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Monday May 8, 2017 -  Monday July 17, 2017
     Short Story Writing Contest for Children and Young Adults  
    Contact: Children's Dept.   499-9480 ext 203   
   

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The Berkshire Athenaeum and The Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum are pleased to announce the 39th Annual Short Story Writing Contest for Children and the 20th Annual Short Story Contest for Young Adults. Contest opens Monday, May 8, 2017. Forms available at the Children’s desk.

Please click here for the application for the Children's Contest.

The application for the Young Adult Contest is also available online.

Depending upon entries received, the following prizes will be awarded in each division: First Place will receive a $35.00 cash prize, Second Place will receive a $25.00 cash prize, and Honorable Mentions will receive $20.00 cash prizes. Prizes are donated by the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum, whose generous and continued support make this contest possible!

Stories will be judged on their originality, appeal, and writing style. Each contestant should submit her/his story to the Berkshire Athenaeum Children’s Library (1 Wendell Avenue, Pittsfield, MA 01201); and all entries, whether delivered in person or by mail, must be received by 4:00 PM on Monday, July 17, 2017.

Winning entries, honorable mentions and works of merit will be bound and added to the collection of the Berkshire Athenaeum, so community members may read and enjoy them! All entries become property of the Berkshire Athenaeum. Winners will be notified by telephone, and a list of winners will also be posted in the Children’s Library after August 11, 2017.

An awards ceremony and reception with special speakers, refreshments and meet and greet, for ALL participants, family, and friends, will be held on Friday, August 18, 2017 at 1:00 PM

    Location: Children's Library

Monday June 26, 2017 -  Friday August 18, 2017
     Adult Summer Reading Program  
    Contact: Reference Dept.   413 499-9480 ext 4   
   

Why should the kids have all the fun?

Readers of all ages are encouraged to register for Summer Reading at the library’s homepage on or after June 26th and set personal reading goals. The Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum, perennial supporters of the Children’s Summer Reading Club, are providing Friends memberships as raffle prizes for Adult readers.

To qualify for the raffle, registered readers should pick up a BINGO style card at the Athenaeum, customized separately for Teens and Adults, with suggested reading genres. Completed cards are dropped off at a library service desk; each completed card qualifies as a raffle entry. Participating readers have the option of sharing reviews and comments on their reading progress through the online program; online recommendations and other interaction is encouraged.

Registration opens on Monday, June 26th

Please Click Here to Register!

Adult Summer Reading Program is sponsored by:  The Massachusetts Library System; Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners; Boston BruinsThe Berkshire Athenaeum and the wonderful generosity of the The Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum.

 


Monday June 26, 2017 -  Friday August 18, 2017
     Children's Summer Reading Program  
    Contact: Children's Dept.   413 499-9480 ext 5   
   

Summer Reading Program June 26 - August 18

Beginning June 26, 2017, come to the Berkshire Athenaeum and pick up your BragTag and Chain. Collect Brag Beads for every 15 minutes you read. Read longer and collect rarer beads.      

Weekly prize drawings include: Discovery Boxes, Activity Kits and so much more. Stop in often for more chances to win! 

Registration  opens on Monday, June 26th

Please Click Here to Register!

Summer Reading Program is sponsored by:  The Massachusetts Library System; Massachusetts Board of Library CommissionersDominos; Cyberstation; TD Bank; Friendly's; The Pittsfield Suns; The Big E; Yankee CandleBoston Bruins; The Berkshire Athenaeum and the wonderful generosity of the The Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum.

    Location: Children's Library

Monday June 26, 2017 -  Friday August 18, 2017
     YA Summer Reading Program  
    Contact: Children's Dept.   413 499-9480 ext 5   
   

Pittsfield Library's Teen Summer Reading Program June 26- August 18

Win Movie Tickets and more!  All you need to do is grab a Bingo card at the library, read a few books and be entered to win!

Registration  opens on June 26th!

Please Click Here to Register!

 Enter our Short Story Contest for a chance to win cash prizes! Applications available at the Pittsfield Library starting May 8th. Deadline is July 17th at 4:00 PM

Stop by the Reference or Children's Department for more information!!

