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Milne Public Library Williamstown This is the official page for the David & Joyce Milne Public Library in Williamstown, Massachusetts.
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This is the official page for the David & Joyce Milne Public Library in Williamstown, Massachusetts. This page is dedicated to keeping our local patrons informed on upcoming events at the library, as well as exciting new library acquisitions. We will also post important announcements about the library and its staff. Patrons are welcome to post recommendations for us here as well.

Mission: To serve our local population's cultural and literary needs to the best of our abilities.

Anyone can join this "community conversation" about loneliness and social isolation as a public health issue, TOMORROW a...
05/27/2020
AARP MA Community Conversation Berkshires, MA 5/28/20

Anyone can join this "community conversation" about loneliness and social isolation as a public health issue, TOMORROW at 10am. There are multiple meetings, but this one is specific to the Berkshires. Especially relevant during these times of social isolation - click below to read the summary and sign up!

Julie Andrews reads children's books - see more here:https://www.julieslibraryshow.org/
05/25/2020
Julie's Library

Julie Andrews reads children's books - see more here:

https://www.julieslibraryshow.org/

Join icon Julie Andrews for story time! Julie and her daughter children’s author Emma Walton Hamilton, read their favorite children’s books on this podcast.

Dr. Jane Goodall is doing weekly readings of some of her favorite children's books. Click below for more!
05/22/2020
Enjoy reading books with Dr. Jane!

Dr. Jane Goodall is doing weekly readings of some of her favorite children's books. Click below for more!

Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, UN Messenger of Peace, and founder of the Jane Goodall Institute, shares virtual readings of some of her favorite books for children every week from her home in Bournemouth, England!

There is so much going on these days, and it's pretty overwhelming. Mass 211 is the centralized hub for comprehensive in...
05/21/2020
Home

There is so much going on these days, and it's pretty overwhelming. Mass 211 is the centralized hub for comprehensive information about and referral to the complete spectrum of services in Massachusetts relating to health and human services.

https://mass211.org/

Join Academy Award-winning filmmaker, Taika Waititi as he reads James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl, in full across ...
05/21/2020
Roald Dahl HQ

Join Academy Award-winning filmmaker, Taika Waititi as he reads James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl, in full across 10 episodes. See the link below:

Greetings to you! We shake you warmly by the hand! Do take a look around! You'll find storytelling, creative ideas and all sort of other audio-visual treats ...

Our local publisher, Storey Publishing, was featured in the NYT Home section.  Their vast selection of Do-it-yourself bo...
05/21/2020
How-To Books for an Age of Insecurity

Our local publisher, Storey Publishing, was featured in the NYT Home section. Their vast selection of Do-it-yourself books have become very popular now that so many of us are at home. If you can't access the full-text of this article and you'd like to read it, please contact me at [email protected]!

Interested in learning how to knit your own socks, make cheese or grow medicinal herbs during your home quarantine? You’re not alone.

We now have a page of librarian videos on our website - meet our newest employee, plus hear what some of us are reading ...
05/18/2020
Staff Videos - Vlogs | Milne Library

We now have a page of librarian videos on our website - meet our newest employee, plus hear what some of us are reading and watching:

(Thanks to Rocio, Roz, and Marta!)

The MassTech Collaborative and MassRobotics have co-produced 'Robot Stories,' a student-focused online webinar series th...
05/16/2020
Robotics | MassTech

The MassTech Collaborative and MassRobotics have co-produced 'Robot Stories,' a student-focused online webinar series that highlights Massachusetts as the leader of the robotics revolution.

For four weeks, starting Wednesday, May 20th, several of the world's leading roboticists will be interviewed by students and give the inside stories on their passion for robotics, how and when they first got into robotics, and their current work.

See here for more details and to register:
https://masstech.org/robotics

05/14/2020
New Bedford Free Public Library

Here's a messy art project from Miss Sam, who actually worked at the Milne a couple of years ago. This looks like fun!

Hi all! Here's our Howland Green Branch Manager, Sam, showing us how to create tie-dye newspaper. Once the dyed paper is dry it can be used in place of regular paper in other craft projects, how fun!

Next week we'll be posting a follow up video where we use this paper to create some colorful spring decorations, so be sure to check back!

