Effective March 18, 2020, out of concern for the rapidly changing circumstances of COVID-19 and the health of our community, the Pawlet Public Library is closed until further notice. All Library programs and events are postponed, and community use of Library spaces is suspended. The Library Board and the Library Director will continue to monitor the official recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Vermont Department of Health, and the Vermont Department of Libraries. Plans for reopening the Library will be communicated on our website and Facebook page and through other available channels. Due to the lack of reliable information about the relative risk of “take out” or “curbside” services to patrons and staff, we will not be offering this service. Interlibrary loan services and participation with other libraries will be suspended. The Library staff will remain available by phone (802-325-3123) and by e-mail (pawletpub@gmail.com) to assist patrons with digital services: ebooks and audiobooks through Overdrive/Libby and databases through Vermont Online Library. We thank you for your patience and understanding. We wish you good health in the coming weeks.

The Pawlet Public Library is located in the renovated grammar school building in the Pawlet Village Center. It houses 10,000 items and provides access to Audio books, Videos, DVDs, CD’s and wireless high-speed internet access.

Location and Hours
The Library is located at 141 School Street in the Pawlet village center by the town green. Our Library Director is Mary Lou Willits. Year-round Library hours are: Tuesday 11 AM – 6 PM, Wednesday 10 AM – 5 PM, Thursday 10 AM – 5 PM, Friday 1 – 5 PM, Saturday 10 AM – 1 PM. The Library is closed Sunday and Monday. For information, call the Library at 802-325-3123, email pawletpub@gmail.com, or visit our website  www.pawletpubliclibrary.wordpress.com.

Pawlet Library Hires Community Connector to Lead Initiatives: December 6, 2019 —The Library has recently hired Sara Young, Middletown Springs as Community Connector to lead community initiatives outlined in the library’s four-year strategic plan. The new position has been funded for one year by grants from the Windham Foundation, and the Vermont Community Foundation, including the Lyman Orton Fund and the Spark! Connecting Community Program. The library’s community initiatives will provide a place for people to gather for social activities and community discussions and offer programs and activities that bring people together. Specifically, Community Connector Sara Young will facilitate Town and community organizations in working together to share information and resources with each other and the community.
Young has worked for over 15 years with non-profit organizations on Cape Ann, Mass., with a focus on enriching the quality of life for its citizens, enhancing the economic environment, and positioning Cape Ann as a center for arts and culture by bridging its maritime heritage with its changing future. She has worked as a fundraiser, event planner and advocate to build relationships and connect people and organizations to enrich the community. She is currently a member of the Middletown Springs Planning Commission and the Rutland Regional Planning Commission.

Upcoming Events and Programs
The Library offers year-round programming for children and adults. Please see our website for more information: www.pawletpubliclibrary.wordpress.com.

Annual Book Sale
The 53rd Annual Pawlet Public Library Book Sale is scheduled for Saturday, July 25, 2020 (9 AM – 4 PM) and Sunday, July 26, 2020 (10 AM – 2 PM) at the Mettawee Community School in West Pawlet. The Library accepts donated books for the sale after Labor Day through the fist two weeks in July. Please note: We are no longer accepting 2020 Book Sale donations until Spring 2020. For more information about donating books, visit www.pawletpubliclibrary.wordpress.com.

Library Board Meetings
The Library Board meets the first Tuesday of every month at 6:00 PM. The meetings are open to the public.

Strategic Plan: From 2018 into 2019, the Library’s Strategic Planning Committee met with 13 community groups and several individuals to determine what matters most to the community it serves – primarily the villages of Pawlet and West Pawlet. From this information, three service priorities were established to guide the organization’s decisions about programming, funding, staffing and facility needs for the next four years. For more information, please see Strategic Planning Documents.