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Monday September 25, 2017 Go To Top
lib_teddybear_reading 10:00 AM Tint Tots Story Time     Tell a Friend
    Contact:    (413) 499-9480 ext 5   
   



For ages Infant to 2

Story time for very young children!

Registration is required  only if your group includes 5 or more children.

Siblings are allowed to come as long as parents are aware that activities  will be intended for the age group listed.

This story time is cosponsored by Coordinated Family and Community Engagement (CFCE) and the Berkshire Athenaeum.

Children under age 10 must be accompanied by an adult, age 18 or older, at all times.

Attendance at library programs constitutes consent to be photographed; photos may be used in print or electronic publicity for the Berkshire Athenaeum.

    Location: Children's Library
 
misc_vote.gif 6:00 PM Forum on Immigration and Environment: Pittsfield City Council Candidates     Tell a Friend
   

   All candidates for Pittsfield City Council have been invited to attend. Pittsfield Police Chief Michael Wynn has graciously stated that he has agreed to make a brief 15 minute presentation about Policy 413 regarding the Pittsfield Police Department and its policy regarding to immigrants. There will not be separate forums for wards or at-large candidates.· The candidates will have a pool of questions on immigration and the environment provided in advance.  They will be asked to provide a quick “YES” or “NO” and perhaps a short follow-up explanation that should not take more than a minute.  There will certainly be a question on banning single-use plastic bags in the City of Pittsfield. They will be expected to given an answer as to whether they would support the proposed draft ordinance.

If time allows, there may be questions from the audience at the end. Questions at the end MUST be related to the environment and immigration and MUST be limited to issues that the Pittsfield City Council may act by way of legislation, policy, or program. 

The event will be free and open to the public; the press will be invited.

This forum is being sponsored by Manos Unidas and Berkshire Green.

For more information, contact Rinaldo Del Gallo at 413 445-6789.

    Location: Library Auditorium
Tuesday September 26, 2017 -  Tuesday October 17, 2017 Go To Top
misc_familytree 5:15 PM  -  7:30 PM Basic Hands-on Genealogy     Tell a Friend
   

Basic Hands-on Genealogy with Alan Doyle Horbal, professional genealogist.    Berkshire Athenaeum, 1 Wendell Avenue, Pittsfield MA  01201.  Evening Genealogical  Classes for Those Who Work During the Day. Outline and instruction on researching the 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930 and 1940 U.S. Census.  Discover how to find your ancestors’ emigration to the U.S. using the http://stevemorse.org website and the www.ellisisland.org website, along with several other databases.  Discover how to search for family members outside of the U.S. using http://familysearch.org.  We will explore England, Canada, Poland and other countries.  All students must have an E Mail account and be computer literate. Limited space. We ask that you attend all four classes. Laptops are not available, please bring your own device. Must attend all 4 classes.This course is free and is sponsored by The Berkshire Athenaeum and The Berkshire Family History Association.

   
Tuesday September 26, 2017 Go To Top
ent_note 7:00 PM Too Human in Concert     Tell a Friend
    Contact: Reference Dept   (413) 499-9480 x202   
   

Join us for "A Celebration of Song: The American Song Book and Beyond".   Ellen Schwartz and Roger Bruno return with songs from the Great American Song Book. This concert also features Keala Kaumeheiwa on upright bass.

This program has been approved for Forum Credit for BCC students.
 
Free and no registration required.

Attendance at library programs constitutes consent to be photographed; photos may be used in print or electronic publicity for the Berkshire Athenaeum.

This concert is sponsored by  a Cultural Council Grant from the Pittsfield Cultural Council, a local agency, which is supported by the Massachusetts Culttural Council, a state agency and the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum

 

About Too Human    
    Location: Library Auditorium
Thursday September 28, 2017 Go To Top
ent_sock_puppet.GIF 10:00 AM Preschool Play & Learn with Jenn!     Tell a Friend
    Contact:    (413) 499-9480 ext 5   
   



For ages 3 - 5.

Please join us for a special reading by Medeia Cohan. Her newest book, Hats of Faith, helps educate and prepare young  children and their parents for our  culturally diverse modern world.

Come hear stories, sing songs and play some games!

Registration is required for Preschool Play & Learn only if your group includes 5 or more children.

Siblings are allowed to come as long as parents are aware that activities  will be intended for the age group listed.