Thanks for watching! :)

We’ve done a few videos lately of what we’ve been reading and watching (see those in our newsletter or on our website!)....
05/12/2020

We’ve done a few videos lately of what we’ve been reading and watching (see those in our newsletter or on our website!). Now it’s your turn to share what you’ve been up to, and how you’ve kept yourself entertained.

I’ll get us started - Romantic Outlaws, by Charlotte Gordon; Tamari the Fox Maiden and other Asian Stories) (fun graphic novel); Daughter of York, by Anne Easter Smith (historic fiction). Plus a bunch of random stuff on my Kindle that I can’t take a picture of! -Kirsten

05/11/2020

Just a reminder: while we are closed, all due dates have been extended until July 1st. We have our book drop locked up, so don't even try to return items yet - just hold onto things until we tell you that we're ready for them! There will no fines on the items you have out now.

We know that you are impatient to get more books and movies - we are too! In the meantime, let us know if we can help you with e-books or our other digital resources.

Looking for a local connection? Our local tv station, Willinet, has all kinds of recorded programs and upcoming broadcas...
05/11/2020
Welcome to Willinet Community Television

Looking for a local connection? Our local tv station, Willinet, has all kinds of recorded programs and upcoming broadcasts - on its website, and live on the channel - from religious services to exercise classes to candidates for the planning board sharing their views. Many programs have always been available but even more are now, since COVID eliminated public gatherings.

Since we aren't in the physical building, we created a virtual bulletin board on our website for flyers (which would oth...
05/08/2020
Community Bulletin Board | Milne Library

Since we aren't in the physical building, we created a virtual bulletin board on our website for flyers (which would otherwise be hung on an actual bulletin board) - be sure to check here for the latest news. (If you have an event you'd like posted here, please use the Contact Us page to let us know.)

This is our virtual Community Corner Bulletin Board. We will be posting local information and events much like we had at the library on the actual bulletin board. If you know of an event or piece of information that is useful to our community, please use the Contact Us page to let us know.

Check out this year's Pulitzer Prize winners, just announced!  Numerous prizes in the journalism and book categories are...
05/05/2020
2020 Pulitzer Prize Winners & Finalists

Check out this year's Pulitzer Prize winners, just announced! Numerous prizes in the journalism and book categories are awarded, plus prizes for music, poetry and drama.

2020 Prizewinners and finalists, including bios, photos, jurors and work by winners and finalists

A valuable skill in today's world is coding. Find lots of coding games for all ages at https://hourofcode.com/us/learn a...
05/05/2020
Hour of Code

A valuable skill in today's world is coding. Find lots of coding games for all ages at https://hourofcode.com/us/learn and see what you can create!

The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students. One-hour tutorials are available in 45+ languages for all ages.

05/04/2020
www.milnelibrary.org

Do you need a little extra help in accessing the library's digital content and resources? We're posting some video tutorials to assist you - go to our website to watch:

https://www.milnelibrary.org/staff-videos#

Of course, feel free to reach out to us if you need a little more assistance than what's posted there.

05/04/2020

Got a question about what's new in books, how (and why!) to use a database, or how to access any of our digital resources like Libby or RBDigital? Feel free to email Kira, the Milne Public Library reference librarian, at [email protected] with your inquiry!

05/01/2020
www.mass.gov

As of Wednesday, face masks or other coverings are mandated in public, whether you are indoors or outside.

Do you have piles of books you've already read, quarantined along with you?  Do you think you are finished with them com...
04/30/2020
What Can Your Book's Copyright Page Tell You? | Book Riot

Do you have piles of books you've already read, quarantined along with you? Do you think you are finished with them completely? Maybe not! Find a book's copyright page and you can learn a lot, according to this article from Book Riot - for example, why the legal statement about works of fiction? Where should a bookstore, as opposed to a library, shelve this book? Will this book be copywritten for 70, 95 years, or none?

You know. That page you always flip past. But there's so much rad information your book's copyright page can tell you. Join us on this nerd adventure!

04/29/2020
Town of Williamstown Government

Town of Williamstown Government

The Department of Public Health has released it's weekly town by town data today. We recognize that the reporting of a total number may be challenging to put in context for what is actually happening and what is happening today. Our first responders, Board of Health and Emergency Management Director review accurate daily data from the Northern Berkshire Operations Center that is more helpful to adjust our ongoing responses.

