Illustrated History Program for Families

colorful-history-of-fort-massachusettsPlease join us on Saturday, September 24 at 11 am at the Milne Public Library for a colorful illustrated lecture for children and families about the Forgotten Ledge of Fort Massachusetts.  Wendy Champney will lead the audience on a fascinating journey through history.  We will follow the clues as they reveal the location of Indian Ledge and uncover its vibrant, lost history.  Audience members will also discover the significance of the relationship between the ledge and the 1746 attack on Fort Massachusetts located in present-day North Adams.   Wendy is author of the book The Forgotten Ledge of Fort Massachusetts and the coloring book Colorful History of Fort Massachusetts.  This program is perfect for families hoping to learn more about our local history dating to the earliest days of settlement when North Adams was the westernmost outpost of Massachusetts.


Mrs. Champney is a lifelong resident of North Adams and is a retired McCann Technical School teacher.  She hopes to inspire curiosity about local history in students throughout the Berkshires.  She serves on the Historical Commission in North Adams and is a member of the Friends of Fort Massachusetts.  The home on the Ledge which inspired her book has been in her family since the 1960s.  Wendy’s book and coloring book will be available at the lecture for you to enjoy.

Library Parking Lot Construction


The David & Joyce Milne Public Library in Williamstown will be replacing the library parking lot, curbs and sidewalks.

DelSignore Blacktop Paving will begin work Thursday Sept. 8th. The project will be phased with the front of the parking lot (alongside the rotary) being taken down to the dirt, graded, new drainage, stone laid, curbs and sidewalks replaced.

This will leave only about 15 parking spaces near the front door. The exit will also be used as the entrance and is a single lane road. So traffic control and signage will be determined as the work begins. The first phase is expected to take 2 weeks. This will be a major inconvenience it is suggested that the public limit their visits to the library with a motor vehicle. Any parking in a non-designated area will be towed.

The second phase will be those spaces closest to the front door and the exit and entrance will both be from the existing library entrance off the rotary. That phase should be of minimum inconvenience and is expected to be two weeks with maybe 2-3 days that the library will close for paving and striping lines.

The job is the responsibility of the Dept. of Public Works, any questions or comments you may direct them to Tim Kaiser, Director of Public Works at 458-9345

Milne Library to Host “Reflections on the River”

Milne Library to Host “Reflections on the River”bowlby no. 3

During the month of September, the Hoosic River Watershed Association will present “Reflections on the River,” an exhibition of works by local artists.  The Milne Library in Williamstown will host the show.  For many years HooRWA has staged “Riverworks” along the river trails at Cole Field.  The pieces shown at “Riverworks” have primarily been sculptures and installations, designed to be exhibited temporarily in an outdoor environment.

“Reflections on the River” will give artists who work primarily in two dimensions an opportunity to present their responses to the beautiful Hoosic River in paintings, prints, photographs, and collages.  More than twenty artists will display their works at the library during September.  During the show information will be available explaining HooRWA’s efforts to protect the river and to make it more accessible to our communities.

For further information:
Steve McMahon
Executive Director
Hoosic River Watershed Assoc.
906 Main Street
Williamstown MA 01267

Milne Library honors Priscilla Coulter

The Milne Library staff were deeply saddened to hear about the passing of one of our oldest working staff members, Priscilla Coulter. Priscilla had been working at the library for almost 20 years when she had to take a leave for her health in 2016. Prior to that, Priscilla was a very hard worker, never missing a day at the library. She handled most of our inter-library loans, as well as working at the circulation desk in the afternoons.

Priscilla was a graduate of Russell Sage College in New York, and had been a gym teacher at a private secondary school in New York City, enjoying nights out at the opera. She was an avid outdoor hiker and gardener. She had two daughters and a son that she raised in Williamstown.

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New Online Comics & Graphic Novels!


The Milne Library is adding to our digital online content offerings with a new e-book platform featuring comics and graphic novels.

You’ll need your library card handy to register. Look for “Milne Library” in the drop-down menu for library selection.The service is FREE with your Williamstown Library account.

Click here to try out this exciting new online service.