60 Bridge St. * 413-625-0306 * Housed in the historic Pratt Memorial Library Building since 1914


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  • Saturday 10 am–3 pm

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Arms Library

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60 Bridge St. (at the corner of Main St.)
Shelburne Falls, MA 01370
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A Note from the Director

Laurie WheelerArms Library Director Laurie Wheeler
Photo by The Recorder/Paul Franz

   We made it to our matching grant goal of $266,000!   Thank you to all who have supported us in our fundraising efforts! On May 1st, a banner day for the Arms Library, we participated in our first Valley Gives Day (a 24-hour online giving event in the Pioneer Valley hosted by the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts) where we raised $4,000 plus received a $1,000 award for bringing new donors to Valley Gives Day. That same evening saw Shelburne’s Annual Town Meeting, in which the townspeople voted $50,000 for our town’s Arms Library renovation. A tremendous thank you for that show of support and belief in what we are doing!

   Every dollar given will be matched with a $266,000 grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund. Through May 12th all donations will be matched through that grant. To date just over $266,000 has been raised for this part of our Arms Around Us capital campaign!  

   We continue to answer questions about our upcoming renovations as people stop by and check out our plans. It’s so much fun! We have “regulars” perusing them, and at this time of year, more out-of-town visitors who stop in simply to view the inside of our building. One of my favorite exchanges was when a little boy, not more than 5 or so, viewed the plans for a few minutes and then delightedly said, “I see the kid’s room and it’s bigger!” (It is being moved to the larger room in the lower level.)

  We are working with our architects on final tweaks to our plans as we prepare to go out to bid, with the expectation that renovations will begin in the fall of 2018. It’s coming up soon! We will keep you posted as we get closer.

    All of this is being done to create a library that will continue to flourish and be flexible for now and in the future as media, technologies and our community’s needs change. There is so much we can do here!

   Again I invite you look at our plans, either online at our website under the Capital Campaign “Phase 2” tab. Once there scroll to the bottom of the page, and read more about Phase II of our Capital Campaign, or stop by the library, to see the architectural plans. While in the library, take a moment with the bright green signs identifying new spaces and changes to the building.  

The Arms Library, housed in the historic Pratt Memorial Library Building, is located at 60 Bridge Street on the corner of Bridge and Main Streets.

We invite you to explore our website. There are links to order books, and become involved with the library, as well as library contact information, research and Facebook links, and much more.

Be well, and enjoy.

-Laurie Wheeler

Arms Library, Shelburne Falls, MassachusettsArms Around Us for the Next 100 Years

Our Community Coming Together for Phase II of the Capital Campaign

Perhaps you have visited our busy library in Shelburne Falls. While enjoying our library, you may have noticed that, well, we need some major repairs and system updates. To do this, we have set our sights on restoring the interior of the library.

There are many ways, small and large, to give to the Arms Library. Please look around our website for ways to do this, or read more about Phase II of our Capital Campaign. If you have questions about our fundraising efforts, please call us or stop by the library. We would love to hear from you!

Read more about the Capital Campaign.