Milne Library to Host “Reflections on the River”

Milne Library to Host “Reflections on the River”bowlby no. 3

During the month of September, the Hoosic River Watershed Association will present “Reflections on the River,” an exhibition of works by local artists.  The Milne Library in Williamstown will host the show.  For many years HooRWA has staged “Riverworks” along the river trails at Cole Field.  The pieces shown at “Riverworks” have primarily been sculptures and installations, designed to be exhibited temporarily in an outdoor environment.

“Reflections on the River” will give artists who work primarily in two dimensions an opportunity to present their responses to the beautiful Hoosic River in paintings, prints, photographs, and collages.  More than twenty artists will display their works at the library during September.  During the show information will be available explaining HooRWA’s efforts to protect the river and to make it more accessible to our communities.

For further information:
Steve McMahon
Executive Director
Hoosic River Watershed Assoc.
906 Main Street
Williamstown MA 01267

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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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


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.