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    July Project Update

    Landscaping, building interior taking shape

    You may have noticed that the fencing around the site has been removed in order to allow work on the grounds to get started. This does not mean that the building is open! It is still a construction site and all visits must be authorized.  Landscape planting will begin in earnest tomorrow, with shrubs, trees and grass beginning to take their places – thanks to Shelburne-based Paintbox Garden for their wonderful design.

    Lots of progress is being made on all the little details that complete a project of this size. The arrival of the elevator is eagerly anticipated; what seems to be miles of cabling has been installed; topsoil is being put down; and the windows are being glazed. Every day another item is completed and another comes to the top of the list!

    Once elevator install commences in the next week or so, look for another message announcing…a grand opening date!  We have some fun activities planned and look forward to celebrating this shared community endeavor very soon.  We’ll also be looking for volunteers to assist with the move back to the new facility.  Details to follow once dates are confirmed.

    May Project Update

    Photo by Lee Krohn

    Getting close to the finish line!

    Progress continues to be made on all fronts simultaneously; every day a number of different crews are on site working hard!

    The big dig on the north side of the building is trenching to hook up to the sewer, with a second trench to handle all the storm water from the Town Offices to the north perimeter. The portico on Town Hall is getting all new bricks and the Douglas Fir detailing on the new building is being installed.  The slate and clapboard siding is all finished, with windows being the next big detail to go in soon.

    Inside, Town Hall has been repainted upstairs and down, the flooring downstairs has been installed, and the original wooden flooring upstairs is soon to be lightly sanded and polished. The interior of the new building is finally coming together as a building rather than a jumble of steel, wires, and ductwork, and we are looking forward to window installation soon!

    Fundraising update

    The fundraising committee is happy to report that more than $1,000,000 has been raised through many generous donations!  The committee is now finishing up its asks, with one last round of letters to local businesses who might want to give and haven’t yet.

    Shortly, letters will go out to all donors making sure that names are correct for the permanent recognition signs to be installed in the new building.  If you’d like your family’s name added, or would like to give in honor of a loved one–it’s not too late: you can drop a donation off at the library, or click on the donation button on the left of the page to give online.  Many thanks to all current and future donors!

    Library Closed on Memorial Day

    Pierson Library be closed on Monday, May 27th in observance of Memorial Day. We will reopen on Tuesday, May 28th at 10:00 a.m. Our sincere gratitude to those brave men and woman who have served our country and paid the ultimate sacrifice.

    Game Camp this Summer!

    After a successful first year, the Pierson Library Board Game Summer Camp is back!   This year, we will have even more games to choose from, two full-time instructors, an optional board game design session, and a more flexible game schedule; all for even more fun.


    Modern board games are fun, engaging, offer a variety of choices, and reward thoughtful play. We will teach games which showcase the different mechanisms game designers use today to give unique experiences each time. Your child will acquire skills such as to strategize, budget, negotiate, evaluate chances, and all that in a playful, social and fun way. Weather permitting, some time will be spent with outdoor games. For ages 10 to 14 years; 15 campers max.

    When: Monday July 22nd to Friday July 26th, every day from 9 am to 5 pm
    Where: Shelburne Community School Holden Space, 345 Harbor Rd, Shelburne, VT 05482
    Who: Pierson Library, 5376 Shelburne Road (mailing address)/166 Athletic Dr. (temporary location), Shelburne, Vermont 05482, (802) 985-5124, email:

    Art Auction to benefit new Library


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    Shelburne Resident and painter Frances Hoadley kindly donated her original __Poppies__ watercolor to be auctioned off, matted and framed, to raise funds for art spaces in the new library.
    It’s a beautiful piece!
    Stop by the temporary library to see the work and place a bid (auction closing May 24th at 5:30pm).

    Swale and The Nancy Druids March 30th at the Field House

    Thanks to the Shelburne Field House, SWALE and The Nancy Druids for hosting this benefit concert for the library on March 30th, 8:00 to 11:30pm!

    An “inside/outside” concert will be held at the Shelburne Field House to benefit the Shelburne Library and celebrate Earth Hour. The show will feature two Shelburne-based bands, SWALE and The Nancy Druids. The show will be on the INDOOR athletic field so there is room for blankets and lawn chairs, like a summer outdoor show.

    Date: Saturday, March 30, from 8 to 11:30pm
    Location: Shelburne Field House, 166 Athletic Drive, Shelburne Cash Bar.

    $5 suggested donation for Shelburne’s Pierson Library’s new building fund.

    Attendees are welcome to bring lawn chairs, blankets and flashlights/solar lights to celebrate Earth Hour.

    Earth Hour was started by the World Wide Fund for Nature. The goal is to turn off all non-essential lights for one hour as a symbol of commitment to the planet and raise awareness of energy consumption. 7000 cities in 187 countries will participate. This year it is from 8:30 to 9:30 on March 30th.

    Library Project Goes Solar

    The Town Project has selected a solar provider for both on-site and off-site solar, with anticipated savings of $17,000 per year for the next 25 years!  Read the details at:

    Library closed for President’s Day

    The Pierson Library will be closed on Monday February 18th in observance of President’s Day. We Will resume normal hours on Tuesday February 19th. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

    Construction Update!

    Construction Update
    The construction site is dug out and things are moving along. Some snow came in the new building during the storm but work was not impeded.

    Lately, a big topic for the project has been electricity. Meetings have been held to ensure that enough outlets will be installed in the right places. The Library has recently initiated a self-check-out interface (stop by and try it out!) and the Historical Society has received a grant to purchase a scanner for historical documents. These needs, and many others, are being considered as the electrician begins to finalize the wiring.

    In addition, the Committee has begun the process of interviewing companies who responded to the RFP for the new building to host a rooftop solar array. The Committee will soon make its recommendation to the Selectboard so that construction can be scheduled in coordination with the project timeline.

    As always, thank you for your support of this Town project

    Are you a Friend of Pierson Library?

    The Friends of the Pierson Library is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization made up of members dedicated to the library.

    The purpose of the Friends is to raise funds in support of the library which cover expenses that are beyond operating costs.  This includes funding for special programs, library materials and equipment, which enhances the community resource center.  The Friends also made $60,000 in gifts toward the new library this year!

    In addition to membership dues, the Friends raise funds through an annual book sale (next one will be this Fall!) and an ongoing sale in the library.

    Meetings are on the 2nd Thursday of the month at 6:30 pm.

    If you are not a member of the Friends but would like to join, you can send a check to Friends of Pierson Library, 5376 Shelburne Rd., Shelburne, VT 05465.  Or pick up a membership form at the front desk of the library.

    Thanks for all you do, Friends!

    Library Construction Update – January

    Work continues almost every day on the new library!  Visit to see monthly updates and sign up for a monthly mailing.  Or, to see even more updates, like us on Facebook!


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    5376 Shelburne Rd.
    Shelburne, Vermont 05482

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