StoryWalk: Saturday, July 21, 10 am – 1 pm


Explore the city with us Saturday, July 21, at the Downtown Pittsfield StoryWalk. Start at the Downtown Pittsfield Farmers Market anytime between 10AM and 1PM and grab a map of the route. The first 75 kids who stop by will receive  a free copy of The Very Hungry Caterpillar coloring book, generously donated by Berkshire United Way.

Take a stroll through Downtown Pittsfield while reading each page with your friends and family and end at the Berkshire Athenaeum for a book tote making party!

Thank you to InterprintThe Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, and Downtown Pittsfield for their generous support. See you there!

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Summer Reading: It’s not just for kids!


The Berkshire Athenaeum Circulation Department is pleased to announce that Summer Reading Bingo for Adults has returned for 2018. The program runs from Thursday, June 28, through Friday, August 17.

How does this work? Ask for a Bingo Card at the Main Circulation Desk.

  • One book or activity = one bingo square.
  • Return completed cards to the Main Circulation Desk.
  • Every time you turn in a completed card you receive an incentive reward from our Friend’s Store.
  • Complete as many CARDS as you like.

At the end of the program, each person who has turned in a completed BINGO CARD(S) will be automatically registered for our READING RAFFLE!

Our Raffle prize is:  a one year membership to our Friends organization OR a Friend’s book bag.  Five raffle prizes will be awarded.

Looking for reading suggestions? Reading lists  are available for many different fiction genres, such as mysteries, thrillers or romance.

  • Search for fiction and non-fiction titles or do subject searches in our online catalog.
  • Stop by our Reference Desk for assistance.

Summer Reading Bingo for Adults is sponsored by the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum, the Massachusetts Library System, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners and the Boston Bruins.









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The Dance Center of the nation is only a bus ride away!


The Pittsfield-Pillow Express stops here!  Free round-trip bus transportation between Pittsfield and Jacob’s Pillow: the dance center of the nation is only a bus ride away!

Saturdays | June 23-August 25, 2018

Pickups at 12:25 pm & 3:25 pm
Drop-offs at 4:40 pm & 8:05 pm

Did you know?

You can reserve FREE Saturday Matinee tickets and a seat on the bus thanks to the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum. Reservations for tickets can be made through the Children’s Library (413-499-9480). Tickets that are picked up to FREE Jacob’s Pillow performances are available only to families who are attending the performance by the Pittsfield-Pillow Express.

Ask a librarian for more information. Subject to availability. | 413.207.4082

To reserve a spot on the Pittsfield-Pillow Express and to learn more about affordable options to visit Jacob’s Pillow:

The Pittsfield-Pillow Express is made possible by a generous donation from a Trustee of Jacob’s Pillow.


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Technology Lending Program grows


The latest additions to the Athenaeum’s Technology Lending Program (TLP) are two TI-84 Plus graphing calculators, which can be borrowed for two hours of in library use. 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.

Other recent additions to the TLP include production-oriented equipment that can be borrowed for off site use: a Blue Yeti USB Microphone and pop filter, a Bosebuild Bluetooth Speaker Cube, and a green screen

Continuing popular TLP items available for take-home are Sprint ZTE Warp Connect hotspots, which provide borrowing patrons to access the internet from up to 10 devices per hotspot.

These devices are made available through the generosity of the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum. Interested in borrowing or learning more? Stop at the Reference Desk during regular library hours or contact us at


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Youth Summer Reading Program kicks off June 29: Join us for weekly programming & special events through August 17


Beginning June 29, 2018 visit the Children’s Library and pick up your BragTag® and Chain when you register for our “Libraries Rock!” Summer Reading Program! Collect Brag Beads for every 15 minutes you read. Read longer and collect rarer beads. Reading includes: audio-books, reading aloud, being read to, even reading the back of your cereal box!

Receive a ticket for our end of summer Pick -a -Prize raffle for every weekly check in and event attended! Prizes will be drawn during the End of Summer Celebration on 8/17!

Call the Children’s Library for more information or to register: 413 499 9480 x111

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Weekly Programming

Weekly Programming  runs from July 2 through August 17 (unless otherwise noted)


Make It Monday: 2p-4p, A school-age Makerspace program where each week participants will tinker, experiment, explore, and create. All materials provided EXCEPT on 7/16. Registration encouraged! No program 7/9 or 8/13.

  • 7/2– DIY Windchime
  • 7/16– Sharpie Tie Dye. Please bring a white or light colored item to dye!
  • 7/23– DIY Drum or Rainstick
  • 7/30– Sculpey Ships & Tensile Bubbles
  • 8/6– Sound Spinners & Catapults


Preschool Story Time: 10a, Stories, songs and a craft! Geared to Preschool age but all are welcome.

Clases de música en Español: 10:30am (July only)

The joy of music and Spanish in a total immersion fiesta! Babies, toddlers and their caregivers sing, move, and play small hand percussion to traditional children’s songs from the Spanish-speaking world. All in Spanish (but no Spanish required!).

Summer Movie Series: 6pm, Relax in the air conditioning and enjoy some childhood favorites!

