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, January 15, 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.

We're hiring!

We are seeking a full time Outreach Librarian and part time staff to join our team. Interested? Learn more and apply:

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.

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 Tuesday, January 22, 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: Convenience store woman / Sayaka Murata ; translated by Ginny Tapley Takemori. with guest moderator, Leslie.
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. [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.

ISI183 - Teen Art Space @the Berkshire Athenaeum: Friday, February 1, 3 - 5 pm
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Join us on the 1st Friday of the month for IS 183- Teen Art Space @ the Berkshire Athenaeum! Teens (ages 13-19) are invited to come try a unique and fun artistic technique for FREE!

Register by calling IS183 @ (413) 298-5252 x100 Space is limited to 15 students

Sponsored by IS183 and the Berkshire Athenaeum.

Meditation, Secret to a Peaceful Life:
Tuesday, January 8, 7 pm

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A very popular program returns! Join us for “Meditation: Secret to a Peaceful Life” presented by Dr. Andrew Vidich. There will be a short meditation sitting. Free and open to the public.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum
This program may be approved for Forum Credit for Berkshire Community College students. We will update as soon as we know.

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 January 9, 2019