Berkshire Athenaeum

Pittsfield's Public Library

One Wendell Avenue

Pittsfield, MA 01201

Telephone (413) 499-9480

Fax (413) 499-9489


Free Pastel Workshop:
Thursday, April 20, 6:30 pm

Three women, each holding a pastel artwork mounted on white board.
Join us at 6:30 pm on Thursday, April 20 for a free hands-on workshop designed to help adults overcome the stumbling block of perception. Working with pastels, Janet Schwartz guides participants to see their subject in darks, lights and mid-tones.
Free and open to the public. Space is limited and registration is required. Register by visiting the library Calendar of Events or contacting the Reference Department at or 413 499-9480 during regular business hours. Participants must be at least 18 years old.
Made possible by a grant from the Pittsfield Cultural Council, which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum.

Cinema of Law presents
One Big Home:
Tuesday, March 28, 6 pm

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Attorney Janet Pumphrey introduces the documentary "One Big Home" (2016).On the tiny island of Martha’s Vineyard, where presidents and celebrities vacation, trophy homes threaten to destroy the island’s unique character. Twelve years in the making, "One Big Home" follows one carpenter’s journey to understand the trend toward giant houses. When he feels complicit in wrecking the place he calls home, he takes off his tool belt and picks up a camera. Bumping up against angry homeowners and builders who look the other way, he works with his community and attempts to pass a new bylaw to limit house size. Free and no registration required.
This program is approved for Forum Credit for Berkshire Community College students.
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.

Lego Club:
Thursday, March 23, 3:30 - 4:30 pm

girl building with legos
Lego Club returns on Thursday, March 23, 3:30 - 4:30 pm for building fun. Lego Club meets the Fourth Thursday of each month and is intended for children ages 5 and up. No registration required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum.

T-shirt design contest:
Cash prizes offered!

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The Berkshire Athenaeum and The Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum are pleased to sponsor a T-shirt Drawing Contest for children and youth.
There will be two categories for entries: Children, ages 0 to 12, and Teens, ages 13 to 18. The winner in the children’s category will have their artwork printed on children’s T-shirts and the winner of the Teens category will have their artwork printed on adult sized T-shirts to be sold in the Friend’s gift shop at the library. The contest opens Monday, March 27 and ends at 4:00 PM on Friday, April 28, 2017.
.Prizes: First Prize, in addition to having the artwork printed on the T-shirt, is $50.00. Second Prize is $25, and Third Prize is $10.00 in each category. [MORE]




Sensory Storytime
and Sensory Toys
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The Athenaeum Children's Library will be offering Sensory Storytimes 11 am – 12 noon on Tuesday, April 4 & April 18. No registration is required. Intended for children age 6 and under, the Sensory Story Time programs are structured to be welcoming to children on the autism spectrum by including prompts that provide a tangible way for children to follow a story line and helps with transition from one activity to the next. The Sensory Story Times are funded by a grant to the Athenaeum provided through the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.
Also newly available in the Children's Library: an assortment of sensory tools, including fidget toys and related items, for play in the library. [MORE]

3D Printing:
Learning opportunties
3D Printer

The Berkshire Athenaeum is proud to offer 3D Printing to the City of Pittsfield! The Reference Department has available for general use one Ultimaker 2 and one SeeMeCNC Orion. The Children’s Library has available one Ultimaker 2 which is included in programming in the Children’s Library.
We recognize that 3D Printing and Computer Aided Design (CAD) is new to our community. We recognize that the schedules and needs of members in our city varies widely, so in addition to onsite sessions  we are offering a self-guided program that can largely be completed on your own time.
Attention Berkshire Community College Students: These programs are approved for Forum Credit. [MORE]

Borrow the Internet!
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The Berkshire Athenaeum now offers library patrons the opportunity to borrow Verizon Jetpack brand 4G mobile hotspots. Each hotspot can connect up to 15 WiFi enabled devices (tablets, laptops, smart phones) to the internet.
Hotspots are available on a first come, first served basis and are checked out at the Reference Desk for a one week loan, from Wednesday to Tuesday.  Patrons planning community events, family gatherings or meetings where internet access would be valuable are encouraged to reserve a hotspot in advance. [MORE]



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