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

Building Access & Curbside Pickup Hours

  • Monday 10:30 am–5:30 pm
  • Wednesday 11 am–7 pm
  • Saturday 10 am–3 pm
  • Sunday 12–3 pm

Upcoming Events

LEGOs Building Time
Date Wednesday, December 6, 2023, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Our LEGOs builders meet downstairs at the Arms Library every Wednesday. Please join us with your...

Building Access & Curbside Pickup Hours

  • Monday 10:30 am–5:30 pm
  • Wednesday 11 am–7 pm
  • Saturday 10 am–3 pm
  • Sunday 12–3 pm

December 3rd, 10th and 17th, MAKE A DRAGON!!! Using Needlefelting techniques, create your own dragon or other creature! Because of the cost of materials, we are asking for a $5 fee for this series of three classes. Because of the nature of the tools used, we request that any children have an adult accompanying them. Ages 5 and above.

We will be in the downstairs meeting room. On Sundays there's lots of parking in back of the library.

There will be hot beverages available.make a dragon

cliamte cafe posterShelburne Falls' Arms Library is sponsoring a free Climate Cafe on Sunday, November 12th from 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm where people are invited to share their feelings regarding climate change.

The Climate Cafe is a facilitated, welcoming space for people concerned about
the climate and ecological crises, and their impacts on the global, local, and individual levels. This is not a lecture, nor is it a therapy group. Each participant will be welcome to speak or not as they feel comfortable.Climate Cafes focus on feelings rather than action and building emotional resilience in the face of uncertain times, enabling us to connect with others, act in collaboration, and
envision a just and equitable solution. Many people have been deeply concerned for decades about the climate and ecological crises, and some are just beginning to feel concerned as we experience more direct impacts in our area and as the news of climate-related disasters continues to increase. Many fall somewhere in between. Everyone is welcome, no matter where they fall on that continuum. Facilitators will be Sadie Forsythe, LICSW, a climate-aware therapist and Hannah Harvester, a Conway-based artist who has been facilitating climate grief groups for the past year.

Both Sadie and Hannah have completed Climate Cafe trainings led by Climate
Psychology Alliance of North America.The facilitators will provide resources for anyone who would like to learn more about ways to work with climate emotions, as well as local opportunities for action, after the event.

The Arms Library is accessible via the lower level back entrance. Call 413-625-0306 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register which is preferred but not necessary.

Joan Livingston author mugAre you excited to learn that book number seven in the Isabel Long mystery series is due out later this year, and author Joan Livingston will offer a sneak peek into that book at the Arms Library on Sunday afternoon?

Local Author Joan Livingston will read from her latest book, and talk about her writing experience at the Arms Library on Sunday, October 22 at 2 p.m. Her latest novel is "Northern Comfort." It is a dark drama, set in the fictional hilltowns of Western Mass. In addition, attendees will get a sneak peek of "Missing the Deadline" -- that's number seven in the Isabel Long Mystery Series, and set to be released later this year by darkstroke books.
Make plans to attend on 10/22 at 2 p.m. at Arms Library, Bridge Street, Shelburne Falls.

Accessible parking and entrance is located to the rear. Questions? Post them here!

Richie Davis Flights of Fancy book coverPsst! If you are thinking ahead about gifts to exchange for the holidays... How about sharing a book about Franklin County that highlights details that are often overlooked?

"Flights of Fancy, Souls of Grace" is the third book in a reporter’s trilogy of journalistic portraits of extraordinary lives, published originally in The Recorder newspaper.
At the Arms Library on 10/19, hear stories from former reporter Richie Davis, who, for the better part of four decades, wrote stories highlighting the unique people of our county. He will share stories of "who we have been," and "who we are" at 6:30 p.m. at Arms Library in Shelburne Falls on 10/19.

Books will be available for purchase. The author has graciously agreed to sign copies after the reading. The Arms Library is accessible via the lower level back entrance.

July 29th, 6:30 p.m. at the Arms Library

Leapfrog Press' Global Fiction Prize winner, D.K. McCutchen, reads from gender-bender-post-apocalyptic-speculative-fiction, JELLYFISH DREAMING, at the ARMS Library, Sat. July 29th at 6:30pm. (Jellyfish will be served & books signed)

In a post-apocalyptic, gender-bender, coming-of-age story contemplating the tenacity of life and capacity of hope, the last port Town beside the Great Garbage Ocean draws Fisherfolk from a dozen races and places to the Trash Café. On the cliffs above, in an aging University, Jack floats in a tank of poisonous Jellyfish, drifting through fragmented memories. Like the immortal jellyfish Turitopsis, the lonely, 200-year-old teenager resets under stress, never making it to adulthood.

But two Uni researchers believe the Town’s tough, ageless "warehouse kids" are humanity's last hope. Even Jack barely remembers the environmental catastrophes that caused mass extinctions and changed the town’s seemingly youngest survivors into something new and strange. Then Jack falls for his best friend Joon, a tsunami of trash lands on the Town, and old bigotries erupt into violence. Jack surprises himself by racing to protect those he loves from a madman trying to destroy the fledgling inheritors of a dying world -- but at a cost.

The Arms Library is handicapped accessible via the lower level entrance in back of the library. Our author's talk will be in the lower level.

Jellyfish Dreaming Final Poster July 29 2023

Words are music to our ears!

July 9, 1 - 4 p.m. in the Children's Room

While wandering about on the Shelburne Falls July 9th Art Walk, and Porch Fest, stop by and listen to a story or two at the Arms Library, in the downstairs Children's Room.

One of our wonderful staff people will be at the ready during the afternoon to read stories to you and your littles. (Parents need to be with their children, please.)
Different readers will begin at 1 p.m., and be there until 4 p.m.