Pierson Library

20/20 Vision:

The Future of Shelburne's Library Center!

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Interim Director of the Pierson Announced!

The Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the appointment of Cathy Townsend, long-time Friend of the Library and 20-year resident of Shelburne, as Interim Director. Cathy will be supervising the day-to-day operations of the Library while the Trustees conduct the search for the next Library Director. Please take a moment to stop in and say hi to Cathy!

Gratitude Story

Do you remember that wonderful Tribute video that the community helped us create at the end of last year?

The folks at Tribute have created a 60-second version of the video (the original video was nearly 20 minutes!), and highlighted the video on their website.

You can view it at the link below. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do – and we thank you for your amazing support!

YouTube Video: Pierson Library Gratitude Story (click here)

Movie Afternoon: The Lorax

Thursday 5/18 at 3:15 p.m.: Movie Afternoon: The Lorax – Join us as we watch Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax (rated PG) to fully embrace and understand the importance of trees in our environment. This event is in conjunction with the Shelburne Tree Advisory committee to bring awareness of the importance of trees in our community.

Who visits the Pierson Library?

The Pierson Library Board of Trustees, with the able assistance of the Library Staff and Director, conducted a brief user survey during the week of April 3rd. All Library patrons who entered the Library during that week were asked to fill out a short survey asking them why they had come to the Library that day and what they value most about the Library. The survey also collected some demographic information and asked whether they brought children to visit the Library.

During the course of the week, 560 surveys were completed. Although this survey is not scientific, the results provided the following description of the patrons who visited the Library that week. As you can see, youths are under-represented compared to the Census data, while the over-65s are a substantial proportion of our patrons and are over-represented compared to Shelburne as a whole.

Demographic distribution

  Survey Shelburne Census Data (2010)
Under 18 13.9% 23.7%
18 to 64 56.4% 55.9%
Over 65 29.8% 20.4%
Males 33.4% 47.1%
Females 66.6% 52.9%

Of the 560 respondents, one-quarter (143) bring their children or grandchildren with them to the Library at times.

The Library Trustees will use these results, and other data collected in the future, to improve our understanding of how Library patrons use the Library and how we can improve to best serve their needs.

Thank you for your support!

Library Trustee Announcement

The Pierson Library Board of Trustees would like to announce that Lara Keenan, the Library Director, is resigning from her post effective May 26th.

Lara has accepted a position with the Vermont Department of Libraries as the State Consultant for Library Government and Management, which will use her strengths as a team builder and library advocate for the benefit of libraries throughout Vermont.  This position is a noteworthy next step for Lara in her professional journey.

Lara served Shelburne for the last four years with enthusiasm, joy, and professionalism. We wish her all the best as her career advances and look forward to working with her as a consultant in the coming years.

Shelburne Tree Advisory Committee Meet and Greet

Thursday 5/4 5:30 p.m.: Shelburne Tree Advisory Committee Meet and Greet – The Pierson Library is partnering with the Shelburne Tree Advisory Committee during the month of May to host Tree Beard and share information on planting trees. Members of the Tree Advisory Committee will be on hand to answer questions and provide helpful tips. They will have handouts explaining the best tree planting practices and information on how trees help the town.

Responsible Mushroom Foraging and Harvesting with Elliott

Tuesday 4/25 at 6:30 p.m.Responsible Mushroom Foraging and Harvesting with Elliott: We’ll explore the unique ecological importance of Polypore (wood eating) mushrooms, developments in their uses as agents for radiant health, and how to best approach their year round harvesting and preparation that encourages symbiosis and longevity for us as well as them.

Eugene Onegin Opera Lecture with Toni Hill: Wednesday 4/19 at 3:00 p.m.

Wednesday 4/19 at 3:00 p.m.: Eugene Onegin Opera Lecture with Toni Hill: Join us for a discussion of the story, the music, and the MET’s production of Eugene Onegin – including a summary of the historical context of the opera and how that opera fits into the trends of the opera through the centuries.

Call 985-5124 to register

Library closed on Monday April 17th

The Pierson library will be closed on Monday April 17th while the staff have an in service day. We appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding. We also apologize for any inconvenience. We will resume normal hours on Tuesday April 18th.

Rick Bessette: Youth Poetry Workshop

Today at 3:15 p.m.: Rick Bessette: Youth Poetry Workshop – It’s Spring and the world around us is coming back to life! Young writers join Shelburne Poet Laureate Rick Bessette in writing poems to greet the return of all things green and verdant!


Monday:10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday:10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday:10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday:10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday:10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday:10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

5376 Shelburne Road
Shelburne, Vermont 05482

802 985-5124