Berkshire Athenaeum

Pittsfield's Public Library

One Wendell Avenue

Pittsfield, MA 01201

Telephone (413) 499-9480

Fax (413) 499-9489


We'll be texting you...
Following recent network enhancements the Berkshire Athenaeum is able to offer library patrons two next text services. Standard text charges will apply.
-Text Notices for Holds Pickup: You can opt to receive a text message notification when an item you reserved or requested is ready for pickup.
-Text call number to phone: You can capture an item call number by having it texted to your phone. [More]
Have questions about accessing this service? Ask at the Reference Desk.

Summer Reading Club:
Monday, June 30 - Saturday, August 23

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The 2014 Summer Reading Club kicks off on Monday, June 30, with special programs, crafts, writing contests, movies and prizes. Kids preschool through grade 5 are invited to join in for the fun! [More]
Sponsored by the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum; Massachusetts Library System; Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners; Burger King; Cyberstation; Ben & Jerry's; TD Bank; and Taco Bell.

Einstein's Favorite Fairy Tales:
Tuesday, August 19, 1 pm

Mary Jo Maichack
Join us at 1 pm on Tuesday, August 19, when Minstrel storyteller Mary Jo Maichack presents Einstein's Favorite Fairy Tales, a program of folktales, fables, song, dance and drama. The show celebrates the importance of imagination, especially in regard to science, and includes an intriuging Grimms fairy tale in English with some German; fables by Leonardo da Vinci; and original Atomic Fizz Dance with volunteer kids.
This 45 minute family event is free and open to the public. No registration is required; children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum

Artscape installs new sculpture:
Circus by Michael Thomas
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On Wednesday, May 21, Artscape installed their fourth and final new sculpture of the 2014-2015 Exhibition at the Wendell Avenue entrance of the Berkshire Athenaeum. Stop by to view Circus, by Michael Thomas.





Craft Activities for Kids:
July & August

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A variety of Fizz Boom Read craft activities are offered weekly July 2 - August 21. Register to be part of the fun! .
Sponsored by the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum
Craft activities are offered as part of the Summer Reading Club, a two-month celebration of science with entertaining special programs,movies, prizes and fun.
All crafts are scheduled for 1 pm and last 30-40 minutes. Craft activities are intended for children 5 - 12 years old. Program is free but registration is required and may be made by calling or stopping at the Children's Library Desk

We are Not Alone:
Wednesday, September 10, 7 pm

Our Fall Programming series kicks off at 7 pm on Wednesday, September 10, with a fascinating presentation. The Presence of Extra Terrestrials in the Universe: We are Not Alone. This Power Point Presentation and Panel Discussion is free and open to the public.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum

We want to know:
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Have you borrowed something from the library (a book, a CD, a DVD) that was especially amazing, useful or entertaining? When you return it, we’d like you to place it in the AWESOME Box. When we scan the item back in, the title will upload to a page of shared recommendations that other readers can view.
AWESOME Boxes are located at both the Children’s Library Desk and the Main Floor Adult Circulation Department. The AWESOME Box is supported by the Harvard Library Innovation Lab, the Harvard Library Lab, and the Arcadia Fund.
Share something AWESOME today! [More]

Food Zone:
Under Construction!
Designer image of Food Zone

Maybe you knew the Athenaeum hosted a Food Zone Experiment in November and December, allowing library patrons to have food and drink in our Blake Reading Room, on the library's Main Floor. Patrons were extremely supportive (by a five to one margin!) of the concept. Going forward we will continue allowing refreshments in the Blake Room until a more permanent location is identified. [More]

Contact us | Updated August 16, 2014