Berkshire Athenaeum

Pittsfield's Public Library

One Wendell Avenue

Pittsfield, MA 01201

Telephone (413) 499-9480

Fax (413) 499-9489

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September is National Library Card Sign-Up Month!
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We are pleased to partner with Downtown Pittsfield  for National Library Card Sign-up Month! Show your library card during September at over 30 downtown Pittsfield businesses for a variety of discounts on food and other items.
No card? Register for a card, free to Massachusetts residents, and be placed in a raffle for an Amazon Kindle. [MORE]

Curiosity Day:
Saturday, September 22
, 10:30 - 12 noon
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The Fifth Annual Curiosity Day, a free family event, offers stomping, roaring and reading fun with our guest T-Rex! Additional activities include: Designing your own dinosaur; Exploring the archaeological dig; Interacting with live reptiles; and Creating a shape Stegosaurus. Every chld receivs a free book!

Lego Challenge: Every Thursday @3pm
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For more info contact the Children's Library at 413 499-9480 x111
Sponsored by the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum.

Genealogy Classes for Beginners:
Registration now open

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The Berkshire Athenaeum Local History Department has announced a schedule of Genealogy Classes for Beginners running weekly from Thursday, September 27, through Thursday, October 12. [MORE]

50 Plus Job Fair:
Wenesday, September 26, 10 - 12

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BerkshireWorks, in collaboration with Elder Services of Berkshire County, Inc. presents a 50 Plus Job Fair on Wednesday, September 26, 10 - 12, in the library’s Auditorium. Over 35 employers are participating. [MORE]

Berkshire Seed Library
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We invite you to jump into spring by investigating the offerings of the new Berkshire Seed Library, a partnership of The Berkshire Athenaeum,  Alchemy Initiative and Hancock Shaker Village. Membership is free and open to the public. Questions? Ask at the Reference Desk. Thanks to the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum and the Pittsfield Cultural Council for their generous support.

Mobile Printing from Patron Devices
is now available!

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The Berkshire Athenaeum is pleased to announce mobile black and white printing is now available from personal devices. Library patrons can submit a document from their personal computer or mobile device to the library’s printer from any location and visit the library to release, pay and pick up the item. [MORE]

Join us at Library Libations at Hotel on North on Monday, September 17, for a Book Club Discussion!
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We are excited to team up with Hotel on North for Libations with Librarians - a monthly book club in the Lounge! Outreach Librarian Alex Geller will be leading a book talk on:The woman's hour : the great fight to win the vote / Elaine Weiss. Stop by the library to request a copy.
Grab a pint or just grab a seat! We'd love to see you in the Lounge and share this experience with you. Join us at Hotel on North from 6:00 - 7:30 pm.

We are Lending Board Games!
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We are pleased to be offering a collection of family friendly board games. From traditional favorites like Candyland and Monopoly to brainteasers like Scattergories and Trivial Pursuit to the simple fun to be found in Chutes and Ladders and Cootie, there’s something for all ages and interests. Patrons can select from over 20 different games shelved in the library’s Reference area.

New Book alerts sent directly to your email!

The Berkshire Athenaeum is excited to offer free, weekly Wowbrary e-mail alerts that showcase the library’s newest items. Our email alerts feature the latest bestsellers, movies, music CDs, audio books, children's titles, cookbooks, mysteries, travel guides, health books, science fiction and more purchased by the library.

IS183 - Teen Art Space at the Athenaeum:
Friday, October 5, 3 - 5 pm

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Join us in the auditorium on the 1st Friday of the month for IS 183 - Teen Art Space @ the Berkshire Athenaeum! October 5th is PLUSH with Brielle Rizzotti! Create your own one-of-a-kind mini plush character! You’ll learn introductory hand-sewing techniques and explore the fundamentals of character design to bring your original plush creation to life.
Register by calling IS183 @ (413) 298-5252 x100 Space is limited to 15 students.
Sponsored by IS183 and the Berkshire Athenaeum.

Build a Basic Budget:
Wednesday, September 19, 5:30 - 7 pm

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Come join Lynn Wallace, Certified Federal Credit Union Financial Counselor, for an evening program designed to motivate, educate, and empower you to improve your financial future.

All participants will receive information packets, a budget tracker book, and access to book individual Financial Wellness Coaching appointments with one of the Certified Coaches at Greylock for free.

Light refreshments will be provided. Registration required. [MORE]

Museum Pass Program grows
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We are pleased to announce two additions to the Berkshire Athenaeum’s  collection of Museum Passes. Thanks to the generosity of the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum, we have added passes the Springfield Museums and The Zoo at Forest Park.

This latest addition joins the Athenaeum’s selection of over fifteen museum passes, providing free or reduced general admission to museums and cultural attractions  in the Berkshires and beyond. What a great way to plan an affordable family visit to these gems!

Graphing Calculators now available
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The latest additions to the Athenaeum’s Technology Lending Program (TLP) are two TI-84 Plus graphing calculators, which can be borrowed for two hours of in library use.

A graphing calculator is essentially a handheld computer that can plot graphs, solve simultaneous equations, and perform other tasks with mathematical variables. Students in advanced level high school or college math classes often require intermittent access to a graphing calculator, which can cost $140-$150. [MORE]


The Berkshire Athenaeum is pleased to announce that the library now owns an Orion Star Blast Altazimuth Reflector Tabletop Telescope that is available for circulation. Whether you’re an astronomer or just have a passion for gazing at the night sky, this easy-does-it telescope is here for you to try.
The telescope is available for check out to adults (age 18 and older) with a library card in good standing. You must have a physical library card.  The loan period is seven days with no renewals.
All inquiries should be made at the Children’s Desk at the Berkshire Athenaeum or by phone at: (413) 499-9480, ext 203.

This telescope was generously purchased by the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum.


Contact Us | Updated September 17, 2018