Berkshire Athenaeum celebrates National Library Week, announces award recipients

Beginning April 7-13, libraries across the country will celebrate National Library Week with the theme of “Libraries = Strong Communities.” As part of this celebration, the Berkshire Athenaeum announces the recipients of three distinguished awards.

  • The 28th annual Library Family of the Year Award is presented to a family demonstrating “conscientious and considerate use” of the athenaeum. This year’s award recipients are Rebecca and Jesse Cook-Dubin of Pittsfield. The Cook-Dubin family visits the library several times a week and can often be seen with a “huge stack of books on their way out of library programs.” An honorable mention for this award goes to Jennifer and Kyle Burks and family.
  • The library’s 28th annual Champion Borrower Award is presented to a library patron whose “voracious reading appetite and conscientious borrowing habits constitutes what staff consider to be the ideal library user.” This year’s award goes to Catherine Frieri of Pittsfield. Runner-up honors for this award include Anna Gershenson, Brian Bailey, and Parker Fennelly.
  • The 28th annual Donald H. Lutes Volunteer of the Year is presented to that volunteer “whose efforts have provided the most positive impact” on the athenaeum.  This year’s recipient is Alan D. Horbal. For years, Alan has shared his passion and deep knowledge of genealogy with the athenaeum community and throughout the state. Runner-up honors for this award include Sandy Stowe-Wright, Janet Rogge and Angela Rifkin, and Leslie Appleget.

The names of the award winners will be engraved on plaques that will be on permanent display at the library.

First celebrated in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of the nation’s libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support. 

The athenaeum is located at 1 Wendell Ave. For more information, please call 413-499-9480.