Pelham Public Library event calendar for July and August


Adults get library drink koozies for signing up for the reading game.

Children’s Programs

Story Time: New Schedule — and Now Twice on Wednesdays! 

Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 10:15 – 10:45 a.m.Wednesdays 11 – 11:45 a.m. 

Please note the changes to the schedule of Story Time for preschoolers. The new start time is 10:15 a.m., for the session on Tuesday and the first session on Wednesday. A second section has been added for Wednesdays starting at 11:00. Late comers and overfull for the 10:15 story time will be admitted to the second story time plus any additional participants who prefer a later start time. Caregivers must be in attendance and participate with the children they accompany. The Library requests there be no phone use or talking during Story Time. Because of this program’s popularity, a ticketing system is used to prevent overcrowding.

Summer Reading Game for Kids: Libraries Rock!

Sign-up through Friday, July 27
The Library’s annual Summer Reading Game for kids is in full swing. Read books and win prizes. For more details (including game rules and a web form sign-up) on this annual chance to read for the pure enjoyment of it, click here.

Exploring Sun Prints!
Tuesdays, July 17, 24, 31, 1:30 – 3 p.m.

In this series, children can explore and create sun prints in this fun and easy program. Each week will explore a different way for making a sun print, which uses sunlight as part of the process! The different methods attendees will learn will include: making a stencil, moiré

designs, and drawing on transparencies. Participation is limited to first 15 participants who show up. In the event of rain, the session will be cancelled.

Tissue Paper Flowers Rock!
Wednesday, July 18, 3 – 4 p.m.
Fuzzy wire + Tissue Paper = Amazing Flowers! Come to the Library and make one during this fun program, for ages 5 – 10 that also involves Story Time. There will also be some activities involving clay. This program is open to the first 20 children who show up.

Second-Grade Book Club: Elephant and Piggie
Wednesday, July 18, 4:15 – 5:15 p.m.
The next session of the second grade book club will focus on the Elephant and Piggie series by Mo Willems, and particularly the theme of friendship between the two characters. Led by Pelham mom Liselle Sakhrani, this club is for any child who just completed second grade and likes to read, meet new friends and have fun discussing good books with others. Registration required; you can pick up any book in the series at the circulation desk to read before the meeting. Enjoy!

Third-Grade Book Club: Crenshaw

Thursday, July 19, 4 – 5 p.m.
Led by Pelham resident and librarian Margo Hastings, this book club for children who just completed third grade. At its July meeting, the club will discuss Crenshaw, a novel by Katherine Applegate, who won the Newbery Award for The One and Only Ivan. In this book, young Jackson relies on his friend Crenshaw — an imaginary cat — to help his family, which has fallen on hard times. Call the Library to register. Usually, extra copies of each month’s book are available at the circulation desk.

Music for Children with Sounds Good Westchester

Friday, July 20, 10:30 – 11 a.m.
Karen Hamlin from Sounds Good Westchester returns to the Library for this program for babies and young children through first grade that features songs, rhythms, movement, shakers and scarves. Registration is not required.

Tambourines Rock – And Now You Can Make Your Own!

Wednesday, July 25, 3 – 4 p.m.
Kids ages pre-K through third grade are invited to cool off indoors while making a tambourine. Registration is required and attendance is limited to the first 20 children who show up.

Come Enjoy Story Time with Miss Keila’s Jukebox!

Fridays, July 27, August 3, 10, 17, 10:30 – 11 a.m.

Miss Keila comes to the Library for four Friday mornings in July and August, offering her rocking, book-themed musical story time! This is a great opportunity for children ages pre-K through first grade to come boogie and bounce as Miss Keila sings popular books! This program will use the ticketing system employed by the Library’s Tuesday and Wednesday Story Times. Get there early to get a ticket — and reserve a space!

New Monthly Program: Have Fun With the Lego Club!

Upcoming sessions: Monday, August 6, September 10, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Lego lovers of all ages are invited to come to the Library’s new 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.

Summer Reading Game Ice Cream Party
Thursday, August 23, 3 – 4 p.m.
As this year’s Summer Reading Game comes to a close, children who participated can come celebrate at the Library with the annual make-your-own-sundae ice cream party! Summer Reading Game participants should sure to register so that there’s enough ice cream for everyone!


