Berkshire Athenaeum

Pittsfield's Public Library

One Wendell Avenue

Pittsfield, MA 01201

Telephone (413) 499-9480

Fax (413) 499-9489


Athenaeum's Bartlett side Drivethrough
is repaired
construction sign

We are pleased to report that in response to patron concerns the Athenaeum drive through lane on the Bartlett Avenue side of the building is being repaired and repaved. At the conclusion of this work the lane will need to be closed for 24 hours. THANK YOU for your patience.

Fall Fun Extravaganza:
Saturday, October 18, 10:30 - 12 noon
falling leaves
Join the Library for a Fall Fun Extravaganza on Saturday, October 18, 10:30 - 12 noon! Come for a reading, craft, a short video and snacks of course! For Toddlers & Preschoolers. Free and No registration required. Children under age 10 must be accompanied by an adult, age 18 or older, at all times.
Attendance at library programs constitutes consent to be photographed; photos may be used in print or electronic publicity for the Berkshire Athenaeum. Sponsored by Wee Read and the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum.

Athenaeum Annual Preschool Halloween Parade:
Friday, October 31, 11 am

Halloween Parade
Attention wee ghoulies & ghosties! The Athenaeum Annual Preschool Halloween Parade returns on Friday, October 31. Preschoolers are welcome to visit the 3 floors of the library for Treats - no Tricks! - from Athenaeum staff. Parade kicks off at 11 am sharp! Free and no registration required. Preschool groups welcome.
Sponsored by the Athenaeum staff and Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum.

Custom-made afghan for raffle!
Take a chance for as little as $2
Last spring the knitters decided to thank the Athenaeum for bringing them together and providing them with a place to meet. Their thank you is a beautiful afghan. Each student knit a square; each square has a distinct stitch. Joined, the squares form a work of art which will be raffled to benefit the library on November 8th, the final day of the fall book sale. The machine washable, earth toned afghan, which is 30% wool and 70% synthetic fiber, is displayed in the main reading room of the library. Tickets are available at the circulation desk. The cost of a single ticket is $2.00. [More]





Computer Classes:
Fall schedule announced

computer lab

The Fall schedule of Computer Classes has been announced and includes basic sessions on MIcrosoft Word; Microsoft Excel; Setting up an Email account. More advanced sessions are offered on Multimedia Resources; Exploring Web Browsers & Search Engines; and Cloud Computing. [More]
Meditation with Dr Andrew Vidich:
Tuesday, October 28, 7 pm

Dr Andrew Vidich
Dr. Andrew Vidich returns at 7 pm on Tuesday, October 28, to share meditation techniques for Optimal Well Being. Free and open to the public.Sponsored by the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum

Teen Read Week:
Tuesday, October 13 - Saturday, October 18
Teen Read Week Logo
In observance of National Teen Read Week, the Athenaeum is sponsoring a Teen Book Giveaway running Tuesday, October 13 - Saturday, October 18. Teens may select a free book or magazine from the Giveaway table in the Young Adults Department, while supplies last. One free item per teen, please.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum
Genealogy Classes:
New round for October/November
family tree

In response to continuing interest, we are happy to offer the following FREE Genealogy Classes for Novices.
On Tuesday, October 28 we'll be offering Organizing Your Records and Planning Your Research and Introduction to Census Research at 10 am - 12 noon, with a repeat of the session at 1 pm- 3 pm.
On Tuesday, November 4 we offer Using Vital Records and Beginning Immigration Research at 10 am - 12 noon, with a repeat of the session at 1 pm-3 pm. 
To register call the Local History Dept. at 413-499-9480 ext. 6.  Sponsored by the Local History Department of the Berkshire Athenaeum and the Berkshire Family History Association. [More]

Contact us | Updated October 17, 2014