Berkshire Athenaeum

Pittsfield's Public Library

One Wendell Avenue

Pittsfield, MA 01201

Telephone (413) 499-9480

Fax (413) 499-9489


We'll be texting you...
Following recent network enhancements the Berkshire Athenaeum is able to offer library patrons two next text services. Standard text charges will apply.
-Text Notices for Holds Pickup: You can 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.

Genealogy Classes:
September & October schedule announced

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.The Local History Department announces a new round of Genealogy Classes for September and October. A three-part workshop for novice researchers is offered on Thursdays in September. Alan Horbal returns to lead a four-part workshop on Continuing Genealogy Research with Census resources. Both workshops are offered in morning and afternoon sessions. [More]

Einstein's Favorite Fairy Tales:
Tuesday, August 19, 1 pm

Mary Jo Maichack
Join us at 1 pm on Tuesday, August 19, when Minstrel storyteller Mary Jo Maichack presents Einstein's Favorite Fairy Tales, a program of folktales, fables, song, dance and drama. The show celebrates the importance of imagination, especially in regard to science, and includes an intriuging Grimms fairy tale in English with some German; fables by Leonardo da Vinci; and original Atomic Fizz Dance with volunteer kids.
This 45 minute family event is free and open to the public. No registration is required; children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum

Artscape installs new sculpture:
Circus by Michael Thomas
artscape sculpture
On Wednesday, May 21, Artscape installed their fourth and final new sculpture of the 2014-2015 Exhibition at the Wendell Avenue entrance of the Berkshire Athenaeum. Stop by to view Circus, by Michael Thomas.





Computer Classes:
Fall schedule announced

computer lab

The Fall schedule of Computer Classes has been announced and includes basic sessions on MIcrosoft Word; Microsoft Excel; Setting up an Email account. More advanced sessions are offered on Multimedia Resources; Exploring Web Browsers & Search Engines; and Cloud Computing. [More]
We are Not Alone:
Wednesday, September 10, 7 pm

Our Fall Programming series kicks off at 7 pm on Wednesday, September 10, with a fascinating presentation. The Presence of Extra Terrestrials in the Universe: We are Not Alone. This Power Point Presentation and Panel Discussion is free and open to the public.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum

We want to know:
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Have you borrowed something from the library (a book, a CD, a DVD) that was especially amazing, useful or entertaining? When you return it, we’d like you to place it in the AWESOME Box. When we scan the item back in, the title will upload to a page of shared recommendations that other readers can view.
AWESOME Boxes are located at both the Children’s Library Desk and the Main Floor Adult Circulation Department. The AWESOME Box is supported by the Harvard Library Innovation Lab, the Harvard Library Lab, and the Arcadia Fund.
Share something AWESOME today! [More]

Food Zone:
Under Construction!
Designer image of Food Zone

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]

Contact us | Updated August 22, 2014