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

"An Immense World: How Animal Senses Reveal the Hidden Realm Around Us, by Ed Yong. Goodreads gives the book a 4.49% rating out of 5.

The Arms Library has a few copies; many more are in the CW/MARS system. Be sure to order yours now!

Our next meeting, led by Sebastian LaMontagne, of the Franklin Land Trust, will be held on May 11th at 4 p.m. at the Arms Library in Shelburne Falls.

Light refreshments will be offered.

A bit about the book...

"In An Immense World, author and Pulitzer Prize–winning science journalist Ed Yong coaxes us beyond the confines of our own senses, allowing us to perceive the skeins of scent, waves of electromagnetism, and pulses of pressure that surround us. We encounter beetles that are drawn to fires, turtles that can track the Earth’s magnetic fields, fish that fill rivers with electrical messages, and even humans who wield sonar like bats. We discover that a crocodile’s scaly face is as sensitive as a lover’s fingertips, that the eyes of a giant squid evolved to see sparkling whales, that plants thrum with the inaudible songs of courting bugs, and that even simple scallops have complex vision. We learn what bees see in flowers, what songbirds hear in their tunes, and what dogs smell on the street. We listen to stories of pivotal discoveries in the field, while looking ahead at the many mysteries that remain unsolved." - Ed Yong


Story Hour with Mr. Dave!

Take a break in your Saturday morning routine. Have some fun!
Join us for story time with Mr. Dave. Mr. Dave leads us with stories, music, favorite rhymes, and movement.
Meet downstairs in the Children's Room, 11 a.m. - 12 noon.
Open to littles and their families.
Mr. Dave is here on April 15th and April 29th.Dave Hererra edit

“What’s All the Hoopla about Heat Pumps?” is a public event devoted to learning about heat pump technology and its applications for homes in our area.

When: Sunday, January 29 from 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Where: Buckland Shelburne Elementary School, 75 Mechanic St., Shelburne Falls
What: – 2:45 pm. : “Heat Pumps: The What, The Where, And The How Much” by Mike Simons, the Training and Development Manager for Abode Energy Management, an independent company on clean energy.
Cost: Free

Heat pumps are the primary way to get rid of the fossil fuels that most of us rely on to stay warm in winter. Great strides have been made in recent years to develop units (most commonly “mini-splits”) that are efficient at even colder temperatures. They also provide cooling in the summer at a drastically lower cost than traditional air conditioners. New incentives from the federal and state governments are making heat pumps more affordable and they are becoming extremely popular in our area.

Sponosred by the Shelburne Energy Committee, Senior Center, and Arms Library.Heat Pump Hoopla Flyer 4 Final

The Arms will be closed on January 16th, in observacne of Martin Luther King, Jr Day.

We will see you all again on Wednesday, January 18th, 11 - 7 p.m.

We are immersed in addictive technology that was designed to hold, and sell, our attention. How do we take back our most precious resource and refocus on the world around us? In this book discussion group, held on the second Thursday of each month starting January 12th at 4pm, we will examine this question together, using “How To Do Nothing: Resisting The Attention Economy” by Jenny Odell as our guide. 

Join the Franklin Land Trust at the Arms Library in Shelburne Falls, MA

The book is available for interlibrary loan through your local libraries, in addition to being available for sale from your usual retail spots.

To learn more about the book group, and to sign up, go to: https://www.franklinlandtrust.org/news/re-wilding-the-mind-book-discussion-group/

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Join us at the Arms Library in Shelburne Falls on Dec. 2 at 6:30 in the upstairs reading room.

Russ Richardson, Shelburne resident and dedicated Forester, has just published his book " 10,000 Days in the Wood: The Beginning".

"10,000 Days in the Woods: The Beginning, is an insp3D book 1 cover sg4hbgiring story of a
dynamic individual who followed his passion for Mother nature and spent his life working in the woods."

Russell Richardson, a nature lover and passionate forest health advocate, is a dedicated forester who left home in 1969 at the age of seventeen to pursue his forestry education.

His first book, 10,000 Days in the Woods: The Beginning, represents the early days of his lifelong goal of having a life and career working in the woods. Covering his formative years growing up on a New England farm in the 1950s to young adulthood in the wilds of western Montana, he jotted down his early life experiences beautifully in this book.

Since childhood, he has been a committed foot soldier in the environmental movement. As a self-employed consulting forester, he takes pride in his West Virginia Forestry Hall of Fame enshrinement, awarded in 2018 for almost thirty years, improving the forestry profession, landowner advocacy and his dedication to forest health.

Each chapter and section of his book is a treat to read. Historical insights abound. You can learn many things, forestry techniques, life lessons, and understand unique terms by reading the first installment in Richardson's mesmerizing and inspiring story of a life in the woods."

To learn more about Russell Richardson and his book, visit [[10,000 Days in the Woods][https://www.10000daysinthewoods.com/]]