Sadly, the vast majority of the cases in Williamstown have been localized at Williamstown Commons. The number of cases reflects total positive tests attributed by the state to Williamstown since the beginning of this crisis (multiple weeks.) From an emergency response we focus on ACTIVE cases both within Williamstown Commons and in the rest of the community. The active number is significantly lower than the cumulative number of positive cases. Sadly again, the vast majority of the active cases are also localized at Williamstown Commons. Reassuringly, the number of cases medically classified as recovered greatly outnumber the active cases both at the Commons and within the community.

We appreciate the responsible and cautious behavior being practiced by so many residents through this episode. It is reflected in the low numbers of total cases and very low number of active cases within Williamstown. Please do not take this success as an encouragement to become complacent. There are active cases in the region, in the county and in the state and those numbers do continue to increase. One of the things we have learned is that some people will have Covid-19 and be asymptomatic. In those cases, they are capable of spreading to others while they themselves have no signs. At this point, knowing that most testing is being done for people showing symptoms, any of our data locally and statewide undercounts the number of people who may be infected at any given time. So caution remains important. Continue to socially distance and wear a mask if you cannot be sure that you can always remain 6 feet away from others. Limit trips and continue to regularly wash your hands.

Lastly, please know that the Town, in partnership with public safety, health and municipal officials across Northern Berkshire County, are paying close attention to actual conditions on the ground daily. We all are sharing the most accurate information available with one another and adjusting our actions accordingly. Be wary of any numbers without context and know that there are limitations we all face with information reported by other organizations. Further, because of the complexity of the situation and a need to protect patient privacy, we cannot share specific numbers. And right now, given the continued uncertainty about this pandemic and the nature of this virus, our individual behavior should be at the same heightened level of caution, whether someone reports a number of 5, 50 or 500.

04/27/2020
Town of Williamstown Government

FYI - the town election has been rescheduled. Read on:

Williamstown's annual town election has been rescheduled to Tuesday, June 23rd due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Please see the link below to access the application if you would like to early vote (EV) by mail. Additional forms are available outside the town hall and Harper Center (on Church Street). The completed and signed application must be received by Monday, June 22nd at 12 (noon) pm. Please keep in mind, you should allow for mailing time back and forth. This application may only be used for the annual town election. Ballots may be returned via mail or put in the drop box next to the front door at town hall.

https://williamstownma.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Early-Voting-Application.pdf

Since we are unable to open the library doors to help our community, we are busy coming up with new ways to serve you fr...
04/27/2020
Home Page | Milne Library

Since we are unable to open the library doors to help our community, we are busy coming up with new ways to serve you from afar. Please visit our website at https://www.milnelibrary.org/ to see some new features, including a Community Bulletin Board and a page of video tutorials to walk you through the steps on how to access digital media and other resources.

And please let us know if you have questions we can help you with! We all miss you.

04/26/2020
World Bird Sanctuary

Time for stories with some owl babies!

It's Storytime with Allison! Grab a blanket, sit back and relax as our Naturalist Allison reads the story Owl Babies to some of our very own owl babies!

04/24/2020
PBS KIDS

Michelle Obama is doing a weekly read aloud on the PBS Kids page - see below for the first one:

It’s “Mondays with Michelle Obama,” part of the PBS KIDS Read-Along series. The first book is “The Gruffalo” written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler. Watch here, on Penguin Random House, and anytime on the PBS KIDS YouTube page! What is your child’s favorite book to read aloud with family?
#ReadTogetherBeTogether #pbskidsread

Please have a look at this article about Williamstown Earth Day activism written by Stephen Dravis for IBerkshires.com!
04/22/2020
Earth Day 2020: 'Learning Experience' for Activists

Please have a look at this article about Williamstown Earth Day activism written by Stephen Dravis for IBerkshires.com!

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — For activists committed to saving the planet, the climate change crisis is top of mind, every day.   But there is one day each year when they can plan to...

04/22/2020
Saint Louis Zoo

Here’s a fun activity to try with little kids and special items found outside.

