For Herman Melville's 200th birthday, the Berkshire Athenaeum is being recognized as a literary landmark and its Melville collection is growing this fall.
"For over 75 years the Berkshire Athenaeum has been the home of the largest collection of Melville family, personal memorabilia in the world as well as one of the largest research collections available for scholarly research," said Kathy Reilly, who heads the local history department.
Berkshire Athenaeum Director Alex Reczkowski has found a fitting way to make the library more fun and welcoming to children.
The library unveiled on Monday a massive mural inspired by local author Ty Allan Jackson's book When I Close My Eyes. Jackson is a nationally recognized author and founder of Big Head Books.