Providing current, interesting and lively programs is the aim of Children’s Services at the Library. All year long, there is a mix of regularly scheduled programs and special programs during school vacations. Below is an overview:
Regularly Scheduled Programs
Book Club: The Library is now offering five monthly children’s book clubs, one each for children entering grades 1 through 5. These clubs are for any kid who likes to read, meet new friends and have fun discussing good books with others. The first, third and fifth 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. The sessions are at 10:15 on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Caregivers must be in attendance and are strongly encouraged 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. Be sure to check the calendar for up-to-date information. This is a very popular program, so get there early!
Homework Help: Free help with homework is offered during the school year for elementary and middle grade students. The helpers are volunteer high schools students. Check the 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 programs 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. The opening event is usually held on or near the last day of school and the ending ice cream party is sometime in August.
All Library programs are free and open to the public! Most of the programs are first come, first served, unless otherwise indicated. 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.