Berkshire Athenaeum

Pittsfield's Public Library

One Wendell Avenue

Pittsfield, MA 01201

Telephone (413) 499-9480

Fax (413) 499-9489

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National Friends of Libraries Week:
October 22 - 27

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We’ll be wishing a Happy 80th Birthday to our own dedicated Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum with a variety of activities:

  • Monday, October 22: Free cookies!
  • Tuesday, October 23: Half Price Library Store Items and a Special Free Evening Program
  • Wednesday, October 24: Half Price Friends’ Membership and a Free item with every Membership sign up.
  • Thursday, October 25: The Friends Annual General Meeting at 3 pm and an 80th Birthday Cake
  • Friday, October 26: Free cookies!
  • Saturday, October 27: Pumpkin carving

Who are the Friends, what do they do and how can you help? [MORE]

Kids Costume Parade:
Wednesday, October 31, 10:30 am

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What a great opportunity for little ones to participate in Trick or Treat! Starting in the Children's Library our Kids Costume Parade will wind through the entire building, trick or treating along the way! Parade will begin promptly at 10:30 a.m.
Call the Children's Library for more information, 413-499-9480 x111.

Take 10 minutes to improve
Berkshire County transporation

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The Berkshire Regional Planning Commission asks that you take a 10-minute survey to help them identify priorities for transportation improviements. [MORE]

Lego Club: Every Thursday @3pm
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For more info contact the Children's Library at 413 499-9480 x111
Sponsored by the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum.

Mobile Printing from Patron Devices
is now available!

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The Berkshire Athenaeum is pleased to announce mobile black and white printing is now available from personal devices. Library patrons can submit a document from their personal computer or mobile device to the library’s printer from any location and visit the library to release, pay and pick up the item. [MORE]

Join us at Library Libations at Hotel on North on Monday, December 17, 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: Girl Waits with Gun by Amy Stewart. Stop by the library to request a copy. Then join us at Hotel on North from 6:00 - 7:30 pm: grab a pint or just grab a seat!

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.

New Book alerts sent directly to your email!

The Berkshire Athenaeum is excited to offer free, weekly Wowbrary e-mail alerts that showcase the library’s newest items. Our email alerts feature the latest bestsellers, movies, music CDs, audio books, children's titles, cookbooks, mysteries, travel guides, health books, science fiction and more purchased by the library.

Pumpkin Carving Spooktacular:
Saturday, October 27, 10 am - 2 pm
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We're excited to host, in partnership with the Berkshire Seed Library, the second annual Pumpkin Carving Spooktacular! Come join us for a day of spooky-themed events for all ages on Saturday, October 27, from 10:00AM to 2:00PM.

We'll provide the pumpkins, courtesy of Whitney's Farm Market & Garden Center, stencils, and markers, you bring your imagination and sense of wonder! All attendees are encouraged to wear costumes. Don't have a costume? No problem. The Children's Library will have a face-painting station and a mask-making craft. 

But that's not all!

Pittsfield CFCE will be putting on a StoryWalk of The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams. Follow along each page of this children's classic throughout the Library and you too can clomp, clomp, shake, shake, clap, clap along with the spooky characters! 

There will be apple cider, hot chocolate, cookies, candy, and apples courtesy of the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum

The event is free and open to the public. Pumpkins cannot be reserved, and will be available on a first-come-first served basis. Children under the age of 10 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Museum Pass Program grows
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We are pleased to announce two additions to the Berkshire Athenaeum’s  collection of Museum Passes. Thanks to the generosity of the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum, we have added passes the Springfield Museums and The Zoo at Forest Park.

This latest addition joins the Athenaeum’s selection of over fifteen museum passes, providing free or reduced general admission to museums and cultural attractions  in the Berkshires and beyond. What a great way to plan an affordable family visit to these gems!

Graphing Calculators now available
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The latest additions to the Athenaeum’s Technology Lending Program (TLP) are two TI-84 Plus graphing calculators, which can be borrowed for two hours of in library use.

A graphing calculator is essentially a handheld computer that can plot graphs, solve simultaneous equations, and perform other tasks with mathematical variables. Students in advanced level high school or college math classes often require intermittent access to a graphing calculator, which can cost $140-$150. [MORE]


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.


Contact Us | Updated October 16, 2018