November 2021 Newsletter
Get ready for Thanksgiving with Crafty Adults. Also, introducing a new Saturday story time in partnership with the Junior League of Pelham. Coding for kids continues, and check out our amazing resource list for National Native American Heritage Month! For our full calendar of upcoming programs, click here.
Adult Programs and News
Congratulations to Adult Summer Reading Game Winner!
Emily Stanson, a nurse and EMT and the winner of our adult summer reading game, says she was dyslexic growing up and had trouble reading. During the summer, "all my friends went to fun summer camps, but I had to go to reading camp." All of that changed when she was going into 6th grade and the first Harry Potter book was published. "That was my magical summer when I learned to read, " says Emily. This past summer, she broke her ankle and couldn't work so she read 30 books and entered the drawing for a new Kindle by completing a reading BINGO card. Congratulations Emily! Honorable mention goes to Jennifer Rohr who completed every category.
Adult Book Clubs Continue 2021-22 Season. Newcomers Welcome!
The After-Dark Book Club will meet on Zoom on Thursday, November 4, 2021 at 7:30 pm when we will discuss Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell. The next meeting is December 2nd and we will be reading Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate. The 2nd-Friday Book Club meets on Friday, November 12 at 10:30 am and will be discussing The Shipping News by Annie Proulx. The next meeting will be January 14 and we will be reading The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich. 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.
Demystifying Medicare
Monday, November 8, 5:45 to 8:45 pm.
This informative in-person event is designed to help those not yet enrolled in Medicare understand the complicated system. It is geared to those interested in applying or helping others apply. The event will be held in person and masks must be worn at all times. This program is subject to change or cancellation, so please call close to the event to confirm it is taking place. For those unable to attend, you can also listen to a comprehensive audio presentation by clicking here.
Crafty Adults on Zoom: Decorative Miniature Pies. Monday November 15, 7:30 to 8:30 pm
It's become a Crafty Adults Thanksgiving tradition! Led by Sara Mallach, we will again be making miniature pies out of polymer clay that you can use to decorate your Thanksgiving table. Please register by clicking here and you will get instructions for picking up materials. Space is limited so sign up early!
Novel Night 2021: Photos from Night to Remember!
After being postponed a year due to the pandemic, the Friends of the Town of Pelham Public Library pulled off one of the most challenging—and successful—Novel Nights ever in the event's two decade history. You can now view photos of the individual dinners by clicking here as well as photos of the after-party by clicking here. The library would like to thank Debbie Winstead, president, Ginette Dean and Chelsea Spengelmann, Novel Night co-chairs and every member of the Friends for their hard work and dedication; all of the hosts who opened their homes and hosted 20 spectacular dinners; and Benchmark Education, Meridian Risk Management, the Mellstrom Bischof team at Julia B. Fee Sotheby's, Bill Taubner at Ball Chain, Jennifer Meyer at Compass, Sona Davidian at Compass and all of the generous corporate partners of the event.
Children's News and Events
JLP Reads: Outdoor Story Time, Saturday, November 6, 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 seven 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 fun, engaging experience for their children. The program begins at 10:15 on Saturday, November 6th, and will continue monthly. These events will be weather permitting, as they will be held outside on the library lawn. Please bring a blanket to create social distancing squares.
Kids' Craft Studio: Make Your Own Bird Feeders, Thursday, November 11, 3:30 to 4:30 pm.
Bring the chickadees, cardinals, and sparrows to your Thanksgiving table with a feast for the birds! Come make your own bird feeders to take home, and enjoy their company all winter long. For ages 4 and up. This event will be held outdoors. In case of inclement weather, please call ahead.
Coding for Kids Online!
Saturday, November 6, 13, 20, 10:30 to 12:30 am
Back by popular demand, our volunteer, Julia, will again be teaching coding languages for kids. The programs will be held most Saturday mornings from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for kids in grades 1 to 5. We will start with learning Scratch the first few weeks then later move to Python. Registration is required. Please email to get Zoom link.
Outdoor Story Time Every Tuesday and Wednesday at 10:15 am
Join us for our popular story time for infants and toddlers with our new librarians Ms. Tasha (pictured at top right) and Ms. Florence (pictured at bottom right) 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. 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. Story time will be outdoors throughout the Fall so dress appropriately!
Discover Books And Movies for Native American Heritage Month
There is incredible richness and diversity to American Indian and Alaska Native culture and history. Our librarian Tasha Gross has compiled a list of online resources (check out the interactive map that tells you which tribe's land you're on!) as well as books, ebooks and movies available at the library. Click here for the list.
The Library would like to thank the following organization for supporting our programs: The Friends of the Town of Pelham Public Library.
eResource of the Month: NuWave Legal Documents
The Town of Pelham Public Library offers patrons the ability to create customized documents from home. The Nuwav Legal Documents portal, linked here, offers documents for estate planning for the State of New York including wills, power of attorney and medical directives; real estate law (landlord/tenant contracts and disputes, eviction notices); personal finance such as credit and identity theft; and family law including child care authorization and adoption. There are also forms for divorce and name changes as well as matters relating to U.S. Courts, such as bankruptcy, employment discrimination and public information requests. You can even create a vehicle bill of sale or an authorization of medical treatment for a minor. This service is available for free to Pelham patrons with a valid library card. Although Nuwav is not a law firm and cannot provide legal advice, these forms are valid when completed correctly and used appropriately.
Hours and Services

  • 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.
  • Computers are available for 45-minute sessions. Limited seating is also available for study sessions at the reference table as well as the study tables in the children's area.
  • 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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