News from Pierson Library

Meet Katie Martin-Woodard

Katie processes everything item that comes into the library so it’s ready for the shelf.  She catalog books, movies, audio books, museum passes, etc.  She also manages Inter Library Loan requesting, which involves sending books all over the state and sometimes the country. She updates the library’s website and Facebook page and does outreach work offering technology tutoring in area senior living centers and also at the library.

When asked for a fun fact, Katie says she’s “not just a mom, I also have an awesome stepdaughter.” When reading for fun, Katie tends to read a lot of mysteries and young adult fantasy fiction “when I am not reading the same picture books over and over again!”

Katie’s hidden treasure she wants people to know more about are the great online resources that people may not have fully explored yet like Mango Languages, eBooks and eAudiobooks.

Courtesy photo
Lou Natale, right, owner of the Shelburne Athletic Club, hands Kevin Unrath of Pierson Library a $1,000 donation check.

Library building news

  • Many thanks to the Shelburne Field House, SWALE and The Nancy Druids and over 100 residents for coming out last Saturday for a great concert. Roughly $500 was raised and a matching $500 was generously donated by the Shelburne Athletic Club to bring the total donation to the building project $1,000!
  • As the weather warms up, so does the action on the construction site. As the interior is framed out, the trades (electrical, plumbing, HVAC) follow behind, laying in the new infrastructure. On a recent day, 40 sub-contractors were busy on site, keeping us on schedule for a summer opening.

An important component of a modern library is its support of local businesses, telecommuters and entrepreneurs. Shelburne has many taxpayers who use the library as a space to work, to gather, to use technology perhaps not available to them otherwise (high speed internet, specialized databases, printing, copying), to network and in some cases, just to get out of the house and away from the cat! The old library space was inadequate to meet these needs.

The new Pierson Library will have a dedicated business center for local tele-workers and entrepreneurs containing hardware and associated technology, free high-speed internet, staff expertise and mentoring.

Other spaces in the library will be available for quiet projects, incubator meetings and networking opportunities, including chance meetings at the coffee machine or events organized by the library.

The library is excited to be able to expand their offerings to the local business and technology community in the new space. In addition, our focus on these services is an important component of Shelburne’s participation in statewide efforts to support and grow our local economies.

  • Pierson Library’s spring Introduction to Genealogy class begins Wednesday, April 17, at 1:30 p.m. in Room 2, second floor, of the Shelburne town offices.  The second and third sessions of the class will be May 1 and May 15, also in Room 2 of the town offices. The class is free and open to the public, but persons are asked to register by calling the library at 985-5124.

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