December 2023 Newsletter

This month we have a local author visiting the Library, a fascinating presentation on the first Jewish Americans, a Python programming class, and arts and crafts to keep everyone busy during the holidays. For details about this and more, please see below.

Programs with a πŸ’» icon will be on Zoom and programs with a πŸ› icon will be held at the Library.

Adult Programs and News

First Jewish Americans: Freedom and Culture in the New World

How did Jewish settlers come to inhabitβ€”and changeβ€”the New World? This virtual presentation from the New-York Historical Society will explore how Jews in colonial America and the young United States, while only a tiny fraction of the population, significantly negotiated the freedoms offered by the new nation and contributed to the flowering of American culture. This program takes place on Zoom and registration is required. To register click here.

Thursday, December 14, 7-8 pm πŸ’»

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English as a Second Language (ESL) for Intermediate Students

Come to the Library to practice your English by joining our ESL classes.


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


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Our teacher is EJ Sepp who 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 pre-registering or attending all sessions, but please arrive on time.

Mondays, December 4, 6-6:45 pm πŸ›

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Crafty Adults: 3D Paper Snowflakes

Back by popular demand, we'll be making the perfect decoration for winter: 3D paper snowflakes. All supplies will be provided.

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This event will take place in-person at the Library and registration is required. To register please click here. Sign up early, as space and supplies are limited.


Please note: Time change to 7:15PM for Crafty Adults classes.

Monday, December 18, 7:15-8:15 pm πŸ›

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Ayurvedic Approaches

Join us for a series of health lectures from Dr. Somesh N. Kaushik! This month's session will cover gratitude.

Practiced in India for more than 5,000 years, Ayurveda is a comprehensive system of medicine. It emphasizes a preventive and holistic approach. To register, please click here.

Tuesday, December 19, 7-8 pm πŸ’»

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Consumer Reports Online Access

Be the prepared gift giver this holiday season. Your Pelham Library card provides you with:

  • Unlimited access to unbiased ratings and reviews for over 8,500 products and services
  • Test scores on performance, safety and reliability
  • Shopping advice to save you time and money
  • Expert buying guides and how-to videos
  • Latest news on recalls, health, money & food

All through Consumer Reports! Access Consumer Reports online here.

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Adult Hybrid Book Clubs

The After-Dark Book Club will meet on January 4 at 7:30 pm to discuss The Covenant of Water by Abraham Verghese and on February 1 at 7:30 pm to discuss The Sweetness of Water by Nathan Harris. The After-Dark Book Club will be on hiatus in December.


The 2nd-Friday Book Club will meet on December 8 at 10:30 am to discuss The Accidental Tourist by Anne Tyler and on February 9 at 10:30 am to discuss The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray. The 2nd-Friday Book Club will be on hiatus in January.


Book Clubs are currently meeting both in person at the Library and on Zoom. This is subject to change. Please check our website for updates.

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To join, email pelhamlibrary@wlsmail.org. For more information about the 2nd-Friday Book Club click here and for the After-Dark Book Club click here.

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Holiday Closing and Hours

We will be closed on the following days:


  • December 19 (Closing at 4 pm)
  • December 25th (Christmas Day)
  • January 1 (New Year's Day)


Please click here to see our Library Hours page for more information on closings including any weather related events.


With the end of the year including a multitude of holidays, we have created a "Festivals of Lights" resource list that has children's books about many of these holidays. Click here to access this list.


Wishing all a happy and healthy New Year!

Children's News and Events
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So, Let's Sew

Our super-popular sewing class just for children ages six and up is back! This is a very high-demand program, and there are a lot of folks who haven't been able to get into a class yet. We want to be fair and make sure that as many children as possible have a chance to attend a sewing class, which is why we are separating the classes into "Newcomers" (those who HAVE NEVER attended our sewing classes in 2022-2023 and "Returning Students" (those who HAVE attended a class in 2022-2023). No exceptions, please. NEITHER CLASS CAN ACCOMMODATE CHILDREN AGES FIVE AND UNDER.

