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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

“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/]]

PopUp Booksale Oct 2021

Local author Tinky Weisblat, a.k.a. the Diva of Deliciousness, will join us to discuss her passion for life and cooking.

October 7th at 6:30 p.m. in the upstairs reading room.

Tinky will read from her new book of essays and recipes, Pot Luck: Random Acts of Cooking, and will serve something yummy from the book. Tinky is a writer and singer with a master’s in journalism and a Ph.D. in American studies. She is the food columnist for the Greenfield Recorder. Copies of the book, which costs $29.95, will be available at the event from Boswell’s Books.Tinky Potluck