Providing current, interesting and lively programs is the aim of Children’s Services at the Library. The Library has three program seasons: Fall, Winter/Spring and Summer. We usually have our seasons planned well in advance. All year long, there is a mix of regularly scheduled programs and special ones, with emphasis on planning special programs during school vacations. Below is an overview:
Regularly Scheduled Programs
Book Club: The Library is now offering four new monthly children’s book clubs, one each for children entering grades 1 – 4! These clubs are for any kid who likes to read, meet new friends and have fun discussing good books with others. The first and third grade book clubs are being led by Pelham resident Liselle Sakhrani, and the second and fourth grade book clubs are being led by Pelham resident and librarian Margo Hastings. Walk-ins are welcome, but registration is requested by calling the Library at (914) 738-1234. Book club books are usually available at the circulation desk.
Story Time: The Library provides two Story Time programs on weekdays that take place throughout the year, including vacation weeks and summer. One session is for children ages 3 – 5, from 10:30 to 11 a.m. on Tuesdays, and one is for ages two and under at the same time on Wednesdays. Caregivers must be in attendance and are welcome to participate with the children they accompany — that makes it a pleasurable experience for all! As such, we request there be no phone use or talking during Story Time. The Children’s Librarian, as well as special guests, also do Story Time programs. Be sure to check the Programs Calendar on the Library website home page for up-to-date information. This is a very popular program, so get there early!
Currently, the Library is also offering two bi-lingual Story Time programs which alternate every other Saturday morning 10:30 a.m. Both conducted by local volunteers, one is Spanish-English and the other is Chinese-English. Check the Programs Calendar on the website for more details, especially during the summer when the schedule varies.
Homework Help: Free help with homework is offered twice per week to students in grades 1 – 8. During the 2016 – 17 school year, it is on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 – 4:45 p.m, except during days when school is not in session or there is state testing at Pelham Memorial High School. (PMHS students are this program’s volunteers.) Children attending Homework Help should bring their written assignments and accompanying texts. Thanks to the Friends of the Town of Pelham Public Library, which provide after school snacks for this program. Check the Programs Calendar for up-to-date information.
K-Day: An annual rite of fall and Pelham Library tradition, K-Day is held every September when we welcome kindergartners into the Library to receive their first library card! This fun event is generally held the last Saturday of the month and features balloon sculptures for kindergartners and face painting provided by our Friends of the Library.
Summer Reading Program: Summertime is a particularly busy time at the Library because the Summer Reading Program is in full swing. Each year is unique, with a new idea and a new series of events, developed around a theme. The Library usually has over 150 children in pre-school through grade school who sign up to read books over the summer and to collect prizes for doing so. Preschoolers can collect their prizes after listening to stories. The opening event is usually held on or near the last day of school and the ending ice cream party is sometime in August.
Check the Programs Calendar on the website, the monthly e-newsletter and local media for special programs throughout the year, especially during school breaks. Throughout the year we have music, magic, animal visits and learning programs geared to children’s interests, along with screenings of family-friendly movies. Chess classes are usually offered for all ages during the spring season and challenge everyone’s abilities.
Remember … all Library programs are free and open to the public! To sign-up for programs requiring registration, call the Library at (914) 738-1234.
We want all children who come to the Library to have an enjoyable, safe and supervised visit. Click here to read the Library’s Child Safety and Unattended Child Policy.