November at the Library: Animal Watercolors
Wildlife artist Dan Daniels makes a return to the Milne Library for the month of November with bright, vibrant watercolors of animals, birds and fish in various action scenes making one wonder: ”What’s going to happen next?” Colorful natural settings and some Native American Indian backgrounds are included.
Dan is an avid walker, bird watcher, traveler, and photographer which provide source material for his paintings. A lifetime sketcher and painter, he has exhibited his work in art fairs, libraries and craft shows around the country. Dan enjoys the medium of watercolor for its ability to create moods and atmosphere through mixing and layering
Dan lives with his wife, Eugenie, in Hancock, Mass. and paints the natural world in vivid watercolors. Dan has won awards, participated in group and solo shows and sold paintings in numerous art fairs. Dan spends as much time in the outdoors as possible and is inspired by artists who do sporting art, ornithological (bird) art, and duck stamp artists
These drawings can be seen along the library’s main hall, Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Artists interested in hanging there artwork can contact Pat McLeod, Library Director at 413-458-5369 or email@example.com
Beneath the Surface –Teen Summer Reading wraps up!
This year we had 41 teens signed up, reporting a total of 116 books, and probably more were actually read. About 25 prizes were distributed and we had two highly successful workshops, attended by 22 kids in total.
Here’s a short list of some highly recommended books that were read by your peers this summer:
TITLE – AUTHOR
We the Children – Clements
A Single Shard – Park
Into the Wild – Hunter
Wild Man Island – Hobbs
Gunslinger Girl 1, 2, and 3 – Yu Aida
Release of the Red Phoenix – Yoyo
Fly By Night – Hardinge
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry – Taylor
Wizards at War – Duane
Uglies – Westerfeld
The Witches – Dahl
Here’s To You Rachel Robinson – Blume
Call of the Winged Panther – Yoyo
Tunnels – Gordon/Williams
Boy 2 Girl – Blacker
Fablehaven – Mull
Caught – Haddix
Mockingjay – Collins
Copper – Kibuishi
Kira-Kira – Kadohata
Trace – Cornwell
Out of the Dust – Hesse
Breadcrumbs – Ursu
Small Steps – Sachar
This program has been temporarily suspended while Williams College students are on summer break. The program will resume in September when they return for classes.
“Reading is Great” is a buddy system reading program in partnership with Williams College. Your child can have a Williams College student be their “reading buddy” for a time, to encourage their reading skills.
“Reading is Great” is offered on Saturday mornings from 10:30-noon, in the Children’s Room at the Milne Public Library.
This program will be suspended during the Williams College Spring Break: March 15-31.
Through a generous grant from the Alice Saver Foundation, Williamstown, MA the Milne Public Library in Williamstown upgraded their computer lab. The grant paid for 6 new computers that replace PC’s that were almost 10 years old, plus new wide screen monitors. The new lab has faster speed and greater access to new applications and software. The patrons are all remarking on the incredible improvements to a highly used service.
In addition the library has added computer training on the website www.milnelibrary.org. The online service is called Atomic Training and provides access to online, on-demand video training tutorials on the most popular software. Users can improve job skills by learning specific software training tutorials, it helps users of all ages become more proficient on basic computer applications and it’s paced to use when time allows. Some of the training tutorials include: Twitter, Skype, iPad, Word, Excel, Photoshop and many more to help with new technology.
The Library is highly dependent on fundraising and grants to provide the vital library that we have and to maintain the second highest circulation for a library in Berkshire County. You can anticipate that many users will enjoy sharing this up-to-date computer service to anyone who visits the Milne Library.
The Milne Public Library is located on Route 2 across from the Williams Inn. The hours of the Library are 10:5:30, Wednesday 10-8
and Saturday 10-4.
February & Spring Programs for Teens!
“Amazing Portraits,” photography workshop for 6th graders and up,
with photographer/educator Caroline Schneider. This class will meet
twice at the library: Thursday, Feb. 21, 1-2 pm; and Thursday, Feb. 28, 3:30-4:40 pm.
Cameras will be provided if you don’t have one, and the workshop will
culminate in a photo exhibition at the library. Sign up in advance
in the children’s room at the library, or call us at 413-458-5369.
“2013 Massachusetts Teen Video Challenge!” Teens are invited to create a
video that promotes the annual library summer reading program. This year the theme is “Beneath the Surface.” If your video is chosen, you could win $275 and an award for your home library. For more information, talk to Helen Olshever (Children’s Room Librarian) or go to the Collaborative Summer Library Program website.