Two new series for March & April
The Local History & Genealogy Department is pleased to announce a new crop of Genealogy classes scheduled for March and April:
a four-part series for novice researchers is planned for Thursday, March 27, and Thursday, April 3; and a second series, Continuing your Genealogy Research using the Census and Other Resources, is planned for four consecutive Tuesdays in April. [More]
Winter schedule announced
The Reference Department has finalized a schedule of computer lab classes for January - March. A selection of one-hour classes are offered on Computer Basics; using a Smartphone; and QuickBooks. Space is limited and registration is required.
For further information contact the Reference Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or (413) 499-9480 x202 during regular library hours.
Wednesday, March 19, 4 pm
Join us at 4 pm on Wednesday, March 16 - and the third Wednesday of every month - for Lego Club, building fun for ages 5 & Up. Free and no registration required. This month's building theme is Under the sea.
All children under 10 must be with an adult at all times.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum, with over 75 years of service to the Berkshire Athenaeum.
Every Child Ready to Read:
Parent/Child Interactive sessions
Parents are encouraged to take part in a series of free parent/child interactive sessions offered Monday Mornings, 10 - 11 am : February 3: Fun with Letters; February 10: Fun with Words; March 3: Fun with Science; March 10: Fun with Math. Each family will receive a book bag with take home activities. For more information contact Jenn Faulconer, CFCE Coordinator, at 413 499 4809. [More]
Funded by MA Department of Early Education and Care through the Coordinated Family and Community Engagement grant through Pittsfield Public Schools.
Spring Book Sale:
March 13*, 14 & 15
.The Friends Spring Book Sale is scheduled for 5 - 8 pm, *Thursday, March 13; 10 - 4 pm on Friday, March 14; and 10 - 4 pm on Saturday, March 15. Audiobooks, CDs, DVDs & Records and games also available. Wonderful, well sorted collection of materials for bargain prices.
*Thursday hours are exclusively for Friends Members. Not a member? Join at the door for as little as $10.
Class Action [Film Screening]:
Tuesday, March 11, 6 pm
The Cinema of Law series continues at 6 pm on Tuesday, March 11, when we will be screening Class Action , starring Gene Hackman (1991). The film will be introduced by Attorney David W Murphy. This film recounts the story of Jeb Ward, an attorney who specializes in whistle blower, David vs. Goliath, type cases.
Sponsored by the Berkshire Law Library, the Berkshire Bar Association and the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum, each evening of this four-part series features a well-known film with a plot that involves a legal subject, introduced by a member of the Berkshire Bar Association. Join us for all four nights or just come for your favorite. Tuesdays in March, beginning at 6 pm. Free popcorn served!
We'll be texting you....
Following recent network enhancements the Berkshire Athenaeum is now able to offer library patrons two new text services. Standard text charges will apply.
• Text Notices for Holds Pickup: You can now opt to receive a text message notification when an item you reserved or requested is ready for pickup.
• Text call number to phone: You can capture an item call number by having it texted to your phone. [More]
Have questions about accessing this service? Ask at the Reference Desk.
Food Zone Experiment:
Maybe you knew the Athenaeum hosted a Food Zone Experiment in November and December, allowing library patrons to have food and drink in our Blake Reading Room, on the library's Main Floor. Patrons were extremely supportive (by a five to one margin!) of the concept. Going forward we will continue allowing refreshments in the Blake Room until a more permanent location is identified. [More]