Berkshire Athenaeum

Pittsfield's Public Library

One Wendell Avenue

Pittsfield, MA 01201

Telephone (413) 499-9480

Fax (413) 499-9489


Dr Robert Taylor:
Tuesday, September 30, 7 pm
Dr Taylor's Book
Join us at 7 pm on Tuesday, September 30, for a Book Talk by well known and respected local physician and author Dr Robert Taylor. Taylor will share stories inspired by his years of medical practice and recounted in his book, A Final Examination: The Doctor Looks Back.
Free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum

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]

Blood Pressure Screening:
Wednesday, October 8, 1-2:30 pm

Berkshire Health Systems Van
Berkshire Health Systems Community Outreach Van will be onsite on Wednesday, October 8, 1 - 2:30 for free Blood Pressure Screenings. Professional staff will be available on the van, parked at the Wendell Avenue entrance. No appointment necessary. Get cuffed, Pittsfield!

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

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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]
Lego Club:
Wednesday, October 8, 3:30 - 4:30

Lego Club
The wildly popular Lego Club returns at 3:30 pm on Wednesday, October 8, when creativity and fun will be in no short supply. Lego club is free; no registration required. This month's building theme: "Lego City"
Lego Club meets the second Wednesday of each month and is intended for children ages 5 and up. Children under 10 years old may not be left unattended in the Library.
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:
Have a Look!
Designer image of Food Zone
Our Food Zone is complete and receiving compliments! This space at the Northwest corner of the Main Floor has been outfitted with new seating, cafe tables and chairs, additional electrical outlets, and tile flooring. The Food Zone is designed to accommodate those who might want a coffee or bit of food, while still keeping the library’s book collection safe from spills. The undertaking followed an experiment allowing patrons to have food and drink in the library and surveying patrons for their opinion on making a permanent change. Stop by soon...bring your coffee!

Contact us | Updated September 24, 2014