Berkshire Athenaeum

Pittsfield's Public Library

One Wendell Avenue

Pittsfield, MA 01201

Telephone (413) 499-9480

Fax (413) 499-9489



In Search of...a Children's Librarian!
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How did you spend Halloween? Here at the Berkshire Athenaeum, we were carving pumpkins in creative designs with over 200 parents and children.

If you have the interest and energy to join in on all of the daily excitement, please consider applying to be our next Children’s and Youth Services Supervisor. The job is listed on the MBLC site and directly on the City of Pittsfield job site. [MORE]

Join us at Library Libations at Hotel on North on Monday, November 20, 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 Battleborn: stories by Claire Vaye Watkins.
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.

Food for Fines returns:
November 1 - 30

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The Berkshire Athenaeum, Pittsfield’s public library, will offer a modified fines amnesty from Wednesday, November 1, through Thursday, November 30. During this four-week period the library will accept nonperishable food items in lieu of paying fines for overdue books.

According to Library Director Alex Reczkowski, “This ‘Food for Fines’ initiative has become an annual tradition at the Berkshire Athenaeum, and it is wonderful to see the responsive community support.” [MORE]



Holiday Joy Program:
Providing warm clothing, food, toys

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Join us on Monday, November 27, from 10 a.m.. to 12 p.m, for the Holiday Joy Program’s kickoff event.. The Holiday Joy Program is a collaboration among many local businesses, organizations, and members of our community to provide warm clothing, toys, and food, to low-income families who struggle to meet their basic needs. At the kickoff celebration, the Library will decorate a giant tree in our main reading room with tickets that list children’s names to sponsor. [MORE]

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

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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 November 14, 2017