“Pittsfield is my Home” Community Project

The Berkshire Athenaeum, Pittsfield’s Public Library, invites the public to submit photos and short written pieces to our “Pittsfield Is My Home” project. Photos and writing will be displayed on the Community Bulletin Board through the end of December.

Picture of a bulletin board. A compass made from black, red, orange and green paper forms the shape. Images of Pittsfield surround the compass.

Pittsfield is my Home Community Bulletin Board

We are looking for photos that reveal the multiple aspects of Pittsfield from as many different view-points as possible. Show us your Pittsfield! Photos may be submitted for printing by the library by emailing the photos to info@pittsfieldlibrary.org. Materials are available for the public to post their own photos on the Community Bulletin Board. Cut-out shapes are available for jotting down thoughts or poems to be posted on the board.

For more information, please contact Andrea Puglisi at the Reference Desk (413) 499-9480 ext. 202 or by email at: info@pittsfieldlibrary.org

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Genealogy with Alan Doyle Horbal


Join volunteers, Cathi Iuliano and Susan Bedard and learn the basic outline and
instruction on researching the 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930 and 1940 U.S. Census. Learn how to
find your ancestors’ immigration to the U.S. using the http://stevemorse.org website and the www.ellisisland.org website, along with several other databases.

Discover how to search for family members outside of the U.S. using http://familysearch.org.  We will explore England, Canada, Poland and other countries.

All students must have an email account and be computer literate. We ask that you commit to all four classes.

Classes will be held on Tuesday, October 23, October 30, November 13 and November 20. Two sessions are scheduled: afternoon (2-4 pm) and evening (5:15 – 7 pm) There is no class on November 6, Election Day.

Space is limited and registration is required. Registration may be made at the Calendar of Events on the library website or by contacting Ann-Marie Harris  499-9480 x6  annmarie@pittsfieldlibrary.org


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Herman Melville Memorial Room: Closed Monday, October 1, through Friday, October 5


The Berkshire Athenaeum is in the midst of an extensive project to replace all of the lighting fixtures throughout the library with energy efficient alternatives.  Most of the work has been proceeding without disruption of services. However, in order to protect the valuable collections housed in the Athenaeum’s Herman Melville Memorial Room, the room will be closing for the week of October 1st to allow for the completion of installation in that area. The room will be closed, and most of the collection will be inaccessible, beginning on Monday, October 1st.  We expect to reopen to visitors on Saturday, October 6th. Inquiries concerning the Melville Collections may be directed to the Local History Department staff either in person or by calling 413-499-9480 x 6.

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Friends of Libraries Week: October 22 – 27


Mark your calendar for National Friends of the Library Week, Monday, October 22 –  Saturday, October 27. We’ll be wishing a Happy 80th Birthday to our own dedicated Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum with a variety of activities:

  • Monday, October 22: Free cookies!
  • Tuesday, October 23: Half Price Library Store Items and a Special Free Evening Program
  • Wednesday, October 24: Half Price Friends’ Membership and a Free item with every Membership sign up.
  • Thursday, October 25: The Friends Annual General Meeting at 3 pm and an 80th Birthday Cake
  • Friday, October 26: Free cookies!
  • Saturday, October 27: Pumpkin carving

Who are the Friends and what do they do?
The Friends are an all-volunteer organization that raise money to support so many library services which would otherwise not be possible. From the Children’s Summer Reading Program to Ukuleles for Loan;  copies of bestselling book titles to updated technology; an aquarium for the Children’s Library and Electronic Bulletin Boards at library entrances; cultural, musical and educational programs for adults and landscaping on the library grounds; and so much more. And, of course, those wonderful book sales (Next Book Sale: Thursday, November 8 – Saturday, November 10) which provide great shopping opportunities and raise the funds to support it all.

