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


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  • Wednesday 11 am–7 pm
  • Saturday 10 am–3 pm

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 are on the homestretch! We are thinking forward, in our forward thinking! The library is as busy as ever, and we’re reaching a fever pitch with our Arms Around Us capital campaign!

   Over these winter months I hope you’ve noted the bright green signs up around the library pointing out how our beloved space will change with the plan for our upcoming renovation. We’ve loved taking the many questions and watching our patrons study the plans for the project.  We continue to fundraise, as we head toward our May 12th goal of meeting a Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund matching grant of $266,000. This grant award is a vote of confidence from the Commonwealth about preserving and enhancing the space we all know and love. Perhaps you’ve received a letter or two about that, or seen the “golden tickets” at the check-out desk encouraging participation in the project. Please know gifts given before May 12th are matched dollar for dollar! It’s a great time to give!

   For those who have already given to our Capital Campaign, thank you so very much for your generosity!!! Your donations will be matched, and make twice the difference to this project. We are so grateful for your support.

   On May 1st, for the first time, the Arms Library will be a local non-profit participating in Valley Gives Day, a 24-hour online giving event in the Pioneer Valley hosted by the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts.  If you have been waiting to be able to support the library with your credit or debit card, this is your chance.  On May 1st, visit  https://www.valley-gives.org/, search for the Arms Library, and make your one-time or monthly gift.

   Another way to show your support and earn doubled dollars for the library project is to vote at Shelburne Town meeting, also on May 1st for funding from the Town of Shelburne. The voters of the Town of Shelburne will have the opportunity to approve $50,000 as a final piece of our Capital Campaign.  (As an aside, please do attend your Annual Town meeting. It’s a great way to become involved in your government. It’s a chance to speak about local issues that are important to you. Let your voice be heard!)

   Yellow postcards about both happenings are being mailed out even as you read this. We will also have volunteers at the ready with information available at Shelburne’s Annual Town Meeting. Please ask questions!

   All of this is to make your library a place that will flourish and be flexible as we meet the needs of current and future community members.  

   To see our plans online, please look at our website under the Capital Campaign “Phase 2” tab and 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. And, we love questions!

   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.