Adult Programs

New Program: Adult Reading Game — Read Books, Win Prizes!

The reading game for children has been a staple of summers at the Library for years — but why should the kids have all the fun? This year, the Library has launched a summer reading game for adults and teens 9th grade and up. To be part of it, stop by the reference desk anytime after Monday, July 2 to register and pick up a BINGO type card. Mark off books you have read during the summer and try to get a BINGO by completing a straight line. Turn in your completed card no later than Friday, September 28, 2018 in order to enter our raffle for our grand prize — a Kindle E-reader! (Everyone who registers will receive a Pelham Library drink Koozie while supplies last.)

 Borrow the Library’s Bocce Balls

The Library has a bocce set ready to be loaned out. The set, which adults can borrow for one week, can be used at the Village of Pelham’s new bocce court in Wolfs Lane Park, or play in their own backyards. The set includes four green, four red and one white ball; basic instructions and a carrying case. The Library also has a book for more advanced players. Stay tuned for news about the Library’s new Ping Pong set!

New Program: Knit Happens on Monday Nights!

Every Monday – next session July 23, 6:30 – 8:45 p.m. 

Love to knit? Want to learn? Gather your needles and yarn and join us every Monday night for an informal needlework group. Knitters, crocheters and needleworkers of all types and abilities are welcome, but beginners planning to attend should call Librarian Augusta Turner at (914) 738-1234 beforehand to confirm an instructor will be available that night.

Exploring Sun Prints for Grown-Ups
Tuesdays, July 17, 24, 31, 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.

In this series, adults — and teens ages 16 and above — can explore and create sun prints in this fun program. Each week will explore a different method for making a sun print, which uses sunlight as part of the creative process! Space is limited to the first 15 people who show up. Pre-registration is appreciated in order to plan ahead. In the event of inclement weather, the session will be cancelled.

New Program: Crafty Adults – Polymer Clay Beads
Thursday, July 19, 7 – 8:30 p.m.

This new monthly program is being taught by Pelham resident and art instructor Sara Mallach. Come and cultivate your inner creativity! For ages 14 and up. Attendance is limited to the first twenty people who show up.

Adults Who Color!
Thursday, July 26, Mondays, August 6 and 20, 6:30 – 8:45 p.m. (Drop-in for as long, or as little, as you want.) 

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 grown-ups only.

Author Talk: Second Chances by Rachel Cullen
Thursday, August 9, 7 -8:30 p.m.
Come to the Library for this Author Talk featuring Pelham resident and novelist Rachel Cullen, who will discuss her latest book, Second Chances. The book follows the lives of four very different women whose lives have fallen off the expected paths and how they navigate the friendships, relationships and uphill journeys through their entangled ‘do-overs’ in the game of life. Books will be available for buying and signing.

Pelham Seniors Bridge at the Library
Wednesdays, August 15, 22, 29; September 5, 1 – 4:00 p.m.

Pelham Recreation’s Seniors Bridge program will be at the Library during these four dates. This free program is open to interested patrons, but remember, bridge is played in groups of four, so please call the Library to register so we can try to fit you in a group. This is not an instructional program, but for those who already know how to play.

 Crafty Adults
Monday, August 27, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
In this new monthly program, Pelham resident and art instructor Sara Mallach is running this craft program for teens (14 and up) and adults. Stay tuned to the Library newsletter and website for each month’s theme. Attendance is limited to the first 20 participants who show up.

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

With Gratitude for the Support
Adults Who Color!, Sounds Good Westchester, Exploring Sun Prints, and Miss Keila’s Jukebox, Tambourines Rock and Libraries Rock–the Summer Reading Game prizes and Ice Cream Party are all funded by the Friends of the Town of Pelham Public Library.

The Rachel Cullen Author Talk, Myanmar Photography Talk, Crafty Adults and Clay programs as well as the Adult Summer Reading Game koozies and raffle prize are all made possible by a gift in memory of Karin and Ted Mayer.

Thank you also to our talented volunteers who enable us to provide additional crafts programs, book clubs and care for our flag.