Berkshire Athenaeum

Pittsfield's Public Library

One Wendell Avenue

Pittsfield, MA 01201

Telephone (413) 499-9480

Fax (413) 499-9489

Teen Book Giveaway:
Monday, October 18 - Saturday, October 24

table with free books

In observance of Teen Read Week, books and magazines will be available for teens to select and keep - one free item per teen - during the week of Monday, October 18, through Saturday, October 24. Stop in and select a
Sponsored by the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum. 

Genealogist Alan Horbal returns:
Four-week series offered

Family Tree
The Athenaeum is pleased to welcome back genealogist Alan Horbal who is offering a 4- week workshop on finding your ancestors using the 1900 through 1940 census, along with other helpful immigration websites.  These classes will be offered on 4 successive Tuesdays, starting October 20 and continuing on October 27, November 3 and November 10. The class time will start at 10am and last until approximately 12pm .Due to the popularity of these workshops, be sure that you can commit to the full 4 weeks before registering.  We encourage bringing your own laptop,  but if you do not have a laptop, the library will provide one for in-house use.  Prerequisites:  Internet proficiency and an established email address.
Registration is now open and may be made online at the library's Calendar of Events page or by calling the Local History Department at 499-9480 x6 during regular library hours.

Computer Classes:
Fall Schedule announced

Computer Lab
The Reference Department has announced the Fall schedule of computer classes. Sessions include training on Computer Basics; Android & iOS devices; Google Docs; Google Sheets; Facebook; and Foundation Center Grant Research. Reservations are required and require a library card. Registration opens 3 weeks before the start of each class and made be made through the library's online Calendar of Events or by contacting the Reference Department during regular library hours.
Ebooks and Downloadable Audiobooks
for your iPad, Smartphone or Other Device

ipad and smartphone
We have eBooks, downloadable audiobooks and videos for your iPad, smartphone, tablet or other personal device. Borrow novels or nonfiction, books for children, teens and adults, all available with your library card. Not sure how to start? Ask for assistance at the Reference Desk.







Fall Genealogy Classes:
Registration now open

family tree
Fall Genealogy Classes have been scheduled. Three Workshop sessions are available for Novices:
Thursday, September 24: 10-12: Organizing your records and planning your research/Introduction to the Census 1-3: Repeat of morning session
Thursday, October 1: 10-12: Using Vital Records/Beginning Immigration Research 1-3: Repeat of morning session
Thursday, October 8: 10-12: Introduction to 1-3: Repeat of morning session

Instructors for these sessions will be Janet Rogge and Angela Rifkin, along with Vera Silva. It is highly recommended that interested patrons attend all three sessions to get the most out of the classes. Attendees may bring a personal laptop or use a library computer. Registration is now open and may be made online at the library's Calendar of Events page or by calling the Local History Department at 499-9480 x6 during regular library hours. Please be prepared to specify your preferred time (morning or afternoon).
BHS Community Health Van:
Wednesday, October 7, 10- 12 noon

Berkshire Health Systems Van
On Wednesday, October 7, 10 -12 noon the Berkshire Health Systems Community Outreach Van visits at the library's Wendell Avenue entrance and professional staff on the van offer free Blood Pressure Screenings. No appointment necessary. Get cuffed, Berkshires! Sponsored by Berkshire Health Systems and the Berkshire Athenaeum.

Full STEAM ahead in the
Athenaeum Children's Library
blast of steam

We are excited to announce our Children’s Library has been awarded a “Full STEAM Ahead” grant by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC). The $7,500 grant, funded under the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), promotes libraries working within their community toward increasing children’s interest and skills in the important areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math..[MORE]

Lego Club:
Wednesday, October 21, 3:30 - 4:30 pm

girl building with legos
Lego Club returns on Wednesday, October 21, 3:30 - 4:30 pm for building fun. Lego Club meets the Third Wednesday of each month is intended for children ages 5 and up. No registration required.
Children under 10 years old may not be left unattended in the Library. 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 October 4, 2015