Berkshire Athenaeum

Pittsfield's Public Library

One Wendell Avenue

Pittsfield, MA 01201

Telephone (413) 499-9480

Fax (413) 499-9489

pittsref@cwmars.org

Rotary recognizes Friends leader

Florian Ptak and Ron Latham with Kagan Award
Florian Ptak, a long-time president and treasurer of the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum, was recently presented the David Kagan Award, given annually by the Rotary Club of Pittsfield as a recognition of public service – for his efforts on behalf of the Friends and Pleasant Valley Nature Sanctuary.  Florian was nominated by Ron Latham, Athenaeum Library Director. [MORE]

Teen Summer Reading Program:
Prizes offered!

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Grab a Bingo Card, read some books, return the completed Bingo Card and be entered to win prizes that include Beacon Cinema Tickets or Ayelada gift cards. The fun begins when registration opens on Monday, June 27.
A special thank you to our sponsors: Beacon Cinema, Ayelada, Massachusetts Library System, the Collaborative Summer Reading Program,The Pittsfield Suns, and the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum.

Lego Club:
Wednesday, July 20, 3:30 - 4:30 pm

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Lego Club returns on Wednesday, July 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.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum.

Summer Booksale:
Thursday, July 14; Friday, July 15, Saturday, July 16
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The Friends Summer Booksale is scheduled for Thursday, July 14, 4 - 8* pm, Friday, July 15, 10 am - 4 pm; Saturday, July 16, 10 am - 4 pm. Thousands of items: hardcovers, paperbacks, DVDs, CDs, something for the whole family.
Proceeds from these sales sponsored by the Friends of the Library support library activities.
*Please note that Thursday evening is an exclusive sale for members of the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum only. Not a member? Join at the door for as little as $10.

 

 

 

 

 

Summer Reading Club for Kids:
Monday, June 27, through Saturday, August 20

Green medallion with message On your Mark Get Set Read Summer Library Program 2016
Summer Reading returns! Registration opens on Monday, June 27. The fun includes weely special performances; afternoon sports-themed movies; and weekly drawings for Klutz books, sports games and other prizes.
The Summer Reading Program is sponsored by the Massachusetts Library System, the Boston Bruins, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, Taco Bell, Burger King, The Pittsfield Suns, TD Bank, Cyberstation, and the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum.


Adult Summer Reading Program:
Why should the kids have all the fun?
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Summer reading for adults or, Why should the kids have all the fun? Read along with us: novels, history, graphic novels, for fun or for a challenge. Register starting Monday, June 27, to track your progress and access reading lists. Stop at any of our public desks and pick up a BINGO Card to track your reading. Each completed BINGO Card can be turned in as araffle entry for a free, full year membership in the wonderful Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum.  

Teen Book Giveaway:
Monday, June 6 - Saturday, June 11

Table with free books for teens


Teen Book Giveaway runs Monday, June 6, through Saturday, June 11. All teens are
invited to select a free book or magazine from the designated giveaway table in the library's Young Adults Department.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum.

Short Story Contest:
Cash Prizes!

notebooks and pencil The Berkshire Athenaeum and The Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum are pleased to announce the 38th Annual Short Story Writing Contest for Children and the 19th Annual Short Story Contest for Young Adults. Forms available at the Children’s desk. Depending upon entries received, the following prizes will be awarded in each division: First Place will receive a $35.00 cash prize, Second Place will receive a $25.00 cash prize, and Honorable Mentions will receive $20.00 cash prizes. [MORE]
Sponsored by the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum.


Contact us | Updated June 21, 2016