Northern Berkshire Habitat for Humanity Raffling Shed

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Northern Berkshire Habitat for Humanity's shed raffle has returned.
The 8-by-10 garden shed, funded by an anonymous donor, built by the McCann Carpentry Program students, and decorated by the Northern Berkshire Habitat for Humanity construction crew, will be on display on Main Street in Williamstown, across from the end of Water Street, in front of the former Masonic Lodge at the end of May.
All proceeds will go toward building the non-profit's next home.
Raffle tickets may be purchased online until June 30 at
Tickets cost $5 apiece, five for $20, and 14 for $40. The drawing will be held Saturday, July 8. 
Local delivery will be free, assuming reasonable site access.
For information about Northern Berkshire Habitat's activities, to donate funds or to volunteer
labor, visit or call (413) 664-4440. The organization's office is at 61 Main St., Suite 246, North Adams.

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GET LOUD: A Celebration of Banned Books

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — On Sunday, Oct. 1, the Williamstown League of Women Voters in collaboration with the David and Joyce Milne Public Library and the Friends of the Milne Library are presenting Get Loud: A Celebration of Banned Books.
A group of nine authors, performers, teachers, and local individuals will read aloud selections from books currently or previously banned in US libraries and schools. Introducing them will be authors Karen Shepard and Jim Shepard, both on the English faculty of Williams College.
This performance was initiated by the Williamstown League of Women Voters with the goal of bringing together organizations and individuals with a strong interest in the importance of free speech and artistic freedom. 
The event is intended to raise awareness of the history and practice of government censorship, and to give the community an opportunity to experience firsthand the power and joy of good writing.
"One of our goals is to dramatize the importance of the books that have come under attack historically and also recently in some schools and public libraries," said League representative Jane Nicholls. "We hope bringing together an impressive group of artists will help remind us all that the freedom to write and to read is crucial to all other freedoms."
Participants selected their readings from a list supplied by Milne Library Director Pat MacLeod, which cataloged books being  banned from some school libraries and reading lists. The selections include passages from "The Bluest Eye" by Toni Morrison, "Bridge to Terabitha" by Katherine Paterson, "Ceremony" by Leslie Marmon Silko, "The Color Purple" by Alice Walker, and "Dear Martin" by Nic Stone.
Mt. Greylock Regional High School teacher Rebecca Tucker-Smith will read from "The Color Purple," and also recite excerpts from her students’ responses to the book.
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