New England Stone Walls: A Master Stonemason shares techniques

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Join us at 2 pm on Saturday, September 16, when Kevin Gardner, author of The Granite Kiss: Traditions and Techniques of Building New England Stone Walls, presents Discovering New England’s Stone Walls. The PowerPoint presentation features the history, techniques, stylistic development and aesthetics of New England’s thousands of miles of stone walls.
Free and no registration required.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum

Attention BCC students: This program has been approved for Forum Credit.
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Basic Genealogy series offered

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We are pleased to announce a Basic Hands-on Genealogy series with Alan Doyle Horbal, professional genealogist, has been scheduled. This evening series, running 5:15 – 7:15 pm, is offered with the needs in mind of those who work during the day. The class meets on Tuesdays: September 26, October 3, October 10, and October 17.

Horbal will outline and provide instruction on researching the 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930 and 1940 U.S. Census.  Attendees will discover how to find their ancestors’ emigration to the U.S. using the http://stevemorse.org website and the www.ellisisland.org website, along with several other databases, as well as learn  how to search for family members outside of the U.S. using http://familysearch.org.  Exploration of England, Canada, Poland and other countries will be included.

The series is free; however registration is required and space is limited. All registrants must have an email account and be computer literate. We require that you commit to all four classes. Attendees are asked to please bring a personal  device/laptop; a limited number of library laptops are available for loan, with a library card, from our Reference Department.   Register at  https://tinyurl.com/36av7g3 or contact the Local History and Genealogy Department at 499-9480 x6.

The series is sponsored by The Berkshire Athenaeum and The Berkshire Family History Association.

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Rewarding Volunteer opportunity available

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Empowering someone with the ability to read: how rewarding would that be? If such a volunteer experience speaks to you, we invite you to consider the following.

Literacy Volunteers of Berkshire County will hold an orientation for anyone interested in becoming a volunteer tutor of English for speakers of other languages on Monday, September 11, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at the Berkshire Athenaeum. The orientation will include information about the services offered by Literacy Volunteers, what a typical tutoring experience is like, and what is involved in a volunteer commitment. Knowledge of a foreign language is not required. The dates and times of the upcoming tutor training will be provided at orientation.

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Literacy Volunteers of Berkshire County is a private, nonprofit organization which trains volunteers to teach basic reading, writing, and conversational English to adults. Tutoring is free, private, and individualized. For more information see LVOBC.org, call 499-9487 or email LVBC@bcn.net

Interested? Want to learn more? Stop by.

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Entrepreneurial Program for Veterans offered at the Library in September

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The Berkshire Athenaeum, Pittsfield’s Public Library, in cooperation with the US Small Business Administration (SBA) is hosting Boots to Business Reboot on Wednesday, September 20, 9:30 am – 4 pm. The daylong entrepreneurship training program is intended for veterans and their spouses.

Boots to Business is a two step program offered  as a training track within the Department of Defense’s Transition Assistance Program (TAP). This course is open to Service members (including members of the National Guard and Reserves) and their spouses. The curriculum provides assistance to those interested in exploring business ownership or other self-employment opportunities by leading them through the key steps for evaluating business concepts and providing foundational knowledge required to develop a business plan. In addition, participants are introduced to SBA resources available to access start-up capital, technical assistance and contracting opportunities.

Space is limited. Reservations are required and can be made before September 12 at https://sbavets.force.com/s/ For more information, contact Oreste Varela at (413) 785-0484 ororeste.varela@sba.gov

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Safety first when selecting your Eclipse glasses!

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The New York Times and other media outlets are alerting the public to be cautious when selecting “Eclipse Glasses” for viewing this month’s solar eclipse. The August 21 phenomenon is generating great excitement, not surprising as this will be the first in 99 years to be visible from the whole United States continent.

Sadly, bogus sunglasses are being sold that do not provide the necessary eye protection, leaving wearers who gaze at the sun vulnerable to severe eye damage.

The American Astronomical Society and NASA have posted a list of reputable solar filter brands, retail distributors and online dealers, available at https://eclipse.aas.org/resources/solar-filters, and reminding us that your eyes are precious, give advice for safe eclipse viewing.

Here at the library we have a limited supply of certified safe shades for viewing the eclipse that we will make available for patrons, one per family, while supplies last, starting Monday, August 14.

Additional eclipse fun: We’ll be creating our own pinhole eclipse viewer, followed by other art and interactive learning activities. Bring a cereal box with you for the pinhole viewer. There will be a video all about solar eclipses and live-streaming the total eclipse from the NASA website. If it’s a sunny day, we’ll head outside about 2:30 PM to experience the eclipse through our pinhole viewers. Free and open to the public.

Most appropriate for children ages 7 and older. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. Sponsored by the Berkshire Athenaeum and The Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum.

 

 

 

 

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Join us on Monday, August 21 to View the Solar Eclipse!

Eclipse Program BannerExperience the solar eclipse as it is happening at the Berkshire Athenaeum, Pittsfield’s Public Library, 1 Wendell Ave, Pittsfield, Monday, August 21, starting at 2:00 PM! Here in the Berkshires we will see a partial eclipse with the moon covering 66% of the sun. We’ll start by creating your own pinhole eclipse viewer, followed by other art and interactive learning activities. Bring a cereal box with you for the pinhole viewer. There will be a video all about solar eclipses and live-streaming the total eclipse from the NASA website. If it’s a sunny day, we’ll head outside about 2:30 PM to experience the eclipse through our pinhole viewers. The Berkshire Athenaeum will provide 100 pairs of certified safe shades for eclipse viewing.

Rain or shine come experience the excitement of the solar eclipse at the library, Monday, August 21, 2:00 PM.

Free and open to the public

Please bring a large breakfast cereal box for making the pinhole eclipse viewers. Most appropriate for children ages 7 and older. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult.

Sponsored by the Berkshire Athenaeum and The Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum.

Do you have more questions? Call us at the Reference Desk for more information: 413-499-9480 x 202.

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An easy way to donate to the Athenaeum when you shop

AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices, and shopping features as Amazon.com. The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice.

Please consider designating the Berkshire Athenaeum, your public library, as the recipient of your donations.

Thank you.

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