Genealogy with Alan Doyle Horbal


Join volunteers, Cathi Iuliano and Susan Bedard and learn the basic outline and
instruction on researching the 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930 and 1940 U.S. Census. Learn how to
find your ancestors’ immigration to the U.S. using the website and the website, along with several other databases.

Discover how to search for family members outside of the U.S. using  We will explore England, Canada, Poland and other countries.

All students must have an email account and be computer literate. We ask that you commit to all four classes.

Classes will be held on Tuesday, October 23, October 30, November 13 and November 20. Two sessions are scheduled: afternoon (2-4 pm) and evening (5:15 – 7 pm) There is no class on November 6, Election Day.

Space is limited and registration is required. Registration may be made at the Calendar of Events on the library website or by contacting Ann-Marie Harris  499-9480 x6


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Herman Melville Memorial Room: Closed Monday, October 1, through Friday, October 5


The Berkshire Athenaeum is in the midst of an extensive project to replace all of the lighting fixtures throughout the library with energy efficient alternatives.  Most of the work has been proceeding without disruption of services. However, in order to protect the valuable collections housed in the Athenaeum’s Herman Melville Memorial Room, the room will be closing for the week of October 1st to allow for the completion of installation in that area. The room will be closed, and most of the collection will be inaccessible, beginning on Monday, October 1st.  We expect to reopen to visitors on Saturday, October 6th. Inquiries concerning the Melville Collections may be directed to the Local History Department staff either in person or by calling 413-499-9480 x 6.

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Friends of Libraries Week: October 22 – 27


Mark your calendar for National Friends of the Library Week, Monday, October 22 –  Saturday, October 27. We’ll be wishing a Happy 80th Birthday to our own dedicated Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum with a variety of activities:

  • Monday, October 22: Free cookies!
  • Tuesday, October 23: Half Price Library Store Items and a Special Free Evening Program
  • Wednesday, October 24: Half Price Friends’ Membership and a Free item with every Membership sign up.
  • Thursday, October 25: The Friends Annual General Meeting at 3 pm and an 80th Birthday Cake
  • Friday, October 26: Free cookies!
  • Saturday, October 27: Pumpkin carving

Who are the Friends and what do they do?
The Friends are an all-volunteer organization that raise money to support so many library services which would otherwise not be possible. From the Children’s Summer Reading Program to Ukuleles for Loan;  copies of bestselling book titles to updated technology; an aquarium for the Children’s Library and Electronic Bulletin Boards at library entrances; cultural, musical and educational programs for adults and landscaping on the library grounds; and so much more. And, of course, those wonderful book sales (Next Book Sale: Thursday, November 8 – Saturday, November 10) which provide great shopping opportunities and raise the funds to support it all.

How can you help?
Join the Friends. Membership starts for as little as $10. Membership benefits include entry to the Friends only day at book sales and discounts on Friends merchandise.
Volunteer to help with tasks that are comfortable to you. Let the Friends know you can assist by contacting them (413) 400-9480 x150 or




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Take 10 minutes to improve county transportation

The Berkshire Regional Planning Commission needs your help to understand future transportation needs across Berkshire County. They are providing Berkshire residents the opportunity to identify key transportation challenges and to voice in what way the County’s transportation system can better serve them by completing a brief survey.
This survey should only take about 10 minutes. Your feedback will help identify priorities for transportation improvements to enhance quality of life and economic growth in the Berkshires.
The survey will be available until November 1, 2018.  For more information visit or call (413) 442-1521 (ext. 19) for Eammon and (ext. 28) for Justin. Thank you for participating!
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Build a Basic Budget: Wednesday, September 19, 5:30 – 7 pm


Come join Lynn Wallace, Certified Federal Credit Union Financial Counselor, for an evening program designed to motivate, educate, and empower you to improve your financial future.

This session will address:
– Tips on saving money
– Tracking strategies
– An exercise on where your money goes
– Prepping for the unexpected
– The key difference between budgeting, saving and investing
– One strategy does not fit all – options options options

All participants will receive information packets, a budget tracker book, and access to book individual Financial Wellness Coaching appointments with one of the Certified Coaches at Greylock for free.

Light refreshments will be provided. This session is expected to run 90 minutes to allow ample time for the attendees to ask questions both during and after the presentation.

