Berkshire Athenaeum

Pittsfield's Public Library

One Wendell Avenue

Pittsfield, MA 01201

Telephone (413) 499-9480

Fax (413) 499-9489



Berkshire Seed Library

With Spring just around the corner, we invite you to wipe away the winter blues and investigate the offerings of the new Berkshire Seed Library, a partnership of The Berkshire Athenaeum,  Alchemy Initiative and Hancock Shaker Village. Membership is free and open to the public. Questions? Ask at the Reference Desk. Thanks the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum and the Pittsfield Cultural Council for their generous support.

Overdose Management & Narcan Training:
Friday, March 9, 10 - 12

We are partnering with Cathleen Vidoli from Healthy Steps in offering Overdose Management and Narcan Administration Training on Friday, March 9th from 10AM-12PM,. The class is free and open to the public. Space is limited and registration is required. Please call 413-499-9480 ext. 202 to register for the class. [MORE]

Join us at Library Libations at Hotel on North on Tuesday, February 20 for a Book Club Discussion!

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We are excited to team up with Hotel on North for Libations with Librarians - a monthly book club in the Lounge! Outreach Librarian Alex Geller will be leading a book talk on The Sellout by Paul Beatty. Stop by the library to request a copy.
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.

Income Tax Wednesday's: Free Tax Preparation at the Library by Appointment Only!

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We are pleased to announce we have partnered with Berkshire Community Action Council (BCAC) to offer free Federal and State tax preparation services on Wednesday's from 1-3 p.m. Beginning on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 through Wednesday, April 11th, 2018, we will be hosting Berkshire Community Action Council (BCAC) who will be providing tax preparation services by appointment only. To make an appointment, contact BCAC directly at: 413-418-3685.

Please keep in mind that in order to qualify for VITA's free tax preparation services, your household income must be under $54,000. [MORE]

We are Lending Board Games!
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We are pleased to be offering a collection of family friendly board games. From traditional favorites like Candyland and Monopoly to brainteasers like Scattergories and Trivial Pursuit to the simple fun to be found in Chutes and Ladders and Cootie, there’s something for all ages and interests. Patrons can select from over 20 different games shelved in the library’s Reference area.

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 or by phone at: (413) 499-9480, ext 203.

This telescope was generously purchased by the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum.


Spring Booksale:
Thursday, Friday & Saturday, March 8, 9 & 10

The Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum Spring Book Sale (in green letters) above image of many books displayed on tables.
The Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum Spring Book Sale takes place Thursday, March 8 (4 pm - 8 pm); Friday, March 9 (10 am - 4 pm) and Saturday, Marxh 10 (10 am - 4 pm). Books aplenty for all ages, organized for easy and fun browsing. Cash, credit/debit ane checks accepted. As always, Thursday evening is limited to members of the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum. Not a member? Join at the door for as little as $10. [MORE]

February School Break Progams (K-6th):
February 21-23, 1 - 3 pm, Wednesday-Friday!

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Join the library during February break with free daily programming! Programs from Wednesday-Friday will be held from 1p-3p in the Auditorium; Blades & the Boston Bruins will be visiting us from 2 - 3 pm on Tuesday, February 20th! All programs are appropriate for grades K-6th, and siblings are welcome. For a full list of our Winter Break activities, visit our events calendar!

Questions about activities? Contact the Children's Department, 413-499-9480 ext 203.

Teen Book Giveaway: Extended!
While supplies last!

Table in young adult library covered with books, and a sign announcing the teen book giveaway

The Teen Book Giveaway table is stocked with free titles for the taking! From Monday, February 12, through Saturday, February 17, young adults are invited to take a free book or magazine, one item per person, while supplies last. Grab some vacation reading and enrich your minds! Sponsored by the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum.

Classical Music Concert:
Wednesday, February 21 7-8:30 pm

Banner picture of Paul Green, Marjorie Dix and David Anderegg

Join us in the auditorium for a  classical music concert performed by clarinetist Paul Green, mezzo-soprano, Marjorie Dix and pianist David Anderegg. They will be performing music by Mozart, Ludwig Spohr and others. This event is free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum.

Links for Literacy:
Saturday, February 24, 10 am - 4 pm

Banner that reads "Links for Literacy: Berkshire Gas-Mini-Golf Classic in support of Literacy Volunteers of Berkshire Countyy"

Join us for the 7th Annual Berkshire Gas Mini-Golf Classic! This fun family event sponsored by Berkshire Gas raises funds to support Literacy Volunteers in its mission to improve adult literacy in the greater Pittsfield area. A 10-hole golf course (to complement Pittsfield’s 10×10 Upstreet Arts Festival’s theme), complete with hazards, will be set up inside the library. The mini-golf course is on all three floors of the library and takes about an hour to play.

The cost to play is $5.00 for adults and kids under 12 will play for free, thanks to a genereous donation from Centerline Construction. Club and golf ball rental included. Free snacks will be provided!  Come join the fun! Co-hosted by Literacy Volunteers of Berkshire County and the Athenaeum. 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.


Contact Us | Updated February 20, 2018