018.

Summer Reading for Adults:
Why should the kids have all the fun?

Build a better world logo with sketches of adults and children reading.

Readers of all ages are encouraged to take part in Summer Reading and set personal reading goals.

Take part in a raffle by picking up a BINGO style card at the Athenaeum, customized separately for Teens and Adults, with suggested reading genres. Completed cards should be turned in at a library service desk; each completed card qualifies as a raffle entry. 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. 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.
Adult Summer Reading Program is sponsored by:  The Massachusetts Library System; Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners; Boston Bruins; The Berkshire Athenaeum and the wonderful generosity of the The Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum.

Get Tested at the Library:
Monday, September 11, 10 - 12

blue on white logo, the word testing, arranged diagonally from lower left corner to upper right corner The Berkshire Athenaeum is partnering with the Berkshire Medical Center’s State Clinic to offer free, confidential health screenings on a walk-in basis. On Monday, September 11, 10 a.m. – 12 noon, and continuing on the second Monday of each month, clinic staff will perform testing for STD, HIV, and Hepatitis C at the library’s balcony level meeting room. All testing is confidential and notifications and follow-up services will be provided by clinic staff. [MORE]


Evening Yoga with Katie Fortier:
Thursdays in August, 7 - 8 pm
woman sitting in yoga pose with hands palm up on her knees Join us for a free gentle/moderate  class to cultivate breath and body awareness, stretch and tone muscles, alleviate tension, support mental clarity, invite deep peace, and honor your inner wisdom. Evening Yoga at the Library is offered 7 - 8 pm each Thursday evening in August with Kripalu certified yoga instructor Katie Fortier.   Katie will begin with warm-ups and breath work, follow a sequence of postures, and end with a short meditation and relaxation.  Free and no registration required. All are welcome.
Please bring your own mat, if you have one! No registration required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum.

Entrepreneurial program for Veterans:
Wednesday, September 20, 9:30 - 4

We are proud to offer, in cooperation with the US Small Business Administration (SBA) Boots to Business Reboot, a daylong entrepreneurship training program intended for veterans and their spouses. Reservations are required and can be made before September 12 at For more information, contact Oreste Varela at (413) 785-0484

Take a library survey before September 8:
Be eligible to win an iPad

red pencil marking X in survey box. Title: Take the Survey

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners is conducting a statewide survey to better understand who uses Massachusetts public libraries, and why they use them.
Please take a few minutes (approximately 8 - 10) to tell us what you love, what you need, and how we can make your library experience better.
By completing our survey you are eleigile to enter a prize drawing for an iPad. [MORE]

Join us at Library Libations at Hotel on North on Monday, August 21st for a Book Club Discussion!

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We are excited to team up with Hotel on North for Libations with Librarians - a new monthly book club in the Lounge! Outreach Librarian Alex Geller will be leading a book talk on "Bad Feminist" by Roxane Gay. There's no need to read it all, just pick a few essays.

Grab a pint or just grab a seat! We'd love to see you in the Lounge and share this experience with you. Join us at Hotel on North from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

The Berkshire Athenaeum is pleased to announce that the library now owns an Orion Star Blast Altazimuth Reflector Tabletop Telescope that is available for circulation. Whether you’re an astronomer or just have a passion for gazing at the night sky, this easy-does-it telescope is here for you to try.
The telescope is available for check out to adults (age 18 and older) with a library card in good standing.  You must have a physical library card.  The loan period is seven days with no renewals.
All inquiries should be made at the Children’s Desk at the Berkshire Athenaeum.
The telescope was purchased by the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum.

Summer Reading for Children:
Join us for prizes and programs!

Build a better world logo with gears, lightbulbs, springs, sprockets

Join us for Summer Reading and be part of the fun: pick up your BragTag and Chain; collect Brag Beads for every 15 minutes you read. Read longer and collect rarer beads.

Weekly prize drawings include: Discovery Boxes, Activity Kits and so much more. Stop in often for more chances to win! 
Summer Reading Program is sponsored by:  The Massachusetts Library System; Massachusetts Board of Library CommissionersDominos; Cyberstation; TD Bank; Friendly's; The Pittsfield Suns; The Big E; Yankee Candle; Boston Bruins; The Berkshire Athenaeum and the wonderful generosity of the The Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum.


Contact us | Updated August 17, 2017