Pelham Library in August: Updated library signs, free Covid test kits, summer reading, kids crafts


Pelham Public Library (file photo)

Editor’s note: This press release was provided by the Town of Pelham Public Library. The Pelham Examiner publishes press releases in the form received as a service to the community.

Updated Library Signs
Have you driven past the Library recently and noticed our updated signs? The signs now display our spectacular logo created by local art director and designer Russell Solomon who oversaw the rebranding of the Library. Library trustee Rob Gimigliano is responsible for the stellar paint job with enthusiastic assistance from Liam Gimigliano (on the left) and Christopher O’Meara (on the right). We are really loving this update and hope you do too!

Paul Tapogna Joins Library Board
Paul A. Tapogna is a licensed New York State architect who has practiced locally for more than 20 years. He is currently the Executive Director of Design and Construction for the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) headquartered at the Bronx Zoo. Click here to learn more about Paul. Paul has lived in Pelham for the past 24 years with his wife and two children. He is excited to join the Library Board in order to lend his architectural and planning experience to help chart a course for future Library improvements.

Fala D. Roosevelt: Presidential Pooch
In celebration of National Dog Month, join us to hear the story of Fala, President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s little Scottish Terrier. Learn about why he was so important to FDR, and ask your questions about other presidential pets during this presentation from the FDR Presidential Library and Museum. This event will take place on Zoom, and registration is required. Please register by clicking this link. Wednesday August 10, 7 to 8pm

Adults: Read Books, Win a Prize
Reading contests for children have been a staple of the Library’s summer reading program for years. But why let kids have all the fun? Adults and teens in 9th grade and up can play our Reading BINGO game for adults and enter a raffle to win a brand-new Kindle! You can get the instructions and download a BINGO board by clicking here. Or stop by the library reference desk to pick up a form. Ends Friday, September 30, 2022

Adult Book Clubs Continue on Zoom!
The After-Dark Book Club will meet on Thursday, August 11 at 7:30pm to discuss The Midnight Library by Matt Haig. The 2nd-Friday Book Club will meet on Friday, August 19 at 10:30am to discuss Last Summer at the Golden Hotel by Elyssa Friedman. To join, email [email protected]. For more information about the 2nd-Friday Book Club click here and for the After-Dark Book Club click here. Book Clubs are still meeting on Zoom, but this is subject to change. Please check our website for updates.

Free Covid Test Kits Courtesy of Westchester County
Westchester County has provided the Pelham Library with free Covid-19 home-testing kits for distribution to our community. Residents may pick up kits during library hours while supplies last. Each box contains two nasal-swab antigen tests. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has extended the expiration date for these kits to January, 24, 2023.

Summer Reading for Kids….Babies too!
We’ve had a great turn out for our summer reading program and are so excited to hear all about what you are reading and listening to! Remember that the kids themselves don’t have to read to earn points. Being read to or listening to audio books counts towards points as well! To register and learn more about our summer reading program click here. Summer Reading continues until our wrap up party on August 19 featuring the Pelicones Ice Cream Truck.

So, Let’s Sew!
Join us for our popular sewing class just for kids, with a new project every week! Solange Bitol Hansen will have sewing machines on hand and projects at the ready. This class is capped at 6 people, and participants may only register for one session. We will keep a waitlist for each session. If you are interested, please email Tasha at [email protected] with the child’s name, age and phone number. You will receive a confirmation. Register soon, as space and supplies are limited! Thursday August 25, 5-6:30pm: Ages 6-9, Thursday September 1, 5-6:30pm: Ages 6-9, Thursday September 15, 5-6:30pm: Ages 9 & up, Thursday September 29, 5-6:30pm: Ages 6-9

Tween Craft: Stitch Your Own Octopus
Want to make your very own mini-stuffed animal? If you are 8 and up, join us to hand-stitch a little octopus plushie to take home! This class is capped at 6 people, but a waitlist will be kept. Because of high demand, we ask that if you register and cannot attend, that you cancel with 24 hours notice. If you are interested, please email Tasha at [email protected] with your child’s name, age, and phone number. You will receive a confirmation. Register soon, as space and supplies are limited! Tuesday August 9, 3:30 to 4:30 pm

Shark Quiz
Do you love Baby Shark? Test your shark-skills with a quiz about our fishy friends, and pick up a prize when you’re done! Pick up the quiz and turn it in at the Reference desk. Monday, August 1 to Wednesday, August 31

In-Person Coding for Tweens
Learn the basics of coding with a different activity each week. No previous coding experience required. For grades 3 to 6. This program is in-person at the library so please bring your own fully-charged laptop. Registration is required. To register, please email [email protected]. Fridays August 5, August 12, and August 19th from 3:30 to 4:30 pm

Kids’ Craft Studio: Paper Plate Sea Creature Paper Twirlers
Join us to make your own curly-tailed sharks and mermaids! This craft is for kids ages 4 and up. This event will take place outside. In case of inclement weather, we will move indoors. Thursday August 4, 3:30 to 4:30 pm

Kids’ Craft Studio: Newspaper Pirate Hats
Arrgh, mateys! Come make your own pirate hat with recycled materials. (And, while you’re here, complete our pirate-themed scaventer hunt, available at the reference desk all month!) This craft is for kids ages 4 and up. This event will take place outside. In case of inclement weather,
we will move indoors. Thursday August 18, 3:30 to 4:30 pm

Make Ankle Bracelets with Aribah!
Volunteer Aribah Zaidi is back with her popular jewelry-making program for kids ages 4 and up! This time, we’ll be making ankle bracelets for summer. This event will take place outside. Incase of inclement weather we will move indoors. Saturday August 13, 1pm-2pm

Outdoor Story Time
Join us for our popular story time for infants and toddlers 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… plus we have a lot of fun! Please bring a blanket or lawn chair to sit on. In case of rain or temperatures above 90°, the event will be cancelled. Please call the Library that morning to confirm. Every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday at 10:30 am

K-Day is Coming!
The Pelham Public Library’s K-Day is an annual event when Pelham children entering kindergarten can get their first library cards. We will have fun activities such as face painting and a balloon artist. Details to follow next month. This year, it will be held on Saturday, September 10th from noon to 3 p.m. To save time please, pre-register for your child’s library card. Click on this link to fill out the form so that the card will be ready as soon as you arrive. Parent/guardians must bring a photo ID and proof of Pelham residency to pick up cards the day of the event. Saturday September 10, 12-3pm