Berkshire Athenaeum

Pittsfield's Public Library

One Wendell Avenue

Pittsfield, MA 01201

Telephone (413) 499-9480

Fax (413) 499-9489

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

notebook and pencil
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 2, 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.





The USS Slater: her history & service
Thursday, May 28, 7 pm

USS Slater

Join us at 7 pm on Thursday, May 28, for a lecture and power point on the last destroyer escort afloat in America, now moored on the Hudson River. Steve Long will give a presentation on the vessel's service, history and preservation.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum.

Rock Angel:
Thursday, June 11, 7 pm

Rock Angel book cover
Join us at 7 pm on Thursday, June 11, when local author Jeanne Bogino presents her novel, Rock Angel, which Kirkus called "An intoxicating, addicting romance set to the beat of the 1990s rock-and-roll scene."
Free and open to the public. 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, May 20, 3:30 - 4:30 pm

girl building with legos
Lego Club returns on Wednesday, May 20, 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.
This month's building theme is Legos on the Move.
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 May 20, 2015