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

Hours

  • Monday 1–7 pm
  • Wednesday 11 am–7 pm
  • Saturday 10 am–3 pm

Upcoming Events

Story Hour for Preschoolers with Mr. Dave
Date Wednesday, February 26, 2020, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

 Join Mr. Dave for an hour of stories, music, movement and crafts every Wednesday morning!

Hours

  • Monday 1–7 pm
  • Wednesday 11 am–7 pm
  • Saturday 10 am–3 pm

Arms Library

Contact Information

60 Bridge St. (at the corner of Main St.)
Shelburne Falls, MA 01370
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(413) 625-0306
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See a slideshow of photos from the Arms Library renovation


A Note from the Director

A Best Tuesday Morning

Tuesdays I work at the library “behind the scenes”, tackling paperwork, projects and programming. Stepping outside on a recent mid-morning Tuesday found so many friendly people out and about. “Hellos” and “I love you’s” bounced from across the street. Thank you Shelburne Falls!

One of my away-from-the-front-desk projects is a monthly Director’s Report, a snapshot of the past month’s circulation and activities. I will periodically include that in this space, as I am today.

A big change this month is that the Arms Library has done away with fines for overdue materials. This is a way to be sure more people have access to library services, and that fines do not stand in the way of borrowing materials. The money always went to good causes in the library, so if anyone wants to donate “guilt money” we will still have a place to put it. We will still charge for lost or damaged items, and it’s still a good idea to bring books back on time!

The month of December saw a total of 26.25 volunteer hours. Our current fabulous volunteers are: Cathy Livingstone (she’s been with us for over five years!), Candace Curran, Libby Hixson, Jen West, Delia West, Andrew, Pat Anderson and Kelly Miller.

We held four children’s Story Hours, led by the wonderful Mr. Dave, and three adult programs.

Upcoming programs include a February Crafternoon series: Loom knitting, Copper Wire Tree Wrapping, and Needle Felting. These are all on Saturday afternoons, beginning at 3:30 p.m. These are geared toward ‘tweens, teens and adults. For the younger set we have an afternoon of science experiments that you can do at home.

February is Black History Month, and National Love Your Libraries Month. Come in on February 15th and "pick up a blind date." We will have books wrapped in paper so when you get your book home it will be a surprise!

We will be holding a Braiding Sweetgrass Book Group, along with 24 other libraries, as well as a Native American-style bark basket class. We have gardening, poetry, photography, Women’s Suffrage, Ed the Wizard, and Crop Circles programs in the works. Check out the calendar on this website for a full list of our programs.

We are lucky to have a new person working with the library. Paul Di Nicolantonio is our new cleaning person. He spends about two and a half hours here each week. The Town of Shelburne pays for his time at the library.

December statistics show 1,999 circulations in the library, and 1,196 items circulated at other libraries. 929 books came in as interlibrary loans and 234 went out. 14,910 items have circulated the current fiscal year. Our current cardholders now stand at 1,085 people.

Thanks for reading my note, and for supporting your library!

Arms Library Director Laurie Wheeler

Photo by The Recorder/Paul Franz     


Arms Library, Shelburne Falls, MassachusettsThe 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

See a slideshow of photos from the Arms Library renovation