Jon Katz to speak at the Milne Library

Jon Katz to speak at the Milne Public Library9780345531193

Saturday February 21st at 1:00, famous author, known for his many dog books and the animals from Bedlam Farm, NY Jon Katz, will speak at the library in Williamstown. His latest book will interest readers of all ages and families are encouraged to attend this event.

It was a call from an animal control officer about a neglected donkey named Simon that set off a chain of events, forever changing New York Times bestselling author Jon Katz’s outlook on mercy and compassion. In his latest heartwarming and heartrending memoir, SAVING SIMON, Jon examines the depths of the human-animal bond with his trademark grace, strength and skill.

In spring 2011, Jon wasn’t planning on adding another animal to his already full home on Bedlam Farm, but when he was notified of a malnourished donkey on a failing farm in upstate New York, that all changed. From the moment Jon saw the wrenching sight of Simon, he couldn’t help falling in love with the skinny, mangy donkey who had already suffered so much. Jon immediately decided to take him in.

A difficult road to recovery, Jon fed Simon by hand, read to him, and took him on walks. As their friendship grew, Simon taught Jon the true significance of compassion and how to open up “not just to [Simon], not just to animals, but to the human experience. To love, to risk, to friendship.” With warmth and keen emotional insight, Jon takes his readers on a rewarding journey to discovering a more meaningful life.

Jon will be bringing a special friend with him to the program and many of his books will be available for purchase and Jon will signing them supplied by Water St. Books, Williamstown.

For more information call Pat McLeod, Library Director (413) 458-5369


Knitting in the Afternoon at the Milne Library

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The Milne Public Library will host a knitting group every Tuesday from 2:00-4:00 beginning February 24 and continuing into April.

All levels of experience are welcome. The program is free and open to the public. Just bring your projects and knit. The group may explore different yarns and items to knit including socks, shawls, sweaters, hats, etc.

The group coordinator will be Carole Thompson who enjoys exploring yarns and designing her own patterns using body measurements. Carole is the Curator of the Robert Frost Museum in Shaftsbury.

Sign up is required contact the Library.

The David & Joyce Milne Public Library is located at 1095 Main St. Williamstown, (413) 458-5369

Improv for Teens!



Introduction to Improv for Teens:  Tuesday, Feb. 17, 3-4 pm at the Milne Public Library

This short program will introduce teens to improvisational acting, through a series of games and exercises. Seth Brown, a 10-year veteran of the Royal Berkshire Improv Troupe, will facilitate.

Sign up, in advance, in the children’s room or call 458-5369.

Boston Bruins 8th Annual PJ Drive


Boston Bruins 8th Annual PJ Drive, in partnership with Cradles to Crayons

From Feb.1 – Feb. 25 the Milne Public Library will be collecting NEW pajamas (must be in original wrapping), to send to children who are in need – to keep them safe, warm, feeling valued and ready to learn!  The donation box will be located in a central place in the library.  Please contribute!!

Any questions?  Contact Helen Olshever in the Children’s Room.


January Artist…Liz Hannock

unnamedFor the month of January Williamstown resident Liz Hannock will be exhibiting her photography on the walls of the David & Joyce Milne Public Library in Williamstown.

The show is titled “Children of the Seventies” and it all started when Liz was writing school newsletters for the Loundonville School and Saint Agnes (now known as Doane Stuart School) in New York.  “I wanted pictures to go with the stories and that was the beginning”. “Next I got excited about writing occasional Sunday features for the Albany Times Union. I chose subjects that were interesting to photograph.”

In 1968 Liz Hannock exhibited her photography at the Parent’s Magazine Gallery in Manhattan. In 1969 she did a photograph for Albany’s favorite author, William Kennedy for his first novel The Ink Truck and it became the jacket photo.

Finally she discovered color film and what it did for portraying children. Mothers kept calling her and soon she was on a new adventure  “Children of the Seventies”, which this exhibit will feature.

Liz Hannock is also the mother of Stephen Hannock, who has three paintings in the Metropolitan Museum of art and won an Academy Award for What Dreams May Come that starred Robin Williams for special visual effects.

Library hours are Mon –Fri. 10-5:30, Wed. 10-8, and Sat. 10-4. For information contact Pat McLeod, Library Director at or 458-5369.