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, March 12, 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.

Boston Bruins PJ Drive:
February 1 - March 15

bruins mascot with words Annual Boston Bruins PJ Drive Dick-Off
We are so excited to once again be participating in the Boston Bruins Annual PJ Drive. Donations of new pajamas for infants, children and teens can be dropped off in both the Children's Library and Adult Circulation department until March 15. Call the Children's Library at 413-499-9480 x111 for more information!

The Green Book:
A Display

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Familiar with the Oscar-nominated movie? The real Green Book was published by Victor H. Green and provided lists of safe places, country wide, that traveling African Americans might patronize in the age of Jim Crow. It was in existence from 1936-1964 and Pittsfield has mention of some tourist homes. You are invited to view a display curated by the Athenaeum Local History Department.

Thursday, March 14*, through Saturday, March 16

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The Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum Spring booksale opens its doors from 4 - 8pm onThursday, March 14*; Friday, March 15, and Saturday, March 16, 10 am - 4 pm..Thousands of items: hardcovers, paperbacks, DVDs, CDs, something for the whole family.

Proceeds from these sales sponsored by the Friends of the Library support library activities.

*Please note Thursday evening is an exclusive sale for members of the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum only. Not a member? Join at the door for as little as $10.

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!

a smartphone and a tablet, each displaying blue wallpaper and an image of a white printer on a green app like screen
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, March 18, 6:30 - 7:30, 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:The Windfall by Diksha Basu, with guest moderator, Leslie.
Stop by the library to request a copy. Then join us at Hotel on North from 6:30 - 7:30 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 shelved in the library’s Reference area. [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.

Berkshire Gas Mini-Golf Classic
Links for Literacy:
Saturday, March 30, 10 am - 4 pm

stylized image of a book and flag for mini golf hole, wording reads Links for Literacy, Berkshire Gas Mini_Golf Classic
Swing into Spring with a round of Mini-Golf! A 10-hole golf course  complete with hazards, will be set up inside the library. The mini-golf course is on all three floors of the library and takes about an hour to play.
The cost to play is $5.00 for adults and kids under 12 will play for free, thanks to a genereous donation from Centerline Construction.  Club and golf ball rental included. 
Come join the fun!  All ages welcome! All proceeds benefit Literacy Volunteers of Berkshire County..

Words Between the Stacks:
Monday, April 1, 7 pm

Join us in the main Reading Room for Words Between the Stacks: Poets put the public in library (and kick the shhhh! out).
WordXWord presents poetry in, over, under and through the stacks at the Berkshire Athenaeum. Words will fly, crawl, beg for mercy or demand their freedom as poets speak their truth to kick off National Poetry Month.
This event is free and open to the public.
Sponsored by WordXWord Festival and the Berkshire Athenaeum.

Cinema of Law returns for March!

 Join us at 6 pm on each Tuesday in March when we will screen a law-related film with commentary from a local lawyer or public official.
Free and no registration required.

Presented as a collaboration among the Berkshire Law Library, the Berkshire Bar Association and the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum.

This program has been approved for Forum Credit for Berkshire Community College students.

Free Tax Prep:
Wednesdays through April 10

BCAC VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) volunteers will be at the Athenaeum to assist in tax preparation- both federal and state tax filings are free if your household income is under $54,000.

Please call (413) 418-3658 for an appointment or for more information.


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 March 5, 2019