- Monday 1–7 pm
- Wednesday 11 am–7 pm
- Saturday 10 am–3 pm
Staff and Committees
Director: Laurie Wheeler
Laurie Wheeler has been Director of the Arms Library since March of 2008 and has been active in the library’s development over the past eight years. She graduated from Mount Holyoke College in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in Critical Social Thought. She is passionate about her community, the library’s role in it, and the potential for growth at the Arms Library!
Assistant Librarian: Susie Patlove
Susie Patlove has been the Assistant Director since 2007. Heart and soul of the Arms Library, Susie is a local poet and was instrumental in the inception of our 22-year-old Third Friday Open Prose and Poetry. In addition to being involved in many aspects of the Arms Library, Susie runs a poetry seminar once a month in her home. She has published a book of poetry called Quickening.
Library Page: Grayson Rizzi
Grayson Rizzi is our current page and works on Saturdays. He currently attends the Academy at Charlemont, and plans to go to college for nursing. He enjoys music, reading, and spending time in Shelburne Falls. Joining the library a year ago, he has brought good intellect and a love of libraries that is well received by patrons and staff alike.
Board of Library Trustees
The Arms Library Trustees is a group of interested volunteers from Shelburne and Buckland who have fiscal and legal responsibility for the Arms Library Association, Inc. and the public library for the villiage of Shelburne Falls. Members are chosen to serve on the Board by the current Trustees. Members meet monthly at 7 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month to review budgets, discuss and form policies and goals, assist with fundraising events and consider staffing needs, program plans and other issues with the Librarian in Charge of the Arms Library.
Pratt Memorial Library Building Committee
The Pratt Memorial Building Committee is a group composed of the Chair of the Shelburne Selectboard and four Trustees of the Arms Library Association. This group is responsible for the maintenance of the building at the corner of Bridge and Main Streets in Shelburne Falls, which houses the Arms Library. Members meet once a month on the first Wednesday or as needed and are joined by the Librarian and the Fund Developer. Agendas are posted at Town Hall. Work is typically reviewing budgets and accounts for the endowment and for the capital campaign, discussing fundraising events and maintenance plans, problems and other issues connected to the physical plant of the building.
For More Information or To Join Us
People interested in joining the Trustees or assisting with either committee, or who have any questions or concerns about the committees, should send a letter addressed to Chair, Arms Library Trustees or Chair, Pratt Building Committee, c/o Arms Library. People may also call the Arms Library if interested in working with either the Pratt or the Board of Trustees.