Teen Book Giveaway Week: December 15 – December 20

Teens choose their free book from a selection available in our Young Adults Department

Teens choose their free book from a selection available in our Young Adults Department

Be ready for winter reading opportunities: During Teen Book Giveaway Week, Monday, December 15, through Saturday, December 20, stop in and grab a book or magazine from the free table in the Young Adults Department. We will offer paperbacks, popular titles, new and next-to-new. Limit one free item per teen.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum

 

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Shaker Gift Drawing to be exhibited

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The Athenaeum has loaned a rare Shaker Gift Drawing to the New York State Museum in Albany for inclusion in an exhibition entitled The Shakers: America’s Quiet Revolutionaries.

Inscribed “From Holy Mother Wisdom to Betsy Bates” and dated April 11, 1847, the piece is attributed to Sarah Bates of the Mount Lebanon Shaker Community.
The 7,000 square foot exhibition will feature hundreds of objects, documents, and multimedia elements that will illuminate the lives of the Shakers in their three earliest villages – Watervliet, Mount Lebanon, and Hancock. Thematically divided into six areas, the exhibit will show how the Shakers’ unique model of an equal society challenged the norms of a new nation. This Gift Drawing was last exhibited in 2008.

The exhibition began November 15, 2014 and will continue through March of 2016; however, due to preservation considerations display of this original piece will end in March of 2015. For further information concerning this inspiring exhibition, visit the New York State Museum’s website at http://www.nysm.nysed.gov/shakers/.

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Berkshire County History Titles make Unique Gifts

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The Berkshire Athenaeum has displayed various Berkshire County historical books that have been reprinted for use by modern students and researchers. Many of these volumes had been out of print for decades before being republished by The Berkshire Family History Association. In the course of republishing, complete name indexes were created for most of the volumes.

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The display can be viewed in the Blake Reading Room on the main floor of the Library. For the holiday season, copies of all of these books are available for purchase at the Local History Department of the Berkshire Athenaeum. All proceeds from the sale of these books will benefit the Library. Inquiries should be addressed to the Local History Department of the Library at 499-9480 x6.

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Books on display with the cost of the reprint are:

  • The History of Pittsfield (1844/2001) by David Field $15.00
  • A Guide to Berkshire County Cemeteries (1988) $10.00
  • History of the Town of Washington (1918/1992) by Crane & Thompson $22.50
  • History of the Town of Lanesboro (1905/1994) by Charles Palmer $25.00
  • Catholic Pittsfield and Berkshire (2 vols. In 1) (1897 & 1924/1992) by Katherine Mullaney $20.00
  • History of Lenox and Richmond (1904/1994) by Charles Palmer $7.50
  • The Western Boundary of Massachusetts: a study of Indian and Colonial History (1886/1994) by Franklin L. Pope $7.50
  • History of West Stockbridge 1774-1974 (1976/1990) by Edna B. Garnett $12.00
  • Taking the High Road (Savoy History pub. 1997) by Jane Phinney $18.00
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Booksale: Thursday, November 6; Friday, November 7; Saturday, November 8

booksale nov5The Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum Fall Booksale is scheduled for this Thursday, November 6*, 4 – 8 pm; Friday, November 7, 10 am – 4 pm; and Saturday, November 8,  10 am – 4 pm.

Books for every age and interest, in well-ordered display for easy browsing. Many items in gift-giving condition. Audiobooks, CDs, DVDs, records and games also offered. Bargain prices, as always.

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Special for this sale: Raffle of custom made afghan! The Berkshire Athenaeum Knitters  have created a machine washable, earth toned afghan, 30% wool and 70% synthetic fiber.   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 sale.  Tickets are available at the library circulation desk and at the booksale. The cost of a single ticket is $2.00.

*Thursday evening hours offered exclusively for members of the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum. Not a member? Join at the door for as little as $10.

 

 

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Genealogy Classes return for October & November

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In response to continuing interest, we are happy to offer the following FREE Genealogy Classes for Novices.

Tuesday, October 28: 
10 am-12 noon: Organizing Your Records and Planning Your Research and Introduction to Census Research
1 pm-3 pm:  [Repeat of morning session]

Tuesday, November 4:
10 am-12 noon: Using Vital Records and Beginning Immigration Research
1 pm-3 pm:  [Repeat of morning session]

These workshops are free of charge and open to the public.  To register call the Local History Dept. at 413-499-9480 ext. 6.  We encourage you to register early, as sessions fill very quickly.

Sponsored by the Local History Department of the Berkshire Athenaeum and the Berkshire Family History Association.

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Custom-made afghan for raffle!

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The mission of the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum is to enhance the library experience of the patrons of Pittsfield’s public library. Enhancement may involve the purchase of amenities not covered by the library’s budget or the sponsorship of free programs to entertain and educate adults and children. Occasionally, the Friends provide space and support so a good program, like the Berkshire Athenaeum Knitters, can thrive.

Two years ago, Ann Tierney, a nursing instructor at Berkshire Community College, came to the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum to volunteer to teach a class for novice knitters. The response was tremendous. We quickly filled one class. Because there was a lengthy waiting list, Ann added a second class.

The classes have continued to meet. Novice knitters developed skills.
Friendships were formed.

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.

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Bartlett Avenue Construction October 9: Library will be open

HEADS UP! Berkshire Gas is replacing the old cast iron gas line on Bartlett Avenue with new plastic piping that won’t corrode. The installation crew estimate that they will be installing on the east side of Bartlett Avenue (across from the entrance and exit to the library’s parking lot) by Thursday, October 9.

While the crew foreman has assured us they would not need to shut down the library lot, there will be service disruptions resulting from making traffic on Bartlett Avenue temporarily one way to accommodate the construction. If you are planning a visit to the library, please be prepared for the disruption.

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