News from the Pierson Library

Summer youth programs a great success! Thank you to the Friends of the Pierson Library for providing a summer of wonderful science themed programming! Special congratulations to this year’s E-Reader recipients, 7th grader Aiden Pricer-Coan who read a whopping 24,003 pages and 6th grader Emma Comeau, who took the prize in the K-6 bracket with an amazing 14,633 pages read! Special recognition goes to the following prolific readers, who read thousands upon thousands of pages this summer: Stella Ewald, Jennifer Ireland, Matthew Ireland, Drew Buley, Olivia Searson, Caitlin Buley, Grace Warrington, and Abigail Searson!
September is National Library Card Month! Let’s celebrate! If you don’t yet have a library card, stop by the Pierson and bring proof of residency. In just a few minutes, you will have your own card. Any child 5 years age or older may have a card of his or her own if guaranteed by a parent at the time of registration. Take a “selfie” with your library card and post it on our Facebook page! Post a note on our bulletin board about your favorite way to use your card. Remember, your card can be used on our website to access e-books, classes, streaming videos and the like.
Alzheimer’s talk with Vermont author Mary Ann Fuller Young. Join us on Saturday, Sept. 27 at 10:30am when Mary Ann Fuller Young will discuss her recently published memoir “Plain & Simply” which describes the challenges she faced when her loved one was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. She does not shy away from the reality of the disease, but rather reveals true insights into the daily efforts involved in carrying for someone with Alzheimer’s. Copies of her book will be on sale. This event is co-sponsored by the Charlotte Library.
Indieflix Independent Movie Night. Join us on Tuesday, Sept. 30 at 6:45pm when we live-stream the 2009 film “Picking for Picasso.” This movie is based on one man’s fascinating true story of a life spent as a “picker,” the term used for treasure hunters of the art world. Follow his ups and downs on the road in his endless search for the “big find.”  A short discussion will follow. Indieflix is a streaming movie service that provides unlimited access to award-winning shorts, feature films, television shows, and documentaries from around the world. You, too, can access this service with your library card. Look for the link on the Pierson Library webpage (
The 50th Annual Friends of the Pierson Library Annual Book Sale: Mark your calendars for Columbus Day weekend. The Book Sale will take place on Saturday, Oct. 11 from 9am to 5pm and on Sunday, Oct. 12 from 10am to 3:30pm in the Shelburne Town Center Gym. If you are a member of the “Friends of the Pierson Library,” or join before Sept. 30, then you are eligible to attend the Friends Preview on Friday, Oct. 10 from 5:30 to 7pm. Book dealers who pay a $20 fee will have a special preview on Friday, Oct. 10 from 7 to 9pm. Please drop off any of your gently used books or DVDs that you with to donate to the sale by Tuesday, Sept. 30. The library itself, though, would welcome your donations of any music CDs at any time as we build our new collection.
What does the future hold for the Pierson Library?
A Library Building Steering Committee, composed of Lara Keenan, Library Director; Joe Colangelo, Town Manager; Colleen Parker, Selectboard member; and Ruth Hagerman, Library Trustee, was recently formed to take a close look at the current library building with an eye toward current and future needs. Deteriorating conditions in the present Library building provided part of the impetus for forming the committee. In addition to the boiler pipe breaking and flooding the library which destroyed a wall, the flooring in the conference room, and nearly 800 books, the library has been plagued for a number of years by water problems in the youth area, roof leakages, and multiple HVAC failures.
The Committee has taken a close look at building plans that were previously developed for constructing a new building on the present site. A model developed from these plans is on display at the Library. The Committee decided it was important to find out more about the possibility of rehabilitating and expanding the current library building. The community will benefit by having the opportunity to review costs and benefits of the two scenarios, both developed by Maclay Architects.
Joe and Lara have met with the Fire Department and Historic Preservation and Design Review Commission. The conversation focused attention on a number of issues, including: safety and functional concerns around the Fire Department’s ability to safely respond to emergencies at its current location (especially if the library building increases in size and functionality), traffic circulation, and parking issues at the municipal complex (which includes the Fire Station, Library, Town Offices, and Little League fields), and aesthetic considerations of a larger library building in relationship to the village and Town Hall. The Committee intends to meet with other groups in upcoming weeks to continue discussions as it is in its fact-finding phase before moving towards building a town-wide coalition in support of a library building project.
The Library Building Steering Committee meets the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month. All meetings are open to the public and the agenda for each meeting is posted in advance. We will provide monthly updates about the committee’s activities in this column. If members of the community have questions or would like to talk about their ideas for the future of the Library, please contact Lara Keenan at the Library (802) 985-5124 or or Joe Colangelo at the Town Offices (802) 985-5111 or
Events you won’t want to miss at the Pierson in the next two weeks:
Discussion of “Making it Up” by Penelope Lively, the Pierson Library Tuesday night book club selection on Tuesday, Sept. 16 at 6:30pm.
Musical Storytime with Inger Dybfest on Thursday, Sept. 18 at 10:30am.
“Healing the Body with Whole Food” by Dr. Suzy Harris on Tuesday, Sept. 23 at 7pm.
Writing Group/Poetry Slam with Sue Black on Wednesday, Sept. 24 at 3pm.
Reception for the Champlain Valley Quilters Guild on Thursday, September 25 at 6:30 pm.