September 2021 Newsletter
September ushers in a new season at the Library! From Kindergarteners getting their first library card to resources such as Learning Express and programs like adult book clubs, the library is your place for lifelong learning. Come browse the collection or use computers and workspaces, space permitting.
Adult Programs and News
Play Adult Summer Reading BINGO and Win a Kindle!
You can still participate in our Adult Summer Reading BINGO in September! Here's how it works: Pick up a BINGO card at the front desk or download and print one from the Library's website by clicking here. By marking off books you have read between July 1 and October 15 and completing a BINGO line, you will be eligible for a drawing for a new Kindle e-reader. For more information, click here or contact librarian Augusta Turner for questions at
Adult Bookclubs Begin 2021-22 Season. Newcomers Welcome!
The After-Dark Book Club will meet on Zoom on Thursday night, September 9, 2021 at 7:30 p.m. when we will discuss The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd. We will be reading The Stationery Shop by Marjan Kamali for October 7th. The 2nd Friday Book Club meets on Friday September 10 at 10:30 am and will be reading The Sun Also Rises. We will be reading Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger on October 8th. To join the discussion write to For more information about the Second Friday book club click here and for the After Dark Book Club click here.
High School Equivalency Information Session through the Westchester Library System
September 30, 5:30 pm
Attend an information session and get connected to Essential Ed's TASC Academy. This fully online, interactive learning program is geared for adults at all skill levels. Those who contact our HSE Connect! program can obtain a password to the program and get assigned a Study Coach. The Coach helps them navigate the resource, keeps track of the progress, and partners to keep the student moving forward.To register, click here.
Come Visit Us at the Pelham Market! Sunday, September 12, 9:30 to 1 pm.
The Library will have a table at the Pelham Market at Michael Schwerner Way. Come by and sign up for a library card! Please bring a picture ID as well as proof of residency. The Market is on Michael Schwerner Way between the Gazebo and the Train Station.
Get Ready for Novel Night! October 2, 2021
After being postponed due the pandemic, Novel Night is on for 2021! Learn more about this unique event hosted by the Friends of the Town of Pelham Public Library by clicking here. Although tickets are sold out, you can add your name to the dinner and after party wait list by filling out the form here.
Children's News and Events
Kindergarten Library Card Sign-Up Day, Saturday September 11, 12 pm to 3 pm
Come get your kindergartner his or her first library card at our annual K-Day event on Saturday, September 11th from 12 pm to 3 pm. At this annual event, the Town of Pelham Public Library welcomes its youngest patrons as they begin their learning journey. We will have a balloon twister, face painting, snacks and more! Adults can get a library card too. Parents or caregivers must bring a photo ID and proof of residency with them to the library. Children may keep their library card on file behind the circulation desk they turn 12.
Our annual K-Day event is generously funded by the Friends of the Town of Pelham Public Library.
Kids' Yoga with Miss Samantha, Saturday, September 18th, 10:30 am
Join Miss Samantha in person and outside for a fun and active yoga-based story time. Kids ages 5 and up and their caregivers will learn yoga poses, play yoga-based games & read a yoga story. Adults are welcome too and will enjoy this creative program. Please bring a towel or yoga mat and plenty of water!
Story Time with Special Guest State Senator Biaggi, Tuesday September 14, 10:15 am
The Library is excited to welcome a special guest to our regular story time for babies and toddlers. State Senator Alessandra Biaggi will be on hand to read one story to our youngest patrons and their caregivers. This event will be held outside on our front lawn. Please bring a blanket and maintain social distancing squares. In the case of bad weather, the event will be cancelled. Please call the Library or check the website that morning.
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 and Ms. Florence 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.
Notice New Flowers on Our Grounds? Thank 15-year old Matthew Michailoff!
If you've been admiring the blooms in our flower beds this summer, we want you to know that they were planted by 15-year old Matt Michailoff, a Pelham resident and incoming 10th grader, as part of a project to earn the status of Eagle Scout. This isn't the first time Michailoff has been involved with the library—he also participated in Battle of the Books and was part of the winning team that took home the Westchester championship in 2019. "I chose the library [for my project] because I've gone there and done programs there for as long as I can remember," says Michailoff. "I know they provide great services for the community, and I was eager to give back." Michailoff has been in boy scouts for nine years and still has a few more items to check off his list before he can become Eagle Scout. Keep up the good work Matt and thank you for the gorgeous flower beds!
The Library would like to thank the following organizations for supporting our programs: The Friends of the Town of Pelham Public Library, the Meyer Family in honor of Ted and Karin Meyer, and the Rye Country Day School.
eResource of the Month: Learning Express
Access test prep and career help for free using your library card!
This month we would like to highlight the digital resource Learning Express as it offers educational resources for all ages. Students can build skills in math, reading, and grammar and use the platform to prepare for exams, including high school equivalency, college entrance tests, graduate school, career certifications, and licensing. You can even take practice tests including ACT, AP, PSAT, SAT, and TASC. You can access Learning Express by clicking here. Sign in by using your library card number as your "user name" and your library account PIN (usually the last four digits of the phone number on your account) as your password.
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 one-hour 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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