This play group is cosponsored by Coordinated Family and Community Engagement (CFCE) and the Berkshire Athenaeum.

Children under age 10 must be accompanied by an adult, age 18 or older, at all times.

Attendance at library programs constitutes consent to be photographed; photos may be used in print or electronic publicity for the Berkshire Athenaeum.

    Location: Children's Library
 
rec_legoguy 3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Lego Club     Tell a Friend
    Contact: Children's Library   (413) 499-9480 ext 5   
   


Meets  the fourth Thursday of each month.

Open to children of all ages!

No registration required.

Children under 10 years old may not be left unattended in the Library.

Attendance at library programs constitutes consent to be photographed; photos may be used in print or electronic publicity for the Berkshire Athenaeum.
 

    Location: Library Auditorium
Wednesday October 4, 2017 Go To Top
med_stethoscope 9:30 AM  -  10:30 AM Blood Pressure Screenings     Tell a Friend
   

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Get cuffed, Berkshires!

Did you know high blood pressure is the silent killer and every 39 seconds an adult dies of a heart attack, stroke or other cardiovascular disease? A nurse from Berkshire Health Systems will be in the library to take your blood pressure.

No appointment necessary.

Sponsored by Berkshire Health Systems and the Berkshire Athenaeum.

Stop in to learn your numbers!

About Get Cuffed Berkshires    
    Location: Wendell Avenue Entrance
Monday October 9, 2017 Go To Top
misc_usflag Library closed in observance of Columbus Day     Tell a Friend
   

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About Columbus Day    
Tuesday October 10, 2017 -  Saturday October 14, 2017 Go To Top
lib_bookpurple Teen Read Week     Tell a Friend
    Contact:    499-9480 x203   
   

Teens can stop by our Young Adult department and pick up a FREE book!

About Teen Read Week    
    Location: Young Adult Library
Wednesday October 11, 2017 Go To Top
ent_piano 7:00 PM Jazz Prodigy Concert: Caelan Cardello     Tell a Friend
    Contact:    413 499-9480   
   

 

The Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum are proud to support Berkshire Jazz Week.

17 year old Caelan Cardello started playing the piano at the age of 5, and got hooked on jazz via Vince Guaraldi’s Charlie Brown oeuvre. He was completely transfixed by the groove and swing potential and harmonic content. And so began his love affair with Jazz. Caelan is the featured pianist in both the award-winning Jazz House Big Band and small group ensemble, the Ambassadors. Through these affiliations, Caelan has had the opportunity to play with a who's who of jazz greats:  Christian McBride, Jerome Jennings, Freddie Hendrix, Abraham Burton, Gary Smulyan, Marcus Printup, Maria Schnieder, Paquito D'Rivera, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Vincent Gardner, Lou Donaldson, Randy Brecker, Jon Faddis and Gary Bartz. Outside of the Jazz House family, Caelan has performed with/for Brad Mehldau, Cyrus Chestnut, Fred Hersch, Conrad Herwig, Kenny Rampton, Charles Tolliver, Mike Richmond and Martin Wind. Now under the mentorship of jazz piano legend Fred Hersch, Caelan has been introduced to the "mind bending" and far reaching harmonic/melodic possibilities of the instrument.He has appeared at the Blue Note and Jazz at Lincoln Center's Dizzy's Club Coca Cola with the Jazz House Big Band and in New Jersey at New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC). He received the Outstanding Soloist Awards, Jazz at Lincoln Center's Essentially Ellington Festivals in 2015 and 2016, and the 2016 Jazz House Kids Award for outstanding musicianship. A Member of the National Society of High School Scholars, Caelan is currently a senior at Teaneck High School.

This program has been approved for Forum Credit for BCC students.

Attendance at library programs constitutes consent to be photographed; photos may be used in print or electronic publicity for the Berkshire Athenaeum.

Free and no registration required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum.

    Location: Library Auditorium
Thursday October 12, 2017 Go To Top
misc_familytree 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Planning your family research and Introduction to the Census     Tell a Friend
    Contact:    4134999480 x6   annmarie@pittsfieldlibrary.org
   

Registration opens September 22, 2017

Join volunteers, Jan, Angela and Vera, in learning how to organize and plan your family research.  Also learn how to use the census on an introductory level.  It is highly suggested to take this class along with Vital Records/Begining Immigration Research and the Introduction to Ancestry.class com and learning FamilySearch to achieve the full value of the courses.

