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

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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

At the Arms Library in Shelburne Falls, Mass

Fiery Hope recounts how people acquainted through anti-apartheid work gathered one wintry day in Wendell, Massachusetts to share the joyful power of South African freedom songs. The first informal session in 1988 led to regular rehearsals, and when the singers accepted an invitation to perform publicly, they needed a name for their burgeoning chorus. A South African member suggested “Amandla,” a Zulu word for power.

Led by Eveline MacDougall as chorus founder and director for three decades, Amandla's work led to collaborations with influential leaders including César Chávez, Nelson Mandela, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Pete Seeger, Wally and Juanita Nelson, and Malala Yousafzai. They’ve also made profound connections with schoolchildren, prisoners, elders, terminally ill people, and community members facing homelessness.

Light refreshments will be offered.

The Arms is handicapped accessible via the back lower level entrance.

April 22 is Earth Day!

At the Arms we will be making beautiful seed papers. Using receyled paper we will make little paper shapes filled with seeds that you can later plant, or give to someone else to plant. We will have materials to create cards or ornaments, or...

Wear clothes you won't mind getting a bit dirty, as we will be creating blended paper pulp.

You can use any of the seeds we have here, but we will be getting in a special batch of cat grass seed, which grows quickly inside. And your kitties will love you!

Meet in back of the library at the picnic tables, at 1 p.m. on Saturday afternoon, April 22nd.

Friday, May 12, 6:30 p.m. at the Arms Library in Shelburne Falls

Joan Livingston, a Shelburne Falls resident, will read from her latest books: Following the Lead, #6 in her Isabel Long Mystery Series, and The Sacred Dog, both set in the hilltowns of Western Mass.

About Follow the Lead

"Isabel Long moves quickly onto the next case when a former boss entrusts her with a mystery that has haunted him since he was child. Lin Pierce, then only 11, was supposed to be minding his sister while his mother gave a piano lesson inside their home. But the sleeping baby was stolen from her carriage after he was lured away in a well-executed kidnapping that devastated the family.

Forty-nine years later, Lin is convinced he met his long-lost sister by chance. Afterall, the woman not only resembled his mother but she had a distinctive family trait — different colored eyes. ..."

About Sacred Dog

"Frank Hooker owns The Sacred Dog, the only bar in a New England hill town, where the locals gather to drink beer, gab, and get away from their families. The only one not welcome is Al Kitchen, but Frank has his reason — he blames him for the death of his younger brother, Wes. Al Kitchen is a hellraiser; no surprise considering the grandfather who raised him was a drunk and an abuser. Yes, Al was in the car crash that killed his best buddy, Wes, but he wasn’t at the wheel — a fact Frank won’t accept.Frank’s life is about to change now that his ex-wife and their daughter have returned after living in Florida for three years. Verona says she misses her old life, although coming back might mean facing a dark secret that involves Frank — and Al.All is about to come to a reckoning…"

"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