June 2021 Newsletter
The Library building opens computer terminals and workspaces for appointments! Browsing in the building continues. Plus special programs in celebration of LGBTQ+ Pride Month and the launch of our Summer Reading Program!
Hours and Services
We are thrilled to be able to further expand services with the loosening of pandemic restrictions! Here's a brief summary of new developments:

  • The library building is open to patrons on a first-come, first-serve basis for browsing and checking out materials. Social distancing and masks are still required inside the building.
  • We are also taking appointments for 45-minute sessions at our computer terminals and one hour study sessions at the reference table as well as the study tables in the children's area. Please call the library at 914-738-1234 to make an appointment!
  • 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
Outdoor Story Time with Mr. Oz and Ms. Lisa! Tuesdays and Wednesday at 10:15 am
Join Mr. Oz or Ms. Lisa every Tuesday and Wednesday at 10:15 am outdoors on the library grounds for an interactive story time that enhances early literacy skills and features diverse children's books in which all children can see themselves represented. Registration is recommended; in case of bad weather, the event will be moved to Zoom and registrants will be sent the link in advance. Bring a blanket to sit on and maintain social distancing and wear your masks.

For all story time sessions, please register in advance by clicking here. Please note: Wednesday, June 2 story time will be replaced by Music Together by Sounds Good Westchester (see below!)
Music Together by Sounds Westchester, Wednesday, June 2, 10:15 am to 10:45 am
Join us in person and outside for a special Music Together program by Sounds Good Westchester. Please bring blankets to create social distancing squares and wear your masks. In case of rain, this program will change to Zoom. Register by clicking here and you will also get a Zoom link in case of bad weather.
Kids' Crafts Studio In Person: Tie-Dye Totes
Tuesday June 15, 3:30 to 4:30
We'll be tie-dying totes to carry our library checkouts and summer gear. All materials provided. Just bring a smock or wear clothes you are comfortable getting messy. No registration required, but attendance is limited to the first 20 children to arrive. Please wear a mask and follow social distancing. Kids must be age 6+ and also accompanied by an adult. Check the forecast and in case of bad weather, call the library to confirm the rain date.
Jewelry Making Outdoors
Friday, June 18, 3:30 to 4:30 pm
Our new high school volunteer Aribah will be teaching jewelry making to kids age 6 and up and adults outside the library grounds. Please wear a mask and follow social distancing. To register, click here. The Library will provide jewelry-making materials, but families should have an adult on hand to help children use them.
Drag Queen Story Hour
Wednesday June 23, 1 pm
The Library is proud to be hosting its second Drag Queen Story Hour (DQSH) as part of our programming for Pride Month.
This popular program has been presented at public libraries throughout the country to widespread acclaim. The event is designed for kids ages 3 to 8 years and includes stories read by drag queens trained by librarians, interspersed with children’s songs and movement activities. The program will feature books about universal themes children (and adults) experience such as feeling different and not being included in popular groups. It promotes kindness, compassion and empathy. It does not delve into issues of morality or ideology, sexuality or politics. Weather permitting, we will hold the program outside on the front lawn. Please bring blankets to create social-distancing squares and wear your masks. In the event of rain, the program will be held on Zoom. Pre-registration is required and space is limited. To register, please click here.
Summer Reading Launch!
Animal Embassy Outdoors
Friday, June 25, 1 pm to 2 pm
Join us for the launch of our summer reading program "Tails and Tales" for children featuring Animal Embassy outdoors, an educational program with live animals. Read books and earn points for gift certificates for cookies, pizza and ice cream. All prizes will be sourced from local businesses. To register for the Animal Embassy program, click here. To register for "Tails and Tales" summer reading rewards click here.
Adult Programs and News
Meteorologist Joe Rao and the Sunrise Solar Eclipse on Zoom,
Monday, June 7th, 7 to 8 pm
Early risers on Thursday morning, June 10th, will, weather permitting, be treated an 80% solar eclipse which will transform the sun into a fiery scimitar. In this presentation from former News 12 meteorologist Joe Rao, we’ll examine the mechanics of what causes eclipses as well as look at events coming our way in the future, including the total eclipse visible from upstate New York and New England in April 2024. To register, please click here.
Juneteenth Program with Atiba Wilson on Zoom, Wednesday, June 16, 7:30 to 8:30 pm
In recognition of Juneteenth, performing and teaching artist Atiba Wilson will present a lecture/demonstration entitled "We Who Believed in Freedom Did Not Rest!" The primary focus of this program will be the participation of African people in the struggle for self-emancipation. Music, poetry and storytelling will be included in the presentation. To register, click here.
Carlos Pavan Concert on Zoom
Saturday, June 26, 2 to 3 pm
Argentinian-born and Brooklyn-based composer and guitarist Carlos Pavan skillfully blends Argentine tango & folklore rhythms with classical and jazz concepts. This concert will be held on Zoom and is being presented in partnership with the Mount Pleasant, Scarsdale and Mount Kisco Public Libraries. To register, email pelhamlibrary@wlsmail.org.
Crafty Adults on Zoom: LGBTQ+ Pride Month Pop-Up Cards,
Monday, June 28, 7:30 to 8:30 pm
During LGTBQ+ Pride Month, we will be making rainbow heart pop-up cards. Please register by clicking here and you will get instructions for picking up materials. Participants will need to provide scissors, a pencil, a glue stick and a pen.
Find Your Balance Wellness with Emilia Halpern on Zoom Wednesdays June 9, 16, 23, 30
Find Your Balance is an ongoing wellness program led by yoga teacher Emilia Halpern (pictured at right) that meets most Wednesdays. June's schedule is:
Morning Alignment: Wednesday, June 9, 9:30 to 9:45 am. Gentle wellness techniques which include sitting stretches, breath work, and relaxation exercises.
Positive Affirmation Practice: Wednesday, June 16, 9:30 to 9:45 am.
Morning Alignment: Wednesday, June 23, 9:30 to 9:45 am. Gentle wellness techniques which include sitting stretches, breath work, and relaxation exercises.
Inner Mini Vacation Meditation: Wednesday, June 30, 9:30 to 9:45 am.

To register for any and all classes being held in June, please click here. For more information about individual classes or the program series, click here.
Book Clubs for Adults on Zoom
Thursday, June 3 , 7:30 pm and Friday, June 11, 10:30 am
The After-Dark Book Club meets on Thursday, June 3 at 7:30 pm and will be reading The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett. The 2nd Friday Book Club meets on Friday, June 11 at 10:30 am and will be discussing The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. Click on the book title links to learn more about the selections. To register, please email PelhamLibrary@wlsmail.org.
The Library would like to thank the following organizations for supporting our programs: The Friends of the Town of Pelham Public Library, The Ruth and Seymour Klein Foundation and the Junior League of Pelham.
eResource of the Month: Tutor.com
Connect with a live tutor, get AP flash cards and SAT test prep all for free!
Just in time for end of year testing! The Town of Pelham Public Library offers the learning platform Tutor.com through the Westchester Library System. Users can connect live with a tutor if stuck on a problem and get tailored help on AP Exams, SAT and ACT Prep and more. The site features videos, practice tests, flash cards and other study materials. You can even submit a paper for review and get feedback within 12 hours. Tutoring hours are 9 am to 10 pm, Monday through Friday. Log in using your library card number as a user name and your library card PIN (usually the last four digits of the phone number on your account) for a password. For information about Tutor.com and how to log in, click here.