Berkshire Athenaeum

Pittsfield's Public Library

One Wendell Avenue

Pittsfield, MA 01201

Telephone (413) 499-9480

Fax (413) 499-9489

pittsref@cwmars.org

 

Mary Pope Osborne:
Tuesday, July 29, 10 am
Mary Pope Osborne
Mary Pope Osborne, author of the acclaimed and wildly popular Magic Tree House series, joins us at 10 am on Tuesday, July 29, to talk about her inspiration for the series and answer some of your questions.
This 45-minute family event is free and appropriate for ages 5 - 92! No registration required; children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum
This special author visit is offered as part of the Summer Reading Club, a two-month celebration of science with entertaining special programs, crafts, movies and fun.

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

chemistry beakers
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.

Dennis Caraher brings Music & Stories:
Thursday, July 31, 1 pm

earth with musical note
Come to the library for a musical afternoon of funny and thoughtful songs presented by singer/songwriter Dennis Caraher.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum
This special author visit is offered as part of the Summer Reading Club, a two-month celebration of science with entertaining special programs, crafts, movies and fun

Artscape installs new sculpture:
Circus by Michael Thomas
artscape sculpture
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.

 

 

 

 

Summer Craft Activities for Kids:
July & August

kid and robot reading

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
 

Short Story Writing Contest:
Cash prizes

girl writing

The Berkshire Athenaeum and The Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum are pleased to announce the 36th Annual Children's Short Story Writing Contest and 17th Annual Short Story Writing Contest for Young Adults.
Cash prizes! All entries must be received by 4 pm on Monday, July 21. [Application Forms and more details available here: Children's Short Story Contest & Young Adults Short Story Contest]

Go For the Stars:
Tuesday, July 22, 1 pm
astronaut
Gary T. Pozzato, aerospace educator, visits at 1 pm on Tuesday, July 22, with a multimedia space presentation. Learn about: Robotics in space;The International Space Station; Orbits - planets and spacecraft; Gravity on other worlds; Microgravity - weightlessness; Living and working in space and Rockets. Meet Robo the friendly robot who talks, moves and interacts with the audience.Free and open to the public. No registration required.
This special program is offered at part of the Athenaeum's Summer Reading Club, a two-month celebration of science with entertaining special programs, crafts, movies and fun.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum

Food Zone Experiment:
A Success!
coffee cup

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 July 21, 2014