Berkshire Athenaeum

Pittsfield, MA

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Monday October 23, 2017
   10:00 AM Tint Tots Story Time  
    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

Tuesday October 24, 2017
   5:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Marijuana as Medicine  
   

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.

 
 
    Location: Library Auditorium

Wednesday October 25, 2017
   7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Let’s Talk 3D Printing at the Library!  
    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 has been approved for Forum Credit for Berkshire Community College 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  The Berkshire Athenaeum and The Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum

 

    Location: Library Auditorium

Thursday October 26, 2017
   10:00 AM Preschool Play & Learn with Jenn!  
    Contact:    (413) 499-9480 ext 5   
   



For ages 3 - 5.

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
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Introduction to Ancestry.com  
    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/)

 

   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Lego Club  
    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

Saturday October 28, 2017
   11:00 AM  -  2:00 PM Halloween at the Library  
    Contact: Alex Geller   499-9480 ext 202   
   

Please join us in the Auditorium starting at 11:00 AM for a pumpkin-carving party. The Library will provide the pumpkins, courtesy of Taft Farms, carving tools, and stencils. Library staff will give out prizes for the most creative pumpkin designs.  Also, instead of throwing out the pumpkin seeds with the rest of the guts, why not give seed saving a try! Seeds saved at the party will be included in the Athenaeum’s new Seed Lending Library, which will open in February 2018. What is a Seed Lending Library, you ask? Seed Lending Library’s make seeds available for patrons to “borrow.” Patrons then plant the seeds in their garden, enjoy the fruits of their labor, and at harvest time collect seeds from some of their plants and return these seeds to the library for other patrons to checkout.

Pumpkins cannot be reserved, and will be available on a first-come-first served basis. Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Do you know where the most haunted places in Berkshire County are? Come to the Local History Department to find out. You can read about the eerie events that happened around Western Massachusetts, see the Library’s display of hauntings, and take home a free map of the spookiest places.

The program is sponsored by the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum and Alchemy Initiative.

Refreshments will be served. Costumes are encouraged. No registration required. 

For more information, please call Alex Geller, Outreach Librarian, at 413-499-9480, ext. 202

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

Monday October 30, 2017
   10:00 AM Tint Tots Story Time  
    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

Tuesday October 31, 2017
   10:00 AM Halloween Parade  
    Contact: Children's Library   413 499-9480 ext. 5   
   

Come Trick or Treat through the library in your Halloween costume!

Library staff will be giving out treats (no tricks!). The Halloween Parade begins promptly at 10:00 AM in the Children's Library.

Groups welcome. No registration required. For babies and children up to age 5!  Children under age 10 must be accompanied by an adult age 18 or older, at all times.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum.

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

Wednesday November 1, 2017 -  Thursday November 30, 2017
     Food for Fines  
   

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During the month of November, Pittsfield’s public library, will offer a modified fines amnesty from Wednesday, November 1st through Thursday, November 30th. During this time the library will accept non-perishable food items in lieu of paying fines for overdue books.

Collection boxes are located at the Adult Circulation Desk and at the Children's Service Desk. When "paying" off a fine with donated food items, please alert a staff librarian before depositing food into a box.

Food is accepted for payment of overdue fines for items currently in circulation as well as outstanding overdue fines from other transactions. The replacement costs of lost or damaged materials may not be resolved by donated food.

During the amnesty period, in addition to food brought in lieu of fines, the Athenaeum will encourage general donations of food not associated with overdue library books. All donated food will be turned over to food pantries in Pittsfield.


Wednesday November 1, 2017
   9:30 AM  -  10:30 AM Blood Pressure Screenings  
   

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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!

    Location: Wendell Avenue Entrance

Thursday November 2, 2017
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Introduction to Family Search  
    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/)

   4:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Booksale: Friends Preview Sale Night  
   


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.
 


Friday November 3, 2017
   10:00 AM  -  4:00 PM Booksale  
   


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.

 


Saturday November 4, 2017
   10:00 AM  -  4:00 PM Booksale  
   


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.