A Special thanks to all our Sponsors: The Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum; The Beacon Cinema; The Massachusetts Library System; Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners; Boston Bruins and  The Berkshire Athenaeum

 

 

    Location: Young Adult Library

Thursday June 29, 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 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
   7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Evening Yoga at the Library with Katie Fortier  
   

Kripalu certified yoga instructor, Katie Fortier has planned a series of free yoga classes at the Berkshire Athenaeum.
Join Katie for a one hour gentle/moderate Kripalu Yoga class to cultivate breath and body awareness, stretch and tone muscles, alleviate tension, support mental clarity, invite deep peace, and honor your inner wisdom.   She will begin with warm-ups and breath work, follow a sequence of postures, and end with a short meditation and relaxation.
All are welcome.
Please bring your own mat, if you have one!

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

Saturday July 1, 2017 -  Monday July 31, 2017
     A Body in Fukushima  
   

Photo by William Johnston

Eiko Otake and William Johnston’s collaboration, A Body in Fukushima, explores environmental disaster, human failure, and loss through Johnston’s photographs of Otake’s presence in Fukushima, the site of the 2011 earthquake, tsumanmi, and nuclear meltdowns. After the earthquake and tsunami in northeastern Japan on March 11, 2011, the radiation released from the damaged Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant required the immediate evacuation of all inhabitants from a large area. In January and July 2014, dancer/choreographer Eiko Otake and historian/photographer William Johnston followed abandoned train tracks to desolate stations and eerily vacant towns and fields in Fukushima Prefecture. Two years later, in August 2016, they returned to many of the same places and visited others that had only recently become accessible to the public.

Free and open to the public.

Sponsored by Jacob's Pillow and the Berkshire Athenaeum.

 

    Location: Main Reading Room

Monday July 3, 2017
   2:00 PM Explorer's Club  
    Contact: Children's Library   413-499-9480 ext 5   
   

Call or stop in at the Children's Desk to register a week in advance for Crafts and Activities with our Explorer's Club.

Space is limited. Please call to register. This program is for children ages 5 to 12.

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.

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

 

    Location: Library Auditorium

Wednesday July 5, 2017
   10:00 AM Children's Movie - Secret Life of Pets  
    Contact: Children's Library   (413) 499-9480 ext 5   
   



 

Come to the library for a movie- drinks and snacks included!

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.

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

    Location: Library Auditorium
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM 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 July 6, 2017
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM EBook Clinic  
    Contact: Reference Services Department   413 499 9480 x202   info@pittsfieldlibrary.org
   

Do you have an iPad, a Kindle Fire or another device and don’t know how to get started borrowing library eBooks or downloadable audio books? Bring your device, your credentials and your library card; and a staff librarian will help you get started. The class will be taught by Alex Geller.

This class will be offered three times; please register for one session only:

Thursday, July 6, 10– 12 noon
Tuesday, July 25, 2 – 4 pm
Wednesday, August 16, 10 – 12 noon

Space is limited and Preregistration is required. Registration for the July 6th class opens on opens June 22nd.

On June 22nd,  you may register for this class by clicking the Register button below and entering your library card number. Your card must be current in order to register for classes.  You may also email the Reference Department at  info@pittsfieldlibrary.org or call 413 499-9480 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.

    Location: Computer Lab
   1:00 PM Geo-Dome Building Workshop with Mallory Bagwell  
    Contact: Children's Library   413 499-9480 ext 203   
   

 

Please join us on Thursday, July 6th at 1:00 PM in the auditorium for “A GeoDome Workshop” led by Mallory Bagwell.

Math, science, art, psychology, and architecture all converge during this 50-75 minute program as participants work together to build a variety of polyhedral geometric structures. By utilizing c-pvc pipe to erect large-scale geo-structures, students visualize the terminology, principles, relationships, and real world relevance of their constructions. Kids as young as five years old have shown the abilities to construct these shapes and grasp the underlying ideas that they represent.