Space is limited and Preregistration is required.  This class is offered in the morning or afternoon please register for one session only.

 You may also email the Local History Department at  localhistory@pittsfieldlibrary.org or call 413 499-9480 x6 during regular business hours. 

Please note: We accept your registration as a commitment to attend a session and we will hold a spot for you. If you later find you will not be able to attend, we request that you let us know so we can alert someone on our waiting list. Those who habitually reserve a spot and then don't show may be denied the opportunity to register for future sessions. Thank you.

Sponsored by the The Berkshire Athenaeum and The Berkshire Family History Association.( http://www.berkshire.net/~bfha/)

        There are 10 spaces available.
Saturday October 14, 2017 Go To Top
lib_book_red 2:00 PM Author Talk: Ann-Elizabeth Barnes     Tell a Friend
    Contact: Reference Dept   (413) 499-9480 x202   
   

Local author Ann-Elizabeth Barnes will talk about her biography of The Rev. Samuel Harrison, abolitionist, activist and chaplain of the Massachusetts 54th, the first black regiment raised in the north to fight in the Civil War.

This program has been approved for Forum Credit for BCC students.
Free and no registration required.

Attendance at library programs constitutes consent to be photographed; photos may be used in print or electronic publicity for the Berkshire Athenaeum.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum

 

About Samuel Harrison    
    Location: Library Auditorium
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Monday October 16, 2017 Go To Top
lib_book_red 6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Libations with Librarians     Tell a Friend
    Contact: Alex Geller   413-499-9480 ext 202   
   

Hotel on North is excited to team up with the Berkshire Athenaeum for Libations with Librarians -- a new monthly book club in the Lounge!
Outreach Librarian Alex Geller will be leading a book talk on Daphne Kalotay's ""Relativity", as part of Boston's "One Book, One Story Program" Bonus reads: Voltaire's "Candide" and/or Norton Juster's "Phantom Tollbooth. Grab a pint or just grab a seat! We'd love to see you in the Lounge and share this experience with you. 
Hotel on North is located at 297 North Street, Pittsfield, Massachusetts
 
Sponsored by the Berkshire Athenaeum and Hotel on North.
    Location: Hotel on North
Wednesday October 18, 2017 Go To Top
lib_book_red 7:00 PM Author Talk: Vin Femia     Tell a Friend
    Contact: Reference Dept   (413) 499-9480 x202   
   

Join us in the auditorium for a New England Patriot book event!. Comeback by Vin Femia traces Tom Brady’s two-year mission to overcome deflategate. After the talk there will be a Q&A period  and a book sale and signing.

This program has been approved for Forum Credit for BCC students.
 
Free and no registration required.

Attendance at library programs constitutes consent to be photographed; photos may be used in print or electronic publicity for the Berkshire Athenaeum.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum

 

    Location: Library Auditorium
Thursday October 19, 2017 Go To Top
misc_familytree 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Using Vital Records/Beginning Immigration Research     Tell a Friend
    Contact:    4134999480 x6   annmarie@pittsfieldlibrary.org
   
Registration opens September 22, 2017

Using Vital Records/Beginning Immigration Research

Join volunteers, Jan, Angela and Vera, in learning how to use vital records in your family research, as well as learning how to begin your immigration research.  It is highly suggested to take this class along with Organizing Your Records/Introduction to the Census, the Introduction to Ancestry.com and the Introduction to Family Search class to achieve the full value of these courses.

Space is limited and Preregistration is required.  This class is offered in the morning only'

 You may also email the Local History Department at  localhistory@pittsfieldlibrary.org or call 413 499-9480 x6 during regular business hours for more information or questions.

Please note: We accept your registration as a commitment to attend a session and we will hold a spot for you. If you later find you will not be able to attend, we request that you let us know so we can alert someone on our waiting list. Those who habitually reserve a spot and then don't show may be denied the opportunity to register for future sessions. Thank you.

Sponsored by the The Berkshire Athenaeum and The Berkshire Family History Association.( http://www.berkshire.net/~bfha/)

        There are 10 spaces available.
Saturday October 21, 2017 Go To Top
misc_none 2:00 PM The First Big Dig     Tell a Friend
    Contact: Reference Dept   (413) 499-9480 x202   
   

The Hoosac Tunnel took 25 years to build, went bankrupt three times and came in ten times over budget. Sound familiar? Anne O'Connor will talk about why the tunnel in western Massachusetts was needed, how it was funded, the new technology developed, labor practices and the absolutely amazing reality that this 100 plus year old hole through a mountain range is still animportant part of our transportation infrastructure. Interspersed with images and music.
 