 


Tuesday November 7, 2017
   7:00 AM  -  8:00 PM Polling Location for Ward 5  
   

The auditorium at the Berkshire Athenaeum is the Polling location for Pittsfield Ward 5.

Please come out and have your vote counted in this year's election!

There is reserved parking for registered voters in the library parking lot.


Wednesday November 8, 2017
   6:00 PM Holiday Concert  
   


The Pittsfield High School Chamber Orchestra, directed by Alla Zernitskaya,  presents a Holiday Concert.

Free and open to the public.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum.

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

Saturday November 11, 2017
     Library closed in observance of Veterans Day  
   

Veterans Day (US) by algotruneman


Monday November 13, 2017
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Get Tested at the Library  
   

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.

    Location: Athenaeum Room

Thursday November 16, 2017
   7:00 PM Charlie Chaplin Movie Night  
    Contact: Reference Dept   (413) 499-9480 x202   
   

Relive the days of the silent movies!

Charlie Chaplin stars in “Shoulder Arms,” (1918). Pianist Mike Schiffer will play the musical accompaniment for both the feature film and a cartoon. Pop-corn will round out the evening.

This program has been approved for Forum Credit for Berkshire Community College 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

Monday November 20, 2017
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Libations with Librarians  
    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 Battleborn: Stories by Claire Vaye Watkins.

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
   7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Trans in the Berkshires  
    Contact: Drew Herzig     drewherzig@yahoo.com
   

Trans in the Berkshires: A conversation with members of our Trans Community

Panelists will discuss the challenges faced by the trans community here in the Berkshires, the support groups and networks they have created, and the horrifying rise in hate-crimes against the trans community nation-wide.

Free - Everyone welcome!

Attention BCC Students: This program is approved for Forum Credit.

For more information please contact Drew Herzig drewherzig@yahoo.com

Presented by the Pittsfield Human Rights Commission and co-sponsored by the Berkshire Athenaeum.

 

    Location: Library Auditorium

Wednesday November 22, 2017
     Library closes at 5:00 PM  
   

The Library will be closing at 5:00 PM for the Thanksgiving holiday.


Thursday November 23, 2017
     Library closed in observance of Thanksgiving  
   


Tuesday November 28, 2017
   6:00 PM Pastel Paint the 45-Million-Dollar-Flower  
    Contact: Reference Department   413 499-9480 ext 202   info@pittsfieldlibrary.org
   

Gregory Maichack, a national award-winning pastelist and talented instructor, returns to the Berkshire Athenaeum to present a workshop entitled:  "Pastel Paint the 45-Million-Dollar-Flower".

 Participants will create their own pastel painting of Georgia O’Keefe’s  “Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1” that sold for just short of $45 million.  All skill levels are welcome!

 All required materials will be provided.

Free and open to the public.

Preregistration is required and participants must be at least 18 years old. Registration is limited to the first 25 participants.

You may register for this class by clicking the Register button and entering your library card number or you may email the Reference Department at info@pittsfieldlibrary.org or call 413 499-9480 during regular business hours.  Your card must be current in order to register for classes

Sponsored by the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum.

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

Tuesday December 5, 2017
   7:00 PM Doug Schmolze in Concert  
    Contact:    413 499-9480   
   

 

Please join us in the auditorium for a concert and sing along with Doug Schmolze. Commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the United States’ entry into WW I with the music of the day. With anecdotes and historical notes, the program provides insight into the mood of the era that ushered in the "War to End all Wars." 

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

Wednesday December 6, 2017
   9:30 AM  -  10:30 AM Blood Pressure Screenings  
   

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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!

    Location: Wendell Avenue Entrance

Monday December 11, 2017
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Get Tested at the Library  
   

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.

    Location: Athenaeum Room

Wednesday December 13, 2017
   6:00 PM Art Talk with Joshua McHugh  
    Contact: Reference Department   413 499-9480 ext 202   info@pittsfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us in the auditorium for an art talk presented by local artist, Joshua McHugh, “Seeing Your Total Wellness of Your Creativity".

This program has been approved for Forum Credit for Berkshire Community College Students.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum.

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

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