Berkshire Athenaeum

Pittsfield's Public Library

One Wendell Avenue

Pittsfield, MA 01201

Telephone (413) 499-9480

Fax (413) 499-9489

info@pittsfieldlibrary.org

 

The Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum celebrate
National Friends of Libraries Week (October 15 - 21) with a week
of activities. Join us in honoring our BFFs!


3D Printing: What's that about?
Wednesday, October 25, 7 pm

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 we are offering a self - guided program that can largely be completed on your own time. Want to know more? Join us for a special program at 7 pm on Wednesday, October 25. Library patrons will share their experiences using the equipment. Panelists will answer questions, provide examples of their designs, and demo print objects throughout the program. Free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum. Attention BCC Students: This program is approved for Forum Credit.

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

Halloween at the Library:
Saturday, October 28, 10 am - 2 pm

Pumpkin carving starts at 11 AM (tools provided - first come, first served - no reserving of pumpkins) with prizes for most creative design. Seeds saved at the party will be included in the Athenaeum’s new Seed Lending Library, which kicks off in 2018. Finish with a stop at the Local History Department to read about eerie events that happened around Western Massachusetts, see the Library’s display of hauntings, and take home a free map of the spookiest places. Sponsored by Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum, Alchemy Initiative and Taft Farms. [MORE]

Preschool Halloween Parade:
Tuesday, October 31, 10 am
Halloween Parade

We are pleased to host our Annual Preschool Halloween Parade on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. Library Staff will be giving out treats (no tricks!) as kids trick-or-treat across all three floors of the library. Kids are encouraged to dress up and wear Halloween costumes! Our Annual Preschool Halloween Parade is intended for babies and children up to age 5. Groups are welcome, and registration is not required. We require that Children under the age of 10 to be accompanied by an adult age of 18 or older at all times.

Sponsored by Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum [MORE]

The First Big Dig: A History of the Hoosac Tunnel, October 21, 2 pm

Image of Columbia, a woman with a red cap, wearing stars and stripes, with verbiage, Will you have a part in  Victory?

The Hoosac Tunnel took 25 years to build, went bankrupt three times and came in ten times over budget. Sound familiar? Anne O'Connor will talk about why the tunnel in western Massachusetts was needed, how it was funded, the new technology developed, labor practices and the absolutely amazing reality that this 100 plus year old hole through a mountain range is still animportant part of our transportation infrastructure. Interspersed with images and music. Free and no registration required. Sponsored by Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum.
 
This program has been approved for Forum Credit for BCC students.

Teen Book Giveaway:
Tuesday, October 10 - Saturday, October 14
cartoon globe-shaped penguin with glasses and a book under each wing (blue book under his right wing, red book under his left wing)In observance of Teen Read Week, the library's Young Adults Department is offering Teen Book Giveaway from Tuesday, October 10 through Saturday, October 14.
Teens are invited to select a free book or magazine from the giveaway table. One free item per teen, while supplies last.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum.

Fall Booksale:
Thursday, November 2 - Saturday, November 4


The Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum Fall Book Sale will be held on Thursday*, November 2 (4 - 8 pm); Friday & Saturday, November 3 - 4 (10 am - 4 pm).
Inventory includes books for all ages, well sorted for browsing, and priced affordably. Also available are CDs, LPs, puzzles and games. Cash, check and credit/debit cards are all accepted. Make plans to join us for this great shopping opportunity!
*Thursday hours are offered exclusively for members of the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum. Not a member? Join at the door for as little as $10.

Celebrate the Friends:
October 15 - 21

The letters spelling the word Friends in the foreground and an image of the lower part of a tree and surrounding greenery and shrubs in the background.
The Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum celebrate National Friends of Libraries Week (October 15 - 21) with a week of special activities. [MORE]

Author Talk:
Saturday, October 14, 2 pm


Local author Ann-Elizabeth Barnes will talk about her biography of The Rev. Samuel Harrison, abolitionist, activist and chaplain of the Massachusetts 54th, the first black regiment raised in the north to fight in the Civil War.Free and no registration required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum. Attention BCC Students: This program is approved for Forum Credit.

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.

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.

 

 

 

Contact Us | Updated October 12, 2017