Pelham Public Library in January: ‘Alice’s Ordinary People’ discussion, local author talk, crafty pom-pom hat-making


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The Library is proud to start the new year hosting “Alice’s Ordinary People” filmmaker Craig Dudnick as well as local author Jordan Salama. For our full calendar of upcoming programs, click here.

Adult Book Clubs Continue 2021-22 Season. Newcomers Welcome!

The 2nd-Friday Book Club next meets on Friday, January 14, 2022 and we will be reading The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich. The After-Dark Book Club will meet on Zoom on Thursday, February 3, 2022 at 7:30 pm when we will discuss Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson. The 2nd-Friday Book Club will also meet on Friday, February 11, 2022 and we will be reading The Miracle at St. Anna by James McBride. For more information about the 2nd-Friday book club click here and for the After-Dark Book Club click here. To join the discussion write to

Film Discussion of “Alice’s Ordinary People” on Zoom: Monday, January 10, 7 to 8:30pm

Alice’s Ordinary People tells the story of Alice Tregay – a woman who refused to stand still for injustice. Her remarkable story spans the historic period from the marches of Dr. King to the election of President Obama. Join us to hear filmmaker Craig Dudnick discuss the civil rights movement and Tregay’s legacy. Alice’s Ordinary People is available to stream for free using your library card on Kanopy by clicking here. Attendees are encouraged to watch the film before the Zoom program, but the presentation can be enjoyed whether or not the participants have seen the film. To register in advance, please click here.

Tibetan Sound Healing Workshop With Karin Reetz on Zoom: Tuesday, January 11, 4 to 5 pm

Join us for this online program presented by Karin Reetz, who will be using Himalayan singing bowls to create healing vibrations. For this class you will be sitting and laying down. Dress warmly and have a blanket on hand. This program is being offered in partnership with the Harrison Public Library and Tuckahoe Public Library. Adults and teens can register here to receive the Zoom link via email.

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind Discussion on Zoom for Teens and Adults. Tuesday, January 18, 7 to 8 pm

The Junior League and the Pelham Public schools are proud to present a year-long series of townwide events related to the book The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer. The story is about a young boy in Malawi who was forced to drop out of school after a terrible famine. He continued to learn by visiting the village library and he became determined to improve the lives of the people in his community by building a windmill. A panel of PMHS students from the National Science Society will be moderating this Zoom discussion. To register please click here. Sponsored by the Pelham Union Free School District, the Junior League of Pelham and the Pelham Public Library.

Local Author Talk with Jordan Salama on Zoom: Tuesday, January 25, 7 to 8:15 pm

Join us for a book discussion with local author and travel writer Jordan Salama. His debut book, Every Day the River Changes (published in November 2021), is an exhilarating travelogue for a new generation about a journey along Colombia’s Magdalena River, exploring life by the banks of a majestic river now at risk, and how a country recovers from conflict. Jordan Salama’s work has appeared in The New York Times, National Geographic, and Scientific American. Salama is a 2019 graduate of Princeton University (and Pelham Memorial High School graduate!) This event will be held on Zoom, and registration is required. Please click here to register.

Crafty Adults on Zoom: Mini Pom-Pom Hats. Monday, January 24, 7:30 to 8:30 pm

We’ll be making little pom-pom hats for this month’s Crafty Adults. Participants will need a pair of scissors. The Library will provide the other needed materials the week before the event. Please register here. Space is limited so sign up early!

Save the Date! Celebrate Pelican Pride with a Live Ice Sculpting Performance: Saturday, February 12, 11 am to 1 pm.

Come see Pelham’s mascot being carved out of ice! To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Pelham Memorial High School building, the Library will be hosting a live ice sculpting performance on Saturday, February 12, 2022 from 11 am to 1 pm. Artisans from Okomato Custom Ice Studio will carve a 4 foot-tall pelican ice sculpture on the front lawn of the Library. This project is made possible with funds from the Statewide Community Regrant, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Governor’s office and the New York State Legislature and administered by ArtsWestchester.

Coding for Kids Online! Saturday, January 8, 22, 29, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm

Back by popular demand, our volunteer, Julia, will again be teaching coding languages for kids. The programs will be held most Saturday mornings from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for kids in grades 1 to 5. We will start with learning Scratch the first few weeks then later move to Python. Registration is required. Please email to get Zoom link.

Outdoor Story Time Every Tuesday and Wednesday at 10:15 am

Join us for our popular storytime for infants and toddlers with our new librarians Ms. Tasha and Ms. Florence outside on our front lawn. Story time is designed to enhance early literacy skills and features diverse children’s books in which all children can see themselves represented. Please bring a blanket to create social distancing squares. In case of bad weather, the event will be cancelled. Please call the library or check our website that morning. Dress warmly!