Free and no registration required. This program is recommended for ages 5 and up.

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.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum.

 

    Location: Library Auditorium
   7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Evening Yoga at the Library with Katie Fortier  
   

Kripalu certified yoga instructor, Katie Fortier has planned a series of free yoga classes at the Berkshire Athenaeum.
Join Katie for a one hour gentle/moderate Kripalu Yoga class to cultivate breath and body awareness, stretch and tone muscles, alleviate tension, support mental clarity, invite deep peace, and honor your inner wisdom.   She will begin with warm-ups and breath work, follow a sequence of postures, and end with a short meditation and relaxation.
All are welcome.
Please bring your own mat, if you have one!

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

Saturday July 8, 2017
   1:30 PM  -  4:30 PM The Language of Healing  
    Contact: Kenneth Mercure     berkshirelyme@yahoo.com
   

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The Lyme Alliance of the Berkshires will be hosting an inspirational workshop run by life coach Noelle Janka, whose work involves helping to support individuals with health challenges in seeing new possibilities for their healing so they are excited to be alive and engaging with the things they really love.

For more information, contact:berkshirelyme@yahoo.com or go to http://www.berkshirelyme.blogspot.com

Find the Lyme Alliance of the Berkshires on  Facebook

 

    Location: Library Auditorium

Monday July 10, 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. Beginning Monday, July 10, 10 a.m. – 12 noon, and continuing on the second Monday of each month, clinic staff will perform testing for STD, HIV, and Hepatitis C at the library’s balcony level meeting room. All testing is confidential and notifications and follow-up services will be provided by clinic staff.

    Location: Athenaeum Room
   2:00 PM Explorer's Club  
    Contact: Children's Library   413-499-9480 ext 5   
   

Call or stop in at the Children's Desk to register a week in advance for Crafts and Activities with our Explorer's Club.

Space is limited. Please call to register. This program is for children ages 5 to 12.

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.

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

 

    Location: Library Auditorium

Tuesday July 11, 2017
   1:00 PM Build a Better Machine Workshop  
    Contact: Children's Library   413 499-9480 ext 203   
   

 

Please join us on Tuesday, July 11th at 1:00 PM in the auditorium for “Build a Better Rube Goldberg Machine Workshop” led by Jay Mankita.

This hands-on-workshop teaches kids about basic forces and motion physics by working on easy, experiential and sometimes hilarious simple tasks! Artist/Educator Jay Mankita guides and inspires kids to construct delightfully complicated contraptions that accomplish simple tasks. Jay supplies dominos, popsicle sticks, magnets, rubber bands, string, balls, marbles, as well as some pre-constructed machines for kids to study and play with, with plenty of opportunities for making, and learning from, their own mistakes. Goofy fun, and real engineering, with a bit of Rube Goldberg history thrown into the mix.

Free and no registration required. This program is recommended for ages 5 and up.

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.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum.

 

    Location: Library Auditorium

Monday July 17, 2017
   4:30 PM A Body in a Library  
   

Photo by William Johnston

Acclaimed dance performance artist Eiko Otake will perform A Body in a Library, a site-specific solo performance in the Berkshire Atheneum, followed by a presentation of her work A Body in Fukushima.

Free and open to the public.

Sponsored by Jacob's Pillow and the Berkshire Athenaeum.

 

    Location: Library Auditorium

Tuesday July 18, 2017
   9:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Literacy on the Internet: Fake News, Part 1  
    Contact: Reference Services Department   413 499 9480 x202   info@pittsfieldlibrary.org
   

There has been growing discussion of Fake News & misinformation on the internet in our civic discourse. This class will cover what is considered 'fake news'; how to read and identify reliable information online; how to evaluate information and web pages; and ultimately, provide attendees with a grounding on how to be more vigilant when consuming information on line.  Taught by Andrea.

Space is limited and Preregistration is required. Registration opens June 27th.

On June 27,  you may register for this class by clicking the Register button below and entering your library card number. Your card must be current in order to register for classes.  You may also email the Reference Department at  info@pittsfieldlibrary.org or call 413 499-9480 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.

