Pierson Library Director Kevin Unrath commented on the contradiction of having to close their library. “Pierson Library’s motto is: Learning, gathering and celebrating community,” he said in an email. “It is the ‘gathering’ part – normally such a strength – that in this case makes keeping our facility open a weakness.”

He said they have been doing everything they can to disinfect surfaces and prohibit the spread of the virus, but “we cannot guarantee that the virus will not spread through exposure at the library.”

So, like others around the area, the Pierson Library is closed.

Unrath quoted the director of the Craftsbury library, saying, “I watched many groups from differing sectors of our community cross paths in the library. Under normal circumstances, this is what makes the library a powerful force in the community, but yesterday this interaction was the piece that pushed me to reconsider the relative danger of remaining open.”

If you haven’t requested an account to check out e-books and audio books through the Pierson Library with gmlc.overdrive.com, request a login at circ@shelburnevt.org.

Shelburne residents can get parking lot pickup of books and movies. By calling 985-5124 or by emailing circ@shelburnedvt.org.

Pierson is offering a free lending library at the south entrance, when the weather allows, where people can adopt books without checking them out.

Although they encourage people who are healthy and have the means to return books through the return slot, those who can’t, shouldn’t worry – the library isn’t charging overdue fines as long as the library is closed.

The Wi-Fi is on and patrons can use the Wi-Fi from outside the library.

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