Category Archives: advocacy

Voice your support for library funding and other important municipal services!

The city of Pittsfield has opened a survey seeking public input on community needs. Information gathered from this survey is incorporated into the city’s 5-year plan. The survey, which is named “CDBG Public Survey” is available online from the city’s … Continue reading

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Berkshire Athenaeum: A return on investment for taxpayers

Using service indicators from fiscal year 2013, just think if you had to pay for all those great services at your public library: 194,338 Books borrowed (@$35) = $ 6,801,830 2,758 Magazines borrowed (@$5)  = $13,790 4,271 E-Content borrowed (@$10)  … Continue reading

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Do you need a boost to your food budget?

Too often people don’t apply for SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as Food Stamps, because they don’t realize they are eligible.  You may be eligible for SNAP even if you are earning an income from wages, Social … Continue reading

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Who Needs Libraries? We All Do!

Did you know…18,000 people attend a typical Celtics Home Game… and 22,000 people use the Internet  in Massachusetts public libraries every day? These and more facts about Bay State Libraries in this short video from the Massachusetts Board of Library … Continue reading

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What’s the Library Worth to You?

Using  statistics from the fiscal year ending in June, the Berkshire Athenaeum compiled a list of library services used during the year and calculated how much its patrons would have had to pay directly if the great library services were … Continue reading

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Would you consider supporting the Athenaeum?

If you like what we do here at the Berkshire Athenaeum, our services and programs for adults & children, perhaps you’d consider supporting us in one or more of the following ways. Donate: Tax deductible donations targeted to the Berkshire … Continue reading

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12th Annual Library Legislative Breakfast

As reported in the WMRLS-One-Blog the Annual Library Legislative Breakfast on Friday, March 5, drew close to 60 librarians and library supporters to express their support of libraries and their concerns about cuts in state funding for libraries. Senator Ben Downing … Continue reading

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