Berkshire Athenaeum

Pittsfield's Public Library

One Wendell Avenue

Pittsfield, MA 01201

Telephone (413) 499-9480

Fax (413) 499-9489

Create your own pastel artwork:
Tuesday, December 2, 6 pm


Gregory Maichack, an award-winning pastelist and talented instructor, returns to the Berkshire Athenaeum at 6 pm on Tuesday, December 2, to present a workshop entitled: "Sublime Sunflowers: Pastel Paint Like the Masters". Participants will be using van Gogh’s, Georgia O’Keeffe’s and Monet’s famous “Sunflowers” artwork as well as Maichack’s reference photos to create their unique sunflower pastel painting. All required materials will be provided. Participants must be 17 years old or older. Preregistration is required may be made using the library automated registration or by contacting or visiting the Reference Department during regular library. hours. Sponsored by the Pittsfield Cultural Council, a subsidiary of the Massachusetts Cultural Council and Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum..

Berkshire County History Titles
Make Unique Gifts

Local History Books for Sale
The Berkshire Athenaeum has displayed various Berkshire County historical books that have been reprinted for use by modern students and researchers. Many of these volumes had been out of print for decades before being republished by The Berkshire Family History Association.
The display can be viewed in the Blake Reading Room on the main floor of the Library. For the holiday season, copies of all of these books are available for purchase at the Local History Department of the Berkshire Athenaeum. [MORE]

Food for Fines:
November 1 - 29

Food for Fines collection
The Athenaeum is offering a modified Fines Amnesty running from Saturday, November 1, through Saturday, November 29. During this four-week period the library will accept non perishable food items in lieu of paying fines for overdue books. When "paying" off a fine with a donated food item, a staff librarian should be alerted prior to depositing the item into the collection boxes. Food will be accepted not only for payment of overdue fines for items currently in circulation, but also may be applied to outstanding overdue fines from other transactions. As always, the replacement costs of lost or damaged materials may not be resolved by donated food. All donated food will be turned over to the Rotary Club of Pittsfield as part of their annual food collection drive that distributes non-perishable food to area food banks providing services to area needy.

J Peter Bergman:
Tuesday, November 25, 7 pm
Peter Bergman
At 7 pm on Tuesday, November 25, we host local author, J. Peter Bergman who will present "Poetry and Prose: the Conflicts and Similarities" with examples drawn from his own work. Free and no registration required.
Attendance at library programs constitutes consent to be photographed; photos may be used in print or electronic publicity for the Berkshire Athenaeum.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum.





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]

Wednesday, November 19, 2:30 - 8 pm

NaNoWriMo logo
National Novel Writing Month, aka NaNoWriMo is an annual internet-based creative writing project that takes place during the month of November. NaNoWriMo challenges participants to write 50,000 words of a new novel from November 1st until the deadline at 11:59PM on November 30th. The goal of NaNoWriMo is to get people writing and keep them motivated throughout the process.
Participants are invited to gather in the Athenaeum Room to work on their novels or scripts. Refreshments will be provided. Wednesday, November 19, 2:30 pm-8pm .Sponsored by the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum

Holiday Concert:
Tuesday, November 18, 7 pm
Pittsfield High School
Join us at 7 pm on Tuesday, November 18, for a Holiday Concert. The Pittsfield High School Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Alla Zernitskaya, will help you move into the holiday spirit! Free and open to the public.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum

My wife, Abigail Adams:
Saturday, December 6, 2 pm
George Baker as John Adams
The Athenaeum will be honored by a visit from John Adams at 2 pm on Saturday, December 6, when President Adams' alter ego, George Baker, presents My Wife, Abigail Adams, the first Modern Woman. Free and no registration required.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum.

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