How can you help?
Join the Friends. Membership starts for as little as $10. Membership benefits include entry to the Friends only day at book sales and discounts on Friends merchandise.
Volunteer to help with tasks that are comfortable to you. Let the Friends know you can assist by contacting them (413) 400-9480 x150 or jointhefriends@pittsfieldlibrary.org




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Take 10 minutes to improve county transportation

The Berkshire Regional Planning Commission needs your help to understand future transportation needs across Berkshire County. They are providing Berkshire residents the opportunity to identify key transportation challenges and to voice in what way the County’s transportation system can better serve them by completing a brief survey.
This survey should only take about 10 minutes. Your feedback will help identify priorities for transportation improvements to enhance quality of life and economic growth in the Berkshires.
The survey will be available until November 1, 2018.  For more information visit berkshireplanning.org or call (413) 442-1521 (ext. 19) for Eammon and (ext. 28) for Justin. Thank you for participating!
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Build a Basic Budget: Wednesday, September 19, 5:30 – 7 pm


Come join Lynn Wallace, Certified Federal Credit Union Financial Counselor, for an evening program designed to motivate, educate, and empower you to improve your financial future.

This session will address:
– Tips on saving money
– Tracking strategies
– An exercise on where your money goes
– Prepping for the unexpected
– The key difference between budgeting, saving and investing
– One strategy does not fit all – options options options

All participants will receive information packets, a budget tracker book, and access to book individual Financial Wellness Coaching appointments with one of the Certified Coaches at Greylock for free.

Light refreshments will be provided. This session is expected to run 90 minutes to allow ample time for the attendees to ask questions both during and after the presentation.

The event is free. Please reserve a seat by registering below or by calling the Pittsfield Library’s Reference Desk at 413-499-9480 ext. 202.

CONTACT:  Alexander Geller  413 499-9480 ext 202  alexander@pittsfieldlibrary.org
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50 Plus Job Fair: Wednesday, September 26, 10 – 12

BW career center

BerkshireWorks, in collaboration with Elder Services of Berkshire County, Inc. presents a 50 Plus Job Fair on Wednesday, September 26, in the library’s Auditorium!

Are you seeking full time or part time work?

  • Meet with organizations that are age friendly and value a multi-generational workforce.
  • Learn about free resources from AARP and other organizations to help with your job search.
  • Use your age & experience to your advantage.

Participating employers include:

AARP Massachusetts – www.aarp.org/work

Advantage Solutions –  www.advantagesolutions.net

Age Friendly Berkshires – www.agefriendlyberkshires.com

Allegiance Nursing – www.allegiancenurses.com

BaneCare – www.banecare.com

BCArc – www.bcarc.org

Berkshire Access Realty – www.BerkshireAccessRealty.com

Berkshire Bank – www.berkshirebank.com

Berkshire Community Action Council – www.bcacinc.org

Berkshire County Head Start Child Development Program – www.berkhs.org

Berkshire County Regional Employment Board, Inc. – www.bcreb.com

Berkshire Family and Individual Resources – www.bfair.org

Berkshire Healthcare – www.berkshirehealthcare.org

Berkshire Medical Center – www.berkshirehealthsystems.org

Berkshire Regional Transit Authority – www.berkshirerta.com

BerkshireJobs.com – www.berkshirejobs.com 

Carr Hardware – www.carrhardware.com

City of Pittsfield – https://cityofpittsfield.hyrell.com

Clinical and Support Options – www.csoinc.org

Cole Haan – www.colehaan.com

Crane Stationery – www.crane.com

CRT Cabulance – www.crtcabulance.com

Deidre’s Special Day – www.deidresonline.com

Elder Services of Berkshire County Inc. – www.esbci.org

Excel Nursing Services – www.excelnursingservices.com

Goodwill of the Berkshires – www.goodwill-berkshires.org

Home Care Services of Massachusetts – www.homecareservicesofma.com

Home Instead Senior Care – www.homeinstead.com/berkshire

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts – www.mcla.edu

Medical Resources Home Health Care – www.mrhhc.com

Molari Employment and Healthcare Services – www.molariinc.com

People Ready Skilled Trades Division – www.peopleready.com

Taconic – www.4taconic.com

The Brien Center – www.briencenter.org

Touched By An Angel, Inc. – http://www.touchedbyanangelma.com/

United Personnel – www.unitedpersonnel.com

U.S. Census Bureau – 2020census.gov/jobs

Wyndham Bentley Brook – www.WVOjobs.com

Free & open to the public. Please call 413.499.2220 ext. 110 to register.

CONTACT: BerkshireWorks 413 499-2220
LOCATION: Library Auditorium

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