Libraries across the country celebrate National Library Week this year from April 12 through April 18, with the theme of, "Unlimited possibilities @ your library." Three awards are presented annually as part of the National Library Week celebration at the Berkshire Athenaeum, Pittsfield's public library.
The twenty-fourth annual Library Family of the Year Award is presented to that family demonstrating conscientious and considerate use of the Berkshire Athenaeum that best typifies the ideal library users, this year going to the Thomas and Robin Ribero family of Jacoby Avenue in Pittsfield. Selected by a consensus of Children’s Library staff, the Ribero family scored high in awareness of library programs and services, were conscientious in their use of library services, and had integrated their use of the library into the family routine. Families receiving honorable mention in this award include the Oleg Baburin and Richele Baburina family of Lanesborough, the Amber Boinay family of Pittsfield, and the Jay and Aimee Lalime family of New Lebanon, NY. The 2014 Family of the Year Award went to the Rabbi Josh Breindel and Stephanie Bennett family of Pittsfield.
Susan Testa, of Curtis Terrace in Pittsfield, has been selected to receive the library's twenty-fourth annual Champion Borrower Award, presented to the library patron whose voracious reading appetite and conscientious borrowing habits constitutes what staff consider to be the ideal library user. Runner�€‘up honors for this award went to Andrea Shackford and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hardej, both of Pittsfield. Last year's award went to Philip Winnard of Craigie Avenue in Pittsfield.
The twenty-third annual Donald H. Lutes Volunteer of the Year was presented to that volunteer whose efforts have provided the most positive impact on the Berkshire Athenaeum, this year going to Angela Rifkin of Willshire Drive in Williamstown as a result of her help with genealogical research in the library’s Local History Department. Runner�€‘up honors for this award went to Michael Vickery, a student at Pittsfield High School who assisted in the Reference Department, Virginia Durwin of Norman Avenue in Pittsfield who helped out in the Adult Circulation Department, and John Fetherolf of Great Barrington who helped in the Local History Department. Last year's award went to Janet Rogge of Highland Avenue in Adams.
Award winners will have their names engraved on plaques permanently on display at the library.
First sponsored 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 our nation's libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support. All types of libraries - school, public, academic and special - participate. Best-selling author David Baldacci serves as Honorary Chair of National Library Week 2015 (April 12-18, 2015). Baldacci’s novels have been translated into more than 45 languages and have been adapted for film and television. Over 110 million copies of his books are in print worldwide. In addition, Baldacci is involved with several philanthropic organizations, including his family’s Wish You Well Foundation®, which fosters and promotes the development and expansion of literacy and educational programs.