The event is free. Please reserve a seat by registering below or by calling the Pittsfield Library’s Reference Desk at 413-499-9480 ext. 202.

CONTACT:  Alexander Geller  413 499-9480 ext 202
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50 Plus Job Fair: Wednesday, September 26, 10 – 12

BW career center

BerkshireWorks, in collaboration with Elder Services of Berkshire County, Inc. presents a 50 Plus Job Fair on Wednesday, September 26, in the library’s Auditorium!

Are you seeking full time or part time work?

  • Meet with organizations that are age friendly and value a multi-generational workforce.
  • Learn about free resources from AARP and other organizations to help with your job search.
  • Use your age & experience to your advantage.

Participating employers include:

AARP Massachusetts –

Advantage Solutions –

Age Friendly Berkshires –

Allegiance Nursing –

BaneCare –

BCArc –

Berkshire Access Realty –

Berkshire Bank –

Berkshire Community Action Council –

Berkshire County Head Start Child Development Program –

Berkshire County Regional Employment Board, Inc. –

Berkshire Family and Individual Resources –

Berkshire Healthcare –

Berkshire Medical Center –

Berkshire Regional Transit Authority – – 

Carr Hardware –

City of Pittsfield –

Clinical and Support Options –

Cole Haan –

Crane Stationery –

CRT Cabulance –

Deidre’s Special Day –

Elder Services of Berkshire County Inc. –

Excel Nursing Services –

Goodwill of the Berkshires –

Home Care Services of Massachusetts –

Home Instead Senior Care –

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts –

Medical Resources Home Health Care –

Molari Employment and Healthcare Services –

People Ready Skilled Trades Division –

Taconic –

The Brien Center –

Touched By An Angel, Inc. –

United Personnel –

U.S. Census Bureau –

Wyndham Bentley Brook –

Free & open to the public. Please call 413.499.2220 ext. 110 to register.

CONTACT: BerkshireWorks 413 499-2220
LOCATION: Library Auditorium

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September is National Library Card Sign Up Month!

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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 them money while reaping incredible rewards. Existing library card holders are also able to benefit from the rewards offered this month, and we ask that you to bring a friend along to sign up for a free library card so that way they can enjoy the same benefits too!

To help us celebrate, local Pittsfield businesses are teaming up for the whole month of September to offer residents discounts, prizes, and/or freebies on meals and purchases when they show their library card at checkout.

Stop by these businesses right here in downtown Pittsfield with your library card for INCREDIBLE discounts:

If enjoying extra discounts at many of Pittsfield’s best local spots, the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum are hosting a raffle. During the month of September, if you sign up for a card, renew an expired card, or refer someone to get a card, you will be entered into the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum’s raffle to win a Kindle Fire 8 HD prize. Only One Raffle Ticket per Person.

Background & History of National Library Card Month

As explained by ALA, “National Library Card month is a national initiative lead and coordinated by the American Library Association (ALA). Since 1987, Library Card Sign-up Month has been held each September to mark the beginning of the school year. Libraries work to remind parents and youth that signing up for a library card is the first step towards academic achievement and lifelong learning.

“Throughout the school year, public librarians and library staff will assist parents and caregivers with saving hundreds of dollars on educational resources and services for students. From free access to STEAM programs/activities, educational apps, in-person and virtual homework help, technology workshops to the expertise of librarians, a library card is one of the most cost effective back to school supplies available.


“This September Disney Pixar’s superhero family, the Incredibles, will team up with the ALA to promote the value of a library card. As honorary chairs, the Incredibles will remind families, students and people of all ages that signing up for a library card is a great step toward a truly super lifestyle: libraries offer fun and informative resources to help you pursue your passions and succeed in school.

“How much money can you save?  Visit the ALA’s Library Value Calculator to total your savings.

“The American Library Association is the foremost national organization providing resources to inspire library and information professionals to transform their communities through essential programs and services. For more than 140 years, the ALA has been the trusted voice of libraries, advocating for the profession and the library’s role in enhancing learning and ensuring access to information for all. For more information, visit”


Don’t have a library card? No problem. Stop by the Library with a photo ID and proof of your current address to learn about all the wonderful resources your library card provides!

The Berkshire Athenaeum, Pittsfield’s Public Library expresses its gratitude to the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum, Downtown Pittsfield and all participating businesses in supporting this program!

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