This program has been approved for Forum Credit for BCC students.
 
Free and no registration required.

Attendance at library programs constitutes consent to be photographed; photos may be used in print or electronic publicity for the Berkshire Athenaeum.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum

 

About Anne O'Connor    
    Location: Library Auditorium
Tuesday October 24, 2017 Go To Top
med_caduceus 5:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Marijuana as Medicine     Tell a Friend
   

More and more people today are turning to medical marijuana as an alternative to pharmaceutical drugs. Learn about the concept of harm reduction and how cannabis is playing a key role as a step-down medication from opiates, amphetamines and other controlled drugs. This 90-minute program will feature, among others, speakers from Canna Care Docs -- which has been on the frontlines of medical marijuana therapies for opiate addiction, chronic pain, PTSD, depression, cancer and more. Canna Care Docs certifies individuals with qualifying conditions to enter the State's medical marijuana program.
 
Speakers include: Dr. Benjamin Caplan - a board-certified family physician and graduate of Williams College and Tufts University School of Medicine -- who has worked at some of Boston's premier healthcare facilities. 
 
This event will include a panel discussion and Q & A from the audience.
 
Refreshments will be served.

Attendance at library programs constitutes consent to be photographed; photos may be used in print or electronic publicity for the Berkshire Athenaeum.

Free and no registration required.

 
 
About Canna Care Docs    
    Location: Library Auditorium
Wednesday October 25, 2017 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Let’s Talk 3D Printing at the Library!     Tell a Friend
    Contact: Reference Dept   (413) 499-9480 x202   
   

    

The Berkshire Athenaeum has 3 3D printers available for public use.  Library patrons will share their experiences using the equipment. Panelists will answer questions, provide examples of their designs, and demo print objects throughout the program.

This program may be approved for Forum Credit for BCC students. We will update as soon as we know.

Free and no registration required.

Attendance at library programs constitutes consent to be photographed; photos may be used in print or electronic publicity for the Berkshire Athenaeum.

Sponsored by the  The Berkshire Athenaeum and The Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum

 

About 3D Printing at the Library    
    Location: Library Auditorium
Thursday October 26, 2017 Go To Top
misc_familytree 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Introduction to Ancestry.com     Tell a Friend
    Contact:    4134999480 x6   annmarie@pittsfieldlibrary.org
   
Registration opens Setember 22, 2017

Introduction to Ancestry.com  

Join volunteers, Jan, Angela and Vera, in learning how to use Ancestry.com for family research.  This is a beginners class.  It is highly suggested to take this class along with Organizing Your Records/Introduction to the Census class, Using Vital Records/Beginning Immigration Research classand Introduction to Family Search to achieve the full value of the courses.

Space is limited and Preregistration is required.  This class is offered in the morning only.

 You may also email the Local History Department at  localhistory@pittsfielibrary.org or call 413 499-9480 x6 during regular business hours to sign up or for questions.

Please note: We accept your registration as a commitment to attend a session and we will hold a spot for you. If you later find you will not be able to attend, we request that you let us know so we can alert someone on our waiting list. Those who habitually reserve a spot and then don't show may be denied the opportunity to register for future sessions. Thank you.

Sponsored by the The Berkshire Athenaeum and The Berkshire Family History Association.( http://www.berkshire.net/~bfha/)

 

        There are 10 spaces available.
Wednesday November 1, 2017 Go To Top
med_stethoscope 9:30 AM  -  10:30 AM Blood Pressure Screenings     Tell a Friend
   

Image result for get cuffed berkshires

Get cuffed, Berkshires!

Did you know high blood pressure is the silent killer and every 39 seconds an adult dies of a heart attack, stroke or other cardiovascular disease? A nurse from Berkshire Health Systems will be in the library to take your blood pressure.

No appointment necessary.

Sponsored by Berkshire Health Systems and the Berkshire Athenaeum.

Stop in to learn your numbers!