Earth Day is the perfect day for a craft from Kris, one of our Saint Louis Zoo educators. Learn how to turn your next nature walk into a fun art experience. What can you make with the natural items you collect in your yard or around your neighborhood? We'd love to see your creations! Share them in the comments section! #BringTheStlZooToYou

So many ways to read up on Earth Day today, on its 50th anniversary.  Here is just one read about this annual event.  Go...
04/22/2020
Earth Day At 50: Climate Activists Go Digital Amid Pandemic Shutdown

So many ways to read up on Earth Day today, on its 50th anniversary. Here is just one read about this annual event. Go to Google, select the News search, and enter "Earth Day" in the Search box. Of course lots of media outlets are talking about it, some even in relation to the Coronavirus.

Climate change activists had planned three days of protests and other events for the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. But with the coronavirus pandemic, they will be virtual.

All next week, Grace Lin will be reading from her book Where the Mountain Meets the Moon:
04/17/2020

All next week, Grace Lin will be reading from her book Where the Mountain Meets the Moon:

Honored to announce that I have received the torch from Jason Reynolds, Jacqueline Woodson and Kwame Alexander and am continuing the 10:30 am reading! Come to my page and see me read “Where the Mountain Meets the Moon”!

All the live videos are recorded and saved and can be seen here: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorGraceLin/live/

04/16/2020

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker made an appeal for Massachusetts residents to donate blood, calling it a way to save lives as the state strives to prevent its health care system from becoming overwhelmed by the pressures of the coronavirus pandemic. The Berkshire Health Systems bloodmobile will be at these locations from 9am to 2:30pm: North Adams Elks on April 29, Williamstown Police Department on May 12, Walmart North Adams on May 18 and First Congregational Church Williamstown on May 26. All donations made via Berkshire Health Systems help local patients, and for those dealing with cancer, other illnesses, and emergencies, the need is great. Blood donations are still needed urgently. Donors are requested to be healthy without any symptoms of cough, cold, or fever. Please schedule an appointment today, which helps prevent long wait times and assists BHS to plan for this event. To sign up, please contact (413) 447-2597 x 2 or [email protected].

This is a REALLY great resource for curious minds of all ages (seemingly created just for these times), and you can tail...
04/16/2020
Wide Open School

This is a REALLY great resource for curious minds of all ages (seemingly created just for these times), and you can tailor it to your age group and interests. Everything from online exhibits to workouts for kids! Created in collaboration by a bunch of organizations, and powered by Common Sense Media.

Schools are closed. Minds are wide open.

The Massachusetts Center for the Book has recognized two Berkshire County authors on its Must-Read longlist for this yea...
04/15/2020
Berkshire authors make state's 'must read' list

The Massachusetts Center for the Book has recognized two Berkshire County authors on its Must-Read longlist for this year's Massachusetts Book Award, including Williamstown's own Ali Benjamin!

Massachusetts Center for the Book has announced its 'Must Read' longlists in the 20th annual Massachusetts Book Awards.

The concept of productivity is taking on new levels of meaning for many of us these days. What’s your score? I think I’m...
04/14/2020

The concept of productivity is taking on new levels of meaning for many of us these days. What’s your score? I think I’m at 8 right now....

Just for fun! What is your stay-at-home score? You get 1 point for each thing you have done in the last 24 hours.

Have a look at this page on the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners website - from the Ebooks and databases lib...
04/14/2020
Massachusetts Libraries - Your Library Online

Have a look at this page on the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners website - from the Ebooks and databases libraries already provide, to a bunch of other media made available as we weather this crisis - see "And there's more" at the bottom of this page!

Boston Public Library: As the Library for the Commonwealth, everyone who lives and works in Massachusetts is eligible for a BPL eCard which grants them access to all of its online services.

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Last day - come in for some great books and media and remember the Friends Book Sale next Friday and Saturday at the elementary school
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Once upon a time the library was in the Botsford house on Main Street. Mrs Meehan was children's librarian. Children's room was in the little parlor before the "new ell" was built.
We ❤️ the Milne! Thank you for a wonderful week of creating!
The hills around us are alive with music! From Tanglewood to Tannery Pond to Taconic Music Festival to Marlboro to Wilco: The Milne Library has CDs and DVDs featuring many of the artists and composers you'll hear this summer. From Joan Baez to James Taylor to Andris Nelsons to Mahler to Schubert to Wilco - we've got your music! Got questions: just ask me (Laura: your Music Librarian)