Berkshire Athenaeum

Pittsfield's Public Library

One Wendell Avenue

Pittsfield, MA 01201

Telephone (413) 499-9480

Fax (413) 499-9489

The Berkshire Athenaeum will be closed on Monday, May 28,
in observance of Memorial Day.

Network Software Upgrade: Sunday, May 27 - Monday, May 28

An upgrade to our network system will take place during the holiday weekend, beginning at 7 pm on Sunday, May 27. The system will be down during the upgrade. Patrons will see a message that the site is undergoing scheduled maintenance.
It is anticipated that the upgrade will be complete by noon on Monday, May 28.

Lego Club: Every Thursday @3pm

Lego Club now meets every Thursday at 3:30 pm in the Children's Library. Open to children of all ages. No registration required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum.

Berkshire Seed Library

We invite you to jump into spring by investigating the offerings of the new Berkshire Seed Library, a partnership of The Berkshire Athenaeum,  Alchemy Initiative and Hancock Shaker Village. Membership is free and open to the public. Questions? Ask at the Reference Desk. Thanks to the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum and the Pittsfield Cultural Council for their generous support.

Mark Twain: An American Life - 7 pm, Thursday, May 31

Singer and entertainer Judy Cook, in costume, will read quotes and excerpts from Mark Twain’s writings, play tunes of the time, and sing songs that were written and sung during his lifetime.The themes are timeless: joy and sorrow, humor, courage and love. Attention Berkshire Community College students: This program has been approved for Forum Credit.
Free and open to the public
Sponsored by the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum.

Mobile Printing from Patron Devices
is now available!

The Berkshire Athenaeum is pleased to announce mobile 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, June 18, for a Book Club Discussion!white bookshelves, backlit, red rug, chairs
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: Without you there is no us: my time with the sons of North Korea's elite by Suki Kim Stop by the library to request a copy.
Grab a pint or just grab a seat! We'd love to see you in the Lounge and share this experience with you. Join us at Hotel on North from 6:00 - 7:30 pm.

New Book alerts come to your mailbox!

The Berkshire Athenaeum is excited to offer patrons free “Wowbrary” email alerts that showcase the library’s newest items each week. The 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.

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.

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.


Community Expo: Disabilities Information - Thursday, June 7, 5 - 8pm
human hands and forearms upraised, in various bright colors, some left hands, some right hands, above the words Communtiy EXPO
At our June Expo, we are delighted to host organizations that offer services to individuals with disabilities.  Representatives from AdLibBCArcBerkshire Benevolent Association for the BlindBerkshire Talking ChronicleElder ServicesMass Commission for the BlindMass Department of Conservation & RecreationMass RehabPerkins Library, the Pittsfield Fire Department and UCP will be here to answer your questions.
Free and open to the public. Light refreshments served. [MORE]

Short Story Contests for Children & Young Adults: Cash prizes!
drawing of purple notebook

The Children's Library has announced Short Story Writing Contests for Children and Young Adults, with cash prizes provided by the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum. All entries due 4:00 PM on Monday July 23, 2018. [MORE]

Sally Ride Space & Science Day: Story Time: Saturday, May 26

Let's celebrate the first American woman in space on her birthday, May 26! In the morning we'll have a fun space themed story time. In the afternoon, we'll have space stations with school age activities for the whole family to participate in. 

10am: Story Time, geared for preschool but all are welcome. 

1pm-3pm: Space Stations, geared for school age youths but families are welcome.

Melville In Love:
Screening at the Berkshire Museum

The Berkshire Museum will present a special screening of the film Melville in Love on Thursday, May 24, at 7 p.m. The event will include a Q&A session with Melville biographer Michael Shelden and the film’s director Seth Newton. Admission is $7.50; $5 for members of the Berkshire Museum and the Berkshire Historical Society.
Melville in Love is a full-length documentary on Herman Melville, the writing of Moby-Dick, and Melville’s secret love affair with Sarah Morewood, based on the recent book by noted biographer Michael Shelden. Filmed here in the Berkshires at Arrowhead and at other area landmarks, the movie was produced and directed by local filmmaker Seth Newton of Newton’s Law Productions. [MORE]

Library in the Wilderness:
Program kickoff on Saturday, June 16

Join us for the kick-off of the Library in the Wilderness Program on Saturday, June 16, 2018, 10:00am-1:00pm
We'll be hinking The Boulders (Dalton/Pittsfield), exploring three miles of beautiful woods, as a kickoff to the Library in the Wilderness Program. LIW allows library cardholders to check out backpacks equipped with field guides, BNRC trail guides, a basic first aid kit, a compass, a magnifying glass, bug spray, and two ponchos just as they would a library book. The backpacks will be available for a 1-week checkout and reservations are required. We’ll have the backpacks on site and participants can experiment with all of the fun contents!

Directions to the hike: From Pittsfield, take Routes 8/9 east towards Dalton. Take a left onto Park Avenue. Take another left onto Gulf Road in about 0.5 miles. Trailhead parking is 0.25 miles ahead on the left. Hikers: please bring lunch/snack, water, and appropriate footwear.
Cosponsored by the Berkshire Athenaeum and Berkshire Natural Resources Council.

Museum Pass Program grows

We are pleased to announce an addition to the Berkshire Athenaeum’s  collection of Museum Passes. Thanks to the generosity of the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum, a pass to The Zoo at Forest Park in Springfield is now available.

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. [MORE]

Berkshire Hills Chorus:
Tuesday, June 12, 7 pm

The Berkshire Hill Chorus presents a capella music for your enjoyment.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum.


Contact Us | Updated May 23, 2018