About Get Cuffed Berkshires    
    Location: Wendell Avenue Entrance
Thursday November 2, 2017 Go To Top
misc_familytree 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Introduction to Family Search     Tell a Friend
    Contact:    4134999480 x6   annmarie@pittsfieldlibrary.org
   
Registration opens September 22, 2017

Introduction to Family Search

Join volunteers, Jan, Angela and Vera, in learning how to use Familysearch.org for family research.  This is a beginners class.  It is highly suggested to take this class along with Organizing Your Records/Introduction to the Census class, Using Vital Records/Beginning Immigration Research class and Introduction to Ancestry.com to achieve the full value of the courses.

Space is limited and Preregistration is required.  This class is offered in the morning only.

 You may also email the Local History Department at  localhistory@pittsfieldlibrary.org or call 413 499-9480 x6 during regular business hours to sign up or for questions.

Please note: We accept your registration as a commitment to attend a session and we will hold a spot for you. If you later find you will not be able to attend, we request that you let us know so we can alert someone on our waiting list. Those who habitually reserve a spot and then don't show may be denied the opportunity to register for future sessions. Thank you.

Sponsored by the The Berkshire Athenaeum and The Berkshire Family History Association.( http://www.berkshire.net/~bfha/)

        There are 10 spaces available.
 
lib_book_bunch1 4:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Booksale: Friends Preview Sale Night     Tell a Friend
   


Thousands of items: hardcovers, paperbacks, DVDs, CDs, something for the whole family.

Proceeds from these sales sponsored by the Friends of the Library support library activities.

Please note this evening is an exclusive sale for members of the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum only. Not a member? A membership table will be available at the entrance to the sale.
We are starting one hour earlier than usual!


Attendance at library programs constitutes consent to be photographed; photos may be used in print or electronic publicity for the Berkshire Athenaeum.
 

About the Friends    
Friday November 3, 2017 Go To Top
lib_book_bunch1 10:00 AM  -  4:00 PM Booksale     Tell a Friend
   


Thousands of items: hardcovers, paperbacks, DVDs, CDs, something for the whole family.

Proceeds from these sales sponsored by the Friends of the Library support library activities.

Attendance at library programs constitutes consent to be photographed; photos may be used in print or electronic publicity for the Berkshire Athenaeum.

 

About the Friends    
Saturday November 4, 2017 Go To Top
lib_book_bunch1 10:00 AM  -  4:00 PM Booksale     Tell a Friend
   


Thousands of items: hardcovers, paperbacks, DVDs, CDs, something for the whole family.

Proceeds from these sales sponsored by the Friends of the Library support library activities.

Attendance at library programs constitutes consent to be photographed; photos may be used in print or electronic publicity for the Berkshire Athenaeum.

 

About the Friends    
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Monday November 13, 2017 Go To Top
med_bag1 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Get Tested at the Library     Tell a Friend
   

The Berkshire Athenaeum is partnering with the Berkshire Medical Center's State Clinic to offer free, confidential health screenings on a walk-in basis. Clinic staff will perform testing for STD, HIV, and Hepatitis C at the library’s balcony level meeting room on the second Monday of each month.. All testing is confidential and notifications and follow-up services will be provided by clinic staff.

About Berkshie Medical Center's State Clinics    
    Location: Athenaeum Room
Wednesday December 6, 2017 Go To Top
med_stethoscope 9:30 AM  -  10:30 AM Blood Pressure Screenings     Tell a Friend
   

Image result for get cuffed berkshires

Get cuffed, Berkshires!

Did you know high blood pressure is the silent killer and every 39 seconds an adult dies of a heart attack, stroke or other cardiovascular disease? A nurse from Berkshire Health Systems will be in the library to take your blood pressure.

No appointment necessary.

Sponsored by Berkshire Health Systems and the Berkshire Athenaeum.

Stop in to learn your numbers!

About Get Cuffed Berkshires    
    Location: Wendell Avenue Entrance
Monday December 11, 2017 Go To Top
med_bag1 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Get Tested at the Library     Tell a Friend
   

The Berkshire Athenaeum is partnering with the Berkshire Medical Center's State Clinic to offer free, confidential health screenings on a walk-in basis. Clinic staff will perform testing for STD, HIV, and Hepatitis C at the library’s balcony level meeting room on the second Monday of each month.. All testing is confidential and notifications and follow-up services will be provided by clinic staff.

About Berkshie Medical Center's State Clinics    
    Location: Athenaeum Room
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