News from Pierson Library

Library moving: Grand opening date announced

The library is closed through Sept. 13, while we move to our new building. The grand opening is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 14, from 9:30 a.m., with a day full of festivities planned. Gov. Madeleine Kunin will give remarks as part of the opening ceremony. Doors will open after a 10 a.m. ribbon cutting ceremony, with tours provided by staff and volunteers all day long.

Shelburne’s young guitar prodigy Charlie Schramm will play some tunes at 11 a.m., opening for Rick Norcross from Rick and the Ramblers, who will take the stage in the Community Living Room at 11:30 a.m. A little after noon, a ceremonial train from Vermont Rail Systems (who also donated free construction parking and staging space in their lot for the entirety of the construction process) will bring children with their favorite books from the temporary location at the Field House over to the new library location. At 1 p.m. Pam Loeb, President of the Burlington Obedience Training Club, will be onsite with Read to the Dog canines Rufus and Burley. At 2 p.m. acclaimed local children’s author Lindsey Stoddard will present a special story time of her favorite children’s books.

Representatives of the Shelburne Historical Society will be on site to talk about the plans for their new home in the renovated 1927 Town Hall, and The Scoop Ice Cream truck will be dishing delicious ice cream starting late morning. There will be games and crafts for kids.

This event is rain or shine, we hope you’ll be there to celebrate with us.

Summer reading update

What a spectacular summer we’ve had at the Pierson Library: a big “thank you” to all of the avid readers who put our summer reading tally through the roof. Congratulations to the winners of our Summer Reading Contest sponsored by the Friends of the Pierson Library. The awards for highest page count went to Olivia Searson, Frank D’Amore and Mamta Rimal. Our three contest winners read a combined total of 43,815 pages.

Special recognition to readers with exceptional page counts, including Mason Fagnant, Ollie Guiterman, Charlotte Hughes, Natalie Buckland, Nora Pluss, Ariel Toohey, Lilly Irons, Caitlyn Vuley, Liliya Dimov, Caiden Vuley, Dylan Norris, Lilia Caloiero, Evie Caloiero, Finn Wolff, Rufus D’Amore, Henry Wolff, Isak Costa, Ulysses Stevenson, Milo Norris, Cole Stevenson and Charlie Wolff. With their powers combined, our competitors read over 100,000 pages this summer.

Also, congratulations to the many young readers who received their first Pierson Library card this summer: Alexis Hall and Katherine Hoechner (no age noted), Jake Eisenberg, Caroline Vincent, Skye Tyler and Anna Wallstin (age 5), Quinn Belisle (age 6), Creston and Ivy Lea-Simons (ages 9). Welcome to a world of learning and discovery at the library.

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