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

Library Silent Auction and Tag Sale August 13-27
Monday, August 20, 2018, 1:00 PM - 7:00 PM

We’re holding a furniture fundraising silent auction and tag sale!
A silent auction will be held

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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
Map and Directions
(413) 625-0306
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A Note from the Director

Laurie WheelerArms Library Director Laurie Wheeler
Photo by The Recorder/Paul Franz

“We all know that something is eternal. And it ain’t houses and it ain’t names, and it ain’t earth, and it ain’t even the stars....everybody knows in their bones that something is eternal, and that something has to do with human beings...There’s something way down deep that’s eternal about every human being.” –Thornton Wilder, Our Town

Late afternoons this summer, three times each week, the library basement is filled with the sounds of our local theater group, Footlights at the Falls, rehearsing for their September production of Our Town by Thornton Wilder. The play is sweet and rich. Maybe I am a bit romantic, but the lines are timeless, even decades after the play was written. Loving. Aging. Dying. Grieving. Remembering the people whose lives have touched ours. Giving voice to the joy and depth of lives lived fully.

We have the privilege of seeing a lot of living come through our doors at the library. Effortlessly, there is a constant celebration of life, whether people are looking for educational materials or an engaging piece of media, or perhaps, engaging with each other. A music-filled story hour, or maybe stories shared at the desk or in the stacks, or even someone quietly being in the space. Just look at it. Every step is life.

There are those who have lived lives so fully that they remain a part of the library after they have passed. We have many times been remembered by individuals and families who have continued to look after the library after a loved one’s passing. Last July, Marla McConnell’s husband, family and friends from around the country and the world created a fund for the library to purchase new children’s and adult books. Please read about Marla here.

And just a few weeks ago, Connie Mosher, a long-time friend of the library, passed. Her family and friends have been creating a fund in her memory, remembering a woman full of life, wit, and intelligence.

To both of these fine women, we thank you for the joy you have brought to the lives around you. You are both missed so much, but remain in our memories.


We continue to work closely with our architects as this fall’s renovation gets closer. At the same time as we are preparing for a temporary location that we will use while the renovation is in progress (to be announced soon), we are figuring out moving logistics and choosing furnishings, paint colors, flooring and lighting. A huge thank you to the Furnishing, Painting and Lighting committee!

Read more about the progress on Phase II of our capital campaign. And please look at our renovation plans, either online or right here at the library.  


The 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

Arms Library, Shelburne Falls, MassachusettsArms Around Us for the Next 100 Years

Our Community Coming Together for Phase II of the Capital Campaign

Perhaps you have visited our busy library in Shelburne Falls. While enjoying our library, you may have noticed that, well, we need some major repairs and system updates. To do this, we have set our sights on restoring the interior of the library.

There are many ways, small and large, to give to the Arms Library. Please look around our website for ways to do this, or read more about Phase II of our Capital Campaign. If you have questions about our fundraising efforts, please call us or stop by the library. We would love to hear from you!

Read more about the Capital Campaign.