Brown’s Defeat:

A bad day for Western Massachusetts

during the Revolutionary War

Thursday, Oct. 22, 7:00-8:30pm

Most people have never heard of the “other” John Brown,

the Revolutionary War leader from Pittsfield who was an early critic

of Benedict Arnold, lead a daring raid on Fort Ticonderoga in 1777,

and died with more than thirty of his men on October 19th,

1780 in an obscure fight on the Mohawk River.  The Battle of Stone Arabia

took a heavy toll on Col. Brown’s Massachusetts State Levies, men raised

in the Berkshires and adjacent parts of the Pioneer Valley.

Local Historian Tim Abbott tells the story of their service

and suffering 240 years ago on the New York frontier.

This program will be recorded and posted later on the Library website.

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Mason Library

Current limited Hours

Tuesday – Friday, 1-4 pm
Holds pick-up only

Curbside pick-up is still available tues-friday, 1-4 by appointment.

Covid-19 has affected us all profoundly.

We are working with limited staffing.

Please be patient with us as we continue to move forward

in a manner that will be safe for patrons and staff.

Ramsdell Library:

Curbside pick-up  

Wednesdays from 1-4.


Unfortunately, we are not able to offer browsing or computers at this time. 

The Children’s Room will remain closed to patrons for the present moment.

Library bathrooms are not available for public use at this time.

Rest assured that we are working on a plan to offer more services.


All visitors to the library are required to wear a mask.

We ask that you sanitize your hands using the products provided.

Please consider limiting the number of family members when picking up your holds,

as the maximum number of patrons is limited to 10 at a timeThank you!


We apologize, but we will not be able to make additions to orders

after 12 pm for same day pick up due to limited staffing.

Online Patron Registration is Here!

We are happy to be offering new patron cards again.

Please follow this link to fill out our application.

Be sure to include a phone and/or email address.

You will then be contacted to come in, show your ID

and proof of address and pick up your card.





Enjoy complimentary access to the from the comfort of your own home!

Instructions and access can be found here.

To activate your subscription, you will need to log in or register first.


The New York Times
Sunday Crossword
is back!

Pick up a copy of the Crossword Puzzle,

Tuesday-Friday, from 1-4

A display will be set up on the

Curbside Pick-Up Table.

image courtesy The New York Times


Request your materials:
By phone: (413) 528-2403 (10-5, weekdays)
By email:
Youth Bundled Books: online order form


Inter-Library Loan is back!
When your item is in, you will receive an email or phone call to let you know.

You can then come in to Mason, Tuesday – Friday 1-4 pm (Dresser Avenue entrance)

and pick up your hold at the Main Circulation Desk, or call ahead to schedule a curbside pick-up.

You can also schedule a pick-up at Ramsdell on Wednesdays 1-4 pm (Ramsdell Library vestibule).


We will package your items in a paper bag marked with your last name and first initial.

A receipt with your items’ due dates will be included.

Please continue to return items in the book drops:

the book drops at both libraries are OPEN.

Returned materials will be quarantined for 72 hours before recirculating.


Thank you for your patience and understanding

as we try to move forward!

Please check our website regularly

for updates.

Please contact Ed Abrahams at

to arrange a time & drop off location

for any donations.

Please do not leave donations at the library.

Thank you!

FREE access to the current issue of THE NEWSletter

can be found here: The NEWSletter Vol. 30 Is. 2.