The Local History & Genealogy Department is pleased to announce a new crop of Genealogy classes scheduled for March and April.
A four workshop series for novice researchers is planned for Thursday, March 27, and Thursday, April 3. The series includes morning and afternoon sessions with a noontime lunch break. Instructors for these sessions will be Janet Rogge and Angela Rifkin. No prerequisites required.
- 10-12: Organizing your records and planning your research
- 1-3: Introduction to Census Research
- 10-12: Using Vital Records
- 1-3: Beginning Immigration Research
A second series, Continuing your Genealogy Research using the Census and Other Resources, is planned for four consecutive Tuesdays in April (April 8, 15, 22 and 29). Instructor Alan Horbal will present techniques for continuing to pursue your genealogical research. Participants may choose either a morning session (10 am – 12 noon) or afternoon session (1 – 3 pm). Prerequisite: An established email account. Prospective registrants should be prepared to commit to all four classes. Attendees may bring a personal laptop or use one provided by the library.
Space is limited. Registration is required and may be made with the Local History Department by calling 499-9480 ext. 6
These offerings are sponsored by the Berkshire Athenaeum and the Berkshire Family History Association.
Following recent network enhancements the Berkshire Athenaeum is now able to offer library patrons two new text services. Standard text charges will apply.
- Text Notices for Holds Pickup: You can now opt to receive a text message notification when an item you reserved or requested is ready for pickup. When placing your hold, check off the Notification option “Yes, by Text Messaging”; select your Mobile Carrier from the drop down list; enter your cell phone number; and click Submit. When a copy of your item becomes available, you will receive a text message.
- Text call number to phone: Were you browsing the library’s online catalog and wanting to make note of an item call number? You’ll notice a new Text link on the record of each item in the catalog; click on that link to open a screen that prompts you to select your Mobile Carrier from the drop down list; enter your cell phone number; and click Submit. The library record for the item (Author, Title, Call Number and Location) will be sent to your cell phone.
Have questions about accessing this service? Ask at the Reference Desk.
Cinema of Law returns for an eighth season!
Sponsored by the Berkshire Law Library, the Berkshire Bar Association and the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum, each evening of this four-part series features a well-known film with a plot that involves a legal subject, introduced by a member of the Berkshire Bar Association. Join us for all four nights or just come for your favorite. Tuesdays in March, beginning at 6 pm.
- Tuesday, March 4: A Civil Action, starring John Travolta (1998), will be introduced by Attorney Chris Dodig. The families of children who died sue two companies for dumping toxic waste: a tort so expensive to prove, the case could bankrupt their lawyer.
- Tuesday, March 11: Class Action, starring Gene Hackman (1991), will be introduced by Attorney David W Murphy. Jeb Ward is an attorney who specializes in whistle blower, David vs. Goliath, type cases.
- Tuesday, March 18: The Other Side of Immigration, a documentary, (2009) will be introduced by Attorney Joseph Best. Based on over 700 interviews in Mexican towns where about half the population has left to work in the United States, The Other Side of Immigration asks why so many Mexicans come to the U.S. and what happens to the families and communities they leave behind.
- Tuesday, March 25: The Rainmaker, starring Matt Damon (1997) will be introduced by Attorney Buffy Lord. An idealistic young lawyer and his cynical partner take on a powerful law firm representing a corrupt insurance company.
Program free and open to the public.
Mini golf returns to the library! On Saturday, February 22 (10 am – 4 pm) the Berkshire Athenaeum will host the third annual Berkshire Gas Links for Literacy Mini Golf Classic.
The interior of the Athenaeum will be transformed into a golf course, a mini golf course that is, with all the fun such an event inspires. Eighteen holes of mini golf will be spread over all three levels of the library.
Conveniently planned for school vacation week, this makes for a day of affordable family fun. Cost: $5 for adults; $2 for children under 12. Proceeds benefit Literacy Volunteers of Berkshire County.
Thank You to our Sponsors!
1ST or 18TH HOLE SPONSORS:
EXCLUSIVE HOLE SPONSORS:
Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum
Greylock Federal Credit Union
TEE / GREEN / HAZARD SPONSOR:
CM Reynolds & Associates
Domino’s Pizza (Elm Street)
Donovan & O’Connor
Hill Engineers Architects Planners
Martin, Olivera & Hamel, PC
Molari Employment Services
Molari Healthcare Services
My Com Federal Credit Union
Pittsfield Veterinary Hospital
Scarafoni Financial Group
Wahconah Welding Inc.
Wheeler & Taylor, Inc.
Williams / Kingsley Auto
Adelson & Company PC
Berkshire Hills Coins & Estate Jewelry
Guido’s Fresh Marketplace
Sheriff Thomas Bowler
Valentine Concert is cancelled for this evening due to snow storm.
Parents are encouraged to take part in a series of free parent/child interactive sessions:
- Help your child develop early literacy skills
- Engage in the 5 early literacy practices
- Learn how to create a literacy learning environment at home
- Learn about your library’s resources
The sessions are offered Monday Mornings, 10 – 11 am at the Berkshire Athenaeum.
- February 3: Fun with Letters
- February 10: Fun with Words
- March 3: Fun with Science
- March 10: Fun with Math
Each family will receive a book bag with take home activities. For more information contact Jenn Faulconer, CFCE Coordinator, at 413 499 4809.
Funded by MA Department of Early Education and Care through the Coordinated Family and Community Engagement grant through Pittsfield Public Schools.