Pelham Public Library events for July and August

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Editor’s note. This calendar was provided by the Pelham Public Library.

Early Literacy Programs

Story Time

Tuesdays, 10:15 – 10:45 a.m.

Take the little one in your life to Story Time. Caregivers must be in attendance and participate with the children they accompany — that makes it a pleasurable experience for all! This program is led by Mr. Oz — aka Youth Services Librarian Oz Coto-Chang.

Baby Story Time
Tuesdays, 10:45 – 11:15 a.m.
This edition of Story Time is for babies up to two years. Programs like this are an essential part of a child’s early literacy. When younger children are unable to participate they miss out. Parents/caregivers must participate in Baby Story Time. No talking or phones.

Story Time with Mr. Oz
Upcoming sessions:
Tuesdays, July 2, 9, 23, 30
Wednesdays, July 3, 17, 31

Fridays, July 12, 26, August 9, 23

All sessions from 10:15 – 10:45 a.m.
Come to Story Time featuring Mr. Oz! — aka Youth Services Librarian Oz Coto-Chang. Caregivers must be in attendance and are welcome to participate with the children they accompany — that makes it a pleasurable experience for all!


Musical Story Time with Miss Keila

Upcoming sessions: Wednesdays, July 10, 24, August 7, 21, two sessions each, 10:15 – 10:45 am. and 11 – 11:30 a.m.
Miss Keila comes to the Library twice a month, offering her rocking, book-themed musical story time! This is a great opportunity for pre-K children to come boogie and bounce as Miss Keila sings popular books.

Because of the popularity of many Story Time programs, a ticketing system is sometimes used to prevent overcrowding.

(For programs requiring registration, call the Library at 914-738-1234. Programs for young children require adult supervision.)

 More Children’s Programs

 Have Fun with the Lego Club!

Upcoming sessions: Monday, August 5, September 9, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Lego lovers of all ages are invited to come to the Library’s monthly Lego Club. You’ll get to use your imagination to build unique Lego models to be displayed at the library! You provide the creativity; the library provides the Legos. Registration is required.

Movie Screening: Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! Wubbzy & His Besty Best Friends
Wednesday, August 7, 1 – 2  p.m.
Wubbzy and his friends go on adventures where they learn, grow, and explore in Wuzzleburg. This program is for rising kindergarteners and up. Registration is not required.

Summer Reading Program Activities

 Make Your Own Planet!

Friday, July 5, 2 – 3 p.m.
Attendees can create their own paper planet surrounded by a field of stars. This program is for children ages 5 and up and is open to the first 25 children who arrive.

Movie Screening: Team Umizoomi — Umi Space Heroes

Wednesday, July 3, 1 – 2 p.m.
Team Umizoomi takes off on an outer space mission in this one-hour special! When The TroubleMakers break the moon into four pieces, Milli, Geo and Bot blast off in Umi SpaceShip on an intergalactic adventure. Registration is not required.

Movie Screening: Outer Space Adventures

Wednesday, July 10, 1 – 2 p.m.

Come watch your favorite PBS KIDS characters build a rocket ship to visit the moon, help an astronaut rescue his cat named Houston, and have other out of this world adventures. Registration not required.

Make Straw Rockets!
Thursday, July 11, 2 – 3 p.m.
Engineering for Kids is coming to the Library to show you how to make  rockets out of straws. This program is open to rising kindergarteners through grade 2. Attendance is limited to the first 20 children.

Go On a Space Quest!
Monday, July 15, 2 – 3 p.m.

Come to the Library and then leave on a space quest. This program will be led by Jason Edwards, an award-winning storyteller and monster hunter, and, in this case, alien treasure hunter! This program is open to kids ages 7 – 14 and is limited to the first 25 children.

Movie Screening: Ready Jet Go! — Space Rocks!

Wednesday, July 17, 1 – 2 p.m.

Asteroids, meteorites, comets, and more! Join Jet along with his friends Sydney, Sean, and Mindy as they take off on exciting outer space explorations in this PBS Kids show. Watch as Jet’s mom zooms the kids to space in their flying saucer, as the kids conduct a series of tests to determine if a unique rock is indeed a meteorite, and as the neighborhood hosts a stargazing party! Registration not required.