    Location: Computer Lab
   2:00 PM Explorer's Club  
    Contact: Children's Library   413-499-9480 ext 5   
   

Call or stop in at the Children's Desk to register a week in advance for Crafts and Activities with our Explorer's Club.

Space is limited. Please call to register. This program is for children ages 5 to 12.

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.

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

 

    Location: Library Auditorium

Wednesday July 19, 2017
   10:00 AM Children's Movie - Sing  
    Contact: Children's Library   (413) 499-9480 ext 5   
   



 

Come to the library for a movie- drinks and snacks included!

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.

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

    Location: Library Auditorium

Thursday July 20, 2017
   1:00 PM Matt Roberts Magic Show  
    Contact: Children's Library   413 499-9480 ext 203   
   

 

Please join us on Thursday, July 20th at 1:00 PM in the auditorium for “Comedy and Magic Show” performed by Matt Roberts.

This 1 hour show features hilarious comedy, astonishing visual magic and lots of fun audience participation. Come and be amazed by Matt’s innovative illusions and sleight-of-hand tricks. Included in the performance is a ‘how-to’ magic lesson where everyone will learn a simple magic trick.

Matt Roberts is one of the busiest entertainers in the country. He has performed at Boston’s Symphony Hall and on national television in over 30 different commercials.

Free and no registration required. This program is recommended for ages 5 and up.

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.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum.

 

    Location: Library Auditorium

Monday July 24, 2017
   10:00 AM Children's Movie - The BFG  
    Contact: Children's Library   (413) 499-9480 ext 5   
   



 

Come to the library for a movie- drinks and snacks included!

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.

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

    Location: Library Auditorium

Tuesday July 25, 2017
   2:00 PM Explorer's Club  
    Contact: Children's Library   413-499-9480 ext 5   
   

Call or stop in at the Children's Desk to register a week in advance for Crafts and Activities with our Explorer's Club.

Space is limited. Please call to register. This program is for children ages 5 to 12.

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.

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

 

    Location: Library Auditorium
   2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM EBook Clinic  
    Contact: Reference Services Department   413 499 9480 x202   info@pittsfieldlibrary.org
   

Do you have an iPad, a Kindle Fire or another device and don’t know how to get started borrowing library eBooks or downloadable audio books? Bring your device, your credentials and your library card; and a staff librarian will help you get started. The class will be taught by Alex Geller.

This class will be offered three times; please register for one session only:

Thursday, July 6, 10– 12 noon
Tuesday, July 25, 2 – 4 pm
Wednesday, August 16, 10 – 12 noon

Space is limited and Preregistration is required. Registration for the July 25th class opens on opens July 5th.

On July 5th,  you may register for this class by clicking the Register button below and entering your library card number. Your card must be current in order to register for classes.  You may also email the Reference Department at  info@pittsfieldlibrary.org or call 413 499-9480 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.

    Location: Computer Lab

Wednesday July 26, 2017
   1:00 PM The Headless Horseman by Storyteller Jonathan Kruk  
    Contact: Children's Library   413 499-9480 ext 203   
   

 

Please join us on Wednesday, July 26th at 1:00 PM in the auditorium for “Legends of Sleepy Hollow” performed by Jonathan Kruk.

This 45-minute performance offers a dramatic retelling of Washington Irving's haunting classic, "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow." Mr. Kruk tells the factually based tale of lore of the spirits surrounding “the ghost of a Hessian trooper whose head was carried away by a cannon ball during the Revolutionary War.” Using varied voices, creative dramatics and language of the senses, Mr. Kruk’s performances feature heroes on the Hudson, Greek mythology stories, finger fables, rainbow dragons, and witches who knot their noses to stop them from running.

Free and no registration required. This program is recommended for ages 5 and up.

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.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum.

