Book Talk at the Library Nov. 2

Save the Last Dance by Eric Joseph and Eva Ungar Grudinimage
Book Talk at the Milne Public Library – Williamstown
Wed. November 2nd at 6:30

Save the Last Dance, a modern novel, all in email and text, tracks the reunion, fifty years later, of two older adults who had been teenage sweethearts. The book doesn’t only delve into the power of first love regenerated, but also the consequences – the disapproval and interference from friends and family, whose lives their reunion derailed.

Excerpts from reviews:

Kirkus Reviews (special selection): “a witty, complex love story about a late-in-life romance”.

Amazon readers:
“An Absolute Triumph! … a wonderful, charming, sexy, funny and poignant story of love that transcends decades and distance … immensely uplifting — a “must read” for anyone who believes in the power of taking chances at any stage of your life.”

“Save the Last Dance” is a wonderful, charming, sexy, funny and poignant story of love that transcends decades and distance. Being similar in age to the main characters, I found this story immensely uplifting — although I do believe there is a message in it for all ages. This is a “must read” for anyone who believes in the power of taking chances at any stage of your life.”

“From the slow and delicious development of revisited love lain dormant for decades to the surprise ending, the only disappointment the reader feels is that [s]he has reached the last page and must leave these characters behind.”

“Perfect for reading groups – a wonderful platform for introspection or discussion.”



Like the main characters in this, their debut novel, Eric Joseph and Eva Ungar Grudin found each other after fifty years apart. Raised in the Cleveland suburbs in the 1950’s and early 60’s, they were teenage sweethearts who set a wedding date when they turned fifteen. The authors’ reconnection via email launched the idea for a story told through emails and texts, a uniquely modern version of the epistolary novel. The novel is exceptional in its exploration of the intimate thoughts of older people.

About the authors:

Eric Joseph lives in Evanston, Illinois and has been a consultant and educator in health care. Much of his career has been dedicated to Native American health programs. Along the way he has authored numerous publications in his field.

Eva Ungar Grudin is an art historian who taught at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts for over forty years. In addition to her publications about art, she has written and appeared in a multi-media performance piece, Sounding to A, about inheriting the Holocaust. She is a co-founder of CounterAct, a public guerrilla performance group against racism in her native Austria. (

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.

NEW: Online Driver’s Education


Milne Library is now offering a free driver education program.

What’s included?

Your Driver Education program contains the following state-specific information:

  •  11 car practice tests
  •  9 motorcycle practice tests
  •  10 CDL (Commercial Driver’s License) practice tests
  •  3 online driver’s manuals (car, motorcycle, CDL)
  •  An FAQ section with detailed answers to 100+ DMV-related questions

Just click on this link to get started:

Knitting in the afternoon at the library

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The Milne Public Library will host a knitting group every Tuesday from 2:00-4:00 beginning January 12th 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. You can start at any time.

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.

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

2017 John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest


2017 John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest:

The 2017 Profile in Courage Essay Contest challenges U.S. high school students to write a new profile in courage regarding a U.S. elected official who served in 1917 or after.  Many cash prizes are offered, and the first prize is $20,000. Deadline is January 6, 2017.

For more information and to submit your essay go to