60 Bridge St. * 413-625-0306 * Housed in the historic Pratt Memorial Library Building since 1914


  • Monday 1–7 pm
  • Wednesday 11 am–7 pm
  • Saturday 10 am–3 pm

Upcoming Events

Braiding Sweetgrass Book Group
Date Friday, April 10, 2020, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

The Arms is holding a book club for the bestseller Braiding With Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom,...


  • 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
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(413) 625-0306
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COVID-19/Coronavirus Updates

The Arms Library is the official resource site for the Shelburne COVID-19 Emergency Task Force.
Click here for full local and national resources and information related to the coronavirus.

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

April 6, 2020

From the Shelburne Board of Health

A message from Jody Stetson, Chairperson of Shelburne Board of Health; regular updates will be posted from the Board of Health and the Shelburne Emergency COVID-19 Task Force.

Lisa White, our Public Health Nurse out of the Franklin Regional Council of Governments explains that asymptomatic spread has led to infection among people who don’t know they are spreading the virus. Some will never become ill, or will have such mild symptoms they won’t seek care. We should assume anyone we come in contact with may be carrying the virus.

COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly through close contact from person-to-person in respiratory droplets, in the air or on contaminated surfaces. Scientists discovered the virus can be detectable for up to three hours in aerosols, up to four hours on copper, up to 24 hours on cardboard and up to two to three days on plastic and stainless steel. This virus is quite transmissible through relatively contact, making this pathogen very hard to contain. If you’re touching items someone else has recently handled, be aware they could be contaminated and wash your hands.

The current recommendation is for the public to wear face masks when out in public to help prevent the spread, and in the home when a member of the household is feeling any symptoms. A washable cloth mask or bandana made of tightly woven or unwoven fabric, though not fully effective at blocking virus particles, can reduce transmission and is acceptable for these circumstances.

A limited number of free cloth face masks are available from the Board of Health at 218 Shelburne Center Road.

Staying home or being outside away from others except household members is the key to slowing the spread.

The basketball court at the Cowell and the playground equipment at the school are closed.

LifePath intends to remain an active partner in these uncertain times. They continue to offer services to older adults to support those who wish to remain at home safely. 413-773-5555 ext 2281

From the Shelburne Emergency COVID-19 Task Force

We’re in unprecedented times and it seems that our entire lives have been turned upside down. People are afraid and some residents in our community, looking for a way to help, have formed a Task Force to offer support and provide accurate, vital information to everyone.

These volunteers, led by Chris Myers, Emergency Management Director, have been working with the Board of Health, and with the Select Board’s authorization, to recruit and coordinate volunteers, and distribute information. Eventually we are looking to have volunteers help with over the phone wellness checks, as well as grocery and prescription pickups, among other unforeseen needs that may arise.

You will receive a mailing next week, providing a detailed message from the Shelburne Board of Health, a list of local and national information links, and a directory of open businesses (That list changes quickly so call the business or check every week on the Arms Library Facebook page.) Businesses are taking safety precautions seriously and when you purchase items, you should also take precautions—making sure to disinfect items and washing your hands when you get home.

For specific COVID-19 questions contact the Shelburne Board of Health at 413-625-0300 ext. 8, dial 211, or go to the Town of Shelburne website. You may also call the Arms Library at 413-625-0306 for Task Force Related Information.

Thank you all for being a member of such a great community!

Arms Library, Shelburne Falls, MassachusettsThe 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

See a slideshow of photos from the Arms Library renovation