The Berkshire Athenaeum, Pittsfield’s public library, is pleased to announce that it issued and renewed more than 500 library cards for adults and children in September, which was National Library Card Sign-up Month.

National Library Card Sign-up Month is an initiative of the American Library Association. Marley Dias, author, executive producer, and founder of #1000BlackGirlBooks, was the Honorary Chair of the 2021 National Library Card Sign-up Month.

“A library card provides an opportunity for discovery and access to a rich and diverse world. It empowers you to make a change and experience new stories,” Dias says.

The initiative was co-sponsored by more than a dozen downtown Pittsfield businesses that offered discounts to patrons who showed their library cards at participating locations. The Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum supported the athenaeum’s celebration by raffling off a Kindle Fire HD 10 to patrons who signed up for or renewed their library cards.

The Athenaeum is open 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday – Thursday; 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday; and 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday. For more information, please call 413-499-9480, Ext. 202 during library hours, email info@pittsfieldlibrary.org, or visit www.pittsfieldlibrary.org

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