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Town of Pelham Public Library Programs

New Elementary School Book Clubs for Grades 1 – 4!

The Library is now offering four new monthly children’s book clubs, one each for children entering grades 1 – 4! These clubs are for any kid who likes to read, meet new friends and have fun discussing good books with others. The first and third grade book clubs are being led by Pelham resident Liselle Sakrhani, and the second and fourth grade book clubs are being led by Pelham resident and librarian Margo Hastings.

Walk-ins are welcome, but registration is requested by calling the Library at (914) 738-1234. Book club books are usually available at the circulation desk for immediate checkout. For dates and times of book club meetings and details on the books each club will be focusing on, see below.

First-Grade Book Club

Upcoming sessions: October 8, 4:30 – 5 p.m.

In September, the club will discuss Miss Nelson Is Missing by Harry Allard with illustrations by James Marshall. The kids in room 207 or acting up again but once they’re kind teacher Miss Nelson is replaced by a mean substitute, Miss Viola Swamp, they begin to regret how they behave.

Second-Grade Book Club: Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot

Upcoming sessions: Monday, September 17, October 15, 4 – 5 p.m.

The next session of the second grade book club will focus on the series Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot, by Dav Pilkey. Follow the adventures of Ricky and his robot as they battle Mercurian Mosquitoes, Vultures from Venus, Martian Mecha-Monkeys and more! In October, the Club will discuss Alien and Possum: Friends No Matter What by Tony Johnston.

Third-Grade Book Club

Upcoming sessions: Monday, October 8, 5 – 5:30 p.m.

At its September meeting, the club will discuss Love That Dog by Newbery Medal-Award winning writer Sharon Creech. This novel incorporates poetry into the mix when its main character, Jack, struggles with writing it. But then he realizes with the help of his teacher, a pencil, some paper, and, of course, a dog, that he can indeed express himself through poetry.

Fourth-Grade Book Club: The Homework Machine

Upcoming sessions: Thursdays, September 20, October 18, 4 – 5 p.m.

At its September meeting, the Fourth-Grade Book Club will discuss The

Homework Machine by Dan Gutman. What happens when four fifth graders start having their homework done by Belch, a homework machine? Maybe not what you expect! In October, the club will discuss The Teacher’s Funeral by Richard Peck.

More Children’s Programs

Story Time

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

Take the little one in your life to Story 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.

Have Fun With the Lego Club!

Upcoming sessions: Monday, October 8, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Lego lovers of all ages are invited to come to the Library’s 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.

K-Day: Kindergartners Get Their First Library Cards

Saturday, September 29, 12 – 3 p.m.

The Pelham Public Library’s K-Day is an annual event when children entering kindergarten can get their first library cards. Getting a Library Card is only one part of K-Day. There will be other fun activities to entertain everyone who attends. Kids receiving library cards will also get a goodie bag. Make sure to come by with your kindergartener!

2nd-Friday Book Club: American Pastoral by Philip Roth

Friday, September 21, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

At its meeting on Friday, September 21 (yes, that’s the third Friday of the month), the 2nd-Friday Book Club will discuss American Pastoral by Philip Roth. This novel, originally published in 1997, takes place in the turbulent late 1960s, when: “An ordinary man finds that his life has been made extraordinary by the catastrophic intrusion of history when … his adored daughter plants a bomb that kills a stranger, hurling her father out of the longed-for American pastoral and into the ingenious American berserk.” Time magazine wrote: “Never before has Roth written with clear conviction.” In October, the club will discuss Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng.

Knit Happens on Monday Nights!

Upcoming sessions: Monday, September 17, 24, 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.

Focus Groups for Pelham Library Patrons and Residents

Monday, October 29, both sessions 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.

The Library Trustees are holding a series of focus groups to gain insights from Library patrons and residents about what the Library provides, and to help guide the Library’s operating plan for the future. Registration is required to maintain a size conducive to constructive discussion. Please call the Library at (914) 738-1234. The Library is anxious to hear your thoughts!

Meditation Workshop — Now Monthly!

Upcoming sessions: Saturdays, September 15, October 13, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Got stress? Starting in September, the Library will hold a meditation workshop with Meditation Instructor Kellye Davis once a month. This program, teaching stress reduction techniques, is for anyone age 16 and up and is suitable for seniors as well. Davis will lead the class through various relaxation exercises, answer questions and provide participants with handouts to take home. No experience is required; participants may bring yoga mats or sit in chairs during the exercises. Registration not required, but first-come, first-served for the first 15 people.

Crafty Adults

Upcoming sessions: Thursdays, September 20, October 25, 7 – 8:30 p.m.

This new monthly craft program, led by Pelham resident and art instructor Sara Mallach, is for adults and teens (16 and up). Stay tuned to the Library newsletter and website for each month’s theme. Attendance is limited to the first 20 participants who show up.

Adults Who Color!

Thursday, September 27; Monday, October 8, Both sessions 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.

Adult Reading Game: It’s Not Too Late to Play!

It’s not too late to stop by the Library and pick-up a BINGO-style card to play the Adult Reading Game. Completed cards must be turned in at the Library no later than Friday, September 28, in order to enter the raffle for the grand prize — a Kindle E-reader!

Demystifying Medicare and Healthcare Coverage for Seniors

Thursday, October 18, 6 – 9 p.m.

This informative session, part of the Westchester Library System Westchester Seniors Speaking Out (WSOS) volunteer program, is directed toward anyone looking to navigate the complicated healthcare system for older adults. In addition to Medicare, it will cover Medicare Advantage Plans, Part D prescription drug plans, Medigap insurance and various cost-saving programs. Registration suggested.

Borrow the Library’s Bocce Balls and/or Ping Pong Set

The Library has both a bocce set and a ping pong set ready to be loaned out. The sets, which adults can borrow for one week, can be used at the Village of Pelham’s bocce court or ping pong table in Wolfs Lane Park — or can be enjoyed at home. The bocce 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. The ping pong set, housed in a carrying case, has four racquets and balls for doubles!

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 and K-Day are funded by the Friends of the Town of Pelham Public Library.

Crafty Adults, the Play With Clay programs and 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 programs, including the book clubs.

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Pelham Public Library event calendar for September