Berkshire Athenaeum

Pittsfield's Public Library

One Wendell Avenue

Pittsfield, MA 01201

Telephone (413) 499-9480

Fax (413) 499-9489

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Teen Tech Tuesdays:
Tuesday, April 9, 3 - 5 pm

turquoise background. cartoonlike image of white male teen with glasses and tie working at a laptop. "Teen Tech Tuesdays at the Berkshire Athenaeum. Every other Tuesday from 3 - 5 pm beginning Tuesday, January 15."

Teens (13-19) will meet bi-weekly in the Young Adults Department to work on coding foundations for website design. No registration required.
Sponsored by the  Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum.

Shake Your Soul®:
Wednesdays 6:30 - 7:30 pm

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Join us  for a Shake Your Soul® exercise program led by certified instructor Barbara Pastie. All ages and abilities welcome to move and groove to world music. Shake Your Soul® is a movement practice that relaxes your nervous system, energizes your body, and awakens your soul through a powerful, fluid dance repertoire set to world music. 
Shake Your Soul® continues every Wednesday for 6 weeks - March 27 to May 1st.
Sponsored by the  Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum.
This program has been approved for Forum Credit for Berkshire Community College students.

LEGO Club: Every Thursday @3pm
red Lego brick and yellow Lego brick
For more info contact the Children's Library at 413 499-9480 x111
Sponsored by the  Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum.

Fandom Thursdays:
Weekly, 3 - 5 pm

Join us every Thursday for a casual meeting of teens (13-19) to talk about their interests in various fandoms (anime, video games, literature, television, etc.)
Sponsored by the Berkshire Athenaeum. No registration required.
For more info, contact or 413 499-9480 x111

We've added Kanopy on-demand streaming!
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New for 2019! We've added the on demand film streaming service Kanopy.Choose from over 30,000 quality films and award-winning documentaries. Stream from a computer, television, mobile device or platform by downloading the Kanopy app for iOS, Android, AppleTV, Chromecast or Roku. How to start? Set up a free  Kanopy account at and can borrow up to four films per month. A borrowed film remains available to the patron for 72 hours and can be viewed multiple times during the loan period.  [MORE]

Mobile Printing from Patron Devices
is now available!

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The Berkshire Athenaeum is pleased to announce mobile black and white printing is now available from personal devices. Library patrons can submit a document from their personal computer or mobile device to the library’s printer from any location and visit the library to release, pay and pick up the item. [MORE]

Join us for Library Libations at Hotel on North
on Monday, April 15, 6 - 7 pm, for a Book Club Discussion

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We are excited to team up with Hotel on North for Libations with Librarians - a monthly book club in the Lounge! We'll be discussing:My year of rest and relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh, with guest moderator, Leslie.
Stop by the library to request a copy. Then join us at Hotel on North from 6 - 7 pm: grab a pint or just grab a seat!

We are Lending Board Games!
female librarian standing in front of shelves with a variety of board games
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. [MORE]

New Book alerts sent directly to your email!

The Berkshire Athenaeum is excited to offer free, weekly Wowbrary e-mail alerts that showcase the library’s newest items. Our email alerts feature the latest bestsellers, movies, music CDs, audio books, children's titles, cookbooks, mysteries, travel guides, health books, science fiction and more purchased by the library.

Athenaeum makes
Three Annual Awards

Libraries Make Strong Communities: National Library Week April 7 - April 13, 2019

Libraries across the country celebrate National Library Week this year from April 7 through April 13 with the theme of “Libraries = Strong Communities.” Three awards are presented annually as part of the National Library Week celebration at the Berkshire Athenaeum, Pittsfield’s Public library. MORE

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.


Contact Us | Updated April 11, 2019