Berkshire Athenaeum

Pittsfield's Public Library

One Wendell Avenue

Pittsfield, MA 01201

Telephone (413) 499-9480

Fax (413) 499-9489

Free yoga with Katie Fortier:
7- 8 pm - No registration required
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Kripalu certified yoga instructor, Katie Fortier is offering a series of free yoga classes at the Berkshire Athenaeum. Join Katie for a one hour gentle/moderate Kripalu Yoga class to cultivate breath and body awareness, stretch and tone muscles, alleviate tension, support mental clarity, invite deep peace, and honor your inner wisdom. She will begin with warm-ups and breath work, follow a sequence of postures, and end with a short meditation and relaxation. All are welcome. Please bring your own mat, if you have one!
Classes run from 7 to 8 PM on various weekday evenings in April and May: Tuesday, April 18;
Monday, April 24; Thursday, May 4; Monday, May 8; Tuesday, May 16, 23 and 30. Participants are invited to attend one or all of the classes. Free and no registration required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum.
Attention Berkshire Community College Students: This program is approved for Forum Credit.

How to be good neighbors to wildlife:
April 7 - 14
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Presented and arranged by Dale Abrams of Massachusetts Audubon. This is a great opportunity for teens and adults to learn how to avoid wildlife problems and the many ways we can help ensure that animals in our local watersheds remain wild. Dale Abrams is a life-long naturalist who has studied wild-life and ecosystems from California to the Rocky Mountains and throughout New England.Free and open to the public.
Sponsored by the Pittsfield Cultural Council, the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum.
Attention Berkshire Community College Students: This program is approved for Forum Credit.

T-shirt design contest:
Cash prizes offered!

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The Berkshire Athenaeum and The Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum are pleased to sponsor a T-shirt Design Contest for children and youth.
There are two categories for entries: Children, ages 0 to 12, and Teens, ages 13 to 18. Design must include mention of Pittsfield or Bekrshire Athenaeum or The Berkshires. The winner in the children’s category will have their artwork printed on children’s T-shirts and the winner of the Teens category will have their artwork printed on adult sized T-shirts to be sold in the Friend’s gift shop at the library. The contest opens Monday, March 27 and ends at 4:00 PM on Friday, April 28, 2017.
Prizes: First Prize, in addition to having the artwork printed on the T-shirt, is $50.00. Second Prize is $25, and Third Prize is $10.00 in each category. [MORE]

Talking Book Fair:
Thursday, April 27, 10 am

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A Talking Book Fair will be held at the library at 10 a.m. on Thursday, April 27, in the Main Reading Room. Erin Fragola, Library Outreach Coordinator from the Perkins Library will speak about the Talking Books program, a federally funded service that provides free reading material to those who cannot read printed materials because of blindness or other disabilities.

Talking Books are digitally recorded books or magazines in audio formats provided by the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. [MORE]
Attention Berkshire Community College Students: This program is approved for Forum Credit.

Sensory Storytime
and Sensory Toys
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The Athenaeum Children's Library will be offering Sensory Storytimes 11 am – 12 noon on Tuesday, May 9. No registration is required. Intended for children age 6 and under, the Sensory Story Time programs are structured to be welcoming to children on the autism spectrum by including prompts that provide a tangible way for children to follow a story line and helps with transition from one activity to the next. The Sensory Story Times are funded by a grant to the Athenaeum provided through the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.
Also newly available in the Children's Library: an assortment of sensory tools, including fidget toys and related items, for play in the library. [MORE]

3D Printing:
Learning opportunties
3D PrinterThe Berkshire Athenaeum is proud to offer 3D Printing to the City of Pittsfield! The Reference Department has available for general use one Ultimaker 2 and one SeeMeCNC Orion. The Children’s Library has available one Ultimaker 2 which is included in programming in the Children’s Library.
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.
Attention Berkshire Community College Students: These programs are approved for Forum Credit.

Borrow the Internet!
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The Berkshire Athenaeum now offers library patrons the opportunity to borrow Verizon Jetpack brand 4G mobile hotspots. Each hotspot can connect up to 15 WiFi enabled devices (tablets, laptops, smart phones) to the internet.
Hotspots are available on a first come, first served basis and are checked out at the Reference Desk for a one week loan, from Wednesday to Tuesday.  Patrons planning community events, family gatherings or meetings where internet access would be valuable are encouraged to reserve a hotspot in advance. [MORE]

Local History buffs:
let's hear from you!
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IThe Athenaeum Local History Department is offering online access to the Pittsfield Sun, a weekly local paper, on a trial basis in a database that includes full text content from the paper’s inception in 1800 through 1877. Patrons can access the database at where you will be prompted for a User Name and Password. Please enter ncd50098 for both.[MORE].

Contact us | Updated April 21, 2017