Berkshire Athenaeum

Pittsfield's Public Library

One Wendell Avenue

Pittsfield, MA 01201

Telephone (413) 499-9480

Fax (413) 499-9489


3D Printing: What's that about?Ultimaker brand 3D printer, a metal box-like structure with openings on front and sides, seen from the front.
We are proud to offer 3D Printing to the City of Pittsfield with three recently acquired printers: two Ultimaker 2 printers and one SeeMeCNC Orion. We recognize that 3D Printing and Computer Aided Design (CAD) is new to our community. We recognize that the schedules and needs of members in our city varies widely, so in addition to onsite sessions we are offering a self - guided program that can largely be completed on your own time. Questions? Ask at the Reference Desk.

Join us at Library Libations at Hotel on North on Monday, October 16, for a Book Club Discussion! white bookshelves, backlit, red rug, chairs
We are excited to team up with Hotel on North for Libations with Librarians - a new monthly book club in the Lounge! Outreach Librarian Alex Geller will be leading a book talk on Daphne Kalotay's "Relativity", as part of Boston's "One Book, One Story Program" Bonus reads: Voltaire's Candide and/or Norton Juster's Phantom Tollbooth.

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

Hats of Faith:
Thursday, September 28 @10 am
cartoon drawings of men and women of varied nationalities with different hats, facial area, skin tones, racial identities.
Join us at 10 am on Thursday, September 28, for a special reading by Medeia Cohan of her newest book, Hats of Faith, which helps educate and prepare young children and their parents for our culturally diverse modern world.
Intended for children ages 3 - 5. An adult must accompany children under the age of 10. Free and no registration required.
Sponsored by a collaboration of Pittsfield CFCE, the Children's Library of the Berkshire Athenaeum, the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum, and Berkshire County Head Start.

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.
The telescope was purchased by the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum.


Curiosity Day at the Library!
Saturday, September 23: 10 am - 12 pm
Where the Wild Things Are Come to the Children's Library for a fun and wild morning! There will be fun learning activities and much more!

Children under age 10 must be accompanied by an adult, age 18 or older, at all times. Attendance at library programs constitutes consent to be photographed; photos may be used in print or electronic publicity for the Berkshire Athenaeum.

This program is sponsored by Pittsfield CFCE and the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum.

All for FREE, and no sign-up required!

Too Human in Concert:
Tuesday, September 26, 7 pm

two men and a woman performing with percussion (man); guitar (woman); cello (man)
Join us for "A Celebration of Song: The American Song Book and Beyond" with Too Human's Ellen Schwartz and Roger Bruno and featuring Keala Kaumeheiwa on upright bass. Free and open to the public.
This concert is sponsored by a Cultural Council Grant from the Pittsfield Cultural Council, a local agency, which is supported by the Massachusetts Culttural Council, a state agency and the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum
Attention BCC Students: This program is approved for Forum Credit.

Basic Genealogy series:
Tuesday evenings, starting September 26

family tree
.We are pleased to announce a Basic Hands-on Genealogy series with Alan Doyle Horbal, professional genealogist, has been scheduled. This evening series, running 5:15 – 7:15 pm, is offered with the needs in mind of those who work during the day. The class meets on Tuesdays: September 26, October 3, October 10, and October 17.[MORE]

Lego Club:
Thursday, September 28, 3:30 pm
young girl in green sweater with lego blocks

Lego club meets the fourth Thursday of each month. Open to children of all ages! No registration required. Children under 10 years old may not be left unattended in the Library. Attendance at library programs constitutes consent to be photographed; photos may be used in print or electronic publicity for the Berkshire Athenaeum.

Commemorating Pittsfield's Role in WWI:
An exhibit of local photos

Image of Columbia, a woman with a red cap, wearing stars and stripes, with verbiage, Will you have a part in  Victory?
The Local History Department is proud to present a new exhibit commemorating Pittsfield’s role in World War I.  Artifacts and newspaper articles take you back to a time of rationing, victory gardens, and patriotic events in Pittsfield.  Come see photographs of Pittsfield’s World War I veterans and read about life in the trenches and on the Home Front.
Find out more about how everyday life in Pittsfield changed during the war and what the citizens did to help with the war effort.
The exhibit will be changing frequently so be sure to check back in to see new photographs, articles, and artifacts.
The exhibit will run through November 2018.




Contact Us | Updated September 21, 2017