Library Showcases the work of Ellen Joffe-Halpern

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The Milne Public Library in Williamstown will host the exhibit titled “Out My Window” by Ellen Joffe-Halpern for the month of October. Painted sketches of Williamstown and North Adams, her work has been created from on-site sketches that are then transformed into color, shape, pattern and line. “This exhibit includes paintings from a series of composites I call Views and 4 Piece Overviews. Sometimes one view is just not enough to convey the total picture and I challenged myself to find something in the landscape beyond my first impression. I want to look at the familiar and find something new. I try to capture the immediacy and freshness of my reaction to the landscape. Then, I hope to elicit a reaction to the painting because it creates a mood, brings back a memory, and reminds one of the joy of color.”

In conjunction with the exhibit, The Williamstown Historical Museum will present pictures of Williamstown and surrounding areas in the display case.

Ellen Joffe-Halpern, painting under the signature of Joffe is an artist, teacher and art therapist living in Williamstown. She is a member of the ArtonNO studio group in Pittsfield. She received her BFA from the University of Massachusetts and a M Ed. in expressive art therapy from Lesley College. She studied for many years with Wallace Bassford while managing the North Truro School of Art. Ellen has worked with all ages in a variety of treatment settings as an expressive arts therapist. She has also taught studio art at the High School and Community College level. In addition to being a regular exhibitor at the First Fridays Arts Walk in Pittsfield she has exhibited extensively throughout New England in solo and group exhibits.

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

Calling all teen writers!

Calling all teen writers (7th – 12th grade)! We are seeking poems or short essays for a writing contest, to be held during Teen Read Week, October 12-18.  The theme is: “Turning Dreams Into Reality.”  Submission must be an original piece of work, and should be emailed or handed in at the library (children’s room) during the week of Oct.12.  There will be a first and second place winner, and prizes will be gift cards for books or media.  Announcement of the winners will be at the end of October.

Submissions can be emailed to  Please clearly label your piece with your name, grade and contact information.

Check out Destination Williamstown!

A new Internet addition to our Berkshire online resources, Destination Williamstown is a site devoted to visitors planning a trip to our little Village Beautiful.

Check it out!  Just click on the image below. It’s a great resource and endorsement for our community.

Destination Williamstown

Goodwill donation site at the Library


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The Milne Library will join Goodwill Industries as a donation site

Every 2nd and 3rd Sunday of the month from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Beginning April 13th the big white truck will begin taking donations from the parking lot of the library.

Through donations, volunteering, recycling initiatives and sales at their retail stores, our area donors make it possible for Goodwill to train people in our community to get jobs.


Donations include the following:



Holiday items

Home goods – linens and household items

Lightly worn clothing



Albums, CD’s DVD’s and videos

Accessories – jewelry, belts, scarves, pocket books and sunglasses


Also will recycle:



Computers – All parts




Goodwill Industries of the Berkshires, serving the Berkshires and Southern Vermont.



For more information please contact Pat McLeod, Library Director at (413) 458-5369