 

    Location: Library Auditorium

Thursday July 27, 2017
   7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Evening Yoga at the Library with Katie Fortier  
   

Kripalu certified yoga instructor, Katie Fortier has planned a series of free yoga classes at the Berkshire Athenaeum.
Join Katie for a one hour gentle/moderate Kripalu Yoga class to cultivate breath and body awareness, stretch and tone muscles, alleviate tension, support mental clarity, invite deep peace, and honor your inner wisdom.   She will begin with warm-ups and breath work, follow a sequence of postures, and end with a short meditation and relaxation.
All are welcome.
Please bring your own mat, if you have one!

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

Tuesday August 1, 2017
   9:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Sorting Out the Internet: Fake News, Part 2  
    Contact: Reference Services Department   413 499 9480 x202   info@pittsfieldlibrary.org
   

The discussion from Literacy on the Internet continues! In this session, we will discuss the impact of using the internet and social media as platforms for information. We will discuss how online information is sorted; what are algorithms and how they affect what you see; what makes trending content; and how entities like Facebook and Twitter work and determine what you see.   Taught by Andrea.

Space is limited and Preregistration is required. Registration opens July 11th.

On July 11th,  you may register for this class by clicking the Register button below and entering your library card number. Your card must be current in order to register for classes.  You may also email the Reference Department at  info@pittsfieldlibrary.org or call 413 499-9480 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.

    Location: Computer Lab
   3:00 PM Children's Movie - Lego Batman  
    Contact: Children's Library   (413) 499-9480 ext 5   
   



 

Come to the library for a movie- drinks and snacks included!

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.

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

    Location: Library Auditorium

Wednesday August 2, 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
   1:00 PM 'Lion's Whiskers' Puppet Show  
    Contact: Children's Library   413 499-9480 ext 203   
   

 

Please join us on Wednesday, August 2nd at 1:00 PM in the auditorium for "The Lion's Whiskers" Puppet Show by the Catskill Puppet Theater.

This performance is a delightful musical adaptation of a traditional Ethiopian folktale and features a charming cast of human characters as well as our favorite African animals! When lonely Minya marries a widowed man with a son, she goes to a Wise Man for advice. He tells her that in order to win the heart of the little boy she must first pluck three whiskers from a Wild Lion! In doing so she not only finds the courage to tame the lion, but also the secret to gaining the love of her new family.

The show features a multitude of masks and puppets ranging from three quarter life-sized to gigantic and is highlighted with shadow puppetry and original songs.

Free and no registration required. This program is recommended for ages 5 and up.

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.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum.

 

    Location: Library Auditorium

Thursday August 3, 2017
   7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Evening Yoga at the Library with Katie Fortier  
   

Kripalu certified yoga instructor, Katie Fortier has planned a series of free yoga classes at the Berkshire Athenaeum.
Join Katie for a one hour gentle/moderate Kripalu Yoga class to cultivate breath and body awareness, stretch and tone muscles, alleviate tension, support mental clarity, invite deep peace, and honor your inner wisdom.   She will begin with warm-ups and breath work, follow a sequence of postures, and end with a short meditation and relaxation.
All are welcome.
Please bring your own mat, if you have one!

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

Tuesday August 8, 2017
   9:30 AM  -  11:00 AM 3D Printing, Wow!  
    Contact: Reference Services Department   413 499 9480 x202   info@pittsfieldlibrary.org
   

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Topics covered will include what is 3D Printing, Why 3D Printing and how to change filaments. Taught by Madeline.

Our Computer Lab sessions are taught presuming attendees’ ability to type on a computer keyboard; use either a laptop touchpad or a mouse; and enter an address in the address bar of a browser. Those who do not have these skills are welcome to sign up for our sessions; however they may find they are unable to fully participate.

Space is limited and Preregistration is required. Registration opens July 18th.

On July 18th,  you may register for this class by clicking the Register button below and entering your library card number. Your card must be current in order to register for classes.  You may also email the Reference Department at  info@pittsfieldlibrary.org or call 413 499-9480 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.

    Location: Computer Lab
   3:00 PM Children's Movie - Wreck-It Ralph  
    Contact: Children's Library   (413) 499-9480 ext 5   
   



 

Come to the library for a movie- drinks and snacks included!

