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Author Talk at the Milne Library
03:37PM / Monday, May 06, 2024
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Thomas E. Johnson, Jr., author of "Common Place: The Public Library, Civil Society and Early American Values" will speak at the Milne Library in Williamstown on Saturday, May 11, at 2:00 p.m. 
Part of the library's 150th anniversary celebration, the topic of this free lecture is: Massachusetts Libraries, Past and Future. 
In addition to covering the history of libraries in western Massachusetts and the future of public libraries in general, Johnson will also discuss the Milne's new strategic plan.
 According to a press release:
Johnson's book tells the stories behind early libraries in America – where they are located, who created them and why. Vignettes of sixteen public libraries located in New England focus on smaller localities where the presence of a library can have a significant impact. He examines the future of the public library by comparing the current historical period with the Progressive Era. He also explores the relationship between libraries and community wellbeing, as well as the potential role of the institution in lifelong learning as American's economy evolves and the population ages. 
Johnson served 25 years as a U.S. Foreign Service Officer in countries around the world. Since retiring in 2012 he and his wife have made their home in Western Massachusetts. There will be a book signing following the talk.
The events and programs of the Williamstown Library's 150th anniversary are made possible through generous funding by lead sponsor MountainOne, your local Berkshires bank.
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