February 2023 Newsletter

Ever gone on a blind date with a book? Now you can by visiting our interactive book display! Join us this month for everything from crafts for adults and kids to a program with the New-York Historical Society. For our full calendar please click here.

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

Adult Programs and News

Trustee News

The Board of Trustees of the Town of Pelham Library is happy to announce the appointment of Amie Hughes to the Board. Amie is a communications pro with almost three decades of experience as a journalist, publisher, editor, PR/marketing executive and adjunct college professor of English. Learn more about her by clicking here.

Additionally, the Board is currently looking for a Pelham resident with accounting experience to fill a Board vacancy. To learn more about this role please click here.

Blind Date With a Book

Come into the Library to find the perfect blind date....with a book! Mysteriously awesome library books will be wrapped up with a special intro ready to be found by the perfect reader. Embrace your love of books by checking one out today!

Monday, February 6 to Tuesday, February 14 🏛

Crafty Adults: Vintage Button Bouquets

Join us in February at the Library as we bring back a Crafty Adults favorite - Vintage Button Bouquets!

The perfect Valentine for someone you love or for yourself! These sweet blooms will last forever and are a fun way to repurpose old buttons and glass spice jars. All materials will be provided. This event will take place in-person at the Library, and registration is required. Sign up early, as space and supplies are limited. Please register by clicking here.

Monday, February 6, 7:30-8:30 pm 🏛

Ayurvedic Approaches

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

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

Tuesday, February 14, 7-8 pm 💻


Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow with the New-York Historical Society

Black Americans have long fought for full membership in the American community. Freedom, citizenship, and the right to vote were all extended to African Americans after the Civil War. But by the early 1900s, a repressive racial system known as “Jim Crow” had sabotaged these liberties. This presentation from the New-York Historical Society explores this half-century of stunning advances and reversals. It takes place on Zoom and registration is required. To register please click here.

Thursday, February 23, 7-8 pm 💻



Peter Seifert, a Specialist with the NY Guard will be teaching the American College of Surgeons' STOP THE BLEED® program here at the Library. In this class, you will learn three quick techniques to help save a life before someone bleeds out:

  1. How to use your hands to apply pressure to a wound
  2. How to pack a wound to control bleeding
  3. How to correctly apply a tourniquet.

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

Monday, February 27, 6:30-8 pm  ðŸ›


Adult Hybrid Book Clubs

The After-Dark Book Club will meet on Thursday, February 2 at 7:30 pm to discuss Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones and on Thurday, March 2 at 7:30 pm to discuss The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II by Denise Kiernan.

The 2nd-Friday Book Club will meet on February 10 at 10:30 am to discuss Song Yet Sung by James McBride and on March 10th at 10:30 am to discuss How Beautiful We Were by Imbolo Mbue.

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.

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.


ANOTHER Notary at the Library!

We are pleased to announce that we now have FIVE licensed NY State Notary Publics on staff! Congratulations to our Children's Librarian, Florence, who just passed the exam (and celebrated her birthday). Generally our hours for notarization follow our regular hours, but please call in advance to make sure a notary will be available when you plan your visit.


The Library will be closed on February 20th in observance of Presidents Day.

We will reopen with our normal hours at 10 am on Tuesday, February 21.

Children's News and Events

Stuffed Animal Sleepover Story Time

Bring your favorite stuffed animal for a fun craft and bedtime story. Then leave them for an overnight sleepover. When you pick them up on Thursday, we will provide you with a link to see a brief video of what the animals were up to at the Library! This program is for children ages four and up. Registration is required. To register email our librarian Kathy at kpalovick@wlsmail.org.

Tuesday, February 21, 3:30-4:30 pm 🏛 


Valentine's Day Trees

Come and decorate your very own tree full of love this Valentine's Day. We will have trees available at the community craft table ready to be assembled and decorated with hearts, sparkly stickers, and more. All ages are welcome to participate.

Monday, February 6 to Tuesday, February 14 🏛

JLP Story Time and Craft

This month the Junior League of Pelham will be here at the Library reading Hugs & Kisses for the Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle. They will also be showing us how to make valentines. Please note that this is a family program that requires adult supervision geared towards children ages four to six. This program takes place at the Library and we recommend registering in advance here.

Wednesday, February 8, 3:30-4:15 pm ðŸ›

Kids Crafts: Snow Globe Aquariums

Bring the ocean home with you. Make an aquarium out of a glass jar that we provide. No cleaning or feeding the fish required. Registration is not required; first come, first served. This program is geared towards children and teens ages four and up.

Tuesday, February 21, 1-2 pm ðŸ› 

Dental Story Time

Dental hygienist Joanne Roos leads a Story Time teaching good dental health to preschoolers. Goodie bags will be given out. No registration is required; first come, first served. This program is geared towards children ages four and up.

Thursday, February 23, 1-2 pm 🏛 

Kids Crafts: Make-A-Dinosaur

Have some prehistoric fun and create your own dinosaur. We'll provide the construction paper and decorating supplies. No registration is required; first come, first served. This program is geared towards children ages four and up.

Friday, February 24, 1-2 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. Story Time will be held outdoors throughout the year, but will be cancelled on days when the temperature is below 40 degrees Fahrenheit (4.4 C) at 9:30 am, 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 ðŸ›


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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