Attendance is capped at six people, but a waitlist will be kept. If you are interested, please email Tasha at ngross@wlsmail.org. You MUST include your/your child's name and age, and your phone number. You will receive a confirmation. Register soon, as space and supplies are limited!

  • Saturday, December 9, 11 am-1 pm (newcomers) πŸ›
  • Saturday, December 9, 2-4 pm (returning students) πŸ›
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So, Let's Sew Parent-Child Session

Due to popular demand, we are bringing back our special parent-child So, Let's Sew! class! Children must be six or older, accompanied by one parent or guardian.

Attendance is capped at 6 parent-child pairs, but a waitlist will be kept. If you are interested, please email Tasha at ngross@wlsmail.org. You MUST include your/your child's name and age, and your phone number. You will receive a confirmation. Register soon, as space and supplies are limited!

Saturday, December 16, 2 pm-4 pm πŸ›

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Do You Want to Build a (Paper) Snowman?

Do you want to build a snowman (or woman? Or dog?)? Come to the community craft table to decorate your snow-person, and either take it home, or leave it at the library for us to hang at the circulation desk! This activity is available during our open hours for the month of December.

Friday, December 1 through Saturday, December 30 πŸ›

Build Your Own Game: Space Invaders!

Learn how to program with Python by building your own version of Space Invaders! This program is for children ages seven to 13. Attendees must bring their own fully-charged laptop and a charger. This program takes place in-person at the Library, and registration is required. To register, please email Tasha at ngross@wlsmail.org with your name, your child's name, your child's age, and a phone number where you can be reached.

Saturday, December 2, 2:30-4 pm πŸ›

Author Talk and Workshop: Lina's Very Best Worst Day Ever: Bird's-Eye View

Join us for an author talk and workshop with art therapist, author, illustrator, and Pelham resident, Gabrielle Grimaldi. Her book, Lina’s Very Best Worst Day Ever: Bird’s-Eye View visually illustrates the power of perspective. This simple story highlights that optimism is a choice and that positive thinking can change the way you experience the world around you. Registration is recommended but walk-ins are welcome. Click here to register. This program is for children ages four to eight.

Tuesday, December 12, 3:30-4:30 pm πŸ›

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Kids' Craft: Cardboard Tube Snowmen

Join us to make snowmen out of recycled cardboard tubes, paper, and fun decorations! This program is for children ages six and up, accompanied by an adult. Registration is not required, but be sure to arrive on time, as supplies are limited. First come, first served.

Wednesday, December 27, 2-3 pm πŸ›

Kids' Craft: Snowflakes

Come learn how to make paper snowflakes at the Library! This program is for children ages six and up, accompanied by an adult. Registration is not required, but be sure to arrive on time, as supplies are limited. First come, first served.

Thursday, December 28, 1-2 pm πŸ›

Kids' Craft: New Year's Eve Bangles

Come make some new jewelry to go with your New Year’s Eve outfit, or for friends and family! This program is for children ages six and up, accompanied by an adult. Registration is not required, but be sure to arrive on time, as supplies are limited. First come, first served.

Friday, December 29, 2-3 pm πŸ›

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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 40Β°, or if it is raining. Cancellations will be posted on our website at the top of our homepage. You may also call the Library when we open at 10 am to inquire.

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

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The Library would like to thank the Friends of the Town of Pelham Public Library for program support.

Hours and Services

Current Library Hours are as follows:

  • Monday: 1 pm-8 pm
  • Tuesday: 10 am-5 pm
  • Wednesday: 10 am-5 pm
  • Thursday:10 am-8 pm
  • Friday: 10 am-5 pm
  • Saturday: 10 am-4 pm


  • The library building is open to patrons for browsing and checking out materials. Computers, printer, and study areas are also available to patrons. Social distancing and wearing masks is greatly appreciated.
  • 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 visit our digital library and select ebooks, audiobooks through Overdrive (including the Libby App) 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 generally available during Library open hours. Please call in advance to confirm.
  • Please call the library at 914-738-1234 or email pelhamlibrary@wlsmail.org with any questions.
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