August Artist: John “Skeets” Richards, Jr.

Milne Public Library showcases the works of

John “Skeets” Richards, Jr.

The art exhibition at the Milne Public Library in Williamstown or the month of August will showcase the work of John Richards (known locally as Skeets). Richards has been a resident of Williamstown since 1972 and exhibits regularly at the John Zaccheo Fine Art Gallery and the Southern Vermont Art Center, both in Manchester, VT and the Bryan Memorial Gallery in Jeffersonville, VT. He was formerly at the Lenox Gallery of Fine Art in Lenox, MA and Gallery Wright in Wilmington, VT. He has shown previously at the. Milne Library. Since his last exhibition, Richards has studied with NYC artist, Leah Lopez, Northern VT landscape artist extraordinaire, Andrew Orr, and Master floral painter, the internationally known, Christopher Pierce. Mr. Richards paints in oils, with emphasis on Still Life and landscape subjects; the August exhibition will feature eleven paintings consisting of Still Life subjects and landscapes featuring local Williamstown scenes. The exhibit will run from Aug. 1 until Aug. 31.

The artist also has a website which shows a full gallery of his paintings. You may access the website by going to:

The artwork can be seen along the library’s main hall. Library hours are Mon.-Fri. 10:00-5:30, Wed. 10:00- 8:00, and Saturday 10:00-4:00.

The Library has exhibit space available and encourages artists, photographers, illustrators and crafts people to hang their works for a one-month period.

For more information or to reserve exhibit space please contact Pat McLeod, Library Director at (413) 458-5369 or


TREASURE ISLAND performed at the Library!

R4 = Red Room Radio Redux* presents TREASURE ISLANDTreasure_Island_map_Robert_Louis_Stevenson

TREASURE ISLAND, adapted for radio drama from the original novel by Robert Louis Stevenson, will be presented in adapted form.


On Saturday, July 30 at 2:00 PM in the courtyard behind the Milne Library in Williamstown, MA. Bring lawn chairs and picnic blankets. In case of rain, we’ll play indoors.

The performance time is roughly one hour.

Admission is free.

This is a family-friendly event. Audience participation will be part of the fun.

R4 = Red Room Radio Redux is a community group with a long name for a simple concept:

Using techniques of readers’ theater and radio drama, we seek to re-kindle appreciation for some of the great stories and poems of the Western literary tradition.

Our adaptations draw extensively on the original writer’s language. We present a staged reading in which the performers’ voices, characterization and gestures — accompanied by live sound effects and music — recreate the story in the minds of the audience.

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.