 Build Your Own Planet

Monday, July 22, 2 – 3 p.m.
Children ages five and up are invited to the Library to build their own planets with puppeteer Nicola Rose. The Bronx-based Rose is a Columbia University graduate and received a master’s degree in theater from the Sorbonne in Paris, where she studied for two years. She also created the Web TV series Callie & Izzy. Attendance is limited to the first 25 children.

Movie Screening: Bill Nye the Science Guy — Outer Space
Wednesday, July 24, 1 – 2 p.m.
Bill Nye the Science Guy gives children the inside scoop on planets, star, galaxies, and the universe. This movie is for kids pre-K and up. Registration is not required.

Build Foam Jets with Engineering for Kids!
Thursday, July 25, 2 – 3 p.m.
Engineering for Kids comes to the Library to help rising kindergarteners and children through grade 2 build foam jets. Attendance is open to the first 20 children who arrive.

Movie Screening: The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Space!
Wednesday, July 30, 1 – 2 p.m.
In this adventure, The Cat in the Hat joins Nick and Sally, who are exploring the backyard when something extraordinary finds them — a flying robotic dog. The robot lands and does some exploring of his own, gulping up rock samples and photographing all of them before blasting off back into space. The Cat in the Hat fires up his Space-ama-racer to find out about the alien visitor. This program is for rising kindergarteners and up. Registration is not required.

Galaxy Animal Art Program

Tuesday, July 30, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Visiting artist Barbara Freiberg will help children ages 5 – 10 make a wolf and galaxy picture. Attendees will learn how to draw a wolf, following step by step directions or trace a template to complete their drawing, and create galaxies out of blue card stock, sequins, white paper and white crayons to form stars and shooting stars! Attendance is first-come, first-served.

Movie Screening: Duck Dodgers — Deep Space Duck
Wednesday, August 14, 1 – 2 p.m.

Launch into a spectacular series of zany adventures with everyone’s favorite fighter of Martian tyranny! Duck Dodgers is always ready to swoop in and save the day, the planet, and the galaxy, with a little luck and a lot of help, that is. This program is for children from kindergarten and up. Registration is not required.

Movie Screening: Captain Maya and the Space Explorers

Wednesday, August 21, 1 – 2 p.m.
Nick and Taffy are on a fun-filled mission through outer space, absorbing all the facts they can and enjoying every minute of it in this educational adventure. This program is for rising kindergarteners and up. Registration is not required.

Make Your Own Sundae Party

Thursday, August 22, 3 – 4 p.m.
Children who participated and registered for the Summer Reading Game are invited to the annual make your own ice cream sundae party. To make your reservation, call the Library at (914) 738-1234.

Movie Screening: My Fantastic Field Trip to the Planets
Wednesday, August 28, 1 – 2 p.m.
This movie, with 23 featurettes from NASA, lets viewers travel with Jake in his toy rocket on a live-action, musical outer space adventure. The planets come to life via stunning visual effects and ten original songs featuring memorable melodies and lyrics create a fun and entertaining learning experience. This program is for rising kindergarteners and up. Registration is not required.

Teen and Tween Programs

Come Play Dungeons & Dragons
Upcoming sessions: Thursdays, July 11, 18, 25, 3 – 5 p.m.
The first fantasy role-playing game, Dungeons & Dragons is a world where players are the characters in an ongoing story — come and play the tabletop version. According to the Dungeons & Dragons website, “The core of D&D is storytelling. You and your friends tell a story together, guiding your heroes through quests for treasure, battles with deadly foes, daring rescues, courtly intrigue, and much more.” Registration is not required.

See the Moon in 3D
Friday, July 19, 3 – 4 p.m.

This is your chance to see the moon in 3D! All you need to do is bring your smartphone, download the Google Cardboard app and a 3D tour of the moon will be yours! Attendance is limited to the first 10 teens and tweens.

Salute the Sun Yoga
Friday, July 26, 2 – 3 p.m.
Yoga instructor Elizabeth “Tizzy” Casario will come to the Library for this special program for teens and tweens! Tizzy, a former ballet dancer, is certified both as an Experienced  Registered Yoga Teacher and a Registered Children’s Yoga Teacher through Yoga Alliance. This session is open to the first 20 attendees.

