Members of the community join Museum in annual celebration of literacy
[Pittsfield, MA] – Families and children of all ages are invited to put on their favorite pajamas and get cozy for Berkshire Museum’s annual celebration of literacy, community, and imagination, Friday, November 8, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. During Free Community Pajama Night, families are invited to read together, enjoy new and classic stories read out loud by more than 50 volunteers, meet local heroes, take home a new book, and explore the Museum’s galleries free of charge as part of National Family Literacy Month.
Berkshire Museum’s annual Pajama Night is part of its Free Community Night series, designed to provide greater access to the Museum and its programming for the people of Berkshire County. Berkshire Museum’s Free Community Nights are generously sponsored by Greylock Federal Credit Union. Additional support for Pajama Night is provided by Berkshire United Way and Blue Q.
“The Museum and its partners started Pajama night to highlight the importance of family literacy and introduce the mission of Berkshire Museum to a new generation,” says Berkshire Museum’s Chief Experience Officer Craig Langlois about this perennial family favorite, “Now in its 8th year, and with over 6,000 pajama-clad attendees, Pajama Night is a cornerstone of our programming in creating a creative, curious, and engaged community who feel welcomed when they walk through the Museum’s doors.”
This year’s Pajama Night will feature colorful hero-themed decorations and reading areas stocked with exciting stories of heroics – both real and imagined – to complement 2019’s Festival of Trees: Heroes and the Museum’s current feature exhibition She Shapes History. Several local heroes will be on hand to share their own favorite books, inspire visitors of all ages, and maybe even pose for a few selfies, including:
- Representative Tricia Farley-Bouvier, 3rd Berkshire District
- Jenny Hansell, President, Berkshire Natural Resources Council
- Berkshire County District Attorney Andrea Harrington
- Michelle Lopez, President, Berkshire Immigrant Center
- Jeff Lowenstein, Director of Community Planning, Berkshire Community Action Council, Inc.
- Melissa Mazzeo, Pittsfield City Council President and Mayoral Candidate
- Leah Reed, Vice President, NAACP Berkshire County Branch
- Mayor Linda Tyer, City of Pittsfield
- Carolyn Valli, President, Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity
- Karen Vogel, Director of Community Impact, Berkshire United Way
- Chief Michael Wynn, Pittsfield Police Department
- Principals from area schools
- And more!
About Berkshire Museum
Berkshire Museum is located at 39 South Street (Route 7) in Pittsfield, MA. The Museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday noon to 5 pm. Admission is $13 adult, $6 child (under 18); free admission for Museum members, EBT cardholders, and children age 3 and under. For more information, visit www.berkshiremuseum.org or call 413.443.7171.