Get Ready for Community-Wide Read of “Hidden Figures”
The Friends of the Town of Pelham Public library have announced that the title chosen for this year’s “Pelham Reads!” event will be the best-selling book Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly.
Hidden Figures tells the stories of several black female mathematicians and their contributions to NASA during the Jim Crow era of the 1940s and 50s. The book comes in young reader and children’s editions and was made into a critically-acclaimed movie in 2017.
The full week-long schedule of events is:
Saturday, October 5
Space-Crafting at the Pelham Art Center
With artist Niki Lederer, create individual and collaborative spacecraft from recycled material, and with artist Melissa Maddonni Haims, create a community constellation of fiber art. All ages welcome.
Where/When: Pelham Art Center, 11 am-3 pm
For more information, including what materials to bring, visit www.pelhamartcenter.org
Figures Fest Blast-Off events at the Town of Pelham Public Library
Rocket launch for ages 7 and up, astral arts and crafts with artist Susan Saas for ages 3 and up, journey around the planets science program with Kim Riegel and Kerry Buckley for ages 3 to 6, and Full STEAM Ahead science program with science research director Steve Beltecas and PMHS student volunteers for middle schoolers. All ages welcome
Where/When: Town of Pelham Public Library, 1 pm-3 pm
“In/Flux” Artists’ Talk & Reception at the Pelham Art Center
Gallery discussion by artists in the PAC fall exhibition “In/Flux.” Immigrant and first-generation artists explore immigration and related themes, including civil rights and race. For teens and adults.
Where/When: Pelham Art Center, 3 pm-5 pm
For more information, visit www.pelhamartcenter.org
Stargazing at Daronco Town House and Gazebo Park
Astronomy educator Linda Woodward shows us the stars with moon music, “constellation stations,” and cider and doughnuts in the park. Ages 5 and up.
Where/When: Daronco Town House & Gazebo Park, 7:30 pm-9:30 pm
Sunday, October 6
Figures Film Fest at The Picture House
Come watch The Picture House film students’ short films inspired by Hidden Figures and stay for a special screening of the 2016 blockbuster film “Hidden Figures.” Film is rated PG.
Where/When: The Picture House. Check www.thepicturehouse.org for show time and ticket prices
Wednesday, October 9
Mission Control & Math Bee
Fast-paced, interactive math-based activities led by PMHS math teacher Lisa DiCeglio and PMHS student volunteers. For middle schoolers.
Where/When: Town of Pelham Public Library, 1:30 pm-3:30 pm
Thursday, October 10
Women in Science: Challenges & Careers
Panel discussion and Q&A with some of Pelham’s own science superstars. For teens and adults.
Where/When: Town of Pelham Public Library, 7 pm-9 pm
Saturday, October 12
Learn coding and the basics of computer science using Scratch, Python, and other programming software. The first in a series. For grades 1-5. Bring a laptop and drop in.
Where/When: Town of Pelham Public Library, 2 pm-4 pm
Friday, October 18
2nd-Friday Book Club
Join the Library’s daytime adult book club for a discussion of Hidden Figures, facilitated by Carol Ipsen. For adults.
Where: Town of Pelham Public Library, 10:30 am
More details of events can be found on the Library’s website and the Friends of the Town of Pelham Public Library’s Facebook page. Pelham Reads! is a biannual event that is sponsored by the Friends of the Town of Pelham Public Library, the Town of Pelham Public Library, the Pelham Art Center and the Pelham Picture House.