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.