May 2022 Newsletter
Learn about life at Manzanar, and get ready for a full eclipse of the moon, Mother's Day, Memorial Day and even Star Wars Week. For our full calendar of upcoming programs, click here.
Adult Programs and News
Meet Our New Librarians:
Kathy Palovick and Colette Storti-Roberts
The Library is pleased to announce the hiring of Colette Storti-Roberts as our new adult services librarian and Kathy Palovick as a youth services librarian with a focus on teens and tweens. Colette Storti-Roberts (at right) grew up in Westchester and got her BA in Literature from Purchase College. "I've wanted to be a librarian for most of my life," she says. In 2019, she got her Master of Library and Information Science from Syracuse University and worked at the Warner Library in Tarrytown.
Kathy Palovick comes to us from the Mamaroneck Public Library, where she worked as the Children's Librarian. Kathy graduated from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania with a B.S.Ed. and a school library media specialist certification.
Demystifying Medicare, Monday May 2, 5:45 to 8:45 pm
This informative event is designed for those not yet enrolled in Medicare to better understand the complicated system. The event will be held in person and masks must be worn at all times. You can register by calling the library at 914-738-1234. For those who do not wish to attend an in-person event, please visit the Demystifying Medicare microsite for comprehensive audio presentations of the program by clicking here.
Mindfulness Meditation: A 3-Part Series with Jane Meryll
Thursdays at 7 pm
Learn the basics of mindfulness meditation in a three-part series held on Thursday May 12, 19, and 26 from 7 to 8 pm with certified meditation teacher Jane Meryll. The sessions will teach breathing techniques, relaxation practices and mantras to help relieve anxiety. In collaboration with the Mamaroneck, Harrison and New Rochelle Public Libraries. The classes will be held on Zoom and registration is required. To register please click here.
Night of the Red Moon with Meteorologist Joe Rao, Friday May 13, 6 to 7 pm.
On Sunday night May 15th, a total eclipse of the moon will take place and Pelhamites will have ringside seats to this spectacular event. Come get ready with us and News12 meteorologist Joe Rao, who will tell you everything you need to know about eclipses, why the moon turns red, and how to best view this one. This event will be held on Zoom, and registration is required. To register, click here.
Check Out Our Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Resource List
In celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, librarian Tasha Gross has compiled a list of books, movies and eBooks available through the Library. Check out her list for suggestions for both adults and children. To access the list, click here.
Learn About Life at Manzanar, a Japanese Internment Camp. Wednesday May 18, 7 to 8 pm
Take a virtual visit to Manzanar, California, where more than 120,000 Japanese immigrants and Japanese-Americans were incarcerated during World War II. Manzanar is now a National Historic Site and this tour will be hosted by a ranger/educator from the site. This program will be on Zoom, please register in advance by clicking here.
Crafty Adults on Zoom, Monday May 23, 7:30 to 8:30 pm
For this month's spring-themed Crafty Adults, we'll be making flower bookmarks. At home, participants will need scissors and a paint brush. All other materials will be available for pickup at the Library after you register. This event will take place on Zoom. Please register by clicking here.
Adult Book Clubs Continue 2021-22 Season. Newcomers Welcome!
The After-Dark Book Club will meet on Zoom on Thursday, May 5 at 7:30 pm when we will discuss The Yellow House by Sarah M. Broom. The next meeting is June 2nd and we will be reading The Dearly Beloved by Cara Wall. The 2nd-Friday Book Club meets on the first Friday this month, Friday, May 6 at 10:30 am and will be discussing Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam. The next meeting is June 10 and we will be reading A Woman Is No Man by Etaf Rum. To join the discussion write to For more information about the 2nd-Friday book club click here and for the After-Dark Book Club click here.
Free Covid Test Kits Courtesy of Westchester County
Westchester County has provided the Pelham Library with free Covid-19 home-testing kits for distribution to our community. Residents may pick up kits during library hours while supplies last. Each box contains two nasal-swab antigen tests. Please do not come to the library if you have tested positive for Covid-19 or are experiencing symptoms.
Children's News and Events
Star Wars Week Activity, Monday May 2 through May 7th
Star Wars Day is May 4th (as in, say aloud: May the Fourth) but we're celebrating all week long. From Monday May 2 through May 7, stop by the reference desk to get a folding sheets to make a Baby Yoda or R2-D2. Have fun and may the Force be with you!
JLP Reads: Outdoor Story Time, Saturday, May 7, 10:15 to 10:45 am.
The Pelham Library is thrilled to be partnering with the Junior League of Pelham to bring a series of Saturday morning outdoor story times to the community through the JLP Reads program. The program is designed for children aged 4 to 6, but younger children are welcome. Volunteers from the Junior League will be bringing some of their favorite children's books, as well as child-friendly music, to provide members of the community with a fun, engaging experience for their children. In case of inclement weather, please call the Library the morning of the event at 914-738-1234.
Mother's Day Jewelry Making, Saturday May 7, 1-2 pm
Volunteer Aribah Zaidi is back with her popular jewelry-making program for kids ages 4 and up! On Saturday May 7, we’ll be making pendants for Mother’s Day. The program will be held outside, but in the event of inclement weather, we will move indoors. 
Kids' Craft Studio: Origami Fish
Thursday, May 12, 3:30 to 4:40 pm
Kids’ Craft Studio is back! Come learn how to make origami fish, and decorate them to take home. For ages 4 and up. The program will be held outside, but in the event of inclement weather, we will move indoors. 
In-Person Coding for Tweens, Fridays May 13, 20, 27 and June 3, 3:30 to 4:30 pm
Learn the basics of coding with a different activity each week. No previous coding experience required. For grades 3 to 6. This program is in person at the library so bring your own fully-charged laptop. Registration is required. To register, please email
Poppy Pin Craft for Memorial Day
Thursday, May 26, 3:30 pm
The Remembrance Poppy has been a symbol of lives lost to war since World War I, when Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae wrote his famous poem that begins, “In Flanders fields, the poppies blow / Between the crosses, row on row.” Adults and kids ages 4 and up are welcome to join us to make Remembrance Poppy pins in honor of those who gave their lives in service. This program will be held outside, but in the event of inclement weather, we will move indoors. 
Outdoor Story Time Every Tuesday and Wednesday and now Fridays at 10:30 am
Join us for our popular story time for infants and toddlers outside on our front lawn. Please note that the start time is now 10:30 am and we have added a Friday session. Story time is designed to enhance early literacy skills and features diverse children's books in which all children can see themselves represented. Please bring a blanket to create social distancing squares. In case of bad weather, the event will be cancelled. Please call the library or check our website that morning. Dress warmly!
The Library Will Be Closed on Monday May 30 in Honor of Memorial Day.

We will reopen on Tuesday May 31st for our regular hours.

The Library would like to thank the Friends of the Town of Pelham Public Library for program support.
eResource of the Month: NoveList Plus
Looking for a good book for yourself or your kids? Check out NoveList, an online database of books by genre and subject which makes reading suggestions based on appeal factors. Great for finding read-alikes for kids as well as exploring new authors for adults. You can access NoveList by clicking here. You will need to enter the account number of your library card. Stop by the Library and one of our librarians would be happy to show you all the features of NoveList that you can access at home.
Hours and Services

  • The library building is open to patrons for browsing and checking out materials. Computers 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 also visit our digital library and select ebooks, 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 available by appointment.
  • Please call the library at 914-738-1234 or email with any questions.

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