Coffee with Senator Ben Downing on July 27

State Senator Benjamin B. Downing (D- Pittsfield) announces today that his next Coffee & Conversation public forum will be held in Williamstown at the David & Joyce Milne Public Library (1095 Main Street) on Monday, July 27, from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

In order to be accessible to all his constituents, no matter where they live, Senator Downing hosts monthly Coffee & Conversation open forums in rotating towns across his Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin & Hampden district.

All are welcome to join Senator Downing and his district staff during these events to pose a question, submit a comment or pitch an idea regarding state government. Downing provides free coffee and refreshments for those who attend.

For more details on the Senator’s Coffee & Conversation program, please visit Downing’s online office at and click on “Upcoming Events.”

The photography of Deborah Schneer

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The Milne Public Library in Williamstown will host a large collection of photography of local artist Deborah Schneer for the months of July and August. The walls and display case will feature her work.

Deborah Schneer came to the Berkshires when her family moved here from New York City in 1961. In her youth she was an avid black and white photographer with a darkroom where she developed and printed her own work. She took courses in film and photography in Amherst and NYC and spent a summer as a resident photographer at Cummington Community of the Arts. After working as an apprentice film editor in Manhattan, she earned her Ph.D. in Literature from the University of Massachusetts and taught English at various institutions including UMass, Westfield State College, and the University of Montana. Most recently, she served as the interim Writing Coordinator at Williams College. She has exhibited up and down the Berkshires, from South County to North including at the former North Adams Regional Hospital, Downtown Inc. and Epoch at Melbourne in Pittsfield, and the Welles Gallery in Lenox. For more information about her work, visit her website at


A reception for the artist will be announced later.


The library is open from 10-5:30 Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 10-8 on Wednesdays and 10-4 on Saturdays.

We Need You! Library Survey!

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The Trustees of the David & Joyce Milne Public Library are conducting research to help inform our 2015 Milne Library Master Plan. This plan will help us set priorities for services and programs in the next 5 years. So that we may better serve you, we would like to learn more about your needs and interests. Whether you visit the Library once a week, once a month, hardly ever, or even never, we want to know YOUR thoughts. What should your public library offer to its community?

This survey should take about 10 minutes to complete, and your responses are anonymous.

If you have any questions about the survey, please do not hesitate to email Pat McLeod, Library Director, at, or call the library at (413) 458-5369.

Thank you for your participation.

New Online Magazine Service!


Recorded Books is pleased to announce Zinio for Libraries, a new online periodical catalog with magazines free for library patrons to browse.

To Access: use the following web link to get to the Zinio homepage and set up your new free Zinio account:

NOTE: there are SPECIFIC steps to set up a free account and to access magazines from a mobile device.

First, you MUST create your Zinio account via their website. After creating your account online, select any magazines you’d like to read. Once you’ve done this, you can then activate your mobile device to view the magazines you’ve selected online.

To activate your mobile device for viewing magazines, go to the app store, search for the Zinio app, and download it. Now this is where is gets a little tricky. When you log into the app (with the name and password you created at their website), it will ask you to select your country (pick United States), and then your state – BUT you HAVE TO select Maryland as your home state, not Massachusetts. And instead of your library name, you MUST type in/or select “Popular 50 eMagazine Collection.” Once you’ve done this, you will see the magazines you selected via their website, ready for viewing.  You will only have to do this once.

If you have any questions, comments, please contact us at the library.