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April at Pelham Library: Eclipse viewing and NASA live stream, lotus flower lanterns, Intro to Babysitting

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

This month we have everything under the sun from an eclipse to a new recycling program. Children can learn strategies for babysitting, building videogames and enjoy activities at the Westchester Land Trust Pollinator Pop-Up tent. For all this and more, please see below or check our calendar.

Adult Programs and News

Recycle at the Library

In celebration of Earth Day the Town of Pelham Public Library is pleased to announce an ongoing recycling program. Please bring you single-use batteries and/or gently-used eyeglasses (both prescription and reading) to the Library for donation. A staff member at the circulation or reference desks will be happy to assist you.

Poem in Your Pocket

Stop by the Library during the month of April to celebrate National Poetry Month. Pick up a pocket sized poem to keep with you and even get a pin to match.

Monday, April 1 to Tuesday, April 30

Breaking the Rules in Modern Art: 1900 to the 1960s

How and why did rules of painting and sculpture change radically throughout the 20th century? Take a deep dive as we explore how artists departed from traditional materials and subject matter while grappling with the modern world. Join us for this presentation from the National Gallery of Art. This program takes place on Zoom and registration is required. Click here to register.

Monday, April 8, 11 am-12 pm

Eclipse Viewing Party and NASA Live Stream

On April 8, 2024, a total solar eclipse will travel through the contiguous United States. A total solar eclipse happens when the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth, completely blocking the face of the Sun.

Weather permitting, we’ll be able to view at least a partial solar eclipse from the Library’s very own front yard! This phenomenon won’t be viewable again until summer of 2044.

Not the outdoorsy type? Watch NASA’s live stream in our program room (starting early at 1pm) and learn more about the eclipse.

Plus, join us for eclipse crafts: draw your own eclipse, color in animals wearing eclipse glasses, and use an Oreo to make your own edible eclipse. This program is for all ages and no registration is necessary.

Eclipse Glasses will be available for Pelham cardholders at the Library starting on Monday, April 1st while supplies last. Limit of 2 per household please.

Monday, April 8, 3-4 pm

English as a Second/Foreign Language (ESL) for Intermediate Students

Join us for a series of ESL classes with Pelham resident, EJ Sepp!

This class is intended for low-intermediate to advanced students who are learning English as a second or foreign language. (No beginners please!)

EJ Sepp has taught ESL for 20 years and is the co-author of English Express New York: A Cultural Reading & Writing Text for English Language Learners.

These classes are walk-ins that do not require preregistration or attending all sessions.

Mondays, April 1, 8, 15, 22,and 29, 6-6:45 pm

Food as Medicine with Dr. Kaushik

This series from Dr. Somesh N. Kaushik discusses the effect of food on the body and its healing abilities. With over 35 years’ experience as an Ayurvedic physician, Dr. Kaushik is one of the most experienced Ayurvedic physicians in North America. Dr. Kaushik recently founded the Institute for the Advancement of Ayurvedic Sciences, a research and teaching institution. This program will take place on Zoom, and registration is required. Click here to register. The Zoom link will be emailed to you before the presentation.

Tuesday, April 23, 7-8 pm

Lotus Flower Lantern Workshop

Join us to get ready for Yeondeunghoe, or the Korean Lotus Lantern Festival! Learn more about Korean culture, and make your very own Lotus Flower Lantern. This program is for adults and children ages 10 and up. This program will take place in-person, and registration is required. To register, email Tasha at [email protected]. Register soon, as space and supplies are limited!

Thursday, April 25, 6:30-7:45 pm

Crafty Adults: Abstract Wreaths

Join our resident artist/instructor Sara Mallach as we turn simple twigs into beautiful shabby chic hanging decorations with twine, ribbons, and flowers.

This event will take place in-person at the Library and separate registration is required for each attendee. Click here to register. Sign up early, as space and supplies are limited.

Please note: Time change to 7:15 pm for Crafty Adults classes. Please arrive on time as late arrivals disrupt the class.

Monday, April 15, 7:15-8:15 pm

Adult Hybrid Book Clubs

The After-Dark Book Club will meet on Thursday, April 4 at 7:30 pm to discuss Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt and on Thursday, May 2 at 7:30 pm to discuss Good Night, Irene by Luis Alberto Urrea.

The 2nd-Friday Book Club will meet on Friday, April 12 at 10:30 am to discuss Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh and on Friday, May 10 at 10:30 am to discuss Horse by Geraldine Brooks.

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.

Tuesdays are Digitizing Days

Introducing Time-Warp Tuesdays, our new program for digitizing photos. Bring in your family photos and our librarians will assist you with scanning them to a USB drive using our new high-speed scanner. Appointments are required for a 45-minute session. To learn all of the details and to register, please click here.

Earth Day Book List

We have gathered a list of some of our favorite books about the natural world just in time for spring. Titles with an asterisk (*) were graciously donated by the Meehan family and were added to the collection in 2023. We thank them for their support. Please click here to see the list. We hope you enjoy our updated collection!

Mural Made by Siwanoy Second Graders

In Social Studies, Siwanoy’s second graders studied communities. As a culmination activity for this unit, students worked with artist, Kim McCormack, to design and construct a three-dimensional community mural made completely from recycled material. This amazing project is on display at the Library by the Carol Place entrance. It is even better in person. The mural will be viewable during Library hours.

Children’s News and Events

Community Craft Table: Paper Cherry Blossoms

Help us get ready for spring! Come to the community craft table to decorate a paper cherry blossom for our indoor “tree.”

Monday, April 1 through Tuesday, April 30

Intro to Babysitting

Learn interviewing tips, communication skills, ages and stages of young babies and toddlers, safety and basic first aid tips, and how to feed and care for children. A simple test will be administered at the completion of the course and certificates will be distributed. Please bring a pencil or pen, a notebook and a snack. This program is for ages 11 and up.

This event takes place in-person at the Library and registration is required. Please register early, as this class fills quickly. To register email Kathy at [email protected].

Saturday, April 6, 11 am-2 pm

Tissue Paper Flowers

Come make big tissue paper blossoms to match the ones popping up outside! This program is for children ages six and up accompanied by an adult. No registration needed.

Wednesday, April 10, 3-4 pm

Pelham for Pollinators

Have you heard about the Westchester Land Trust Pollinator Pop-Up? Well, come to the Library to see what all the buzz is about! Enjoy fun hands-on activities for all ages under the bright yellow tent, and learn more about the tiny workers that pollinate nearly one-third of the food we eat and the plants we enjoy. And don’t forget to visit the Leave & Take Table to share and swap native seeds, plants and clippings.

This event will be held indoors at the Library in case of rain.

This program is presented in collaboration with EcoPel.

Saturday, April 13, 12-3 pm

Build Your Own Video Game: Space Invaders

Learn how to program with Python by building your own version of Space Invaders! This class will pick up where we left off with Part III, but newcomers are welcome. The instructor will help you catch up at the beginning of class. Attendees must bring their own fully charged laptop. This program is for children ages seven to 13 and takes place in-person at the Library. Registration is required.

To register, please email Tasha at [email protected] with your name, your child’s name, your child’s age, and a phone number where you can be reached.

Saturday, April 20, 1:30-3 pm

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. Children must be supervised by an adult at all times. Story Time will be held outdoors throughout the year, but will be cancelled on days when the temperature is below 40°, or if it is raining. You may call the Library when we open at 10 am to inquire.

Every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10:30-11 am


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