Berkshire Athenaeum

Pittsfield's Public Library

One Wendell Avenue

Pittsfield, MA 01201

Telephone (413) 499-9480

Fax (413) 499-9489

Lego Challenge: Every Thursday @3pm
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Lego Club gets an overhaul for summer reading! Put together a team or work independently to compete in our weekly challenge. For more info contact the Children's Library at 413 499-9480 x111
Sponsored by the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum.

NEW! Clases de música en Español:
Every Saturday, June 2 - 23, 10:30 am

The Children's Library presents Music Classes in Spanish for children 6 months - 4 years and their adult. Every Saturday, June 2 - 23, 10:30 am.

Mayor's Fitness Challenge:
Monday Night Wellness Talks

Each Monday evening in June the Berkshire Athenaeum hosts a Wellness Talk in support of the Mayor's Fitness Challenge. Topics include developing a personal fitness plan, managing stress with meditation and preparing fresh seasonal produce. Registration is requested and can be made at the library's Calendar of Events page or by contacting the Reference Department (413 499 9480 x202) during regular library hours.
Attention Berkshire Community College Students:
These programs have been approved for BCC Forum Credit.

Berkshire Seed Library
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We invite you to jump into spring by investigating 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 to the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum and the Pittsfield Cultural Council for their generous support.

Mobile Printing from Patron Devices
is now available!

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, July 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 monthly book club in the Lounge! Outreach Librarian Alex Geller will be leading a book talk on: An extraordinary union by Alyssa Cole. 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.

New Book alerts come to your mailbox!
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The Berkshire Athenaeum is excited to offer patrons free “Wowbrary” email alerts that showcase the library’s newest items each week. The 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.

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.


Tuesdays on the Terrace:
June 5, 12 & 19 at 6 pm

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The Athenaeum is celebrating the rich creativity in our community this summer with weekly conversations about the creative process. Join us as we hear from professionals with the Berkshire Theatre Group, Jacob's Pilllow Dance Festival & Williamstown Theatre Festival. All conversations are on Tuesdays at 6pm on the Adult Terrace.  Seating is limited and can be guaranteed with a reservation online or by calling the Reference Desk at 413-499-9480.
Attention Berkshire Community College Students:
These programs have been approved for BCC Forum Credit. [MORE]

Literary Lecture Series: July Tuesdays on the Terrace

On each of the first four Tuesdays in July, The Mastheads will host a literary lecture on the  outdoor terrace of the Berkshire Athenaeum. For our first lecture,Tuesday, July 3, at 6 pm, Professor Meredith McGill of Rutgers University will discuss the work of Berkshire writers and activists Catherine Maria Sedgwick and Fanny Kemble. [MORE]

Short Story Contests for Children & Young Adults: Cash prizes!
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The Children's Library has announced Short Story Writing Contests for Children and Young Adults, with cash prizes provided by the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum. All entries due 4:00 PM on Monday July 23, 2018. [MORE]

Museum Pass Program grows

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. [MORE]

CANCELLED: Overdose Management & Narcan Training: Thursday, June 21, 2 - 4 pm

This training has been cancelled by the service provider. Interested persons should watch for announcement of future opportunities.


Contact Us | Updated June 21, 2018