February 2021 Newsletter
"Find Your Balance" wellness programs, a visit from Metropolitan Stories author Christine Coulson, and a full slate of Mudweek events for your staycation!
Hours and Services
While the library building is closed to patrons, we 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.

Curbside Service 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 Programs
Story Time with Mr. Oz Now On Zoom! Every Tuesday and Wednesday, 10:15-10:45 am
We've moved story time from Facebook to Zoom for a more interactive experience. Join children’s librarian Mr. Oz at 10:15 am every Tuesday and Wednesday for songs and stories that help develop early literacy skills. Registration is required, please register here in advance to get the link.
Valentine's Day Craft
Friday, February 12, 3 to 4 pm
These hearts, made from old magazine pages, are perfect for Valentine's Day. You can hang them from the ceiling or from a door. Ages 6 and up. Register here in advance and get directions for picking up materials the week before the event.
Multicultural Storytelling on Zoom
February 17 and 24, March 3
7 pm to 8pm
Join us for three different sessions of multicultural storytelling for kindergarten and up from Sadarri and Company. Email Oz at ocotochang@wlsmail.com to get registration information.
Wednesday, February 17, 7 pm: Jammin' Jamboree camp style songs.
Wednesday, February 24, 7 pm: Journey from West Africa.
Wednesday, March 3, 7 pm: Stories and Songs from Around the World.
Virtual Cartooning Class on Zoom
Friday, February 19,
2 pm to 3 pm
Learn to draw cartoons with award-winning illustrator Rick Stromoski, who will lead a Zoom class in how to create your own cartoon characters, draw facial expressions and even some animals. For 3rd to 7th graders. Please register in advance and have paper, pencils and pens on hand.
Join the Graphic Novel Group for Middle Schoolers on Zoom,
Friday February 19, 3:30 to 4:30
Love graphic novels? Join the Graphic Novel Group, co-facilitated by librarians Lisa Archigian and Oz Coto-Chang. Come to one session or all. Our title for February will be Sheets by Brenda Thummler. Call the Library to place a hold on a physical copy or access the eBook free on Hoopla with your library card. Please register for the event in advance.
Kids' Crafts Studio on Zoom
Tuesday, February 23,
3:30 to 4:30
The Kids' Craft Studio on Zoom guides kids in making a different craft project every month. For February, we will be making water bottle penguins. Please register in advance and pick up materials at the library the week before the program. For ages six to ten. Please be sure to follow the registration instructions so that each child in the household will receive supplies.
Double Coding Classes for Grades 1-8, Saturdays, February 13, 20 and 27, 10:30 am-12:30 pm
Our volunteer instructor Julia will now teach two programming languages on Saturdays: Scratch at 10:30am and Python at 11:45 am with a 15-minute break between the programs. Please register in advance. You may use the same link to attend one or both of the classes.
Adult Programs and News
"Find Your Balance"
February 3rd, 1 pm to 1:15 pm
February 10, 7 pm to 7:30 pm
February 17, 9:30 to 9:45 am
In our new series of wellness programs led by Emilia Halpern, join us on February 3 at 1 pm for a 15-minute session of meditation and mindfulness; February 10 at 7 pm for guided relaxation with Yoda Nidra; and February 17 at 9:30 am for morning alignment. Please register in advance for February 3 here, February 10 here, and February 17 here. We will be adding more classes so please check our website. If you think you might be interested in attending future classes, please complete this one-question survey on your availability to help us determine the best days and times.
After-Dark Book Club on Zoom
Thursday, Feb 4, 7:30 to 8:30 pm
For the February 4 After-Dark Book Club, we will be discussing The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai. This highly-praised novel, shortlisted for the National Book Award, alternates between two settings: Chicago in the 1980s during the beginning of the AIDS epidemic and present-day Paris. The book club will meet on Zoom. Anyone is welcome to attend. Please email pelhamlibrary@wlsmail.org for the link to join. For more information about the Book Club please click here.
Second-Friday Book Club with Author Visit: Metropolitan Stories with Christine Coulson
Friday, February 12, 10:30 am
The 2nd-Friday Book Club will meet on Zoom on February 12, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. when we will discuss Metropolitan Stories by Christine Coulson who will also visit. Coulson worked at the Metropolitan Museum for more than 25 years. All are welcome. To join please email pelhamlibrary@wlsmail.org for the link. For more information about the book club please click here.
Crafty Adults
Monday, February 22
7:30 to 8:30 pm
In anticipation of the end of winter, Crafty Adults will be making miniature penguins out of polymer clay. Please register for the event and you will receive instructions on how to pick up materials. For adults and teens.
Library Author Talks from Book Ya Ya
Library Author Talk: Rachel Howzell Hall and Steph Cha
Tuesday, February 23
7 pm to 8 pm
The Westchester Library System, in conjunction with the Westchester Library Association and Book Ya Ya, has launched a new virtual book talk series called “Library Author Talks.” The series will feature award-winning, bestselling authors in discussion about their new books. On Tuesday, February 23, the Pelham Library is co-hosting two novelists, Rachel Howzell Hall, author of And Now She's Gone, and Steph Cha, author of Your House Will Pay. Register here for the event. Please note: When registering for the first time, you will be instructed to create a password for the Book Ya Ya site, which will be the live video host for these events. You will create a password and indicate that you are a reader. You will then receive an email verification that lets you register for the event. An email with link to the video site will follow. The video will show live on the Book Ya Ya site.
Community Connections
Energy Smart Homes Pelham
Thursday, February 4
7 to 8 pm
The Town of Pelham, the Village of Pelham, the Environmental Coalition of the Pelhams (EcoPel), and Sustainable Westchester invite all Pelham residents to learn more about energy efficient, climate-friendly heating and cooling in partnership with the Pelham Library. Learn about air source and geothermal heat pump technology, understand how energy efficiency can save you money, and hear about the financial incentives and rebates offered by NYSERDA and Con Edison. Register here.
Online Resources
New! Pay Fines Online and New Book Suggestion Tool
You can now pay your library fines online through SmartPay. More information available here. Additionally, our online catalog now features "you may also like" book suggestions for each entry. Just click on "summaries and more" in the book's entry.