April 2021 Newsletter
The Library building is now open for browsing and checkouts! Our contact-free pick up services continue. Plus special programs in recognition of Earth Day for adults and kids!
Hours and Services
We are thrilled to be able to welcome visitors in person again! The library building is open to patrons on a first-come, first-serve basis for browsing and checking out materials. Visits are limited to 20 minutes and masks are required. We also continue to offer contactless, curbside pickup (you can place holds using the Westchester Library System app or through our online catalog.) You can also visit our digital library and select ebooks and audiobooks through Overdrive and Hoopla or stream movies through Kanopy. Our librarians are always available to answer reference questions, give book recommendations and provide technology help. Notary services are by appointment. Please call the library at 914-738-1234 or email pelhamlibrary@wlsmail.org with any questions.

Building and Curbside Pickup Hours

Monday 1 pm to 7 pm
Tuesday 10 am to 5 pm
Wednesday 10 am to 5 pm
Thursday 1 pm to 7 pm
Friday 10 am to 5 pm
Saturday 10 am to 4 pm
Children's News and Events
Join the Graphic Novel Group for Middle Schoolers on Zoom,
Friday, April 16, 3:30 to 4:30 pm
Love graphic novels? Join the Graphic Novel Group. Our title for April with be The Eternal Smile by "genius grant"-recipient Gene Luen Yang and Derek Kirk Kim. You can place a hold on a copy through our online catalog or call the Library at 914-355-4345. Please register for the event in advance by clicking here.
Story Time with Mr. Oz Now On Zoom! Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 10:15 to 11 am
Join Mr. Oz every Tuesday and Wednesday at 10:15 am on Zoom for an interactive story time that enhances early literacy skills and features diverse children's books in which all children can see themselves represented. Please click here to register in advance to get the link to join.
Live In Person: Bees, Bees, Bees!
Ages 6 and up
Saturday, April 24, 2 to 3 pm
Join us outside on the Library grounds for a special presentation on bees by beekeeper John Gallagher! Please bring blankets to create social distancing squares. Masks and registration required for all attendees. In case of rain, the program will change to Zoom. Register by clicking here for both in person or Zoom. Celebrate nature's pollinators in recognition of Earth Day! For more resources on pollinators, see our list here.
Kids' Crafts Studio on Zoom: Moving Image Flip Books
Tuesday, April 20, 3:30 to 4:30
Our kids' craft studio on Zoom guides kids in making a different craft project every month. For April, we will be making moving image flip books that animate page to page. Please register in advance by clicking here and pick up materials at the library the week before the program. For ages six to ten. Please be sure to follow the instructions so that each child in the household will receive supplies.
Poetry Read-Aloud for All Ages to Celebrate National Poetry Month.
Friday, April 30, 6 to 7 pm
Poem in Your Pocket Day is a national day of poetry celebration when people are encouraged to share a poem—any poem—through video, email, anywhere! Library Director Patricia Perito invites all ages to join in a poetry read aloud on Zoom. Please register here in advance to get the link and bring a poem or two to read. Downloadable poems are available at Poets.org. For more ideas on how to celebrate click here.
Now Recruiting! Kids Who Like Reading and Trivia
Join Pelham's Battle of the Books Teams for Summer 2021
In 2019, Pelham's Readers of Oz blazed through the competition to win the Westchester Battle of the Books (BoB) for the teen division. The Library is now looking for kids interested in joining a Pelham team for the 2021 Virtual Battle of the Books Summer League!

Battle of the Books is a county-wide competition among the libraries in Westchester where teams of kids battle in a Jeopardy-style game in which they are quizzed on details from five selected books. The Pelham Library has two teams: The Page Turners for grades 4-7 and the Readers of Oz for grades 8-12. The 2021 Summer League will take place virtually in weekly battles from July through August. Team members will meet online weekly during May and June to discuss the books and prepare for the battle. To see the full list of books the teams will read, click here. For more information and to join a team, reach out to Lisa Archigian at larchigian@wlsmail.org for the Page Turners and Oz Coto-Chang at ocotochang@wlsmail.org for the Readers of Oz.

