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July at Pelham Library: discussion on ‘The Anxious Generation,’ defensive driving class, scavenger hunt, canine story time

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.

The Summer Reading Program for children is in full swing so sign up soon. This month we have a defensive driving class, two discussions by Pelham authors, a visit from a book-loving dog, and a scavenger hunt!

For all this and more, please see below or check our calendar.

Adult Programs and News

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.

Monday, July 1 through Monday, September 30

Fourth of July Quiz

Do you know who the youngest signer of the Declaration of Independence was? Who wrote Yankee Doodle? How many hot dogs Americans will consume this Fourth of July? Stop by the Library and test your patriotic knowledge with our quiz.

Monday, July 1 through Wednesday, July 31

Defensive Driving

Instructor Sam Eskander will lead a defensive driving course in-person at the Library. This course will qualify you for a discount on your insurance and point reduction on your license. This course is six hours. There will be a 30-minute lunch break (please bring your lunch) and two 5-minute breaks (morning and afternoon). Cost is $35 in cash per participant. Registration is required. To register email [email protected].

Saturday, July 13, 10 am-4 pm

Book Discussion: Jonathan Haidt’s The Anxious Generation with Pelham author Sarah Trombley

Join local Pelham author Sarah Gallagher Trombley for a discussion of The Anxious Generation.

Sarah is a digital parenting author, speaker and thought leader. Her mission is to help parents navigate the digital world with and for their kids by providing insight, advice and practical tips. She covers a wide range of digital topics including how to set up digital house rules, understanding and implementing parental controls, social media primers for adults, as well as how and when to choose the right devices for your child.

Registration is suggested, but not required. Walk-ins are welcome. Click here to register.

Monday, July 15, 7-8 pm

Bite by Bite: American History through Feasts, Foods, and Side Dishes with Pelham Author Paul Freedman

“As American as apple pie.” It’s a familiar saying, yet gumbo and chop suey are also American! What we eat tells us who we are: where we’re from, how we move from place to place, and how we express our cultures and living traditions.

Join Pelham author Paul Freedman for an exploration of American history through food. From First Salmon Feasts of the Umatilla and Cayuse tribes to fish fries celebrated by formerly enslaved African Americans; from “red sauce” Italian restaurants popular with young bohemians in the East to Cantonese restaurants enjoyed by rebellious young eaters in the West. This is the true story of the many Americas—laid out bite by bite.

This program will take place in-person at the Library, and will be enjoyed by adults and children ages 10 and up. Registration is suggested, but walk-ins are welcome. Click here to register.

Thursday, August 1 6:30-7:30 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, July 9, 7-8 pm

Crafty Adults: “Porcelain” Beads

Join our resident artist/instructor Sara Mallach as we make exquisite looking “Porcelain” Paper Beads for July. Using UV resin we take a simple paper craft to the the next level to create a gorgeous piece of jewelry.

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, July 22, 7:15-8:15 pm

Intermediate ESL and Adult Hybrid Book Clubs

The After-Dark Book Club, the 2nd-Friday Book Club, as well as ESL will be on hiatus during July and August but will return in September.

To join the book clubs, email [email protected]. For more information about the 2nd-Friday Book Club click here and for the After-Dark Book Club click here.

Fiber Fridays

Love to knit or crochet? Gather your needles, hooks, and yarn, and join us every Friday afternoon for an informal adult needlework group. Knitters, crocheters, and needle point enthusiasts of all abilities are welcome, but please note that no instructors will be present.

Every Friday, 1-3:30 pm

Tuesdays are Digitizing Days

Our Time-Warp Tuesdays continue. This program for digitizing photos has been a great success. 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.

The Library Will Be Closed July 4 in Observance of Independence Day.

We will reopen on Friday, July 5 for our regular hours.

Closed Thursday, July 4

Children’s News and Events

Kids’ Summer Reading Program

Join the Library’s Summer Reading Program. Register on our website or come to the Library and we’ll register for you. You can even click here to watch a YouTube video that explains how to register and log reading minutes. Read or listen to any book(s) you like and earn points to redeem for the following prizes:

  • 60 points or 1 hour = one cookie from Little Bird Cookie Co.
  • 180 points or 3 hours = one slice of pizza from Four Corners Pizza
  • 300 points or 5 hours = one small ice cream cone from Flour Power

Please note that there is a limit of two prizes per category per reader (total of two cookies, two slices of pizza, and two ice cream cones) this summer. You also have the option of selecting a book to take home and keep in lieu of a food prize.

For more information call 914-738-1234 or email Kathy (

From now until our wrap up party on Friday, August 16 featuring the Pelicones Ice Cream Truck.

Community Craft Table: Fourth of July Parade Wand

Come to our Community Craft Table during the month of July to make a Fourth of July Parade Wand. All materials will be provided.

This activity is for children ages four and up.

Monday, July 1 through Wednesday July 31

Shark Scavenger Hunt

Uh-oh, some sharks are swimming around the Library. Can you find all ten of them? Visit the reference desk to pick up your scavenger hunt sheet any time during the months of July and August. Once you’ve found all of the characters in the Library, return your sheet to the reference desk for a prize. This activity is for children ages four and up.

Monday, July 1 through Saturday August 31

Canine Story Time

Join Lisa and her furry friend Freckles from The Good Dog Foundation for a special kind of story time. This time, it won’t be adults reading to kids: it will be kids reading to dogs! Young readers ages six and up will be able to sign up for 10-minute sessions, during which they will be able to read to Freckles, Lisa’s adorable canine companion.

To reserve a spot, join us at the Library on July 9, and see the reference desk to sign up for your 10-minute session. First come, first served.

Tuesday, July 9, 3:30-4:30 pm

Kids Craft: Build Your Own (Cork) Boat!

Set sail with your own mini-boat, crafted from bottle corks! Experiment with different designs, and test your boats out on the open ocean (aka: the kiddy pool).

This program is for children ages six and up. No registration necessary. First come, first served.

Friday, July 12, 3:30-4:30 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 canceled on days when the temperature is above 90°, 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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