Category Archives: advocacy

September is National Library Card Sign Up Month!

This September, the Berkshire Athenaeum is pleased to be joining with Downtown Pittsfield and libraries across the country for National Library Card Sign-up Month! This month, we are encouraging everyone in our community to obtain a free library card that will save … Continue reading

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♥ Love Letters for your Library ♥

Massachusetts Libraries play a vital role in ensuring all residents have equal access to information. Libraries are meeting places, community centers, and resources free for all. Here at the Berkshire Athenaeum, Pittsfield’s Public Library, we ask you to consider taking … Continue reading

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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 The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to … Continue reading

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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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