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.

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

    Location: Library Auditorium

Thursday August 10, 2017
   7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Evening Yoga at the Library with Katie Fortier  
   

Kripalu certified yoga instructor, Katie Fortier has planned a series of free yoga classes at the Berkshire Athenaeum.
Join Katie for a one hour gentle/moderate Kripalu Yoga class to cultivate breath and body awareness, stretch and tone muscles, alleviate tension, support mental clarity, invite deep peace, and honor your inner wisdom.   She will begin with warm-ups and breath work, follow a sequence of postures, and end with a short meditation and relaxation.
All are welcome.
Please bring your own mat, if you have one!

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

Friday August 11, 2017
   1:00 PM Beauty & the Beast performed by The Hampstead Stage Company  
    Contact: Children's Library   413 499-9480 ext 203   
   

 

Please join us on Friday, August 11th at 1:00 PM in the auditorium for "Beauty & the Beast" performed by The Hampstead Stage Company.

Beauty and the Beast is the French fairy tale of a selfless young woman, Beauty, who takes her father’s place as prisoner in a castle far away. Upon arrival, she meets the owner of the castle who appears to be a terrifying Beast. As time progresses, Beauty and the Beast begin to get to know not only each other, but also themselves. In this heartwarming, yet humorous tale,discover the power of being yourself and what it means to listen to your heart.

Free and no registration required. This program is recommended for ages 5 and up.

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.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum.

 

    Location: Library Auditorium

Monday August 14, 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

Tuesday August 15, 2017
   3:00 PM Children's Movie - Wall-E  
    Contact: Children's Library   (413) 499-9480 ext 5   
   



 

Come to the library for a movie- drinks and snacks included!

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.

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

    Location: Library Auditorium

Wednesday August 16, 2017
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM EBook Clinic  
    Contact: Reference Services Department   413 499 9480 x202   info@pittsfieldlibrary.org
   

Do you have an iPad, a Kindle Fire or another device and don’t know how to get started borrowing library eBooks or downloadable audio books? Bring your device, your credentials and your library card; and a staff librarian will help you get started. The class will be taught by Alex Geller.

This class will be offered three times; please register for one session only:

Thursday, July 6, 10– 12 noon
Tuesday, July 25, 2 – 4 pm
Wednesday, August 16, 10 – 12 noon

Space is limited and Preregistration is required. Registration for the August 16th class opens on opens July 26th.

On July 26th,  you may register for this class by clicking the Register button below and entering your library card number. Your card must be current in order to register for classes.  You may also email the Reference Department at  info@pittsfieldlibrary.org or call 413 499-9480 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.

    Location: Computer Lab

Thursday August 17, 2017
   1:00 PM Folk Songs for Kids performed by Bill Staines  
    Contact: Children's Library   413 499-9480 ext 203   
   

 

Please join us on Thursday, August 17 at 1:00 PM in the auditorium for “Folk Songs for Kids” performed by Bill Staines.

This 45-minute performance will blend traditional tunes with contemporary folk ballads. The Performer’s humorous tales of life on the road and observations of everyday people provide an entertaining blend of story and song. On stage, Staines is an intimate, compelling performer, out of the folk scene of the 60’s, encouraging his audience to sing with him on his chorus songs.

Bill Staines is an American folk musician and singer-songwriter from New Hampshire, who writes and performs songs about a wide array of topics. He has also written and recorded children's songs.

Free and no registration required. This program is recommended for ages 5 and up.

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.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum.

 

    Location: Library Auditorium
   7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Evening Yoga at the Library with Katie Fortier  
   

Kripalu certified yoga instructor, Katie Fortier has planned a series of free yoga classes at the Berkshire Athenaeum.
Join Katie for a one hour gentle/moderate Kripalu Yoga class to cultivate breath and body awareness, stretch and tone muscles, alleviate tension, support mental clarity, invite deep peace, and honor your inner wisdom.   She will begin with warm-ups and breath work, follow a sequence of postures, and end with a short meditation and relaxation.
All are welcome.
Please bring your own mat, if you have one!

