Virtual programs, all summer long!

While many of us feel like we've been to more than enough virtual meetings, they can also be a very convenient way to "attend" a program from the comfort of your own home (or wherever!). So, throughout the summer, we are co-hosting a bunch of programs via Zoom in conjunction with other Massachusetts Libraries. We chose programs that we believe Williamstown patrons are most likely to find interesting, covering the topics of gardening, outer space, music/art, and libraries. Take a look at the color-coded list below, and click on the link to sign up for any that interest you.

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As always, we are thankful to the Friends of the Milne Library for making these programs possible!

The Music & Life of Johann Sebastian Bach

Wednesday, June 8, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Zoom: Join us as we follow the timeline of Bach's misunderstood life and learn how future composer Felix Mendelssohn revived his reputation and reestablished the legacy of this extraordinary composer. Dan Lupo, creator of, a music education platform with over 2 million views and 20 thousand subscribers, will present an incredible music education program chronicling the life and achievement of one of music history's greatest composers. Dan's program will consist of a spoken lecture and live piano performances.

Landscaping & Gardening for Wildlife with the Mass Audubon

Wednesday, June 22, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Zoom: Do you have a true green thumb? Meaning, are you taking into account the complete ecosystem around the land you care for? Learn how you can support local species by utilizing wildlife-friendly gardening practices in your home, business, and community settings. Learn what to do, and what not to do, in your yard, garden, or even container, to support nearby birds, frogs, pollinators, and more in a sustainable fashion. Led by Tia Pinney, a Biologist, Lead Naturalist, and educator at Mass Audubon’s Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary.

Perennial Gardening

Thursday, June 23, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Zoom: Perennials are the workhorses of the garden with most coming back year after year. With a little know-how you can keep your garden in bloom for most of the season. Learn which perennials will work best in your gardens and discuss how to keep them in good form. Led by Kathi Gariepy, a former special needs preschool and kindergarten teacher, who has been gardening since she was a child. She is a Lifetime Master Gardener with the Massachusetts Master Gardener Association.

Space Travel’s Effects on Health

Wednesday, June 29, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Zoom: As humans dream of pushing the frontier of space, the question remains: “how do we protect the universe’s only (known) sentient life?” Space travel and its effects on astronauts have been studied since the earliest days of NASA, and there are many risks for which to prepare. Join this presentation about space’s effects on the human body and mind and consider: how far can we really go? Led by Amanda Thompson, a volunteer for the Solar System Ambassador program through NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. She is also a local high school Earth Science teacher and a lover of all things space.

Northeast Native Plant Primer -- 235 Plants for an Earth-Friendly Garden

Wednesday, July 6, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM


Bring your garden to life—and life to your garden. You can make a real difference by choosing plants native to our Northeast region. The rewards will benefit you, your yard, and the environment -- from reducing maintenance tasks to attracting earth-friendly pollinators such as native birds, butterflies, and bees. Native plant expert Uli Lorimer, author of The Northeast Native Plant Primer: 235 Plants for an Earth-Friendly Garden, will discuss his book with proven advice that every home gardener can follow.

Books, Boots & Bridles: The Story of the Horse Back Librarians

Tuesday, July 12, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM


Learn the story of the Pack Horse Library initiative, a little known program of FDR’s Work Progress Administration (WPA). Its mission, carried out almost entirely by women, was to deliver and distribute reading materials to the far off corners of Appalachia during the darkest hours of the Great Depression. Led by Jeffrey Urbin, Education Specialist at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum.

Good Bugs & Bad Bugs In Your Garden

Thursday, July 14, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM


Not all insects are bad for the garden. In fact, we rely on many to rid us of other unwanted invaders. This presentation describes some of the common beneficial and pest insects that gardeners encounter in New England. We will take a look at their habits and their life cycles as we discuss how their presence affects the success of our garden year. Led by Bonnie Power, who has been a Massachusetts Master Gardener since 2016, and a serious outdoor/indoor gardener most of her life.

The Life Cycle of a Star

Wednesday, July 20, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM


Have you ever wondered how stars form? Or perhaps even how they die? After all, some of the most mysterious objects in the universe come from dying stars. Join us as we dive into the life cycles of stars - from their formation in massive nebulas to violent supernova explosions, black holes, and more. Led by Caity Sullivan, a volunteer for the Solar System Ambassador program through NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

The Gilded World of Isabella Stewart Gardner

Thursday, August 25, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM


The life of Boston’s arts patroness typifies the lives of many of the wealthy and cultured Americans who lived during the Gilded Age of American history. We will explore the details of Isabella Stewart Gardner’s life, friends, travels and collections. She broke all kinds of rules while setting up her museum but perhaps we can understand this when we read her personal motto, “It is my pleasure.” Led by art historian Mary Woodward, who serves as a guide at several Historic New England properties, and 40+ years of experience in museums of all shapes and sizes.

From Apollo To Artemis -- NASA's Most Recent & Next Missions To The Moon

Wednesday, August 31, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM


Did you know that 2022 marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 17? Did you know that the Apollo 17 was the LAST manned lunar landing flight? Did you know that NASA is planning the first full-up test flight to the moon? Are you aware of Artemis, which marks NASA's upcoming return to the moon, with the goals to land the first woman on the moon and establish a permanent lunar presence? Join NASA Solar System Ambassador Len Rabinowitz, a retired high school science teacher and lifelong astronomy enthusiast, in a discussion of lunar missions -- from Apollo 17 to Artemis.