September 2022 Newsletter
K-Day, expanded hours, and a variety of both virtual and in-person programs are sure to keep you busy this month. For our full calendar of upcoming programs, click here.
Adult Programs and News
Library Card Sign-up Month!
September is National Library Card Sign-up Month and we're celebrating here at the Library by forgiving late fees during the month of September!

Bring in your overdue items and we will waive all of the late fees that have accumulated on your card! (Sorry, this does not apply to charges for books and other items that are lost).
Our Hours are Expanding!
Beginning September 12 we will be expanding our evening hours and including Thursday mornings! On Mondays we will be open from 1 to 8 p.m. and on Thursdays we will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Come in and see us.
Starting Monday, September 12th
Books and Bridles: the Story of the Horse Back Librarians
During the Great Depression under the WPA, there was a little known program called the Packhorse Librarians. An education specialist from the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum will discuss this extraordinary group of women whose mission was to deliver and distribute reading materials to the far-off corners of Appalachia. Click here to register and learn more about this Zoom presentation.
Wednesday September 7, 7-8pm
How to Buy a Car in the New Seller’s Market
Buying a car right now is hard. Consumer advocate, Rick Feingold will present a Zoom seminar where he will discuss researching, how to make an offer, and controlling the negotiations.
Click here to register and learn more.
Tuesday September 20, 7-8:15pm
Can Sustainable Food Systems Save the Climate?
The third week in September is NYC Climate Week! In this seminar on Zoom, learn about how to navigate the increasingly tricky waters of sustainable eating, and the science behind sustainable food system design. Click here to register and learn more.
Wednesday September 21, 6:30pm
Crafts for Adults and Teens: Banned Books Keychains
What do The Giver, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, and Twilight all have in common? They were all, at one point, banned somewhere in the United States! What else do they have in common? You can come to the Library and make your own mini key-chain version of them! This event is for ages 14+. To learn more about how to sign up click here.
Thursday September 22, 7-8pm
Virtual Adult Cardio Dance Classes - Bollywood & Bhangra
Enjoy dance, fitness, and fun with energizing Bollywood and Bhangra music! Join us for the first in a multi-part series starting at the end of the month. This program takes place on Zoom and registration is required. Please register here.
Wednesday September 28, 7pm
Tibetan Sound Healing
Enjoy the healing power of Tibetan Sound Healing with instructor Roberta Brown Brugo. This program will take place on Zoom. To learn more about Roberta and to register, please click here.
Thursday September 29, 4-5pm
Crafty Adults:
Autumn Harvest Baskets

Sara Mallach and Crafty Adults are back! This month, we will be making mini clay autumn harvest baskets! At home, participants will need paper towels, a work surface (a piece of white paper on your table will do!), a piece of foil to cook your clay, and an oven or toaster to bake the clay at 275 Fahrenheit. All other materials will be available for pickup at the Library after you register! This event will take place on Zoom, and registration is required. Sign up early, as space and supplies are limited. Please sign up here.

Monday October 3, 7:30-8:30pm
The Pit and the Pendulum with Alan Sklar
Join us for a virtual reading of the horror classic, The Pit and the Pendulum by Edgar Allen Poe.
Published in 1842 and presented by voice over actor, Alan Skylar, this frightening tale takes place during the Spanish Inquisition and is not for the faint of heart!
This program takes place on Zoom and registration is required. Please register here.
Monday October 3, 7-8pm
Last Chance to Win a Kindle
Adult Bingo is almost over! Be sure to pick up and complete a Bingo card before September 30th to be entered into a raffle for a free Kindle.
Completed Bingo sheets must be returned to a librarian at the Reference Desk where we will ask you all about the amazing things you've read this summer! Not sure what to read? We can also help with that!
Ends Friday, September 30, 2022
Adult Book Clubs-Now Hybrid!
The After-Dark Book Club will meet on Thursday, September 8 at 7:30pm to discuss Still Life by Sarah Winman and on Thursday, October 6 at 7:30 to discuss Violeta by Isabel Allende.

The 2nd-Friday Book Club will meet on Friday, September 9 at 10:30am to discuss The Five Wounds by Kirstin Valdez Quade and Friday, October 14th at 10:30am to discuss The Brooklyn Follies by Paul Auster.

Book Clubs are currently meeting both at the Library and on Zoom in a hybrid format. This is subject to change. Please check our website for updates.

To join, email 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. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has extended the expiration date for these kits to January, 24, 2023.
The Library Will Be Closed on September 5th in Observance of Labor Day.
Ever wonder where the first Labor Day Parade took place? Stop by the Library and complete our Labor Day Quiz to find out the answer to this and other riveting questions.

We will reopen on Tuesday, September 6th at 10am.
Children's News and Events
K-Day is Almost Here!
K-Day is an annual ritual when Pelham children entering kindergarten can get their first library cards. We will have face painting, a balloon artist, snacks and even goodie bags.

To save time please, pre-register for your child's library card. Click on this link to fill out the form so that the card will be ready as soon as you arrive. Parent/guardians must bring a photo ID and proof of Pelham residency to pick up cards the day of the event.
Saturday September 10, 12-3pm
Pelham Reads! Flora and Ulysses
The Friends of the Pelham Library have book loads of fun activities planned this fall - save the dates for Pelham Reads! on October 1 and 2, 2022. Click here for details.
The weekend of October 1st and 2nd
Tween Craft:
Hand-made Tote Bags
Grab your favorite old t-shirt and we'll help you upcycle it into a tote bag that's perfect for carrying your books to and from the Library! This in-person program is sure to be popular and pre-registration is required. Click here to learn more about the program and how to register.
Tuesday September 13, 3-4:30pm
Stories and Songs to Start the Jewish New Year
Celebrate and learn about Rosh Hashanah with stories, songs, and activities for the new year! This drop-in program is for kids in PreK-3rd grade, but the whole family is welcome. Open to all, and a great place to meet neighbors and form friendships. This event will take place on the Library lawn, and will move indoors in case of inclement weather. You may wish to bring a blanket and/or lawn chairs.
Thursday September 15, 3:30-4:30pm
So, Let's Sew!
Our sewing classes with Solange Bitol Hansen have been super popular! We have one space left in the September 15 class. The other classes are currently full, but we sometimes have cancellations, so please let us know if you would like to join the waitlist. Click on the dates listed below to learn more about the classes and how to register.
Check our next newsletter for info about October classes.
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. In case of rain or temperatures above 90°, the event will be cancelled. Please call the Library that morning to confirm.
Every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10:30-11am
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: 1pm-7pm (8pm starting Sept. 12)
  • Tuesday: 10am-5pm
  • Wednesday: 10am-5pm
  • Thursday: 1pm-7pm (10am-8pm starting Sept. 15)
  • Friday: 10am-5pm
  • Saturday: 10am-4pm

  • 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 available by appointment.
  • Please call the library at 914-738-1234 or email with any questions.
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