Double Coding for Grades 1-8 Saturday, April 3, 10, 17, 24 and May 1, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Our volunteer instructor Julia teaches two programming languages on Saturdays: Scratch at 10:30am and Python at 11:45 am with a 15-minute break between the programs. Please click here to register in advance. You may use the same link to attend one or both of the classes.
Adult Programs and News
Backyard Birds with Anne Swaim of the Saw Mill Audubon Society
Thursday, April 22, 4 to 5 pm
Learn how to create a bird-friendly environment in your own backyard. Anne Swaim, executive director of the Saw Mill Audubon Society, will share video and sounds of local species as well as the best techniques for attracting them. To register for this exciting Earth Day event, click here.
Book Launch with Rachel Cullen
Tuesday, April 27, 7:30 to 8:30 pm
Pelham novelist Rachel Cullen has entertained readers with her all-too-familiar suburban settings and twisty plot lines in her books First Came Us and The Way I've Heard It Should Be. Join the Library in celebrating the publication of her newest novel, The Last Summer Sister. Please register here in advance to get the Zoom link. You can purchase copies of Cullen's latest books by visiting her website here.
Find Your Balance Wellness Programs with Emilia Halpern, Wednesdays April 7, 14, 21, 28
Find Your Balance is an ongoing wellness program led by yoga teacher Emilia Halpern (pictured at right) that meets most Wednesdays. April's schedule is:

Loving Kindness Meditation: Wednesday, April 7, 9:30 am to 9:45 am.
From the Buddhist Metta practice, this meditation cultivates kindness, warmth, caring, compassion and good will.
Evening Stretch and Yoga Nidra: Wednesday, April 14, 7 pm to 7:30 pm. Yoga Nidra is a practice of guided relaxation.
Morning Alignment: Wednesday, April 21, 9:30 to 9:45 am. Gentle wellness techniques which include sitting stretches, breath work, and relaxation exercises.
Breathe, Relax, Restore: Wednesday, April 28, 7 pm to 7:30 pm. Tune in for a calming breathing practice and to help release tension.

To register for any and all classes being held in April, please click here. For more information about individual classes or the program series, click here.
The Beatles: 50 Years Later with Musician Barry Weisenfeld
Monday, April 26, 7:00 to 8:30 pm
Learn the details of the Beatles' musical techniques that were ground breaking and made them pioneers. In this presentation, musician Barry Weisenfeld explores the 'spices' of their musical recipes and how they placed them in the attendees minds and ears to have an enduring musical influence decades later. Email pelhamlibrary@wlsmail.org to get the link to join the event on Zoom.
Crafty Adults: Crystal Suncatchers
Monday, April 19, 7:30 to 8:30 pm
For April, Crafty Adults will be making crystal prism suncatchers to bring a little sparkle into our lives. To register for the event, click here. Participants will need to supply their own scissors. You will be notified when you may pick up the other materials. Limited to 30 participants.
Book Clubs for Adults
Thursday, April 8 , 7:30 pm and Friday, April 9, 10:30 am
The After-Dark Book Club meets on Thursday, April 8 at 7:30 pm and will be reading the prescient and award-winning pandemic novel Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. The 2nd Friday Book Club meets on Friday, March 12 at 10:30 am and will be reading the family memoir The Beneficiary: Fortune, Misfortune and the Story of My Father by New York Times reporter Janny Scott. Next month, the After-Dark Book Club will meet May 6th at 7:30 pm and will be discussing The Murmur of Bees by Sofia Segovia and the 2nd Friday Book Club will meet on May 14th at 10:30 am and will be discussing the subtle thriller Sea Wife about a couple who ditch their suburban life to live on a boat. Click on the book title links to learn more about the selections. To register, please email PelhamLibrary@wlsmail.org.
Are You a Nonfiction Lover?
Join Our New Book Group!
The Pelham Library is in the process of creating a new, monthly, virtual book club for adults that focuses on nonfiction. We are in the planning stage and would like to get an idea of interest. If this sounds like something you might consider joining, please write to Librarian Augusta Turner at aturner@wlsmail.org and share your thoughts and suggestions. 
Check Out The Library's Resources to Help Stop Asian Hate
The library has curated a collection of materials about the Asian-American experience and racism. Also check out our resource page to provide education, support, and unity against bigotry by clicking here. #StopAsianHate
The Library would like to thank the following organizations for supporting our programs: The Friends of the Town of Pelham Public Library and The Ruth and Seymour Klein Foundation.
eResource of the Month: driving-tests.org
Got a Teen Learning to Drive? Take Practice Permit Tests for Free
Kids preparing for their learner's permit test can access practice tests and driving manuals for the state of New York through the Westchester Library System's subscription to driving-tests.org. You may log in using your library card number and PIN (Usually the last four digits of the phone number on the account.) If you have any problems with your account, please email pelhamlibrary@wlsmail.org.