Berkshire Athenaeum

Pittsfield's Public Library

One Wendell Avenue

Pittsfield, MA 01201

Telephone (413) 499-9480

Fax (413) 499-9489



The Consitution & the Presidency:
Saturday, January 20, 1pm

image of off white parchment sheet with handwritten text of U S Constitution, with largest text being "We The People"
For the first Very Interesting Lecture of 2018, local author and B.C.C, professor, James Arpante will discuss “The Constitution and the Presidency”. Free and no registration required.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum.
Attention Berkshire Community College students: This program is approved for Forum Credit.

Join us at Library Libations at Hotel on North on Tuesday, February 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 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.

We are lending Board Games!
female librarian standing in front of shelves with a variety of board games
he Berkshire Athenaeum is 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.

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.

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

We are partnering with Cathleen Vidoli from Healthy Steps in offering Overdose Management and Narcan Administration Training on Friday, February 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]

Paul Rocheleau, photographer:
Saturday, January 27, 1 pm

Join us for the second Very Interesting Lecture of 2018. Photographer and retired BCC professor, Paul Rocheleau will talk about his career and the creation of his books about photography. Brand new copies of his books will be signed and sold at book sale prices. Proceeds to benefit the Berkshire Athenaeum. Free and no registration required.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum.
Attention Berkshire Community College students: This program is approved for Forum Credit.

Medicare & Wellness Visits:
Thursday, January 25, 2 - 4 pm

Ann McDonald from Berkshire Health Systems will be in the auditorium to discuss Medicare's Annual Wellness Visit Benefits. She will be available to answer any questions. Free and no registration required.

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 January 17, 2018