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

Tuesday August 22, 2017
   9:30 AM  -  11:00 AM 3D Let's Print  
    Contact: Reference Services Department   413 499 9480 x202   info@pittsfieldlibrary.org
   

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Topics covered in this class will include slicing programs and how to release a job using each machine. We will be reviewing MatterControl software (SeeMeCNC Orion) and Cura software (Ultimake 2); how to change filament and addressing additional questions. Taught by Madeline.

Our Computer Lab sessions are taught presuming attendees’ ability to type on a computer keyboard; use either a laptop touchpad or a mouse; and enter an address in the address bar of a browser. Those who do not have these skills are welcome to sign up for our sessions; however they may find they are unable to fully participate.

Space is limited and Preregistration is required. Registration opens August 1st.

On August 1st,  you may register for this class by clicking the Register button below and entering your library card number. Your card must be current in order to register for classes.  You may also email the Reference Department at  info@pittsfieldlibrary.org or call 413 499-9480 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.

    Location: Computer Lab

Thursday August 24, 2017
   9:30 AM  -  11:00 AM 3D Scanning  
    Contact: Reference Services Department   413 499 9480 x202   info@pittsfieldlibrary.org
   

3D Scanning: Get a Sense of How to Scan & 3D Print Yourself or Someone Else (or whatever else you want to replicate)!
Have you heard? We own a hand-held scanner that we have been using to create busts and other amazing designs! Come learn how our 3D Sense scanner works and let your imagination take you away! Taught by Andrea.

Space is limited and Preregistration is required. Registration opens August 3rd.

On August 3rd,  you may register for this class by clicking the Register button below and entering your library card number. Your card must be current in order to register for classes.  You may also email the Reference Department at  info@pittsfieldlibrary.org or call 413 499-9480 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.

    Location: Computer Lab
   7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Evening Yoga at the Library with Katie Fortier  
   

Kripalu certified yoga instructor, Katie Fortier has planned a series of free yoga classes at the Berkshire Athenaeum.
Join Katie for a one hour gentle/moderate Kripalu Yoga class to cultivate breath and body awareness, stretch and tone muscles, alleviate tension, support mental clarity, invite deep peace, and honor your inner wisdom.   She will begin with warm-ups and breath work, follow a sequence of postures, and end with a short meditation and relaxation.
All are welcome.
Please bring your own mat, if you have one!

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

Tuesday August 29, 2017
   9:30 AM  -  11:00 AM Fall in Love with 3D Printing  
    Contact: Reference Services Department   413 499 9480 x202   info@pittsfieldlibrary.org
   

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Together we’ll print a summer seasonal design. Have another design you would like to try? Go ahead and test your luck in this open workshop. Taught by Madeline.

Our Computer Lab sessions are taught presuming attendees’ ability to type on a computer keyboard; use either a laptop touchpad or a mouse; and enter an address in the address bar of a browser. Those who do not have these skills are welcome to sign up for our sessions; however they may find they are unable to fully participate.

Space is limited and Preregistration is required. Registration opens August 8th.

On August 8th,  you may register for this class by clicking the Register button below and entering your library card number. Your card must be current in order to register for classes.  You may also email the Reference Department at  info@pittsfieldlibrary.org or call 413 499-9480 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.

    Location: Computer Lab

Thursday August 31, 2017
   7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Evening Yoga at the Library with Katie Fortier  
   

Kripalu certified yoga instructor, Katie Fortier has planned a series of free yoga classes at the Berkshire Athenaeum.
Join Katie for a one hour gentle/moderate Kripalu Yoga class to cultivate breath and body awareness, stretch and tone muscles, alleviate tension, support mental clarity, invite deep peace, and honor your inner wisdom.   She will begin with warm-ups and breath work, follow a sequence of postures, and end with a short meditation and relaxation.
All are welcome.
Please bring your own mat, if you have one!

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 September 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 September 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 October 4, 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 October 9, 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 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

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

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

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!

    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

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