  • 7/3– The Emperor’s New Groove
  • 7/10– Wall-E
  • 7/17– Space Jam
  • 7/24– A Goofy Movie
  • 7/31– Matilda
  • 8/7– The Goonies
  • 8/14– Hook


“-Ology” Workshop Series: 1p-3p, 3rd- 7th Grade.  Plunder in the library, search for other life forms, race down the Nile, become a true wizard, and train your own dragon in this six week series. (ends 8/22)

  • 7/11– Alienology
  • 7/18– Dragonology
  • 7/25– Wizardology
  • 8/1– Monsterology
  • 8/8–  Mythology
  • 8/15– Vampireology
  • 8/22– Egyptology


Lego Challenge: 3p-5p, Lego Club gets an overhaul for summer reading! Put together a team or work independently to compete in our weekly challenge


Fri. 7/6 – 2pm: GeoDome Workshop, By utilizing c-pvc pipe to erect large-scale geo-structures, students visualize the terminology, principles, relationships, and real world relevance of their constructions. Geared for grades K-8th

Mon. 7/9 – 1pm: Creature Teachers, Meet an array of animals and learn how they live in the wild. All ages

Tues. 7/10 (17,24, 31) – 10:30am: Clases de música en Español, The joy of music and Spanish in a total immersion fiesta! Babies, toddlers and their caregivers sing, move, and play small hand percussion to traditional children’s songs from the Spanish-speaking world. A dance and jam session features music from a different culture every week. A perfect way to introduce a second language during the prime time for language development, or to reinforce Spanish spoken at home. All in Spanish (but no Spanish required!).

Tue. 7/17 – 1pm: A Song and Story Celebration with Davis Bates & Roger Tincknell, A participatory program of songs & stories for all ages.  There will also be a short lesson on how to play the musical spoons and an appearance by a dancing wooden dog named Bingo. Sponsored by the Pittsfield Cultural Council.  All ages.

Wed. 7/18 (7/25, 8/1) 10a- 11:30a: Ukulele Workshop Session 1, This 3-week beginner’s session is for youths grades 6th-8th.Please plan on attending all 3 sessions, and bringing your own ukulele. SPACE IS LIMITED, REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.

Fri. 7/27- 11am: Rolie Polie Guacamole, Join this award-winning “kindie” band from Brooklyn, NY for a high energy, interactive show that’s a mix of funk, rock and folk music mashed into original tunes about natural living, eating healthy and staying active! All ages

Tue. 7/31- 1pm: Happy Birthday Harry Potter!, We’ll be celebrating Harry’s birthday with a magical party! Activities, crafts and refreshments will be provided,

Wed. 8/8 (8/15, 8/22) 10a- 11:30a: Ukulele Workshop Session 2, This 3-week beginner’s session is for youths grades 9th-12th. Please plan on attending all 3 sessions, and supplying your own ukulele. SPACE IS LIMITED, REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.

Mon. 8/13- 11a /1pm: Drumming with Aimee Gelinas, 2 sessions: 11am- Family Session (Kids under 10 with their adult), 1pm- School Age Session (kids 10+), instruments will be provided for both sessions.

Tue. 8/14- 1pm: Minecraft Madness with Jungle Jim, Join Jungle Jim as he leads participants through the magical world of Minecraft! Combining balloon artistry, magic, comedy and improv, Activities include Giant Dragon creation, the Building Block Madness Tournament, a riveting Zombie Chase and the Balloon Firework Rocket extravaganza! Appropriate for children ages 4-11, though siblings are welcome.

Fri. 8/17- 1pm: End of Summer Celebration! You came, you saw, you read! Now it’s time to celebrate! Short- story winners will be announced and the Pick- A- Prize raffle will be drawn! Snacks, games and prizes will be provided!


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Summer Book Sale is just around the corner!


The Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum Summer Book Sale returns with books – and more – for browsing and bargain shopping!

Book Sale Hours are

  • *Thursday, July 12, 4 – 8 pm
  • Friday, July 13, 10 am – 4 pm
  • Saturday, July 14, 10 am – 4 pm

Special offerings for this sale include: interesting & rare coffee table books; “All Things British”; gardening; new age/spirituality; sci-fi; art, architecture & travel; music CDs and DVDs; and a large donation of materials from the Blantyre library.

As always, sale inventory includes vinyl records, VHS, cassettes, books on tape, puzzles, games, baby books, self-help, cookbooks, sports, biography, science, holiday books, and thousands of paperbacks.

Shelves, carts and tables are meticulously organized for efficient and fun browsing – and Book Minders will hold your selections while you shop for more!

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

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Overdose Management & Narcan Training: Thursday, June 21, 2 – 4 pm



The Berkshire Athenaeum, Pittsfield’s Public Library, is proud to join Cathleen Vidoli from Healthy Steps in offering overdose management and Narcan administration training on Thursday, June 21, 2 – 4 pm in the Athenaeum Room.

In this training, you will learn what measures to take when responding to opioid overdoses (including fentanyl and carfentanil concerns). The class will cover overdose prevention techniques, signs of an overdose, rescue breathing, and narcan administration. All attendees will receive an overdose response kit, including Narcan nasal spray, to take with them after the training.

The class is free and open to the public. Space is limited and registration is required. Register at or by calling 413-499-9480 ext. 202

Berkshire County offers many local substance use recovery services. Please visit the Massachusetts Substance Use helpline website at or call (800) 327-5050 to learn more about your options. Helpline services are free and confidential. Their caring, trained specialists will help you understand the treatment system and your options.

Contact: Alex Geller, Outreach Librarian, 413-499-9480, ext. 202

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