Berkshire Athenaeum

Pittsfield's Public Library

One Wendell Avenue

Pittsfield, MA 01201

Telephone (413) 499-9480

Fax (413) 499-9489



Berkshire Seed Library

With Spring just around the corner, we invite you to wipe away the winter blues and investigate 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 the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum and the Pittsfield Cultural Council for their generous support.

Speed Repping:
Friday, April 13, 2 - 4 pm

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What is Speed Repping? Much like speed dating, Speed Repping provides community members three minutes to sit down with their representatives in a one-on-one setting and ask them questions about who they are, what they do, voice concerns, or offer suggestions.
Who will be here? Mayor Linda TyerState Senator Adam HindsState Representative Tricia Farley-BouvierDirector of Administrative Services Roberta McCulloch-Dews, City Council President Peter Marchetti, and School Committee Member Dennis Powell will be at the Library to engage thoughtfully with the people they serve.
How can you participate? Arrive at the Berkshire Athenaeum auditorium starting at 1 pm and sign up to speak with the representative of your choice. Appointments will be scheduled on a first come, first served basis. [MORE]

Overdose Management & Narcan Training:
Friday, April 6, 10 - 12

We are partnering with Cathleen Vidoli from Healthy Steps in offering Overdose Management and Narcan Administration Training on Friday, April 6 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]

Join us at Library Libations at Hotel on North on Monday, March 19, 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 A Vist from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan. 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.

Income Tax Wednesday's: Free Tax Preparation at the Library by Appointment Only!

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We are pleased to announce we have partnered with Berkshire Community Action Council (BCAC) to offer free Federal and State tax preparation services on Wednesday's from 1-3 p.m. Beginning on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 through Wednesday, April 11th, 2018, we will be hosting Berkshire Community Action Council (BCAC) who will be providing tax preparation services by appointment only. To make an appointment, contact BCAC directly at: 413-418-3685.
Please keep in mind that in order to qualify for VITA's free tax preparation services, your household income must be under $54,000. [MORE]

Teen Book Giveaway:
Monday, April 9 - Saturday, April 14

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Teen Book Giveaway: All Teens encouraged to stop by the Young Adults' Department and select a free book or magazine while supplies last.
Limit of one free item per teen.

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.


LEGO Club:
Every Thursday at 3:30 pm

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Lego Club now meets every Thursday at 3:30 PM in the Children's Library. Open to children of all ages; 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.

Outspoken Youth Poetry Workshops for
for Ages 12 - 14 , begins Tuesday, March 27, 5 - 6:30 pm Family

The Berkshire Athenaeum and WordxWord are pleased to present outspoken Youth Poetry Workshops for ages 12 – 14.
You have opinions; you have a voice. What inspires you to speak up? What holds you back? In this six week workshop series, we’ll practice writing, speaking, and sharing the stories that make us who we are. [MORE]

Family Scavenger Hunt:
Saturday, March 17, 10:30 am - 3:30 pm
bright green poster stating Family Scavenger Hunt through the Library Saturday, March 17, 10:30a to 3:30p. Registration is required due to staggered start times.Call (413) 499 9480 ext 203 or see Children's Library staff. Image of black pot overflowing with gold pieces.
Join the Family Scavenger Hunt this St. Patrick’s Day! The fun and hunt for prizes starts in the Children’s Library and will continue throughout the Library!
Registration is required due to staggered start times. Please call (413) 499-9480 ext 203 or stop by the Children’s Library to register. [MORE]

The Scarlet Letter (1926):
Tuesday, March 20, 6 pm

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"The Scarlet Letter" (1926) will be introduced by Marilyn Manning, former teacher of English in the Pittsfield public schools.  Mike Schiffer will play the accompaniment for this silent film featuring Lillian Gish. The film is based on the book by Nathaniel Hawthorne and concerns a young Puritan woman who is pressured to reveal the name of her lover after having a child out of wedlock.
Free and no registration required.
The Cinema of Law series presents law related films and commentary. It is  a collaboration among the Berkshire Law Library, the Berkshire Bar Association and the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum.
Attention Berkshire Community College students: Cinema of Law programs are accepted for Forum Credit.

Community Expo: Job Resource Fair
Monday, March 19, 11 am - 1pm
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The Community Expo provides a safe, welcoming space for patrons to interact with organizations that provide direct services to our community.
At our March Expo, we are delighted to host organizations that support job readiness and soft skills training. Representatives from BerkshireWorks, the Adult Learning Center Berkshire Community College's College and Career Navigator,   Goodwill's Job Readiness Program, and Community Legal Aid will be here to answer your questions!
Free and open to the public!



Contact Us | Updated March 21, 2018