Adult Programs

Adults – Play Summer Reading Bingo!
Game runs through Tuesday, September 3
Read books and win prizes! To play, stop by the reference desk anytime to register and pick up a BINGO type card with squares including “Memoir or Biography” “a book that scares you” and “read a play.” Upon registration, you will receive a Library drink koozie. As you read books over the summer, write down the titles in the appropriate boxes and try to get a BINGO by completing a straight or diagonal line. (You may not enter the same title in more than one box or enter books you’ve read before June 10.) Once you have gotten a BINGO, you’ll qualify for the prize drawing: first prize is a Kindle and 2nd prize is a complete set of Friends DVDs – yes, every season. The deadline to turn in your card is Tuesday, September 3.

Knit Happens on Monday Nights!
Upcoming sessions: Mondays, July 8, 15, 22, 29.
All sessions 6:30 – 8:45 p.m.
Love to knit? Want to learn? Gather your needles, hooks and yarn and join us every Monday night for an informal adult needlework group from 6:30 – 8:45 p.m. Knitters, crocheters and sewers of all abilities are welcome, but beginners planning to attend should call Librarian Augusta Turner at (914) 738-1234 beforehand to confirm a knitting instructor will be available that night.

Local Author Book Launch: The Last Book Party by Karen Dukess
Tuesday, July 9, 7 – 8 p.m.
Come to the Library to hear long-time Pelham resident Karen Dukess talk about her first novel, The Last Book Party. Published by Henry Holt, the novel officially launches on the day of this event and it will include a Q&A with Dukess conducted by her editor, Libby Burton. The novel, which is on a number of recommended lists including Barnes & Noble’s “Discover Great New Writers” list, takes place in Cape Cod in 1987 and focuses on Eve Rosen, an aspiring writer, who takes an assistant’s job with an acclaimed New Yorker writer on Cape Cod one summer.
The author will be available to sign books which will be on sale. (Please note that the Library will be open that night for this event only. No regular library services will be available.)

Identity Theft: What’s in Your Wallet?

Thursday, July 11, 7 – 8 p.m.

Worried about identity theft? In this program led by Janet Palazzolo, VP of Residential Services at The Wartburg, you’ll learn new tools to guard your personal information and protect you and your family from identity theft. The session includes tips on what NOT to carry in your wallet and how NOT to get scammed in today’s fast-paced world. This program is open to teens and up; registration is not required.

Elder Law: Protecting Your Assets
Saturday, July 13, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Elder law attorney Pat Micek returns to the Library to show you how to protect your assets so that you can leave them for your children. In addition to learning how to protect assets from nursing home costs, attendees will also learn the three most important legal documents for protecting an estate, how to qualify for government-paid aides, and which Trust is ideal for second marriages and blended families. Registration is suggested, but walk-ins are welcome.

The Space Race, 1957-1975
Tuesday, July 16, 1 – 2:30 p.m.

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. the Pelham Public Library presents this special program on The Space Race. The author, photographer and lecturer Kevin Woyce will present a lecture packed with historic photographs and vintage concept art. Relive the dramatic “Space Race,” from the Soviet Union putting the first artificial satellite into orbit in 1957, to the pioneering Mercury and Gemini flights to the first Apollo Moon landings. Registration is not required.

Advanced Life Planning: Be Prepared
Thursday, July 18, 7 – 8 p.m.

Janet Palazzolo, VP of Residential Services at The Wartburg will lead this session on advanced life planning. Attendees will learn why a health care proxy is important, how to choose the right health care proxy, and how to effectively communicate their values and wishes. They will also receive a “Be Prepared Kit” to help effectively compile information for their families. Registration is recommended, but walk-ins are welcome.

Adults Who Color!
Thursdays, July 25, August 8, 6:30 – 8:45 p.m.
Want to relax or practice mindfulness? Stop by Adults Who Color! The Library supplies everything for this adult coloring program: coloring pages, color pencils and markers. No experience or registration necessary, but remember, this is for grownups only.

With Gratitude for the Support

With Gratitude: Both Summer Reading Programs prizes, puppeteer Nicola Rose, The Space Race, and Yoga are generously funded by The Friends of the Town of Pelham Public Library. Westchester Engineering for Kids and the Space Quest programs are funded by a gift in memory of Karin and Ted Mayer. Musical Story Time with Miss Keila is funded by the Morgan Stanley Foundation in recognition of Library Board President Terrence Mullan’s volunteer contributions to the Library.


Thank you also to our talented volunteers who enable us to provide many additional programs.