Berkshire Athenaeum

Pittsfield's Public Library

One Wendell Avenue

Pittsfield, MA 01201

Telephone (413) 499-9480

Fax (413) 499-9489

info@pittsfieldlibrary.org




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Teen Art Space:
Friday, December 7, 3 - 5 pm


Join us on Friday, December 7 -- and each first Friday -- for Teen Art Space.

This month we'll be creative with Paper! Venture into the realm of the surreal: Combine unlikely objects in your own unique collage and mixed media, using magazines and drawn images to create worlds and illustrated stories.
Register by calling IS183 at (413) 298 5252 x100.
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Lego Club: Every Thursday @3pm
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For more info contact the Children's Library at 413 499-9480 x111
Sponsored by the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum.

New Genealogy Class:
Tuesday, December 11, 2- 4 pm

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n this never before offered class you will learn how to search for relatives listed on the US Census using the Library Edition of Ancestry.com. A single family will be traced from 1940 back to 1840, and a sketch of their lives will be constructed using the census and additional documents found on Ancestry. [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 at Library Libations at Hotel on North on Monday, December 17, 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! Outreach Librarian Alex Geller will be leading a book talk on: Girl Waits with Gun by Amy Stewart. Stop by the library to request a copy. Then join us at Hotel on North from 6:00 - 7:30 pm: grab a pint or just grab a seat!

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.
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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.
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Get Tested at the Library:
Monday, December 10, 1 - 3 pm

The Berkshire Athenaeum is partnering with the Berkshire Medical Center's State Clinic to offer free, confidential health screenings on a walk-in basis. Clinic staff will perform testing for STD, HIV, and Hepatitis C at the library’s balcony level meeting room on the second Monday of each month.

All testing is confidential and notifications and follow-up services will be provided by clinic staff.

Museum Pass Program grows
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We are pleased to announce two additions to the Berkshire Athenaeum’s  collection of Museum Passes. Thanks to the generosity of the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum, we have added passes the Springfield Museums and The Zoo at Forest Park.

This latest addition joins the Athenaeum’s selection of over fifteen museum passes, providing free or reduced general admission to museums and cultural attractions  in the Berkshires and beyond. What a great way to plan an affordable family visit to these gems!

Graphing Calculators now available
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The latest additions to the Athenaeum’s Technology Lending Program (TLP) are two TI-84 Plus graphing calculators.

A graphing calculator is essentially a handheld computer that can plot graphs, solve simultaneous equations, and perform other tasks with mathematical variables. Students in advanced level high school or college math classes often require intermittent access to a graphing calculator, which can cost $140-$150. [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 December 3, 2018