Berkshire Athenaeum

Pittsfield's Public Library

One Wendell Avenue

Pittsfield, MA 01201

Telephone (413) 499-9480

Fax (413) 499-9489

Genealogy Classes:
Three new series for March & April

family tree

The Local History & Genealogy Department is pleased to announce a new crop of Genealogy classes scheduled for March and April: Learn How to Use for Ancestor Research is scheduled for 10 am – 12 noon on Tuesday, March 25, and will be repeated at 4 – 6 pm on Wednesday, March 26; a four-part series for novice researchers is planned for Thursday, March 27, and Thursday, April 3; a third series, Continuing your Genealogy Research using the Census and Other Resources, is planned for four consecutive Tuesdays in April. [More]

Computer Classes:
Spring schedule set

computer lab
The Reference Department has set the Spring 2014 schedule of classses to be offered in the Athenaeum computer lab. Sessions offered include Computer Basics; a two-part series on Device Technology for Beginners; a two-part series on Device Technology with separate sessions devoted to iOS and Android; a session on using the Foundation Center databases to locate grant funding; and a three-part series on Microsoft Access. Registration opens 3 weeks prior to each class and can be made through the library's online Calendar of Events or by contacting the Reference Department at or (413) 499 9480 ext 202 during regular library hours. Registrants are required to have a current library card in good standing.

Lego Club:
Wednesday, April 16, 4-5 pm

lego club

Lego Club meets Wednesday, April 16, 4 - 5 pm, and the Third Wednesday of each month. For children ages 5 and up. This month's Lego Theme: Enchanted Forest. 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, with over 75 years of service to the Berkshire Athenaeum.

Teen Book Giveaway:
Monday, April 14, through Saturday, April 19
teen book giveaway table
Teen Book Giveaway returnsl: Monday, April 14, through Saturday, April 19. All teens are 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. Grab some free reading material before Spring Break!
Sponsored by the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum.





Library Survey:
Let us know what you're thinking

survey response sheet

The Berkshire Athenaeum is seeking input to help us plan and improve services. Your opinion is very important, even if you are not a current library patron. Please take our online survey before April 28 and share your thoughts.
(Prefer a paper survey? Stop in during regular library hours and ask at the Reference Desk.)
Eyes on Owls:
Tuesday, April 22, 1 pm

presenter with owl
Join us at 1 pm on Tuesday, April 22, when Mark & Marcia Wilson present Eyes on Owls, a program that lets you experience live owls, up close and personal. Learn about the lives of New England owls and how to protect them. What a fun family program for school vacation week!
Free and no registration required. For ages 4 - 92. Sponsored by the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum, with over 75 years of service to the Berkshire Athenaeum.

We'll be texting you....
cell phone texting
Following recent network enhancements the Berkshire Athenaeum is now able to offer library patrons two new text services. Standard text charges will apply.
Text Notices for Holds Pickup: You can now 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.
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 April 15, 2014